Giving is Biblical. Christians are to be generous with our time and treasure. God empowers us to live above the sins of covetousness and greed. Do you practice these four types of Biblical giving?
Alms is anything given to relieve the poor. It could be money, food, clothing, shelter, etc. God expects for us to look for the needs of the less fortunate and fulfill them as He leads us by His Holy Spirit. Recently, a few men in our church noticed that a family that drives a long distance to come to our church had bald tires on their vehicle. Those men privately gave money to purchase tires. The beneficiaries don’t even know who provided the funds. That is alms.
A meal bought for a hungry man would be alms. So would a coat bought to protect a child from the cold. Groceries that are given to a family that no income. These are all examples of alms. When is the last time you saw a need and quietly fulfilled it?
Build some money into your budget so you can be a blessing as God brings needs to your attention.
Matthew 6:1–4 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”
Abraham tithed before the Law. Moses penned it in the Law. Jesus commended it in the New Testament. Yes, you should Tithe. The Tithe is (more…)
A functional calendar is an indispensable tool of stewardship in life management. We live life by a series of dates and times. Is your calendar system helping you stay on top?
Ephesians 5:15–16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Time is life. How you spend your time is how you spend your life. The word redeem in the verse above means to ‘buy back’ or ‘rescue from loss.’ Time is wasted when it is not carefully accounted for by a schedule and a calendar. I use Nozbe for my tasks. I use Fantastical 2 for my calendar.
A functional calendar system is an essential tool to keep your life in order. I have used many calendar tools. From good old pen and paper to the fancy digital apps, I have tried many and found them lacking. Some of them are even a hindrance to productivity. Then I found FantasitCal 2. (more…)
We have a lot to do. In this “age of productivity,” we are expected to get things done at an incredible rate. We must find a reliable method to capture tasks and get them done on time. After years of searching for the right productivity tool, I found Nozbe.
I have tried many systems over the years. Things, Asana, Trello, Paymo, Producteev, Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, and much more. If you’ve heard of it, I’ve probably tried it. I use Evernote as a digital file cabinet but found that it doesn’t work well for tasks. I use Asana for Church projects but find it lacking for my personal needs. However, nothing compares to Nozbe for keeping my life in order and helping me get things done.
Nozbe has free and paid options. You can try the Pro option free for 30 days. I am enjoying new levels of productivity after years of trying to put up with the deficiencies of free or cheaper products.
Nozbe strikes an excellent balance between simplicity and function. Some tasks managers are too simple providing almost no options for sorting, tagging, next actions, projects, etc. Other task managers have many options but are confusing and awkward to use. Nozbe has a simple yet elegant interface with many useful options that are easily accessible. Projects, contexts, and tags make sorting easy. (more…)
Order vs. Chaos. The battle between these two wages every day all around you. Things left to themselves fall into chaos. Order is obtained by design and effort. Here are seven amazing tips that will help you set your life in order.
God brought order out of chaos during the creation of our planet. Genesis 1:1-2 God loves order. A quick glance at nature shows an orderly pattern. This order becomes more apparent the deeper you study creation. From the endless expanse of space to the smallest atom, God’s bias for order is clearly seen. He desires to help us create order out of our chaotic lives.
1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
One of the responsibilities of a pastor is to set the church in order and to keep it organized according to God’s teaching in the Bible.
Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Likewise, it is your responsibility to set in order your personal life and your areas of authority.
The world moves quickly around us. It demands our time and attention with no consideration for God’s commands or our highest priorities.
Either you will live life or life will live you. You must be the designer of your life. You must decide what is truly important and build your life in an orderly way to facilitate the accomplishment of those goals and the fulfillment of those relationships.
Money is the currency of life. We use it to provide, food shelter, clothing, etc. for ourselves and our families. It is hard to come by and easy to lose. Create a workable budget that will help you conquer your finances once and for all. Here’s how.
Proverbs 27:23–24 “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever:And doth the crown endure to every generation?”
The Bible tells us that we need to be diligent to know the state of our finances. Also, we are to pay close attention to them because they disappear quickly. A budget plans your spending. It protects you from impulsive spending and unwise purchases. A budget is a schedule for your money. A schedule is a budget for your time. You will be a slave to your budget or your bills. Choose your own fate and create a budget.
1. Figure your Gross income (before taxes) from all sources.