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Making Money in a Slow Economy

Starting as a realtor right before the bottom fell out of the housing market left Burt and Natalia with an income that couldn’t pay the bills. They were also forced to move out of their house. Now, the couple says they’ve “discovered the ... Read Transcript


BURT AND ITALIA COULD HARDLY

WAIT FOR THE DAY THEY BRING

THEIR FIRST CHILD HOME.

A NEW BABY ISN'T THE ONLY THING

THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT.

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS BURT'S

REAL ESTATE BUSINESS HAD BEEN

STEADILY GROWING.

MY AVERAGE SALE HAS

INCREASED MORE THAN THREE

TIMES, SO, THAT MEANS THE

AVERAGE COMMISSION HAS

INCREASED PROPORTIONATELY AS

WELL.

THEY SAY IT'S BECAUSE

THEY'VE DISCOVERED THE SECRET

TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS.

WE HAVE JUST SEEN PHENOMENAL

THINGS HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF

TITHING, AND NOW AS SOON AS THE

CHECK IS DEPOSITED, WE GO

ONLINE AND START GIVING.

THAT WASN'T ALWAYS THE CASE.

WHEN THE COUPLE MARRIED, BURT

WAS TRYING TO BUILD UP HIS REAL

ESTATE BUSINESS WHEN THE BOTTOM

FELL OUT OF THE HOUSING MARKET.

THERE WASN'T ENOUGH MONEY

COMING IN.

WE HAD TO MOVE OUT OF OUR

HOUSE AND LIVE IN AN APARTMENT

AND WE HAD TO LEASE OUR HOUSE

TO GET BACK OUR FINANCIAL PART

TIME INVESTMENT.

THEY STILL STRUGGLED TO MAKE

ENDS MEET EVEN THOUGH THEY

DOWNSIZED.

IT WAS HARD.

INSTEAD OF BEING BUSY AND

PUTTING PEOPLE IN MY CAR AND

SHOWING THEM HOMES, I DIDN'T

HAVE MUCH TO DO.

WE WERE AT THE WORST POINT

FINANCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY,

SITTING HOME IN THE APARTMENT

WATCHING MOVIES ON NETFLIX AND

SHE SAID, I THINK WE SHOULD

START TITHING.

THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT TITHING

THROUGH BIBLICAL TEACHING

THROUGH WATCHING THE 700 CLUB

BUT THEY NEVER ACTED ON IT

UNTIL NOW.

WE DECIDED TO GIVE BECAUSE

IT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE 10% WAS

GOING TO MAKE ANYTHING WORSE.

THEN EVEN IN A DEPRESSED

MARKET BURT'S REAL ESTATE

BUSINESS STARTED PICKING UP,

JUST KEPT GETTING BETTER.

2009'S INCOME WAS BETTER

THAN '8.

WE CONTINUED TITHING 10%

STRAIGHT OFF THE TOP OFF THE

GROSS.

2010'S INCOME WAS MORE THAN

2009'S.

2011 HIGHER THAN 2010.

2012 WAS HIGHER THAN 2011, AND

2013 DOUBLED 2012.

DURING THAT TIME THEY

CONTINUED TITHING TO THEIR

CHURCH.

THEY ALSO STARTED GIVING TO THE

700 CLUB.

WE WOULD PUT OUR MONEY WHERE

OUR HEART WAS.

THAT WAS A TURNING POINT.

IT INCREASED SO MUCH BECAUSE

THAT'S WHAT THAT MINISTRY DOES.

WE WANTED TO BE A PART OF IT.

BURT AND NATALIE SAY THEIR

FINANCES HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER.

THEY SINCE MOVED INTO A NEW

HOME IN TIME TO GET THE BABY

ROOM READY.

THEY SAY IT'S BECAUSE OF THEIR

GIVING AND GOD'S FAITHFULNESS.

NOW TODAY WHEN WE TITHE IT'S

NOT BLIND FAITH.

WE HAVE EXPERIENCE.

WE HAVE A TRACK RECORD WITH HIM

PROVIDING.

WHEN YOU TRUST GOD WITH THAT

MONEY, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP

TRUSTING HIM WITH EVERY ASPECT

OF YOUR LIFE AND IT WILL BE THE

BEST DECISION THAT YOU CAN MAKE.

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