13 Book suggestions for under the tree this Christmas

Are you a last-minute Christmas shopper? Or are you one of those folks that had everything bought and wrapped 6 months ago? Do you have some folks that are hard to buy for? Well, if you are still struggling for some gift ideas here are some book suggestions for Christmas that might help. Financial Basics […]

How to make sure your charitable giving really gets to those who need it

I recently came across an article published by the Tampa Bay Times that listed America’s Worst Charities. They did an extensive study of charitable organizations. Many are great and do good works, but there are also many that raise lots of money but do little to help the causes that they promote. In their study, the […]

How should I best spend my pay raise?

Most companies have some kind of annual merit raise process or a contractual environment where every so often you get a bump in your pay. The question is, what do you do with this new-found money? The company that I work for has an annual merit raise process and I was fortunate to receive a […]

Book Review: The Blessed Life by Robert Morris

I recently heard an interview with Steven Morris and was intrigued to check out his book, The Blessed Life. Morris is the pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. It is a challenging look at what God has to say about giving. Morris lives what he preaches, having given away 9 cars, given away his […]

Building memories that matter

A friend of mine recently made a rather profound statement. It has been rattling around in my thoughts particularly as we moved through the Christmas season. I think it is something we often miss amid the consumerism of the Christmas season. My friend said: When I spend less money on ‘stuff’ I have more money […]

10 Last minute gift ideas for those living on a budget

So surprisingly enough this year Christmas comes on December 25. I know that’s a bit of a shocker to some. Who knew they’d go and schedule it next week?? Well obviously I’m being a little facetious, but Christmas can sneak up on us sometimes. Life gets busy and suddenly we realize that Christmas is less […]

Gratitude is a matter of perspective

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside There is a story told of a Hungarian peasant who went to his rabbi to complain about his living conditions. He said, “I live in a small one room house with 9 other people. It is […]

One of the most misused scriptures in all the Bible

8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into […]

Does your spending reflect your family’s values?

I heard a sermon one time where the preacher was talking about spending time in prayer and Bible study. He noted that one of the most common reasons people state for not doing it is they just don’t have the time. The point he made is we all have time, it’s just a matter of […]

My recent articles on the Christian Dollar

Check out some of my recent articles that have been published over on my friend, John Frainee’s site, The Christian Dollar. The Six Financial Mistakes Couples Make I recently came across an article from Smart Money magazine that discussed six financial mistakes that couples make. For the most part I thought their comments were right on track, […]