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Making Your Own ‘What To Do If…’ Plan

In the January issue of the SMI newsletter, we ran an article that recommended taking a “fiscal health day.” The idea is to take a day off from work to catch up on your financial chores and tackle all of those
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Debt-Proof Your Christmas

Christmas can be stressful trying to figure out what to buy and for whom. Add budget concerns to that mix and it’s easy to lose our focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Mary Hunt is doing her part to
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Following Perfect Guidance from a Perfect Counselor

[Matthew was a member of the SMI team for 10 years before departing to pursue his passion for fitness. His first book, The Body Tithe Devotional, is designed to encourage Christians through a 90-day fitness or health
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Getting on the Same Financial Page With Your Spouse

What if the financial disagreements you sometimes get into with your spouse aren’t really about what you think they’re about? Surprisingly, that’s often the case. Claims that "she’s spending too much" might really be
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When Helping (Adult Children Financially) Hurts

Countless headlines warn that people are not doing enough to prepare for retirement. Mostly, the reports say, people aren’t saving enough. But for many near-retirees, another factor is putting their later-life financial
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“Here I Am.”

[Matthew was a member of the SMI team for 10 years before departing to pursue his passion for fitness. His first book, The Body Tithe Devotional, is designed to encourage Christians through a 90-day fitness or health
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Failure to Launch

I assume most parents would agree that one of their important goals is to raise kids who “launch” well. That means moving into adulthood with a firm foundation of faith, vocational direction, responsibility, good
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Years of Plenty, Years of Famine — 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2006, I wrote an editorial titled Years of Plenty, Years of Famine. In it, I told how Joseph has always been one of my favorite Bible characters. His roller-coaster ride from favorite son to
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Attention Husbands: You Should Know About SMI’s Ministry to Widows

In the mid-1990s I was in talks with Moody Publishers about the possibility of writing a second book. They asked what topics interested me, and among the ideas we discussed was a book tailored to the financial needs of
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The More Things Change, the More God Stays the Same

[Matthew was a member of the SMI team for 10 years before departing to pursue his passion for fitness. His first book, The Body Tithe Devotional, is designed to encourage Christians through a 90-day fitness or health
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