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Giving to Disaster-Relief Efforts

In a fallen world, disasters happen — and for two millennia, Christians have been at the forefront of relief efforts, helping to ease suffering and provide care in Jesus's name. Regrettably, disaster-relief fundraising
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A Prayer for Labor Day

Here is a prayer appropriate for Labor Day, from the pen of 16th-century church reformer John Calvin: My God, Father and Savior, since you have commanded us to work in order to meet our needs, sanctify our labor that it
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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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The Importance of Boundaries

As investors, we are our own worst enemies. This observation stems not only from our decades of practical experience in the financial arena, but also is confirmed by Scripture. Given our fallen natures, it would be
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Catching FIRE — What to Make of the Early-Retirement Movement

An increasing number of millennials are focusing on FIRE — becoming Financially Independent and Retiring Early. No one knows the size of the growing FIRE movement, but the number of blogs and podcasts related to FIRE is
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The Solar Eclipse and the Glory of God

For at least a few minutes today, millions of people took their eyes off their immediate surroundings and focused them skyward (wearing special glasses, we hope) to see the solar eclipse. NASA offers a brief primer on why
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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 principles to managing my finances) in a place far,
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This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord
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SMI on the Radio: Keeping Financial Fear in Check

The truths of Scripture can protect us from unwise financial decisions, and also from the fear of loss that often drives such decisions. SMI’s Matt Bell talks about that on today’s Moneywise with hosts Rob West and Steve
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Common Questions About Donor-Advised Funds

The July issue of the Sound Mind Investing newsletter includes an article about the one of the fast-growing charitable-giving vehicles: Donor-advised funds (DAF). There are many benefits to DAFs, such as the ability to
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