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Who Really Owns Your Stuff?

How would you describe your house? What type of car do you own? How much money do you have in your checking account?
All of those questions seem normal enough. But wait. Is any of that really yours?
My main mentor, Dick Towner of the Good$ense Movement, would encourage workshop participants to walk through their homes and imagine putting stickers on everything.  “Imagine,” he would say, “that


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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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Why Christians Should Talk Openly About Finances

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. ~ Proverbs 12:15
Finances feel like a private matter, and yet they affect so much of our lives and reveal so much about our hearts that I wonder if we should talk more openly about them. Even those who run headfirst into sensitive topics rarely delve into this one!
No matter how close


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Rest for the Weary

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27
In December of 2006, as each week brought news of yet another publisher who had decided to take a pass on a book I had poured a year of my life and left a well-paying corporate job to write, I found myself deeply discouraged and increasingly worried.
Was it a colossal


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The Secret of Real Life

By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life. ~ 1 Timothy 6:19

~ Taking Hold of Real Life is our theme in 2020. We are celebrating those who are experiencing real life and encouraging all of us to do the same. In this devotional from our friends at Generous Church,


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Don’t Waste a Crisis

Bob (not his real name) is deathly afraid of flying. Years ago, while on board a plane that was about to leave its gate to taxi toward the runway, he had a panic attack and had to get off the plane. That day, something changed in him. He was so shaken by the experience that he felt compelled to start living his life differently. Interestingly,


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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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Money Secrets of the Amish

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
I recently read an unusual stewardship book titled Money Secrets of the Amish. While not written from a spiritual perspective, it was humorous, poignant, and at times, jarring.
Here are some of the nuggets I enjoyed:

The truth that transcends Plain and Fancy:


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Danger Ahead

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — Bilbo Baggins, “The Lord of the Rings”
We were made for adventure. Even those of us who work in offices know that to be true. It’s the adventures, the experiences that contain an element


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Going “Over” at Christmas

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. ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to


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