Getting to the Heart

Getting to the Heart If you’re a math person, it might be easy to get excited about crunching numbers to figure out how to spend less, save more and give more.  If this isn’t you, but you’re married to someone like this, it probably seems like your spouse was born to budget. All the while, you hyperventilate when you see …

Gordon Wenham: The Right Season

Gordon Wenham: The Right Season I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. Leviticus 26:4-5 “For maximum effect …

Lament: Caryn Rivadeneira

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my …

Understanding: Dallas Willard

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9 “For most of us, the thought of a life without lack is …

How does the SECURE Act affect you?

Increase in age for required minimum distribution – Beginning in 2020, the law increased the required minimum distribution (RMD) age from 70 1/2 to 72. Anyone turning 70 1/2 in 2020 is not required to take an RMD. Anyone who has started RMD’s prior to 2020 will need to continue taking them going forward.  (Note: A Roth IRA set up …

Love Kindness

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 “Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning.” F. W. Faber (1814-1863), an English minister, in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah …

10 Benefits of a Great Commission

You may be familiar with the convenient and effective giving vehicle called a Donor-Advised Fund—and you may know of the basic benefits that make them so popular: tax savings, streamlined giving and easier record keeping. You can use a Great Commission Donor Advised Fund (GCF) to make grants to Cru®, your church or any other charitable organization. All good things. …

Prayer and Power

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35  “I ought to pray before seeing any one. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o’clock before I begin secret prayer. This is a …

Cheerful and Humble Giving

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:7 “If you cannot be great, be willing to serve God in that which is small. If you cannot do great things for Him, cheerfully do little ones. If you cannot be an Aaron …

2019 Planned Giving Deadlines

5 2019 Planned Giving Deadlines You Don’t Want to Miss! You can make your greatest impact for the gospel this year—and reduce your 2019 taxes. But time is running out! Avoid hassles later by planning ahead—here are the key dates for the 5 most popular ways to give at year end … Gifts of Real Estate—November 25th Request our questionnaire …