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A Culture of Beggars Versus Choosers

Every church has culture. Your culture is undeniable. In fact, it is unstoppable! This is both good and bad news. If you have focused on developing a healthy culture, then you should be reaping some amazing benefits. However, if you have just allowed culture to happen, you may be experiencing some pain. To best understand […]
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Giving Can Make You Happy

Originally published in Facts & Trends Over the past few years I have read several research projects that directly link the experience of giving to the feeling of happiness. Some of these projects have been extremely impressive in depth and focus. For instance, one found that giving a material gift certainly elicits positive emotions in […]
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Generosity For Everyone

It doesn’t matter how old we are or how much we earn, we all can live generously in whatever stage we are in. But don’t just take my word for it, let’s look at a few examples in the Bible for inspiration. The boy with the fishes and loaves (John 6:1-14). While I am not […]
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5 Ways Smaller Churches Live Small and Dream Big

Church growth and impact over the last decade extends beyond the mega-church and multi-campus congregations we most often hear about. During this season, the small church has been on the rise as well, freed from past restraints of limited resources and under-developed vision. New paths of innovation and technology are driving a new wave of […]
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Seven Giving Messages from Genesis

Preaching on the topic of money in a healthy way can be one of the most challenging topics pastors ever address. The sermon topics can range from either pressuring people to give more (because the church has a need) to fighting workaholism (because the pursuit of money is wrong). In between these two extremes is […]
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Our Complicated History With Church Money

Many pastors tell me they hate fundraising. I think there’s a legitimate reason for that. You see, the call of the pastor is to cast, carry, and shepherd the vision of the church. Meanwhile, it seems that the call of the fundraiser is to merely collect funds when resources are low. It can then be […]
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Chasing Wrong Financial Goals

If I were to list the most common financial goals that are often repeated across the nation in financial small groups, seminars, and sermons, I am confident I know the two that are listed the most. One is a goal most pastors dream of, and the other is a dream held by those in the […]
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Why Tithing May Not Be as Generous as You Think

Not sure if the title of this blog is shocking to a reader or not, but let’s dive into the topic of tithing and generosity. We’ll define our terms, then we will look into a few Scriptures, and conclude with some applications. Defining Generosity & Tithing By definition, a tithe is a tenth part of […]
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