Online Giving: Is It Right For Your Church?
Jul08

Online Giving: Is It Right For Your Church?

Churches have been steadily evolving in adopting options that allow members to pay tithes, offerings and other monetary donations online. No longer do churchgoers have to worry about bringing their checkbook or cash. Now, they can simply use their credit or debit card to give directly to their regular place of worship.

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Trusting God in the “New” Economy

With our economy in what is being called the worst recession in over 35 years, and perhaps since the Great Depression, it is expected that people are going to start asking questions. One thing on the minds of many people is how their faith relates to this economic downturn.

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Economic Recovery

Obviously, one of the biggest things in the news and in Washington, D.C. these days is what the government is going to do about the economy. There has been a great deal of bantering back and fourth between both Democrats and Republicans regarding this issue. Both parties have their own separate, and seemingly divisive, ideas on how to bring about positive change.

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What Would You Do If You Won $3 Million in a Lottery?
Aug28

What Would You Do If You Won $3 Million in a Lottery?

It’s a question we have all pondered one time or another – what would we do if we won a lottery of a million plus dollars? For a New York man, the answer was easy. He turned his winnings – all 3 million dollars, over to his church. Pastor Bertrand Crabbe of the True North Community Church of Port Jefferson said the donor, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “This was why God put the ticket in his hands.” The “Ba Da Bling” scratch-off ticket was bought July 19, the lottery said. The same day, Crabbe said, the man with the ticket “called me, invited me to his home, told me he had won and his intentions,” which was to bless the church. The lottery winner gave Crabbe the ticket, and Crabbe claimed the prize on behalf of the 650-member church he founded three years ago. The pastor said the church would give the first year’s proceeds to charities including Love 146, which battles human trafficking and slavery. Beginning next year, at least 20 percent will go to charity. Some will go toward a new building for the church, Crabbe said. And how much exactly will the church get? About $102,225 a year through the year 2028. The amount could be higher if withheld taxes are refunded because of the church’s nonprofit status. Original story found at The Christian...

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Our “Strong” 90’s Economy
Aug25

Our “Strong” 90’s Economy

While reading through some blogs regarding the current election year and the campaigns that will soon get underway after the DNC and RNC, I read something about how strong our economy was in the 90’s. The statement was made, apparently, in an attempt to give credit to the Clinton administration for being in the Whitehouse during such strong economic times as if they had anything to do with it. Of course, the other implication is that the current recession should be put on the shoulders of the current administration. While I am willing to concede that the current administration is not having a positive impact on the current economy, I am hesitant to shift the entire blame to the Whitehouse. Just as I am very hesitant to give kudos to the Clinton administration for the seemingly strong economy during their administration. Certainly, the occupants of the Whitehouse at any given time do have a certain amount of influence on the economy, I think it would be foolish to overestimate their influence. There are many factors that go into the American economy, and governmental policies are only once such influence. As I read more and more people backing the Obama campaign, something that I continually see are stories about how various people are struggling to make their mortgage payments and keeping up with their bills. While I certainly would never wish it upon anyone to loose their house in a foreclosure or have to file bankruptcy due to excessive debt, can somebody please start taking at least some responsibility for their own situations? Although, on the surface, the American economy seemed to be very strong during the Clinton administration, I think something that people need to start realizing is how much of the spending (which created the impression of our “strong” economy) was done with credit cards, loans, second-mortgages, etc. When you take that into consideration, it becomes clear that our whole economy over the past 10 – 15 years has been built on a foundation of debt! What should one have expected in this situation other than the fact that it would eventually come crashing down around our ears….as is happening right now! Our whole economy of the past couple decades has been a facade! People were getting deeper and deeper into debt and buying things with borrowed money. All of the mortgage companies were coming up with creative financing plans to help us buy more house than we could afford…auto dealerships started pushing auto leases, and the media kept indoctrinating us with an “instant gratification” mantra that the American people, for the most part, built their lives around....

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