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Chad Hovind is Senior Pastor of Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Moody Bible College in Chicago, majoring in pastoral ministry and communication. His love for ministry and creativity can be seen in many forms: leading teams, expository teaching, acting, and video production. He has served as pastor at two high-impact churches in Georgia: Cumberland Community Church and New Community Church. Chad received an M.A. in Ministry from Moody Graduate School in 2008. He loves volleyball, movies, and hanging out with his wife Beth and their three children.

Those Three Little Words That Strengthen a Marriage… “Can’t Afford It.”

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Four powerful words: “We Can’t Afford It.” These are words that are lobotomized out of the vocabulary of insatiable materialism and politicians. Instead of admitting that we as a nation can’t afford helpful, but expensive programs; we keep spending. (Both Democrats and […]

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Glenn Beck, Capitalism, and the Bible

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I had an opportunity to speak with Glenn Beck recently about the Biblical case for free market capitalism.  Here is a clip. I was reading the book of Ruth again this week and struck by God’s powerful record of Godly […]

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Godonomics in Action: Boaz the Conservative Liberal?

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In the Old Testament, Ruth chapter 2, we see a great example of Godonomics. His name is Boaz, a rather wealthy land owner. 1 “There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of […]

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God and Money: Why Work Can Be Filled With Purpose

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   Here is a recent sermon describing how we can all worship through our work, without worshipping our work 09/02/12 “Uncovering the Entrepreneur” (Chad Hovind) The Gift of Work At the heart of Godonomics is the value and God-given joy of […]

Godonomics says, “We should NOT be our brothers’ keeper”

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About once or twice a month, a politician or religious leader pulls out the ole, “The Bible tells us to be our brother’s keeper.”  The problem is … Being your brother’s keeper is not only NOT prescribed in the Scriptures; it’s […]

Didn’t Jesus Drive Capitalists Out Of The Church… uh… no!

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There is an often misunderstood, but relatively well known passage in the Bible about Jesus’s anger that speaks to this issue: 45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, […]

John Welsey: The Capitalist and Fan of Godonomics

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John Welsey: The Capitalist and Fan of Godonomics  (who would be sadly disappointed in the Methodist church today). “We must exhort all Christians to gain all they can and to save all they can; that is, in effect grow rich.” […]

Don’t Worry about Elephants, Donkeys, or Rhinos. Watch out for Porky the Pig.

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  In the midst of political uncertainty some fear donkeys, some elephants, and others rhinos; but’s it’s pigs we must keep our eyes on. Animal Farm warned us that Pigs are those political leaders that think “all are equal, but […]

Socialism and Capitalism contrasted by Spock and C.S. Lewis

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Property Rights are the key difference between Socialism and Capitalism.   Ask many on the street to define these terms and they will stumble for a comprehensive explanation. They may –perhaps- mumble something about capitalism being about greed and socialism being […]

Lydia: The Christian Capitalist

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Few women practiced Godonomics better than Lydia. Her story from the book of acts is an example of a leader, an entrepreneur, a successful business builder, and mother. She produces a high end product (a seller of purple material) to […]

The Demise of Detroit: A Dr Suess Inspired Godonomics Poem

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THE DEMISE OF DETROIT        My wife grew up under the great political promises of prosperity from Michigan leaders.  We spent our wedding night in Detroit almost twenty years ago before flying out on our honeymoon. The city […]

Ayn Rand and Jesus: Do they teach opposing viewpoints about economy?

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  An article on the Blaze reported that “Prominent GOP leaders have praised Ayn Rand’s philosophy and beliefs. But Rand made it clear that you can’t follow her and Christ. The GOP budget, authored by Rand acolyte Paul Ryan, is […]

Martin Luther King: Christianity is the Source of Civil Rights and Liberty: Why Fredrick Nietzsche Hated Christianity and Martin Luther Saw it as The Source of Liberty

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Loss of Life Gives us an Invitation to Engage. The second way Jesus was in a World of Pain was not in Egypt, but in Bethlehem.  There is a blood bath going on this Christmas.    All the children under the […]

Loving Your Job: Using Time Wisely

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There is an insidious tool that our world uses to keep us from becoming a disciple of Christ.     It creates the illusion of progress and commitment without actually making progress.  It creates a sense of “energy and accomplishment” without having […]

Fox News Asks, “What Would God Say About Our Economy?”

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  For more information, check out www.godonomics.com  

Godonomics: A Pastor and Rabbi Agree (God loves Capitalism)

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I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. This article was written by a Rabbi affirming the Old Testament’s support of Free Market Capitalism. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577179303330474134.html Here’s a paragraph: More than any other nation, the United States was founded […]

Things that don’t really exist like that debt ceiling and Snuffoluffagus.

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Everyone heard about Snuffoluffagus, but no one ever saw him.  He reminds me of the debt ceiling.  You hear about the limit to Washington DC’s spending but we never actually see the ceiling.   Every time we get near it […]

You Might be in an Unjust War if…

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Reasons this Syrian War might not be just include. 1. You might be in an unjust war if the people you support shoot POW’s in the back of the head. 2. You might be in an unjust war if the […]

When Does God Say We Should Go to War, and how to do it.

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As Republicans like John Boehner and Democrats like John Kerry agree argue the moral case for war, let’s look at when God says it is okay to go to war from Deut 20 and look at the principles for today. […]

War Ethics: When Hitler and Hannibal Lecter get into a Fight… it’s Best to Stay Out of it.

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The President and Secretary of State tell  us we need to go to war because a country in the Middle East has Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The irony is not lost on most of us.  Before we rush into another […]

Where Does Our Right to Privacy Come From?

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When citizens complain about the NSA snooping like a peeping Tom, what is the basis for that complaint? Why is it wrong for the government to snoop into citizen’s lives?   We all have an inner spidey-sense or moral imperative […]

Washington’s Debt Solution Brought to You by Bozo the Clown.

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If Bozo the clown offered financial advice, you’d consider yourself foolish for taking it. This week our education leaders lined up like Larry, Moe, and Curly to offer three equally clownish solutions.  We had clowns coming out of the white […]

MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Thinks I am a Phony Christian (Although he misquotes the Bible and then calls people who disagree with him Phony)

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Ed Schultz  says anyone who disagrees with Obamacare is a Phony Christian who doesn’t want to be his brother’s keeper. As the author of Godonomics, where I lay out multiple moral reasons why one might be against Obamacare, let me summarize […]

Pastors, Preaching, and Political Correctness: Why Can Only Liberal Pastors Speak Up?

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The landscape of news has been littered with Al Sharpon and Jim Wallis (as well as others), telling us that people of faith must endorse:   1.   Immigration reform (whether it respects the rule of law or not) 2. […]

Shuttering Fannie and Freddie beats making Tax Payers Shutter

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Bashing Your head into a wall should be painful.   In fact, when your skull throbs, it reminds you not to do that again next time.  However, if every time, a person is about to face the consequences of their […]

Are we city gates for the poor?

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I returned from a 14 day trip to Israel and was able to experience the Bible and Christ in new and fresh ways. I’d like to share some of the insights, photos, and lessons from my trip.   I was […]

Princess Bride’s Inigo Montoya Might Say, “Minimum Wage Laws… I do not think they do, what you think they do”

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Every few months you see a movie, a speech, or a picket about just wages and a call to elevate the minimum wage.  Christians call out “greedy employers” for exploitation with the assumption that the minimum wage is never high […]

Are we making enough money to be generous?

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As we continued our journey in Israel, my wife and I were struck by the huge commercial centers all over the ancient land.  Here is a photo of another city in the Promised Land.   God has asked his people […]

Christians in Cincinnati Are Breaking the Cycles of Poverty

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Imagine Solomon using his power to create a place of Refuge for the entire land.   This city gate looks down upon the “daughters” which is the area where families’ camped just outside the city walls.   If an army […]

Proclaiming Liberty to Others on a Diet of Chocolate and Honey

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After a three hour hike through ancient Philistine country, we were able to see Samson’s homeland. To the left is the area Samson hiked as he ignored God’s call to help those who were enslaved to the Philistines.   Samson […]

Jotham in Judges “Christians must be involved in politics and public service.”

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Judges 9:7-16 is a parable delivered by a man who saw his family slaughtered by mercenaries. Jotham is shocked that the people of his nation are seemingly unmoved by injustice, the killing of innocent life, and corrupt leadership. Jotham realized […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Man Who Thought the Church Should Be the Conscience of the State

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I recently read the massive book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.   It was an amazing read.  It inspired a new teaching technique at our church where we took 500 slides of his life and put them to video.  As a life […]

Bizarro is to Superman as Marxism is to Christianity

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  Karl Marx was an enemy of liberty. The foundation for his worldview began with the belief that humanity is God. With that notion in place, “we” mere mortals determine right and wrong. And the greatest expression of human wisdom […]

Rich and Poor BOTH Need The Gospel

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One of my favorite artists is a woman named Joan Steiner who composes “normal” scenes from everyday household items. Here is one example: If you zoom in, you see the towers are recorders. The bushes are turnips. The walls are […]

Zimmerman Trial, Godonomics, and the Rule of Law

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I think one of the most important problems in this case is “presumed omniscience”. Everyone who was not there presumes that they know exactly what happened. What we need more than anything in this case is some humility. We weren’t […]

When the thornbush is in charge, it’s because Good People Didn’t Get Involved Politically

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In the book of Judges, Jotham challenges his fellow villagers to step up and serve in the public square. He challenged them to act with both protection and conviction. It takes guts to do this. It takes conviction to step […]

Why the Pope and the Bible think Socialism is Evil….

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  I must admit that I always hated group projects. Though they were intended to teach work ethic, team dynamics, and interpersonal skills, I learned to despise them.   Why? As an “A’ student, I was always placed in a […]

Darwin + Marx = Corruption The moral of the movie, “IN TIME”

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I went and saw the new movie In Time. It’s a fascination sci-fi. It shows the natural implications of Social Darwinism’s evil ethic of Survival of the fittest. In this marxist/socialistic utopia, government owns business and takes from the poor […]

Commodities are the Canary in the Coal Mine

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  As governments try to water down their currencies in a WWF style matchup of “my currency is worse than your currency,” it will be the middle class and poor that get body slammed. Commodities are continuing to rise with […]

Why the economic recovery isn’t real and who’s to blame?

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The political parties want us to blame Obama or Bush. The want us to demonize Donkeys and Elephants.   The real problem is much much deeper. The face of our real problem belongs to a man named John Keynes.   […]

God’s Overwhelming Strength In Tragedy: How grace plus capitalism changed a little girl forever

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A couple of months ago, almost 1200 volunteers, children, families, and neighbors from our church packed over 318,000 meals for starving children around the world. This outpouring was motivated by the grace of God to minister to Christ Himself because […]

What Religion Am I? Smorgasbord Spirituality

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Many people wonder what religion they are. Beliefnet has a slick tool for figuring it out called the belief-o-matic. If you want a shorter and simpler version before trying that out, this little quiz might help. Our church has been […]

Calling Out to God When Tragedy Strikes

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  In 2008, I launched a new series at our church called Godonomics.   That same month an emotional hurricane hit my house. We had adopted my son Quinn a few months earlier.  We met his birthmother almost a year […]

Global Inflation and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Doomsday

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  I remember when the “Terminator” decided to make his last comeback with “End of Days” back in 1999. By flipping the numbers 666 upside down and adding a “1” we were told that the end of days was in […]

SUV, Gas Prices, and Harry Houdini

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  I’ve been an illusionist for years. I love reading books about magicians, their showmanship, and secrets to their illusions. One of the greatest illusions is greed. It disguises itself as “being smart,” “planning ahead,” and “getting a great deal.” […]

How Knight Rider and a Garage Sale Can Prepare You for economic challenges

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  You can learn alot at a garage sale. You can teach your family valuable life lessons at a garage sale.  I once sold all my Star Wars collection (now worth a fortune) at a garage sale for pennies on […]

Adam Smith agreed with God: “W.O.R.K. is not a four letter word!?”

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In The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith expounds on the importance of self interest. He shows that when an individual pursues self-sufficiency, he indirectly promotes the good of society: “by pursuing his own interest, [the individual] frequently promotes that of […]

Chuck-E-Cheese Economics: The Biggest Tax Hike No One Knows About

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  On summer break children and grandchildren will travel across the countryside to go visit grandma and grandpa. As we gather together, or travel on vacation together; there will be a lot of down time as well. Often the challenges […]

The Incarnation is an Invitation to Give

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  As we think back on the holidays, many of us will think of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree- -remembering a time when “less-is-more” could be more meaningful. We might even remember Linus and Lucy reading from Luke 2 as we […]

Constitutional Education is Bringing Liberty to Children

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I recently learned of one thing that The 912 Project has going on is their Constitutional Champions.  Their mission is to involve the youth of our country through educational programs, school groups, and community service projects.  Godonomics teaches a Biblical […]

Why didn’t God stop the tornadoes?

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The devastation in the news seems to get worse and worse.  Earthquakes are increasing. Tornadoes have been sweeping through the alley at a record pace.   Why do bad things happen to good people? The financial cost is devastation to towns, families, […]

The Apostle Paul Advocates Getting Drunk on Truth

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  17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Folks often say, “I wish I knew what God’s will was”  but here God lays out an easy way to know his will.   If […]

Loving Your Job: Turn Normal Time into “Defining Moments”

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Why walk wisely? Eph 5:15-21 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Christians have a very realistic view of evil. We are not surprised when […]

An UnStable Craving for God: Do We Want God to USE us, or are we USING God to get what we want

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An Unstable Craving I was so convicted to realize that often I say I want God, but I am really using God to get what I want.    When God doesn’t give me what I want: A happy marriage, obedient […]

God give me FEET for my PATH, not a PATH for my FEET

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If you have never learned about the Ibex, this video is stunning and very helpful in understanding the Psalms’ prayer that God would give him hind’s feet.   Introduction: Wasn’t that video from the BBC video amazing.   Deer that can […]

Safari: How to overcome Anxiety by Parrotting Truth to Yourself

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Parrot God’s Control to Yourself Parrots repeat back to you what you tell them.  Worry is like that. Worry is a parrot telling you what you already know.  Things are bad… “Things are bad.”   I don’t know what tomorrow holds… […]

Safari: The Sparrows Know How Not to Worry

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We had a giant python at our church for our safari series.  We were learning lessons God had for those who looked for Him in His creation. Sparrows Know God Watches Over Them. Matthew 6: 24 “No one can serve […]

Safari: Learning that Worry is for the Birds

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A few weeks ago, our church went to the birds, including me wearing a bird brain head.   We spoke about how the birds from how to trust in God better than we humans do.   When I was around […]

Josh McDowell proves Jesus Christ is the predicted Messiah

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A few weeks ago, Josh McDowell spoke at our church.  he shared how his research and journey from Atheist to Christ-follower began as he engaged his mind in the undeniable facts of history regarding the predictions and fulfillment of prophecy regarding the […]

Easter: Victory of Self Loathing, Self-Hatred, and Self Esteem Battles

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A Roman centurion -a skeptic and questioner- watches Jesus Christ die on a Roman cross.   This man has seen a lot of death in his day — a lot of pain and a lot of men die pleading and crying […]

What Would God Say to Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve?

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    For more information, Check out www.godonomics.com  

Wrestling With God and the Problem of Evil on Video

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Developing a Hagaaaaaa for God’s word

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Everytime we are faced with temptation, we choose to Trust, or put our faith in one Lion or the Other.    If Integrity is “doing what’s right as God defines right regardless of the circusmtances…” Then we will have a moment […]

When God’s Word Tastes Like Honey

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While temptation is a lion that lies to you, The Bible tells us of another Lion who lies down for you.   He is willing to die for you, fight for you, stand by you. 1. This Lion Lies Down For […]

We Need a Lion to Fight the Lion of Temptation

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Temptation is often describes as a Lion in the Bible. 1.. This Lion Lies with Fear. Samson is one of the strongest men that ever lived. He took on entire armies and won…. He beat a Lion with his bear […]

Which Temptations Taste Like Honey?

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02/03/13 “Integrity Like a Lion” (Chad Hovind) Here’s the link to the message I gave about Integrity of a Lion. We need to see temptation for what it is. The only way to resist temptation is to see it for what […]

Local Coach Uses Skills to Impact Needy Students

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Temptation Tastes Like Honey, But Sits in the Carcass of a Lion

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Temptation Tastes Like Honey, but sits in the Carcass of A Lion Since there are two types of lions and two types of honey, we must learn to distinguish Between Two types of Lion and Honey.  If we learn to distinguish […]

Gun Control and Christianity

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When Jonathon walked in my office, he wanted to share the story of his conversion from pacifism to self-defense and just war.  He grew up in a Mennonite community which clearly taught that all violence, guns, and aggression were wrong. […]

Self Indulgence or Self Sacrifice: Which Way Do We Live?

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Samson was a man addicted to his appetites of anger, lust, and self indulgence.   I got to visit his hometown last October.  Sadly Samson died with so much undone.   In an incredibly last minute restoration by God of […]

Generosity to Strangers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews, OH My.

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  While in Israel, my wife and I visited a Bedouin village.  This Muslim family lives in Israel and their 15 year old is proudly training for the Israeli army.   I was shocked that Muslims served in the Israeli army. […]

Martin Luther King and Blind Lady Justice on a Teeter-Totter

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Deuteronomy 10:17  “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widows, and […]

How do you care for strangers?

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It was an area like this that Abraham and his wife took in strangers that turned out to be angels.     Abraham say guests coming and was delighted to entertain and provide for strangers. That’s just what you do. […]

Jesus is the Meaning Behind the Menorah

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This past Christmas Eve, I taught about Christmas using a Menorah.   Here is the video clip of the service. Here is the message manuscript from that talk. “You might be surprised to see a Jewish Menorah at a Christmas […]

The Financial Cliff. A Dr Seuss inspired poem

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In a fantasy land, known as deecee, deecee There lived powerful leaders who took life quite easy They feasted and feasted like pondiverous pigs When it came to decisions, they could zag and zig They had eaten themselves out of […]

Want to work on relationships with your spouse? your boss? a co-worker? a friend? Click to hear how to “tame the beast within”

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Are You in the Dark?

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   A few recent sermons about helping those who are hurting 04/15/12 “Who Adopts?” (Beth Guckenberger) 04/08/12 Easter “Stained Glass Savior” (Chad) 04/01/12 “Who Provides?” (Chad Hovind) 03/25/12 “Who Cares?” (Doug Daily) 03/18/12 “Who Remembers?” (Chad Hovind) 03/11/12 “Who Feeds?” (Chad Hovind) 03/04/12 “Who Sees?” (Chad Hovind) […]

Do for One What You Wish You Could Do for Everyone

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Here are a few recent sermons about God’s care for the forgotten: 04/15/12 “Who Adopts?” (Beth Guckenberger) 04/08/12 Easter “Stained Glass Savior” (Chad) 04/01/12 “Who Provides?” (Chad Hovind) 03/25/12 “Who Cares?” (Doug Daily) 03/18/12 “Who Remembers?” (Chad Hovind) 03/11/12 “Who Feeds?” (Chad Hovind) 03/04/12 “Who Sees?” (Chad […]

Conditioned Hopelessness

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  Recently I shared a seven part series about God’s call to help the forgotten, poor, and downtrodden. 03/04/12 “Who Sees?” (Chad Hovind)     When you think about all the needs in the world, it’s hard to not get overwhelmed. […]

How We Can Help Our Economy

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George Washington died the same way America’s economy is dying: he was bled to death by his doctors. As George’s symptoms got worse, his doctors siphoned out another pint of blood–believing his bad blood was the problem. With every pint […]

What’s the difference between Gospel Christianity, Islam, Mormonism and Liberation Theology

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This week, I spoke about Mormonism, Christianity, and Liberation Theology. Check out the MP3 here. Here is a video of me speaking with a Muslim scholar about differences between Christianity and the Muslim religion

Unemployment Hurts…

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Why is unemployment so high? Why hasn’t it gotten better? Why haven’t the national credit card of TARP, Stimulus funds, bail-outs, and buy-outs made the situation any better?   It’s not Obama’s fault nor Bush’s fault.  Or another way to […]

Business Owner Using His Entrepreneurship Gifts to Help Those in Poverty Get Jobs

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I got an opportunity to interview a local business leader practicing Godonomics.    He built a business to not only provide jobs, but provide jobs for the poorest of poor in Cincinnati.  He works with local missions to help those […]

Watch Chad speak on “Godonomics” at a large conference in Dallas, TX

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Breakfast With Mike Huckabee

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I’ve pastored churches that had “red-state” leanings as well as “blue-state” leanings.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet folks like Mike Huckabee and Jimmy Carter.    I had breakfast with Mike Huckabee this year after the two of us were […]

You Can Be a Shining Light

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I read an article recently about a business man who discovered the stone used in the city of Jerusalem and is making it available in America. Denver, Colorado – Gill Lobel loves Jerusalem and its beauty so much that he […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 16 of 24)

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Next, Jesus launched His ministry by prayerfully selecting twelve disciples, or followers. These twelve devoted men would live and learn with Jesus over the next three years. He would teach them, laugh with them, and warn them of His impending […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 15 of 24)

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As we move into chapter six, we transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament. The New Testament begins about 400 years after Malachi (the last book of the Old Testament) was written. The New Testament covers the birth, […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 14 of 24)

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History records the brilliance of God’s ability to weave good out of this “evil time” in history. The evil nations that He allowed to spring up would set the stage for his coming Messiah. The Greeks would expand the known […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 13 of 24)

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The message of the Bible offers the only satisfying answer to the problem of evil and suffering.   All the other philosophies and religions of the world can be boiled down to four phrases: Not Really, Not Ever, Not Again, and […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 12 of 24)

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As we move into chapter five, let’s backtrack briefly. So far, we have examined the Bible in chronological order from Genesis to Malachi in the Old Testament (the part of the Bible before Jesus comes on the scene, covering the […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 11 of 24)

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After 70 years of Babylonian captivity, God appeared to the Babylonian king in the form of a human hand. He wrote out a message that said, “You have been weighed in the courts of heaven and found wanting. You will […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 10 of 24)

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While the northern kingdom had been judged by the Assyrians, the southern kingdom was a roller-coaster ride of good kings and bad kings.  A good king would come to power and move people up toward God, and then several bad […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 9 of 24)

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After Solomon’s death, his kingdom was divided into two halves: the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom. The northern kingdom was often called Israel, comprising eleven of the twelve tribes. The southern kingdom was often called Judah (King David’s family […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 8 of 24)

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David’s family portrait was ripped down the middle in the latter years of his life. Many of the problems were traced to an incident with his son Amnon, who lusted after his half-sister Tamar. He tricked David into sending Tamar […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 7 of 24)

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There are three primary Monarchs (or Kings) who ruled over God’s people in the next portion of Israel’s history. The first king was Saul.  In the last chapter we learned that Saul was a humble, gracious servant. He brought God’s […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 6 of 24)

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The time of the Judges was rife with struggle and pain, but a love story bloomed in the middle of the difficult time. The book of Ruth tells of a woman named Naomi who ran. Naomi was angry at God […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 5 of 24)

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Joshua began the attack by crossing the Jordan River. The priests stepped into the river with the Ark of the Covenant and the water stopped flowing, creating a path for the whole community. After crossing the river, Joshua told his […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 4 of 24)

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God instructed His people with a great Law. He taught them right and wrong, while emphasizing their continual need for forgiveness. The Law was spelled out in Exodus and Leviticus showing that God is perfect and holy. Holiness is a […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 3 of 24)

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Israel (Jacob) loved his family dearly, but he showed favoritism toward his son Joseph, much to the frustration of the other eleven. He gave Joseph a beautiful multicolored coat. Joseph’s brothers ambushed him in the fields one day, sold him to Egyptian […]

Fast Track: Read The Bible in One Month (Part 2 of 24)

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The following generations decided to build a tower to heaven instead of trusting God. This monument to themselves was a tangible example of their continued rebelliousness. (Archaeologists have found evidence of this kind of tower, which they call a ziggurat.) The people refused […]

Fast Track: Read the Bible in One Month (Part 1 of 24)

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  The first book of the Bible is called Genesis, and it’s about beginnings. Genesis describes how God created the Heavens, the universe, and the Earth in seven days. He created the animals and mankind. The Bible says Heavens because […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen? (pt. 1)

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Today we are looking at one of the hardest questions anyone has ever struggled with. It is Suffering.  It is the doctorate level intellectual challenge to faith in God that has kicked all of us in the teeth at one […]

What Do You Believe? (part 2 of 2)

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If you struggle with suffering, and we all do,  and if you consider yourself an agnostic or atheist… I would invite you to fully embrace your answer to the problem. You may not like the Bible’s recipe, but really look […]

What Do You Believe? (part 1 of 2)

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All of us have a belief system.  Steve calls himself an Agnostic, but he has a belief system. I call myself a follower of Christ.  I have one.  Steve has great faith in his belief system. I have great faith […]

Weakness Strengthens Influence

posted by chadhovind

There are certain words that seem weak. Words like Compassion, Authenticity, or Gentleness.  These do not seem like “Leadership words!”   They invoke painful stereotypes of being forced to “talk about our feelings” in a counseling office, or be treated like […]

George Soros Peddles More Failed Economic Theories

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George Soros couldn’t be more wrong.  His “wisdom” is out of alignment with history, common sense, and Biblical wisdom.  He recently said in an article “Otherwise we will repeat the mistakes that plunged America into the Great Depression in 1929. […]

Overcome Temptation

posted by chadhovind

As we look at the business environment…as we look at parenting our kids…as we look at the daily barrage of possible choices we could make, we realize that we are constantly faced with temptation. We are constantly inundated with opportunities […]

Combat Gossip Quickly

posted by chadhovind

At one point or another, we’ll all face the sting of gossip. Someone takes a half truth about us, our family, our career, and twists it and spreads it.  Sometimes the truth is twisted and that ends up being destructive […]

How to Speak Truth Graciously

posted by chadhovind

During World War II, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower commanded history’s most powerful military force. Under his leadership, the Allied Forces liberated Europe. But even as supreme commander, Eisenhower couldn’t simply issue dictums from on high. He needed to hold a complicated […]

How to Use Anger Constructively

posted by chadhovind

Every leader can handle anger constructively by following three steps: 1.  Look Under Your Anger 6 So the LORD said to Cain,”Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? God says to Cain… Look under your anger. Ask […]

How Godonomics Brought Liberty, Prosperity, and Generosity to China

posted by chadhovind

Godonomics teaches the importance of concepts like property rights, incentive, and liberty.   As you search the Scriptures, you see constant references to these important pillars of freedom.  God outlines them in the ten commandments as He teaches His people […]

Be Realistically Hopeful

posted by chadhovind

The Bible is Too Niavely Optimistic Most religions have a way of elevating yourself. Usually it is some version of good deeds. In Buddhism you get enlightenment. In Islam you follow the 7 pillars. In Judaism you keep the law. […]

It’s Easier to See Across the Room Than to Look in the Mirror

posted by chadhovind

There is nothing like a game of Wii to reveal that the best of families quickly goes from looking like the old Leave It To Beaver show to The Munsters show. In the family room, we discover that we are […]

We Are Capable of Anything

posted by chadhovind

I am capable of anything because I am just as capable of being as foolish, as unloving, unkind, and unaware as any horror story I’ve ever heard, it drives me to seek wisdom from God and others. So, the Bible’s […]

Exploring Our Doubts

posted by chadhovind

Over the years, it’s been fun to see some people’s reaction when they find out that I am a pastor. Some of my best friendships have started with folks who started out very skeptical to me and the church. When […]

Look Up

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There was a powerful man from the Bible and ancient history named Cyrus. He was a leader. A ruler. A mover and a shaker. He ruled the Empire of Persia around 600 BC . And even he had this longing […]

Exploring Purpose

posted by chadhovind

There is something special about Home isn’t there? I love that song by Michael Bubble’.  And this kitchen chair of grandma brings back a lot of memories of home for me as well.  My grandma Hovind taught me to play […]

We Are All Dysfunctional

posted by chadhovind

There is nothing like a game of Wii to reveal that the best of families quickly goes from looking like the old Leave It To Beaver to The Munsters shows. In the family room, we discover that we are all […]

Jesus….the Best Gift ever

posted by chadhovind

If anything the last year has shown us is that nothing is certain.  The only certain thing is that… there is nothing certain. Few things can be counted on concretely.  Few things live up to their claims.  Remember that scene […]

Jesus Christ Was Rich, But Gave It All Up to Rescue You and I This Christmas

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Fearful Generosity Do you remember cooties?   Both the toy and the imaginary disease girls or boys had in school.   No one wants “cooties.”   We are scared of them.  We are fearful of the unknown and unseen.  Many of us have […]

Gracious Generosity: The Best Gift this Christmas

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Ever feel like Christmas has become too commercialized?  It’s more about getting than giving? This is the second Christmas since Beth’s grandmother passed away.  She was a woman of few words.  She served others to show her love. She grew […]

Christianity as the Source of Civil Rights and Call to Help the Hurting

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One more Biblical Reason why human rights and civil rights are so key to Christianity: The idea that life is sacred. and life begins not only at conception, but before conception is also found in the story of Christmas. Luke […]

Christmas is About a God Who Was Sent to Help Us When We are in a World of Pain

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  A WORLD OF PAIN Matthew 2:13-23 doesn’t seem very “Christmas-y”.  When we think of Christmas, we think of love, peace, joy, food, child in pretty manger, etc.   But in our study of Matthew 2, we are reminded of the […]

Mr. Potato Head

posted by chadhovind

We will talk about the winner of a fight or an argument by saying, “he had the last laugh.”  God says that He will have the last laugh. Not just him, but his son Jesus, the “One” who is enthroned […]

God Laughs Best

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We are all looking for a lasting joy. We had gifts as kids, “Weiny Whistles, Slinkies, etc.” that we knew that when we got “it”, we’d be happy forever. We’d laugh and rejoice forever once we got that.  We all […]

God Glues Us to His Trustworthiness

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I took a friend to lunch recently to talk about his faith journey. The subject of life and conception came up.   He wondered if I believed in life beginning at conception.   Was I “anti-abortion?” I said to him what I always say to that question… “I believe in a woman’s right to choose ~as long as it doesn’t end a human life….”  He paused.  What?!   Instead of framing the debate “choice vs life”… I reframed it to be “we agree on choice… tell me about life.”  He told me that he didn’t think life began until… “well, I don’t know.”  He was sure we shouldn’t do “too many abortions” in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.  I asked him… “Why? If it’s not a life, what’s the big deal bout taking it out anytime between conception and birth… You just told me it’s just a piece of tissue… A wart to be removed…”   He smiled… “Okay I admit it… I am not consistent.”   I was able to share with him why the Bible, history, philosophy, and SCIENCE clearly teach that life begins at conception.   The Bible teaches liberty and choice, but choices have limits.  Everyone would agree with that.  We can exercise liberty as long as we don’t kill others?  Our conversation allowed him to think about “what is a “person.”   Of course, I am passionate about the sanctity of life  personally because my son Quinn barely escaped death as his birth mother walked out of a planned parenthood abortion clinic October 2009 saving his life.   I am so thankful to God. We learn that no one is beyond help.  Since God came to “glue us” back to Him.   Our ability to be “glued” is not based on our stickiness.  It’s based on God’s.  No one is beyond hope and help. Not one person in your life, no matter what they’ve done is beyond God’s ability to repair.  The same with any situation, If God can solve the “how do you make a son that is given eternally with a child that is born” puzzle that confounded people for hundreds of years, he can solve and make good on the doubts and concerns confounding you right now. So, the first piece of EPOXY EVIDENCE THAT CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IS 1) The Epoxy God is Two Parts.   That reminds us that God came to Glue us to Himself.  So, The Epoxy God is Two Parts, but The Second Piece of Epoxy Evidence is…God Has a Unique Start. What do I mean by unique start?  Well, the way we’ll see the God of two parts is to look for his unique start… A virgin will be with child. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the […]

Christmas is the Arrival of Superman

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If anything the last year has shown us is that nothing is certain.  The only certain thing is that… there is nothing certain. Few things can be counted on concretely.  Few things live up to their claims.  Remember that scene […]

Doubts are normal: God Offers Christmas Evidence to Strengthen Christmas Faith

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Christmas Faith is Strengthened through Christmas Evidence.   The Bible offers The Bible Offers evidence to Strengthen our Confidence in Christ’s claims, birth, and final work.  Hundreds of years prior to His arrival, prophets laid out specific details of the Messiah’s birth.  Studying these prophetic predictions strengthens our confidence in God, His power, His wisdom, and His timeless plan. Doubts Are Natural: Do you ever have moments where you wonder… “Is this all really true?  Am I really sure that I haven’t placed my eternal destiny into a story about a talking snake and a magical Resurrection? Do you ever hear all the theories from different religions and philosophies and wonder if Jesus is really… the ONLY way to God?   With the pressure of multi-culturalism and relativism in our culture… Isn’t only natural to at least wonder? As you approach the holidays, it’s easy to see real life pain and allow doubt to creep into your life: Your son and daughter-in-law are struggling with infertility, your mom is dying… Your grandfather passed away this past year… You got a medical report, Audit notice, or pink slip… just in time for the Holidays….   Whatever the “thing” was or is, it has you doubting God’s love. God’s presence. And God’s plan.   Michael Jordan is a friend who has been attending our church for about a year. He would call himself a skeptic or maybe an explorer. I interviewed him on stage last January. He shared his doubts about faith and God stem from the hypocrisy of church people over the years.   However, he has been coming, listening, watching.   He even decided to go on our Belize mission trip last year and is planning to go again this year.  We were at a lunch a few weeks ago and he shared some interesting “coincidence” that have him thinking about his doubts.   As a boat lover who sold high end racing boats for years, it was a big deal for him to go to Belize and miss the annual boat show he attended faithfully for 20 years, but he went.   As a medical supply company he often has supplies in his bag.  He had several tools in his bag used to check a patient’s blood.  He pulled them all out of the bag. He even turned the bag upside down to dump them out.   He filled his bag with toys and candy for the kids.   As […]

Is the Spirit of Saint Nick Only for December?

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What is Christmas all about? What is life all about? (Give unto others as you have had it given unto you.) Christmas is about the generosity of God. He gave of Himself generously and sacrificially to come to earth to […]

THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS: GOD IS NEAR

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Jesus came into the darkness. And He didn’t come as a king or warrior or prince. He didn’t come to the big city, the palaces, or the triumphal places. No!  He comes to the forgotten places. He comes to the […]

Christmas: A Hero With A Rescue Plan

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G.I. Joe: “Let’s Realize Things Are Bad, But I Have a Rescue Plan…” I don’t know any men who grew up wanting a Barbie doll.  Men want to grow up to be Gallant.  Whether it’s the Woody the Cowboy, He-Man, […]

Gallant Gratitude: Chatty Cathy Dolls

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Deep within the human heart is a desire for a Gallant Gratitude.   A gratitude that is so strong, it can stand up to and face the problems in life.   A gratitude that transcends circumstances.  A gratefulness that can celebrate the […]

Talking to Your Kids About Money and Sex

posted by chadhovind

My son and I are entering a new phase. He’s in seventh grade now. This past week I took him out with an older man in the church to learn how to safely shoot a real gun. In a world […]

Why the Federal Reserve is Turning the Dollar into Monopoly Money through Quantitative Easing

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           Here is a phrase that you don’t hear much but will soon dominate the news:  quantitative easing. What does that mean? In layman’s terms, one might say, “I’ll rob Peter to pay Paul” or “I’ll […]

The Illusion of Money and the Priority of God

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What God would say to Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, who controls the US banking system. This privately owned bank has more influence over our economy and our money than any other single entity in America. Yet, it is […]

1948 Cartoon Explains the Joy of Capitalism and Dangers of “ism” (marxism, facism, or socialism)

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This used to be common sense. The benefits of free markets and smaller governments benefit everyone: Democrats, Republicans, Business, Unions, etc.  When freedom is the priority and the rule of law is kept, there can be freedom and justice for […]

We Are So Busy Working In It, We Don’t Work On It

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Do you ever notice that we are often so busy working “In it” that we don’t work on it?  We are so busy running our department and keeping our jobs and heads above water, we don’t have or make the […]

Strong Training (Fasting, Silence, Solitude) 2 Chron. 20:1-17

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Jehoshaphat ruled over a kingdom of Judah looking to make them stronger.   He began by teaching the people to play strong and celebrate who God is. He taught them to Study God’s Law. He taught to Hear God’s Will vs […]

You Can’t Pray Your Way Out of Things You’ve Behaved Your Way Into

posted by chadhovind

Prayer is powerful. Prayer is key to success. God hears the prayers of the hurting, the troubled, and those at the end of their rope. Prayer is also used as an excuse. Magical thinking. A way to blame God for […]

Am I trying to hear God’s will for me or trying to hear My will for God?

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This morning we are continuing our STRONG journey digging into the life of Jehoshaphat.   Let’s review… We are living during a time called the “Divided Kingdom.” Israel had three main kings when they were one nation:  Saul, then David, and […]

Where Does a Mother Go to Resign?

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Where Does a Mother Go to Resign? I.  BIBLICAL ANSWERS FOR DEPRESSION Serious mental illnesses (SMIs), which afflict about 6% of American adults, cost society $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year, according to findings published in this month’s American Journal […]

Jehoshaphat (pt. 2)

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2) Celebrate and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat,   What is the entire country doing? Playing. Celebrating. Cheering. This is an incredibly spiritual thing to do. In fact, our first Strong Challenge is to celebrate, to play strong, to […]

Jehoshaphat (pt. 1)

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In our new series, STRONG CHALLENGE, we are Studying 2 Chronicles in our first service.  We’ll be going through STRONG book, STRONG playing cards, and 2 Chronicles together.   During this series we will be examining spiritual habits and disciplines. […]

Strong Communication (pt. 2)

posted by chadhovind

I was a little discouraged one night a few months ago. I was discouraged that my wife was very stressed about the move, getting the house set up, getting kids to school.   I was feeling unappreciated, feeling like she was […]

Strong Communication (pt. 1)

posted by chadhovind

This morning we are looking at prayer and meditation.  Meditation may conjure up images in your mind of yoga, someone crossing their hands and feet and saying “ohmmm” or Gregorian chants…but none of those are examples of what the Bible […]

How Capitalism Saved a Drug Addict

posted by chadhovind

I spent my day with a heroine recently. He was 21 years old. He was on the crew of my moving company. As I drove from to our new house, he jumped in the car with me. I asked him […]

Why We Need More Moms in Charge

posted by chadhovind

My mom was brilliant, and she still is. She has a relational I.Q. that is out of this world. She can sense when someone needs encouragement. She knows when there is something fishy going on. She has found a way […]

Play Strong (pt. 2)

posted by chadhovind

I. DO I NEED SOME NEW “OUGHT TO” HABITS? Do you  need some new habits?  Are you really free to be who you want to be?  John Ortberg in his book THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED gives some tests to […]

Play Strong (pt. 1)

posted by chadhovind

Last Sunday, we began “The Strong Challenge” which is an all city, multi-church journey encouraging all of us to get strong by practicing certain spiritual habits. I have to confess that having a weakling like me do a series called […]

Getting Out of Debt Before It Overwhelms You

posted by chadhovind

Consumer debt is like a cancer.  Consumer debt is like termites. They are working their pain beyond the notice of the outside world. While they eat away at the infrastructure of our bodies and homes, we often go about life unaware. I […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System): U-Turn…Appealing and Surrendering Well (pt. 2)

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2) What Happens When We Don’t Obey First. In the Bible is a true story of parents who “trained” their son to obey last. They trained him to be selfish, demanding, and self-centered. His name was Samson. You may remember […]

Group Projects, Greece, and Coming Economic Trouble

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There is a difference between a “group project” and helping one another out.   As an honor student in high school, I was often asked by my teacher to help out a student struggling in class with a particular concept. I […]

How Christians Peacefully Toppled The Stronghold of Communism in Poland

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I read  a fascinating article about how Christ’s liberty, the Gospel, and the Four Spiritual Laws began the peaceful revolution against communion in Poland.  This underground and peaceful revolution undermined the lies of socialism, communism, and Marxism.  While the Gospel […]

No One Knows You Better Than Your Mother: Just Ask Karl Marx’s Mom

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“Karl Marx was angry, hate-filled, quarrelsome, neglectful of his family, lazy, and violent. He suffered from hideous carbuncles in part because he almost never bathed. He spent almost all his time at home or in libraries, and almost none where […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System): U-Turn…Appealing and Surrendering Well (pt. 1)

posted by chadhovind

There are two skills that every child MUST develop and be trained in. They must learn how to APPEAL and SURRENDER well.  Last week, we talked about how to “yield” to authority, and how to teach our kids to respect […]

Why Our Economy is Doing Poorly

posted by chadhovind

Proverbs 31 lays out how economics work for a family or a nation.  Our Proverbs 31 woman produces, profits, and has savings.  From her savings, she invests in new vineyards, hires new workers, and gives generously to the poor. These […]

What Does Baptism Mean? The Greatest Lifeguard Story Ever…

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Baptism is a celebration of God’s work as the cosmic lifeguard.   Baptism is a public chance to thank God for rescuing us from drowning in our own self-centered lives. A writer of the Psalms said it this way: Psalms […]

1 + 1 = 0 The New Math of Marriage (When you focus solely on yourself, your relationship suffers)

posted by chadhovind

The average divorce process requires multiple years and costs from several hundred on up to several thousand dollars. There are additional costs as well.  The new costs of a new rental or mortgage payment for a separated spouse as well as […]

The Chad-Man: I Got to Drive an Adam West Batmobile

posted by chadhovind

My daughter and son have both done some acting. Nothing big, but a few commercials. They’ve been learning how to be teachable, take direction, and earn money. My son is twelve and my daughter is fourteen. They are both learning […]

How to Delight in Your Children by Recognizing Their God-Given BEND

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There was a man whose father was Nate Saint. He was a Christian and a famous martyr who died when his son was young by a group of natives in Ecuador who murdered him.  His wife went back into that […]

How to Delight in Your Children By Seeing Them as a God-Given Mercedes Benz

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II. Modify Your Parenting Bend Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Train Up by Stimulating Natural Instincts The Hebrew word hanakh means “to […]

Economic Tsunami: What’s Going On? Double Dip? 2008 All Over? What Should You Do?

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Everyone is selling everything today in the stock. Nothing is spared: Stocks, Precious Metals, Currencies, Etc.  The Dow is Down over 400. It looks really bad for everything.   What is Going On? For years, through both Democrat and Republican administrations, […]

GPS: Teaching Consequences and Rewards, part 2

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God offers something to you and I that we need. He offers us loving emotional closeness and trust. PLUS He offers us the structure, discipline, and framework of correction.  Many of us turned away from God and church because we […]

Why the Rich Need the Gospel More Than Anyone

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The Rich need to glory in the Gospel, not their goodies James has advice for the rich. He writes, “But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position …” (James 1:10). Who are these rich James […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System)-Danger: Teaching Consequences and Rewards, part 1

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DANGER: TEACHING CONSEQUENCES AND REWARDS Parenting is hard. It is difficult. Trying to wrestle with the challenge of balancing grace and truth with your individual children’s personalities and temperaments is a real challenge.  All the while, children are brilliant at […]

You can Pick Your Friends, But Not Your Family (Chad Hovind and Kent Hovind)

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Extended families are interesting. I grew up in a great family with my father Ross, a public school teacher who was the favorite teacher of generations of 5th-6th graders and my mom Diane, a strong business savvy Leader with a […]

God-Sufficiency Leads to Self-Sufficiency Rather than Codependency

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When God is enough, when He is your source of sufficiency, you are content that He has provided for your needs. Rather than becoming codependent on others, you are energized to steward your life to God and depend on Him […]

Eeyores, Gratitude, and Entitlement

posted by chadhovind

Every mother and father knows the moment of anticipation and terror when our children open a birthday gift from a friend or family member and forget to say thank you. What is worse is when our children blurt out, “I […]

Beware Porky Pig in Government

posted by chadhovind

     This political season, some fear donkeys, some elephants, and others rhinos; but it’s pigs we must keep our eyes on. Animal Farm warned us that Pigs are those political leaders that think “all are equal, but some are […]

Giving Your Children the Gift of a Work Ethic So They Don’t End Up Like Captain Hook

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The greatest gift you can give your kids is a strong work ethic. It’s the type of gift that lasts forever. I love the scene from the movie Hook with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams. A sweet little girl observes […]

The Monkey On Uncle Sam’s Back Has Gas

posted by chadhovind

Prepare your budget for rising gas prices.   Some experts predict the price will rise to $5 or $6 a gallon by the end of summer.   This price is not only painful for the typical family but has a […]

M.C. Hammer, Financial Strain, and God’s Intervention

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It was announced today that jobless claims rose to 474,000 for the week, an eight month high! “You’ve got to pray just to make it today.” Those were the words of M.C. Hammer. As many of us think about the […]

Death by Doctors

posted by chadhovind

George Washington died the same way America’s economy is dying: he was bled to death by his doctors. As George’s symptoms got worse, his doctors siphoned out another pint of blood–believing his bad blood was the problem. With every pint […]

Inflation?

posted by chadhovind

Imagine getting up from the Lazy Boy and finding out half your possessions have been “escorted” out the back window as you watched American Idol. Some clever thief took your prize treasures–right under your nose. How do you feel? Angry? […]

One Man’s Garbage is Another Man’s Gold

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My father used to say, “one mans garbage is another mans gold.”   He taught us as kids to be resourceful, creative, and find ways to make a lot out of a little.    There are many examples in the Bible of […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System) Giving your children a Good Conscience Through Good Modelling

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1 Timothy 1:3-7 As I urged you… to teach no other doctrine…5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System) How to Train the Terrain of a Child’s Value System.

posted by chadhovind

God wants to win our hearts and teach us to follow him. Training our conscience to follow his Wisdom rather than our wisdom is a life long process of parenting.    He imparts His virtue into our hearts. He trains […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System) How to Develop Your Child’s Conscience

posted by chadhovind

God wants to develop our internal Navigation as well as help you develop you children’s. A well trained conscience helps a child know right from wrong, keep from being governed by their appetites (anger, overspending, greed, lust, etc), and how […]

MOVE IT YOU ELF-WIT! The Power of MacGyver

posted by chadhovind

One of the benefits of a budget and a commitment to “spend less than you make” is developing resourcefulness.   My father was a master at teaching this to my brother, sister, and me.  He was and is a modern […]

Budgeting: Stop the Bleeding and Arm the Photon Torpedoes

posted by chadhovind

How do you find economic and inner freedom?   How do you get ahead? How do you wrastle (that’s wrastle, not wrestle, if you say it with a southern accent it helps) the squealing pig of a budget and your spending.  Budgeting […]

GPS: God’s Parenting System: Why We Must Explain the “Why” behind the “What” of our Parenting?

posted by chadhovind

If a child is to have his heart trained, he needs to know “why” a principle or virtue is true.  A child needs to know why saving, working, and generous giving is critical. A child needs to learn to cherish […]

GPS (God’s Parenting System) How Do You Train a Child’s Heart?

posted by chadhovind

I love my son Javan.  He is about to be 12.  He is one of the most tender-hearted, creative thinker, and hilarious people I know.   This year we decided to move to a new house and with that, we were […]

Why Free Market Capitalism is Moral, Just and Wise.

posted by chadhovind

We can’t turn on the news today without hearing questions about the economy. We hear words like socialism, capitalism, deficit spending, and devaluation of the dollar. What does it all mean? Does God address these modern economic issues at all? […]

GPS: (God’s Parenting System) What is the Destination of Good Parenting?

posted by chadhovind

God loves His children and longs to parent them. He longs to impart His Wisdom to their hearts. He longs to help them fall in love with Him.  God teaches us about faith, finances, and our future. The Bible offers a […]

Surfing Elephants Are the Problem

posted by chadhovind

What is the real cause of the United States Budget Crisis? What are the solutions? The Red States are calling for tax cuts. The Blue States are calling for increased unemployment. Both are ignoring the elephant in the room. Imagine […]

The Federal Reserve Left Bread Crumbs in the Milk

posted by chadhovind

A mother turns to her 8 year old son, “Did you drink milk out of the carton again?” “No mom, I didn’t drink out of the milk carton. You told me never to do that.”  “Why are there breadcrumbs floating […]

The Sandwich Board Guy Might Be Onto Something

posted by chadhovind

Remember those crazy preachers with a blow horn in one hand and a Bible in the other? They had some board strapped across them proclaiming the end of the world is near. They made predictions Jesus would come back in […]

Orphans are Hiding Hamburgers in their Mattresses and Need Radical Generosity

posted by chadhovind

My youngest son is adopted.  His birth-mother met with my wife and I last weekend. She has another child that she chose to keep.  We’ve kept in contact over the past two years and tried to help her.   We […]

Goderosity: The Call to God-sized Generosity

posted by chadhovind

Why would God want people to make money?  Why are there so many verses about being prosperous?  These are the verses televangelists use to manipulate people into “vows of faith” and money grabs.    These snake oil salesmen approach assume […]

Depressed About the Economy? Go Help Your Neighbor.

posted by chadhovind

The historian Josephus noted that Christians were radically generous, while Romans didn’t share any of their wealth with anyone. Christ-followers were so taken that their Savior who was rich became poor to make them rich in God, that they willingly […]

Greed is Not Good, But Self-Interest is Not All Bad.

posted by chadhovind

       The movie, Wall Street, made famous the phrase, “Greed is Good” and launched a wave of ambition and selfishness across the United States. But, Jesus tells us to “Beware the many faces of greed.” The New Testament […]

The End of The World – As We Know It

posted by chadhovind

        Does the Bible have anything to say about the times we live in today? Often Biblical prophecy experts weave together charts and diagrams about the end times, leaving everyone shaking in their boots with fear. The Bible […]

Government and Taxes

posted by chadhovind

Remember the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail?  They cut off his arm… then his other arm… then his leg… and finally his last leg. But, he kept on fighting. That’s what happens to business and industry […]

Godonomics: An Overview

posted by chadhovind

Economics pervades our news today and I think many are surprised to know that the Bible has much to say on the subject. Socialism and Communism are incompatible with both Judeo Christian values and common sense. Growing up, I was […]

Why Private Bankers (The Federal Reserve) Hurt The Poor and Middle Class

posted by chadhovind

Leviticus 19:36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. In order to ensure we had “honest scales and […]

The Prophet Micah Would Condemn the Federal Reserve System in America’s Policies

posted by chadhovind

Illusion #1: The Illusion of Value In Bible times, the prophet Micah observed those who were exploiting and cheating the poor. They were powerful people using dishonest scales. He says in Micah 6:11, “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest […]

The Spiraling Dow Jones everyone should’ve seen coming

posted by chadhovind

Why are experts the last to see what God spells out so clearly? A household or nation that spends twice as much as it brings in leads to ruin. Improper Planning Leads to Poverty Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of […]

Bill Cunningham Interviews Chad Hovind on Godonomics

posted by chadhovind

Bill Cunningham interviewed me recently on his radio show asking about God’s perspective on economics.  Here is what I said. For more information, check out the first 30 minute video of Godonomics free at http://www.godonomics.com/watch-session-1  

How to Ruin a Country with Socialism

posted by chadhovind

Here is a fun little video where Karl Marx reveals his new GOVERNMENT MASTER card. Governments dilute the money supply through printing. Inflation is like pancake syrup Why are government purchases so wasteful?  Economics teaches us that third party purchases […]

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