October 2018 Good $ense Newsletter

October 8, 2018

Cleaning Up Our Finances How do you clean? At home, are you the type of person who would prefer to have things simply organized and picked up or do you prefer to have surfaces not just picked up but ...


A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 5

October 8, 2018

Stewardship Ministry - Make it Happen (pt. 1) In this column, we've looked at some applications of Michael Hyatt's "Best Year Ever" teaching to our stewardship ministries.  We started by looking at ...


Truths That Transform: The Steward’s Mindset (pt. 3)

October 8, 2018

We Are Stewards of God's Possessions In this column, we've affirmed that God created all things and that he continues to own and care for all he created.  One result of that is that we don't truly o...


Stewardship Selections

October 8, 2018

Money Matters: Culture or Scripture? Adapted from Freed-Up Financial Living In school they tell us we’re being equipped to earn it. Then for the rest of our lives — for as many as fifty or six...


August 2018 Good $ense Newsletter

August 3, 2018

What You Think, You Are Can changing our thinking really change anything at all? Quite possibly as stewardship leaders and learners we’re really in the “changing-what-you-think-about” busine...


A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 4

August 3, 2018

The "Why" of Stewardship Ministry There are many good reasons for our churches to have intentional stewardship ministries.  As we think about the upcoming start of the new ministry season, it can be...


Truths That Transform: The Steward’s Mindset (pt. 2)

August 3, 2018

God Owns It All Last time, we affirmed that God created everything.  But, unlike the gods of some other religions, the One True God didn't just create the universe and then leave it to its own devic...


Stewardship Selections

August 3, 2018

What will Matter in 50 Years? Adapted from Raising Financially Freed-Up Kids Many things we do today will have little if any meaning in 50 years.  Their effects are only temporary; most of them w...


June 2018 Good $ense Newsletter

June 3, 2018

Surprise! Would you consider yourself someone who enjoys a surprise? Something like attending a surprise party, receiving an unexpected gift, running into someone you have not seen for a long time or...


Truths That Transform: The Steward’s Mindset (pt. 1)

June 3, 2018

God Created It All When we think about stewardship, we often think in terms of how we manage God's resources. And this is certainly an appropriate stewardship mindset. But stewardship doesn't begin w...


A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 3

June 3, 2018

A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 3 Do you have goals for your stewardship ministry? What are you looking to accomplish as you promote stewardship values to your congregation? As we noted last newslette...


April 2018 Good $ense Newsletter

April 8, 2018

Is Simplicity Complex? I really enjoy books...complex, simple, hardbound, or otherwise.  Some books are classics, like Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity.  I believe Foster speaks clearly to ...


Truths That Transform: Stewardship Pharisaism

April 8, 2018

Stewardship Pharisaism One of the dangers we face as we look to guide our congregations in honoring God with our finances is the danger of "Stewardship Pharisaism". Pharisaism can creep into our mini...


A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 2

April 8, 2018

A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 2 How well does your congregation understand and practice stewardship? What obstacles do people face and what help do they need? How do you envision your stewardship mi...


Stewardship Tips: Planning for Annual Expenses

April 8, 2018

Stewardship Tips: Planning for Annual Expenses Annual expenses can be difficult to plan for. Most of us are on fairly tight budgets to begin with, with not a lot of headroom to set aside additional m...


February 2018 Good $ense Newsletter

February 12, 2018

It's All About Jesus Friends, As we turn the page into February 2018, we are already approaching the start of a new Lenten season. I feel like we just celebrated the birth of Christ. Now, we are f...


A Second Look at a Familiar Passage – Philippians 4:19

February 12, 2018

Many places in Scripture, God promises to meet our needs. A couple of newsletters ago, we saw Jesus' promise that God will provide what we need as we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness (Matt...


Lenten Stewardship

February 12, 2018

Historically, Christians have often observed Lent by giving up something, maybe by abstaining from certain foods or activities. More recently, many believers have begun to observe Lent by taking on so...


A Better Stewardship Year, pt. 1

February 12, 2018

Last year, we discussed Michael Hyatt's approach to goal-setting in the context of individual stewardship goals. This year, we'll look at applying that same approach to leading a stewardship ministry ...


The Best Christmas Gifts

December 3, 2017

December 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: The Best Christmas Gifts Dear Good $ense Friends, In the midst of this season in which the value of relationships is most clearly brought to our consciousness,...


A Second Look at a Familiar Passage – Philippians 4:13

December 3, 2017

A Second Look at a Familiar Passage - Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13) How often have we heard this verse quoted in the sense of overc...


News You Can Use

December 3, 2017

News You Can Use: 'Tis the Season Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. How quickly we move from Thanksgiving to a shopping frenzy!! No longer content to open their doors early on Frid...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 6

December 3, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 6: Stewardship in Context Some ministries in a church have specific target audiences and other ministries cross audiences. The stewardship ministry falls into the latt...


Financial Fingerprints

October 4, 2017

October 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Financial Fingerprints Dear Good $ense Friends, My oldest daughter, Faith, is 4 years old and in our church's Pre-Kindergarden. Recently, I was visiting her cla...


A Second Look at a Familiar Passage – Matthew 6:24

October 4, 2017

A Second Look at a Familiar Passage - Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You canno...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 5: Make It Happen

October 4, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 5: Make It Happen Over the course of the year, we've looked at some applications of Michael Hyatt's "Best Year Ever" teaching to our personal stewardship. We started by...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 5

October 4, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 5: Freely Receive, Freely Give As stewardship leaders, we understand that Biblical stewardship is a part of discipleship. Leading our congregations in the area of stew...


Stewardship from the Inside Out

August 6, 2017

August 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Stewardship from the Inside Out Dear Good $ense Friends, My daughters are growing up!  Later this year one will be entering college, one searching for the colle...


Stewardship and the Greatest Commandment

August 6, 2017

Truths That Transform: Stewardship and the Greatest Commandment He had spent his life studying the Law. Keeping every single commandment all the time was impossible, of course, but overall he had be...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 4: Finding Your Why

August 6, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 4: Finding Your Why In our last three newsletters, we've highlighted Michael Hyatt's strategy for setting and achieving goals from his "Best Year Ever" seminar and have...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 4

August 6, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 4: Stewardship Ministry We've been talking this year about ways to help spread the Stewardship word in your church - through social media, training classes, and coachi...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 3

June 4, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 3: Coming Alongside with Coaching There are a number of ways to encourage members of your congregation in their stewardship journeys. We've talked previously about u...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 3: Designing the Future

June 4, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 3: Designing the Future In our previous newsletter we talked about completing the past, which helps us to understand why we are where we are - financially or in life in...


Entering the Promised Land

June 4, 2017

Truths That Transform: Entering the Promised Land On the cusp of attaining the long-awaited promise of God, the people gathered to hear the reports of the scouts they had sent into the Promised Land...


Looking at Stewardship with New Eyes

June 4, 2017

June 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Looking at Stewardship with New Eyes Dear Good $ense Friends, Recently, I found myself sitting in the patient chair of a new optometrist. For the last 16 years, I ha...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 2

April 9, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word, Pt. 2 In our last newsletter, we talked about the value of spreading the stewardship word through multiple communication methods available to your church. Keeping steward...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 2: Completing the Past

April 9, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 2: Completing the Past "Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." So goes the proverb, and it applies to our finances as well as to any area of lif...


Stones of Remembrance

April 9, 2017

Truths That Transform: Stones of Remembrance Remembering the past, and especially recalling what God has done, can provide a great framework for moving into our futures. Scripture is full of occasio...


Jack and Jill Stewardship

April 9, 2017

April 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Jack and Jill Stewardship Dear Good $ense Friends, In his book New Way to be Human, Charlie Peacock points out that most of us, when asked what the nursery rhyme ...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 1

February 5, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word, Pt. 1 As a stewardship leader, you have been entrusted with the responsibility and privilege of sharing financial wisdom with your congregation. But how exactly do you do...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 1: Limited or Liberated?

February 5, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 1: Limited or Liberated? Many in your congregation have probably made several starts at getting their finances in order. Some of them are discouraged at repeated failur...


Faith & Stewardship

February 5, 2017

Truths That Transform: Faith & Stewardship Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. -- Hebrews 11:1 Thomas was the "Missouri apostle" - he wouldn't beli...


Prime Storage

February 5, 2017

February 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Prime Storage Dear Good $ense Friends, Early last month, my husband, two little girls and I moved into our new home. In our nine years of marriage this was our 4...


3 Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Christmas

December 4, 2016

News You Can Use: 3 Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Christmas Christmas is one of the great "budget-busters" of the year, and can be a major source of financial stress for your congregation. Goo...


Thankful Stewardship

December 4, 2016

Truths That Transform: Thankful Stewardship "Give thanks in all circumstances." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV We're familiar with the instruction of Scripture that tells us that our attitude in giv...


The Prudent Consumer

October 8, 2016

Biblical Financial Principles: The Prudent Consumer One who enjoys the fruits of their labor yet guards against materialism. Beware of idols. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the for...


A Better Gift for your Children

October 8, 2016

News You Can Use: A Better Gift for your Children According to T. Rowe Price's 2016 "Parents, Kids, and Money" survey, parents commonly overspend on their children. This year's survey of just over 1,...


Teach Them to Your Children

October 8, 2016

Truths That Transform: Teach Them to Your Children "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." -- Proverbs 22:6, NIV Training children i...


The Cautious Debtor

August 28, 2016

Biblical Financial Principles: The Cautious Debtor One who avoids entering into debt, is careful and strategic when incurring debt, and always repays debt. Repay debt promptly. “The wicked borr...


The Dangers of Co-signing Student Loans

August 28, 2016

News You Can Use: The Dangers of Co-signing Student Loans “Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatc...


Debt vs. Love

August 28, 2016

Truths That Transform: Debt vs. Love "Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves has fulfilled the law." -- Romans 13:8, NIV Paul acknowledge...


Saving for a Rainy Day

April 11, 2016

News You Can Use: Saving for a Rainy Day Since our Biblical Financial Principles this month center on saving, we thought we'd dive a little deeper into a key element of saving - Emergency Saving - by...


Looking at Student Loans through Untinted Glasses

February 4, 2016

News You Can Use: Looking at Student Loans through Untinted Glasses Last August, we included an item regarding student loans and the burden they place on young adults and families. A recent President...


Surviving Black Friday: How to set a budget and stick to it

December 13, 2015

News You Can Use: Surviving Black Friday - How to set a budget and stick to it Black Friday (so named because of its effect on retailers, not its effect on consumers) has come and gone.  But many of...


Inviting Others to the Feast

December 13, 2015

News You Can Use: Inviting Others to the Feast The Christmas season affords us much-needed opportunities to reconnect with family and express our love. We connect over meals, celebrations, and exchan...


How is your College Student Doing Financially?

August 18, 2015

News You Can Use: How is your college student doing financially? It's August, and the school year is rolling around again. Incoming freshmen new to the college scene, seniors getting ready for their ...


IRS Hacked; 100,000 Tax Accounts Compromised

June 19, 2015

News You Can Use: IRS Hacked; 100,000 Tax Accounts Compromised The IRS has announced that criminals gained unauthorized access to its "Get Transcript" application between February and mid-May. Approx...


A Taxing Decision

January 31, 2015

News You Can Use: A Taxing Decision This time of year, most of us turn our thoughts to taxes.  We've gotten most of the information we're supposed to receive (most of it is due to us by law by Jan...


The Cost of Christmas

December 11, 2014

News You Can Use: The Cost of Christmas The Christmas season is the most expensive time of the year. 25% of all personal spending in the United States occurs during the holiday shopping season, begin...


Stewardship on the Web

October 9, 2014

News You Can Use: Stewardship on the Web Generosity is about much more than the offering plate. It's about the hearts of God's people - hearts of compassion, of joy, of obedience. Hearts that reflect...


Credit Card Conundrums

October 9, 2014

News You Can Use: Credit Card Conundrums We've recently become aware of yet another major security breach at a high-volume retailer. This time, the victim was Home Depot, which recently admitted that...


Why Credit Cards Trump Debit Cards

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Why Credit Cards Trump Debit Cards (by Matt Bell from his blog - www.soundmindinvesting.com) For many years, popular personal finance teaching, especially in churches, has stee...


Wealth Building Secrets of the Millionaire Next Door

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Wealth Building Secrets of the Millionaire Next Door (by the editors of Kiplinger Finance) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wealth-building-secrets-millionaire-next-140818123.html ...


Year-round Stewardship Ministry and the Good $ense “Freed-Up Resource Calendar”

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Year-round Stewardship Ministry and the Good $ense "Freed-Up Resource Calendar" Good $ense has put together an informational and planning tool to assist you with scheduling financia...


Discover the Value of Your Stuff

June 11, 2014

News You Can Use: Discover the Value of Your Stuff by Savvy Living’s Jim Miller: I inherited a large number of antiques and unique art from my great aunt and I would like to find out what some o...