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Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

  Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 where he tells the story of 3 bags of gold, and the 3 employees he entrusted them to. This parable taught me important values I've learned to trust and lean on in the workplace.  Looking at the first verse in the parable, verse 14, establishes the setting and relationship between the main characters (the boss and his employees).  The boss was leaving for a certain time, the business needed to continue in his temporary absence, and…

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 The Joys of Being Poor — Poor in the Spirit

  Only by looking at it with biblical eyes will anyone appreciate how being poor in any way, shape or form becomes a blessing. In the world’s view it is the rich who are blessed because they have plenty. But Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 5:3 (NIV), “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” points to something so much more important than material possessions—our spiritual standing before God. Growing up in church, you may have…

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The Furnace of Trials

  It’s easy to be a Christian when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to praise the Lord when all is well and everybody is happy. It’s easy to praise the Lord when there’s plenty of food on the table and when no one in the family is sick. However, the real test of our Christianity happens during the most difficult times and situations – those times when we are left with nothing but faith. Have you ever wondered why…

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What does the Bible Teach about Stewardship?

  Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions. If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God,…

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Is He the Lord of your money too

We always declare that Jesus is Lord but many times forget what it means to make Him Lord over our lives. We make Him Master of our families, careers, and health but when it comes to other things such as our money and wealth, we call the shots and we take control. The Lordship of Christ is an all or nothing deal. We either make Him Lord of all or not at all. Are we making Him Lord of our…

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Deliverance From Poverty

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Deliverance From Poverty

  Because of sin, man has been living in a state of poverty. But even in man’s sinfulness, God’s love for man never faltered. He continued to love man because He created man to have a personal and loving relationship with Him (Genesis 3:21). So before He sent man out of the Garden of Eden, God promised to send a Redeemer that will bring man back to Himself. This promised Redeemer is Jesus and He took man’s poverty (sin) to…

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Are You Happy

Have you ever been asked if you are happy with your job, your business, your relationships, and life in general? What was your answer? You probably let out a big “Yes” or a half-hearted “Well, for the most part” or maybe an outright “No!” Well, no one has a perfect life. We all want something better—a higher paying job, a bigger house, a more successful career—but the reality is, we can’t have it all. So if you’re waiting to get…

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God’s Funding Method

We know that God is the owner and therefore, the provider of everything that is needed to fund His Kingdom work on earth. However, He uses people to mobilize His resources and accomplish His purposes. The book of Nehemiah makes a great case study for God’s funding method. God was pleased to use Nehemiah to organize one of the biggest capital campaigns: a building plan to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Have you ever been involved in a huge…

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

If tithing is such a difficult subject to understand, given the varying and often polarizing views about its biblicality and modern application, it is even harder to preach about. The fact is, it’s probably even suicidal for a pastor to preach on tithing! It is risky at best and a pastor stands to lose members and their much-needed contribution to support the church if they do not agree. On the other hand, there is the real danger of being too…

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The Purpose of the Tithe

It is important to note that throughout the Scriptures, two kinds of giving are consistently taught: compulsory—required or mandatory giving (as to the government in the form of taxes) and voluntary—when giving to God (as an offering) and to charity. The misunderstanding stems from the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Israel then had a theocratic government with the Levitical priests acting as the civil government. One of the purposes of the tithe then was to: Fund the priesthood. These…

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