MoneyWise Live | April 10, 2019

Connecting the Dots Between Faith & Finances with Sharon Epps

Show Notes

Most Christians understand the spiritual concept of stewardship but do we always carry that into practical matters? On this MoneyWise Live, how can we actually handle the resources God’s given us?  Rob West welcomes Sharon Epps of Kingdom Advisors for her insights on applying God’s financial principles to our lives.  

Sharon Epps is not only the chief operating officer at Kingdom Advisors, she in charge of training 2,700 financial professionals so they can help their clients follow God’s plan for their finances. 

Rob discusses these topics with Sharon:

  • Psalm 24:1 says, The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. But how does that actually connect with the decisions we have to make every day about money?
  • You had a recent meeting you had with some pastors on this topic....
  • One of the best known passages on stewardship is the "Parable of the Talents" in Matthew 25 but you want to look at this from a different angle?
  • Since God owns it all, it stands to reason that making a plan for our resources is good management but what happens if He sometimes has a different plan for part of those resources?
  • There’s a tendency to think that if I surrender my finances to Christ, He’s going to take everything away from me. But that’s certainly not biblical, right?
  • You said that we don’t need to spend hours in prayer over a trip to Target but more prayer time about finances in general would certainly be helpful?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at Questions@MoneyWiseLive.org:

  • If the investments in your IRA have been losing money lately, should you consider pulling some money from there to to minimize your monthly debt?
  • If you tithe 10% monthly, but give at the END of the month, is this biblical or should you give more frequently than at every month?
  • If you've been though a season of unemployment where you were either over-qualified or extremely under-qualified and realized that an Associate's Degree is important, should you spend money on more education or invest in retirement?
  • If you and your spouse are both 65 of age and are continuing to work, when should you start drawing Social Security?
  • If you pay off credit cards each month as if it was a debit card and want to pick the best one as far as rewards, which should you choose?
  • If you and your spouse are age 45 with no kids and living comfortable with no debt, what should you expect when you do reach retirement? 
  • Financially speaking, when it the right time to buy a house?

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