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Giving Up The Coyote Life

Giving Up The Coyote Life

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:27, NIV)

I saw it this morning, while walking my dog. An hour before daybreak, the shadowy figure of a coyote disappeared and re-appeared between the streetlights just ahead of us. After my dog let out a nervous huff, it stopped, turned to stare at us, and then kept trotting ahead.

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Finishing Forward

Finishing Forward

Article Type: Life Stories

Why Gifting Farm Equipment Proved a “Win-Win” Solution for Gary Teerink

Farming isn’t just a job for Gary Teerink. It’s his family’s legacy. A third-generation farmer, Gary has seen the Lord’s provision throughout his 80 years on the farm in Worthington, MN, originally started by his grandfather.

“The Lord has really blessed me and my brother,” says Gary

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Can I Give Stock to My Church?

Can I Give Stock to My Church?

Q: Can I give stock to my church?

A: Yes! Most gifts received by churches and other charities are in the form of cash, even though this is not always the most tax-efficient way to give.

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What It's Really Like to Have It All

What It's Really Like to Have It All

Article Type: General Articles

Know a person who “has it all”? Got a name? A face?

What else can be said about a person who only gets green lights and open doors? It seems they always have more followers, dollars and points than you.

Deep down, you don’t really believe any singular person has it all. So, why do we still let that person bug us?

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Friendships And Kingdom Service

Friendships And Kingdom Service

Article Type: Life Stories

How Roger and Audrey Otten Share the Light in Their Community

If you want to catch the Ottens, you’d better call early in the morning. Each at the age of 90, Roger and Audrey are on the move every day.

Connecting and investing in the community is how the Ottens have spent their 67 years of married life together.

“We think it’s important,” states Rog.

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Why It’s Hard for the Rich to Enter the Kingdom

Why It’s Hard for the Rich to Enter the Kingdom

“Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:23, NIV)

Check your sermon file on this passage; my guess is you’ve got at least a few. That’s because preachers have to wrestle with this hard saying of Jesus — especially in a capitalistic context.

Here’s my granular take on why Jesus says it’s so hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven.

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How Much To Keep

How Much To Keep

Article Type: Life Stories

The Growing Generosity of Jack and Mary Ann Byeman

“It’s not about how much should we give, but how much should we keep.”

This is how Jack and Mary Ann Byeman explain why generosity has never been determined by how much or how little they have.

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Estate Plan Update

Estate Plan Update

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q: If I move, does my estate plan need an update?

A: If your will was valid at the time you created it, it does not necessarily become invalid just because you move to a new state.

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Sweetness from the Struggle

Sweetness from the Struggle

Tom and Dee Little, Stewards Fund Clients

“We had some very hard economic times,” recalls Tom Little. In the midst of their struggles, Tom and Dee relied on the unifying power and peace of their faith in Jesus Christ.

“We knew God was in control, and that He was going to see us through,” says Tom. “We did make it through, and now He has blessed us beyond all belief!”

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God's Faithfulness Through Adversity

God's Faithfulness Through Adversity

Almost every successful person I’ve ever interviewed attributes their success, at least in part, to difficult times in their lives. They recount times of financial strain, business reversal, family crisis or other setbacks that threatened to be their ruin.

I’m not sure what it is about adversity, but somehow God uses it to bring out His best in us.

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