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An Easter Meditation: “Fasting for the King’s Coming”

There is a growing awareness among Christians that prayer with fasting is intended to be an integral part of the believer’s life. The following is excerpted from John Piper’s A Hunger for
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Recent Correction Raises the Question: Are You Ready for the Next Bear Market?

The winds of change blew through the financial markets in February, leading to the first stock-market correction (a decline of at least 10% from the previous high) in two years. What caused the correction, and
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Beating the Behavioral Blues With Biblical Wisdom

The study of finance and economics has undergone a radical shift in recent decades. Until recently, the foundation of economic theory was that individuals are “perfectly rational actors” (that is, we always made rational
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What’s on Your “To-Be” List for the New Year?

New Year’s resolutions usually are focused on what to do in the year ahead, such as losing weight or getting out of debt. However, of the many sermons I’ve heard since becoming a Christian at age 29, one that’s stayed
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Fighting for Joy in the Supremely Glorious Christ

In 1995, I began what has since become an annual Christmas tradition: offering, as a gift to our members, a book that has been meaningful to me in my Christian life. I do this for two reasons. First, because it’s
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Are You Being Diligent?

While there are reasons to be concerned about the health of the eight-plus-year-old bull market (historically high valuations, Federal Reserve tightening, and an economy performing below expectations), there are also
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My Hollywood Adventure (aka A Skeleton in My Financial Closet)

One of the tricky things about investments is that you don’t always know how they’re going to turn out. Long, long ago (in the 1970s before I learned to apply biblical wisdom to managing my finances) in a place far, far
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Fulfilling Your Purpose

Are you a “good” or “bad” investor? That can’t be answered without an understanding of an investor’s purpose. If you know the purpose of an investor is to manage money in such a way as to make it grow, but your investment
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Plans Fail for Lack of Counsel, but With Many Advisers They Succeed

It’s a great time of year for the Pryors — Susie and I are getting ready to leave for our annual vacation on the Carolina beaches! While we’re there, we don’t buy newspapers, turn on the television, read any news, or do
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Investing With the Long-Term in Mind

In reading through Charles D. Ellis’s Winning the Loser’s Game, source of this month’s cover article, I was especially taken by a chapter titled simply “Time” (much of which we included in our excerpt). It’s not that what
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