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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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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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Are You Financially Healthy? Rate Yourself Using These 9 Qualifications

A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings quantified how many Americans have a healthy lifestyle. Can you guess what number it came up with? Less than three percent!
In order to qualify, a person had to meet four criteria: Moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, a diet score in the top 40 percent on the Healthy Eating Index, body fat of under 20


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Teaching Children to Share, Save, and Spend

Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost. Proverbs 22:6 (MSG)
Make “money talk” a priority
If you grew up in a home where your parents didn’t talk about money, it may be difficult to begin the conversation with your own children. But teaching them the basics about budgets, saving, and sharing according to your values will give them a


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Keeping a Steady Hand on the Wheel Under Changing Financial Conditions

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.  Proverbs 21:5
The way we buy cars offers a great example of what I call “binge/purge” money management.
For the auto industry, 2015 was a banner year. Nearly 17.5 million vehicles were sold, with SUVs and trucks


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New Year’s Resolution – Don’t Be a Stagnant Pool

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
“One always receiving, never giving, is like the stagnant pool, in which whatever flows remains and whatever remains corrupts.” John Angell James (1785-1859) on “Liberality” in A Dictionary of Thoughts, edited by Tryon Edwards (Detroit: Dickerson,


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Creating a Cycle of Positive, Lasting Financial Change

For far too many people, money is a source of stress or frustration.
Consider these findings from a Federal Reserve survey:

About 46% of U.S. adults said they would be unable to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing the money.
About 31% of non-retired adults reported having no pension or retirement savings at all.
Among respondents with a 401(k) or IRA, 48% said they were


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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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What Does It Mean To Be a Christian Money Manager?

I was listening to a Christian financial writer and speaker who referenced a Wall Street Journal article that caught my attention. It argued that the recommendations of Christian financial planners are often little different from those of secular planners. It all made me think about what really does distinguish Christians in our approach to money—or what should distinguish us. I mean, shouldn’t our use of


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Common Questions About Biblical Generosity

In last month’s devotional, I described generosity as An Irrational Financial Act, going on to explain why it’s actually essential for anyone who wants to experience simple, meaningful financial success.
With this devotional, I’d like to answer two very common questions about generosity.
#1 How Much to Give
I believe the first principle to follow when deciding how much to give is one that cannot be measured in


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