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Your life MATTERS! – That is a PROMISE!

Does MY life matter? This question is obviously on the minds of many across the USA and around the world. We can, without equivocation say, “Yes, YOUR life matters to God…and subsequently to many others.” Still, that is getting ahead of ourselves just a bit.

As the Passover celebration in Jerusalem drew closer during the Biblical era, Hebrew people from across the Levante would gather for the celebration. […]

2020-09-28T16:14:49+00:00September 28th, 2020|

A hopeful retirement paradigm for those in ministry, missions, & nonprofit service

Paradigms are powerful. The Oxford English Dictionary defines them as “a pattern or model.” The word was obscure until Thomas Kuhn used it referring to a set of concepts and practices defining a scientific discipline in his 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Now, it is popularly used to define how someone looks at anything.

Our personal retirement paradigm is built from our hopes and dreams (what […]

2020-09-21T11:30:07+00:00September 21st, 2020|

When it’s time to make the turn toward the rest of your life…

Our office regularly fields calls from people in the planning stages for making this major turn on life’s highway. This week alone, we have spoken with 5 by phone and 5 via email. Some of those contacts originate with those who are planning years in advance. Some originate with people who are applying the brakes, because their turn is merely feet away.

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2020-09-10T14:40:54+00:00September 10th, 2020|

When it’s time to move from the corner of Discouraged & Hopeless

If you feel like you are living at the corner of Discouraged and Hopeless today, this post is for you. If you are discouraged, troubled, concerned, confused about life in 2020, this post is for you.

Living at the corner of Discouraged Street and Hopeless Avenue is standing room only when it comes to US politics. Describing Christians as harshly politically divided is an understatement of epic proportions. […]

2020-09-07T14:54:46+00:00September 7th, 2020|

Pennie offers principles to guide financial decisions

Over the years there have been several published advice columnists who have answered questions from readers. Random House distributed Abigail Van Buren’s advice for decades. Ann Landers answered questions from anyone willing to pour out their heart. As recently as 2000, those two trusted advisors were published in over 500 newspapers across the USA.

These two headliners spurred others to offer similar, although more targeted, Q&A columns. Billy […]

2020-09-03T14:33:24+00:00September 3rd, 2020|

Fielding this routine groundball can change your future

Today, I would like to address those serving in the early years of their ministry. Follow closely.

Baseball is a game made up of intricate movements. Those who watch a game on television never see ninety percent of the shifts and adjustments that affect the outcome. Those who attend games may observe only fifteen percent more. Fans are waiting for the game changing moment. They await the key […]

2020-08-31T15:53:46+00:00August 31st, 2020|

Don’t be the reason for the smile on the phisherman’s face

Look at the HUGE smile on the face of the fisherman in the photo accompanying this post! He had every reason to have that smile. He had gone fishing in St. Mary’s County, Maryland and caught the trophy fish! He had to work to bring it in. The photo of him with the big grin, holding the fish, may well have been framed and hung in his […]

2020-08-27T13:48:48+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Taming the BITE of the Windfall Elimination Provision

In July, USA TODAY published an article about a stealthy, nasty financial predator lurking in the weeds. This predator is not seeking a living breathing prey. No, the focus of the appetite of this beast is your retirement income…specifically the benefits promised under the Social Security Administration!

This money hungry animal of prey is known as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The WEP is adept at hiding […]

2020-08-24T16:27:39+00:00August 24th, 2020|

Being consistently productive while working from home

Working remotely is an increasing trend. It is not simply a result of COVID-19 distancing requirements, although that has forcefully bent the curve upward. The design of the administrative functions of the Christian Churches Pension Plan has enabled the CEO/Administrator to work remotely for years. A few years ago, one friend working with HCA in Nashville, Tennessee negotiated the ability to work from home. Our Pension Plan […]

2020-08-20T14:02:13+00:00August 20th, 2020|

Let’s choose living in eager expectation over enraged entanglement

The state of social media is a mess. News reports of COVID-19 numbers, peaceful or violent protests, or anything political triggers the launch of emotion into action.

Perhaps the most discouraging element of the current plight is the Church seems to be in the center of this enraged entanglement. Holders of one opinion heartily hurl epithets of suspicion and anger toward holders of differing opinions, believing themselves to […]

2020-08-10T16:07:11+00:00August 10th, 2020|
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