Sunday, January 13, 2008

Planning for the Financial Future

This money belonged to crooks. It would be much better if it belonged to Christians.

I am a strong believer in helping people avoid or escape poverty. God has a lot to say about poverty and most of it is bad. He is consistent in demanding that His people help the truly poor.

To me, this is a matter of common sense as well as biblical mandate. If churches want to thrive spiritually, they must have temporal resources as well as spiritual ones. If all churches helped their people do a better job of financial planning they would also reap the benefits from the tithes and offerings they receive from the congregation.

Every church needs resources. Nobody can evangelize, hire staff or support missions if there is no money. One of the reasons we support ministry in Russia is because they have so little. However, we are doing everything we can to enhance their economic condition.

Every church could and should have classes and regular preaching on ways to save money, get good jobs and make a bigger salary. I wish every church had several millionaires in them so their tithes and offerings would bless others.

Go to the Willow Creek Association and look for the materials by Dick Towner. Buy them and use them in your church.

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