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A Simple Formula for Becoming Debt Free

If you find yourself deeply in debt, you may feel like you’ll never get out of the hole, but there’s still hope! Today, Crown’s founder, the late Larry Burkett, relates how faithfulness in re-paying debt can have surprising results.   In my new book Seven Gray Swans, I describe potentially significant events that you need […]

Stewardship of Your Health

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” I like to add to that expression: “A walk a day keeps a healthy 401(k)!” Keeping an active lifestyle keeps you fit and saves you a significant amount of money. It reduces long-term health costs, allowing you to save and plan for big purchases, retirement, and generous […]

Stewardship of the Earth

We’ve been called to stewardship of the earth. Christians should be the best stewards of the earth because we know the One who created it and all that is in it. God entrusted Adam to take dominion and care for creation. The command continues today and we must take our responsibility seriously. Caring for the […]

Find Work/Rest Balance

Are you getting enough rest? One of my sons thought I was a workaholic until he had to support a family. He then ate those words! God gave Adam a job before sin entered the world. Work’s good for us – a blessing! Plus, whether at home or at an office, work grants opportunities to […]

Savings Day – Prepare for the Unexpected

God cares about your finances!  Proverbs 21:20 says “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down”. God also commends the ant for storing up food during times of plenty. See, saving is an example of God’s grace in action. God wants us to save for the unexpected so we’ll […]

Crazy Money! Unopened Video Game Sells For $$$

It’s Crazy Money Day! Do you have any old, unopened video games laying around? When you hear this, you’ll wish you had! Heritage Auctions in Dallas recently sold an unopened copy of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda”. It was created in a limited production run in late 1987. The auction price? $870,000! With a price […]

Rental Scams

Do you know how to protect yourself from a rental scam? ApartmentList reported that some 5 million renters in the U.S. suffered rental fraud. Young renters, or those tempted with below-market rates, are the most likely victims of a rental scam. Here are a few of them: Bait-and-Switch scams involve advertising a different property from […]

Loan Flipping

Have you heard about loan flipping? Loan flipping occurs when a predatory lender persuades a homeowner to refinance a mortgage multiple times, often borrowing more each transaction. Bankrate.com reports that these lenders charge high fees and points. Meanwhile homeowners face higher loan payments after being tricked into borrowing most of their equity. Seniors especially need to […]

Escrow Wire Fraud

Are you buying a house?  Bankrate.com warns home buyers to protect themselves from fake title and escrow companies. Here’s how they work. They set up a website that looks like the company with whom you’re working. Their spoofing tactics are easily overlooked: like phone numbers, websites or email addresses that are just one digit off. […]

Savings Day – Find a Bank for Savings Accounts

Is your savings account growing?  A savings account is essential for setting aside emergency funds. Bankrate.com lists banks they recommend and simple tips to finding one that fits your parameters. Make sure you have enough money to open and maintain a minimum balance requirement. Does the bank charge account fees? Don’t let monthly maintenance fees consume the […]

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