My 5 for Friday (January 18, 2019)

How do you find contentment in a world of consumerism? What steps can you take to save on energy at your church? And how do you avoid the trap of living paycheck-to-paycheck?

All these questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. Finding Contentment in a World of Consumerism by Andrew J. Spencer. The Bible warns us repeatedly of the dangers of covetousness. Andrew Spencer points out that “Sadly, many times we fail to see the distortion and how it impacts our pursuit of holiness.” Keep reading to see where the source of our discontent comes from and how we can fight it.
  2. Gifts That Make God Smile by Jeff Anderson. It’s tempting to believe that unless our gifts are of a certain size, they can only matter so much. Jeff Anderson reminds us that “meeting needs is secondary. Pleasing God is primary. This should be comforting to us.” And it is comforting – for rich and poor alike. Check out this post for encouragement in your giving.
  3. Ask Chuck: Avoiding The Paycheck-To-Paycheck Trap by Chuck Bentley. In this article, Chuck Bentley offers some statistics that show how many Americans live with little financial margin. So how can one get out of this living paycheck-to-paycheck reality? “Self-control, accountability, hard work, living contrary to the rest of the world…” are a few of the tips that Bentley offers. Check it out.  
  4. 4 Ways to Save Energy–and Money–At Your Church Building by Richard Gasaway. If we’re being honest, many churches don’t think about the fact that “saving energy—or even generating your own energy—is an effective way to save money and be a good steward of God’s creation.” Take a look at this post from Richard Gasaway for specific suggestions on how your church can save on energy, and consequentially, money.
  5. Five Reasons Why “We Pay the Bills” At This Church Is Such a Harmful Attitude by Thom Rainer. “We pay the bills at this church.” What are the implications of this statement and why are they so toxic? Thom Rainer points out the ways that this attitude can harm a church and how it is contrary to true biblical stewardship.  

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