Obviously, Americans spend an enormous amount of money gambling, yet the issue is always controversial. Whenever a new jurisdiction seeks to add gambling, there is always a controversy. Christians are often the most vocal opponents of these measures, which usually pass anyway . . . .
Let me start of by saying that I am a Christian and these are my views about Christians working on Sunday. My views probably don’t match up exactly with every person who reads this article, and that’s okay! I encourage you to discuss and share your thoughts on this article in a respectful way . . . .
An annual budget deficit of over $1 trillion, annual trade deficit in the neighborhood of $728 billion, an official national debt of $16.7 trillion, and unfunded liabilities of $123 trillion. How much longer can we continue to carry such enormous liabilities with such low income? Will the dollar collapse under the weight of so much debt?
“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:13-15 NIV) What does this mean for us today? Why did Jesus drive them out?
Should you be worrying about money? And does the Bible give practical tips for overcoming worry? Worry has many affects on your health and situation, so how do you get rid of it? In this post, I won’t claim to give the totality of Biblical counsel on this topic, but I do promise that the following passages will help.
What is stewardship and how should it affect what we do with our money, time, resources, etc.? What does it really mean to be a “good steward”?
Since it involves the distributions and use of money — called “minas” — the Parable of the Ten Minas (or Ten Talents) is often interpreted from a financial angle. I actually don’t think it’s truly about money, though it does contain some obvious lessons about the resources we are given.
We usually think of financial independence as being a desirable state of financial affairs, but for a Christian it may be even more important than that. The Christian walk is often a tug-of-war with the world, but few areas of life have the potential to steal away our time, efforts, attention and resources the way financial struggle can . . . .
Given the state of the economy over the past few years, many people have debts they can no longer pay. One of the ways those debts are settled is through negotiations that end with the debtor satisfying the debt by paying less than the full amount owed. We are required by our faith to pay our obligations, and settling a debt for less than the amount owed can seem un-Christ-like. What should you do in such situations?
What do you need to make you happy? A nicer car? A better paying job? A bigger house? The newest cell phone? Now let me ask another question: do you truly believe that these things will give you long term happiness? My guess is that life has taught you that whatever mood boost you might receive won’t last. It never does. The moment you get the latest and greatest, the euphoria dissipates and you begin longing for something else. Am I right?
“Why do pastors always talk about money at church?” It’s a question I’m asked every now and then when someone finds out I’m a pastor.
A friend of mine recently confided, “I always tithe from my income, but I would never tell my husband . . . he would not approve.” My initial response was respect for this act of devotion toward God in spite of the resistance her husband represents. However, as the conversation settled in, I began to question my friend’s actions.
How do you respond when your child needs surgery? Your 401k loses half its value? Your business partner embezzles funds from you? Your spouse is diagnosed with cancer? You feel like you have failed God one time too many? You discover that your trusted pastor has been having an affair? If you are like me, your first thought is not “everything will work out.”
Little Aaron was playing with daddy’s tool belt left on the floor after a long day of work. Quickly he noticed the most fascinating multifunction screwdriver and took off to accomplish some minor repairs around the house. It was just an old tool, but to Aaron it was a new treasure and he had no intentions of returning it back to his father . . . .
How much should you pay a pastor for a wedding? What are other key factors should you keep in mind when you contact your pastor? Let’s explore these important questions.
Whereas the bible never uses the term “co-signing”, it gives plenty of advice about assuming responsibility for another person’s loan. Most of this advice, appropriately, comes from the Book of Proverbs … a book of wisdom. Here’s what it has to say.
According to a report in the Christian Post, church membership is down in the two largest Christian denominations. While the article admits that further research needs to be done to answer the question “why”, the report does state that “church-goers” who are in their 20s and 30s may attend a congregation but “resist” joining them.
Do you need an emergency fund? Well, I used to think of an emergency fund as robbing myself. Thankfully, I learned how beneficial an emergency fund is to my long-term financial well being.
Wait a minute, why would I want to be rich when the Bible says that it’s easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven? That’s a good question, and the topic of money and riches isn’t brushed over in the Bible . . .
What was your immediate response to the title of this post? My guess is that most of you thought, “No way! Giving should be totally pure … with absolutely no self serving motives. After all, isn’t Agape love that pure love that expects absolutely nothing in return?”