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Is Your Checkbook the Best Measure of Your Stewardship?

The following is a guest post from Dave Moser.

“Money is the currency of Christian Hedonism. What you do with it – or desire to do with it – can make or break your happiness forever. The Bible makes clear that what you feel about money can destroy you.” – John Piper in Desiring God

You hear this advice everywhere in Christian circles. It’s typically stated, “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your checkbook, and I’ll tell you what your priorities are.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find this advice helpful at all. This proverb/advice/guilt trip assumes that money is the most reliable indicator of how we steward the resources God entrusts to us.

This may be true of some people. But it isn’t true of me.

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Piper: The Devil Says All Truth Is God’s Truth

I’ve written before about how Christians are to approach secular productivity books.

There are often many things that need to be corrected and reoriented towards a Christian worldview, but yet Christians can fully utilize productivity approaches, concepts, and tools that come from secular society.

In fact, worldly time management methods and technology can actually be seen as gifts from God. All good things come from God. All truth comes from God.

We can thank God for leading secular thinkers to develop these tools and systems and can then employ them for our uses with thanksgiving towards God.

But there’s a deeper layer which we need to consider.

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Lessons from Facing the Firing Squad

Imagine that you live in a time and place where Christianity is illegal.

You face a firing squad as your executioners give you one more chance to deny Christ and save your life.

Cold and cruel eyes stare at you. Dirty gun barrels aim your way.

What emotions would you be feeling? What thoughts would be running through your mind? What prayers would be upon your lips?

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Stewardship: Small to Large & Things to People

The following is a guest post from Michael Holmes.

I love laws.

No, not “traffic laws” or the stuff they make up “up there on the hill.” I’m talking about natural laws, or principles.

I love these laws because (unlike people and life) they’re timely, timeless, inflexible, and will always produce a certain outcome. Like the law of gravity or the law of cause and effect.
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Oppression: Reacting to the Sin of Wasted Time

Oppression

One of the great things about a blog is the ability to write briefly on a very specific slice of a topic.

But when these slices are left without context, a lot of problems can arise.

I believe that’s what happened in my last post, Is Wasting Time a Sin? What I intended as a short answer to a question I was asked ended up, I think, giving many the wrong impression.

It’s my fault for not communicating properly, but one of the great things about the blog is that I can follow-up and hopefully give a more complete and accurate picture in this post.

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Is Wasting Time a Sin?

Is Wasting Time a Sin?

How does God view it when we waste time?

Is it merely unwise in his eyes? Is it a gray area?

What does scripture say?

Is wasting time a sin?

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The Key to Christian Productivity: Character (Infographic)

With the rise of Pinterest and with Facebook graphic sharing becoming increasingly more common, I thought it might be worthwhile to do some infographic posts. Feel free to share, and let me know if you think these are worth doing. Perhaps it will become a regular feature.

The Key to Christian Productivity is Character

Avoiding Time-Wasters May Be the Wrong Approach

Avoiding Time Wasters May Be the Wrong Approach

So often, when we think of being a good steward of our time, we think of avoiding time-wasters.

We don’t want to spend too much time on facebook or twitter. We don’t want to procrastinate. We don’t want to aimlessly click around reading blogs. We don’t want to gossip and chatter unnecessarily. We don’t want to go grab that next cup of coffee just to put off tackling that tough task.

But if avoiding waste is what we concentrate on when we steward our time, we’re missing so much.

In fact, Jesus’s words on stewardship provide a very different picture of what a successful steward looks like.

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Don’t Believe the False Promises of Time Management

False Promises of Time Management

We’re surrounded by many good things – wonderful gifts that God has given us.

Everything from pleasures to beauty to tools to concepts, enabling us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing and honoring to Christ.

But we can sometimes get our perspectives off kilter. We begin to trust in the gifts, not the giver. We allow the gifts to make promises to us, and we fall for them hook, line, and sinker.

It happens all around us today – it may be happening in your heart now. And it happened in biblical times, too. Take for instance, the warnings in the book of Hebrews.

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Sharpening the Saw: A Christian Model

Sharpening the Saw as a Christian

Time management books, systems, calendars, planners – they’re all geared towards one thing: what you do.

Think of the millions, if not billions, of dollars spent on software and tools and seminars to get people doing. Doing more things. Doing better things.

The entire system sits in stark contrast to a Christian model of productivity. We need to understand the role and importance of who we are – not just what we do.

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