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Advancing God’s Kingdom with our Money – devotional – day 13

Posted in Finances with tags , , on October 31, 2012 by mikekeaton

You cannot serve God “and” Money, but you must learn to serve God “with” money.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
Luke 16:11-13 (Jesus said) “So if you have not been trustworthy
in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?…No
servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love
the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
cannot serve both God and Money.”
Proverbs 10:16 The good man’s earnings advance the cause of
righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin. TLB
Matthew 6:19-21 (Jesus said) “Do not store up for yourselves
treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves
break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break
in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose
understanding rather than silver!
Proverbs 17:16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he
has no desire to get wisdom?
1 Corinthians 4:2 It is required in stewards, that a man be found
faithful. KJV
The world asks: “What does a person own?” God asks, “How is the person using what they have been given?”
A Christian is one who does not have to consult his bank book to see how wealthy he really is.

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day generosity devotional

Stewardship and Contentment go hand in hand – devotional – day 12

Posted in Finances with tags , , , on October 30, 2012 by mikekeaton

We said this past weekend that stewardship requires faithfulness!  To be faithful we will have to be content to a large degree.  Contentment can come as well as good stewardship if we focus on what is in “front” of us vs. what is “ahead” of us!  Enjoy today’s passages.

Focus on being content with God’s daily provisions.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
1 Timothy 6:6-8 Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we
brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
Proverbs 30:8-9 Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just
enough to satisfy my needs! For if I grow rich, I may become content
without God. And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s
holy name. TLB
Matthew 6:9-11 This is how you should pray: “’Our Father in
heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be
done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread…”
Philippians 4:11-12 I have learned to be content whatever the
circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, & I know what it is
to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and
every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty
or in want.
You are only poor when you want more than you have.  The trouble with most people is their earning capacity doesn’t match their yearning capacity. 
The most expensive vehicle to operate, per mile, is the shopping cart.  🙂

from brian kluth’s 40 day devotional to a more generous life

BE FAITHFUL in your money handling!! -devotional – day 11

Posted in Finances with tags , , on October 29, 2012 by mikekeaton

i thought this one was good in light of the topic of our conversation yesterday at our worship gathering.  enjoy and keep growing spiritually!!!

A main focus for your giving should be your local church and ministry staff.

Read the following verses.  Think and pray about the verse that applies the most to your life.

1 Corinthians 9:11-14 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?…Don’t you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

1 Timothy 5:17,18 Pastors who do their work well should be paid well and should be highly appreciated, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

1 Corinthians 9:10 Christian workers should be paid by those they help. Those who do the plowing and threshing should expect some share of the harvest.

Galatians 6:6 Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.

2 Chronicles 31:9-13 Hezekiah asked the priests about the heaps; the chief priest, answered, “Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the LORD has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.” They faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.

Deuteronomy 12:19 Be careful not to neglect the Levites (ministers) as long as you live in your land.

No church ever has a money problem, only a faithfulness problem.

From Brian Kluth’s online evotional – 40 day spiritual journey to a more generous life

Your Finances and Your Children – devotional – day 10

Posted in Finances with tags , , on October 26, 2012 by mikekeaton

Train your children to be faithful and generous givers.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he
is old, he will not depart from it. KJV
Genesis 18:19 I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children
and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing
what is right and just.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to
be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them
when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie
down and when you get up.
Psalm 78:4-7 We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy
deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He
decreed statutes…which he commanded our forefathers to teach their
children, so the next generation would know them, even the children
yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they
would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would
keep his commands.
Ephesians 6:4 Bring them (children) up with the loving discipline the
Lord himself approves, with suggestions and godly advice. NLT
John D. Rockefeller said, “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed on my first salary, which was $1.50 a week.”
Giving a child money to put into an offering plate does not produce a generous adult. If you want to produce a generous adult, you must train a child to tithe from any money he or she receives from family, friends or work projects. This child will grow up to honor God.

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day devotional on becoming more generous.

Growing Financially Strong – devotional – day 9

Posted in Finances on October 24, 2012 by mikekeaton

Understand –  riches can deceive you. 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:

Revelation 3:17 “You say, ‘I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t
need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched
and miserable and poor and blind and naked. TLB
Mark 8:36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world,
yet forfeit his soul?
Mark 4:18-19 Others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires
for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Luke 12:15 (Jesus said) “Watch out! Be on your guard against all
kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his
Proverbs 23:4-5 Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste
your time? Riches can disappear as though they had the wings of
a bird! TLB
Ecclesiastes 5:11 The more you have, the more you spend, right up to
the limits of your income. So what is the advantage of wealth– except
perhaps to watch it as it runs through your fingers! TLB
1 Timothy 6:10 The love of money is the first step toward all kinds of
sin. Some people have even turned away from God because of their love
for it, and as a result have pierced themselves with many sorrows. TLB
Galatians 6:8 If (a person) sows to please his own wrong desires,
he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of
spiritual decay and death. TLB
The poorest man in the world is the man who has nothing but money.

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day devotional – a spiritual journey to a more generous life

You’re Rich!! generosity devotional-day8

Posted in Finances on October 23, 2012 by mikekeaton

Don’t trust in your riches, but trust in God.

Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous
will thrive like a green leaf.
1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world
not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so
uncertain, but to put their hope in God.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.
Job 31:24-28 (Job said) “If I have put my trust in gold or said
to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great
wealth, the fortune my hands had gained…so that my heart was
secretly enticed…then these also would be sins to be judged, for
I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”
Psalm 49:6-12 (Sinners) trust in their wealth and boast of great
riches. Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a
ransom to God. Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can
ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave. Those who
are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving
all their wealth behind. The grave is their eternal home, where they
will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves, but
they leave their wealth to others. They will not last long despite their
riches—they will die like the animals. NLT

Are you rich?

Did you realize that if you personally make more than $1500 per year you are richer than 75% of the world’s 6+ billion people! 

To find out how your income compares to everyone else in the world go to:

From Brian Kluth’s 40 day devotional and spiritual journey to a more generous life

Financial Strength Devotional – day 7

Posted in Finances on October 22, 2012 by mikekeaton

Set up a plan to faithfully give 10% OR MORE of your financial resources to the Lord’s work.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
Luke 11:42 (Jesus said) “Though you are careful to tithe even the
smallest part of your income, you completely forget about justice and
the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave these
other things undone.” TLB
Deuteronomy 14:22-23 “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your
fields produce…The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put
God first in your lives.” TLB
Exodus 22:29 “You must be prompt in giving Me the tithe…” TLB
Genesis 14:20 “Abram gave…a tenth of everything.”
Malachi 3:8-11 “Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you
have robbed me. ‘What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’
‘You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due to me. And so
the awesome curse of God is cursing you…Bring all the tithes into the
storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do,
I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing
so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Let me prove
it to you! Your crops will be large, for I will guard them from insects
and plagues. Your grapes won’t shrivel away before they ripen,’ says
the Lord Almighty.” TLB
2 Chronicles 31:5,12 “The people responded immediately and
generously with the first of their crops and grain, new wine, olive oil,
money, and everything else…a tithe of all they owned. They faithfully
brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.” TLB

Giving 10% isn’t the ceiling of giving; it’s the floor. It’s not the finish line of giving; it’s just the starting blocks.

From Brian Kluth’s 40 day spiritual journey to generosity devotional

Mind Your Own Business – devotional – day 6

Posted in Finances on October 15, 2012 by mikekeaton

Day 6

Even the poor are to give to God from what they have.

Deuteronomy 16:16 “No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.”
1 Kings 17:10-15 (Elijah asked a widow)“Would you please bring me acup of water?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the LORD your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that `last meal,’ but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days. For no matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.” NLT

Genesis 28:20-22 (While a single young man with no job or income)
Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me and will watch over
me… then the LORD will be my God…and of all that you (O God)
give me I will give you a tenth.’”
2 Corinthians 8:2-4 “Though (the Macedonian Christians) have
been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed
their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been
an overflow of giving to others. They gave not only what they could
afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they
wanted to…They begged us to take the money so they could share
in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.” TLB

If a pauper gives to God, he’ll feel like a prince.  If a prince doesn’t give to God, he’ll feel like a pauper.

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day spiritual journey to a more generous life devotional 

Mind Your Own Business – devotional – day 5

Posted in Finances on October 12, 2012 by mikekeaton

Day 5
Don’t become prideful about anything God has entrusted to you.

Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength
of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD
your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Psalm 62:10 “If your riches increase, don’t be proud.” TLB
Deuteronomy 8:11-14 “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your
God… Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine
houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and
your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your
heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “The Lord says, “Let not the…rich man boast of his
riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and
knows me.
Psalm 39:5-6 “Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy
rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend.” TLB
Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit
his soul?
Proverbs 16:19 “Better to be poor and humble than proud and rich.” TLB
Obadiah 1:3-7 “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who…
make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring
me down to the ground? Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest
among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the LORD…
‘Oh, what a disaster awaits you…Your friends will deceive and overpower

When a man becomes rich, either God gains a partner or the man loses his soul.

Minding Your Own Business – devotional – day 4

Posted in Finances on October 11, 2012 by mikekeaton

Day 4
The LORD watches your giving.
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life:
Mark 12:41-44 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the
offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into
the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But
a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only
a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you
the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the
others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty,
put in everything– all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1 “Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple
2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if the willingness is there, the gift is
acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he
does not have.”
Exodus 35:22,27,29 “All who were willing, men and women alike,
came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings
and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to
the LORD…The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems…All
the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD
freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had
commanded them to do.”
2 Chronicles 24:10 “All the officials and all the people brought their
contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full.
Your bank and credit card statements are theological documents. They tell who and what you worship.
With the price of everything else going up these days, aren’t you glad the Lord hasn’t increased the tithe to 15%?

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day devotional to a more Generous Life