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Getting In Shape In 2017 With A ‘Fiscal Health Day’

Several years ago, when New York Times personal-finance writer Ron Lieber was furloughed for a few days, he responded in true personal-finance expert fashion. By devoting one of his unpaid days off to taking care of a list
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Watching, Waiting, Planning, Working

“The end times are at hand and you want me to set up a plan?” Years ago, we sent out several thousand letters to Christians who we thought might have an interest in a resource such as SMI, one that could help them set up
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SMI Members Helped Plant 270 Churches in India!

On Giving Tuesday, November 29, I offered a challenge to SMI members in the form of a giving opportunity---let's all work together this Christmas to help take the gospel to the people of India via the church-planters
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Giving Tuesday: It May Be the Only Day in Your Year When Every $1 You Give Turns into $4!

Hey friends! When you woke up this morning did you ever think you’d be planting churches in India? Well, welcome to #GivingTuesday, a movement designed to launch the Christmas season with an emphasis on generosity
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Your 10 Most Important Financial Moves for 2017

As this year draws to a close, it’s a natural time for reflection. Without meaning to sound like a politician, consider this: Are you better off now than you were at the start of the year? Financially speaking, what has
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Names for the Holy Spirit: Our Seal

Following is a brief excerpt from a book being offered as a Christmas gift to SMI subscribers. See the announcement below the article for details. The Body Tithe Devotional takes you on a 90-day journey to build up your
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The Declaration of Independence Revisited

[This article has been updated from one that first appeared in SMI in the October 1994 issue. Sadly, more than 20 years later, it's more timely than ever.] “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find
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All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?

At times, God opens a door and invites you to walk through—into the unknown. Whether you stay where you are or venture forth will determine the kind of life you live and the kind of person you become. The ability to
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Thanksgiving Stories

This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. It can also be a time of life-changing conversations. When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we
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A Culture Trying to Stand on Sinking Sand

Two-thirds of baby-boomers will inherit family money over their lifetimes, according to research by the Boston College Center for Retirement Research, amounting to the tidy sum of some $7.6 trillion! But inheritors are up
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