In 1974 my wife and I were pastoring a very small church in Texas, and we were struggling financially. We had gone two weeks without food, and Jamie was eight months pregnant! We went to a conference at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas and heard a man speak about how it was God’s will for us to prosper financially. This was news to me, and we soaked up every word.
When the meeting ended, we went to the product table and saw teaching materials that could change our lives, but we couldn’t afford them. I looked at Jamie. She was carrying our first child, and she was hungry (both spiritually and physically). She had a tear in her eye because we couldn’t get the help we so desperately needed.
At that moment, I made a promise to God in my heart: “Lord, if You ever show me something in Your Word that could help other people, I’ll never deny them access to it because of finances.” When I promised that, I had no idea that I would someday put out teaching materials. But years later, when people started asking for my teachings on cassette, I gladly supplied them free of charge. And my promise remains just as strong today.