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“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
-Psalm 127:1

Ask the Lord to inspire your heart and guide your steps with principles from His Word. The articles below can help you.

Prayer of a Good and Faithful Servant

Prayer of a Good and Faithful Servant
Lord, the earth and everything in it is yours! (Psalm 24:1) Everything comes from you, and I have given you only what comes from your hand (1 Chronicles 29:14). You send poverty and wealth (1 Samuel 2:7). Have you not put a hedge around me and my household and everything I have? (Job 1:10)

 

Father, in your Word you said it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). And so Lord, I want to honor you with my wealth (Proverbs 3:9). I know that faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17). But unless I respond in love, I gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).  I am willing and my heart is moved to bring an offering to you Lord (Exodus 35:21).

 

Lord, you’ve called me to provide for my family (1 Timothy 5:8). And to provide for those who have instructed me in your Word (Galatians 6:6). And to share with your people who are in need (Romans 12:13). And to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). And so may my service of giving to you – during and after my lifetime - supply the needs of your people and overflow in many expressions of thanks to you (2 Corinthians 9:12), so that one day  I’ll hear you say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23). For it’s in the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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What Does God Say About Providing for My Family?

What Does God Say About Providing for My Family?

• Make provision for your loved ones. "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (1 Timothy 5:8)

 

• Take steps to avoid interpersonal conflicts. "He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise." (Proverbs 11:29)

 

• Be cautious about leaving large inheritances to children. "An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end." (Proverbs 20:21)

 

• Don’t store up excess resources you don’t need. "Then [the property owner] said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods." (Luke 12:18)

 

• Use family resources to reach people for Christ. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10)

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Believers

7 Habits of Highly Effective Believers
Habit 1: Be Thankful. “In everything give thanks..." (I Thessalonians 5:18 ). A steward’s heart begins with an attitude of gratitude.

 

Habit 2: Trust God to Provide. “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God..." (1 Timothy 6:17).

 

Habit 3: Be Content. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content..." (Hebrews 13:5). Contentment isn’t “getting what you want - it’s wanting what you've got.”

 

Habit 4: Be a Faithful Example. “Impress [these commands] on your children..." (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). Our children may fail to listen, but they seldom fail to imitate us.

 

Habit 5: Live Within Your Means. “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13). We can live on less than we make in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

Habit 6: Give Time and Talent. “Use whatever gift [you have] received to serve others..." (1 Peter 4:10 ). Highly effective stewards use their time and talents to honor God.

 

Habit 7: Give Treasure. “Honor the Lord with your wealth..." (Proverbs 3:9). Our giving shows our loyalty to Christ - during and after our lifetimes.

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5 Best Ways to Bless Your Family's Future

5 Best Ways to Bless Your Family's Future
1. Get a Will. When people start adding up the value of their home, life insurance, retirement accounts, and other property, they begin to see that even with a modest middle class estate, a plan is needed that provides for their families and the ministries they love.

 

2. Reduce (or eliminate) unnecessary taxes and court costs. A Will can help you reduce probate hassles and costs, avoid certain taxes, and decrease other administrative expenses - freeing up more resources to your heirs and the Lord's work.

 

3. Decide who will manage your stuff after you die. Without a Will, a court decides how to distribute your estate. On the other hand, when you name your own representative in your Will, you decide who will distribute the money and things God entrusted to you.

 

4. Decide who will take care of your kids. If you have minor children, a Will allows you to name the guardian of your children and a Trustee of the assets to provide for the children. If a court is left to make these decisions for you, the spiritual component may be disregarded.

 

5. Include “ministry” in your family. Your Will can be powerful a testimony to family and friends. Including your extended "family" in your Will - namely your church and favorite Christian charities - is a wonderful way to express your values for generations to come

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What Happens If I Die Without a Will?

What Happens If I Die Without a Will?
If you do not have a Will, the State actually has one for you. Unfortunately, that means state law would determine (without your input):

 

• Who will be the next steward of the resources God gave you
• Who will care for your young children
• Who will administer your estate

 

With a Will, you get to decide these things. In addition to making sure your immediate family is provided for in your Will, you can also bless your extended “family” – including your church and favorite ministry organizations.

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Top 10 Reasons to Update Your Will

Top 10 Reasons to Update Your Will
There are at least 10 life events that God can use to remind you of your urgent need to have an up-to-date Will:

1. Marriage or Divorce
2. New baby, adopted children, or stepchildren
3. Moving to another state
4. Changing your mind about heirs
5. Major changes in property ownership or financial assets
6. Changes in estate planning and estate tax law.
7. Death or disability of someone named in your Will
8. Children have reached the age of 18
9. You would like to provide for a ministry organization
10. It has been three years or more since you have reviewed your Will

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Michael Babida, Major Gifts & Planned Giving Manager
Call our office: (619) 819-1851
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