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7 Steps to Prepare Your Finances for COVID-19’s Economic Impact

If you have been hit hard by COVID-19 – by the loss of a job, by the impact of a house full of anxious kids – you’re not alone. 72% of Americans are reporting financial stress.
Like you, so many of us are anxious about what the future holds. With near-constant news of product scarcity, job losses, and economic downturns, hear this: the world is not


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How to Truly Change Your Financial Life

Financially speaking, what are you trying to change?
Are you trying to get out of debt? Earn more? Save more?
Part of the process will probably involve gaining some new knowledge. And part of it will involve changing behavior. But getting to a better financial place isn’t just about knowledge and behavior. It’s also very much about the heart. One of the most effective ways to cultivate


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How Healthy is Your Financial Environment?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~


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Automating Financial Wisdom

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation.
On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay—those that cost the same amount every month. For others, I prefer to check


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Will Retirement Change Your Identity?

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. ~ Acts 20:24 NLT
A recent Harvard study found that new retirees often face not only a challenge about how to spend their time, but an identity crisis as well. A


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Living in the Tension

One of the first phrases a child learns to say is, “I want…” And the leap from “I want Thomas the Tank Engine” to “I want a Tesla” isn’t very far at all.

So strong is our desire — for a relationship, a nicer car, a trip to the beach — that I once heard a speaker say if a surgeon cut each of us open,


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Success Goes to the Steady, Not the Speedy

We’re all drawn to stories of people who achieve “overnight success.” They make for great headlines and sell a lot of magazines and books. Problem is, they’re a myth.
In the business classic, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins explored the reasons why some companies break away from their pack of competitors and achieve remarkable, sustained success. While there was usually a point in time when


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A Powerful Antidote to Our Consumer Culture

Every day of our lives, we are the unwitting recipients of countless messages designed to foster discontentment. And they work really well, convincing us that we need something more in order to be happy. In order to be worthy of love or respect.
According to one study, more than 60 percent of us always have something in mind that we look forward to buying. That’s what makes the


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An Uncommon But Brilliant Money Move for Young Couples

When a couple gets married, one of the biggest financial temptations they face is what I call Delusions of DINKhood (Double Income No Kids). Since they typically both have jobs, it’s easy to get swept up in thinking of all they’ll be able to afford with two incomes. The home! The cars! The nights on the town!
It sounds like such freedom. And it can lead


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Free Indeed – An Easter Devotion

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. – 1 Corinthians 7:23
On Easter, we remember Christ’s sacrifice and celebrate his resurrection and I’ve been thinking about the apostle Paul’s words above and how they might apply to our finances.
What comes to mind when you think of financial freedom? For many, it means choices, options. Having enough money to do


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