Count the Cost | Financial Education Series

  • Financial Planning the Kingdom Way by Willie Thomas Butler Planning Never Hurt Anyone Within the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) are many important object lessons to be learned and embraced.  Understanding your responsibility—and thus, accountability—before God for all He has entrusted to your care is, in my opinion, at the top of the heap.  Like it or not, we will all give account one day for how we managed what we were given to nurture, preserve or increase for the Most High. As a financial planner professional I have been more sensitive to our role as God’s stewards than most.  What I have learned through decades of God’s teachings and what I have counseled others to do based ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:18 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Do You Know What You Owe? Well, it is now February 2014, and those holiday shopping expenses have begun showing up on your monthly credit card bills.  Or, if you are like some cash-buyers, perhaps you deferred paying certain bills in order to buy Christmas gifts, attend parties and eat out with friends; or, perhaps you took that special holiday trip you’ve always wanted to take. Either way, it is time to pay the piper.  The day of reckoning has come, and I’d guess it is not very welcomed right now.  According to a study by the American Research Group, the average American planned to spend about $801 on holiday shopping in 2013, which is down from $854 in 2012.  You can read ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 2:08 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • It’s Here - Seven Keys To Living A Kingdom Life As we bid farewell to 2013 and begin to make plans for 2014, it gives me great joy to offer you my latest book/eBook titled:  Seven Keys to Living a Kingdom Life.   For a limited time before I formerly publish this work, I have chosen to offer it as My Free Gift To You!. It is my way of expressing gratitude to all the Lord has done for me and through me, and for saying thank you for your interest in the Count the Cost series and the LifePlanning Institute’s vision for Kingdom living. Again, this is a limited time offer, and one I am grateful to produce and honored to provide.  Some things need to be shared ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:49 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • Tis the Season to Be Mindful, Not Foolish! The holiday season is upon us. Nowadays when you look in almost any direction you see advertised holiday specials on TV and cable, at supermarkets and at local dining establishments that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday fare.  And right alongside are the Christmas gift giving promotions, new store shopping hours and special sales pricing offers for those who like to shop early.  Sadly, all but a few of the big box retailers have declared "Why wait to open for the Black Friday Rush when we can open Thanksgiving Day!" That’s right.  Retailers have decided that Americans should spend even less time gathered together sharing a Thanksgiving meal and instead should opt to go to the ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:50 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • "Count the Cost" of Affordable Healthcare for All Americans Some Issues Can’t Wait! In preparing to publish Part 3 of the Count the Cost Series on Buying a Home, I felt there was a more pressing subject that needed to be addressed right away, and by many.  As such, I ask you the reader to please forgive my interruption of this series and know that I will publish Part 3 in mid-October. As October 1st is just around-the-corner and so many Americans are still confused about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, it seems only fitting to try to address the many articles and viewpoints being expressed nationally that are for-or-against this seemingly unpopular legislation.   Hopefully, this article will ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:49 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • “Count the Cost” Of Becoming A First-Time Home Buyer (Part 2) In Part 1 of this subject, we listed four considerations for any Believer that is considering becoming a home buyer.  These are universal considerations, we believe, but they are especially important for Believers who, by virtue of their commitment to live for Jesus Christ, have a different standard to follow. Part 2 attempts to provide further reasons to consider these tips, and it concludes by offering what we at the LifePlanning Institute consider are viable alternatives for the property virgin(s) or any home buying experience.  We hope you agree. Consider Everything before Deciding And, let us not overlook the significant impact that today’s college loans will have on these property virgins.  Young professional couples could be carrying between ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:50 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • “Count the Cost” Of Becoming A First-Time Home Buyer (Part 1) For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?   Luke 14:28-30 ESV Ever watch any of the cable-network shows that feature first-time home buyers in the process of being shown potential homes?   One of the more popular of these reality shows refer to its buyers as “Property Virgins.”  Oftentimes these episodes feature young couples (or families) somewhere between the ages of 22–30 which, in this day and age, symbolizes early achievement towards attaining the coveted American Dream. The episodes generally start out innocent with each potential buyer-couple being shown at least three different properties.  The host starts with ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:51 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • "COUNT THE COST" Of Purchasing And Owning a Car 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?   Luke 14:28-30 NKJVI never thought I’d have a segment to write which was this personal in nature.  On the other hand, I am glad I did.  It just shows that no matter what our own children see or hear, they do not always consider the information as applicable to themselves. I share this because only ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2013, 6:17 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • Let Prudence Be Your Guide One thing we can all agree upon about today’s technology is that is makes life simpler in many ways. Gone are the days of balancing checkbooks, using public-telephones (generally speaking) or waiting for mail to be delivered to us. Most things today can be done using a Smartphone or other portable electronic device, and the manufacturers of these devices could not be happier.   But along with simplicity and ease of use has come a level of complacency where we no longer weigh the consequences of our decisions but rather accept whatever terms and conditions get us what we want when we want it.  We have become an instant society that demands that everything we see and desire be ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2013, 6:17 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • Count the Cost | Financial Education Series | Introduction Welcome to the LifePlanning Institute’s “Count the Cost” financial education series! As Founder and President of the LifePlanning Institute, and as author of this report, I want to take a moment to introduce this important and timely series.The world around us is rapidly changing and in ways that discourage wholesome Christian living.  As a result, many Christians mimic the world in how they pursue their dreams and vision for a better tomorrow.  They are living as if this world offers a more appealing future and kind of advice that will change their lives for the better.  As Christians, this is tragic given the importance of remaining a light unto the world, yet having our light grow dim in ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2013, 5:34 PM by Willie T. Butler
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