#thesetimes – Important brief read

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”
Thomas Paine, The Crisis. 1776

#stewardship – Principles of Stewardship from Randy Alcorn’s “The Treasure Principle”.

Principle one: God owns everything. I’m His money manager.

Principle two: My heart always goes where I put God’s money.

Principle three: Heaven, not earth, is my home.

Principle four: I should live not for the dot (my present life on earth), but for the line (heading on into eternity).

Principle five: Giving is the only antidote to materialism.

Principle six: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.