7 Ways to Kick-Start Your Faltering Budget

Several months ago, I kissed budgeting goodbye. It was a strange move for a guy who wrote a book called The Secret to a Successful Budget. When I talked about why I kissed budgeting goodbye, I mentioned that once we left Papua New Guinea we planned to get back into the habit of budgeting.  Interestingly, that hasn't been as simple as we had imagined.  We've tasted of the forbidden fruit of … [Read more...]

5 Dangerous Intersections Where Wealthy Christians May be Tempted

The intersection where money and the human heart meet is a dangerous one. In every town around the world, there are intersections that are identified as the most dangerous.  Those intersections get a lot of attention from law makers as they attempt to find ways to make them safer. While traveling from Rotorua to Auckland, there’s an intersection that has more warning signs than I’ve ever … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Maximize Cash, Credit Card, and Debit Card Rewards

Yesterday, Jason was kind enough to write a guest post on how he maximized rewards.  Today, I’ll give my thoughts on the subject and share what I believe are the best methods for maximizing your credit card and debit card rewards. #1 Cash: Reward Potential – Unlimited if it Helps You Stay within Budget You might be thinking that you don’t get any cash back with cash.  Yes, that is true. But for … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Retire with Less Investment Risk

In my last post, I talked about what really matters about investment risk. The basic idea was that meeting your retirement planning goals should have a higher priority than staying within your risk tolerance. If you invest in a "safe" portfolio but don't reach your goals, was it really a safe investment? I don't think so. But I also mentioned that there are some options if you don't want to … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Encourage Your Minister Today

Did you know that ministers and church leaders get discouraged? You are the members of churches.  You are the ones that talk about the ministry with a sense of awe and appreciation. They are the minister, pastors, clergy, and church leaders. They often feel discouraged and unappreciated. Here is what they say: Is this the ministry?  To be misunderstood, unappreciated, alone, and … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Avoid Debt

The following is a guest post from Jack Reed.  He is a financial writer with Oak View Law Group. He offers advice on debt related issues. Subscribe to his RSS feeds and keep yourself out of debt.  If you want to submit a guest post you can read the guidelines here. The most direful situation one can face today is being crushed under overwhelming debts. Modern life is expensive and being a … [Read more...]