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Is Anybody Else Up There?

Crown’s founder, the late Larry Burkett, was known for his frequent question, “Do you trust God, or do you just say that you trust God?” Today, Larry tells the story of a self-made man whose faith was put to the test.   If you’ve been blessed with My MoneyLife, I invite you to discover the […]

Are you trying to stretch your dollars?  If you shop regularly for groceries, you’ve noticed a mysterious thing happening on the shelves of your stores: Shrinkflation, or product downsizing. It happens when products are sold for the same price but in a smaller package or quantity. As inflation rises, so does shrinkflation. It’s a hidden […]

You Need a Budget – Part 3

In every economic circumstance,  you need a budget!   For the last few days, I’ve been sharing budgeting tips from my good friend Steve Brooks at He cites necessary beliefs and behaviors to make a budget work well and he summarized basic Biblical financial principles for us. First, God is the Owner, and we are […]

You Need a Budget – Part 2

Whether you have a lot or a little, you need a budget! This week we’re focusing on the benefits of a budget. We’re learning from my friend Steve Brooks at Steve wants his clients to become “budgeters,” not “accountants.” Budgeters check category balances throughout the month before making purchases. They verify that money is […]

You Need a Budget – Part 1

Whether we have inflation or a recession, you need a budget! I recently reached out to my friend, Steve Brooks, at Steve’s a trained budget coach. For over 20 years he’s helped tens of thousands of people manage money from a Biblical perspective. Steve says there are three reasons why people don’t stay on […]

Crazy Money! Paycheck-to-Paycheck Lifestyles

It’s Crazy Money Day! Bloomberg reports that according to one survey, more than a third of Americans earning at least $250,000 per year are living paycheck to paycheck. These are in the top 5% of wage earners in America. Now that’s CRAZY! Their income is primarily going to household expenses. Housing costs for sales and […]

The ‘Buy-Now-Pay-Later’ Trap

You don’t use AfterPay….do you? J.D. Powers’ latest Banking and Payments Intelligence Report reveals that ‘buy-now-pay-later’ financing is growing among shoppers under age 45. They want to avoid the high interest of credit cards. However, failing to pay on time punishes them with interest and penalties. Many people don’t understand how the payment methods work. […]

Restaurant Fees vs. Eating at Home

Do you eat out…a lot? The next time you eat out, take a close look at your receipt. The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of restaurants adding service fees increased by 36% in the past year. They’re showing up as “fuel surcharges”, “Noncash adjustments”, or “kitchen appreciation fees.” Romano’s Grill states on its […]

Savers – Faithful Stewards

Are you a saver? Saving doesn’t represent a lack of faith. It actually reflects the heart of a faithful steward. Savers have resources to take care of our families and help others. Saving is money that’s not at risk of loss or penalty. Saving for the purpose of becoming self-reliant and taking life easy is […]

Are You Financially Challenged

Are you financially challenged? Most of our financial challenges can be resolved with a simple practice: “Give First, Save Second.” In Matthew 6, Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys […]

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