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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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When There's Too Much In The Collection Plate

When There's Too Much In The Collection Plate

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.” (Exodus 36:6-7, NIV)

Here’s a silly question: Is there ever such a thing as too much giving? When it comes to generosity, is the sky always the limit?

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Record-Breaking Generosity in 2020

Record-Breaking Generosity in 2020

Article Type: News

Despite a year full of many challenges, Barnabas Foundation saw record-breaking numbers in the generosity of God’s people. Barnabas Foundation distributed 11,207 grants to churches, nonprofit ministries and other charitable organizations in 2020.

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"The Good News Never Stops"

"The Good News Never Stops"

Article Type: Biblical Stewardship

The Impact of the Stewards Fund

It’s no surprise that this was a challenging year for several of Barnabas Foundation’s member ministries. Even so, ministry leaders report experiencing new opportunities and God’s provision time and time again – often as a result of Stewards Fund supporters.

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Money Can’t Buy Church Renewal

Money Can’t Buy Church Renewal

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

What’s the cost of church renewal?

It depends on the type of cost, right? Fees for renewal programs range from hundreds to thousands of dollars; but there’s also the human cost of soul searching, prayer and repentance.

Which cost would you rather pay?

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