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  • 10 Financial Principles that are Biblical

    There are financial principles found in God’s Word that instruct us in conducting our financial affairs.  One of the major themes of the Bible is obedience to the Lord.  Practicing these financial principles demonstrates that Christians are trusting God in this important area of their lives. 

    This downloadable article outlines the 10 Financial Principles that are Biblical:

    1. God owns it all
    2. Giving is essential
    3. Allow for margin
    4. Bible backs savings
    5. Keep out of debt
    6. Secret of Contentment
    7. Develop a budget
    8. Don't cosign
    9. Work hard
    10. Seek Godly counsel

    This 10-part series highlights financial principles found in God’s Word that instruct us in conducting our financial affairs.

  • 5 Secrets of Good and Faithful Servants

    1. Good and Faithful Servants Maximize God’s Resources. Have you thought about ways you can maximize the financial resources God has given you? For example, did you know you can increase your tax benefit and stretch your giving dollars to the Lord's work when you transfer appreciated assets (such as stocks or mutual funds) directly to our church rather than donating the proceeds after selling them? If you have owned securities for more than a year, your tax savings are significant because you receive an income tax deduction for the fair-market value (what it's worth today, not what you paid for it). Additionally, you will not pay any capital gain tax upon the transfer.

    2.  Good and Faithful Servants are Trustworthy. Just like the master in the Parable of the Talents went on a journey and entrusted his property to others, so God entrusts His property to us. What has God entrusted you with? There are many things! He trusts you with the time He’s given you today, relationships with your family and friends, financial resources and possessions, the creation around you, the gospel message, and so much more.

    3.  Good and Faithful Servants Know Their Abilities. Isn’t it interesting that the man who went on the journey gave something to each of his servants “according to their ability?” God knows what your talents and abilities are because He gave them to you! There’s no point in comparing your abilities to someone else—God wants you to use what He’s given you! But do you know what your gifts are? If you need some help identifying or fine-tuning the gifts God gave you, check out “Discover Your Gifts” by Faith Alive Publishing at www.faithaliveresources.org

    4.  Good and Faithful Servants are Action-Oriented. You may have heard there are three kinds of people in the world—those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. The “good and faithful servants” made things happen. They didn’t put things off until tomorrow. They didn’t wait until they were in a better mood or were less busy. Instead, they went “at once” to put their master’s resources to work for him. Is there something God is asking you to say, do, or give today?

    5.  Good and Faithful Servants are Self-Starters. What would the average employee think if the boss went away for a long time? What would the average teenager think if mom and dad went on vacation without the kids? Party time! Right? Not so with the good and faithful servants. The master went away “for a long time.” And with no one watching, or giving them reminders, or holding their hands, the good and faithful servants took responsibility and got to work, day in and day out, until their master returned.

    Do you have kids or grandkids that like to keep secrets? A secret, the dictionary reports, is something hidden from view. That’s a good description of the hearts of “good and faithful servants” that Jesus described in Matthew 25. Although motivations of the heart are not always visible, Jesus takes notice and ultimately commends them. Here are 5 “secrets” of good and faithful servants that we trust will be an encouragement to you as you grow in your walk with the Lord.

  • A Matter of the Heart

    Thankfulness

    “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18). A steward’s heart is a thankful heart – but how can we be thankful in everything? It begins with an attitude of gratitude – thanking God for the big and small blessings in our life, and resting on His promises during the difficult times.

    Thoughts

    “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” (Hebrews 13:5). Most people think if they had just a little more money, they’d be happier. But contentment isn’t “getting what you want - it’s a mindset of wanting what you have.”  Contentment comes when we tune out our culture’s relentless pursuit for more, and fix our thoughts and eyes on God who promised to supply all of our needs.

    Trust

    “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not . . . to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17). Our trust can easily move from God to our bank accounts and abilities. But the only path to peace is to put our trust in God, yielding to His plan and timing for our lives. 

    Talk

    “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). Our children may fail to listen, but we know that they seldom fail to imitate us.

    Talents

    “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). Highly effective stewards see their time and talents as precious gifts from God, and use those gifts to bless others and advance the kingdom of God in their homes, communities, and around the world.

    Treasure

    “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9). When we give, we are demonstrating the depth of our loyalty to Christ and understanding of His grace in our lives. We serve a giving God, and when He lives in our hearts, our love for Him grows, overflowing in generous, sacrificial, and joyful giving to the things He cares about.

    Most people immediately think of money when they hear the word “stewardship.” But stewardship is so much bigger than finances. It’s really a heart issue – a longing to offer everything we are and have to Him. Consider these truths from the Word of God as you prayerfully ask the Lord to make your heart more in tune with His.

  • Advisors e-Newsletter

    Offers financial professionals tax and other updates designed for Planned Gift advisors.

  • Barnabas Foundation Donor Video, with Tribute

    Videos

    Are you looking for help in planning for your family’s future?  This video explains how Barnabas Foundation provides planning services tailored to your family situation.  

  • Barnabas Foundation Generosity Video

    Videos

    Barnabas Foundation has developed the “Generosity” video which can be shown as part of a stewardship emphasis before worship, during worship, or as an introduction to an adult education opportunity.  It was developed for use in the church as a way to encourage church members to consider the incredible legacy they leave for others. 

  • Barnabas Foundation Gift Acceptance Policy

    Specific guidelines govern acceptance of gifts made to Barnabas Foundation. For complete guidelines, please download our Gift Acceptance Policy.

    Forms & Information, Policies

    Barnabas Foundation is a religious not-for-profit distinctly Christian organization. These guidelines provide information about the types of gifts Barnabas Foundation accepts.  

  • Barnabas Foundation Stewards Fund Policy

    To view our complete Stewards Fund Policy, please download.

    Forms & Information, Policies

    This policy provides details on how the Stewards Fund operates. Our Stewards Fund is a donor-advised fund.  It provides an excellent opportunity to meet a donor’s charitable giving goals with the flexibility to ensure that their gifts are used most effectively. 

  • Biblical Principles

    The” Joy of Generosity” devotions are designed for church leaders to use in their regularly scheduled meetings to help them as leaders meditate on God’s plan for whole-life stewardship and facilitate a stewardship mindset in their churches. There are three sets of devotions to choose from in the “Joy of Generosity” series: 


    1) Biblical Principles – 7 devotionals
    2) Money Matters – 5 devotionals
    3) Generous Giving – 7 devotionals
    These devotions were developed by Barnabas Foundation (www.barnabasfoundation.com) and are adapted from “The Joy of Generosity” (HomeLink series) written by Robert C. Heerspink and released by Faith Alive Christian Resources (www.faithaliveresources.com).


    Devotions play a key role in moving our hearts and minds into a receptive attitude.  Their impact on our growth as “good stewards” can be significant, as the opportunities to select appropriate devotions for specific groups expands.  We’ve selected some of the best resources available to guide you in this area.

  • Boomer Stewardship and Generosity: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life

    This webinar discusses the Boomer Generation and leading a life of stewardship in the second half of life with Clayton Smith.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity Application Form

    Forms & Information, Forms

    To start a Charitable Gift Annuity, complete this form and return it to Barnabas Foundation. 

  • Charitable Gift Annuity Medicaid Disclosure

     Listed below are key provisions of the law you may wish to consider before making your gift.

    1. If you transfer assets for less than fair market value within the "look-back period" of applying for Medicaid, you will be treated as if you divested those assets, resulting in the application of a penalty period in Medicaid. The current look-back period is 60 months for all transfers made after February 8, 2006.
    2. The penalty period will begin on the date you are eligible for Medicaid and are receiving long term care services. The penalty period will depend on the amount transferred.
    3. Annuities are specifically addressed in the legislation. It would appear from the language of the law that establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity is considered a divestment and would result in a divestment penalty period as described above.
    4. If you expect that you may need to apply for Medicaid within the next five years, it is recommended that you speak with a professional advisor before establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity. Experts in the area of gift planning recommend that an individual have enough cash, securities, other investments, or long-term care insurance for five years of nursing home-level care before establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity.
    5. If a Charitable Gift Annuity is not appropriate at this time, there may be other ways you could benefit your favorite charity without risking Medicaid disqualification.

    For more information about charitable giving options, contact Barnabas Foundation at 888-448-3040.

    Please read prior to applying for a Barnabas Foundation Charitable Gift Annuity.

    Charitable Gift Annuities provide an attractive way for individuals to make a charitable gift, receive an immediate tax deduction, and retain an income for life.  However, changes to Medicaid law in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 created new rules that should be considered when establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity.