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Reduce Your Financial Stress

Financial stress got you down? A Gallup poll found that 20% of those surveyed report having a great life. They’re fulfilled by their work, live in great communities, have good physical health, have loved ones they can turn to for help, and have very low financial stress. Financial stress impacts health and relationships. It’s linked […]

Know Any Lovers of Money?

D you know any lovers of money? In 2 Timothy 3, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Do you see any […]

Weed Out Weaknesses

Our small weaknesses can do big damage to our wallets. We’re easily blinded to our weaknesses because our spending is so habitual. Ask the Lord, your spouse, or a friend to help you see them. For some people, it’s the daily food and drink purchases. For others, it’s fashion, fitness gear, exotic vacations, and more. […]

Gambling – A Losing Proposition

Ever buy scratch-off lottery tickets?   Some people say gambling’s just entertainment, like fishing, seeing a movie, or going to a baseball game, but when you win at gambling, you do so at the expense of others. Gambling really boils down to self-gratification. It’s the thrill of believing you’ll hit the jackpot and not having […]

Try Living on an Allowance

When did you last get an allowance? Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, has a net worth estimated to be $200 million. Yet, he says, “I don’t spend much money. If I had all my money in one account I would spend all of it, so I get an allowance.” Now, that’s pretty smart! In fact, […]

You Need a Mentor

Do you have a mentor? I’ve learned plenty from the people that God has put in my life, but I could have bypassed a lot of potholes if I had walked with an older, wiser mentor. Having someone I could meet with and learn from in recent years has helped me grow beyond what I […]

Plan Ahead

Good stewards plan ahead.  The Proverbs 31 woman is an example of someone whose planning is key to good stewardship. We’re told she worked hard, spent wisely, and planned ahead. When you behave in this manner, there’s money left over to give generously, but today we often say we can’t give – because we haven’t […]

Waiting Instead of Financing

Do you wait for what you want?  I grew up in the days of “lay-away”. If you couldn’t afford an item, the store would hold it while you made payments on it. After your final payment, you could take it home. Gone are the days of eating off card tables and folding chairs, sleeping on […]

Recession-Proof Jobs and Financial Protection

Do you have a recession-proof job? Economics professors say there are industries that offer strong job security during economic downturns. Those are health care, government, computers and information technology, and education. These occupations added tens of thousands of jobs during the ‘01 and ‘09 recessions, according to data from Zip Recruiter and the U.S. Bureau of […]

Implement Your Budget

An American General once observed:      ‘A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.’ Today, Crown’s founder, the late Larry Burkett, reminds us that we’ll need that same kind of work and discipline when it comes to living within our means.    If you’ve been blessed with My […]

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