Momentum Into The New Year

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Momentum into the New Year

As 2013 comes to a close, we are offering our Gift Legacy List the opportunity to make a difference in our churches, communities and our world.  You can do this through our Momentum offering.

Momentum led the early Bereans to expand beyond North Platte, Nebraska to the central and western United States. Momentum grew one church in 1932 to 44 churches by 1970 and 58 churches today.

Today our momentum flows out of our purpose statement – “Planting and Strengthening Churches to Make Disciples to Reach the World.”  Your gift at year-end will enable us in:

  • Planting – Six churches will be planted each year.  In the next 10 years we will add as many churches as have been planted in our first 65 years.
  • Strengthening – Consultation will empower churches whose ministries are on a plateau to get unstuck and churches with effective ministries to maximize ministry fruitfulness.
  • Make Disciples – We are coaching our churches to become more intentional about multiplying effective small groups that develop disciples of the Lord Jesus.

All this is done to reach the world for Jesus Christ.  The need is urgent.  We cannot do this without you.

Your gift along with others will enable us to finish the calendar year strong. Know this, we will invest your gifts to sustain our momentum of “Planting and Strengthening Churches to Make Disciples to Reach the World.”

You can make your gift online by clicking here, or by sending your check to Berean Fellowship of Churches PO Box 74 Alda NE 68810.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Happy Cyber Monday

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Happy Cyber Monday

Today, people will buy a lot of stuff online. That isn’t bad but it isn’t lasting. Our Fellowship and our churches exists to reach people that do not know Jesus and that IS lasting!

While you are shopping online today, why not click here and give to God and your church? This investment is eternal.  It lasts way longer than an iPhone, flat screen, or Amazon gift card.

If your church does not have a website that you are able to give on no worries.  You can click here, navigate to the Fellowship gift page and make your Cyber Monday Gift.  Simply enter the name of your church in the “What is your connection to the Berean Fellowship” box, and we will make sure that your church receives your Cyber Monday Gift.  It’s really simple and fast.   And here’s my Cyber Monday guarantee: 100% of your investment will go to your church and its mission in reaching people for Jesus.

Opportunities To Grow Your Generosity

We’re glad we can send you the Gift Legacy eNewsletter with Savvy Living, Gift Planning Stories and Washington Update.  We hope you find the newsletter helpful, enjoyable and motivating as you express generosity and stewardship through your church and the ministries of the Berean Fellowship.  God is doing great things and your giving helps make that possible.

As always, we’d be glad to assist you with estate planning and gift planning.

Contact Hal Lentz

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Billy Graham’s Three Regrets

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Dr. Billy Graham’s 3 Regrets

It is not uncommon to have a few regrets when you look back on a life that is lived and decisions that were made.  It is hard to imagine that Dr. Billy Graham would have regrets when reflecting on his life, but he does.  Honestly we all do.

At age 95 Dr. Graham shares three of his.

Here, in his own words, are the three biggest regrets of Billy Graham’s life and ministry.

“Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family.

When I look back over the schedule I kept thirty or forty years ago, I am staggered by all the things we did and the engagements we kept. Sometimes we flitted from one part of the country to another, even from one continent to another, in the course of only a few days. Were all those engagements necessary? Was I as discerning as I might have been about which ones to take and which to turn down? I doubt it. Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever. Although much of that travel was necessary, some of it was not.

I would also spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to God so I could become more like Christ. I would spend more time in prayer, not just for myself but for others. I would spend more time studying the Bible and meditating on its truth, not only for sermon preparation but to apply its message to my life. It is far too easy for someone in my position to read the Bible only with an eye on a future sermon, overlooking the message God has for me through its pages.

And I would give more attention to fellowship with other Christians, who could teach me and encourage me (and even rebuke me when necessary).

About one thing I have absolutely no regrets, however, and that is my commitment many years ago to accept God’s calling to serve Him as an evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.”

Well those are Billy Graham’s regrets, but they do not have to be ours. As our lives, calendars, families and churches lean into Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us learn from the many things Dr. Graham has done right, and let us learn from his admitted regrets.

Value Bible study. Invest in the lives of other Christians. Nurture your family.  – Adapted from The Wardrobe Door

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Opportunities To Grow Your Generosity

We’re glad we can send you the Gift Legacy eNewsletter with Savvy Living, Gift Planning Stories and Washington Update.  We hope you find the newsletter helpful, enjoyable and motivating as you express generosity and stewardship through your church and the ministries of the Berean Fellowship.  God is doing great things and your giving helps make that possible.

As always, we’d be glad to assist you with estate planning and gift planning.

Contact Hal Lentz

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Give From Your IRA

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How You Can Make Gifts from Your IRA

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The law includes several important provisions that will allow you to support the causes you believe in using your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). 

Extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover
 
If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to your church and to the Fellowship from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting ministries in the Fellowship.

How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift in 2013
 
Contact your IRA custodian to make a gift from your IRA for 2013. The IRS will treat the amount of the cash gift as if you had made a direct rollover to charity and you can then avoid federal tax on the amount of the gift. 

Don’t wait! Contact me today to learn more about how you can convert your taxable IRA distribution and potentially reduce your taxes.

Contact Hal Lentz

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Preparing For Tomorrow

Are You Prepared?

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On average, a person works more than forty years to accumulate assets and spends fifteen years conserving what has been earned, but does not spend even two hours to plan for distribution of those assets. The chaos that often occurs following the death of a loved one can be burdensome.

This burden can be eased, however, through proper planning. A key element of proper planning is the implementation of an estate plan. And this is the place where nearly 80% of Americans are stuck.  They are stuck because they have no plan in place.  And they are stuck with “their states” plan, which is in place for them because they did not put their own plan in place.

The basic document in any such plan is a will and many plans also include a trust. A Guide to Planning Your Will and Trust is designed to encourage you to think about how you want to care for your minor age children, how your assets are to be distributed at death and will assist you in gathering the information your attorney will need to prepare a will and trust that accomplishes your goals.

Berean Gift Legacy offers you three helpful ways to get “unstuck” and receive your free Wills Guides. To choose the online Wills Planner click here. For your free guide in a .pdf format click here.  Or if you would like one mailed to you simply email me, and give me your name and address by clicking here.

As always, if you have any questions, I’d be delighted to speak with you.

Contact Hal Lentz

Who Is Millard Fuller?

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Who Is Millard Fuller?

I must confess, before his death, I had never heard of Millard Fuller. However, I have heard of Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Fuller was founder and former long-time leader of Habitat for Humanity.  He died three years ago at age 74.

By the time Millard Fuller turned 29, he had earned his first million dollars.  But as his finances flourished, his health and marriage crumbled.  Millard and his wife Linda sold all they owned, gave the money to the poor and began a journey that would lead them to founding Habitat for Humanity in 1976.  Their generosity saw the charity expand from rural Georgia into a global enterprise that has helped house more than a million people allowing more than 300,000 families to move from deplorable housing into simple, decent homes that they helped build and can afford to buy and live in.

The organization’s mission statement:  “Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.”

The Fuller Legacy reaches around the world leading a movement of likeminded servants who are willing to make a difference.

Your legacy could make a difference in your church, your community and around the world.  Give me a call.  I’d be honored to speak with you and share how this could happen.

Contact Hal Lentz

Young Adults Focus Less On Financial Status

A Bright Future

Young Adults Focus Less On Financial Status

An article adapted from Alexa Vaughn

A poll of young adults sponsored by two youth organizations in Washington shows that most youth are not confident they will be financially better off than their parents. However, this does not mean our youth are entirely pessimistic.  Alexa Vaughn writes, “Though 57% are very concerned about the middle class disappearing, 77% think they personally can achieve the American dream.”

The poll was conducted for two youth research organizations: The Invincibles and Demos. One of the pollsters and president of Bellwether Research and Consulting, Chris Matthews, said this “means economic status may not play as large a role in defining the American dream for the 18-34 age group. Maybe the American dream means something else for this generation. I think they acknowledge that, financially, it’s very difficult out there and are seeking ways of living a more balanced life instead.” Our youth possess an optimistic stance in looking towards the future.

Vaughn continues with a report released alongside the poll: “Since the 1990s, student debt has doubled and, controlling for inflation, the average cost of four years of college now is $30,400 compared with $8,400 in 1980. The percentage of income used for rent and health insurance has also gone up. Three years after the recession started, the age group’s unemployment rate is nearly twice the national average, and more than half make less than $30,000 a year.” Our youth have sacrificed and postponed an array of major life decisions as well. Nearly half have opted to delay purchasing a home, a third delayed moving out on their own or starting a family, and about a quarter have put off marriage.

This world does not supply the same setting the Baby Boomer generation had. Due to this, our youth have reevaluated how they can get ahead in these times. They have found optimism in the American dream.   Though our youth may not believe they will reach the financial status of their parents, they hold close to their hearts the hope of their American dream and of achieving better things.

Opportunities To Grow Your Generosity

We hope you find these blog posts helpful, enjoyable and motivating as you express generosity and stewardship through your church and the ministries of the Berean Fellowship.  God is doing great things and your giving helps make that possible.

As always, we’d be glad to assist you with estate planning and gift planning.  Please call me toll free at (855) 687-2373 ext. 5 if I can run a proposal or be helpful in any way.

To access any of our resources, please go to our website.

Hal Lentz
Assistant to the President