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How to Navigate Giving during Times of Inflation

As we find ourselves in the midst of rising prices and lower purchasing power these days, one question of profound spiritual and social importance surfaces: Should the stress of inflation impact our giving and generosity?

7 Ways Having a Budget Glorifies God

Budgeting harnesses our tendency to overspend and allows us to measure areas in which we're spending too much or too little. By keeping a budget, we learn restraint and, in essence, self-control.

Do I Really Need to Tithe to the Church?

There is no room in the New Testament for a dismissive view of the local church. It requires intentional gathering and going. Our funds (which are ultimately God’s funds) should be given for the promotion of these two goals.

Is it a Sin to Be Wealthy?

The bigger questions may be: how did you get wealthy, and why do you want to be wealthy? www.pastoralized.comwww.biblestudytools.com

How Does God Want Me to Spend My Money?

Instead of spending our money on things that can lead us to financial ruin, we need to spend our money on the things that matter. Tithing, our families, making sure our bills are paid, getting out of debt, and helping others. Being good stewards of our money is essential and can lead to blessing in order to bless others.

How to Teach Your Kids to Tithe

The most important thing you can do is to be an example to your children. How can we expect them to give freely if they don't see you giving?Just as we are to be Christ's example in every area of our lives, we can also be a good example through our giving. Although it takes faith to tithe, especially when money is tight, it demonstrates that God is a good God that provides for his children.

4 Signs Money Is an Idol

When we financially struggle, it's easy for money to consume our hearts, allowing fear and frustration to grow. When financially comfortable, it's easy to lean on money as the (false) sense of our joy.

3 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Gamble

"Gambling" is a common term when it comes to sports. Whether individuals are betting on the Super Bowl, horse races, or a college basketball game, there are many concerns that come to mind. Gambling can quickly become an addiction. While many people do not think there is anything wrong with gambling, or they view it as "just a game,” it can have many negative consequences. Not only can you lose a lot of your hard-earned money, but you can also fall into debt that impacts others.If you are reading this article today, it is probably because you are thinking about gambling sometime in the future. Or maybe it's because you have already gambled and you want to see what the Bible says about it. Nobody can make a choice for you on whether or not you gamble but do try to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in the matter. Things become dangerous when we start ignoring the guidance of the Holy Spirit.Be more attuned to God and allow Him to direct your steps. Through studying what the Bible says, going to God in prayer, and listening to the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to see the truth when it comes to gambling. Rather than seeing it as what you've labeled it, you will see it for what God says it is.Let's consider three reasons Christians shouldn't gamble:Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Seth Love

5 Impactful Christian Charities You Can Trust with Your Money

Want to make a real difference but short on time?While God does call some Christians to share the Gospel through overseas mission work, for many of us, our jobs, families, and other obligations can often prohibit us from having the time and freedom to make the type of difference we’d like.The good news is: A lack of time doesn’t have to equal a lack of impact.Sometimes, you just have to get creative -- or partner with others who are doing good work.By donating to various Christian charities, you can join the cause to fight poverty, sickness, injustice, and more – all without leaving your house!Whether you have a specific cause you want to support, you’re feeling inspired after reading a great Bible study on the topic, or you simply want to be a good steward of everything God has given you, here are 5 fantastic Christian charities worth supporting.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/CarmenMurillo

8 Affordable Valentine's Day Gifts for Everyone in Your Life

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in its various forms, not just romantic love. It is a wonderful opportunity to share appreciation and generosity and to help someone dear to you feel seen and known. As much as we would love to lavish those around us with extravagant gifts, budgets are something to keep in mind. Thankfully, you can show genuine consideration and thoughtfulness to others in several ways without breaking the bank!
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12 Ways to Be Discerning with Your Finances

Our finances are one of the biggest aspects of our lives. It’s something we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, from paying bills to making purchases to that splurge once in a while. No one is perfect, and many of us can do better. If one of your goals is to become wiser and more discerning with your finances, these tips should help.

Should Christians Invest in the Stock Market?

The church was given a substantial gift of $100,000. But they weren’t yet sure how they should spend the money. Someone wisely recommended at least putting the money into savings in order to get some interest. That’s when the new pastor said it…“Instead of putting it in savings with the low rate of return, why don’t we invest it in the stock market, it has a much better return…”You’d have thought he was suggesting all the men in the room spit on their mother’s graves. How could the church invest the Lord’s money into the secular stock market? It was an appalling thought to them. But are they right? Should Christians invest in the stock market?In this article I’ll try to present the best arguments for and against believers investing in the stock market, and then provide a conclusion.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Andrew Brookes

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