Volume 18.06 | June 2017

  • 01_Principal_and_interest3

    Principal and interest

    In the course of working on this issue, I came across an inspiring story about two great men of God. I’d like to share it with you. Charles Spurgeon, the famous evangelist, and George Müller, the thief-turned-Christian who founded and directed five orphanages, both lived in 19th-century England. Once Spurgeon ran a campaign to raise […]

  • 02_The_smallest_coin_in_the_world

    The smallest coin in the world

    Just before I left for India, where I was going to spend a number of years as a volunteer, a friend gave me a very original and, I thought, useful farewell present. “I’m kind of worried for you,” she confided. “You’re going to a difficult country and this might come in handy.” On the small […]

  • Rich or poor

    Rich or poor

    The apostle Paul addressed the issue of wealth in 1 Timothy 6:8–10: “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money […]

  • Playing God

    Playing God

    I’ve often wished I had a truckload of money that I could use to help others. There are many people I know who need financial help for one thing or another, and it would be great to have the means to be that help. I daydream of coming along and dropping a bunch of cash […]

  • Where is your treasure?

    Where is your treasure?

    As a child, I loved to visit my grandmother Sabina’s small house in the mountains. Aunt Iota lived next door, so my sister and I would spend our days exploring with our cousins, going to the waterfall, swimming in the river that ran behind the property, or climbing the many mountains in the Mantigueira Ridge. […]

  • Heavenly investment

    Heavenly investment

    At my age, people usually start to earnestly think about their future. Besides children, careers, and living arrangements, the subjects of pension plans and capital investment tend to pop up. There are a lot of different possibilities to choose from for financial investments and it’s not easy to decide, since at the end of the […]

  • Stepping out from a first-world mindset

    Stepping out from a first-world mindset

    Almost every single day, I’m struck by how lucky I am to work where I do. I’m a teacher at an inner-city school that serves families from all around the world. I work in the library, where it is normal to see, at any given table, a group of four students working together who represent four different […]

  • I never lost by giving!

    I never lost by giving!

    In the early years of my business activities, I believed that money was everything. When my wife complained that there wasn’t enough love in our marriage, I retorted that love wouldn’t keep food on the table. Since I believed that material things were everything, I didn’t believe in God or His supply. That changed gradually […]

  • Gaining by giving

    Gaining by giving

    Giving is easier to talk about than to do. This is especially true when it involves sacrifice. On the other hand, the Bible shows that God greatly honors this kind of giving. “Jesus sat down at the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many […]

  • My year without clothes 

    My year without clothes 

    Well, not literally. I can explain. At the start of last year, I made a resolution to not purchase any new clothes or shoes that year. I had a combination of reasons for that: I didn’t need more shoes and clothes. I’m not one of those shopaholic types, and with a combination of going to […]

  • Break open in emergency

    Break open in emergency

    Recently two friends got in touch to let me know about some pretty major events that were happening in their lives. First, Ina called to share that her daughter had tested positive after being leukemia-free for three years. She had just received the heartbreaking news and was overwrought with emotion when she called. Later that […]

  • A tale of two brothers

    A tale of two brothers

    According to legend, there was once an abbey which had a very generous abbot. No beggar was ever turned away, and he gave all he could to the needy. The strange thing was that the more he gave away, the richer the abbey seemed to become. When the old abbot died, he was replaced by […]