Business & Finance

A Rich Christmas on a Light Budget

I love Christmastime! I love every light, bell and cookie associated with the holiday. Still believing that the day holds a little magic, I never get tired of Christmas carols, and I don’t think that there is such a thing as too many decorations.                 I see Christmas […]

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Build a solid financial foundation this New Year’s

                Happy New Year! January is a time when many people make personal resolutions and renew their commitment to live their lives the “right” way – by eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly and promising to do more for their families and community. It’s also a great time […]

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Doing the right thing, the right way

                Someone once said that good decisions come from experience, while experience comes from bad decisions.                 While I would not cite this humorous anecdote as being divinely inspired, there is a verse in the Bible that seems to succinctly illustrate […]

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When is enough, enough?

“But the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). Will we ever have enough? Will it continue to be enough? How much is enough? And how will we know when we get there? These common questions […]

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Looking for financial security

The world tells us security can come in many forms such as a big bank account, a great job or a large retirement fund. We use many of these things as “security blankets” instead of seeking the only true secure foundation available. The security blanket has played a big role in our family life. Emma, […]

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Don’t waste this recession!

We all know times are tough. The perfect storm of a bursting economic and housing bubble, a normal business cycle downturn, the subprime mortgage scandal and a presidential election year have all led to dire predictions, hopelessness and desperate measures. Most people ask, “Where is it all going?” but the better question is, “What is […]

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

When it comes to smart investment decisions, professional advisors often talk about the benefits of diversification. It is a technique that can manage an investor’s exposure to risk by mixing a wide variety of investments within a portfolio. The Bible even talks about something similar in Ecclesiastes 11:1–2: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for […]

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Commentary: Economic Stimulus 101: Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics

President Obama says the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Actually, it is the worst since the Reagan recession of 1982–83. Further, the 2009 market crash is not the worst since 1929 but since 1987 – also on Ronald Reagan’s watch. How was Ronald Reagan’s response to these economic crises different from what […]

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When two say ‘I do,’ money an issue?

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For, if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”–Ecclesiastes 4:9–10. Making financial decisions can be hard enough for one person, and […]

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Flow with a bad economy like the Sea of Galilee

I have been thinking how some words have a double meaning. For example, when the word “funk” is attached before the phrase “music of the ’70s,” it’s something good. However, when “funk” is attached to the end of the word “economic,” it’s bad. The world has been stuck in an economic funk for more than […]

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