Well, I haven’t written in a while…so here goes.  What I’ve decided to do over the next month is write a very short summary of some of the teaching points from the past weekend.  I do this simply to stir my mind and your minds in the key ideas from the past week.

This past weekend we talked about our 5th Value – You Can’t Outgive God.  You can check out the message here if you like.  First of all, let me share a brief summary:

One of the biggest distractions to a Christ-following lifestyle is our money!

It’s true, nothing will enslave you more than greed and nothing can liberate you like generosity, so it’s imperative for a growing Christ-follower to develop healthy patterns for generosity and worship in giving.

So, just as a brief reminder…

Because God is a giving God who has given to us for our personal needs and our personal ministry – we can take steps in those two areas.

Personal needs:

  • Give first, then spend less than you make
  • Distinguish between wants and needs
  • Eliminate debt living
  • Save for emergencies and the future

Personal ministry:

  • Leverage the treasure principle – you can’t take it with you but you can send it on ahead!
  • Make a commitment about what you will regularly give and give it. 
  • Start with at least a tithe.
  • Trust God.
  • Help others when and where you can.

Second, when it comes to finances and giving there are several resources that I recommend and I want to recommend three of them:

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

treasure principle

This is a short book that has encouraged and inspired generosity as well as wisdom in finances in me.  I highly recommend it.

Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn


This is a not-so-short book that is very thorough and detailed but a great resource to check yourself and grow in these very important areas of life and worship.

Financial Peace University


We offer this class 2 times a year here at New Story and I can’t recommend it enough.  If you are interested in checking it out email us at



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