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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

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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.