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Being Light in the Midst of Financial Darkness

Throughout history there have been extraordinary events in which the Christian community has stood in stark contrast to the world, offering hope and pointing to the truth of a providential God. Such a time may be upon us and so the question occurs: will we be ready?

  • S. Michael Craven |
  • December 17, 2008 |
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How to Plan Wisely for Holiday Feasts and Fun

Now the holidays are upon us, and we love to celebrate with food. How can we enjoy our traditions, make our family favorites, graciously entertain, and save money on food during this holiday season?

Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen

Now is the perfect time to create food gifts from your kitchen—items that you can make now that will hold up perfectly until it’s time to give them as gifts in December...

Conquer Your Student Debt

The good news is you can escape from student debt prison. But first you have to learn everything about the confusing world of student loans...

The Right (Best, Easiest) Way to Pay Off Your Mortgage

I get the same basic question a lot, and it comes in several versions: What’s the best way to pay off my mortgage quickly?

Preventative Care Begins with You

I know when I see a bill from my doctor, I'm sure glad I have health insurance. But insurance isn't enough. I firmly believe that if health care costs are ever going to stabilize, it's up to me to do my part to stay healthy...

  • Tamara Quintana |
  • November 13, 2008 |
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Are We Promised Prosperity?

I must wonder how many other Christians -- far removed theologically from Charismatic prosperity theology -- might have bought into a very different prosperity theology. Do we now think that prosperity is our right?

The Money Meltdown: A Need for Wisdom, Not Just Knowledge

There are three lessons that might turn this very difficult, economic experience into a fruitful learning and growing opportunity for God’s kids...

How Should We Manage Our Debts?

In the business world in general and on Wall Street in particular, debt is part of managing money. What is the Christian’s attitude toward debt? And should we be generous in helping people mired in debt?

The Financial Crisis: Lessons On the Value of Thrift

I don’t claim to be a financial expert or economist; however, economics are not so much the source of this debacle as is a fundamental shift in values, namely, away from the historic Christian virtue of thrift.

  • S. Michael Craven |
  • October 15, 2008 |
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Consumption and Crisis

If you are like me, you are shocked by the cost of the proposed bailout of the financial sector—at least $700 billion. You probably wonder why we should pay so dearly for other people’s mistakes...

5 Reasons a Recession Can Be a Good Thing

Recessions aren't all bad news...

  • Steve Scalici, CFP |
  • September 26, 2008 |
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Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

The high cost of food—specifically produce—tells me we need to become more self-sufficient. Here's a method of vegetable gardening that can be mastered even by those of us with limited space or limited gardening skills...

Retirement and Health Insurance: What's a Baby Boomer to Do?

As of January 2008 the first baby boom chicks turned 62. If you leave the workforce (and your group health insurance) how will you protect against the illnesses that parallel old age?

When it Does Not Pay to be Cheap

Those of us trying to reduce our spending often think, "If cheap is good, then cheaper must be even better." As noble as that thought might seem -- and it pains me to admit it -- that is not always true...

Successful Stewardship: A Game of Recovery

Few of us, this writer included, can look back at a lifetime of spending, investing, and giving decisions and be totally pleased with our performance. But being a good steward is not about having a perfect record -- it's more like a game of recovery.

Credit Card Contracts: America’s Financial Quicksand

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.” Now, a fair exegesis would clearly tell us that Jesus had far deeper, more profound things in mind than credit cards. But, His words here are very applicable to credit card culture in America...

How I Conquered the Debt Mountain

It's not easy to climb out of a difficult deep-in-debt situation, but it can be done. Here's my story - I hope you find it encouraging.

Growling at God: Why We Struggle to Give

I grew up with a dog that loved to chew rawhide bones. But if I, the giver of the bone, happened to come close to her while she was chewing, she would assert herself with a growl to let me know I better get away...

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