Do you Manage Your Money, or Does Your Money Manage You?

  Personal finance is a topic that is gaining more and more attention today. With rising fuel and food costs, people have to stretch the dollar farther and it seems more and more difficult to do.  How we handle our resources is very important. If it takes difficult times to get us to pay more…

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What do You Want Most?

  “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment.” I love this quote from Robert Allen’s classic, Multiple Streams of Income, because it accurately describes what happens for many people as they struggle to improve their life.Whether the goal is physical fitness, a…

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“Put Service First and the Money Takes Care of Itself”

The title above is a quote from David J. Schwartz’s classic The Magic of Thinking Big, and I saw a fine demonstration of this idea just two days ago. I happened to be in New Orleans at a business meeting with members of our region. For supper we went to a popular restaurant in the…

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Young Entrepreneurs Starting Businesses

    I just had an incredible interview with two teenage guys who are really impressive for their age. Nate and his brother Drew have started lawn care businesses in two different states and on an island in the South Pacific! (Their family moves a lot) These resourceful young men have already learned much about work…

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Verses about Wealth, Work and Wisdom

The books of the Bible known as books of Poetry, or wisdom books, have many references to wealth, work, riches, and even laziness. In my Junior High Sunday School class today, we discussed several of them. Here are some that will make you think: Proverbs 14:22 (NIV) – All hard work brings a profit, but mere…

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Don’t Spill the Milk!

When I was in high school, my main source of income was working on a dairy farm, milking cows. It was not a large operation, just a small family farm, with about 33 cows to milk each morning and evening. This meant starting my days at 4am. I would rub the sleep out of my…

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You Too, Can Fly!

On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright became the first men to fly an airplane. On this historic day, they flew four different times with each flight increasing the distance and time in the air. What an amazing accomplishment for two Minister’s sons from Ohio. This story is an inspiration to me. My own father built an…

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Desperate Enough to Take Action

In the last few months I have had conversations with several people that have a dream. For some the dream still lights up their face and gets them excited. For others the dream has faded a bit, and may feel out of reach. So many people that I meet seem to be very responsible with their…

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