My 5 for Friday (April 24, 2020)


How can you create a meaningful digital giving moment? How can you make the most of your tax refund? And what home renovations will not increase resale value?


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


  1. 5 Digital Giving Moments Every Sunday by Todd McMichen. “Leading a powerful digital giving response is both science and art. After watching hours of online services here are some best practices that church leaders need to consider.” Check out Todd McMichen’s suggestions on how to lead meaningful digital giving moments for the church during this time.

  2. How financial experts say this millennial should spend her $1,200 stimulus check by Annie Nova. Reporter Annie Nova found herself asking how she should spend her stimulus check, and decided to consult with various financial experts to have them weigh in. Before you decide what to do with yours, check out their advice.

  3. 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund by Steve Smith. “Making the most of your refund happens when you plan ahead, and decide where you see the greatest need for your money.” Steve Smith gives us four ways to make the most of our tax refund, with the reminder to trust in God as our ultimate provider.

  4. 5 Good Things That Can Come From 1 Bad Virus by Dan Reiland. “How will we cultivate the good while we fight the bad during COVID-19?” Here, Dan Reiland reflects on five good things he’s seen in the midst of the pandemic, including generosity, community, and creativity. Be encouraged by his perspective on the good coming out of this time.  

  5. 5 Renovations That Don’t Increase Your Resale Value by Emily Guy Birken. “You should consider how long you intend to live in your house and whether you’re renovating just to increase your home’s value before jumping into any of these home improvement projects.” Check out Emily Guy Birken’s advice on what home renovations will add to your home’s value, and which ones likely won’t.

© 2020 Art Rainer

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