Money Category

What Are the Odds? Why Playing the Lottery Is a Mistake

A recent article by The Atlantic says that Americans spent $70 billion playing the lottery last year. Not $70 million, but $70 billion. To put that figure into perspective, consider that Americans spent more money on the lottery than they did on books, video games, movie tickets, music, and sporting events combined. It works out to an average […]

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Get That Tattoo

Tattoos are really trendy these days. It seems like just about everyone is getting them, Christians included. Among young people, tattoos have become a common and accepted form of self-expression – something that was unthinkable in my grandparent’s generation. Biblically, Christians have the freedom to get tattoos. The only place tattoos are expressly forbidden in […]

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Is It Wrong to Complain to God?

Sometimes things don’t happen the way we expect them to. Life rarely goes smoothly and many days are filled up with struggles, annoyances, and disappointments. What’s a person to do? For most of us, our automatic response is to complain. It’s normal, and part of being human. But we would be wise to ask, is […]

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Preparing a Youth Ministry Budget

As a youth pastor, one of the trickiest parts of organizing a healthy youth ministry is figuring out how to disperse your budget. Youth pastors have a reputation as people who are less organized and like to wing-it with stuff, but make no mistake – having a plan in place for your budget is part […]

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Finding the Middle Ground With Your Money

The Bible says a lot about money. Wether it is proverbs about wealth, stories of rich kings, parables from Jesus, or warnings against greed, the Word of God has a lot to say on this matter. Personally, I have wrestled with how to think about money for several years. I grew up hearing mostly prosperity […]

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