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Taking Stock of Your Year-End Giving

Connecting my year-end festivities with year-end gifts “Wow, does that smell good! Ooh, that cranberry stuff looks great! Yum, that stuffing and gravy is downright delicious!” On the scrumptious days when I’m thoroughly enjoying Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and the many leftover forms it takes on the days following, my mind will also turn to […]

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with Your Family

The Christmas season is upon us. While you may be looking forward to that family dinner, Christmas Eve church service or seeing what your kids open their gifts, there is more to the season than just this. The Christmas season is a great reminder to all of us that we should give back to others […]

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Kyala Bangwe Ernata on the left with her first chicken.

Making Charitable Giving Go Further

I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s easy for me to give to the poor, but it’s not difficult either. When I see a homeless person, I tend to give money and I often help at events around my hometown community. But what hits me the most is how fleeting my dollars can be. How they may […]

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A Farmer’s Sacrificial Gift

Remember the beautiful story of the widow’s offering, told in Mark 12 and Luke 21? Jesus watched as the the rich people at the temple tossed large sums of money into the offering basket. But he was most impressed with the woman who had very little, and gave two small coins. Knowing this was all […]

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Kingdom Math is Different

I’m quite sure that my daughter’s teacher has a goal in mind for the new year. As dad, I share the same goal – to see my daughter firing off times tables without hesitation. She’s been working on them for a couple years, but she still doesn’t know them cold. So we’ll be heading out to the […]

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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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Helping Our Kids Relinquish Their Stuff

Giving can be so hard. Just ask my daughter… The Realization This week my wife and I realized we have kids’ play things  stashed away in closets – toys not used in years by our daughters.  As we took an inventory, it was pretty evident that our girls had outgrown the dolls, games and other […]

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Giving myself is the hard part

I’d like to introduce you to a few thoughts from Jay Link, an advisor to stewards for more than 20 years. Below, is a segment of his blog about Mother Teresa and our dedication to serving others.   Mother Teresa: A miserable failure and yet . . . “By our materialistic, American standards, Mother Teresa […]

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