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The Downside of Affluence

  We can see many Christian individuals who are wealthy and grounded on the Rock, on their faith in God. However, there are some who seems to have forgotten their humble beginnings, much worse, they have forgotten the Giver of their wealth. In Deuteronomy 8:18 the NIV says: “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is…

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The Biggest Danger to Your Relationship with God

  Jesus himself said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Is not money a good thing? Isn’t it important? Indeed, money is essential. In fact, we cannot live without it. We work hard to earn money. Money is our medium of exchange for goods and services. We need…

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5 Ways to Prevent Money from Ruining Your Marriage

Marriage is the most exciting and challenging relationship that we’re likely to experience in our lifetime. Two people come together with different personalities, upbringings, values & beliefs about money (even if not obvious at first) and a variety of habits. All of sudden, your financial future is directly linked with somebody else’s. Is it any wonder that so many marriages struggle with personal finances? Actually, it remains the most common reason for divorce. But there is good news! God has…

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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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Growing a heart that gives

As was mentioned in a previous article (put link of article here) biblical fundraising is transformational. It converts both the fundraiser and the donor. It blesses the one asking for the money and the one giving the money as they experience God’s provision and the joy of giving. In traditional fundraising, building donor relations is developed in order to keep the money flowing and to meet goals and targets for the ministry. In contrast, biblical fundraising aims to grow the…

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Financial Infidelity

Are you hiding money from your wife? Do you make purchases without your husband’s knowledge? Are you keeping financial secrets from each other? If you answered “yes” to any of these but think it’s no big deal. Think again. Financial experts say “financial infidelity” can hurt a couple’s relationship as much as a sexual affair. Whether a spouse is just keeping a small jar of cash under the bed or covering up a huge credit card debt, research shows that…

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How To Build Relationships With Your Donors

How do you build relationships with your donors? Many of you will say that you have to treat them as friends. The next question is like this: What qualities do you look for in friends? Of course, you want them to be accepting, loyal, understanding, supportive, reliable, and to be present when you need them. Do those qualities describe you and your organization in your relationship with your donors? If you consider fundraising as friend-raising, you want your donors to…

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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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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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