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Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“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.

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Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

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?

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Generosity During the Retirement Years

Generosity During the Retirement Years

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.”

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Gifts From Your IRA

Gifts From Your IRA

Article Type: Ask a Planner

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.

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The Scale of Giving

The Scale of Giving

Article Type: Biblical Stewardship

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?

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