Current Events Articles: December 2013

Your Year End Gift to ABR 2013 posted by Scott Lanser MA

Make a Gift to Associates for Biblical Research Today

Partner with us to promote the authority of the Bible and to help equip this generation of students and seekers with powerful biblical and apologetic research.  Support us as we provide critical scholarly resources for Pastors, Professors, and Bible students of all ages.

Your end-of-year gift can help Associates for Biblical Research continue to promote the authority of the Bible and to show the world that the Bible is entirely trustworthy. Of greatest concern for all of us is the current crisis with our 12 to 24 year olds who are having their faith stolen from them through the lies of atheists and those consumed with drowning out the gospel in our culture. We are losing our students, but with your help we will turn the tide. Young people need clear answers and straight-forward information that will contradict and correct the uninformed opinions of social media and popular culture. In a generation of slogans and bumper-sticker propaganda we must promote the truth with honest, clear statements and then back them up with solid, sound research.  Your gift is an investment in our future and in the ministry of ABR.

Consider how your generous support will expand our efforts to impact lives:

· ABR’s Youth Faith-Builder Curriculum is moving forward. Your gifts will help us create a much needed biblical archaeological curriculum that can be used in church ministries, Christian schools, and for home-school students

· The dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir needs your continued support.  Extraordinary recent discoveries at the excavation have shown the critical importance of our efforts there. Remember the exponential impact of establishing the location of biblical Ai, as students can be shown clearly that historical accounts in the Old Testament are true and they can trust the Bible! Consider the impact for Pastors as they can teach the account of Joshua and the Conquest with evidence that will strengthen their preaching to those who are seekers.

· Your gifts will help us do a redesign of our website which reaches 60,000 people each month. The hundreds of articles available to seekers and scholars promote the authority of the Bible and strengthen the faith of God’s people.

·  Your sacrificial giving provides resources to grow the ABR staff and meet the needs of those doing original research that supports the authority of Scripture. ABR is a team of missionary scholars and researchers all committed to the truth of God’s word to the glory God!

 

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Did You Know? Tax-Free IRA Rollover Extended!

As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 individuals aged 70 ½ or older may make tax-free transfers up to $100,000 from an IRA to Associates for Biblical Research for the 2013 tax year.

Thank you for partnering with ABR! Thank you for your generosity!

Gifts to Associates for Biblical Research for the 2013 tax year may be made until December 31, 2013

Support ABR Through an IRA Distribution posted by ABR Staff

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity.

 

An IRA owner can exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of a QCD made for a year, and a QCD can be used to satisfy any IRA required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year. Also, the amount of a QCD excluded from gross income is not taken into account in determining any deduction for charitable contributions.

 

This Act authorizes an individual with a traditional IRA and who has attained the age of 70½, or older, to satisfy their required minimum distribution for 2013 by having their IRA trustee issue a check directly to a qualified charitable organization from their IRA. Such a distribution does not increase your taxable income as a normal distribution would nor can it be taken as a charitable deduction against your taxable income. The advantage is that the amount can be included in your required minimum distribution.

 

Should you wish to contribute to A.B.R. in this manner, Associates For Biblical Research is recognized by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(3)c charitable organization. Just indicate to us that the amount is a direct distribution from your IRA account.

 

For further information check the IRS website www.irs.gov enter QCD in the search box or speak with your tax advisor. Please feel free to contact ABR Executive Director, Scott Lanser at ABR@BibleArchaeology.org

 

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