It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit

You have heard the news reports about the Equifax data breach. You should assume that your personal information is in the hands of criminals. You have also heard the instructions to “freeze your credit,” but many Americans are confused or intimidated by this process. Combining the best advice from consumer advocates Jean Chatzsky, Dave Ramsey [...]

It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit2019-02-12T22:18:08-05:00

Churches can help prevent mishandling of money

Jim Swedenburg can’t remember the last time a month went by that he didn’t hear at least one report of an Alabama Baptist church dealing with a significant misappropriation of money. “And if we’re hearing about one, there’s probably nine others we aren’t hearing about because they are handled locally,” said Swedenburg, director of the [...]

Churches can help prevent mishandling of money2017-08-31T14:10:26-05:00

Another Aspect of Good Stewardship

When we say the word “stewardship,” our minds immediately go to giving or the tithe. In the congregation, they immediately think “Oh, no, another ‘giving sermon!’” Actually there are not enough sermons on good stewardship. Jesus talked about money more than anything else except the Kingdom of God. 11 of 39 parables talk about money. [...]

Another Aspect of Good Stewardship2016-03-28T15:46:25-05:00

A Time For Purposeful Praying and Generous Giving

Throughout our history, Alabama Baptists have been faithful in support of Southern Baptist international missionaries — through faithful praying and generous giving.  Our missions personnel continue to express their gratitude for the support of Alabama Baptists. This is a time, now more than ever, to be purposeful in our praying for our international missionaries as [...]

A Time For Purposeful Praying and Generous Giving2019-02-12T22:18:43-05:00

Pastors should boldly preach on biblical principles of giving

Many pastors and congregations dread the tithing sermon that surfaces every so often, but “stewardship is part of our desire to give back to God’s work,” Bobby DuBois told Shelby Baptist Association pastors earlier in September. DuBois, associate executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), encouraged pastors to preach boldly on [...]

Pastors should boldly preach on biblical principles of giving2015-09-25T09:46:42-05:00

A Time for Thanksgiving

For many of us, Thanksgiving memories center on family and food. (The order, for many, may be reversed!) As a boy growing up in Colbert County, Ala., Thanksgiving was one of the special times of the year when our extended family got together and food was always involved. Those memories are now decades old, but [...]

A Time for Thanksgiving2015-02-04T09:16:54-05:00

Speaking From the Other Side

OK. I admit it. My wife, Connie, and I are old school. We started our married life together 38 years ago. In the months leading up to our wedding, we had a number of conversations about what we would do in our marriage and how we would live life in the future. I had already [...]

Speaking From the Other Side2015-01-27T10:19:24-05:00

10 plus 20 equals 30

No, this is not a math class, but it is about priorities. Larry Burkett, Ron Blue and Dave Ramsey have spoken to a basic principle for years with regards to spending and budgeting: Money should follow priorities. Let’s consider how Alabama Baptists are doing with this principle. The 2013 audit of the Alabama Baptist State [...]

10 plus 20 equals 302019-02-12T22:19:10-05:00

The Refiners Fire

A woman watched a silversmith as he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were the hottest to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God [...]

The Refiners Fire2019-02-12T22:19:17-05:00

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