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Biblical Giving

Tom Phillips Generous Testimony

"His blessings were always greater than our sacrifice." Tom Phillips recently shared how God moved his family and Diversified Conveyors to give sacrificially and cheerfully. Tom was kind enough to allow HOPE to spotlight his testimony of generosity at the 2010 Hope Celebrate Generosity in Memphis lunch on…

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…

Kingdom Advisors Growing In Memphis


In the fast changing regulatory and economic climate, wouldn’t it be nice to find a financial advisor whose advice is tested, relevant and sound? Recently, a group of Memphis financial professionals – financial planners, trust officers, estate attorneys – began meeting on a monthly basis to receive just…

Giving Declines as Income Increases

Two unexpected conclusions resulted from a recent study by the Tijeras Foundation of the 60 largest metropolitan areas on charitable giving.  Giving as a percent of income dramatically declines as income increases.  Persons earning less than $100,000 were more generous in 2006 than in 1993 while those earning…

The Rebirth of Crown Ministries in Memphis


In 2001, Travis and Carol Moody had over $100,000 in unsecured debt and a mortgage on a home that they could not afford to live in, to maintain, or to even sell.  That same year, they took a Crown Financial Ministries small group class at a local Church…

Smarter Ways to Give: Giving Alternatives in Uncertain Times

The unprecedented financial turmoil of the last six months has resulted in reduced giving in a time when demand for charitable services is increasing. Hope wants to make sure you (like Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree) consider giving alternatives in such times: Non-cash gift options. Consider this: non-cash…