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Bankruptcy Season

 
            During this time of the year we join with our Jewish friends to celebrate their fall feasts. It was on Yom Kipper (The Day of Atonement) in the Jubilee Year that the trumpets blew, debts were forgiven, and slaves were set free. Our Bankruptcy laws trace back to the Biblical requirement that Hebrew lenders forgive borrowers every 7 years (See Deuteronomy 15:1-8). Sinc…

Working to Stay Healthy

 

            We’ve observed in the past that many people will need to work in their “Retirement” years because of financial necessity. Now more and more evidence is piling up that working into your retirement years can actually lead to a longer life.

 

            Scientific researchers have found that people who work in their golden years actually liv…

The Value of Adversity

            Motivational writer Napoleon Hill did a study of the richest men in early 20th century America to see what caused them to succeed. He found that the only thing they had in common was overcoming a crushing adversity. James says we should “consider it pure joy” when we encounter trials, because adversity develops perseverance and maturity (James 1:2, 3).

Bit Coin Bubble

Last week we were amazed to hear that Bit Coins had reached the astronomical price of $4,800. 
Bitcoins are electronically created and stored information bits which are assigned an arbitrary value by the Bit Coin creators, a private business. Bit Coins can be “mined” by solving mathematical problems or purchased for real money. Those Bit Coins are touted as a new electronic currency, fr…

Be Ready

Hurricane Harvey has reminded us that disasters, natural and manmade, are a part of life. With a little planning, you can be ready:
 

1. You can’t prepare for Armageddon. But you should be ready if the lights go out and the banks go down for a few weeks.

 

2. Credit cards may not work and banks may be closed in a disaster. There is no substitute for green cash.

 

3. You’…

Disarming the Money System

            Everyone seeking to escape Debt Bondage must overcome the Money System to achieve true financial freedom.

 

            We define the Money System as a system of beliefs, actions, institutions, customs, and attitudes built around the power of Money. It is the Spirit of Money. The purpose to which the power of Money is directed is the taking of t…

Debt and Slavery

 
            This week is the sad anniversary of the introduction of slavery into the U.S. in 1619.

 

            Slavery, like its modern cousins socialism and communism, represents an extreme manifestation of the Spirit of Money, which we call the Money System, where all of a person’s labor is taken by the Money System. The slave trade was infamous for…

Gambling on Congress

Last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average set another record, closing above 22,000. The other major indexes, the SAP 500 in and the NASDAQ composite index, are also near their record highs. 
These record high stock prices are the result of the “Trump Rally” which began the day after the election. The Stock Market rose on the expectation that Trump’s promises to eliminate job killing…

Back to School Blues

 It seems like summer has only gotten started and yet it’s almost time to start another school year.
 

            The beginning of school is a time of financial stress for many families. Kids need school supplies and larger clothes to keep up with their growth. Special activities like sports and band also require investment. Worse yet, the pitiful state of many public schools…

The Government Sharks Are Back

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water, the government sharks are back.
 

Last week the Justice Department announced it was reinstating the government civil asset forfeiture program which allows state and local governments working with the Feds to take the cash and property of suspicious characters.

 

Here’s how it works. Say you are buying a car for $10,000 and t…