God desires that we would live in financial blessing. But in order for Him to bless us with more, we need to steward what we’ve been given well. Use these resources to help leave a legacy that outlives you.

BUDGETING & DEBT REDUCTION 

Book: “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey

This is a MUST-READ for anyone trying to get a handle on their finances, but just doesn’t know where to start. This book provides a comprehensive, easy to understand formula to put together a monthly budget that will work for anyone – regardless of what you do or don’t know about personal finance!

App: Every Dollar (by the Lampo Group, Inc.)

This app allows you to create your personal monthly budget and take it with you wherever you go! For a monthly fee, you can also purchase Every Dollar Plus and link directly into your bank accounts to track your spending against your budget.

Group: Finance Groups

Connect with others in the church looking to jumpstart their knowledge and understanding of basic stewardship principles by signing up for one of our finance groups! Go to lifepoint.org/groups and click on “Find a Group”. Enter the keyword “Finance” in the search bar to view a list of the finance groups available.

Podcast: The Dave Ramsey Show w/ Dave Ramsey

In this podcast, Dave Ramsey teaches on various topics affecting your personal finance and also provides in-depth responses to listener call-ins.

App: EZ Financial Calculators (by Bishnew, Inc.)

Instead of searching for a dozen different apps to perform the complex calculations that are important to you, what if you could get them all at your fingertips with just a single app? That’s exactly what this is. Whether you’re trying to figure out a monthly loan payment, how to plan for retirement, or simply how big of a tip to leave, EZ Financial Calculators has it all…. for free!

Personal Budget Workbook

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP 

Book: “the Blessed Life” by Robert Morris

This book unpacks the joy of giving and explains the truth about how correlating your heart with your generosity will bring not only positive financial results, but will also have a positive affect on the other areas of your life. As explained in the book, you simply cannot out-give God.

Podcast: Life, Money, and Hope w/ Chris Brown

In this podcast, Chris Brown provides Biblical wisdom and practical advice in response to real, everyday questions and dilemmas that his callers are facing.

Give: www.lifepoint.org/give

Once you understand how the Bible advises you to steward your resources and make an impact for eternity, don’t hesitate to get started! If Lifepoint isn’t your home church, then take a look at your church’s website to discover how you can make an impact in your community!

Book: “the Treasure Principle” by Randy Alcorn

Within this book, you will come to understand how you can use your time on Earth to store up treasures in Heaven. The author uses Jesus’ teaching from Matthew 6 to convey the truth that “we can’t take it with us – but we can send it on ahead!”

Website: www.stewardship.com

Stewardship.com is a great resource to find articles and podcast episodes from Chris Brown as he tackles some of the toughest financial issues we face with offering sound, Biblical wisdom.

WEALTH BUILDING, INVESTING, & RETIREMENT PLANNING 

Book: “the Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley & William Danko

In this book, the authors dispel the myth that wealth accumulation is entirely dependent on how much money you make. Instead, they provide their readers with encouragement and practical advice on how to accumulate wealth through a ‘lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and self-discipline.’

Podcast: “How I Built This” w/ Guy Raz

Listen to inspirational stories from ordinary people - innovators and entrepreneurs - about how they built their companies and movements.

Book: “Unshakeable” by Tony Robbins

Regardless of your age, salary, or when you began investing (if you’ve begun investing), this book provides a compilation of wealth-building advice and strategy from some of the greatest financial masterminds of our generation.

Website: www.morningstar.com

Morningstar is widely regarded as the best one-stop shop for the latest in market movement, investing trends, and ratings for stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.