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Financial Freedom

Happy 4th of July! I have fond memories of a neighborhood parade we started years ago. It was a time to celebrate our freedom dressed in red, white, and blue. Children rode decorated bikes, walked their dress-up dogs and waved flags to cheering neighbors. Unfortunately, many do not know the joy of financial freedom. Do […]

Responding to Loss

How God’s people respond to a financial loss should be very different than how the world responds to a loss. We learn a lot about ourselves when it happens. Today, Crown’ founder, the late Larry Burkett, tells the story of a successful real estate developer who lost everything during an economic downturn in the 70’s. […]

Love God – Not Money

God knows the heart.  Some people try to manipulate God for great gain. Take Simon, a professed convert to Christianity. In the Book of Acts, Simon watched Peter and John place their hands on a group of new believers, who then received the Holy Spirit. Simon offered the men money saying, “Give me also this […]

Priorities in Business

A business can have eternal impact.   In every area of Christian service, we need to establish priorities. We can quickly become so involved with the “urgent” things of this world that we neglect the important things. Let’s take a business for example. Early on, the urgent thing is to make payroll. Later it becomes urgent […]

Fulfill Your Vows

Do you take your vows seriously? The Bible makes it very clear that a vow or promise of any kind is not to be taken lightly. Once we’ve given our word, it becomes a binding contract to be fulfilled. So, before agreeing to any terms, we must carefully consider the consequences. This concept is rarely […]

The Purpose of Money in Your Life

What’s the purpose of money in your life? The decisions you make reflect what’s really important to you. This is especially true with decisions involving money. Money exists to help you fulfill God’s purpose for your life. However, if used improperly, it can hinder that purpose. The prophet Obadiah, in 1 Kings 18, understood his […]

Crazy Money! Joss Paper

It’s Crazy Money Day! What you believe is expressed in your use of money. Several years ago, I was invited to teach in Taiwan. Walking back to my hotel with my hosts, we passed what looked like street vendors along the sidewalk. Every 50 to 100 feet, crouched around a small stove with an open […]

Pride is a Financial Enemy

Pride is your financial enemy.  When preoccupied with what others think, you ignore Biblical financial principles. Pride prevents you from embracing a lifestyle of simplicity. Do you pay more to wear certain clothes, to drive certain cars, to eat at certain places, or to live in a certain neighborhood? Is it to impress others, elevate […]

Symptoms of Financial Bondage

Set your minds on things that are above not on things that are on the earth. Focusing on things of this world leads to financial bondage. I see it when people try to accumulate everything they think will make them more comfortable, likable, or acceptable.  Things can distract you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your […]

Worshiping Idols?

Idolatry comes in many forms… We look at jealousy as a negative characteristic, but with God, it’s a righteous response. He’s the only One worthy of our worship and He told us to have no other gods before him. Most believers would admit that worshiping money or material possessions is unacceptable. Yet, where is our […]

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