Mistakes to Avoid This Holiday Season

If you did, would your New Year be less stressful?

What are 6 common mistakes to avoid this holiday season? Could your New Year perhaps be less stressful? Years ago, as young parents we often found ourselves overly-stressed during the holiday season. Most months of the year, we were barely able to pay our bills and feed our kids. The arrival of the holiday season’s […]


Kids, Money and Work

Guiding your children in the choices they make with money and work is HUGE!

For some reason, many parents feel uncomfortable teaching their kids about sex, money and work. (We’ll reserve the “sex talk” topic for another time.) Successful parenting doesn’t just provide food, clothing, and shelter for kids. Parents are also responsible for teaching their kids about how to live their own lives successfully in the real world. […]


How Much Should a Family Man Work?

Should you work more or spend more time at home?

How do you balance the need to pay your bills with the need to be an active player in the fabric of your family? I once knew a man who was an ethical, brilliant businessman. He provided a very nice lifestyle for his family by spending 60 – 80 hours a week in the office […]

Christian Family Financial Stewardship


Chip Hartzell teaches young couples at his local church about the Christian view of family finances.  Dr. Rick Janelle asked him to share a few basic things from the beginning of his set of classes.

Here are some of the things discussed in this video:

  • 2 key questions on many people’s minds:
    • How much money is enough?
    • Will I ever have enough money?
  • 1 definition:
    • “Steward” = “care-taker” not “owner”
  • 2 key ideas:
    • Gifts from God make us “stewards”
    • Those gifts can be a wide range of things, including money, mates, children, jobs, etc.
  • 2 key points:
    • What we have is God’s gift to us
    • What we do with it is our gift to God
  • 4 Points from Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
    • God Owns It All
    • Growth in Our Ability to Handle Things is the Key
    • The Amount/Value we start with isn’t Important
    • Faith requires Action and the Proper Usage of the Gift


Video shot at Lawson Creek Park, Downtown New Bern, NC with Chip Hartzell on April 22, 2015.

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