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What would Good Friday look like without generosity?

by Patrick Johnson  |  April 17, 2014  |  Category: Stories

What would Good Friday look like if Jesus had decided to take care of Himself – for just this one day?

If you are over the age of about 20, you have probably seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Let me rephrase that. If you’re over 20, you’ve probably seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” a ridiculous number of times. We know the story. We’ve wept ... read full post  |  1 comments

Practice makes permanent: Ideas for daily giving

by GenerousChurch  |  April 16, 2014  |  Category: Stories

Let's say you want to live more generously this coming year. And you want to help equip others around you to live with an open hand.

So how do you do that?

For those of us who have trouble remembering to floss our teeth, we need a concrete approach to adding anything new to our rigid daily routines. To help us fit daily generosity into the busyness of life, let's look at few ideas:

Idea #1 ... read full post

Overflow for every good deed

by Bill Williams  |  April 2, 2014  |  Category: Stories

In 2006, I remember standing in the Mumbai airport at the conclusion of my sixth trip to India. While I was outside the terminal, a young girl came up to me begging for money. Though I didn’t typically make this my practice, I felt impressed to give the girl all the Indian money I had with me. As I emptied my pockets, and gave her all the rupees I had (which I later learned was about a month’s ... read full post

Do you need a course in defensive giving?

by Fred Smith  |  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Stories

When it comes to giving, you may rarely commit a failure to yield. But you may not be aware of all the potential "giving infractions" that could lie in the road ahead. This is something that Fred Smith, President of The Gathering, recently learned the hard way. When a traffic ticket led Fred down an unconventional path to giving wisdom, he came up with a set of guidelines that could be dubbed, "A Course in Defensive

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Generosity in the Bible, book by book

by Patrick Johnson  |  March 3, 2014  |  Category: Insights

Just how important is generosity in the Bible? Of course, there are many verses about money, as well as specific examples and encouragements on tithing and giving. But what about the message "between the lines?"

It's amazing what you might discover when you take the time to really search for the story of God's generosity that's interwoven throughout Scripture.

To help see how God’s generosity ... read full post  |  1 comments

Miracles and Milestones: A look at 2013 giving with NCF

by NCF staff  |  February 7, 2014  |  Category: Stories

With the new year well underway, we'd like to take a moment to pause and celebrate the good news of what God is doing through givers at NCF. As we reflect on 2013, we remember the many miracles of provision and personal growth that we have witnessed in the lives of those we serve, as well as the lives of our team.

This past year, we received our six billionth dollar from givers since our founding in 1982. But ... read full post

Choosing the right advisor for your giving

by NCF staff  |  January 22, 2014  |  Category: Insights

Every year, we work with hundreds of professional advisors, such as financial advisors, CPAs, and attorneys. One thing we've observed is the invaluable role that the right advisor can play in helping people make the most of their giving.

If you’ve never chosen an advisor, or haven't given much thought to the relationship you have with yours, you may be wondering, “What are some of the ... read full post  |  1 comments

I should know better

by Bill Williams  |  January 10, 2014  |  Category: Stories

Part of my role at the National Christian Foundation is to encourage others to live generously and according to Biblical financial principles. So you’d think I’d have my own “act together.” Yet my wife, Regina, and I recently found ourselves needing to address several important matters related to our giving.

Regina and I decided several years ago to establish a financial “finish ... read full post  |  2 comments

Substance vs stuff: Gifts that last for eternity

by NCF staff  |  December 26, 2013  |  Category: Stories

Everyone wants to give the perfect gift to the ones they love at Christmas. But how many gifts make much of an impact after the wrapping paper is long gone?

We'd like to suggest a few ideas for giving that could have far-reaching effects for your family any day of the year. These will not only lift your family's spirits, but they'll impact others for eternity. What could be better than ... read full post  |  1 comments

Advent: the act of anticipation

by David Wills  |  December 19, 2013  |  Category: Stories

Recently, our daughter, Maggie, came home from college to spend the week with us. She is a freshman and it has been hard for me to be away from her ... in fact, I had not seen her in almost a whole month! The day she was due to arrive, I had a hard time concentrating. My mind constantly wandered, looking forward to the time that I would greet her that evening. My wife cleaned the house in anticipation of her coming. I

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