Is Greed Idolatry?

Wall Street Greed

In the 1987 movie, Wall Street, Gordon Gekko declares, “Greed is good!” Thankfully, not many agree. However, more would say that ambition is good or acquisition is good. They defend wealth and riches, and these are certainly better than poverty. I disagree that greed, ambition, and acquisition are good. Greed is commonly understood as placing…

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How Ingratitude Keeps You Poor

Americans are blessed financially when compared to the rest of the world. According to the website, “someone at the poverty line in the United States is in the top 14% of the global income distribution.” But, if you are living at the poverty line, you probably don’t feel like you’re in the top 14%…

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Are Christians Supposed to Be Poor?

Should Christians be poor? Should Christians be rich? I hope to show over the next couple of weeks that, as followers of Christ, we shouldn’t seek poverty and we shouldn’t seek exorbitant wealth. We should instead be content with what God gives us. This week, let’s focus on the question of poverty. There is something…

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Four Money Sins You May Be Committing (Part 1)

Psychologists are beginning to recognize the money sins that the scriptures have spoken of all along. In 2011, Brad Klontz and a team of researchers from Kansas State University conducted a survey and identified 4 abhorrent mindsets associated the accumulation of wealth and money. These were designated as the “Klontz Money Scripts.” Their findings were…

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Are Financial Calamities God’s Will?

Financial Calamities and God's Will

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV  God’s Will on Earth? This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that…

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Thowback Thursday: The Anointing at Bethany

Woman pouring precious perfumed oil over Jesus' head from an alabaster vase

(Author’s note: This is an article I originally published in 2006. I am re-posting it on this blog for the first time.) Jesus tells us that the story of the anointing at Bethany will be told wherever the gospel is proclaimed. That makes this a pretty significant event. Is there more to this story than…

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Starting a Budget in 4 Easy Steps

Financial stewardship is an important issue for Christians. Christians, in general, are criticized by those in the world because it assumed, sometimes rightly, but often wrongly, that ministers are just out to get our money and the money from little old ladies who live on their meager social security checks. In spite of this denigrating…

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Three Areas of Stewardship

“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” – 1Co 4:2 NKJV When we speak of stewardship, we generally think about how we manage our money, especially our giving. While money management and generosity are important, let me suggest it is only one of the areas of our lives in which we…

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What Stewardship Is All About

Stewardship, Money, Greed

Stewardship is a word that is not used often outside of Christian circles. It usually means that the church is initiating a funding drive for the new fellowship wing or some other cause. However, stewardship should not be exclusively about giving. Stewardship is Management A steward is basically a manager. This idea acknowledges that as…

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