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In previous Steward's Mindset columns, we've looked at what the Bible has to say about stewardship as a whole.  We've considered God as the Creator and rightful Owner of all things, and our role as t...


If you're like most stewardship ministry leaders - whether paid staff or volunteer - you're probably thinking about the new ministry season and how you can maximize the fruitfulness of the stewardship...


Stewardship Champions Corner Christian Credit Counselors Last newsletter, we announced a series featuring our Stewardship Champions - organizations whose goal, like ours, is life transformation an...


The Responsibilities of a Steward What does it mean to be a steward of resources that God provides and owns?  What are our responsibilities as trustees of God's possessions?  Scripture gives us bot...


Two Are Better Than One Adapted from Freed-Up Coaches Training Perhaps no other arena of life presents a greater barrier to trusting God and putting him first than that of personal finances. But f...


Do Not Worry Last year, we saw that the Steward's Mindset recognizes that we can't serve two masters - we have to choose between serving God and serving money (Matthew 6:24). Serving money leads t...


Retired or Refocused? Adapted from Freed-Up in Later Life Retirement.  If we're not living in it, we're probably thinking about it.  Frustration with our jobs leaves us looking forward to a time...


A Mindset of Abundance and Gratitude Have you ever known someone who has much more wealth than you have but is still not satisfied?  Have you ever known someone who has much less than you have but s...


Stewardship Selections: Vision

February 17, 2019

Stewardship Vision “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are...


We Can't Serve Two Masters We've seen that God created and owns everything and that he has entrusted us as stewards of what he owns.  This leaves us with a choice:  Will we serve God as faithful st...


Is Debt Unavoidable? Adapted from Freed-Up From Debt Many factors can contribute to debt in our congregations.  Some of these result from one-time, relatively large events, such as: Unemployme...


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...


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 sixty hours a week...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Truths That Transform: Honest Scales and Measures The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. -- Proverbs 11:1 It's tax time again. Perhaps no season better reve...


Truths That Transform: Stewardship - a God's Eye View Last year we looked at Jacob, and how God had transformed him from a grabbing to grateful. This month, we look at the continued transformation of...


Finishing to God’s Glory

December 13, 2015

Truths That Transform: Finishing to God's glory Finishing strong is an important theme in Scripture. Among the last words that Paul wrote were these to Timothy during Paul's second imprisonment in ...


Freedom vs. Enslavement

November 2, 2015

Truths That Transform: Freedom vs. Enslavement “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 cannot se...


The Foundation of Hope

August 19, 2015

Truths That Transform: The Foundation of Hope An old Rich Mullins song called "Pictures in the Sky" contains this line: "Down here on earth it's hard to keep in mind When the days are hazy the sun ...


Truths That Transform: Plan Now, Celebrate Later! The evening had come, and everyone was excited. The coming of the bridegroom would start off a great celebration. But as time went by, the girls keep...


Grace, or Grabbing?

March 27, 2015

Truths That Transform: Grace, or Grabbing? His name meant literally, "he grabs the heel"; figuratively, "he deceives". And that's the way Jacob lived his early years. He took advantage of a weak mome...


Truths That Transform: Who You Are When No One's Looking Several years ago Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, wrote a book called "Who You Are When No One's Looking".  The ...


Truths that Transform: How Thanksgiving Can Protect Us From Christmas When you think about it, Thanksgiving can protect us from Christmas. Let me explain… True, thanksgiving comes from a spirit ...


Abram had been victorious over the kings who had defeated the king of Sodom and his allies and had taken captive Abram's nephew Lot. He had returned from this victory having recovered all the people c...


(by Andrew Wheeler) War had never been his plan, least of all war against the very rulers whose country he had left several years previously. But on hearing of his nephew's capture at the fall of Sod...


"But just as you excel in everything in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us see that you also excel in this grace of giving." – 2 Corinthians 8:7 Certainl...


"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with very much, and whoever will be dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in han...


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"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generatio...


“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
- Proverbs 22:6 While schools teach children how to read and write and eventually make a living, very few te...


"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or ...