J.D. Walt: Antidote to the Cancer of Scarcity

J.D. Walt: Antidote to the Cancer of Scarcity I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is …

Passing on Generosity for Generations

Passing on Generosity for Generations By Amanda DeWitt No matter who you are or where you live, you can leave a legacy of faith “Give me!” It seems to be one of the first phrases young children learn. And it tempts us even into adulthood. “Give it to me now” is a motto many people live by well into their …

Passing the Hope of Jesus to the Next Generation

Passing the Hope of Jesus to the Next Generation By Amanda DeWitt In these uncertain times family and faith feel more precious than ever. We want to hold our loved ones tight. We want to help those closest to us navigate the uncertainties they feel—teaching them to trust the One who holds their present and has plans for their future. …

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. …