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Give Me the Collection Plate!

Give Me the Collection Plate!

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.’” (Exodus 25:1-2, NIV)

During worship a few Sundays ago, I watched a preacher turn the sometimes sleepy time of offering on its head.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable Gift Annuities

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q. How much income will I receive from a charitable gift annuity?

A. It depends on your age and the original gift amount. Each year (or quarter) you’ll receive a percentage of your original gift.

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Myths of Charitable Giving

Myths of Charitable Giving

Article Type: General Articles

There are several smart and powerful ways to support your favorite ministries. However, lack of experience or misunderstanding prevents too many generous Christians from taking full advantage of these opportunities. 

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Share My Paycheck?

Share My Paycheck?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

So, share my paycheck. That’s the idea. My work – my paycheck – is directly linked to sharing with those in need in Ephesians 4:28 (NIV).

But my paycheck? Sharing? 

Why is it so difficult to hear and even more difficult to do?

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God’s Measuring Cup

God’s Measuring Cup

Article Type: Biblical Stewardship

How much should I give? This question gets asked more than you might think. You answer it when the church collection basket comes around on Sundays, for the Salvation Army kettles at Christmas and every time you sort mail from dozens of charities. Over and over, we make decisions about how many dollars to assign to causes near to our hearts.

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Kingdom Causes and Income for Life

Kingdom Causes and Income for Life

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q. Is there a way to support my church and favorite Kingdom causes – AND receive income for life?

A. Yes! One of the ways to do this is through a charitable gift annuity (CGA) which makes this possible for you and your family.

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Taking Aim at Missions

Taking Aim at Missions

Article Type: Life Stories

Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time. 

This truism didn’t escape Miriam Bartlett who lived with a singular aim for 96 years – supporting Christian missions. Though she’s now in glory, the effects of Miriam’s life and passion for missions are still experienced all around the world.

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Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

Article Type: Life Stories

How CGAs proved the win-win solution for Peter and Jo Mans

Rev. Peter Mans has one sermon on giving. “It’s titled ‘The Sermon on the Amount,’” he says with a laugh, “I only wish that I had preached that sermon more!”

Beyond what he taught from the pulpit, he and his wife, Jo, have spent a lifetime modeling the values of biblical stewardship.

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