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Teens struggle with Fourth Commandment

By Aidan Everett, Published: March 26, 2020   

Teenagers have a problem with authority. However, there is a single authority that most teens, including myself, have the most conflicts with: our parents. Our parents are a profoundly influential authority throughout our early lives, and consequently,... More 

What to do when you need to bridge a gap between jobs

Published: March 25, 2020   

Dear Dave, In light of recent events in our country, do you have suggestions for things people should think about and plan for if they get laid off from their jobs? Sam Dear Sam, It’s no secret that things are shutting down all across the... More 

The kingdom’s guest list is surprising

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: March 13, 2020   

Jesus is known for using stories to teach his closest followers and the crowds who gather along the way. These stories of seeds and crops, banquets and simple meals, beggars and travelers, and blindness and deafness are familiar from a lifetime of hearing... More 

Take time to heal and to learn after a divorce

Published: March 12, 2020   

Dear Dave, I went through a divorce a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure what to do next. I received custody of our kids, ages 13 and 15, plus I have a good job and I got the house in the settlement. It’s a nice, simple home, but it’s... More 

It’s a better idea to pre-plan, not pre-pay, your funeral

Published: February 25, 2020   

Dear Dave, My husband passed away last year at just 45 years old. We always tried to be careful with our money, and we were in good enough shape financially that I paid for his funeral with cash. A few days ago, I started getting letters from the funeral... More 

Praying a word of the year can center us

By Olivia Parker, Published: February 20, 2020   

The start of a new year signals the start of intentional goals that aim to revive and replenish the mind and soul. We are called to take this opening chapter as an opportunity to center our lives around the one thing that can truly refresh our souls,... More 

Time to tighten up, not to refinance

Published: February 11, 2020   

Dear Dave, I’m beginning to think we got in over our heads with our house. My wife and I make about $125,000 a year combined, but we’ve never been able to put anything aside for an emergency fund. Our mortgage payment is 35 percent of our... More 

Pastors take seriously their role in schools

By Theresa Hall, Published: January 30, 2020   

When I heard the news that Msgr. Francis Malone was chosen to be the next bishop of Shreveport, I was so excited. What a historical moment, a priest from our diocese, the Diocese of Little Rock, selected as a bishop. I thought how well merited this... More 

Cash in your wallet: Keep it small, and budget for it

Published: January 29, 2020   

Dear Dave, I’m trying very hard to get out of debt. I have my beginner emergency fund in place, and I’m living on a monthly budget. Is it OK to include a little wallet cash in my budget at this point, just in case? Andrew Dear Andrew, It’s... More 

Heaven does not require a scholarship

By Sarah Duvall, Published: January 22, 2020   

School is back in session and now begins the quick countdown to graduations. For us high school seniors, this may be the most daunting semester of our lives. Every day we face another major life decision, and the time for choosing our futures is quickly... More