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Foundational Pillars of Christian Stewardship

The Bible has a lot to say about money. With more than 2,350 verses devoted to it, it’s one of the most heavily discussed topics in Scripture. Obviously, all of those verses are important, or they wouldn’t be included in
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God’s Will for Your Finances

God’s purpose for us as His children is often frustrated by our preoccupation with money — making it, spending it, investing it and accumulating it. This article by the late financial teacher Larry Burkett focuses on the
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Are You Making Acceptable Sacrifices, Well-Pleasing to God?

Another anniversary has arrived! We’re now at 28 years and counting since Larry Burkett challenged me with an idea for a monthly financial publication, one that would build on the biblical principles he taught and would
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Building Generosity Into Your Monthly Budget

Imagine you are out to eat with your family and you strike up a conversation with the server. You learn she is a single mom with three kids and works two jobs to make ends meet. After her children go to bed, she spends
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Knowing How Much You Rendered to God and to Caesar

Among the many things Scripture teaches about money, these two are abundantly clear: We are to honor God by giving the first of our income back to Him, and we are to pay our taxes. Honor the LORD from your wealth and from
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Paying the School Debt of Would-Be Missionaries

Many times I heard financial teacher Larry Burkett (my boss from 1990 until his death in 2003) warn that taking on too much college debt could become an obstacle to responding to a call to mission work or other kinds of
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The Stock Market Isn’t Rational and Other Points to Ponder

When the tide goes out “A portfolio that gets so scary that you bail out at the bottom is destined to fail. There will always be apparent dangers and steep declines.” – Jeff Miller, encouraging readers of his Dash of
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SMI Members Helped Plant More Than 220 Churches in West Africa!

On Giving Tuesday, November 28, I offered a challenge to SMI members in the form of a giving opportunity — let's all work together this Christmas to help take the gospel to the people of West Africa via the church-planters
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Welcome to #Giving Tuesday, the Day When Your Gift Toward Making Jesus Known Is Multiplied Four-Fold!

Hey friends! Welcome to #GivingTuesday, the only day in your year when every $1 you give turns into $4! #Giving Tuesday is a movement designed to launch the Christmas season with an emphasis on generosity rather than
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Showing Compassion for “The Least of These”

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons approaching, our churches and Christian relief organizations soon will be encouraging us to have a charitable and giving spirit toward the poor. This is good. But may I suggest
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