November 2, 2010

I’ve read a lot of good articles over the last year about tithing and each made some great points. I wanted to put my own spin on the subject of tithing, so I’m going to give you three reasons why you shouldn’t tithe. You Shouldn’t Tithe If… 1. You tithe because you want recognition. Matthew 6: 1-4 instructs us how NOT to give to the needy. “Matt. 6:2 So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with… Read more

October 29, 2010

There are quite a few verses in the Bible about money and it’s difficult to pick one and call it my favorite – so I got a little help from a few Christian personal financial bloggers. When I asked these eight bloggers which verse about money was their favorite, I figured that I’d have a few overlapping answers. Interestingly, each gave a different verse – which is pretty cool because all of these blogs are unique in their content and… Read more

October 28, 2010

I’ve read a few articles recently about education and whether or not you should even pursue a degree. It’s true today that you don’t need a degree to be successful, especially with the face of business changing. College certainly isn’t for everyone, but I think that an undergraduate degree is worth the investment – if you’re smart about where you go to school and what you study. (Please, please don’t rack up $50k+ in loans – that’s no fun) For… Read more

October 27, 2010

Philippians – A Book for Entrepreneurs If you haven’t read the book of Philippians in a while, take ten minutes and read it.  It’s only four chapters and I promise it will encourage you today. A little background of the book: Paul is writing to a group of believers in Philippi, a military city and Roman colony with very few believers in Christ.  Paul’s letter is full of encouragement, instruction and wisdom – all of which will benefit Christian entrepreneurs… Read more

October 26, 2010

Let me start of by saying that I am a Christian and these are my views about Christians working on Sunday. My views probably don’t match up exactly with every person who reads this article, and that’s ok! I encourage you to discuss and share your thoughts below in a respectful way. I want to address the issue of Christians working on Sunday. As you read, you’ll notice that I refer to Sunday as the Sabbath. I understand that we… Read more

October 25, 2010

Fall is here!  I absolutely love this time of year – great weather, beautiful trees, good food, fun holidays ; it’s the perfect time to have fun with friends and enjoy all these things.  My wife and I love having friends over (especially in the fall), but if you’re like us, you want to make sure you don’t go broke by throwing a party. Here are a few ideas for throwing fall parties on the cheap! 1. Fall Movie Night… Read more

October 22, 2010

Featured Retirement Articles This week at Faith and Finance we covered a few topics on retirement.  If you didn’t catch our posts, here’s a few of the latest relating to retirement: From Faith and Finance – What is an IRA? – Retire Well: 7 Ways to make the most out of your employer retirement plan – Why a Church Should Use a 403(b) – Should I Convert to Roth? The Good/The Bad From the Community Here’s a list of some… Read more

October 21, 2010

2010 Roth Conversion Rules As you may already know,Congress passed a law in September that allows for in plan Roth conversions for 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  The new rules allow for account holders to convert eligible funds into Roth (eligibility may vary between plans).  Just because the conversion is allowed doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. Pros and Cons of in-plan Roth Conversion: The Good – 1. Regardless of income level, eligible account owners can convert to Roth.  (Prior… Read more

October 20, 2010

First, What is a 403(b)? A 403(b) is a retirement account similar to a 401(k) – the biggest difference is that non-profits generally use the 403(b) (hospitals, churches, schools, public foundations). The account name 403(b) is taken from the section “403(b)” in the Internal Revenue Code. The 403(b) is similar to a 401(k) in many ways: – Both allow employees to contribute pre-tax (ROTH if your plan allows) directly from your paycheck. – Both have contribution limits: 2009+ is $16,500… Read more

October 19, 2010

This week is retirement week at Faith and Finance and we’re going to touch on some issues that some people just don’t want to think about now. There will come a time when (believe it or not) you will start to slow down in work and may even retire.  When this time comes, you’ll want to have enough assets to let you live comfortably and most of all – continue to reach others for Christ.  Making the most out of… Read more

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