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StrikeForce421: Giving Together

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Many years ago, attorney JoAnne Daudt came across the notion of giving circles. These collaborative groups of givers pool their money, decide together where to donate it, and learn about their community at the same time. By giving together, these groups have a greater impact on causes they care about. The idea intrigued her, and she filed it away for …

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Managing God’s Money

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I see many parallels between the ancient, Biblical role of the steward and that of modern-day Financial Advisor, likely because of my own personal experience serving as a Financial Advisor. These roles require that decisions (or recommendations) be made based, not on self-interest of the one hired to manage the wealth, but on the interests of another – the owner. It’s a sacred …

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The Connection Between Investing & Our Values

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Can where and how you invest make a Kingdom difference? Financial advisor Rachel McDonough says yes. In this blog post, originally posted on her website, she explores the opportunities believers have to influence the world through their intentional investing. The first time my family moved to Kenya and I experienced interacting with street kids in Nairobi, I was 10-years-old. It …

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When Retirement Isn’t What You’d Hope’d it Would Be.

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From the outside, Marilyn and Larry Johnson had it all. Following wildly successful careers, the couple sold their computer business to a Fortune 500 company and retired. A decade later, they admitted their lives weren’t complete. They lacked purpose. With much prayer and patience, the Johnsons learned that God had big plans for them to live and give wholeheartedly. 

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The Greatest Sacrificial Gift

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For God so loved the world, He GAVE.  God is generous. God the Father gave His Son for our benefit, our joy, our eternal life. We are Jesus’s passion, the joy for which He suffered the cross.   What a gift—a humbling, overwhelming gift! Jesus laid down everything He had and sacrificed it to gain me. To save me! By knowing …

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Investing in Black Charities: 5 Principles for Giving across Racial Lines

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How can we use our call to generosity to address inequality and seek justice? Our friends at National Christian Foundation originally published the following post on their blog that outlines 5 principles for effective, empowering giving.  As followers of Jesus, many of our hearts are being called to a new level of commitment in the fight against racial injustice. But …

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America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire

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In honor of Black History Month, I did some research about how different cultures approach generosity and came across an article about Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire. Intrigued, I began down a path to learn everything I could about this impressive lady.  Born to former slaves, Walker was raised on a cotton plantation during Reconstruction. In her …

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How an invitation led to flourishing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Shaw Thomas was intrigued. She’d been invited to join Women Doing Well for a Yale University course on happiness with a biblical perspective. So she prayed. According to Shaw, CEO and Executive Producer of The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out, “God didn’t say ‘No,’ so I said, ‘Go!’”  Her decision made, Shaw immediately thought her friend, Ruia Kontos, would enjoy the course. So she invited her. Ruia …