ACCESSORIES NOT INCLUDED!

ACCESSORIES NOT INCLUDED!

Advertisements generally portray more than the item on sale. An ad for a plastic inflatable pool might show a happy family having a great time splashing in the water. But if you get the pool, will you get a happy family too? When considerin... Read More »

LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

“I need money—lots of money!” My friend sighed deeply, stirring his coffee at our kitchen table. “Why?” I asked him a little surprised. My friend wasn’t poor and seemed to have all he needed to be reasonably happy. He looked at me a little ... Read More »

THE JUG OF OIL AND THE FUEL TANK

THE JUG OF OIL AND THE FUEL TANK

One of my favorite Bible stories has also been a guiding light to me since I first started working as a volunteer in foreign lands back in 1978. Over the years since then, it’s served as both a promise I could depend on and a nudge I couldn... Read More »

LIVING, LOVING, GIVING

LIVING, LOVING, GIVING

Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple. —Scott Adams (b. 1957) You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others—something for which you get no p... Read More »

MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM

MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM

Money was scarce when I was growing up. I never lacked anything vital, but I never had so much that I could casually give something away without feeling the pinch. Once when I was 17, a homeless person asked me for some money. I had been ta... Read More »

A WORKING ALTERNATIVE

A WORKING ALTERNATIVE

I first met Ivan in 1995 while collecting aid in Italy for delivery to refugee camps in Croatia and Bosnia. I remember his smile and warm handshake. It was a few years before we saw him again. He called to offer us some boxes of clothing he... Read More »

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

In their 1960’s hit “Can’t Buy Me Love,” the Beatles capitalized on a simple, well-worn truth. They could just as well have sung, “Can’t buy me truth” or “happiness” or “peace of mind.” Those things weren’t for sale either, and they’re stil... Read More »

THE KEY OF SIMPLICITY

THE KEY OF SIMPLICITY

Our true treasures are not money and possessions. Our true treasures are the kingdom of God, His love and interaction in our lives, our salvation, God’s provision and care for us, and our coming rewards. Understanding this puts our finances... Read More »

MY CARING JOURNEY

MY CARING JOURNEY

I have spent the past several years caring for loved ones. I helped care for friends who had serious illnesses, and I became a full-time caregiver for my mother until she passed away from terminal cancer in 2009. While caring for my mother,... Read More »

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

God recognizes our material needs, and His Word contains plenty of promises of supply, even in abundance. But Jesus also warned that a vain pursuit of wealth can be a stumbling block to a Christian life. Human nature also makes it difficult... Read More »

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