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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...


096: Just Weights in an Unjust World

God has a zero tolerance policy for false (dishonest) business practices. "A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight." Proverbs 11:1 Why tell this to Christians? We aren't thieves… right? In This Episode, We Look At: Less obvious forms of being unjust with our money. Sometimes it is out of naiveté. Sometimes it may be a subconscious habit. There are ways we may be stealing from our Employers. In business dealings, there are ways we are...


095: Politics and Personal Finance

While America's government is of the people, by the people, and for the people, these are not exclusive prerequisites for Christian growth. As fiery and unsettling as our country's politics may be, there are many other countries with worse forms of government where Christianity is growing like wildfire. In This Episode, We Look At: Honoring local governmental authorities (Romans 13:1) We know perilous times will come (2 Timothy 3:1-4) We are overly concerned with comfort. Improve...


094: Perspective from the Philippines

I had the privilege of serving and speaking during the Spiritual Leadership Conference-Asia Feb 27 through March in Manila, Philippines. In This Episode, We Look At: The purpose of the Conference; to share the need for sending laborers into the 10-40 window to reach the Lost. The reason for the place of the Conference; churches in the Philippines proportionately send more missionaries to the 10-40 than American churches. The product of the Conference; nearly 1,000 souls accepted...


093: The Parable of the Talents

Jesus used parables to teach spiritual truths, using terms and elements of life that people can easily relate to. This parable is one of sixteen parables that are related to money. While we see that money is involved, it is not the heart of the parable. In This Episode, We Look At: An employer (lord) leaves for a long journey; this is a picture of our Savior who has ascended into Heaven and will return again. He entrusts his employees (stewards) with his wealth while he is away; God...


092: Stepping Over Dollars

Many times our attempts to be efficient and save money actually costs us a lot more, in money and time. In This Episode, We Look At: Paying for a gym membership for our health and fitness goals, while buying food that is contrary to our goals. Being overly concerned over mortgage interest while paying double-digits on credit card balances. Not delegating, and "doing-it-yourself." Resources and Links: E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber Share Your Thoughts: If you have a...


091: Avoiding Financial Mistakes

Financial mistakes can be very costly. While our parents most likely encouraged us to learn from our mistakes, it's even better to learn from the mistakes of others. In This Episode, We Look At: Identifying, ahead of time, some potential financial mistakes. Learn the often long-term consequences of those mistakes. How to avoid them altogether. A few we look at: "I'll save and invest later." Tapping into the 401(k) for today's expenses. A lesson from the king of regrets,...


090: Present and future rewards

Our tendency is to focus on today's pleasures, blessings, and rewards. And we have our own definitions of the rewards we desire. In This Episode, We Look At: God often rewards us today with increased opportunities; newly opened doors to serve, the privilege of new responsibilities, and even new friendships and enriched relationships. (Mark 10:29-31) Throughout Scripture, God directs our attention to the eternal. God's definition of a reward so much better, yet counter-intuitive,...


089: Personal finance God's way—recorded live

Today's episode was recorded at Moses Lake Baptist Church during a Faith and Finances Conference In This Episode, We Look At: The incredible benefits of being purchased possessions of a holy, gracious God. Our part in God's financial plan. What financial stewardship look like today. Resources and Links: Moses Lake Baptist Church Information on Tim's public teaching Share Your Thoughts: If you have a question or comment about today's topic, we invite you to share your...