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Published by Brian Slezak on 15 Nov 2010

Wisdom from A Church Tech – Financial Stewardship

Over the years in my position at Church of the Resurrection I have come across some interesting facts that I felt were worth sharing. I wanted to start with a piece of wisdom from the FPU program (highly recommended) combined with the patterns of giving I’ve witnessed from my chair at Resurrection. Dave Ramsey [of FPU] says if you wish to be wealthy then adopt the habits of wealthy people or “do what rich people do.” Starting from that philosophy and applying that to the extremely consistent pattern of donors at Resurrection I can say, “when determining your tithe or regular offering to the church, estimate your pledge conservatively and give generously.”

Year over year those giving the most per household overpay their pledge by a surprising amount. Most likely this is because these families conservatively estimate their pledging and manage their funds very closely. Also a factor is the uncertainty in variable annual salaries, yet people pledge conservatively not liberally. I can say in my everyday personal finances I estimate conservatively and am always surprised by how much is left over, almost as though it were above what was possible. Luke 12:42-44

Year over year those giving the least to the church underpay their pledge. Lack of money management is a prime suspect but also likely are those that do not have a spirit of giving and thus no drive to reach their target.

Although not surprising to me, I am fascinated how clearly the scriptures explain these patterns.

For those who have will be given more, and they will have an abundance. As for those who do not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29

Those that steward their resources wisely will find they always have more than they need, and those that do not will seem to have less than they need.

Published by Brian Slezak on 26 Apr 2009

All You Need

Live blogging from my phone @ Living Water Christian Church this morning. Sang a song with the lyric “Jesus you are all I need.” I looked down at my son who was grabbing a bite to eat from his bottle. For the first time I seriously questioned “all I need.” You mean that doesn’t include my son?

That is the first time I’ve ever challenged that in my mind. It is challenging to say anyone’s first-born son is greater than mine in my life. Yet I pray that my son, my wife, and I enjoy an ever-lasting life some day.

Published by Brian Slezak on 02 Nov 2008

Lack of Posting, and Big News

Well, I haven’t blogged nearly as much anymore, and I never followed up from the CITRT event either. As it ended up, hardly anyone there blogged the event, and everything we discussed was over Twitter. If want to see our stream of conciousness on this, do a search for #citrt. thumbnailI have a good exucse for my busyness though. My wife and I began attempting pregnancy, rather than avoiding it, back in July of 2008. We were successful right out of the gate! Pania is 16 weeks along. Along with that news, I’m announcing, where we will keep extended family and friends up to date.

Published by Brian Slezak on 16 Jul 2008

Pania's Oath Ceremony Scheduled

We opened up the mail this evening to find the USCIS mailing that held Pania’s ceremony location and date!. It will be held in Topeka, KS at the Performing Arts Center on Friday July 25th at 12:30 pm. We were hoping that it would be a later date and held in town for a shorter drive, so more friends could attend if they wanted. Topeka is about 1.25 hours from where we live. :-/ Regardless, wife is getting citizenized and stuff. :p

Oh yeah, Clif … I need next Friday off. <Filling out more paperwork> 😀

Published by Brian Slezak on 18 Jun 2008

My Wife – Future US Citizen

My wife got up early this morning to take her citizenship exam. She passed with flying colors and didn’t miss a question.

She has been a green card holder since we first met, being of Indonesian decent. She grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia until the age of 18, when she traveled to the US for college. We have been married since May 22, 2004. USCIS provides study materials, which we studied together for days before this morning, so she was uber-prepared. One only has to answer 6 questions correctly. If you haven’t seen the study materials, you should check them out. I was born and grown in the US, and when I first saw the questions I could only answer the first 10-15! It is true that most native born Americans could not pass the test out of the gate.

She was excited when she called and told me she passed, and I’m proud of her. She has been putting off citizenship for many years, and finally decided to do it this year. Go wife!