I just recently read a story about Benjamin Franklin when he was a young boy. He had just turned seven years old when his friends and family gave him some money for his birthday. It was a pocketful of small coins. The story does not say exactly the amount he was given. Like most all children, he
Contributed by Mike Harris on Sep 24, 2002
Gallop poll recently: 64% of all couples argue over money issues….
And … this is also the #1 cause for all divorces…
Contributed by Brian William on Oct 1, 2002
Every Methodist pastor of the last 250 years has answered the same set of 17 questions – questions that John Wesley himself asked of all his ministers. They range from the most basic and fundamental issues of Christianity: “Have you faith in Christ” to the complicated: “Have you studied the
Contributed by Jim Kane on Oct 3, 2002
Derek Kidner points out that an offering is "a gift of
Contributed by Jonathan Busch on Oct 28, 2002
"The trouble is that too many people are spending money they haven’t yet earned for things they don’t need
Contributed by Clark Frailey on Nov 10, 2002
ILLUSTRATION: If only Interest Rates were so good.
Before you whip out that plastic, remember, most people don’t handle these little debt detonators very well. The fact is, nearly 75 percent of Americans who use credit cards make only the minimum payment each month. At that rate (minimum
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 10, 2002
William Boice once wrote:
"-- Dear Lord, I have been re-reading the record of the rich young ruler and his obviously wrong choice. But it has set me thinking. No matter how much wealth he had, he could not -
ride in a car,
have any surgery,
turn on a light,
hear a pipe
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
When you go to a doctor for your annual check-up, he or she will often begin to poke, prod, and press various places, all the while asking, "Does this hurt? How about this?" If you cry out in pain, one of two things has happened. Either the doctor has pushed too hard, without the right sensitivity.
Reported giving to the local church by Barna Research group
• Six out of ten adults (61%) gave money to one or more churches in 2000, a small decline from 1999 (66%).
• The average church donor contributed a mean of $649 to churches in 2000, down from the $806 in 1999.
• Nearly one-quarter
Contributed by Don Mcclain on Jan 22, 2003
In 1998, Americans spent more money on legalized gambling (approximately 50 billion) than on recorded music, theme parks, video games, spectator sports, and movie tickets combined (39.9 billion).
Contributed by Don Hawks on Jan 25, 2003
1. Ellin is 30 years old. She has a $3,500 balance on her Citibank credit card at 18% interest. She makes the minimum payment each month. How old will she be when she has her credit card paid off? [70 years old]
2. Susan and Tom needed a new washing machine, so they went to Sears and found one for
Contributed by Ron Crow on Jan 27, 2003
A man called at the church and asked if he could speak to the Head Hog at the Trough. The secretary said, “Who?”
The man replied, “I want to speak to the Head Hog at the Trough!”
Sure now that she had heard correctly, the secretary said, “Sir, if you mean our pastor, you will have to treat him
Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
Charles Paul Conn writes about an actual experience one man had in the Deep South. He says, “When I lived in Atlanta several years ago, I noticed in the Yellow Pages, in the listing of restaurants, and entry for a place called the The Church of God Grill. The peculiar name aroused my curiosity
Contributed by Ed Wood on Jun 3, 2002
James Reston was a syndicated columnist for The New York Times for more that thirty years. In his final column for the newspaper, he wrote, “In America, we have learned something about how to deal with adversity since the Great Depression, but not much about how to deal with prosperity. We are very
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jun 6, 2002
Families are wonderful. Families are challenging. I am reminded of this every time I see my favorite Cosby Show episode in which Cliff, the father played by Bill Cosby, and Theo, the son played by Malcolm Jamal-Warner, have a chat about Theo’s desire to live like a “regular” person rather than
Contributed by David Dykes on Apr 10, 2003
Fifteen years ago, I was serving as pastor in Alabama and our church was in a capital stewardship campaign to raise money to build a new building. There was one particular lady in our church who was a widow. Her husband had left her a lot of money, and she had a lot more than she really needed. She
Contributed by Denn Guptill on Apr 28, 2003
Old country preacher was met one day by a member of his congregation who asked, “Preacher if salvation is free, how come you’re always asking for money?” Good question, maybe one you’ve asked yourself. The preacher responded by saying “Salvation is free, as free as the water
Contributed by Guy Glass on Jun 2, 2003
A very wealthy, religious little old lady was a soft touch for any panhandler she happened to meet on the street.
One day she met a very shabbily dressed man and impulsively pressed a five dollar bill into his hand, smiled warmly and whispered, “God speed.”
The next day the
Contributed by Pat Cook on Aug 12, 2003
In 1969, Lois Cheney wrote these words in her book, God is No Fool: Once, a man said, “If I had some extra money, I’d give it to God, but I have just enough to support myself and my family.” And the same man said, “If I had some extra time, I’d give it to God, but every minute is taken up with my
Contributed by Thomas H on Oct 13, 2003
The other day, while driving, I was listening to Family Radio. A sponsorship slot came on advertising a mortgage broker. This advertisement was advertising how if you refinanced your mortgage using their services, you’d be able to save thousands of dollars! That’s right, thousands of dollars!