Financial Planning

Six Biblical Money Principles

The Bible has lots to say about money. In fact, money and possessions are referenced over two thousand times throughout the scriptures! That is approximately seven times more often than “love”, which is the second most referenced topic. Money was an important topic in Biblical times, and it remains an important topic today.

So what does the Bible teach us about money? Perhaps more importantly, how can we apply what the Bible says about money to our daily life today?

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Charitable Giving, Generosity, and... Taxes

Jesus commissions His disciples in Matthew chapter 10 to serve the sick and the marginalized in society. His words to them are of selfless generosity, saying “Freely you have received, now freely give”. In the same way, we should generously and joyfully give out of our abundance to the Church and to organizations that are outreaching to others in need - in fact there are many reasons why we should give willingly.

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Retirement Savings and the Millennial Generation

 

Are you a millennial and wish that you had more (or anything) saved for retirement?  If so, you're not alone.  A shocking 80% of millennials are not invested in the stock market!  This is a major problem, but thankfully there is still plenty of hope for millennials and their retirement.

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Is Retirement Biblical?

Retirement is the most talked about topic in financial planning.  It is often portrayed as the ultimate end goal or as the purpose for working hard at a job for multiple decades. For these reasons I ask: is retirement Biblical? This blog post answers this simple yet important question, and in doing so also explores how Christians should spend their retirement years. To begin, however, it’s helpful to start with a quick background of retirement’s history in America as a basis of understanding where our culture is today.

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6 Tips for New and Expecting Parents

Ask any parent and they will gladly confirm without hesitation -- kids change everything.

Becoming a parent is an immense blessing that changes our view of the world, our capacity to love, and our priorities. No doubt, having kids can therefore drastically change our finances. Adjusting to the new norms and overall financial impact of raising a child can be a challenge. These 6 financial tips can be a helpful guide to any couple who is preparing for or has recently become a new parent.

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How Refinancing Student Loans May Change Your Investment Strategy

Nearly 50 million Americans have student loan debt. Ask any one of them and they can tell you something far more enjoyable they’d rather do with that monthly payment. Dubbed a national crisis, student loan debt has created an opportunity for a new wave of social finance lenders to shine. Private lenders like SoFi, LendingClub, CommonBond, and Earnest are all over social media (and now TV) boasting five-figure savings and fairytale endings.

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Why You Should Consider Saving into a Health Savings Account

Imagine holding an asset that enjoys the contribution benefits of a Traditional IRA and the distribution benefits of a Roth IRA. What investment portfolio wouldn’t benefit from this kind of tax-efficiency? Read on to learn about the increasingly popular Health Savings Account – the only type of account that is never taxed if used properly.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

According to a recent study done by moneytips.com, 67% of millennials want to start their own business at some point.  Having started my own financial planning firm less than a year ago, I can relate to this desire.  There are certainly a lot of benefits to owning a business: a flexible schedule, choosing who you work with, and making business decisions.  But starting a business is also a lot of work and comes with risks. 

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