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Financial Fitness: Formulated with Honesty

      Several members of a church where I once served as pastor were members of a local civic organization. At one of the group’s meetings each year, several “Honesty and Integrity” awards were presented to high school students from the community who had been nominated and selected for recognition based on their character and potential for service.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS 101: FORGED IN HOSPITALITY

      Recalling that financial fitness is Founded on the Heavenly, Framed with Humility, and Focused on Humanity leads to a further truth presented in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (and elsewhere), namely, that financial fitness is Forged with Hospitality.  I use the word “Hospitality” for two reasons.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS 101: FOCUSED ON HUMANITY

      A prominent, well-to-do church member was called on by his pastor to lead in prayer. The man was eloquent in speech and he petitioned God with much verbosity while expressing concern for people and needs both locally and around the world.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS 101: FRAMED WITH HUMILITY

      Recognizing that financial fitness is Founded on the Heavenly postures you and me to understand further that financial fitness must be Framed with Humility. Concerning the Christian virtue of humility, C.S. Lewis stated “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”

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FINANCIAL FITNESS 101: FOUNDED ON THE HEAVENLY

      A pastor friend of mine recently led his church in a sermon series directed toward “being fit” or healthy in several contexts including one’s physical, emotional, and relational health. I was invited to offer some biblical truths regarding financial fitness.

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IN-DEPENDENCE DAY

 

    Our nation’s history spans 245 years. During that time many significant days and events have taken place. Many of these significant moments are recorded, preserved, or presented in books, pictures, museums, memorial monuments, documentaries, and movies.


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A MINUTE TO SPARE

      Like many pastors, I have spent many days (and more than a few nights) visiting the hospital. After making several hospital visits one day a few years ago, I found myself very close to my wife’s office. I decided to stop by to see her for a short visit.

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FOCUS ON FATHERS

     My father moved into “higher service” with the Lord over three decades ago. During the years since his death, I have said on more than one occasion that I have learned more from him since he died than when he was alive. What is meant by my statement is that I have had many opportunities to recall his wise sayings, remember his example, and reflect on his influence.
     As my own children began to graduate high school, attend and graduate from college, move into jobs in New York City, San Francisco, and Colorado, and get married, I often have wondered if I was successful in imparting enough good stuff in them to help them along the journey of life. My guess is that most dads wonder the same thing and perhaps wish that they could have a “do over” in their efforts to raise their children.
    Fathers have an incredible privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to set an example for and to be an influence on their children. A poem by Melba O’Neal depicts the example dads need to set for their children and the reason for such example.     
 

Walk a little plainer, Daddy,” said a little boy so frail.

“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fail,                                 

Sometimes your steps are very plain – sometimes they are hard to see 

So walk a little plainer Daddy, for you are leading me.”

“I know that once you walked this way, many years ago,

And what you did along the way, I’d really like to know

For sometimes, when I am tempted, I don’t know what to do;

So walk a little plainer, Daddy, for I must follow you.”

 

“Someday when I’m grown up, you are like I want to be;

Then I will have a little boy, who will want to follow me.

And I would want to lead him right, and help him to be true;

So walk a little plainer Daddy, for we must follow you.”

 

     I have never known a perfect father but I know a lot of men who are striving diligently to be good dads. With Father’s Day appearing on the near horizon, I’m reminded that “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a daddy.”

 

        Dear Heavenly Father, help me to walk a little plainer for my family. Help them to see in me a husband and father who is striving diligently to lead in a manner that is pleasing to You. May I encourage other fathers to the same. Amen.

                                                                                                Daniel


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LEAVING THE PIGS BEHIND

      Luke records a 3-part sermon series presented by Jesus concerning valuable items that were missing…things that were not where they should have been. Jesus detailed how a shepherd searched diligently for one sheep that had gone astray.

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FOCUS: SERVICE AND SACRIFICE – MEMORIAL DAY

With extreme gratitude for those who gave their freedom that we might enjoy ours! May God bless America and may America bless, praise, and honor God!


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