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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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Our Generous God

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This one-sentence verse, John 3:16, is the centerpiece of what we call “the good news” or the gospel.  It is foundational to our faith and the classic expression of God’s saving plan for all humankind.  Out of His


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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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The Life-Changing ‘Magic’ of Simplifying

What does it say about our culture that one of today’s best-selling books is about decluttering and organizing? “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has sold 5 million copies and shows no signs of letting up. The book’s author, 31-year-old Marie Kondo, has been branded the Millennial Martha Stewart. Fans pack auditoriums to see her fold clothes and organize closets.
Is it that in our consumer


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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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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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