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3 Steps to Trust God More

Many people struggle with fear, especially when it comes to their finances. Attitudes of fear and anxiety over our money, relationships, and circumstances can be a sign of bondage.  

Faith is the opposite of fear. Hebrews 11 defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.”

If we had no needs, we would have no need of faith. But, our precious Father, knew needs were essential for us to develop faith in Him.

It is vital that we view our future needs as opportunities to exercise and develop our faith. And, if we believe that God is “a rewarder of those who seek Him” then we can place our life in His hands.

How do we trust God?

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Becoming a Cheerful Giver

Randy Alcorn says, “Gaze upon Christ long enough, and you’ll become more of a giver. Give long enough, and you’ll become more like Christ.”

God’s Word describes the tithe as a testimony to God’s ownership. Our tithe is the seed we plant in God’s garden. He takes it and multiplies it.

The amount of the tithe is not important to God; He owns it all. But the amount IS important to us. Giving is a heart issue: where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

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7 Ways to Become More Content

Charles Spurgeon said, “If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

Contentment is an attitude of knowing God’s plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and believing that God’s peace is greater than the world’s problems.

Today, many are discontented – not because they aren’t doing well but because others are doing better.

Worldly goals are robbing believers of contentment. Lack of peace, lack of spiritual growth and doubts about God are warning flags.

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Why You Should Read

Martin Luther once said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Eric Metaxas adds, “If you want to change your world, pick up a book and read.”

Warren Buffet attributes his success to reading...500 pages a day!
He says reading causes knowledge to accumulate like compound interest. But, not many people follow his advice.

Charles Chu, at QZ.com, tells how he tried. He admits to not making 500 pages a day, but he read 400 books in 2 years.

And, the result?

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The Secret to a Fulfilling Life

“How do you spell ‘love’?” asked Piglet. “You don’t spell it….you feel it.” answered Pooh

Pooh knew what he was talking about! But, it took Harvard 75 years to prove it.

Melanie Curtin at Inc.com recently reported on the secret to leading a fulfilling life.

Harvard’s (Grant and Glueck) study tracked the physical and emotional wellbeing of poor men growing up in Boston and male graduates from Harvard. It required multiple generations of researchers, analysis of blood samples, brain scans, self-reported surveys and interactions with the men to compile their findings.

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Do you need an attitude adjustment?

Are you feeling defeated or overwhelmed by your financial circumstances? Then maybe you need to look up and give thanks.

Paul told the Thessalonians to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Paul says to give thanks in ALL circumstances. Not just the good. Why? Gratitude changes our perspective. It gets our eyes off ourselves and onto the great I AM, the One who is, who was and is to come. He promises to work all things together for good and disciplines us out of love for us.

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Do you love your neighbor?

Martin Luther once said,

“A true Christian lives and labors on earth not for himself but for his neighbor; Therefore the whole spirit of his life compels him to do even that which he needs not do, but which is profitable and necessary for his neighbor.”

As one who is interested in economic history, it is a little known fact that the global economy remained relatively flat until the Protestant Reformation. Not only did the Bible begin to be distributed into the hands of commoners, it set in motion what became known as the protestant work ethic and economic growth began to explode. History shows that the economic growth of the West correlates with the spread and adoption of God’s Word.

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We are all fighting a spiritual battle. But perhaps yours is even fiercer.

The U.S. military makes sacrifices every day. According to NBCnews.com, military families carry more debt and have fewer assets than civilians.

If you are one of those, Winnie Sun at Forbes.com offers several tips.

First, use your education benefits wisely. The GI bill is a perk that covers in-state tuition for up to 36 months and a limited dollar amount for private colleges for veterans. Although the benefits can be transferred to other family members, you may have to serve an extra 4 years. Research and request it early in your career.

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Do you care more about how long your car will last or how fast it will go?

According to AAA, 35% of the drivers in America have skipped or delayed a recommended service or repair. And, yet, the most effective way to keep repair costs down is to avoid them in the first place.

I’ve got a few tips for you.

Follow your owner’s manual for tasks like oil changes and tire rotations. Thankfully, newer vehicles are programmed with maintenance reminders. Just don’t ignore them. 

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Have your or your family experienced an unexpected expense in the past 12 months?

Jill Cornfield at Bankrate.com says the most common surprise expenses are related to vehicles, appliances, home-repairs, injury or
 illness. Unfortunately, nearly 6 in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected bill of $500.


This is a problem across our nation. When people pay with a credit card, the original expense can grow monumentally if not paid off at the end of the month due to high interest rates. Some turn to friends or family for help with the hope of paying them back. Others cut expenses in order to pay the bill.

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