Effective Stewardship

Effective Stewardship

These articles are designed to help you become a more effective steward of the finances God has entrusted to you. While we trust you find the stories interesting and perhaps even humorous at times, the intent is to educate and encourage you in this sometimes difficult area of stewardship. May God richly bless your desire to be faithful in this area.

Stories from the Shark Tank

Millions watch ABC’s “Shark Tank” each week. They’re drawn by the creativity, innovation and stories each aspiring entrepreneur brings with them - many including business failures and personal loss. These stories strike a chord with the panel of “shark” investors because they know what it feels like. Full Article >

Making Decisions That Bring Peace

“Some questions we’ll probably never have answered this side of heaven. Why isn’t ‘phonetic’ spelled the way it sounds? Or, how does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the morning?” (Excerpt from Leadership Journal and Christian Reader.) Full Article >

Time to Come Alive

St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” Have you discovered what makes you come alive? In his book Love Does, author Bob Goff concludes, “I think God’s hope and plan for us is pretty simple to figure out… add your whole life, your loves, your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that’s your answer.” Full Article >

Become a Conduit of Blessing

Each day we have opportunities to act on behalf of others – by giving encouragement, our time, energy and resources. When we understand the truth of James 1:17 that “every good and perfect gift” we have comes from God, it can inspire better stewardship and impact others. As author Randy Alcorn once quipped, “Just because God puts His money in our hands doesn’t mean He intends it to stay there!” We are to be conduits of blessing. Full Article >

How to Simplify Your Life

In his book Simplify, Bill Hybels asks, “What would my schedule look like if God were in charge of it?” Perhaps your answer includes more quality time with those you love, less stress or less media. God designed humans for a healthy rhythm of work and rest, but a lack of balance can steal our joy and clutter our soul. Full Article >

Greatness Hidden in Plain Sight

When Victor Serebriakoff was fifteen, his teacher told him he would never finish school and should learn a trade instead. Victor took the advice, dropped out and spent the next seventeen years working a variety of odd jobs. But at age 32, Victor experienced an amazing transformation. An evaluation revealed that he was actually a genius with an IQ of 161! Full Article >

The Power of Choice

Life is full of choices, and the ones we make today directly affect the larger story of our lives… including how we spend our money. Exercising Biblical stewardship is acknowledging that everything we have comes from the Lord, and being faithful with the resources He’s entrusted to us. Full Article >

Bridging the Communication Gap

The young daughter of a pastor noticed her dad always took a moment to bow his head silently before preaching. One day she asked, “Daddy, why do you bow your head before you preach?” “Well, I like to pause and ask the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.” Puzzled, the little girl innocently asked, “Then how come He doesn't do it?” Full Article >

An Acorn that Changes Lives

What happens after an acorn is planted in the ground? It begins to grow and experience its full potential. Now consider what a mature oak tree could have in common with your future. The acorn is an excellent example of how one small act can multiply potential in size, scope and impact... Full Article >

Top 5 Reasons Not to Have a Will

Everyone knows it’s good to have an up-to-date Will, right? You may be surprised to learn that a whopping 70% of Americans don’t have one. That number represents millions of families who will discover an unfortunate surprise at the end of their loved one’s life. Full Article >


Families come in all shapes and sizes, as a mother once shared: “Dear Ann Landers: It happened again today. My two sons and I were in a shopping mall, and a total stranger felt the need to comment on the fact that my boys didn’t look anything alike. Full Article >

What’s the matter? Can’t take a Yolk?

“Let me break three eggs on your head and I’ll give you a dollar,” said a boy to his younger brother. The little one replied “Okay!” and took off for the kitchen. The older brother giggled with anticipation cracking open the first egg. As the yolk rolled down his little brother’s cheeks, the older brother cracked the second egg. The little boy grimaced as he prepared for the third, but it didn’t come. Full Article >