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A Compelling Case for Ministry

A Compelling Case for Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14

Trust me, you’ve already seen this movie a time or two: a pastor is asked to sit down to “hear what some people are saying” about the church’s current ministry.

The lines are so tired, you can parrot them as they’re spoken: “The sermons are weak. The flock isn’t being fed. There’s too much emphasis on the community. What about us?”

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In Light of the Current Market, Should I Still Consider Giving Stock?

In Light of the Current Market, Should I Still Consider Giving Stock?

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q: In light of the current market, should I still consider giving stock?

A: Absolutely! Giving appreciated stock, real estate or other non-cash assets remains one of the most cost-effective ways to support your church or other ministries since you will receive a fair market value deduction at the time of your gift and avoid capital gains on the sale of appreciated assets.

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Get in Line With Jesus

Get in Line With Jesus

Article Type: General Articles

Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” John 1:43, NIV

Line up!

This directive isn’t only for grade-schoolers who line up to go to lunch or the bathroom.

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An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

An Open Letter to Pastors from Noah

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

A simple reflection from somebody who knows a thing or two about quarantine.

Dear pastor,

I keep thinking of you. The afternoon doldrums take over my thoughts, and there you are. The reaches of the night find me restless, so I pray for you. I pray for your family. I pray for new mercies and for shalom.

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Unanimously Different

Unanimously Different

Article Type: Life Stories

How the Stewards Fund Enables Randy and Martika Gartman to Support What’s Most Important

Ask anyone who knows Randy and Martika Gartman, and you’ll hear how different they are — in almost every way.

Dig a little deeper, however, and the Gartmans’ similarities and loving dependence on one another quickly becomes apparent.

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Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Article Type: Tips & Insights

3 Ways to Support Your Favorite Kingdom Causes in Your Will

Your will (or trust) is a powerful tool for leaving a legacy of care and generosity.

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In the Midst of Challenging Times

In the Midst of Challenging Times

Article Type: A Message From the Director

Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 have never been more appropriate. In the middle of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (vs. 19a, 20a, 21)

He then goes on to invite us to be free of worry, assuring us that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” He will take care of our needs. (vs. 33)

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