Reading Helps Your Financial Health
Survey reveals surprising financial, debt, and giving
practices of 1000 Christian families
For Immediate Release
By Brian Kluth, Author of the bestselling
and Speaker for the
radio program and
What is the #1 thing you can do improve your financial health? The surprising answer based on research results from over 1000
Christian families is to read your Bible on a daily basis.
View from the Pew research shows that the more faithful
someone is in their daily Bible reading, they will have less
debt and be more likely to give 10% or more to the LORDís work.
1000 Christian households participated in the second annual
View from the Pew surveys, a collaborative research project
by my Maximum Generosity ministry and Christianity Today
International. Survey participants provided the following
valuable insights into how the economy has impacted their
employment, finances, debts, and giving/tithing. Survey
responders showed that financial health and contentment isn't
based on how much money a person has by but how wisely they
managed and shared whatever resources they had.
Bible Readers Have Less Debt
those who consistently read their Bible every day, they have
less mortgage payments, car payments, or unpaid credit cards.
The less people read their Bible the more likely they were to
have more debts among survey participants. Brian Kluth, author
of the bestselling 40 Day Journey to a More Generous Life
Bible devotional indicated there are likely three major reasons
for this clear difference. Kluth says, ďThe first reason would
be that discipline in oneís spiritual life often leads to
greater disciplines in other areas of oneís life, including how
someone manages their finances. The second reason is that those
who consistently spend time in the Scriptures are tapping into
Godís wisdom and guidance for their daily financial decisions.
The third reason is that the Bible teaches people that true
contentment doesn't come from getting everything you want, but
by being thankful for everything you already have."
Bible Readers Give More Generously
Frequent Bible readers (4-7 days per week) are more than twice
as likely to give 10% or more of their income to Godís work at
their church and other ministries. While many people might
think that the amount of wealth a person has would determine the
level of a personís giving, it is actually a personís spiritual
discipline and Biblical convictions that determines if someone
will be a faithful and generous giver. Daily Bible reading
leads people to a conviction that God is their true Provider and
they are to be generous with whatever resources God entrusts to
them during their lifetime.
40 Day Bible devotional has over 400,000 copies in print and has
been used by over 1300 churches to inspire greater generosity
and increased giving among the families in their congregation.
Kluth said, ďWe have seen that getting couples and families into
the Word of God, especially Scriptures on the topic of finances
and giving, will unleash generosity in a church in ways they
have never experienced.Ē
more details/graphs on the View from the Pew research
(and the companion research among 1000 churches on giving,
budgets, and financial/generosity teaching), go to:
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