Category Archives for "Encouragement"

3 Steps to a Peaceful Life

What sort of emotions does the holiday season evoke in you? My pastor, Ronnie Batchelor, describes this as the time of year when “…we all experience the familiar unnerving sense that we’re approaching the brink – something akin to the clack-clack-clack-clack ascent of the rollercoaster when couples instinctively grasp each other’s hands and exchange nervous […]

How to Play Offense With Your Career & Create Your Best Chance for Financial Success

How to Play Offense With Your Career & Create Your Best Chance for Financial Success

Ever since the Great Recession, Americans have clamored to improve their financial educations. As the economy crumbled, people realized that much of what they took for granted — their jobs, their retirement funds, their ability to repay their loans — wasn’t guaranteed. Plenty of great financial minds stepped up to fill this knowledge gap and […]

What True Contentment Means

What True Contentment Means

This world will try to convince you that your purposes, goals, significance, self-worth, ambition, and life energy should be wrapped up in material things. For many, the world’s message is simple: make as much as you can, as quickly as you can, to retire as soon as you can, to enjoy a life of leisure […]

Ask Chuck: 3 Ways to Pursue Peace in the Christmas Craziness

ask chuck pursuing peace christmas craziness

Dear Chuck, There seems to be an unending amount of “crazy” in the world. How can I keep my money, time and heart peaceful during the holidays? Thanks, Holiday Jitters   Dear Holiday Jitters, My pastor, Ronnie Batchelor, describes this as the time of year when “…we all experience the familiar unnerving sense that we’re […]

2 Steps to Quit Worrying About Money

2 steps to quit worrying about money

Are you worried about money? Most Americans are. In fact, a study from CreditCards.com reveals that 65% are losing sleep because of their financial state. The most common stressor is the cost of healthcare or insurance bills. This is closely followed by concern over retirement savings and student loans. Mortgages and credit cards are not […]

Why Comparison Can Ruin Your Finances…And How to Stop It

Comparison is dangerous – “keeping up with the Joneses” has gone far beyond who has the nicer car or bigger yard. Our society is in an extremely dangerous position when it comes to comparison because of our constant exposure to ads, social media, and TV. Even in Christian circles, we silently compete with one another. […]

Ask Chuck: Choosing a Trending Career

choosing a trending career

Dear Chuck, I have been in my current job for only two years since graduation and am starting to feel I made a mistake. I don’t like the hours I am required to work and the compensation is not keeping up with my needs. To make it worse, the outlook for this field is bleak. […]

Instead of Running From Problems, Run Towards Opportunities

Did you know in the new “gig” economy, the average person will change careers 8-14 times in their lifetime? That may sound like a lot but it’ll soon be the norm. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with changing careers; what matters is the motivation behind your change. That’s the difference between a serial job changer and […]

Why Understanding Your Money Philosophy Could Save Your Marriage

why understanding your money philosophy could save your marriage

Ask someone about their financial problems, and you’ll likely hear a list of issues: “I’m not sure I’ll ever be debt-free” “I’m sick of living paycheck to paycheck” “We are worried we’ll outlive our retirement savings” “If my husband (or wife) would stop spending money, we wouldn’t be so stressed all the time” The most […]