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Overspending? Follow this tip to stay within your budget

Published: February 21, 2024   

Dear Dave, I switched to a debit card so that the money I spend comes directly from my checking account. But I still have a problem some months with overspending and buying things I shouldn’t. Do you think I should stop using my debit card? Debbie   Dear... More 

The importance of saying 'yes' in your life and faith

By Nicholas Connell, Published: February 21, 2024   

The hardest word in the dictionary to put into practice is the word “yes.”  It’s one of the first words that many of us learn as children, and yet we still struggle to apply it to our everyday lives. It is one of the most powerful... More 

A credit card lesson college students will never forget

Published: February 8, 2024   

Dear Dave, Our 21-year-old son is in college, and we’ve always warned him to stay away from credit cards. Despite our warnings, we recently learned he got a store-branded credit card. The good news is he has stayed under the credit limit. The bad... More 

We can’t take stuff into heaven with us

By Mailelani Lessenberry, Published: January 27, 2024   

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” One of the biggest things I see affecting young people today is overconsumption, always wanting the newest trend and never just being content with what was cool... More 

Emergency fund: What constitutes an emergency?

Published: January 24, 2024   

Dear Dave,  We’ve all our debts paid off, except for our home, and our fully funded emergency fund of six months of expenses is in place. In talking to people, it seems there are lots of different opinions as to what constitutes an emergency.... More 

How to teach kids about money: Let them make mistakes

Published: January 11, 2024   

Dear Dave,  My wife and I have started teaching our 5-year-old son about money. Do you feel we should step in and fix things when he makes mistakes, or let him experience the consequences of his actions? It’s so hard on my wife, especially,... More 

Representing faith through Christ’s unconditional love

By Gianni Squillace, Published: December 23, 2023   

The perception of God as cold or distant often appears to be believable. Tragedies are rampant throughout the world while loneliness and hopelessness can be a frequent feeling within the heart. However, the art of the journey of prayer involves learning... More 

After financial mistakes, first thing to do is make a plan

Published: December 19, 2023   

Dear Dave,  My mom and dad always told me to live within my means. As an adult, I’ve made some mistakes with money, including falling right back into debt after paying off everything. I’m tired of this rollercoaster, and I want to get... More 

What to do if you think someone has credit card problem

Published: December 6, 2023   

Dear Dave,  I think my mother-in-law has a serious credit card problem. She can’t afford stuff, but she shops anyway, chalks up more and more debt, acquires more credit cards, and thinks she’ll pay for it all later somehow. Her ex-husband... More 

Finding God in the silence

By Annie Wendel, Published: November 25, 2023   

Sitting with God in the quiet has never come easily to me. It is not that I do not enjoy silence, rather, I am scared of what it could possibly bring. What if he tells me something I do not want to hear? What if God is calling me somewhere I do not want... More