Category Archives: Building blocks of the economy

Charitable Thinking

  There is something I’m tempted to hoard. Money. It’s mine, I think, and I want to keep it.   But God says, It’s mine. Let it go. Extend your hand to the needy.

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Charitable Hands

  Proverbs 31:20 (NIV) She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.   It appears that this noble wife actually knew the poor and needy folks who received her gifts. These words imply a … Continue reading

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Charitable Wisdom

    Methinks this economic wisdom from the 1600’s still applies:   “Proportion thy charity to the strength of thine estate, lest God in anger proportion thine estate to the weakness of thy charity.“ Francis Quarles, English poet

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Foundations of Charitable Giving

  A certain charitable foundation is in the news. It makes me think about generosity. How do you go about your charitable giving?   I give to causes I care about I give to people I care about I am … Continue reading

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An Uncomfortable Yes

    Remember Peter’s vision about the unclean animals? Animals the Lord God told him to kill and eat?   Acts 10:14 (NIV) “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. God asks us to do something unusual. It makes us uncomfortable. We … Continue reading

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Why Work? (Wednesday)

  “Fear God and work hard.”     Wise advice from a guy who started working at age 10, earned enough to pay for college, completed medical school, practiced his own brand of medicine in the remotest of places, explored the rivers … Continue reading

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Why Work? (Tuesday)

  Colossians 3:23 (ESV) Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord.     Surprise! My work isn’t all about me. It isn’t even about my employer. My work is all about God.

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Why Work?

  Why work?     To pay the rent To change the world for the better Somebody’s gotta do it Our culture sends the message that not having to work is great—retiring early, inheriting a fortune, winning the lottery, paying … Continue reading

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Sovereign Debt (Friday)

John Wesley (1703-1791) was a man of many talents: He preached and wrote, his words concise and inspiring. He was a logical thinker and an efficient organizer (there’s a reason we call them Method-ists). He commented on reaping one’s field:   … Continue reading

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Sovereign Debt (Thursday)

  Me: Not harvesting to the edges of a field seems out of touch with our culture. God: Most Americans don’t harvest fields for profit, true. But you have income. Me: A paycheck—for me, direct deposit. And with my handy-dandy credit … Continue reading

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