The Lutheran Church’s standard offering prayers provide a gateway to understanding the basics of stewardship. This article and study guide from Living Lutheran magazine explores the idea in a format perfect for individuals or groups. (Photo © alphaspirit – Fotolia.com)
Let’s face it: Life is very complicated at the moment! From politics to the economy to the environment to health, and on and on, we have a lot on our minds and plates. Author and pastor Richard Foster reflects on Christian simplicity. (Photo: Leland Francisco, Creative Commons)
Whether it was Roman-era coinage or it is today’s dollars and cents – no matter the currency – Jesus had plenty to say about money. It’s been said that Jesus talked more about money and wealth than he did about anything except the Kingdom of God. (Photo: Daniel R. Bloom, Creative Commons)
Whether it’s because of out-of-control credit card use or the pandemic’s economic crunch, people need to know more about finance. The FDIC recommends “Smart Money for Adults,” with class materials for students and teachers available for free.
How should a faithful Christian handle finances, when Jesus’ example and instructions make no sense according to the world’s economy and values? Seedbed.com offers seven lessons from Jesus about life in God’s economy. (Photo: ThrasherDave, Creative Commons)
Just think of all the bible verses that offer thanks to God and you’ll know that gratitude is a characteristic of healthy faith. Supplement your bible studies and workshops with these insights from Psychology Today about the power of gratitude. (Photo: Vistamommy, Creative Commons)
Here’s a gem of a teaching tool you can use for your congregation’s Earth Day celebration: “Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping.” Produced by the ELCA, this 50-page curriculum covers a wide variety of topics in four sessions. We all need to “awaken” as the world’ environmental crises become more severe. Free PDF. (ELCA photo)
The biblical call to stewardship will lead us to foster quality of life. The quality of life that is measured only by material goods and economic factors is incomplete. This essay and workshop guide explores.
Tithing takes serious commitment. But if we invite people to give a hefty portion of their hard-earned income, even for the greatest cause in the world, we need to teach them not only how but also why doing so is in their best interest. Thoughtful essay from Joe McKeever. (Photo: Tax Credits, Creative Commons)
“Gratitude is a miracle-creating attitude. It has the power to transform seemingly unsolvable situations,” writes Rick Warren. Moreover, it’s a key to becoming a good steward of God’s abundance. In this article from pastors.com Warren lists the steps to developing an “attitude of gratitude” that you can learn and teach others. (Photo: Tiger Girl, Creative […]