Category Archives: Communique

October 2020 - Putting First Things First

In his interesting volume, Money, Material Possessions and Eternity, Randy Alcorn writes,

Were I the Bible’s editor, I would cut out much of what it says about money and possessions. Anyone can see it devotes a disproportionate amount of … Read More

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September 2020 - Do Your Giving While You’re Living

In March 1998, my father passed away at the age of 88. My dad became a Christian as an adult and spent the rest of his life serving the Lord in a variety of ways. His funeral service, at which … Read More

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August 2020 - The Rule of Repetition

Effective advertising and sales promotions are built upon repetition  Think for a moment about ads you have seen on TV in recent years. Walmart stresses low prices — always. Chevrolet says its trucks are built like a rock. And they … Read More

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July 2020 - The Antidote

Materialism has been running rampant since the end of World War II. Today, it has reached epidemic proportions. Definitions of materialism include “a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”

Materialism doesn’t begin with the … Read More

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June 2020 - Great Expectations

In 1861, Charles Dickens wrote his  novel, Great Expectations, in which he revealed the corruption in mem­bers of society whose expectations centered on acquiring a fortune and being sup­ported in luxury by the labors of oth­ers. That novel was … Read More

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May 2020 - Thanks

One of the most overlooked aspects of the “Effective Stewardship” program is the opportunity it provides to express appreciation to people for their financial support of the church. This is done through “thank-you” letters to donors which are made available … Read More

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April 2020 - The Law of the Farm

Stephen Covey was a highly respected author and business consultant. His success was built, in part, on his ability to reduce complex issues affecting human behavior into relatively simple concepts that could be understood and then put into practice.

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March 2020 - Use As Directed

Commercials for medicinal products regularly include the message  “Use as directed.” Printed advertisements for such products state clearly: “Read and follow label directions carefully.”

That’s good advice for both medication and the “Effective Stewardship” program. The program has been designed … Read More

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February 2020 - We have nothing like this. . . .

Everywhere my associates and I go, we encounter the same re­sponse to the “Effective Stew­ardship” program: “We have nothing like this. . . .” From de­nominational officials to pastors of small and large churches, from the east coast to the … Read More

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January 2020 - Ruled by the Minority

Churches are not democracies by any means. Most have a form of government which is representative in nature. Even Baptist churches, which Jerry Clower describes as the “purist form of a democracy on earth in terms of their business meetings … Read More

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