Seeds for a Brighter Tomorrow!


  • Does It Really Matters Who Is Right? Since October 1st, this nation’s elected leaders have been at an impasse.  With exception to the media coverage of this highly-visible and infuriating stalemate, there is little, if any, progress being made to get back to the people’s business of governing this nation.  And, as many Americans are now finding first-hand, the longer this political and ideological paralysis persists, the more American families, businesses and, of course, regional state and municipal governments will be affected.   So, what should the ordinary taxpaying American think and, more importantly, do in the midst of extreme partisanship layered with Congressional and Executive office gridlock? There are actually many issues that are presented here for your consideration.  For example, should ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2013, 4:47 PM by Willie T. Butler
  • Who’s Really In Charge of the Affordable Care Act ? It is time to start a conversation on the viability of the recently enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA), frequently referred to as Obamacare. October 1st is the official start of open enrollment throughout the nation, but you would not know this by the lack of promotion or information within many of the 34 dissenting states. Virginia is one such state. Though it prefers to be called a Commonwealth [defined as a "government based on the common consent of the people"], the fact is, less has been done in VA to prepare [in compliance with federal law and a 2013 Supreme Court ruling] for the stark changes the Affordable Care Act will generate. With over 889,000 Virginians without healthcare ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2013, 7:34 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Kingdom-Inspired Living Is For Today by Willie Thomas Butler Welcome to Seeds For A Brighter Tomorrow!   As Founder and Executive Director of Kingdom Seed Foundation, I am delighted to have you as a reader of our revised blog. Our goal with Seeds for a Brighter Tomorrow! is to acquaint you, the reader, with the concept of Kingdom Life.   As author of two books and an education program that incorporate this truth, I want to offer this concept for your consideration.  While Kingdom Life is not a new idea or topic, it is—nonetheless—a reminder to all who say that Jesus Christ is Lord of their life that an alternative and better way of living has been made available to each of us today. Christ announced such an ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2013, 8:52 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Factors Most Affecting Your Giving, Spending and Saving in 2013: A Mid-Year Check-Up If you are like most Americans who make resolutions each year, you’ve probably made one involving your finances.   If so, then perhaps now is a time to reevaluate your strategy… Have You Considered All The Cost? You may have committed to save more and spend less, or better yet, give even more to charity than you have done in the past.   On the other hand, if you made no such resolutions, how do you determine your financial priorities?    At the top of any list should be those financial obligations for which you have little to no control.  These consist of your federal, state and local income taxes, additional payroll withholding's (such as Social Security and Medicare, healthcare premiums ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2013, 7:32 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • A 21st Century Kingdom Entrepreneur (Originally Published | January 19, 2013) “The essence of God’s nature is most visible through the charity of Man towards his fellow man.” Benevolence or Charity can be demonstrated in many ways. “God so loved the world,” the Bible teaches us, “that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ]; that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) From God’s perspective, a physical [human] sacrifice was required in order to redeem mankind and bring change to our world. In less dramatic yet highly significant form, some business leaders have emulated Christ’s examples of charity by instituting economic measures meant to help Americans, particularly during our nation's five years of ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2013, 9:02 PM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • What Factors Will Most Affect Your Giving, Spending and Saving in 2013? (Originally Published | January 19, 2013) If you are like most Americans who make resolutions each year, you've probably made one involving your finances.  You may have committed to save more and spend less, or better yet, give even more to charity than you have done in the past.   On the other hand, if you made no such resolutions, how do you determine your financial priorities?At the top of any list should be those financial obligations for which you have little to no control.  These consist of your federal, state and local income taxes, additional payroll (such as Social Security and Medicare) taxes and varying local property, excise or special utility taxes.   Of course, some individuals will also have ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 9:18 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • A 21st Century Career-Path to a More Prosperous Life (Originally Published | March 5, 2012) If I were asked to recommend the best career-path or strategy for building a secure financial future, my response would be to develop as many income streams as possible within the least number of years. May sound like a strange answer to such an important life planning question, but it isn’t … not really. Not when you objectively assess how the last 30-40 years of employment, career development, specialty education and personal savings and investment performance have affected the majority of middle-aged to older Americans. The facts speak for themselves, and here are a few: During the past 30-40 years, Americans who retired from military or public service through some federal ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 9:06 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Lean Not On Our Own Understanding (Originally Published | September 13, 2011) On Wednesday, September 8th, the Los Angeles Times published an article titled: “Many Baby Boomers don't plan to leave their children an inheritance.” According to their source—an investment firm that specializes in estate planning and trust services—about 49% of their baby boomer clients plan to leave little to nothing in their estates. As a Boomer myself and as someone that has analyzed the issue of inheritance from a public policy and Biblical perspective, I fully understand what is behind this selfish-minded and highly protectionist view, however, my contemporaries are simply wrong to make such a decision. There is an implied social compact between America and each new generation. This agreement sets ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:37 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • A Perfect Example of Misguided Entitlement (Originally Published | May 12, 2011) On May 10, 2011, author Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal introduced the story of a rich timber baron from Saginaw, Michigan. The story shows how wealthy individuals do not always use their good fortune in ways that benefit others—not even family. Rather than share his wealth at his death, Mr. Wellington R. Burt devised an estate that avoided any distribution to his children and grandchildren intentionally. There must have been good reason for Mr. Burt to punish his family for more than two generations. Think about it for a moment. Mr. Burt, one of America’s richest millionaires when he died in 1919, could just as easily have squandered away or arranged ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:21 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • In Spite of A Global Meltdown, The Rich Are Now Richer! (Originally Published | March 16, 2011) Well, the verdict is in.  In 2010, the world’s wealthiest people experienced significant growth in both personal worth and the number of new members joining their ranks.  According to the 25th Annual Forbes Report on the world’s Billionaires; there are now 1,204 billionaires worldwide including an increase of 214 new members—who combined have wealth exceeding $4.5 trillion.     That’s right, now 1,204 individuals out of almost 4.5 billion global inhabitants have a combined financial worth that would place them second highest in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) behind the U.S.  Even China, who surpassed Japan in GDP during 2010, only generated $4 trillion while the U.S ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:21 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Housing in 2011: A Needed Change in Our Perspective (Originally Published | February 15, 2011)What do you think makes the most sense today? Say you just accepted a job and were contemplating whether to purchase a home or rent in the new town where you will live. Homes average about $300,000 which would cost you approximately $1,550 a month assuming you purchase a 30-year Fixed Rate (PITI) mortgage at 5% APR and with a 10% down-payment. On the other hand, that same style home is renting in that town for $1,300 a month, a seemingly obvious savings of $250 monthly versus the mortgage option. Assuming you intend to stay in the area and your job proves a secure choice for establishing a home, which ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:12 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Your Life-Journey and Navigating Your Course in 2011! (Originally Published | January 7, 2011)In the 2010 Hollywood movie, The Book of Eli, Oscar Award winning actor Denzel Washington portrays a man on a thirty-three year mission. Filmed as if surviving the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, the story is about one-man’s quest to get to the West Coast with a special book that happens to be the Holy Bible. The story goes on to show how the book was forcibly taken from him while travelling across country, and—as it turns out—just happens to be the last printed copy which is in Braille. It really made for a great ending to the movie.After viewing it a second time, I found myself pondering Eli ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:13 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Government and Paying for the Poor- Part Two (Originally Published | November 08, 2010) By the time this article was posted Americans had cast their ballots which sent many new politicians and some old political warriors back to Washington, DC to change what has been perceived as a runaway government spending strategy. The hope—according to the polling outcomes—is for the Tea Party elected officials and the Republican Party to unite in their determination to roll-back several legislative decisions by the Obama Administration. Among those decisions are healthcare and financial service reform amendments enacted into law in 2010, and repeal of spending along with an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts which expire this year. Undoubtedly we are in for a wild ride on Capitol Hill ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:15 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • Government and Paying for the Poor - Part One (Originally Published | October 26, 2010) This article was written in response to a question posed on another Christian blog called Christian PF.com.   While their original question references a key question on the minds of so many Americans today, and since this question is one I too have been attempting to address in my upcoming book, Kingdom Life Planning—I thought I would share some thoughts which, in my view reflect a Kingdom perspective on the issue.   Based on the length of my response, I have divided this into a two-part article. I invite you to reply on this and any other issue which should be discussed from a kingdom perspective, and I invite you to check us out ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:13 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • So, Where Do I Begin? (Originally Published | August 31, 2010) If you were suddenly given $10,000 and told you had twenty-four hours in which to spend it, what would you do with it?   Would you seek advice from anyone else or do you already know what you would do with this money?   More importantly, would seeking to know God’s will for this windfall even come into play? My unscientific survey suggests that most beneficiaries of a $10,000 windfall would find some way to invest in themselves first and foremost.   And, as for whether God should have any say in the matter, I believe the majority would respond with an emphatic No! The world’s economic system of promoting greed as good ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2013, 8:13 AM by Willie T. Butler
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