Gregory of Nazianzus: Be a Zaccheus

Gregory of Nazianzus: Be a Zaccheus But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, …

C.S. Lewis: Relentless

C.S. Lewis: Relentless The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5 “On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian love, …

J.D. Walt: Antidote to the Cancer of Scarcity

J.D. Walt: Antidote to the Cancer of Scarcity I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is …

Passing on Generosity for Generations

Passing on Generosity for Generations By Amanda DeWitt No matter who you are or where you live, you can leave a legacy of faith “Give me!” It seems to be one of the first phrases young children learn. And it tempts us even into adulthood. “Give it to me now” is a motto many people live by well into their …

Passing the Hope of Jesus to the Next Generation

Passing the Hope of Jesus to the Next Generation By Amanda DeWitt In these uncertain times family and faith feel more precious than ever. We want to hold our loved ones tight. We want to help those closest to us navigate the uncertainties they feel—teaching them to trust the One who holds their present and has plans for their future. …

Getting to the Heart

Getting to the Heart If you’re a math person, it might be easy to get excited about crunching numbers to figure out how to spend less, save more and give more.  If this isn’t you, but you’re married to someone like this, it probably seems like your spouse was born to budget. All the while, you hyperventilate when you see …

Gordon Wenham: The Right Season

Gordon Wenham: The Right Season I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. Leviticus 26:4-5 “For maximum effect …

Lament: Caryn Rivadeneira

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my …

Understanding: Dallas Willard

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9 “For most of us, the thought of a life without lack is …

How does the SECURE Act affect you?

Increase in age for required minimum distribution – Beginning in 2020, the law increased the required minimum distribution (RMD) age from 70 1/2 to 72. Anyone turning 70 1/2 in 2020 is not required to take an RMD. Anyone who has started RMD’s prior to 2020 will need to continue taking them going forward.  (Note: A Roth IRA set up …