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Overcoming A Poverty Mindset In The Church

Have you ever heard…(or said) I work so hard, but still can’t make ends meet. If the economy would turn around, I might have a chance. You don’t understand what it is like to struggle.  It’s the story of my life! If I ever have any extra, I’ll…

The Most Enormous Little Subject In the Bible

Generosity feels like such a small topic. It feels small in terms of annual preaching and in terms of overall impact on the church. I mean, honestly, it is important for people to give…but is it really important for church leaders to take a long, hard look at…

How Much Would I Give Away If…

Let me ask you a provocative question, “How much would you give if you knew Jesus was coming back this time next year?” Please know that I don’t have any insider information by asking the question. But this question does open the door for us to honestly evaluate…

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2012 Newsletter CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES NOW AVAILABLE A charitable gift annuity (CGA), administered by Hope, enables you to make a substantial gift to your church, favorite ministry or to your donor advised fund at Hope and receive guaranteed income from those assets for yourself or a beneficiary…

Tithings and Offerings – Spring 2012 Newsletter

The following article was highlighted in the Fall 2012 Hope Newsletter - - In his recent newsletter Jay Link of Stewardship Ministries explains how churches today struggle to teach Christian giving. “Having spent eight years in Bible college and seminary, I can tell you I did not take…

Tim Keller: What We Owe the Poor

Tim Keller has helped lead many small group studies in the City with his recent barrage of books. Since 2005, Keller has released five books with various topics from apologetics to idols.  In his 2010 book, Keller offers a persuasive plea for evangelicals to embrace social justice efforts in his…

How the Gospel Makes Us Generous and Content With Our Money

The danger of wealth has been a prominent theme in the teaching of several pastors in recent years. John Piper’s chapter on money in Desiring God has shaped me and many others to a great degree. More recently, authors David Platt and Francis Chan have championed a similar message with…

Generous Giver of Obedient Courier?

The following article was used in the Hope Spring 2011 Newsletter.  For more information on Jay's ministry, please view the bottom credits. - Over the past few years, I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the termgenerous giving.  In spite of that, I personally like the term. Both the…

Is Tithing the Enemy of Generosity?

The idea of tithing (10%) as the standard for acceptable giving has so permeated the church that no one (including Pastors and Elders) even question it validity or application.  Many pastors and preachers, emphasize tithing in hopes that their congregations will increase their giving above the national average…

The Year of the Steward

The New Year is always an exciting time for me.  It is a time for new beginnings, to start from a clean slate and a time for new diets and New Year resolutions!  I want to encourage you to set aside some time to be alone for several…