Managing Finances Wisely

Below are some resources to supplement our conversation in Adult Sunday School at New Life Faith Center on February 16, 2014.  These resources are designed to give you additional help as you consider steps towards financial freedom:

  • Crown Financial:  The organization originally founded by Larry Burkett, Crown is a Christian-based advisory group that creates resources, audio shows, etc., as well as a variety of personal resources to support individuals, couples, and young families.
  • Crown also hosts a wide number of informative articles with trusted advice about managing finances, including some personal issues (credit reports, identity theft, paying down debt).
  • The Crown Money Map is a step-by-step process designed to provide families with careful direction on hoe to move towards financial independence.
  • While not as explicit in structure, another trusted organization is the Dave Ramsey organization.  There are many resources available on this website, some free and some require payment.  Dave Ramsey’s trademark curriculum, Financial Peace University, has helped many people gain independence.
  • Similar to Crown’s Money Map, Dave Ramsey’s organization has a step of “Baby Steps” that are recommended in pursuing financial independence.
  • Finally, consider watching part three of Andy Stanley’s teaching on Breathing Room.  In this talk he describes the benefits that come from margin in our financial lives–and how that margin honors God.  While the whole series is great, part three is the financial focus.

We are called to be stewards of our financial resources.  May we all learn to bring Glory to God through our efforts to manage our finances well!

Daily Quiet Time: April 19, 2013

Scripture Text:  Psalm 8

How great is the name of our Great God.  His mercies are new daily, His love is unfailing.  What a privilege to see, hear and know the goodness of God despite the circumstances that we face.  I just love what this scripture says, “What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (vv. 4).  This reminds me of a song that we sing at church

Who am I that you are mindful of me?

That you hear me when I call?

Is it true that you are thinking of me?

How you love me!  It’s amazing

What a privelege to know that He is thinking of us, caring about us, and loving on us all the time.  He is our friend.  Our advocate.  Our consistency in an inconsistent world. 

The Psalm ends with a reminder that His name is excellent in all the earth (vv. 9).  I’m so comforted by this simple truth–while not all know Christ, or even call on Him as Lord–His name will be made great throughout the earth.  What a privilege to know that we get to stand and worship and honor the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  How Great.  How Excellent.  How Amazing is His Name in all the earth.

Daily Quiet Time: April 18, 2013

Scripture Text:  Psalm 3

What a powerful scripture!  God is always protecting and providing for His people.  When we acknowledge Him with our whole heart, soul, and mind, we are reminded that God is our chief protector, our infinite provider; and our ever-present help.

Verse 8 makes it so plain:

“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

What a powerful reminder–God delivers; God saves; God provides.  I can’t help but be reminded of this truth as our nation wrestles with a terror attack and questions the why behind what is happening in our culture.  When we are simply reminded, “God is our delivered” we are humbled by HIS greatness in spite of our weakness.

My prayer is that I would cling to His promise for me which assures that He is my deliverer in spite of the things that we go through.  I love what the third verse of this Psalm says (I’ll put it in my own words here):  But YOU, God, YOU are a shield for ME–you are my glory–and You, God, are the LIFTER of my head!  I rejoice because of you!

He is my shield.  In a world of uncertainty, He is the great certainty.