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Debt: Don't be Deceived

debt galatians 6:7 reap sow Jun 18, 2018

Can you imagine someone openly mocking God to His face?  Here's what that means, by definition:

"To tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner."

That would be quite the sight, wouldn't it?

Some fool standing before God and teasing Him or laughing at Him with contempt.

As crazy as that sounds, I know I'm guilty.

I can almost guarantee you are too.

The Deception of Debt

Here's how I know that's true.  In the apostle Paul's letter to the Church in Galatia, this is what he said (Gal. 6:7):

"Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows."

You see, anytime that we sow one thing and expect it to result in something other - we are essentially laughing at God's order of things and calling Him a liar.  We're mocking Him by contemptuously assuming that we can change the way things work.

Debt is one of these ways.

I see this so clearly in my own life.  I know how debt works.  I know that I should have money to pay for...

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Take a Financial Roadtrip (free resource)

One of my favorite memories is of a family road trip we took years ago when my sisters and I were younger.  We made our way out to a Christian family camp in Massachusetts and took a detour through New York City.

For many, this is a time of inspiration and wonder as small-town kids look at the masses of people and the enormity of the buildings around them.

But for my mom, it was not enjoyable at all.  She was freaked out.

I think she was convinced that every car we passed was full of gangsters and she rode through the city looking straight ahead and with her finger on the locks.

It wasn't so funny then, but today I look back at it and find it hilarious!

Financial Roadtrip

Regardless of your road trip history, there is one that you need to take.  It's a Financial Roadtrip and it's vitally important for you and your family.

The truth of the matter is that you are going somewhere and, most likely, you are taking people that you care about with you.

Do you know how to get...

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Perspective: It's not just WHAT - but HOW

The 2 Key Questions that we must ask ourselves over and over again are these:

  1. What does God say?
  2. What does God see?

Today, we want to focus (no pun intended) on what God sees.

As we all know, His view is an elevated view and one that we are desperate to see from.

In Isaiah 55:8-9, we are reminded of His view and how He sees:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God’s ways are higher than our ways.

God’s view is higher than our view.

God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.


But we can and we must learn to see like He sees.

Perspective is Everything

When we talk about seeing like God sees we are, in many ways, talking about the issue of ‘perspective’.  But perspective is more than just what you see.  It’s also how you see what...

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Are Christians supposed to "keep the Sabbath"?

margin rest sabbath May 28, 2018

As Christians, we all know about the 10 Commandments found in Exodus 20.

The famous Thou shalts and Thou shalt-nots.

Love God and serve Him only.

Don't kill people.

Don't steal.

Don't take God's name in vain.

For me, when I'm reading this list I agree with them all.  They make sense to me.

  • Honor my parents.  Yep - makes sense.
  • Don't lie.  Yep - got it.
  • Don't commit adultery.  Check!

But...the one that seems a little strange to my American, 21st Century mind is this one:

"Remember the Sabbath day by making it holy." - Exodus 20:8

Maybe you've thought this before:  Jewish people were to keep the Sabbath day, but as Christian, should I?  What does look like or mean for me?

Keeping the Sabbath

For practicing Jews, Sabbath is observed on a weekly basis and is to be celebrated as a time of rest and remembrance.  It begins on Friday evening at sundown and ends Saturday evening with the appearance of three stars in the night...

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5 questions to ask your advisors (have you asked these?)

advisors questions May 21, 2018

I was reading an article a few weeks ago that had to do with "what the best financial planners have in common".  In it, this article explained that there were 5 things that stood out most.

They included (in case you don't read the article for yourself):

1. They're fiduciaries.

2. They're transparent about costs.

3. They focus on motivating you.

4. They're clear about your relationship.

5. They shape a plan that meets your needs.

Nothing to argue about with these five things from me.

However, my question to you is this:

What questions should you be asking them?

Maybe you've wondered the same.

To me, this principle is so true in all of life:  If you want to get better answers, ask better questions!

That's what today's article is all about.  Helping you learn to ask better questions.

Questions for your Advisors

As Christians, our questions are (or ought to be) different than the average questions people ask their advisors.

Why?  Because our focus and our...

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What the heck is "Radical Margin"? (and why you should embrace it)

margin radical margin May 14, 2018

The term "Radical Margin" is something that I came across from an online mentor of mine named Michael Hyatt.  (If you don't know who he is check out his stuff- great human and helps entrepreneurs like me with online coaching).

Here is one of the quotes from him that made me want to share some of these ideas with you today.  

 “(I want to help you be) truly living the next 12 months, and not merely reliving the same year over again!”

Think about that.

"Truly living"

"Not merely reliving the same year"

How does that strike you?

I know for me, it hits me hard.

The longer I live, the more I realize how much time I waste.  I realize that I rush through life and miss out on truly living most of my days in a meaningful way.

How about you?

  • How many days would you say you are "truly alive"? 
  • How often do you recognize how fleeting this life is and focus in on what lasts forever?
  • How are you doing at making the most of the life you've been...
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This might be why you're not more successful in your faith and financial life.

faithful success May 07, 2018


The pinnacle. 

The goal. 

The mountaintop.

But...What does it look like when you get there?

Maybe more importantly, how do you know?

Those are the questions that men and women of faith must learn to ask first.

But before I reveal the answer(s), let's look at what happens when we don't ask these questions or when we lose sight of them along the way.

The Path to Success

I read an article recently from MarketWatch that posted in January 2018, titled: This is what success looks like to the average American.  I was intrigued.

They asked a great question:

"What does "making it" mean to you?  A sweet new car?  A gratifying job?  A house in the 'burbs filled with a spouse, a dog and a couple of kids?  Or how about just a hammock and enough free time to enjoy it?"

What was the conclusion?  Read it for yourself and see if you'd agree with the more than 2,000 people polled.

"...people seem to want the same general things:  More money,...

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This lie can hurt you more than most (with video)

faith fear lies Apr 30, 2018

Have you ever been lied to?

Had your confidence stolen unexpectedly?

Felt like the rug was pulled out from under your feet?

There are few emotions as powerful as that of being lied to.

Today, I want to share with you one of the biggest lies that threatens to destroy all that is good in your life.

Not only is this lie damaging in your financial life, but it seeks to destroy all that God is doing in every other area as well.

That lie (or maybe we should say "liar"), is FEAR.


In my experience as a former financial advisor, fear was at the forefront of much of what I dealt with.

  • "What if the markets crash?"
  • "What if Social Security runs out?"
  • "What if health care costs eat away at my pension?"
  • "What if.... (fill in your own fear here)????"

We (financial advisors) would always talk about the importance of combating the two most heinous emotional destroyers of wealth management - Fear and Greed.

It still holds true today.

But for Christians, fear has the...

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Why faith matters in your financial life

Faith is often thought of in purely religious terms.  But it is much broader than that. 

In fact, every day, we express faith in a variety of ways that are not even consciously considered.

For example, we have faith that when we put the key in our car and turn it to the right that the car will start right up. 

We have faith that when we fly in an airplane that we will soar through the air and defy the laws of gravity and land safely at our destination.

As children, we have faith that our parents will provide for us even though we really don’t understand how all of that works.

This, then, is the key element of faith:  confidence in something that we don’t fully understand but we believe to be true.

Faith and Finances

When it comes to our financial lives, we must operate with a greater level of faith if want to win and succeed. 

We must grow in our confidence that it is possible and it is true that God can change us and provide for us even though...

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How to explain complex concepts: Build a "Kinda Like" Bridge

What is the purpose of a bridge? 

A bridge is something that you build to help cross a divide.  It is designed to help you get from where you are to where you want to go by spanning the obstacle in front of you.

Without it, you are blocked or you get all wet.

This same idea is true when you have difficult concepts or complex ideas that are hard to explain.  It may be to your children or to a friend, but the idea is the same.

The best way to help someone understand difficult truths (financial, spiritual, relational, etc) is to build a bridge so that they can get to where you are in your understanding.

Here's how it works.

Building a "Kinda Like" Bridge

I was reading a business book recently by Russell Brunson called Expert Secrets (it is awesome - definitely read it!).  In it, he has a section on this topic and is responsible for the idea of the "Kinda Like" bridge.

Listen to what he says here.

"The first key to telling captivating stories is oversimplification...

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