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Lake Tahoe – Shallow or Deep

Several years ago I got to visit Lake Tahoe. It’s beautiful, even though it doesn’t really appear that big. But there’s enough water in it to cover the state of California over a foot deep! Lake Tahoe is a great illustration of how God asks us to manage our finances. It’s much better to be deep […]

Generous Giving – Missing God’s Blessings

Are you a really generous giver? Only five percent of all Americans tithe … and giving to the local church has been in decline for the past decade. Do you know what that means? Most Americans are missing out on the incredible blessings that come when you give! Malachi three says, “Test Me in this,” […]

What It Means to Believe – Larry Burkett

The Bible says that when a person comes to know Jesus, they become a ‘new creation’. Today, our founder, the late Larry Burkett, talks about the change in his own life. I’d like to invite you to join us for the annual Crown Gathering, in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina this October. It’s a wonderful time […]

What If Everyone Tithed?

Would you describe yourself as a generous person? Would your friends, family, and neighbors say the same about you? Studies show that those who habitually give, started giving in their teens or early twenties – AND usually have less debt. But the church of America gives less today than during the Great Depression….. and carries […]

Making a Kingdom Bucket List

We all have things we want to do during our lifetime. I’d love to run an ultra marathon!!  It’s fun to make these bucket lists – or dream of traveling the world. But I think we should make a different kind of bucket list. Of course we should enjoy God’s incredible creation! But as much […]

The Bible’s Take on Retirement

Do you think about retirement? Most of us do at some point, but is it even Biblical? The luxurious life of retirement has been sold to us over the last fifty plus years as something we deserve, and it’s become accepted as normal. But, it’s not necessarily normal…. biblically or historically. Some people can retire […]

Comparison and Inadequacy

Denise recently learned a great financial lesson – from a casserole.      After a church potluck, Denise was upset and a little embarrassed because she felt like she brought the worst dish. Drew, Denise’s husband, was a little caught off guard by the emotional response to a casserole, but he was pleased that she […]

Who Are the Poor?

Jesus said, “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”  So, who are the poor? And, how poor is poor? Poor Americans are those who struggle to make ends meet, whether they’re trying to pay for necessities like food and housing, or comforts like a TV and car. […]

Money and Emotions

When Wendy has the nicest things, she’s the most confident. Her parents didn’t have a ton of money growing up, so now that Wendy’s financially successful, she feels like she deserves to have the best. It’s where most of her confidence, and stress, comes from.   How do you feel about money? Maybe, like Wendy, […]

Keep Calm and Budget On

It had just been ONE OF THOSE MONTHS! Kelly had hungry boys to feed after her son’s soccer practices every afternoon, her husband’s car needed a new transmission, and it was time to get her daughter in braces. Have you experienced a month like this? I like to call it “whack-a-mole” budgeting, because it’s like […]

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