Life

God’s Word is right and true

                With the results of our recent national elections, downturns in the economy and a decline in job opportunities, it is easy to focus on our situation at hand and forget that God is in control. Yet Psalm 33 exhorts us to praise God for His providential oversight […]

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THE KEY: Generosity

                In light of recent economic turmoil, everyone is interested in learning how to achieve financial freedom. How nice it would be to get off the emotional rollercoaster ride of the stock market’s ups and downs! To be free of watching your nest egg grow and contract with […]

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Did you remember to say thank you?

                Years ago, I sat with a group of ladies listening to one woman loudly carrying on about her miserable life.                 Chief among her list of complaints – her nails were worse than anyone else’s. They were too short. Too […]

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Debt free is the new rich

I have a client named Johnny Filamini. His name ends in a vowel, so you know he’s a good guy. Mr. Filamini said something profound during our last meeting. “Debt free is the new rich,” he said. We were talking about his situation and the back surgery that rocked his world. Because he couldn’t work, […]

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How did we get in this mess?

I’ve been thinking about this credit crisis for the past few months, and I have concluded the root of our problem is dishonesty. Solomon wrote about this subject in Proverbs 30:7–9: O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty […]

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The mystery of an empty manger

                Christmas without Christ – unfortunately that’s a holiday the world would really celebrate.                 I remember as a little boy asking my dad what those signs meant that read: “X-MAS!”                 He told […]

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Traditional memories

                We are heading into a season of great opportunity.                 For some families, Thanksgiving and Christmas help define who they are. For others, these holidays are little more than eating and an expense.               […]

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A positive result for a ‘problem pregnancy’

This December, little Kingston will celebrate her first Christmas. A year ago, however, Kingston’s mother Elizabeth was having a less-than-ideal holiday. She first suspected she was pregnant on New Year’s Eve, an unplanned surprise that left her in a quandary. Elizabeth wanted to carry her baby to term, but she was concerned: How would she […]

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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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What the innkeeper missed

Maybe it is better that you don’t have enough money to spend this Christmas. The economy might just be what you need to make the right gift decisions this year. There is nothing like a change in the rules to cause each of us to take a look at the game. Instead of spending first […]

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