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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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Just Passing Through

Shortly after moving from Chicago to Louisville several years ago, I was back in Chicago for a visit. It was good to be back in the city I love so much. I love the family and friends I have there, the architecture, the lakefront, the grittiness, character and beauty of the city, and so much more.

On the last day of my visit, still drinking in


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What is it About the Holidays?

We’re entering a season that seems to play out in three different ways for people.
For many, it’s an opportunity to give thanks, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and yes, as Andy Williams sang, a time of parties, and caroling, and “mistletoeing,” and all the rest.
Of course, it’s also a favorite time of year for shopping, with many people eagerly anticipating the Black Friday


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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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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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Why is Managing Money So Difficult?

It happened again just the other day. Someone who appeared to be doing fine asked me for help with his finances. I give him a ton of credit. It’s hard to ask for help.
Even though it’s happened countless times in the 20+ years I’ve been involved in stewardship ministry, it still usually catches me off guard. People who look to be doing great on the


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Going the Extra Mile

On a weekend trip to Phoenix where I had a chance to do what I love to do: teach a workshop on the practical application of the timeless truths about money, I ended up learning quite a bit as well, including some lessons about going the extra mile from some unlikely sources.
Right after I arrived, I boarded a standing-room-only bus headed for the rental car


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How to Get Past the Worry

I still remember the first time we took our first child to the pediatrician.  There was nothing wrong; it was just a normal first check-up.  However, my face must have looked like I was carrying our newborn across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
The doctor took one look at me and said, “It’s okay, one day every parent stops worrying.  In about 60 years.”
You don’t need


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