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Byte-Sized Giving

Byte-Sized Giving

Article Type: Life Stories

“First Fruit” Gifts through the Stewards Fund

It was the perfect present at the perfect moment.

“People at my church wanted to get on this new thing called the internet,” recalls Michael Wolthuis, who was only 13-years-old at the time. His parents had given him a computer the year before, positioning him to launch an entrepreneurial career.

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When Giving Gets Real

When Giving Gets Real

Ed and Shirley Talen and the Stewards Fund

When Ed Talen first tithed as a 13-year-old paperboy, it had nothing to do with faith. “My parents told me I had to,” he recalls.

But that lesson of generosity took root in his heart and life over the years, through growing trust in God’s provision.

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Income for Life

Income for Life

Article Type: Ask a Planner

Q: I want to support my favorite charitable causes, but I also need income. How can I accomplish both of these goals?

A: Lifetime income gifts are powerful, tax-wise gifts that enable you to support your favorite ministries while securing lifetime payments for you and your loved ones.

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It's How They Lived

It's How They Lived

Article Type: Life Stories

The ongoing legacy of Hal & Jane Rodenhouse

When Hal and Jane Rodenhouses’ daughters began to lend a hand with their parents’ finances, they were astounded by what they discovered. The list of charities their parents supported was two pages long… single-spaced.

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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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