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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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Giving to Disaster-Relief Efforts

In a fallen world, disasters happen — and for two millennia, Christians have been at the forefront of relief efforts, helping to ease suffering and provide care in Jesus's name. Regrettably, disaster-relief fundraising
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This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord
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Common Questions About Donor-Advised Funds

The July issue of the Sound Mind Investing newsletter includes an article about the one of the fast-growing charitable-giving vehicles: Donor-advised funds (DAF). There are many benefits to DAFs, such as the ability to
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Letting Your Joy in God Overflow

SMI's purpose statement says, “We help individuals invest successfully and apply biblical principles to all aspects of their financial life so they will experience the joy of: providing well for their family (1 Timothy
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