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Does Unexpected Money Really Come from God?

The last time you received an unexpected amount of money, did you give God the glory? What if He wasn’t the One who gave it to you? In fact, what if it wasn’t His will for you to have it? You might think of the lottery. Somebody spends a couple of dollars on a ticket and wins a large sum. …

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How to Teach Your Kids about Money the God Way (Psalm 37:30)

There’s a lot to teach your children. Along with the lessons that good Christian parents teach, money should be one of them. But what should you teach and when should you teach it? Here are some ideas to help you develop a financial education plan for your children. Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]The godly offer good counsel; …

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Beware of Prideful Tithing (Matthew 23:23)

Is it possible to do the work of God yet have God unhappy with you? In the New Testament, Jesus speaks harshly to those who do the right things for the wrong reasons. What can we learn from those times when Jesus rebukes? Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you …

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The Bible Says Hard Work Pays Off (Proverbs 19:15)

The Bible has some hard hitting rebukes of behavior that God sees as a destroyer of living the life of prosperity that He intends for us. In Proverbs He speaks of “slothfulness” better known to us as laziness. What is God telling us for our own lives and how should we treat others who seem to have fallen into this …

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Is it God’s Will For You To Be Rich?

Christians are supposed to live a prosperous life and that has led some to believe that prosperous means financially wealthy. Is it God’s will for us to be rich? I try to stay away from hot-button religious debates but this one is central to any discussion of money as it relates to God’s plan. The great Christian understatement may be …

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Five Ways to Make Biblical Business Deals (Psalm 112:5)

Have you thought about the fact that how you conduct you business affairs is a direct reflection on your relationship with Jesus? Today, we look at God’s way of making business deals. Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” – Psalms 112:5[/box] Background: The …

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Five Rules for Saving Your Money the Bible Way (1 Corinthians 16:2)

Saving money isn’t easy in this economy but part of God’s financial plan includes more saving and less spending. Here’s how to do it. Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I …

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Don’t Cheat on Your Taxes. God Doesn’t Like it (Romans 13:6-7)

Everybody does it, right? You deduct 1,100 miles when you only drove 900 or you say that you donated 8 pairs of designer jeans in new condition when it was only 4 and they were pretty beat up. What are the dangers of those little white lies on your taxes? Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]This is also …

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Want to See FInancial Prosperity? Do This! (Proverbs 21:5)

You can find a wealth of articles online that give you great advice on how to make responsible financial choices but financial prosperity begins with one key action and it comes straight from God. Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5[/box] Background: Proverbs …

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If You Don’t Have the Cash, God Says Not to Buy it (Luke 14:28)

Credit is as American as Baseball. We make purchases that we can’t afford today and for many, it results in being in over their head. God doesn’t want you to live a life of financial ruin. Verse: [box type="info" color="000000" bg="#D0D0D0 " font="arial" fontsize="14"]Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the …

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Use Your Child’s First Car as a Financial Learning Tool

Most teenagers reach 14 or 15 and start dreaming of driving a car of their own. You could do what some parents do and purchase the car, the insurance, and give them money for gas but if you want to raise them with financial wisdom, covering all of their expenses isn’t the right plan. Here are a few ways to use …

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Here’s Why You Need Financial Advice and How to Get It

Bloomberg ran an interesting story about financial planners and advisers. It was part advice and part personal story but the takeaway is important for all of us. If you’re not feeling like reading the 3 webpages worth of text, let me briefly summarize for you. First, he said that like so many other Americans, he doesn’t have enough money to …

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Want Prosperity? Turn Away from these Financial Habits in 2013

Is there anything in your life that you want to change? The likely answer is, “yes”, so why hasn’t it changed yet? Since we’re only a few days into the new year, let’s look at ways to make financial adjustments that will help to bring about the changes you’ve been waiting for. Let’s not look at the obvious ones that …

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The Truth About Retirement Savings That Nobody Tells You

It’s not hard to find advice about preparing for retirement but some of the information is being left out. Save as much as you can now because Americans are living longer and your chances of running out of money are higher than in generations before you. You need to save 12 to 15 percent of your yearly income for retirement …

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Five Ways for You or Your Business to be Charitable

December is the time of year where giving takes a forefront place in our minds. We think about giving to close friends and family members as well those in our community. If you’re a business owner—or even if you’re not, here are some ways that you can give back during the holiday season or any time of year. [box type=”info” …

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What Does a Godly Leader Look Like?

As Christians, we’re called to be leaders. If for no other reason, we are to “lead” people to Christ through the examples we live out. But if you’re a parent, a spouse, manager, or in any other position of authority, you’re a leader and God wants you to know that how you lead is a reflection of Him. God not …

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15 Quick and Sometimes Drastic Tips for Getting Out of Debt

Americans have an average credit card balance of $7,150. If you’re one of those that fits into this mold, understand that living in debt is not God’s will for your life. The only way out is to get drastic. We put together 15 quick and drastic ways to get on the path to a debt free life. Is it really …

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You’re 401(k) Probably Needs Some Attention. Here’s Why

What do you know about the investment markets? If you’re like most Americans, you know very little. You know that there is a stock market and you’ve heard of mutual funds because you had to pick them when your company gave you that big stack of retirement literature. If you don’t know much about the investment markets, it’s nothing to …

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The Biblical Way to Put Your Money to Work

Have you ever found yourself confused about what God might say about the investment markets? A lot of what goes on in the world’s investment markets feels a lot like gambling but is that the way God sees it? As an investor and a Christian, I walk the thinnest of tightropes. Those outside the world of financial markets may not …

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Time to Embrace the New Way of Picking a College (and Your Major)

The cost of college is through the roof and if you don’t adapt to the new way of picking a college and your major, you may wind up as one of 50 percent of recent graduates that are either unemployed or working part time hours in a job not related to their major. Forbes lays out a very familiar story. …

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What Would Jesus Say about the Powerball?

When the jackpot reaches into the hundreds of millions, we hear a lot about the Powerball drawing. If you aren’t familiar with the Powerball, think of it as a national lottery. According to their website, Powerball is ran by the Multi-State Lottery Association—a non profit, government benefit association started by the participating state lotteries. 43 states participate in the Powerball …

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Some Real Fiscal Cliff Calculations

The Wall Street Journal recently published a story about the real financial impact of the fiscal cliff if Congress fails to act. If it isn’t averted, regardless of who you are, you’re likely to see an increase in your taxes. They reported that 90% of all Americans would see a tax increase with college students seeing one of the largest …

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What Would Jesus Say about the Fiscal Cliff?

You’ve likely heard that there is a looming financial crisis that will effect virtually every American. It’s called the fiscal cliff and without intervention from President Obama and Congress, a series of tax increases and spending cuts will take effect on January 1st, 2013.  A lot of what goes on in Washington causes passionate debates among armchair politicians all over …

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Cheaper Gas Offset by More Expensive Food in October

Each month the federal government compares the prices of everyday products to prices one month before. All of these comparison make up the Consumer Price Index or (CPI) CPI is the big economics term for inflation. You’ve probably heard of inflation but may not know what it is. Inflation causes a drop in the value of your money. As the …

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What Would Jesus Say to Westboro Baptist Church?

The Westboro Baptist Church is a church well known to the American public, arguably for all the wrong reasons. This Topeka, Kansas church has approximately 40 people, most of which are related to the church’s pastor, Fred Phelps. They are best known for their views on homosexuality that leads them to protest at military funerals of gay servicemen. Their stance …

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What Would Jesus Say to John McAfee?

If you haven’t heard this story, it sounds like something straight out of a best selling movie. Millionaire John McAfee, who created the widely popular McAfee antivirus program, has been on the run since being named a person of interest in the murder of his neighbor. But it gets even crazier. A resident of Belize, McAfee has not only evaded …

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What Would Jesus Say about the Powerball?

When the jackpot reaches into the hundreds of millions, we hear a lot about the Powerball drawing. If you aren’t familiar with the Powerball, think of it as a national lottery. According to their website, Powerball is ran by the Multi-State Lottery Association—a non profit, government benefit association started by the participating state lotteries. 43 states participate in the Powerball …

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What Would Jesus Say about the Fiscal Cliff?

You’ve likely heard that there is a looming financial crisis that will effect virtually every American. It’s called the fiscal cliff and without intervention from President Obama and Congress, a series of tax increases and spending cuts will take effect on January 1st, 2013.  A lot of what goes on in Washington causes passionate debates among armchair politicians all over …

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