Money Matters

As Christians we are called to be good stewards of what God has given us. We are entrusted with the earth (Genesis 1:28), we are entrusted with our children (Proverbs 22:6), we are entrusted with our families (1 Timothy 5:8), and, while on this earth, we are entrusted with money (Matthew 25:14-30).

Being a good steward of money means more than just tithing, but tithing is always a great place to start. I have experienced good financial times and bad financial times. In both, I have been abundantly blessed and I attribute a great deal of that to my trust in God to continue tithing, even when it seemed impossible. My faithfulness returned to me 10 fold and I give God all the glory. God can do more with 10% than you can do with the remaining 90% - take the challenge of Malachi 3:10-12.

Godly Choices
Being a good steward of money also means making choices with your money that honor God. God expects us to plan out a budget (Luke 14:28-30), He expects us to give generously (I Timothy 6:17-19) and cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:79), He expects us to save (Proverbs 21:20) and invest (Matthew 25:14-30), He expects us to live a debt-free life (Proverbs 22:7) and repay a debt fully if we acquire one (Romans 13:8) and finally we are to leave an inheritance for our children (Proverbs 13:22).

Financial Help

Fair Oaks Church has a wonderful FREE Financial Counseling ministry that provides one-on-one, step-by-step confidential assistance to address each of those areas: budgeting, giving, saving, eliminating debt and investing. Trained counselors who have completed the Joe Sangl Financial Counseling Experience are available to help people structure their finances in such a way that they can prosper the way God intended and honor Him with their financial stewardship. If you are interested in receiving assistance with your finances through this ministry, contact Katie Bosler at . Appointments are available on Sundays and Wednesday. Child care is available.

My Testimony
In July of 2010 I was humbled to be asked to record my testimony of faith during a financially dark time for my family. You can read about it here (Modern Day Miracles) or watch the video that was used as part of that weekend’s message at Fair Oaks Church.

More Resources
I have several blog posts about tithing and finance that may be of interest:

You can make an appointment for free Financial Counseling by emailing Katie Bosler at

Check out Joe Sangl’s website for tips and tools on budgeting and getting debt-free: