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SP True Stories: God financed my financial planning

9 Dec

(From a friend)

A couple months ago I started getting a desire to go through the Financial Peace curriculum again.  I wasn’t sure why, but just felt like it was right.

Last week I talked to our life group pastor about the dvd’s and kit…the cost is $100 (sorta irritated me a bit) but that’s another story.  I had him order a kit for us so we could get it this week.

On Sunday after worship, a guy walks up to me and says the Lord told him to give this to me……a $100 bill!  I had never met him before!  

God loves being in our business….and I welcome Him in!


SP True Stories:  My God will supply all my needs

6 Nov

(A testimony from a friend.)craxt2swwaahmq3

A few months ago, I was pondering visiting my father in Indonesia.  I knew I didn’t have enough money to do this, so it would have to be God for it to happen.  As I was talking about it with a friend, he spontaneously gave me a $1000 check toward purchasing tickets.

Then more recently, my father had a stroke and I felt more urgency to visit him soon.  A person came up to me and said, here’s my credit card numbers to use to purchase all the tickets for yourself, your wife and your son!

Looks like we’re going!!!

My boss let me off work for our 10-12 day trip.  But then he said, “When you come back, we’re going to give you a $2/hr raise.”

I just love God’s ways.  He makes all things possible.


SP True Stories: Crazy cool surprise for first-time home buyers

31 Oct

A few months ago, we became aware of a house that was for sale by owner in our neighborhood, on a cul-de-sac.  Our son John and wife Cheryl, have been looking for a house for several years, but had hit some ‘roadblocks’ to that desire.  John called the owner, an 83 year old widow, who was asking $95K for the house.  Upon our walk-through, to our surprise, the owner informed us that she had reduced the price to $87K.  It was getting more interesting all the time!  We realized we could do the necessary upgrades in this house for a reasonable amount of money and some elbow grease, making this a very attractive purchase for a first time home owner.

John and Cheryl didn’t have money to work with, but miraculously God orchestrated  a completely unexpected $20,700 gift to them that very day.  The contributors quickly agreed that gift should be used to pay off all student loans… and then asked if they could finance John and Cheryl for the full amount of the purchase (plus $5K to make immediate repairs) at an interest rate of 1 point below the prevailing market rates.

This sudden development all happened within 23 hours.  There are actually more crazy cool details, but the fact is; John, Cheryl and family now live in their ‘new’ home… just one block from our residence.


SP True Stories: The case of the gold coins

12 Oct

A good friend gave me a couple $1 US gold colored coins many years ago.  They became to me, a significant tangible installment of a position of faith, not unlike Peter’s gold coin in the fish’s mouth.20161012_083724

Over the years I’ve purchased and given away 100s of ‘gold’ coins as a means of imparting faith in people’s hearts to believe for God’s full provision.  Earlier this year, someone gave me $1000 specifically to purchase 1000 more coins to give away to 1000 more people.  Think of it, God gives us more so that we can give more away.  Is that cool or what?!  He really loves to ‘dance’ with us.

Then a few months ago I gave 5 ‘gold’ coins to a friend and his family who were on a very intentional faith journey with God.  We prayed for them and prophesied over them and sent the on their way.  In the next few months God blessed them in many different ways, much more than they could have ever imagined.  In fact, at one point someone gave them 39 real gold coins.  Just recently, that friend sent me four of those real gold coins, valued about $250 US each.

What a deal!  You start out with God giving you two little coins… you catch the ‘vision’… then start giving away hundreds of these $1 gold colored coins… God blesses you with greater means to give away more… then He ups the stakes by giving you real gold!

He’s definitely better than we ever thought!!!


SP True Stories: God’s rainy day plan

23 Feb

True stories of supernatural provision

I recently had to lay off a few people in my business.  One of the jobs I had to take over again was accounting.  I discovered an account with $24,000 in it that I didn’t know I had.  I told my wife how cool it was to have an extra reserve when we needed it.


God’s rainy day provision plan

However’s, God had another use for that money.  My son was recently admitted to a dual diagnosis treatment center for mental health and chemical addiction.  He is now at home recovering.  When we discovered that the cost for that facility was exactly $24,000, I was surprised.  I realized that God allowed us to see the provision for the cost of this facility just a few days before we had to write the check.

Instead of remorse for seeing that money fly out the window, I had to reframe my mind and emotions to praise the Lord for His provision!  I praise God for the miracle He provided for us!   He is our protector and provider! He is YOUR provider and protector!  Praise to the Lord!


If you have a short story of surprising provision, I’d love to share it here.  Send to:  – Mark 

SP True Stories: God is Better than Expected

4 Jan

True stories of supernatural provision from a friend

After 2 ½ years of diligent but fruitless job searching, I landed a job.  Then I received a 25% pay raise over my previous job salary, before I even started StudentDebtthat job 4 days later.  And it is a better job than I had dreamed of.

But now, my bachelor and master’s degree school loans came due.  The first payment totaled over $1500!  A quick phone call to the loan servicer revealed that the position I had recently accepted, qualified me for a federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  The program is a 10-year process of receiving a $202,536.35 to cancel my loan indebtedness… costing me nothing… just some signatures!

Yay, God.  That made the years of frustration a lot more palatable!  And to think, Papa had this in mind the whole time!

Addendum 16 months later:

Usually when a debt is forgiven, there are tax ramifications.  The forgiven debt is treated as ‘income’ and the taxpayer is then responsible for the amount of taxes directly related to the forgiven debt and it’s due all at once.  

I just discovered that, due to the type of loan forgiveness program that I am in, there will be no taxes on the forgiven debt!!! None whatsoever!  Hallelujah!


SP True Stories: Unexpected dividends

22 Dec

True stories of supernatural provision:


Supernatural provision… what does that mean?  Let me give you an example.  

I went to Sam’s Club two days ago.  My membership was expired.  I didn’t have the money to renew it, so I left.  mark-804936_1920_0

I came back to pay my renewal fee tonight.  I went to the counter and gave the man my credit card and my Sam’s card.  He went to take my payment and told me that my membership had been good to me this year.

I said, “I don’t understand.”  He said, “You’ve earned $240.”  I said, “What does that mean?”  He said, “That means you don’t have to pay your membership of $100 and we’re going to give you $140 cash on top of that.” 

I was able to pay for everything I had in my basket; my membership was paid, and I walked out with $42 cash.  

Praise the Lord!!!!!  I can never stop shouting about His goodness!


SP True Stories: More Money from Heaven

20 Dec

True stories of supernatural provision: 

A good friend needed glasses and her budget was tight.  Her adult children pooled $160 for an eye exam and much needed glasses.  The price ended up being about $250… $90 more than she expected.  She felt badly about the extra expense… both for her children’s sake and because of the added pressure on the budget.100-dollar-business-card

But as she wrestled with the idea, she heard the Lord reassure her that if she needed glasses, He was going to take care of her.  So literally, with a clap of her hands she exclaimed, “It’s settled.”

At that, she phoned her husband to tell him her experience.  He said, “You’ll never believe this.  I was just leaving the bank when something fluttered in the wind in front of me… it was a $100 dollar bill.”

They were both amazed at the crazy cool way, money just ‘came out of heaven’.


SP True Stories: Those Annoying Letters

12 Dec

True stories of supernatural provision:

It started with those annoying letters – I thought they were junk mail.  I left the company in 1996 and moved my retirement account to an IRA a few years later.  But the letters kept coming.  

Last week I called them to complain.  They said I wouldn’t be receiving letters if I didn’t have a pension.  I didn’t know I had a pension!  When they told me which form to look at I found it was over $26,000.OverflowingMailbox

Talk about God’s timing – I only had 4 days left to move it to an IRA.  I filled out the forms in the ‘junk mail’ and mailed them. 

It was just last year that I mentioned to God that my retirement account needed a big bump.  Well, a generous God and a perfectly timed phone call made a big bump!!! 

I wonder what next year will bring!