Category Archives: Spirituality

Three Lessons on Giving from the Bistrian Family

1. Give First. “We started a real estate fund as Romania was going through a boom; we were buying and selling property,” Emanuel explains. “Now we’ve moved into developing entire communities—a community feel where everything is within walking distance.” When the Bistrians’ firm sells a house, the first part goes to God; they give away the first 4000€ of each home sale. “We need to change the culture in Romania from receiving to giving. God gave first, so we should give first.” To remind themselves of this principle, the Bistrians […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Rajiv Kumaraswamy

1. Jesus Gives Purpose to Our Giving. “From the time we were very young,” says Rajiv, “the value of helping others was instilled into me from my family. I was raised as a Buddhist in Sri Lanka.” Rajiv continued, “My family there is very philanthropic. My great grandfather donated schools, built the biggest public maternity hospital and donated it to the government.” Rajiv shared that his mother was involved in the ‘Friend in Need Society,’ which began the Jaipur Foot Program to provide low-cost artificial limbs. Rajiv explains, “They needed […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Roger Lam

1. Bring in the Full Tithe. In 2005, Roger says that he wasn’t following biblical teaching in any area of life, but decided to start with money. “It’s rather an unusual decision to start following biblical teaching in the area of money first, which for most people, it’s the last area of surrender.” Having heard a talk on Malachi 3 and bringing in the full tithe, Roger decided to accept God’s invitation to “test me in this.” He describes what happened next: “I filled out an auto-pay form. I put […]

What Can We Learn From Wasted Perfume?

Many Churches talk about Stewardship. Few really invest in it. what can your church learn from leading churches? Central Christian Church in Phoenix Arizona, loves stewardship so much that, 17 years ago, they hired Dave Briggs to lead their efforts as Stewardship Pastor. Dave has walked with thousands of givers across the church’s several campuses. Over this series of posts, Dave answers questions about what God has taught him about helping a church grow in stewardship and generosity. An Attitude of Generosity Dave has found that people often use the […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Don Lothrop

1. Invest for the Long Term. “After three years of charitable giving to an orphanage, medical clinic, and school, I realized that the greatest need of Romanian children was long-term investment in community development, education and healthcare.” says Don, who had retired at the age of 42 and was beginning his own quest to fully trust the promises of God. A former Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, Don says “our communities and cultures are a product of what we invest in. It is our private capital, not our government, that […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Paul Bolte

1. Parents’ Example Sets the Course. “I grew up six hours due west of Sydney,” Paul says. “Our farm was 35 miles from the nearest town. We were an average family that went to church and were generous. The best example of generosity I had was from my parents. We were farmers and we didn’t have a whole bunch.” Paul recounts the story of a generosity miracle at the Bolte family farm. “One year we were going to harvest our crop and it was worth $60k. But then there was […]

“Why should my friends give?” Questions from Nigeria and China

Situation: “Why should my friends give? What do I tell them?” “I want to share generosity with the youth, children, adults and even parents. When they ask ‘why give more?’ what do I say?” – Shadrach from Nigeria “How can I mobilize my friends around me to participate in dedication? What if they do not want to give?” – Li Wei from China   Scripture: You were bought at a price. In 1 Corinthians 7:23, Paul reminds the Corinthians that they used to be slaves, but God paid a high […]

“How do I find a financial accountability partner?”

Situation: How do I find a financial accountability partner? Terrence from London wrote that he’d been wrestling with for a while with the idea of financial accountability. “Apart from my wife, I simply don’t have anyone with whom I can discuss radical giving.” I love that Terrence wants to go deeper, and that he recognizes the need for accountability. How do we get there?   Scripture: “It’s always better together.” My childhood pastor, Stu, served fought in the special forces. He was a biblical scholar and a massive man with […]

Randy Alcorn on “Should Giving Always Be Kept Secret?”

Situation: Prem from India Prem from India recently attended a JOG. Welcome Prem! He then wrote: In the area of giving, Matthew 6:1-4 points that “when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”. I struggle to put this in perspective while planning to give towards organised ministries, where the givers details have to be mentioned for accounting and transparency […]