Edmund Burke: Make wealth your slave, or it will enslave you!

“If wealth is the obedient and laborious slave of virtue and of public honor, then wealth is in its place and has its use, but if this order is changed, and honor is to be sacrificed to the conservation of riches, riches — which have neither eyes nor hands, nor anything truly vital in them — cannot long survive the …

Pope Benedict XVI: Give the look of love

“Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave.” Pope Benedict XVI in God is Love–Deus Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) 22. Amen.

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Gary Hoag: The Paradox of Wealth – Robert Morris

“Wealth, after which you run with so much ardor, is like the shadow that walks about you: if you run after it, it flies from you; if you fly from it, it follows you.” Robert Morris (1734-1806) in Day’s Collacon compiled and arranged by Edward Parsons Day (New York: IPPO, 1884) 1012. I want to explore wealth and poverty in …

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Gary Hoag: Be a Steward for Good!

“A man of wealth is but a steward for the good of mankind.” Peter Cooper (1791-1883) was a generous Christian businessman who promoted Christian solutions to social injustices. This quote comes from Day’s Collacon compiled and arranged by Edward Parsons Day (New York: IPPO, 1884) 1012. In a day when most people were choosing a life of luxury, he chose …

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Gary Hoag: Timeless Advice Regarding Wealth – Hubbard Winslow

To obtain wealth honestly is to not go after it, but rather let it come to us as a result of faithful stewardship. When it does, we must put it to work. Like the old saying goes, “Money is like manure, it’s only good if you spread it around.” Its right use will result in blessing to the whole community …

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Gary Hoag: The Acquisition of Wealth – Francis Wayland

“Wealth is not acquired as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculation and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy; he who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other, will generally become bankrupt.” Francis Wayland (1796-1865) minister, educator, social reformer in Day’s Collacon compiled and arranged by …

Gary Hoag: Difficult Even to Find Time Together – John D. Beckett

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Ecclesiastes 3:22 “A challenge for all of us is to balance work and family. That challenge has intensified in recent years. Not only have work demands increased …

Gary Hoag: The Impact of Generosity – Hudson Taylor

“The less I spent on myself and the more I gave to others, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become.” Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) missionary to China, as recounted by Randy Alcorn in Treasure Principle (Sisters: Multnomah 2001) 21. Together with my long-time friend, Chi-Chung Keung, it’s been amazing to spend time with Chinese missionaries and church planters, …

Gary Hoag: Trust is the Safest Posture – Amy Carmichael

“As the needs of all living things must, we have proved that it is a very safe thing to trust in the Lord our God.” Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) in Gold Cord: The Story of a Fellowship (Fort Washington: CLC, 1996) 15. As generosity is rooted in trusting God to provide, growth in generosity can only be nurtured by learning to …

Gary Hoag: We Become Richer Through our Giving – Augustine of Hippo

“For a possession which is not diminished by being shared with others, if it is possessed and not shared, is not yet possessed as it ought to be possessed. The Lord saith “Whosoever hath, to him shall be given” [Matt. 13:12] He will give, then, to those who have; that is to say, if they use freely and cheerfully what …