Category Archives: Financial Wellness

The Incarnation: A Financial Wellbeing Difference Maker!

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Born at Christmas, made manifest at Jordan’s waters, the life of Jesus shows us what God is like, but also, in many ways, what it means to be human.  Many of the things Jesus did, only He could ever do.  I don’t think everything Jesus said or did is an example for us.

But His Incarnation into this flesh and blood life does show us an ideal picture of what it means to live as a child of the heavenly Father.  And I do think there is a financial component to that example.   Continue reading

“You Might Be in Trouble If…” Financial Edition!

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The warning signs that you might be in financial trouble are pretty obvious, but as we wrap up this series on “You Might Be in Trouble If…” I’ll mention three that plagued me for a long time.

You might be in financial trouble if worries about your financial condition interrupt your thoughts during the course of your regular, everyday activities. 

You also might be in financial trouble if you find yourself making an unusual number of mistakes with your finances, such as overdrafts or getting caught in a bind by not preparing for regular expenses.

And you might be in trouble if you look down the road and realize you have not yet established a long-range financial plan.

Fortunately, the solution for all three is the same. Continue reading

Financial Wellbeing for Churches in One Word: Share!

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We’ve been looking at one key word from Ephesians 4 each week as we reflect on the Wellness Wheel.  Today it’s verse 28: “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”

Mom gets it.  One of the first lessons she taught us was to share.  It’s the way of God.  It’s the nature of the kingdom that all who have received would share.

It’s the way the creation works, and when we’re at our best, sharing is what we do just because it comes so naturally and so joyfully.

Look around you!  God’s world is a sharing place! Continue reading

Spilling All Over the Place Is Good!

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Today is the last of the “water analogies” around the Lutheran Wellness Wheel.  Today: Financial.

Thirty-five years ago when we were raising babies, I thought the “sippy seal” was about the greatest invention ever.  Our kids used the Tupperware cup with a snap on lid and a little spout that when it tipped over only dumped out a little bit of juice.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the new version our grandkids use that let’s drips out about like Fort Knox leaks gold!  Great design!  Advancements in sippy seal technology!

It makes me wonder a bit what God had in mind when He designed us to leak like the crankcase of my old 1966 Ford Falcon.  Really? Continue reading

Best Advice from You! Financial Wellbeing

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I’m always pleasantly surprised when our retreat evaluations indicate that for many couples, the financial workshop offered by our friend Eustolio Gomez from Concordia Plan Services was thanksthe most significant part of the retreat!

I’m not surprised that Eustolio does such a good job, I’m just glad to hear that the message of financial wellness is addressed in a way that it helps professional church work families who are experiencing stress and anxiety in their financial lives.

As I listen to table conversations where couples offer counsel to one another, I often hear that couples had their breakthrough in financial health when they finally said to each other, “Let’s get some advice.”  Maybe that’s a good place to wrap up my thoughts on the best advice I’ve heard from you through the years. Continue reading

Simple Financial Wellness: Four Words!

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I’m enjoying this “four words” series.  I hope you’ve found it helpful.  Every aspect of the Lutheran Wellness Wheel is incredibly complex.  Finding the healing touch of Christ in every wholeness-wheel-cps-2011area of our lives is a wonder of God’s kingdom, and to Him belongs all the glory.

But it’s also important to keep this as simple as possible.  I hope these four word handles on wellness have been encouraging to you as we all seek the Lord’s healing grace to help us live as stewards of self.

Week eight of the series brings us to financial wellness.  Here are my four words of encouragement: “Let’s have a talk.” Continue reading

Risen and Brand New… Financial Wellbeing!

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The last of the Post-Easter reflections on the Lutheran Wellness Wheel.  I’ve enjoyed this so Cross on Fieldmuch because Easter changes the way we think and the way we look at everything in our lives, including money.

For a guy who didn’t have any, Jesus sure talked a lot about money and possessions.  They say it’s the number one subject of the parables, but we all know that the primary subject of the parables is human hearts.

I guess that’s why Jesus talked about it so much.  He knows where our hearts are. Continue reading