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Financial Stewardship

Few moral issues receive more attention in the New Testament than the use of personal possessions, which is perhaps surprising given the breadth of other sins that are addressed by Scripture. We might have expected that Christ and his apostles would be less concerned about the danger of materialism than sins committed against the first […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Haggai

The first nine minor prophets spoke before Judah’s captivity. Their message was God’s judgment on Israel, Judah, and the surrounding nations. The last three minor prophets—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—spoke of God’s judgment and blessing on his people after they had returned from captivity. In 536 BC, Cyrus declared that the captives could return; Haggai prophesied […]

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Glorifying God in Our Giving

Just over six thousand years ago, our universe did not exist. The world as we know it was empty, unformed, and enveloped in darkness. It can be difficult to even imagine this, but there was no measure of time, no geological formations, and no human or animal life. There was absolutely nothing—except the presence of […]

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Financial Partnership in Marriage

A Christian young man and woman, several years out of high school, became engaged to get married. The soon-to-be husband was quieter and unassertive. As a college student, he was busy focusing on his degree, studying and working part-time when able. The soon-to-be wife was more assertive and worked full-time. They would begin their marriage […]

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All-Encompassing Stewardship

The topic of financial stewardship is undoubtedly broad enough to merit an entire issue of Beacon Lights. There is, however, a danger in limiting the concept of stewardship to financial concerns. This danger is that we might misunderstand the broader meaning of what it is to be a steward, a term that truly encompasses every […]

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Cryptocurrency

The dramatic rise and fall of cryptocurrencies remains a steady story within the news and intrigues the imaginations of many would-be investors. Although this form of virtual money has been around for well over a decade, the true understanding of cryptocurrencies has eluded many, because of both its relative newness and its complexity. This has […]

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Take up the cross but enjoy life!

For some time I have wrestled internally about how, as a Christian, I can synthesize the calling to take up my cross in following Christ and the desire to enjoy this short life here on earth. Many unbelievers see these as being direct opposites. I for one, before conversion, saw the Bible and following Christ […]

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Up, Up, and Away! The Cost of Living

Up, up, and away! In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the storyline these days as prices continue to rise across the economy and inflation shoots up to its highest level in nearly four decades. From groceries to gas and housing to Hondas, rising prices are sending shockwaves across our country.   Without geographic boundaries, today’s rising […]

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Perfection in the Garden 

Was it possible for Adam and Eve to get physically injured while in the garden of Eden?   There is so much about the original paradise that we do not understand. We know that all the animals (the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the air) were herbivorous, that is, they ate only plants, […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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