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When all is said and done, we own nothing because we are possessed wholly and completely by a "good and gracious God."
The invitation we receive to follow Jesus Christ implies our willingness to live as stewards. Some of us understand. Some do not. Jesus also cautions that the more human treasure and talents we possess, the more likely it is that it will be difficult for us to be good stewards.
Sometimes we need a crisis to set our priorities straight. Archbishop Thomas Murphy, the former Archbishop of Seattle, related an experience in his life during the 1970s when he was confronted with unexpected serious surgery. It was then that he received the grace to ask himself honestly, 'What do I own and what owns me?' Those are very important questions for any steward, especially a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a new way of seeing things, an insight which is not customary in our daily routine when we seem to be in control.
In The Treasure Principle Alcorn seeks to motivate believers to think "eternally" about every giving, saving and spending decisions. This is the heart of true stewardship.
The main principles of the book are:
1. God owns everything. I am His money manager.
2. My heart always goes where I put God's money.
3. Heaven, not Earth, is my home.
4. I should live for the line (eternity), not the dot(short life on earth).
5. Giving is the only antidote for materialism.
6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
Wealth as Peril and Obligation is a study of the New Testament which helps bring clarity to an ethical dilemmas--the moral status of wealth and possessions in relation to Christian faith.
"The key stewardship question is this: 'Why do we have what we have?'"
"Christian stewards receive, use, and offer God's gifts, according to the heart and mind of God."
In Our Stewardship: Managing Our Assets Golv provides encouragement and tools to help a congregation discover its gifts and how they can use those gifts well.
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