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122: The Absentee Ambassador

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are familiar with the term, ambassador, but do we know the implications of truly living as an ambassador? In This Episode, We Look At: What is an ambassador? Definition: an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country We live in a foreign country (this brief life on earth), but we will...


121: Having Financial Integrity

I talk with my family frequently about the quality of food (or junk) that we put in our bodies. Yet there are times when I would see an amazing-looking dessert (just Google "Monster shakes") and all of a sudden I'm now telling my family how awesome this thing looks and that we ought to try it! That is not integrity! The healthy talk is somewhat recent in my life, but the junk food temptations stems from decades of bad habits. In This Episode, We Look At: Deep seeded bad habits and bad...


120: Is There a Problem with “More?”

Many of us grew up being encouraged to "Be all you can be!" and to climb the ladder of success—which generally translates to more! Learn more, do more, get more, keep more… We do not want the opposite do we? Learn less, do less, get less, keep less… In This Episode, We Look At: What is the problem with more? Can Christians strive for more? A biblical look at the real problem and how to avoid it. What is the purpose for more? The traps of seeking more for the purpose of more The...


119: Job Hopping

Millennials get a bad rap for being easily dissatisfied with jobs, but that seems to be an unfair stereotype. Forbes reports that 60% of Millennials are currently open to a new job opportunity and are by far the most likely generation to switch jobs. Interestingly, the data shows that it's largely the younger Millennials and not the older ones that job-hop. In This Episode, We Look At: Job-hopping is not new. It has been common for all generations based on age, not culture. Possible...


118: Christians and Government: An Interview with Glenn Mosher

Glenn Mosher has been a Presidential speech writer, Congressional aide, Capital Fundraiser, English Instructor, and Public Speaker who gained credibility and practiced integrity without ever losing humility or humor. He has raised over $75 million advocating for non-profit clients and designed programs of marketing excellence for companies and small businesses. In This Episode, We Look At: Glenn's early years with Ronald Reagan Glenn's assistance and guiding Tim when he started a Bible...


117: Ellie Kay Interview Rewind

We are pleased to share with you a previously aired interview with Ellie Kay, America's Family Financial Expert. What do you do when you get married and then discover that your new spouse in debt to the tune of $40,000? Today we'll hear from Bob and Ellie Kay and learn how they addressed this serious issue, how they paid off this debt in only two and half years, strengthened their marriage in the process, and built the foundation to put several children through college—while remaining...


116: Faith Promise Giving

What comes to mind when you hear "Faith promise giving?" For some it means their church is embarking on a building program, for others it may mean that it is time to prayerfully consider committing to a large dollar amount, and praying that God provides for you to give it. In This Episode, We Look At: Where did this term come from? What does it mean, in practice, today? Are there biblical principles to support it? I've interviewed several respected pastors, and have asked them these...


115: The Prosperity Puzzle

Is it acceptable for Christians to be prosperous? Many are on the fence on the issue. Are riches evil? Do we avoid prosperity? In This Episode, We Look At: "Prosper" defined Our ability to earn money comes from God Labor is expected of us from God Prosperity in the NT Stewarding prosperity Improve Your Faith and Finances: Seek to prosper in everything God has entrusted to you, to His glory. Be ready and willing to be used of the Lord in greater ways. Share Your Thoughts: If...


114: Why Do They Have More Than Me?

Some Christians will appear to have more than others. Then there are worldly people who have a lot more. Try as we may; we serve, we save, we sacrifice, but sometimes it just seems we can't get ahead. Is it fair? In This Episode, We Look At: More is rarely the solution. You do not want to trade trials with other Christians. God's timing and plans are far superior than ours. The folly of comparing ourselves with other Christians. The wicked also increase. Improve Your Faith and...


113: My Financial Tune Up

Got a budget? Awesome! You are a step ahead of many. Yet, while drafting and agreeing upon a budget is a wise discipline, the budget itself does not get the job done. In real life our spending does not always match our budgets…then the wheels fall off. In This Episode, We Look At: The importance of the monthly financial review. Did your financial activity align with your planned spending plan? Did you go over or under budget in areas? Look back on your bank statements for potential...


112: Money, Marriage, and Peace!

Eighty percent of divorcees attribute arguments over money as the leading contributor to the divorce. There are going to be differences in how couples view money-related issues. So, what do you do when spouses do not see eye-to-eye in financial matters? In This Episode, We Look At: Responses to avoid. "He's selfish", "She's immature", "he's irresponsible", "I'm the only one who cares in this marriage!" Setting aside pride and addressing issues openly and lovingly. Seek input and...


111: The Impact of Emotions

God has given us emotions. Emotions can help or hurt us. There are God-honoring emotions, and there emotions that lead to sin. In This Episode, We Look At: The emotions of Jesus. The emotions related to the fruit of the Spirit. Biblical warnings related to emotions. Emotions that hurt or help our saving and investing efforts. Improve Your Faith and Finances: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23 Share Your Thoughts: If you...


110: Forget About It

The automation episode. In This Episode, We Look At: Eliminating many mental distractions in our lives through a few clicks to set priorities in motion — automatically. Your calendar. Bills. Saving. Investing. We'll look at many benefits, plus some "How-to" suggestions. Resources and Links: Buffer Hootsuite Share Your Thoughts: If you have a question or comment about today's topic, we invite you to share your thoughts. Podcast on Facebook Tim Website or Twitter Troy...


109: What to Know About Life Insurance

The most-asked questions regarding life insurance I find are: "Should I buy life insurance?", "What type of Insurance?" and "How much Insurance should I have?" In This Episode, We Look At: Life insurance defined. What is it's primary purpose? Would your passing eliminate an income that a loved one is dependent upon? Two main "types" of life insurance, their functions and pros and cons. Help with figuring the amount of insurance coverage that is appropriate for your family. Bonus: How...


108: What's in it for me?

If you think about it, much of our Christian walk focuses on: How can I grow spiritually? How can I be more like Christ? Lord, help me to walk humbly and consider others. In This Episode, We Look At: The personal benefits in: Becoming more Christ-like, Giving, and Tithing. Share Your Thoughts: If you have a question or comment about today's topic, we invite you to share your thoughts. Podcast on Facebook Tim Website or Twitter Troy Twitter Matt Website or Twitter


107: Wants and Needs

It’s fine to have wants, as well as needs. How do you balance wants and needs financially? In This Episode, We Look At: How we distinguishing wants from needs. We should not view all wants as bad. Jesus and His disciples enjoyed such “wants” as sumptuous feasts and leisure. The key is that these wants were enjoyed with gratitude; they were not loved. Proverbs 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. Improve Your Faith and...


106: Great Expectations

You've got to love expectations! We have expectations in every area of our lives, and life gets interesting when our expectations are not met. Spoiler alert… our character is tested. In This Episode, We Look At: We see examples of expectations versus reality in both the Old and New Testaments. The children of Israel had expectations of their Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey. They were not expecting giants nor day-long battles. Even James and John (2 of the 12 disciples) were...


105: IRA vs Roth IRA

There are many account-types to choose from when investing in the Stock Market; and the most popular does not necessarily mean the best. In This Episode, We Look At: The income tax treatment of contributions as well as withdrawals from Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Clarifying the IRS restrictions for each type of account. With a better understanding of the benefits, as well as restrictions of each, you can better choose which course to take for your future income planning. Share...


104: The Evil Empire

According to a study prepared for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation, 84% of Americans have been solicited with a potentially fraudulent investment offer. In This Episode, We Look At: Conmen and their schemes and why even "sophisticated" people fall for them How stock picks from the "Smartest Guys on Wall St." led to devastating losses Some tips to help you avoid getting duped Resources and Links: Madoff with the Money, Jerry...


103: Save… but Trust

Do we demonstrate a lack of faith in God when we save for our future? Are we to trust God for future provision and NOT plan or make any effort ourselves? In This Episode, We Look At: It is possible to accumulate wealth and then let our hearts turn to trusting that wealth instead of trusting God. It is biblical to both trust God AND save for a future known need. Trust. See Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:17 Save. See Proverbs 21:20, Genesis 41:33-36 Improve Your Faith and...