Many of us are forced to get by on a tighter budget this Christmas. Not only are we spending less on gifts, even the most generous donors are trimming back on their charitable giving
Some Christians may feel they have to choose between charitable giving and gift giving in this tough economy. And more than ever, we realize how important it is to choose wisely by giving only to trustworthy and reliable charities.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, here are a few simple tips to maximize your donations, stretch your dollars, and make the most impact with your charitable giving this holiday season:
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The 12 Days of Christmas
is a collection of 12 daily devotionals to inspire and encourage the spirit of Christmas and prepare you for the New Year. Each daily devotion includes a Christmas quotation, a Bible verse and a thought for the day.
Access all 12 devotionals here, or sign up to have them emailed daily to your inbox.
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Be encouraged by this true story of a grandmother's faith reborn, as Jen's depression
turned to hope. While witnessing God's faithfulness during her daughter's difficult pregnancy, Jen reclaimed the joy she once knew years ago.
Read: Jen's Joy
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If you're looking to purchase a Bible
for someone this Christmas, I have a new recommendation to make. In fact, I've just updated my Top 10 Bibles
list, adding Compass: The Study Bible for Navigating Your Life
The intention of Compass is just as the title suggests: a Bible to help people connect with God by pointing them in the right direction and revealing how they fit into God's plan.
Not only was I impressed with the study Bible, I thoroughly enjoyed its translation. Compass incorporates The Voice translation, a refreshing new crossbreed of "word-for-word" and "thought-for-thought" translations. The heart of the translation project was to deliver the stories of the Bible in a fluid, present-day literary style while remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts.
To give Compass the ultimate test, I decided to begin my reading in the book of Revelation. I have to say, I was quite impressed. Never before has this difficult book of the Bible come alive and stirred my emotions like this while simply reading in my quiet time. Perhaps I'll head over to Leviticus next and see what happens.
Seriously, I think Compass is a great study Bible to give a new believer, a seeker, or anyone looking for a fresh and meaningful journey though the Scriptures. Currently Compass is only available in Wal-Mart stores. It will be sold online beginning in February 2014.
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