Alex Cook, Author at Christian Wealth - Make Money, Live Generously
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STEWARDSHIP

How do we make decisions about how much we should give, save, and spend?


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  Good stewardship is not about ordering our lives in such a way that we are free to spend whatever we want. Rather, as faithful stewards, we order our lives in such a way that God is free to spend us however He wants. As we work to keep God’s heart central to our approach to allocating what we have, identifying Him as our true treasure, our financial choices will follow. The Bible contains extensive wisdom about giving, saving, and…

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There’s a danger that Christians can think that God is only interested in what they give to church. It is common for people to give a percentage to God, and then feel and even act like the rest of their money is theirs to do with what they please. Yet we’re called to steward wisely everything that God gives us — doing so requires us to be good stewards in all our financial decisions, not just giving ones. As most of…

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If you want a snapshot of where you are in your walk with Christ, pull out your budget and walk through it with a spiritual director, your pastor, and a fellow Christian who is not part of your family — together, at the same time, in the same room. Take a few moments to think about that conversation. What would these people learn about you? For the two-thirds of people who studies show do not live on a budget, what…

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Have you noticed that throughout Scripture, with God, it’s all or nothing? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Though God’s people failed to obey, God makes this promise through His prophet, “I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me” (Jeremiah 33:8). Jesus began His earthly ministry saying, “Do not think…

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When you were young, you dreamed of the impact that you would have. The battles you would overcome, the triumphs to be celebrated, the inspiration you would provide. The legacy you would leave. You were fueled with the deep-down knowledge, that you (specifically you), had a part to play in the greater story. But somewhere along the way, that dream was corrupted. You felt the sting of rejection, the ache of disappointment. You saw little inspiration from those that had…

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  There is frequent talk these days about the true source of goods and whether or not they have been obtained without harm to people, animals, or the environment. In fact, visit your local supermarket and find products labelled as “Fair Trade”. Generally, this means the workers involved in the production process had safe and clean work conditions and received appropriate remuneration. In some instances, the very nature of an organisation’s revenue stream may be harmful. A business that derives…

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This article is first published by Christian Super. Two Meetings, Two Perspectives In one week in Jakarta, I had two meetings: one with an Indonesian ministry leader, and one with an American lawyer. One kept asking for a grant and wouldn’t take no for an answer. The other wouldn’t let me give to his work. You may be surprised which was which. The Indonesian leader pioneers Bible translation across his nation. He requires that Indonesians cover half of the cost…

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what does it mean to integrate faith and work

This article is first published by Christian Super. I’m going to take this topic in the order of the nouns (Christian and entrepreneur) used in the term. In order to be an effective Christian anything, showing any real fruit, one needs to know what it means to be a Christian — an entrepreneur is by far the lesser of the terms. This might sound obvious, but all too often, it's not. Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur…

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This article is first published by Christian Super. The world’s advice on earning leads you to disaster. It erodes your character and pillages your relationships. You fall into the trap of loving money and using people to accomplish your purposes. There’s a higher road you can take. I believe you can maximize, even multiply your impact as a steward and worker for God through your work and relationships but only by mastering three tasks. Acknowledge Your Place in God’s Work…

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First, we need to focus on the kind of employees we ought to be: ethical workers, kind workers, hard workers, excellent workers, Gospel-sharing workers. This is the most common answer usually given to this question, and it rightly focuses us on personal character. Each day we ask for the Holy Spirit to bear more fruit through us: that we might be increasingly marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as we navigate our workplace and…

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