March 24, 2009
Most financial advisors lead people to produce financial plans that are fraught with risk.
Are you gambling with your financial security?
When it comes to “Protection,” such as insurance, financial advisors typically choose to offer plans in which you end up paying the highest premiums for the lowest benefit – exactly as the insurance companies like it. Using these plans people usually expose themselves to way too much risk in every single area of their insurance. One’s insurance should be a solid foundation that protects your financial house from ruin. Most people I first meet think they have their’s well taken care of, but as they become more educated end up changing almost every single decision they had previously made. Read the rest of this entry »
March 23, 2009
Almost all financial advisors recommend that you invest your money in the stock and bond market, usually through mutual funds, although it could be through wrap accounts, managed accounts, or in individual stocks and bonds.
The emotional rollercoaster of the stock market
All of these options are subject to the schizophrenic, emotional roller coaster of the markets. As you know well, the value of your accounts can go down because of something that has nothing to do with the value of the underlying company. And these negative years hurt far more than the positive years help. So no one does as well as the average return of the investment they are investing in.
Why expose yourself to these risks?
We here at Kingdom Calling are hesitant to take on any of this market risk. Many of our clients pulled money out of the stock market before the serious crash began as they were being educated in stewardship. Some have just recently started looking at the market, but with new eyes. Read the rest of this entry »
March 19, 2009
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:24-25)
Powerful transformation can occur within you when you yield to being discipled
We’re continuing the discussion from yesterday that began here about how to be His disciple. Far too many of us desire to be true disciples of Christ, but either don’t know to, or don’t follow through to put ourselves in actual discipling relationships. A follower of Christ Jesus should position himself or herself rightly in spiritual relationships. There are teachers of the Kingdom of Heaven and they need to be received as such. We can’t receive them until we honor and relate to them accordingly.
There is something unseen that happens in a relationship such as this. Read the rest of this entry »
March 10, 2009
Faith can calm the storms of your life
We finished the Sermon on the Mount yesterday here. My original thinking to do a bible study with a focus on Stewardship and Calling was not to go into minute detail, but instead to read a chapter a day and share my reflections on that chapter as it related to Stewardship and Calling. You can read about this original idea in the posts on 1/9, 1/12, 1/14, 1/16, 1/20, & 1/22 introducing this study. However, I felt the S.O.M. was important enough for us to dig deeper. Today, we’ll return to the study of a chapter where I’ll share my thoughts and hope that you fill in your thoughts and revelations on this chapter so that together we can produce a complete study on Stewardship and Calling for anyone in the world who wants to access it.
Matthew tells several stories of Jesus’ ministry and several things stand out to me; most of them are about Faith. Faith is not only the key to accepting the grace of God through Christ for salvation. It is also the key to accepting His grace into our lives in greater and greater capacity that it can transform every area of our lives. If we want more and more of God’s blessing to show up in different areas of our life…Faith in Him for this is a very important ingredient. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2009
In the OT, stewardship is mainly embodied in the Mosaic Law, where the tithe, or first-fruits, are set apart from the yearly increase of one’s possessions, be it of the flock, or crops in the field: “Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy to the LORD.” (Lev 27:30) See also Deuteronomy 12.
Different ideas about what to do with their first fruits
Tithe means 10% in Hebrew. The idea is for each person to dedicate the first and best part to God. When your crops are coming out of the ground, it is scary to give the first fruits, because you don’t know how much crop will follow. When you have cattle, it is scary to give the first born because you do not know how many animals will come. God wants us to live a life of faith and trust in Him, so that He can then reward us with blessing when we show Him that faith. It takes no faith to wait until you have had a bountiful crop or many livestock born and then give some of what you have.
Some people think that this is Old Testament Law and that we have been redeemed from this and are no longer under this requirement. But Jesus directly confronted this way of thinking… Read the rest of this entry »
February 27, 2009
Being a good steward for Christ needs to happen in every area and role in our lives. In each we ought to practice faithful and fruitful stewardship. As a true believer and disciple of Christ Jesus, it is
Money isn't the only thing we're called to steward...
naturally our duty to steward the things entrusted unto our care and influence. Which sometimes means changing our immature attitudes to become disciplined, internally and externally.
So Stewardship applies not just to physical assets, but to every area of life. Here’s how Paul stated it in his life: “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.” (1 Cor 4:1-2)
Peter stated it this way: “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pe 4:10)
In every area of life there is something we are called to steward. But since I can’t mention them all, I’ll break them down into five areas Read the rest of this entry »
February 24, 2009
We’ve been discussing Biblical stewardship. There are many examples of stewardship throughout the Bible. Most of the great figures of the Old Testament were called to steward for God’s purposes. Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6), Joshua, the Judges, and the Kings were all called to steward God’s people Israel. Some did pretty well – some horribly. Daniel and Joseph are excellent examples of stewards for our purposes because they were called to do God’s work in a foreign land. They had to serve the secular powers while first and foremost serving God. And they both did it extraordinarily well. They sought God and He blessed them.
Let’s look at Joseph’s life. Joseph was given dreams from God of the amazing life ahead. But instead of having a nice, easy, “blessed” life, he was sold into slavery by his brothers, unjustly accused of raping his new master’s wife, and thrown in prison for years. What a blessing! Yet all the while, Joseph sought the heart of God and was faithful in the small things that were given to him in his life. As a slave, his work was blessed by God and so he rose to be Potiphar’s household steward. Read the rest of this entry »