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Budget for Giving: A Team Effort

You’ve very likely done all of the right and recommended things to prepare for the future: you’ve set aside retirement savings, you have life insurance and a will or estate plan. But how much do you know about the current reality of your finances? It’s common for one spouse or the other to manage the […]

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Ellen Coleman

The Beautiful Reflection of a Generous Life

On a recent trip to Haiti, I traveled hours into the Pestel mountain region where human suffering from poverty-related issues is indescribable. I was there with my friend Miriam who has rescued dying children in Haiti for 30 years. Over the years, I’ve seen the effects of malnutrition, disease, and dirty water; however, nothing could […]

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A Plan Has the Power to Bring Freedom

Think about how you feel after you finish a workout: Energized, ready to take on the next thing, strong. Exercise might not be your favorite thing to do, and it can be hard to fit it in to your busy schedule, but you’re always glad you made a plan and set aside the time. The […]

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For Father’s Day: What My Dad Did Right

We didn’t talk a lot about money growing up. Somehow, I learned two things: not to spend beyond my means and to have a healthy fear of credit cards. “Use only in emergencies and if you can pay it off each month,” was the message I absorbed from my Dad. My parents were also generous […]

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For All Intents and Purposes

The Boston Globe recently reported the results of its investigation of a celebrity NFL quarterback’s charitable foundation, an article that raised questions about the organization’s use of funds. When we read articles like this we may have questions about how the organizations we give to use our donations. It’s easy to assume that an organization […]

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Grace Poured Out

“If we have any other idol than Jesus, it will devour us. Only Jesus gives. Everything else takes.” Linda Chowdry knows this truth because she’s lived it. She followed hard after a lifestyle she thought would bring her freedom and joy. In fact, the only One who offered what she was looking for was pursuing […]

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“Let’s do _____.”

Like all of us, Elaine Franklin is a busy woman with a full plate and busy schedule. There’s always something to do and some place to go. In the midst of her to-dos, God called her to invest in her friends and in return, they gave her a renewed glimpse of His love for her. […]

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Courageous Generosity

It was a dangerous time in the country of Germany. In the 1930s and 40s, the church, eager for greater popularity, was swayed by the new political regime. Marches merging church and state included people chanting: “The future belongs to us! We are the future!” Yet many young people wondered where they would find their […]

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