Only God Gives Financial Security

By Rick Warren

But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV)

God is the one who provides for us when we have a need. This means he supplies for our financial needs.

Tags:  Financial Security, Finances, Work

The Need For A Personal ‘Margin Call’

By Rudolfs Dainis Smits

The word "margin" has many meanings and applications. Even for the workplace. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, for example, says it can mean, a bare minimum below which or an extreme limit beyond which something becomes impossible or is no longer desirable. It can mean the difference between profit and loss. If equity in your account - value of securities minus what you owe the brokerage) - falls below the maintenance margin, the brokerage can issue a "margin call." This forces the investor to either liquidate his/her position in the stock, or add more cash to the account.

Tags:  Margin

Accumulating Experience

The following was written by David Campaigne, a Senior Private Wealth Advisor located in Ronald Blue & Co.’s branch office in Baltimore, Maryland.

Living in such a consumptive world, I think it’s very easy for us to value material possessions. This is not a trend that Christians are immune to. In a great book titled “A Trip Around the Sun” by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, these words leapt off the pages when I read them:

“Most of us spend our trips around the sun accumulating the wrong things. Possessions are a dime a dozen. Experiences are the currency of a life well lived.”

Why Does God Allow Evil?

By Rick Warren

This is the crisis we're in: God's light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness ... because they were not really interested in pleasing God. John 3:19 (Msg)

The horrific mass murder of innocent Americans on 9/11/01 left all rational people shocked, angry, grief-stricken and numb. Our tears flowed freely and our hearts carried a deep ache.

Tags:  Evil, Choices, Free Will

Working Through Vocational Transition

By Jim Langley

Several of my friends have been dealing with new directions in their work life. These are not individuals just starting their careers, but mature workers who have given much to their respective companies for a good part of their lives. Some received substantial severance packages appropriate for their time of service, but even "golden handshakes" cannot take away the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Tags:  Career, Transition, Job

Resolving Business Conflicts And Disputes

By Rick Boxx

Over the years, I have the privilege - and challenge - of mediating in several disputes between business partners. In most cases, seeking to resolve them is not pretty nor easy, but very necessary. When someone begins to feel slighted by their partner in some way, the relationship can turn ugly quickly.

Tags:  Business, Conflict, Disputes, Resolution

Success In The Marketplace Is A Team Sport

By Robert J. Tamasy

To find a template for success in today's workplace, we need look no farther than the human body. Illness and disease are often the result of one part of the body not functioning as it should, or not functioning at all. Imagine an otherwise healthy body without a beating heart, or a brain directing the systems of the body. Even if all the other organs were fully functional, life without even one of the major organs would not be possible.

Tags:  Success, Marketplace, Business

What Does It Take To Be Truly Rich

By Robert J. Tamasy

A while back, my wife and I visited a restaurant and later filled out a survey about our experience there. In completing the questionnaire, we were automatically entered in a contest with a monetary reward. To our surprise, we were notified we had won and weeks later received a check in the mail. It was not for a huge amount, but we put the unanticipated money to good use.

Tags:  Wealth, Riches, True Wealth, Material Resources