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Using savings to pay off mortgage never a great idea

Published: August 12, 2022   

Dear Dave, My husband and I are retired. I receive a small pension, and we are both on Medicare and Social Security. We have about $25,000 left to pay on our mortgage, along with a second mortgage of $18,000. These are our only debts. We also have a... More 

Help your parents and then help your parents get help

Published: July 29, 2022   

Dear Dave, I finished college a couple of years ago, and I have a good job making $65,000 a year. The only debt I have is about $5,000 remaining on a car loan, and I am paying that off as quickly as possible. At the same time, my mom and dad need repairs... More 

David, Nathan and the prophetic tradition

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: July 13, 2022   

Chapters 11 and 12 of the Second Book of Samuel recount a dark and disappointing episode in the life of Israel’s ideal king. King David’s military conquests assure a level of stability for Israel. He is associated with many of Israel’s... More 

Dave Says: Dad already made the decision on inheritance

Published: July 7, 2022   

Dear Dave, My father-in-law passed away earlier this year. Since then, my wife and I have faced a dilemma because of the inheritance. Her dad had several life insurance policies, and he left one to her and one to each of her siblings. The one he left... More 

Dave Says: Losing money doesn't sound fun to me

Published: June 24, 2022   

Dear Dave, Sometimes on vacation trips I like to check out casinos. I always account for the money I wager in my budget, and I never spend more than I’ve allotted. How do you feel about gambling at a casino, as long as you limit your spending... More 

God created us to lean on him, community

By Gianni Squillace, Published: June 15, 2022   

I too often choose not to include God in parts of my day. The trouble often starts when tasks come my way, and I decide to face them alone. When the thought of saying a prayer crosses my mind, I often end up in stubborn self-talk. I still say or have... More 

Dave Says: Do what is best for your family

Published: June 9, 2022   

Dear Dave, My husband and I are in our mid-twenties, and we are expecting our first baby this year. We are also debt-free, except for our mortgage, and we expect to have it paid off in about four years. It has always been our dream for me to stay home... More 

David and Goliath: Rooting for the underdog

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: June 8, 2022   

It’s an unusual person who doesn’t have a soft spot for the underdog. A football team with a series of losing seasons suddenly finds itself winning, and the fans begin to show up again. A horse without much pedigree and little name recognition... More 

Dave Says: Keep your dignity, sell the cars

Published: May 26, 2022   

Dear Dave, My wife and I are in our late twenties, and we have two kids. Our combined income is about $110,000 a year, but we have $70,000 in loans on two cars, plus about $15,000 in credit card debt. My in-laws have offered to let us move in with... More 

Ruth and Naomi did what was right in God’s sight

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: May 18, 2022   

The book of Judges ends on this note: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight.” The former slaves in Egypt had been shaped in the desert of Sinai as they made their way to the Promised... More