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Lessons from the rich fool

YOLO or You-Only-Live-Once, is a trending catch phrase among the youths nowadays. This term speaks of indulging on what you want to do because you don’t know when your life will end. It may sound optimistic but the true meaning conveys a most dangerous appeal. In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21, NIV), Jesus Christ tells the story of a rich ruler, harshly calling him a fool because this man had a YOLO attitude. In Luke 12:19 (NIV),…

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Can our finances be cursed

Some people believe it while some people don't, but what is the truth of one’s finances being thought of as cursed? All through our lives, we learn about our strengths. Upon realizing what they are, it is best to hone them and be good stewards of the skills and abilities that God has given. Truly, there is a purpose as to why we possess them. These skills are useful and good. It will serve us if we use them wisely.…

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God wants to bless us

Whether you believe it or not, God wants to bless us. He does not just want to, He loves to! God's heart is to lavish us with His goodness. He delights in blessing us. As a loving Father whose pleasure is to shower His children with good things, God wants us to experience the fullness of His greatness. He floods our lives with overflowing goodness that flows down from His throne of grace. He sweeps us away in His river…

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Reward for giving

Whenever we give gifts to our neighbor, do we sometimes think and expect to be rewarded for  doing a good thing? As Christians, we need to understand what it means to give graciously and willingly to people especially to those whom God leads us to bless. We need to realize that what we are giving to them is not necessarily ours. We are merely conduits of these blessings. We are stewards of what God gives us. Yes, God expects us…

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God's trust

Have you ever wondered why some of us are rich and wealthy, and some of us are not? Does God show favoritism when it comes to who should be blessed and who should not be? If God is a rich God and we are His sons and daughters, then why aren’t we financially-blessed equally? Why do some of us still lack despite giving faithfully? If God is a good God, then why doesn’t He bless us and make us rich?…

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Approved Steward

Stewardship is more than just making wise use of your money or giving to the poor. To capture it in a nutshell, it’s acknowledging that everything you have belongs to God and you have been entrusted with your entire life to live it according to God’s will and to glorify Him. Once you fully understand this then you will be in a better position to accomplish your role and calling on this earth. The previous stewardship articles have covered a…

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dishonest steward

We are all called to be stewards of God’s creation: people, properties and even money. These are not our own but have only been entrusted to us by the One who owns everything. But what happens if during the course of our journey here on earth, we get blinded by wealth and use it not to further the Kingdom of God but for our own selfish desires? In one of His parables, Jesus Christ shows what happens to a man,…

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Four prayers for financial help

Prayers... defined as communion, conversation and fellowship with God. When financial challenges such as unpaid bills, rising debts and lack of provisions overcome you, it is always best to get down on your knees first before taking action. Learn from the perfect example of Jesus Christ before He was arrested and crucified: He knelt down on His knees, bowed His head low and said a heartfelt prayer to God to glorify Him. “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven…

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trust God with finances

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (NIV) Psalm 24:1 clearly states that God owns it all. When we acknowledge and take into heart this beautiful truth, we will have a different perspective and attitude towards our resources and finances. Money, the lack or the abundance of it, can either make us or break us. The lack of it can cause worry, anxiety and fear. The abundance and love of…

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Many times in the Bible, the Lord reminds His children never to fear. A classic example is through the prophet Isaiah, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10). Paul says the same thing to the Philippians but adds that they pray when they feel anxious, “Do not be anxious about anything,…

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