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Why faith matters in your financial life

Faith is often thought of in purely religious terms.  But it is much broader than that. 

In fact, every day, we express faith in a variety of ways that are not even consciously considered.

For example, we have faith that when we put the key in our car and turn it to the right that the car will start right up. 

We have faith that when we fly in an airplane that we will soar through the air and defy the laws of gravity and land safely at our destination.

As children, we have faith that our parents will provide for us even though we really don’t understand how all of that works.

This, then, is the key element of faith:  confidence in something that we don’t fully understand but we believe to be true.

Faith and Finances

When it comes to our financial lives, we must operate with a greater level of faith if want to win and succeed. 

We must grow in our confidence that it is possible and it is true that God can change us and provide for us even though...

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Riding the Stock Market Roller Coaster: What NOT to do

The Demon Drop.  Have you ever ridden on it?

If you're from the Midwest, it's possible that you have.  It's one of the oldest roller coaster rides and has been a mainstay at a popular tourist spot in Ohio called Cedar Point.

The Demon Drop is crazy. 

Four people sit side-by-side in a metal box with the front open to the world.  You get strapped in and then the ride takes you up something like 1,000 feet in the air (*that's not true - it just feels like it when you're up there).  

When you get to the top, the Demon Drop slides out a few feet away from the platform so that you're just dangling there looking out at miles and miles in front of you - probably at Canada (*again..I'm dramatic.).

There is a long, dramatic pause at the top.  You sit there, almost comfortable.  Almost forgetting that you're on a machine called The Demon Drop.  Then...

You plunge to your death at warp speed!

Well, that also isn't true - but you're not sure...

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The importance of sharing your financial story with others.

You have a story to tell about your financial journey and it matters.  Do you know what it is?  Do you know how to tell it?  Do you know how to tell it in a way that makes people care?  It’s important that you do.

Why?

Because when it comes to money, we need Christians to share their stories about where they've been where they are and where God is leading them.

You’ve probably heard this analogy:  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.  (who knew horse analogies would still work so well in a non-agrarian culture!)

Although I have no experience with horses, I can understand this analogy and I bet you can too.  It means that horses are stubborn and they only drink when they want to.  Right? 

Kind of.

The idea is that people (like horses) can be lead where you want them to go.  But you can’t make them do what you want them to do by force.  You have to learn how to encourage them to...

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