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The Father’s Recipe for Personal Finance by A.C. Boyd

Recently I was contacted on Wealth in the Bible about reviewing a new release The Father’s Recipe for Personal Finance by A.C. Boyd. This is a short read, totalling about 50 pages in length and it is full of valuable information for wealthy Christians and those desiring to be good stewards of their finances.

The Father's Recipe for Personal Finance by Antone C. Boyd - Click to Buy

The Father’s Recipe for Personal Finance by Antone C. Boyd – Click to Buy

In this book, a father details financial advice as he chats with his two children whilst they’re preparing a meal. As they prepare ingredients, cook and then go on to eat the meal, he outlines important principles with regards to managing money, giving to God, investing in the local community and much more.

The topics covered in this book are aptly detailed in the chapter titles:

  • God first
  • First fruits
  • Planting good seeds
  • Basics of budgeting
  • Be more careful with debt
  • Investing is important
  • It’s worth giving

As he details at the end of the book, A.C. Boyd writes, “It is my belief that every believer has a ministry and this was one platform I’ve been allowed to share mine.”

There are some really simple but especially effective words of advice provided in this book. They include but are not limited to:

  1. Lowering expenses is almost as good as earning more income.

  2. The first step as we all know in this household is to keep God first. We are supposed to seek Him in prayer and educate ourselves about how He wants us to live our lives. And part of living is handling money wisely.

  3. It is much easier to give when you don’t already have plans to spend your entire pay check.

  4. When you get your pay check, remove the tithe and savings portion before planning to spend a dime. It works like a charm.

  5. God shares with us that good understanding gains favor. It’s my responsibility to make sure you both learn from my experiences in order to make better choices in life. Managing money is definitely a skill used on a consistent basis.

  6. Prosperity isn’t all about money. Having a good peace of mind, minimal stress, and enjoying what you do daily is prosperous as well.

Although this book is a quick read – it could be completed in a day – it is full of useful and applicable advice with regards to finances. It is easily explained and I love that a lot of the principles are from stories or verses in the bible. God’s Word is a handbook we should use daily as we go about our own lives. There is so much advice in it for varying situations.

Likewise, authors that explore a particular topic in the bible and then create a book about this are worth reading. If unsure about aspects of the book, you can always refer to your bible. The Father’s Recipe for Personal Finance a Believer’s Guide is an enjoyable and easy read, full of valuable information. Highly recommended.  While your at it, why not add it to your to be read shelf on Goodreads?

Wealthy Christians – A 30 Day Faith and Finance Study

Hi everyone!

Do you Desire to Become a Wealthy Christian?  Stay Tuned!

Do you Desire to Become a Wealthy Christian? Stay Tuned!

I apologise it has been quite some time since my last post. I am working on a new idea that relates to Wealth in the Bible. I am in the process of finalising a 30 day study on becoming a Wealthy Christian.

I’ll post each day’s details as I complete them and in time will turn them into a free course for people to undertake if they want to focus on what God says about finances and give themselves a financial check over!

I hope you’ll join me as I post 30 days worth of scripture references, food for thought, prayer and a financial action point.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

This is a book that I read for the second time last year. I’ve had it on my shelf for years. After doing so, I vowed to reread it every year. It is such a good, focused book! I believe it is also one that can help with your Christian wealth journey.

Set up as a 40 day study, the Purpose Driven Life looks at the Christian role in life. It takes into account what God’s word says about us, what He asks of us and what our interests and skills involve. It is a book that first and foremost sets the scene by building us up. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God loves us so much. I find myself in such a positive mood after being reminded of these truths.

For each day, there’s about 15 minutes worth of reading with a bible verse to remember at the end and a question to reflect on. Within the pages that are read, there is a lot of reference to scripture to help build points that the author is making.

If you desire to make a difference in life with your faith – I encourage you to read this book. What’s more, I think it can help you to truly focus on what’s important. In this way you won’t be wasting time and energy on fruitless activities. Plus, it will allow you to recognise your skills and passions and how these play a role in reaching others for God’s kingdom.

I believe it also helps you to focus on where you can invest your finances – and how you can best do this for God’s glory. As a wealthy Christian, I encourage you to read the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. See that it won’t help you to focus on how you can use and invest your finances for eternity.

*if you click on the image, it’ll take you to Amazon where you can purchase it.

Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

Hi everyone!  I have now completed my study of reading the bible in a year and finding what God’s word says about wealth.  Granted it took me a little longer than a year, but I did have a baby in the middle of the study!

Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

Wealth in the Bible Wrap Up

If you want to read the posts by month, here’s the first post for each month:

  1. January 2016
  2. February 2016
  3. March 2016
  4. April 2016
  5. May 2016
  6. June 2016
  7. July 2016
  8. August 2016
  9. September 2016
  10. October 2016
  11. November 2016
  12. December 2016
  13. January 2017
  14. February 2017

Although this study is completed, this topic is far from exhausted.  I will continue to write posts and review financial books / Christian books on this blog.  I am also in the process of writing a free course for wealthy Christians that I will make available on Udemy and link here.  Stay tuned!

Alternatively you can sign up to Wealth in the Bible and I’ll notify you once it’s live!

Obedience to God: At Once!

Mark 1: 17 – ‘”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.’

There are two words in particular in the above verse that stand out to me: at once.  Jesus gave an order and declared it would be followed with a particular outcome.  Jesus expected obedience to God.  God expects no less of us today.

Do you display obedience to God?  Do respond at once to promptings from Him?  Or is it too easy to say:

  • I’m not certain, I’ll wait until God further confirms what He wants me to do
  • I’m really busy right now, perhaps tomorrow
  • I’m not sure I want to, maybe it’s ok if I wait awhile
  • That seems silly or I’ll feel stupid, I don’t know…
We can Display Obedience to God through Reading and Knowing His Word.

We can Display Obedience to God through Reading and Knowing His Word.

Whatever the reason, not acting in obedience is actually being disobedient to God.  If we seek to be wealthy, then we need to learn to be obedient to promptings from God.

Why would He bless us with wealth if we weren’t going to act in accordance with His wishes?  We need to practice obedience to God in all areas of our life, including our finances.

Get close to God through His word and prayer and practice being obedient when He prompts you to do something.

Wealth tip – get rid of unnecessary clutter: remove anything you haven’t made use of in 12 months and bless someone else who may be able to utilise it, by giving it away!

I want to be Rich

I have an incredible fascination with money and what it can do. I want to be rich.

I was once given the advice that there is no point in wanting to be successful and rich without having an intended use for that favour. I agree wholeheartedly.

Firstly, I am already rich. I have a beautiful husband and daughter and a little boy on the way. We have health, food in our bellies and a roof over our heads. Above all, we have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ – this is enough.

On top of this Christ has blessed us with a home that we own, food growing in our backyard, animals that are productive, a good work life balance and a wonderful church in which to attend, grow and put into. We are rich.

But in a way that I believe is ok – and even biblical – I am unsatisfied. Why? Because we can have so much more – and with this, do so much more for God’s kingdom. Do you want to be rich?

Financial tip – in any mortgage, make your repayments fortnightly rather than monthly. There are 26 fortnights in a year and only 12 months, you will end up paying off equivalent to 13 months in a year if you pay fortnightly and save a lot more on interest.

 

A Cause for Your Business

Inspired by Wez Hone, I love this idea! As Christians, we should be in business with a cause in mind that we want to invest in. We should be in business to make more than we need and then use this abundance wisely.

This isn’t about looking good so that people will buy your product or use your service; it’s about using your skills and knowledge to generate income, support yourself (and your local economy) and to give back into God’s kingdom.

Consider: what injustice or desire has God placed on your heart? Do you long to give to an organisation that is reaching an area of the world you would love to impact?

Is it:

  • Widows
  • The homeless
  • Orphans
  • The starving
  • The uneducated
  • Those without access to the word of God
  • The sick
  • Illiteracy

Whatever it is, chances are God’s placed this desire on your heart and you can focus your business returns on investing in this area. Only you can do your job in this world. And yet, if you don’t step up to fulfil the desire on your heart, God will prime someone else to get passionate and step up. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Whether you’ve already started a business or plan to in the future, consider a cause that breaks your heart because it breaks God’s and look into how you can invest in it.

Financial tip – set up a savings account and have any spare funds sitting in here; make the decision to save any amount on a weekly basis, even if it’s a dollar a day. Money in savings is working for you.

The One Year Bible

I believe in reading the bible every day. Whether it’s one verse or one chapter, you’re consistently getting the word of God into your heart and spirit. As an added challenge, I read the bible in the evenings in French with my husband (who consistently corrects me, as is necessary!) on top of my morning reading in English.

I am setting myself a challenge again this year of reading the whole bible in one year trough the One Year Bible, New International Version. As I read through the word of God, verses that speak to me about wealth in the bible will be highlighted and I plan to discuss them on this blog.

Why not take part by reading and learning along with me? It’s never too late to start reading the bible in a year, just open one up to the current date. Alternatively, divide the total number of pages in your bible by the number of days left in the year and read this many pages per day.

Wealth in the Bible

New here?  Welcome!  You can read the first post in this study here.

Explore with me at Wealth in the Bible as I study God’s word, reading the bible in one year to find verses that can help guide us on wealth, it’s accumulation and how to be stewards of what God has blessed us with.

Do you Desire to know what God says about Wealth in the Bible?

Do you Desire to know what God says about Wealth in the Bible?

Consider: God will get it to you, if He can get it through you.

We’ll explore the concept of being a good steward and investing through Wealth in the Bible. Join me!

I’d love to read your comments, hear your thoughts and input on how we can best be used to do God’s work through our abundance; through the overflow He has blessed us with!

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