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Release and Receive

You received without paying; give without pay.— Jesus, Matthew 10:8 ESV

I stood knee deep in a river beside a few Jews in what was for me a rather awkward moment—I was in a bathing suit, and these fellas were in their birthday suits. For them, the Jewish ritual of mikvah was nothing new, a ritual cleansing before a special occasion. In this case, I’d joined them for Shavuot, or as we call it, Pentecost. I’d never seen anything quite like this in Pentecostal churches, and I’ve seen a lot. In all of its oddity,...

Respect is the Heart of Stewardship*

RESPECT – June 11, 2016. I had these words inscribed onto the backs of two medals, one for my son and one for his cousin. I...

Zacchaeus’ Financial Decision

Remember the story of Zacchaeus? Of course you do, and you remember the song that goes with it too.

Our church has been going through...

Name Your Financial Fear

I love returning to the Garden of Eden narrative because it depicts humanity’s most essential dreams and fears in a simple, poetic manner....

Why We Fight About Money

I don’t like spending money on birthday presents. If you’re related to me, know that if you received a nice gift from me, it...

Does God Really Own it All?

I’ve heard people say they were put in a specific job or ministry because God needed to work on them the most. That is...

The Treasure is Close

Children find treasure everywhere: a sparkly section of a rock = crystal; an old piece of metal with a point = ancient arrowhead. This one rock...

I Love to Win

I love to win.

I love to win games: my tee ball team went undefeated in the early 80’s.

I love to win...

Your Money Goals Should Meet the M.A.R.K.

We’ve all set financial goals we didn’t meet, whether to live on a budget or to save for a rainy day, trip, or...

4 Trends in Giving

As I travel and visit churches of all shape, size, and denomination I am beginning to see consistent trends across all churches. Here are...

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