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Friday’s 5 to Live By

January 16, 2015

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Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

Randy Alcorn takes up an interesting topic—one that many of us may assume we know the biblical answer to—Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances? In part Alcorn writes:

I’ve heard countless inheritance horror stories over the years. Study the lives of people who have inherited significant wealth and you’ll find that in the vast majority of cases, it’s made them more unhappy, greedy, and cynical. Who needs to work hard when you’ve got all that money? Money funds new temptations, including addictions. Giving money to a careless spender is throwing gasoline on a fire. And nothing divides siblings more quickly than a large inheritance. Leaving more to God’s kingdom and less to financially independent children is not just an act of love toward God, but toward them.

Andrew Carnegie said, ‘The almighty dollar bequeathed to a child is an almighty curse. No man has the right to handicap his son with such a burden as great wealth.’ Cornelius Vanderbilt said, ‘Inherited wealth is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to morality.’ Henry Ford stated, ‘Fortunes tend to self-destruction by destroying those who inherit them.’

More important, God says, ‘An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end’ (Proverbs 20:21, NIV). Wise parents can leave enough to their children and grandchildren to be helpful without leaving them so much as to hurt them.”

Read the rest here.

Assessing the State of Your Church

Trevin Wax provides excellent, practical, biblical, heart-centered, gospel-focused counsel for Assessing the State of Your Church.

Our Desperate Need to Live Through Christ

We all want to be like Christ. We all desire to grow by grace in our sanctification. Where is God’s power for our growth? Dr. Bob Kellemen addresses this vital question in Our Desperate Need to Live Through Christ.

What Is Practical Atheism?

R.C. Sproul asks and answers the question, What Is Practical Atheism?

What God Can Do in Five Seconds

John Piper addresses What God Can Do in Five Seconds.

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