November 2009

Does Your Money Define You?

True Wealth

The 2008-09 recession has been one of the roughest ones in history.  Jobs have been lost, lifestyles altered and net worth’s slashed. There has, however, been a couple positives from this recession – primarily it has forced many people to get rid of debt and begin saving more.  For some of us it has also […]

Why You Have a Hard Time Sharing Your Wealth And How To Overcome It!

True Wealth

If you were really honest with yourself right now, wouldn’t you admit that oftentimes it’s hard to share!?  C’mon, it’s not easy to give things to others without strings attached or to let people borrow items without being worried about getting it back in one piece or getting it back period. You know why I know […]

Friday Finance Round Up – Black Friday Edition

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I’m wondering how many people really know why they call it Black Friday!? If you’re one of those that are unsure, but too afraid to ask – the reason is this: Retailers hope this is the day people spend like crazy so they can go from being in the red to being in the black!  […]

3 Simple Rules for Curbing Your Credit Card Use

Credit Cards

Many times the simple things have a way of sticking with us and helping change our patterns of behavior better than a list of 25 items we need to remember to do on a regular basis.  If you’re struggling with credit card problems and stopping the use of your credit cards – you could set fire […]

5 Reasons Why Some People Never Get Ahead Financially (And Others Do)

Personal Finance

Meet John.  John’s a nice guy, has a stable job and is making a good income. He’s got a good marriage, has two kids and a dog.  He drives a newer car, lives in a nice neighborhood and plays golf a couple times per week. From the outside, it looks like John is living the […]

What is True Wealth?

True Wealth

  Each weekend I like to provide for of a devotional style post that includes a few verses on money and occassionally the study notes to help with further reflection. These past two weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about true wealthand what exactly that means.   I deal w ith money and people’s attitudes with […]

Friday Finance Round Up – The End of Oprah Edition

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Wow!  Big news from the Harpo camp yesterday regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s retirement from her TV show in 2011.   She’s been on the air for 25 years.  Whether you’re a fan or not (I’m in that camp) that’s some pretty big news – apparently she’s going to start a cable channel and try to become even more […]

Is Retirement Biblical? (Part 2)


In part 1 we looked at the retirement that is mentioned in the Bible and also the idea of rest that the Bible is flooded with. Now let’s look at retirement defined and re-defined. Definition of Retirement Merriam Webster defines retirement as: withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life. Unfortunately many people often think […]

Is Retirement Biblical? (Part 1)


  Should Christians pursue retirement as one of their major goals – or in doing so, are they pursuing something that is in complete contrast to what God has purposed for them? I think this is a good question to ask, and one that I’ve often wrestled with. As Americans, we generally want to work for […]

Why Managing Your Finances is a Joint Venture

Personal Finance

In a marriage, two become one.  Whether you like it or not, the moment you say, “I do” your money is no longer your money – it is now “ours”.  Personal finance, handling money and making important financial decisions is a joint venture – at least if you want a lasting marriage it is! It’s […]

Wealth and Happiness

True Wealth

These two terms belong together don’t they – Wealth and Happiness?  Do you remember a time in your life where you weren’t making much money?  You probably weren’t very happy. Maybe it was during college, or when you first started a business – perhaps it’s now and you’ve lost your job recently.  One thing that often […]

Friday Finance Round Up – Financial Foul Edition

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Ever wish you could have a financial “re-do”? We probably all have one or two things in our past where we wish we could go back and do it all over again. One of my major financial mistakes is retold over at My Next Buck. Brian was gracious enough for me to share my experience […]