“Come again, Jesus? You’re pushing swag? To influence people? A bit unseemly, wouldn’t you say?”
“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9, NIV)
Who doesn’t like a little swag? “Ooh, a foam can cooler,” you squeal — except you don’t actually use them.
We call giving “a privilege” or “a responsibility” or “an aspiration.”
But the not-so-subtle message we send to our members says it’s a duty. That’s right, the same rationale we use for getting a root canal gets applied to giving.
What if we could change the narrative from “gotta” to “get to” give?
How a Stewards Fund Serves the Vander Kooi Family
For 52 years, the couple lived next to their shops, raised their family and walked to work together, often holding hands.
I never wanted to know how much church members were giving. I didn’t think it was any of my business.
That was a mistake.
Why IRA Giving Became the Tax-Wise Solution for Andy and Jinny De Jong
Over the course of their married life, Andy and Jinny De Jong have intentionally worked to establish priorities and practices of generosity.
“When it comes to money, married couples aren’t always on the same page,” quips Jinny.
“Sometimes one of us had a greater call to generosity than the other, but we would talk that through, pray about it and God would give us one heart and one mind.”
Q: Should I give to my church from my IRA?
A: If you are 70 ½ or older, the now-permanent IRA charitable rollover is a smart and powerful way to give to your local church.
By Rev. Phillip Leo, Church Communications Director
“These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”
(Luke 8:3b, NIV)
Define disciple. “That’s easy,” you say. “A disciple is a Jesus-follower.”
True enough. But what does that look like?
“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said.” (Mark 10:21, NIV)
Jesus loved the rich young ruler. This man was literally so close to the Kingdom of God. He chased it down. Finding Jesus and falling to his knees, he begged Him to share the secret of the Kingdom.
Extending Generosity Through Gifts in a Will
The Venemas regularly express their unyielding faith and commitment to generosity through planned gifts to a variety of ministries close to their hearts.
I’ve been binging on budget apps lately. In my nerdy opinion, they’re cool and help me feel in control of my money. What’s not to like?
But my wife’s reaction was less than enthusiastic.