My 5 for Friday (January, 15, 2020)


How can you love your neighbors with your skills and talents? How can you teach your children to be contributors? And when does tax season start?


These questions and more are answered in this week's My 5 for Friday.


1. 10 Ways to Raise Kids to be Contributors by Carol Cuppy. Are you a contributor, focusing on others and how you can add value to their lives, or a consumer, instead interested only with personal needs and promotion? What about your kids? Here are 10 ways to cultivate an attitude of contribution in your children.


2. Economics for Church Leaders: Understanding ‘The Economy’ by Joe Carter. Church leaders need to know how the economy works and affects society to steward earth’s resources as God has commanded. In this article, Joe Carter defines terms like “transaction”, “market”, “economy” and “Gross Domestic Product”, and explains their significance for fulfilling God’s mandate to cultivate the earth.


3. How to Love Your Neighbor with Your Skills and Talents by Paige Wiley. Have you considered how the unique skills and talents you have developed might be used to love your neighbor? Paige Wiley reflects on a kind extension of help that taught her of the gospel’s far reach into every part of life. The faith of a friend exhibited to her God’s concern not only for her spiritual needs, but her physical needs as well.


4. Money: The Most Complicated Part of Missions by David Paul. Finances pose a significant challenge for the Western missionary. The average American lives comfortably in the top 1% of the world’s top salary-earners. Upon arriving to parts of the world outside of this Western-wealth, missionaries are introduced to a level of poverty they have never experienced. The complex question for the missionary to answer is how to use money both generously and wisely to help the needy around them.


5. When Does Tax Season Start in 2021? by Prachi Bhardwaj. COVID-19, stimulus checks, increased unemployment, and a host of other 2020 factors are sure to make the 2021 tax season unique. The IRS has worked to address these peculiarities that most Americans have faced over the last year, and how they will affect both filling taxes and receiving a tax-return.