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3 Questions to Go From Transaction to Transformation

5 days ago By The Signatry

We all know the lessons on the great joys of generosity, but often the monotony can overtake as we drift to the routine of transaction and dollar amounts. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, we have to find balance in order to keep the vision in front of us. Transformational generosity does not get rid of transaction; rather it shifts our hearts back to where God has called us. It is about values first, and the transaction is just part of the act. So how do you reinvigorate your generosity with the transformational approach? Use these 3 questions…

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Why Your Purpose Matters: Lessons for Women

3 weeks ago By The Signatry

What makes art unique? How is it that a piece of workmanship from an artist is able to inspire,  provoke curiosity, unlock emotions, or even cause us to take action? For example, seeing a painting of a place once visited may inspire someone to return to that destination, while a photograph or monument created to remember and commemorate the past may convey a motivating message for the future. Art is unique in that it has the power to move people, often times, activating a response. Did you know that God is an artist and that Christians are His personal workmanship?…

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Trends in Next Generations’ Giving

1 month ago By The Signatry

As time moves steadily on, the generational demographics of the world are gradually shifting. Elders and Boomers are aging, and new generations are coming into their own. What does all of this mean for the future of generosity, in the hands of these next generations? For the purpose of this post, we are using the age ranges defined by Barna in a study last year: Elder – born before 1946 Boomer – born from 1946-1964 Gen X – born from 1965-1983 Millennial – born from 1984-1998 Gen Z – born from 1999-2015 We all know these generational age divisions manifest…

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Now What? 3 Questions to Intentional Generosity

2 months ago By Jessica Winter

“So now what?” My husband and I started asking this question about our generosity this year, and it has led us down many new paths. We love the opportunities we have to live generously, but that itch of something more has been following us around recently. I started asking people about their experiences, and I heard so many interesting stories. One woman would simply divide up the requests and send out her checks at the end of the month. Another person told me about how they were committing 20% of their business profits for the rest of the year. A…

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Growing a Generous Family

2 months ago By Bill High

If you are reading this, you are already in process with thinking about how to create a generous legacy. I use that term intentionally—generous legacy. In our Western culture, we’ve tended to focus on pre-transition planning. This is the work of estate planners, financial planners and life insurance planners. There, the focus is on the financial assets and how to transfer them. In contrast, a generous legacy is focused on post-transition—how to transfer legacy to children and subsequent generations. In legacy planning, the focus is on the children and the kinds of assets that can be transferred to them. It…

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What Are You For?

3 months ago By The Signatry

Our world is full of division and hurt. Injustice surrounds us. This is nothing new, it is the fruit of the fall—the curse of sin—manifested around us every day. So what should be our response to these things? As the church and as individuals, we must examine when to fight injustice and where to grow deeper into God’s justice. This is part of whole-life generosity. A sacrificially generous lifestyle will stand up for those in need, for what is right. We must live out what we are for. It is not enough just to say we care about a cause…

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Fathers for Generations

3 months ago By Len Urbas

As Fathers Day appears on June’s calendar, it can stir many emotions and feelings inside of us. Some have the benefit of a deep and continuing relationship with their fathers, while others may have never met their father. But fatherhood is not limited to biology or earthly definitions – it is about so much more. It is about what God intended for family, lessons learned, experiences shared, spiritual relationship and legacy passed down. We spoke with Len Urbas Jr., our Rocky Mountain regional president, about his experience with his father and as a father himself. Len described his relationship with…

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Stories of Motherhood

5 months ago By The Signatry

The stories of motherhood leave a legacy imprinted on our hearts. Sometimes, they are stories of quiet, gentle, sacrifice recognized years later. Sometimes, they are those humorous stories of family lore. Sometimes, they are stories of great sorrow and loss, wounds that God is healing. So today, we celebrate and honor them all. The women of The Signatry are celebrating the moms who inspire them so that as women we are speaking life to one another. Join and share your own stories that inspire you from motherhood. The Sacrifice of a Single Mom On this Mother’s Day, as we look to those women in our lives that have inspired us, for me, it is my mother. Growing up in a single-family home, her sacrifice to support my sister and I was evident in that she was willing to work 3rd shift at General Motors to make sure we were taken care of. It meant my sister taking care of me the best that she could after school each day. It included cooking dinner for the both of us and attempting to help me with homework. As an adult, I have seen those years of support move to that of a mother who truly is a prayer warrior. Instead of nights spent up with me as a child, they are now in fervent prayer for our family. She truly inspires me to be a mother of prayer and strength. -Rhiannon K.

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The Hope of the Resurrection

6 months ago By Bill High

As we head into Easter weekend, many will gather, albeit virtually, to celebrate the risen Savior and His gift of hope for a new life. During this time of confusion and uncertainty, many are searching for a sense of hope. So, here on Good Friday, I want to reflect on God’s promise of redemption and hope made manifest through Jesus’ resurrection. What we hope for vs. What we hope in. On that first Easter, believers in Galilee awoke with a sense of hopelessness in their hearts. Three days earlier, their leader, the One whom they thought had come to free…

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