Death, Credit and Crooks

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The death of a spouse for many survivors will become a financially paralyzing event; because even with extraordinary planning, it can be emotionally difficult, if not impossible to begin working through tedious financial affairs while grieving. Yet without a proactive approach, we can quickly turn this fragile moment into an on-going dilemma with potentially dangerous financial consequences. Therefore by taking a closer look at some of our most basic decisions, such as maintaining joint … [Read More]

The Day After . . . Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow

If tomorrow morning became the unplanned moment of your last few words and final breath, what significance would all the days before have in the lives of those you’ve touched? And what would become of that significance the day after tomorrow, and the day after that? In most cases, it only takes a couple generations for our beloved patriarchs and matriarchs to simply become “our ancestors” – faceless names on a family chart – and only a couple more generations to be forgotten, completely. … [Read More]

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

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Identity theft: By now most of us are aware of its destructive capabilities and potential long term impact on personal finances, credit scores, and good reputations.  However, we typically overlook the growing ease with which it occurs, due to the stealthier methods afforded by advancing technology.  “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” (Prov. 2:11 NIV) This is a great verse, but in the context of identity theft, it may be one we've only applied to the surface. In … [Read More]

The Unopened Gift – Part 2

The Unopened Gift

As we discussed in part one, God’s plan for our lives is often shoved aside and forgotten like an unopened box we’ve either mistaken for empty or filled with negligible things we’ll get to eventually. As a result, we end up wasting the unimaginable treasures it contains such as purpose, passion, and the deeper reality of our lasting significance. This is no small matter, because only by uncovering these vital components are we able to properly define success, satisfy our yearning, and manage … [Read More]

The Unopened Gift – Part 1

The Unopened Gift

Holidays, birthdays and special occasions are celebrated differently by all, but all have at least one thing in common…gifts! Whether given in surprise or on the heels of great anticipation, as adults we simply love to give them. Receiving them, on the other hand, can be challenging. Sure, there are things we’d love to have or do – things we dream about – if time and expense were not a factor. It’s fun to imagine, but in the day to day, for most of us, what matters more than getting what we’d … [Read More]