The top 20 Christian Financial websites…I wanted to create a list of websites that have helped me in my journey to understand how to manage money God’s way and that would help the ChristianPF readers as well. … It was difficult narrowing it down to 20, but I figured within these 20 sites you should be able to find everything you would want to about Christian finance.
Have you ever wondered how to pick investments that line up with your beliefs? … In this interview with Mark from MoralMoney.com we discuss stock investing for Christians and how to be a Biblically responsible investor – whether you are in the stock market or not. … The fundamental reason that we should care about where our money goes Why it is so important that we know where our investment dollars are going Bible scriptures that indicate we do have a responsibility to invest with our consciences How to find stocks that line up with your beliefs Free resources to help Christians with Biblically responsible investing A few mutual funds that are available that are Biblically responsible funds Recommended funds for those interested in Biblically responsible investing Listen to the podcast below Christian Investing Podcast
Being in debt and Tithing… I can’t even count how many readers have emailed me asking me about whether or not they should tithe while getting out of debt. Tithing is a fiercely debated topic (read comments on the post I wrote called Tithing in the New Testament for proof) as you would expect with anything that seems to not make sense. I still wonder in amazement at how so many of God’s principles are absolute foolishness to non-christians… I mean who in their right mind would give expecting to have more?
Just like with all of the parables that Jesus used to teach valuable lessons, there is some wisdom to be gained from the parable of the 10 virgins. As with most things in life, some were wise, some were foolish, and both reaped what they sowed. I have posted the whole parable below as a refresher… The parable of the ten virgins… At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
I have read a few articles recently discussing biblical prosperity and I am just getting a little bit frustrated with the whole thing. On one side you have people who insist on being poor because they think that it is more righteous to do so and on the other I am finding some people so caught up in storing up treasures for themselves on earth, that they are missing God’s plan for their life.
Ah, you know the verse. It’s the one that people love to quote when they are trying to prove that Christians should be poor because it appears to be more righteous. Well, is it really? “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Let’s look at the definition of “rich,” and see who qualifies.
I don’t exactly remember when I started to tithe – probably about 7-8 years ago. But I do remember getting a new job that was nearly double my previous income and thinking, “Wow, so this is the result of tithing.” It was a helpful lesson to me since I was, like most, skeptical about the whole thing. I had heard about all the scandals with TV preachers and kind of grew up with a cynical attitude towards giving to the church. Somewhere along the line I decided to “take a chance” and try it out.
Getting out of Debt Part 2…I have found that when I am challenged by something, I either open my mind to the possibility of it or I don’t. If I do open my mind to it, then I have to count the cost to decide if I want to do it. If so, the last and often easiest step is to just do it.
Getting out of debt Part 1… If you are like most Christians I have met, you want to be able to give more. You have a good heart and wish you could give more. You really want to be able to bless people and give more to your church. But again, if you are like most that I have met, you are thinking, “it is hard enough just to pay the bills each month, let alone give to others the way I would like to.”
Are you looking for help getting out of debt? …Over the last 2 years while working to get out of debt, we have paid off nearly $30,000 in consumer debts from some mistakes that we made in the past.
What does the Bible say about bankruptcy? Here is the truth about what the Bible says about bankruptcy.
Stewards are required to take risks: It is interesting to me how upset the master got with the steward who took no risks. The other two stewards did take risks and reaped the rewards. I often wonder why the parable didn’t contain a steward who lost some of the investment. But either way, I think we are led to believe that the primary frustration of the master was that the steward was lazy and didn’t even try.
I recently received an email from a reader asking me about some prosperity verses. I decided to dig in and do a bit more thorough study about it. I noticed a couple things that I hadn’t before about Biblical prosperity.
Should a Christian Set Goals? There seems to be a struggle for Christians in figuring out the appropriate balance between trusting God and waiting on Him and actively doing our part. Trusting in our own abilities to accomplish God’s work is the one extreme while not taking action when we should is the other extreme.
Should a Christian be in Debt? The Bible makes it clear that being in debt is not God’s best for us. I haven’t found anything to indicate that it is a sin for a Christian to be in debt
I talk a lot about the importance of having an emergency fund and how it is a necessary ingredient to a sound financial plan. But, I thought we should step back and ask the necessary question, “Would Jesus have an emergency fund?”
Obviously, the Bible makes it very clear that we are to give to the poor. There are countless verses to support this. But, it also says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.”
It seems that many Americans think the defining indicator of financial security is your lack of concern for waste. You can see it all over our culture with movie stars spending $30,000 on a designer handbag to carry their dogs in, or in the rock-n-roll lifestyle where music videos clearly portray the idea that,”money is no object,” often times in a competition of who can have the most gold chains or throw the most cash in the air.
These are my 4 simple tips to stick with a budget… Eliminate temptations – Recovering alcoholics should not hang out in bars. The temptation is too strong, it is just foolish. The same applies to someone who is trying to break the habit of overspending, you should not hang out at the mall, Home Depot, or wherever you get tempted.
But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deu 8:18
Notice that the above verse says he gives us the POWER to get wealth. There is action required on our part.