Tip of the Week


  • Whose Report Will You Believe In 2013? Investment professionals, Wall Street and, of course, our elected officials in Washington are all busy trying to convince us that America's economy is recovering just fine.  And with the CBO's February 2013 report showing an increase in private-sector jobs along with the Dow Jones Industrial sector hitting an all-time new high this week, is it any wonder that many are ready to uncork the champagne bottles and celebrate the major improvements to our languishing economy?Well, let's not celebrate just yet!  In spite the seemingly positive news and financial trends we are seeing and hearing, there seems to be other activity afoot, especially among America's wealthiest percentage of our investor population.  And like they ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2013, 6:30 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Planning to Leave Your Children An Inheritance? My advice is to every Christian parent is to allow God’s Kingdom perspective to take precedent in all aspects of our financial decision-making.  You will not go wrong! On the subject of inheritance, one of America’s richest men was quoted as adhering to the following philosophy.    Billionaire Warren Buffet said about leaving money to kids, Wealthy parents should leave their children with enough money to do anything they want but not so much that they are doomed to do nothing at all.”   That is a great sentiment, but notice that Buffet’s advice was directed at other wealthy people.   And why is that?  Should not this same advice apply universally? In a Los Angeles Times article published ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2013, 6:25 AM by Willie T. Butler
  • What Criteria Will Determine When and How You Retire? Most people plan for retirement haphazardly or not at all.  With little or no conscious intention, those who work for others are often guided in their retirement decisions by the benefit plan and policies their employer offers.  Unlike federal, state and local government agencies and the military which offer 20-year retirement options, most private employers offer benefit plans that require five-ten years of employment before an employee is considered fully vested.  Older workers often qualify as fully vested even when they have less than five years of service.   Usually under normal circumstances the employee must reach a certain age to qualify for retirement benefits with the minimum being age 59 ½.   Accordingly, unless one intentionally retires early, private employers ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2013, 6:13 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Don’t Let Taxes Change Your Kingdom Mission! Taxes are everywhere and can be incurred in almost every financial transaction.  This can affect how you budget as well as the amount you actually manage.  So, when it comes to taxes, consider the following:  1.   Income of All Types Is Subject to Taxation  Whether earned Income, Passive Income or Windfall Income, like Inheritance or Lottery Winnings, each are subject to federal and, in many instances, state and local income tax.  This could represent 10% - 50% of your reported income for the year.  Caution: Taxing agencies are always looking for new ways to raise revenue.  2.   Taxes May Significantly Reduce Your Spendable Income  Besides annual income and payroll taxes, many individuals are subject to other tax types, such as Property ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2013, 3:55 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • How to Live Your Best Life Ever in 2013! Last week I wrote that you should trust God with your plans if you want to succeed in whatever you are doing. This week I want to share what—I think—are the 3 Most Important Ways to Live God’s Way:  1.   Seek first the Kingdom of God… (Matthew 6:33) Show your commitment and determination to pursue God above all else in 2013, and He will help you.  Remember, He is the only Source who truly knows who you are and what you should do in life.  And He says in His word that when we do, “all these [other desired] things will be added to you!”  2.   Seek to Know Your Purpose… (Proverbs 19:21) Though our ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2013, 11:31 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Why Not Insure Your 2013 Resolutions? For many individuals, the natural tendency at the start of each New Year is to make promises to change certain things about one’s life.  How about you … Have you made any resolutions for 2013?  If you did, it would benefit you to remember that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s Purpose that prevails.”   (Proverbs 19:21). Christians in particular must remember that your right to make unilateral decisions about your future is no longer optional.  You were bought with a price,”  and, therefore, “Your life is no longer your own …”   (1 Corinthians 6:20). But fret not.  This is actually great news as God, our Heavenly Father, wants to inspire ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 12:30 PM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Two Reasons To Give There are many references made to the sayings of Jesus, but none seem more significant than these:  1.  "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10:7) KJV ; and,2.   The greatest two commandments are these:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'."  (Matthew 22:36-39) NIVWhy are these so much more significant?  Because both exhort Christians to acknowledge the Lord God by doing what He demonstrated first.  That is by giving of ourselves, our time and our possessions.  Each of these were first gifts to us ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2012, 12:26 PM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Money Will Always Follow God’s Mission (June 16, 2012) Sometimes even the best of our intentions travel unpaved paths and seem to lead away from our desired destiny.   But, it is equally true that things are not always what they seem.Jesus began His public ministry speaking to a few people which quickly grew into multitudes.  And like any major event, it takes money to host and generously serve those who come to these special events.  Tradition says you must charge people to get what you have, or you must go out and find others who will underwrite the event as sponsors and donors.  But Jesus took a different approach when He chose to make provision Himself and through the blessings bestowed by His Father.Choosing to do out ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2012, 6:46 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • 3 Reasons Most People Face Financial Hardship (May 28, 2012) Economic conditions, notwithstanding, there are three reasons that generally apply when examining financial hardship.  They are:1)  Poor Planning-  (Lack of clearly defined & strategically planned goals.)2)  Lack of Discipline-  (Easily swayed by consumerism, circumstances and "The Jone's Syndrome.)3)  Lack of Proper Support-  (Did not obtain the right type of advisers and counselors.)Interestingly, there are four that generally apply to Christians who face financial hardship, and they are different. Remember, Christians are God's earthly stewards, so a standard for our financial service already exists!  You can read more in my June 2nd blog at www.kingdomseedblog@wordpress.com. 
    Posted May 31, 2012, 7:16 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • When God Asks—and He Will—Say Yes! - (May 21, 2012) Many people give lip-service to God about wanting to know their purpose until, of course, they are asked to perform an assignment. It is usually an inner voice that is clear and audible to the recipient that cannot be ignored. Rather, this voice gives a Kingdom instruction which requires a specific answer of Yes. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus is quoted as saying "Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” That’s because He knew that God, Our Father, is always attempting to instruct us on His will for us. But our general response—assuming we do ...
    Posted May 23, 2012, 8:39 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
  • Knowing God’s Will and Plan for Your Life! - (May 14, 2012) Ignorance of the law is no excuse, once remarked America’s forefather and former President Thomas Jefferson. Though originated in Roman law, this doctrine has a firm grounding in U.S. criminal and civil law as it does in most developed countries. Defined using its Latin heritage, Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusa is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content. In John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, he writes “No one would be thought to be unwise, but such are, who do not redeem time, and are ignorant of the will ...
    Posted May 22, 2012, 9:24 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
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