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The Wisdom and Foolishness of Saving Money

When it comes to guidance about saving money, the Bible uses the word “fool” to describe two extremes—not saving anything and saving too much. In the first case, we’re told it’s foolish not to save: “In the house of the
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Things Are Not As They Seem

Sorting out the real from the illusory is one of the great challenges in investing, as in life. There’s often a disconnect between our perceptions and the underlying reality. Things are not as they seem. For
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What Do You Want?

Of all the many books about money I’ve read and messages about money I’ve heard, several authors and speakers have become favorites. I trust their use of Scripture, I enjoy their style of writing or speaking, and their
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Personalized Financial Planning Is Now Within Your Reach

A few years ago, ING ran an ad campaign that showed people going about their day, each carrying a number. The number was the unique amount each of them needed to save for retirement, and the focus of the ads was asking “Do
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An Exciting New Opportunity for SMI Members: Personal Financial Planning via MoneyGuidePro®

Personalized financial planning offers tremendous benefits. Understandably, those benefits haven’t come cheap. But thanks to our friends at SMI Advisory Services and an
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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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