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My first love

I still remember the first time I laid my eyes on her. I was 5 years old, and I knew we were meant to be together forever. When I touched her face, I felt empowered. Even though she didn’t feel the same way about me, it didn’t matter. I knew I had to have... -Read More


Not just for Valentine’s Day

What is one of the kindest things someone has ever done for you? When I thought about this recently, one of the first things that came to mind was when I suffered a significant head injury several years ago. A few weeks into my recovery, a friend called to say she wanted to clean... -Read More


Year of the Father

This past election year we heard the word “leadership” repeated many times – not just concerning elected officials. We were looking for financial leadership, corporate leadership and even energy leadership. Every day, we heard about a change in the type of leadership America needs. It all boiled down to the obvious. People don’t get... -Read More


Jars of Clay members combine music, messages and Life

Dan Haseltine knows that music occupies a unique place in communicating tough messages. As the lead singer for Jars of Clay, he has experience in telling difficult, yet true stories to move audiences. One of those stories involves his first visit to a South African village. His guide challenged him to spot someone who... -Read More


Full House star grows up, gives God glory

If you have a tween son or daughter who likes old re-runs on TV, they would know her as Candace Cameron, the star who played DJ Tanner in the hit sitcom, “Full House.” But Candace is all grown up and is now known to her family and friends as Candace Bure, after her marriage... -Read More


Tips for staying on budget

Every year at this time, Americans talk about their New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. Many people have a resolution surrounding finances, whether it be to save more, get out of debt, spend less or start a college savings plan. Whatever it may be for you, the first step in any of those... -Read More


Build a solid financial foundation this New Year’s

Happy New Year! January is a time when many people make personal resolutions and renew their commitment to live their lives the “right” way – by eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly and promising to do more for their families and community. It’s also a great time to establish healthier financial habits by applying... -Read More


Looking for financial security

The world tells us security can come in many forms such as a big bank account, a great job or a large retirement fund. We use many of these things as “security blankets” instead of seeking the only true secure foundation available. The security blanket has played a big role in our family life.... -Read More


Praying for our newly-elected president

Since our recent presidential election, I’ve often thought of my deceased grandfather and an important lesson he modeled.  My maternal grandfather, Sidney Plott, taught me to pray for our president. In all of my years of memory, from President Dwight Eisenhower to the end of George H.W. Bush’s term, he always prayed for the... -Read More


An urgency for Brazil’s poor

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil– Missionary Eric Reese taps on the interior ceiling light, illuminating the cab of his Chevy pickup. Reese doesn’t need to see inside his vehicle. But after six years of working with the urban poor in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he knows those outside the cab need... -Read More