The Bible is clear on the importance of giving. Scripture contains more verses on giving than in any other area of obedience. Some would say that a person's testimony in giving is a true measure of the strength of their relationship with Christ. Even outside the church there is an understanding that giving is both a reflection of the best parts of who we are and the key to the most important work we will accomplish as neighbors and in our communities.
Louisiana Baptist Foundation News
The most recent tax act passed by Congress, titled the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, included a renewal of a provision that allows a simple way for senior adults to make gifts to their church or other ministry organization.
As usual the title given to a bill passed by congress doesn’t reflect what the legislation actually does. Most of the provisions in the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 don’t apply to all American Taxpayer; most of the provisions apply to upper income earners. It also provides very little Relief to taxpayers. It wasn’t even passed or signed in 2012. Never the less, it is an Act.
Published: La Baptist Message, November 2012 No doubt, many of us are familiar with the poem by Myra Brooks Welch “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” The poem was later set to music and recorded by several well-known artists including Louisiana’s own Wayne Watson. The song describes what happens when a worn out violin is placed in the hands of a master violinist.
by Wayne Taylor, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptist Foundation Published in the La Baptist Message, March 2012 Planning for retirement typically centers around numbers; either saving an amount of money or attaining a certain age to receive Social Security or a company retirement plan. There is a TV commercial for a financial company that promotes the idea that retirement is a number: accumulating the amount of money we need to live comfortably without a paycheck from employment. I confess that I viewed retirement that way, until recently.