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116: Faith Promise Giving

What comes to mind when you hear "Faith promise giving?" For some it means their church is embarking on a building program, for others it may mean that it is time to prayerfully consider committing to a large dollar amount, and praying that God provides for you to give it. In This Episode, We Look At: Where did this term come from? What does it mean, in practice, today? Are there biblical principles to support it? I've interviewed several respected pastors, and have asked them...


115: The Prosperity Puzzle

Is it acceptable for Christians to be prosperous? Many are on the fence on the issue. Are riches evil? Do we avoid prosperity? In This Episode, We Look At: "Prosper" defined Our ability to earn money comes from God Labor is expected of us from God Prosperity in the NT Stewarding prosperity Improve Your Faith and Finances: Seek to prosper in everything God has entrusted to you, to His glory. Be ready and willing to be used of the Lord in greater ways. Share Your...


114: Why Do They Have More Than Me?

Some Christians will appear to have more than others. Then there are worldly people who have a lot more. Try as we may; we serve, we save, we sacrifice, but sometimes it just seems we can't get ahead. Is it fair? In This Episode, We Look At: More is rarely the solution. You do not want to trade trials with other Christians. God's timing and plans are far superior than ours. The folly of comparing ourselves with other Christians. The wicked also increase. Improve Your Faith and...


113: My Financial Tune Up

Got a budget? Awesome! You are a step ahead of many. Yet, while drafting and agreeing upon a budget is a wise discipline, the budget itself does not get the job done. In real life our spending does not always match our budgets…then the wheels fall off. In This Episode, We Look At: The importance of the monthly financial review. Did your financial activity align with your planned spending plan? Did you go over or under budget in areas? Look back on your bank statements for potential...


112: Money, Marriage, and Peace!

Eighty percent of divorcees attribute arguments over money as the leading contributor to the divorce. There are going to be differences in how couples view money-related issues. So, what do you do when spouses do not see eye-to-eye in financial matters? In This Episode, We Look At: Responses to avoid. "He's selfish", "She's immature", "he's irresponsible", "I'm the only one who cares in this marriage!" Setting aside pride and addressing issues openly and lovingly. Seek input and...


111: The Impact of Emotions

God has given us emotions. Emotions can help or hurt us. There are God-honoring emotions, and there emotions that lead to sin. In This Episode, We Look At: The emotions of Jesus. The emotions related to the fruit of the Spirit. Biblical warnings related to emotions. Emotions that hurt or help our saving and investing efforts. Improve Your Faith and Finances: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23 Share Your Thoughts: If you...


110: Forget About It

The automation episode. In This Episode, We Look At: Eliminating many mental distractions in our lives through a few clicks to set priorities in motion — automatically. Your calendar. Bills. Saving. Investing. We'll look at many benefits, plus some "How-to" suggestions. Resources and Links: Buffer Hootsuite Share Your Thoughts: If you have a question or comment about today's topic, we invite you to share your thoughts. Podcast on Facebook Tim Website or Twitter Troy...


109: What to Know About Life Insurance

The most-asked questions regarding life insurance I find are: "Should I buy life insurance?", "What type of Insurance?" and "How much Insurance should I have?" In This Episode, We Look At: Life insurance defined. What is it's primary purpose? Would your passing eliminate an income that a loved one is dependent upon? Two main "types" of life insurance, their functions and pros and cons. Help with figuring the amount of insurance coverage that is appropriate for your family. Bonus:...


108: What's in it for me?

If you think about it, much of our Christian walk focuses on: How can I grow spiritually? How can I be more like Christ? Lord, help me to walk humbly and consider others. In This Episode, We Look At: The personal benefits in: Becoming more Christ-like, Giving, and Tithing. Share Your Thoughts: If you have a question or comment about today's topic, we invite you to share your thoughts. Podcast on Facebook Tim Website or Twitter Troy Twitter Matt Website or Twitter


107: Wants and Needs

It’s fine to have wants, as well as needs. How do you balance wants and needs financially? In This Episode, We Look At: How we distinguishing wants from needs. We should not view all wants as bad. Jesus and His disciples enjoyed such “wants” as sumptuous feasts and leisure. The key is that these wants were enjoyed with gratitude; they were not loved. Proverbs 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. Improve Your Faith...


106: Great Expectations

You've got to love expectations! We have expectations in every area of our lives, and life gets interesting when our expectations are not met. Spoiler alert… our character is tested. In This Episode, We Look At: We see examples of expectations versus reality in both the Old and New Testaments. The children of Israel had expectations of their Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey. They were not expecting giants nor day-long battles. Even James and John (2 of the 12 disciples)...


105: IRA vs Roth IRA

There are many account-types to choose from when investing in the Stock Market; and the most popular does not necessarily mean the best. In This Episode, We Look At: The income tax treatment of contributions as well as withdrawals from Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Clarifying the IRS restrictions for each type of account. With a better understanding of the benefits, as well as restrictions of each, you can better choose which course to take for your future income planning. Share...


104: The Evil Empire

According to a study prepared for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation, 84% of Americans have been solicited with a potentially fraudulent investment offer. In This Episode, We Look At: Conmen and their schemes and why even "sophisticated" people fall for them How stock picks from the "Smartest Guys on Wall St." led to devastating losses Some tips to help you avoid getting duped Resources and Links: Madoff with the Money, Jerry...


103: Save… but Trust

Do we demonstrate a lack of faith in God when we save for our future? Are we to trust God for future provision and NOT plan or make any effort ourselves? In This Episode, We Look At: It is possible to accumulate wealth and then let our hearts turn to trusting that wealth instead of trusting God. It is biblical to both trust God AND save for a future known need. Trust. See Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:17 Save. See Proverbs 21:20, Genesis 41:33-36 Improve Your Faith and...


102: Beliefs Drive Behavior

There is no great mystery in our behavior—we do what we believe, not what we know. In This Episode, We Look At: There are many great books available, as well as courses to take to improve our finances, but at the end of the day how we deal with money will be based on our deep-seeded beliefs and not our knowledge. If someone really believes that holding onto money in a savings account is "a waste of money" then that person is going to have a hard time building up an emergency fund. In...


101: Retirement Noise

There seems to be a steady flow of "new" retirement advice in blogs and online magazine articles. Yet, when I review the content I tend to see the same recycled recommendations; reduce spending—increase saving. In This Episode, We Look At: Improving and securing your current and future source of income. Leveraging your time in place of trading hours for dollars. Making your money work for you. It is possible to get to the point where your money is earning more than you...


100: Today We Celebrate our 100th!

We are as giddy as grade-schoolers on the first day of summer! We want to thank you for making our 100th episode possible. In This Episode, We Look At: To celebrate this occasion, we invited the whole Faith and Finances Podcast team to join us behind the mics and share their thoughts. Joining us today: A vocal cameo from the Amazing Steve Stewart—we love you brother! The "Voice" of the Faith and Finances Podcast into/outro and "up for sainthood" as the wife of Troy—Katrina...


099: The Parable of the Vineyard Laborers

Today we discuss Jesus' parable of the vineyard owner and his laborers. With a quick read it is easy to see that they all received the same wages though many worked more hours than others. In This Episode, We Look At: Jesus taught this parable in response to the exasperated disciples who complained to Jesus (in chapter 19) saying " Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?" (emphasis added) This parable really teaches the generosity of the Owner...


098: The Spring Purge

"What's in your garage?" Two-thirds of American homes have their garage so stuffed with "stuff" that their car will not fit. In This Episode, We Look At: You could have a garage sale. The average profit is $500-$700. But, it's very time-consuming, you have competition of other garage sales and other events going on in your area. Sell online. Don't even have to leave your house. Online platforms bring more "eyeballs" to your stuff (in the thousands—compared those that would drive to...


097: Food and Finances

Can you improve your health simply by eating different foods? In too many households processed foods are a regular staple and, because these foods do not satisfy, the tendency is to eat even more. In This Episode, We Look At: The reality that there are delicious foods, brought to you by the God of Abraham, that can improve your health without breaking the bank. Shifting dollars from processed, empty-calorie foods to whole foods can make your grocery budget stretch further. Some food...