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6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Paul exhorts the Philippians to pray about their circumstances instead of worrying over them. be anxious for nothing: Although the same word in 2:20 describes Timothy’s concern for the Philippians, here Paul uses the word to refer to worry. He prohibits the Philippians from worrying about their own problems. Instead they are to commit their problems to God in prayer, trusting that He will provide deliverance.

From the Life Application Bible:

Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice si to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.

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It’s Time to Give Thanks

November 22, 2007

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving and not sick of turkey already!

I’m just wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! There’s a lot we can be thankful for this year. Not only for financial or material blessings, but we should be thankful for the priceless things in our lives that are worth so much. Things like health, our families, our relationship with God, and our friends. Like the MasterCard commercial, you can’t buy priceless things with money:

Money can buy a house but not a home.
Money can buy food but not an appetite.
Money can buy a bed but not rest.
Money can buy a book but not knowledge.
Money can buy a clock but not time.
Money can buy medicine but not health.
Money can buy position but not respect.
Money can buy blood but not life.
Money can buy sex but not love.
Money can buy insurance but not safety.
Money can’t buy everything.

Stay warm… I’ll be freezing in the parking lot of Best Buy tonight at midnight! God Bless!

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Here’s a quick and easy way to figure out your take-home pay. This calculator on Yahoo lets you figure out your take-home pay by inputting how much your gross pay is per pay period plus any allowances and deductions you have. So take out your pay stub and fill in the information! You can input “what-if” situations to see how a change in 401k withholding and other things can impact your take-home pay.

If you want to get a little more detailed, you can check out this calculator (hourly) which allows you to pick a state to get an even more accurate number for your take-home pay by calculating your state’s income tax rate and more.

Here’s one for if you’re on salary rather than an hourly wage. These are powered by PaycheckCity.

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11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.

Proverbs 13:11 (NKJV)

11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Proverbs 13:11 (NLT)

11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)

I love this verse, especially how the NIV translation puts it. If you gather money “little by little” you will make it grow! Slow and steady wins the race. You don’t have to be the hare! Be the tortoise and win in the long run! Getting rich quick doesn’t work. It takes hard work, effort, passion, and drive to succeed. Plus a little blessing from God definitely doesn’t hurt!

From the Nelson Study Bible:

This proverbs describes the natural long-term consequences of cheating. People who compromise their honesty to get rich merely postpone the inevitable need to earn their keep. The day comes when their cheating catches up with them, but by then their honest colleagues have become far better at obtaining wealth. Cheating doesn’t work anymore, and the wealth of the dishonest is diminished.

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Black Friday Mania Starts!

November 13, 2007

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Even though Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is still several weeks away, I’m already preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year! Many of the ads have already been leaked online (check out bfads.net and click on adscans on the top) and I’m already planning everything out. This has become a tradition for myself and my friends. We’ve been going for years now and this year is no different. It’s more about having fun with friends than it is about shopping for me.

For those of you who don’t know, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and it got its name because it was generally the start of the holiday season when retailers would go from “being in the red” to “being in the black”. In other words, it was the day that marked profits for retailers. Stores open extra early at 5, 6, or 7 am and have many great deals. Many people line up on Thanksgiving day from 6 pm or earlier to be first in line to get the best deals.

This is a great day to get some great deals but don’t go crazy. Just because it’s Black Friday, doesn’t mean that everything is on sale. Even the things in the ads aren’t really at a great price. I always check online to make sure it’s really a good deal. I’ve seen some people on Black Friday with carts full of stuff and they just add anything into the cart that looks good. In fact, the stuff in the aisles next to the line is usually the high margin stuff that’s not even on sale and that they make the most money on.

Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail.

Happy Veterans Day!

November 12, 2007

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Happy Veterans Day to you all! Hope you’re all enjoying your day off (if you get one). I know I am! Although, technically, Veteran’s Day is on November 11 each year. Most federal and state workers (as well as most schools) have the day off today since it landed on Sunday this year.

Veterans Day is in remembrance of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Please remember to throw up a prayer for all of the veterans who have served in the past and those who are serving right now around the world. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service. They really went through a lot to protect our freedom here in the United States. Have a blessed Veterans Day!

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27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

John 6:27 (NKJV)

This verse is a reminder that there are more important things than perishable food and work here on earth. It’s eternal life that is much more important and that is the perspective that being a Christian brings us. That this life is not the end, and that there is more to come! But that’s not to say that we can’t have an abundant life here on earth, too!

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Do not labor for the food: The impression that one must work for eternal life is quickly corrected when Jesus adds which the Son of Man will give you. The Son provides life as a gift (4:10). Set His Seal on Him means that the Father has authorized and authenticated the Son as the Giver of life.