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Mary Poppins Theology: Enough Is As Good As a Feast

The Disney classic Mary Poppins turned 20 and came out of the vault when I was seven years old and going through a phase of life in which I was convinced I should be allowed to have a pet penguin... in Kentucky. When it was re-released from the vault again on its 40th anniversary, I bought a DVD copy so my two-year-old Ella could enjoy it the way I did. And one of my favorite lines from Mary, whom I consider to be a pretty decent theologian, was offered in response to a …

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The Two Big Lies Money Tells

If "money talks," then money most certainly lies. Jesus, who never had much money and never depended on having any warned in the parable of the sower that "the deceitful pleasures of riches choke the word so that it can’t produce anything." (Matthew 13:22 GW) Can money really be deceptive? It's it morally neutral? The truth is, the origin of money's deception is actually within us - the broken, sinful, side of us that refuses to be satisfied. When we listen to the wrong …

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Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Is money really the root of all evil? I mean, it seems like there's a lot of evil out there and to blame it all on money seems unfair. Actually, the Bible doesn't say money is the root of all evil, but that's how 1 Timothy 6:10 gets misquoted quite often. It actually says that "The LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil." The problem isn't money, it's us. And while the love of money is one root of evil, it's not the only one. What Paul was trying to get across is …

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Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, "Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father..." (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives and in the world. Acknowledging and thanking God as the Giver does two things for us. First, it helps us worship. That is, it elevates Him in our minds, causes us to feel dependent upon Him, and …

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Why Talk About Money at Church?

As a Pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all Pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, especially in our culture where personal finances are very... personal. But the Apostle Paul wrote to a younger Pastor in Ephesus named Timothy once and told him to …

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Creating Excellence With a Tiny Budget

When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn't have the quarter of a million dollars that some plants in America start out with. We had way less than that in fact, so we had to figure out how to hack some things together, and I'm convinced it's made us stronger. We learned to do the very best we could with what we had, and we're still doing that. A lack of resources is merely an opportunity to be extra creative. The Values of Excellence The first thing we had to do was …

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2 Criteria for Redefining Success for Sanity’s Sake

What is success? Most people define it in one of three ways: How many possessions do you own? How much power do you wield over others? How much prestige do you have among peers? American Christians tend to blend right in. We even apply these standards to churches and church leaders. Which church has the biggest budget, the nicest building, or the largest weekend attendance? There's nothing wrong with any of those things - money is good, influence is invaluable, and …

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Pastor, Don’t Raise Funds. Raise Faith.

Fundraising is no fun. Most Pastors I know say it's the one aspect of supporting a church's ministry they find most difficult. Having launched into church planting, I tend to agree. The least pleasant task I have is asking for money. So let's just stop it. We don't have time to raise funds. But we do have time to raise faith. Instead of asking for money, help people grow. You can ask for money and if you do it well, you'll probably receive it. But if you raise the faith of …

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Is Money a god or a Gift?

Jamie Munson tackles that very question in his book, Money - God or Gift. Jamie's book is intended for use as a Bible study for either small groups or individuals. The really good side of the format is that Jamie gets right to the point in every chapter with a biblical principle and real life illustrations. This book is for people who love money, hate money, new Christians, old Christians, and people who don't have a relationship with Christ at all. It's both biblical and …

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Two Words That Will Make You Filthy Rich On the Internet

Two Words That Will Make You Filthy Rich On the Internet Posted by Brandon on Dec 4, 2010 in Marketing | No Comments PPC & SEO? Nope. Affiliate Marketing? Nope. Article Submission? Nope. Auto Blogging? Certainly not. Ready? If you’re into being filthy rich, go for it. The same two words are necessary for a much higher purpose… being influential. via brandonacox.com …

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