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    The Emergency Fund

    It was 2:20 in the morning, and I awoke to a hissing sound. I went to investigate and found 300 gallons of water had leaked from a failed connection under the sink in the kitchen. Water had saturated everything in the kitchen and the basement of our home. We had

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    How To Be A Student Without a Student Loan

    This is an article that Andrea Petersen wrote for the March 2013 issue of ARC Magazine. She was a Freshman at the University of Northwestern at St.Paul, when she wrote this. She is now a Senior at Northwestern, and is on track to graduate debt free with a double major

  • The Story of Scripture Sermon Series

    Do You See What I see?

    by Pam Cray, Children’s Pastor After reading the title you might think this article is about a famous Christmas carol. However, you’d be wrong. Instead we’re looking at the life of a man after God’s own heart – David. In order to understand the story of David in 1 Samuel

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    Biblical Financial Training Benefits the Church

    What are the benefits to  the church when they train believers in Biblical financial principles? Believers who are trained in Biblical financial principles build strong marriages. Believers who are trained in Biblical financial principles build strong families. The team who does the financial training is a wonderful environment for discipleship

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    Generosity Is A Process

    Generosity is a process, we have seen some very clear steps for believers on the journey to supernatural generosity in Exodus 35 & 36. If we continue our journey, we find that the next principle is that over the top generosity doesn’t just happen over night. Exodus says the people,

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    I Serve a Risen Savior

    Down through the centuries many people have sought to show that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened.  Richard Swinburne, Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University in England, tried a new approach.  He used probability theory.  Now economists use probability theory to make forecasts about consumer spending and actuaries use it

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    God Provides the Resources

    In recent articles we concluded from the examples of scripture that the Israelites were very generous. How could a group of recent slaves be this generous? You know why these Israelites could be generous in this way, because God provides the resources?  Because the day they left Egypt they had gotten

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    The Spirit of Generosity

    In past articles we learned. Personally we should not borrow, We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles. We need to renew our minds by “thinking generously” But is this enough, are we finally at the end of

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    Jesus: Son of God

    What does it mean when someone says, “Jesus is the Son of God”? While the meaning of this title may be something that is often taken for granted by many believers, scholars are sometimes divided by this question. For some, the phrase is simply equivalent to “the Messiah”. In other

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    Thinking Generously

    In recent posts we learned: Personally we should not borrow, We should not pledge our resources to the debt of another We need to train believers in Biblical financial principles. So what Biblical principles do we see that helps believers to be generous?

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    We all Need Naomis

    The Book of Ruth is generally thought to be the story of Ruth and Boaz, but after reading it recently, I was struck by a different aspect of Ruth’s story. It was the relationship between Ruth and Naomi. As Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi was a person for whom Ruth had great

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    Judges – A Cautionary Tale

    The book of Judges is a cautionary tale of what happens when God’s people neglect to train their children in the ways of the Lord. Moses and Joshua had given the Israelites a strong foundation for propagating the faith. They instructed them how to teach the next generation. They provided

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    Getting Believers Out of Debt

    In this series of posts we have asked the question “Should the believer borrow?”. So if God says don’t borrow and don’t pledge, what are we to do to aggressively pursue the work of God’s kingdom. We looked to Exodus 35:21 and 36:3-7. The first principle we found in these

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    A Forgotten God

    Recently in a children’s Sunday school class I showed a screen with nine pictures on it and asked the kids to memorize as much as they could in 30 seconds. I then asked them six questions based on what they saw on the screen. Most of the kids surprised me

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    A Congregation of Givers

    In a previous post we asked the question “Should the Believer Borrow Money?” We concluded from the examples of scripture that personally we should not borrow and we should not pledge our resources to the debt of another. Borrowing is not a salvation issue, it is just strongly discouraged in scripture.

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    How to Buy a House for Cash

    Spring is in the air and buying a house is part of the American dream. We are covering home ownership in this week’s FPU class, here is a synopsis of this lesson. Many couples rush into this decision before they are ready, fueled by insistence from family and friends, house

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    Why Do We Teach (and Write) So Much About Debt

    William Shakespeare said, “Neither a borrower or lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend…” If this sounds familiar this quote was later “borrowed” by Benjamin Franklin in his poor Richards almanac. If we are going to consider whether Christians should borrow money, we don’t typically consult Shakespeare

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    Eliminating Imitation Gods & Worshipping the Real Thing

    Imagine with me for a second the drama that has just unfolded – the entire nation of Israel has exited Egypt in a magnificent display of power and might. This was no small feat as Egypt was the most powerful nation in the world at that time. Their God, our