Denver vs. Miami is far from boring

This Denver vs. Miami series is only through one game so far with the Nuggets taking the first game 104-93.  There’s been some talk that this series would be “boring” or “dull” but I don’t believe that to be the case. Now, I also need to admit that I do think that Denver is immensely better and it will take […]

Should you consider 401(k) loans or withdrawals?

At some point, you may have more money in your 401(k) than in any other investment. And even though your 401(k) is intended for your retirement, you may one day think you have to tap into your account early — but should you? And if you do, how should you go about it? If it’s possible to avoid taking money […]

Susan Steen: Organized files always help in emergency

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin The panic set in. Where was that piece of paper? I knew exactly where it was, but I tore several areas of the house apart looking for it. It was in a manila folder. Or was it? No, it turned out it wasn’t. And when I changed what […]

Jack McCall: The years rolled by in the bed of pickup trucks

I attended a legislative conference in Gatlinburg recently. It was a gathering of county road supervisors, county commissioners and county mayors. The meeting was held at the Park Plaza Hotel high above Gatlinburg. The conference featured informative sessions and interesting speakers. I found networking with other mayors to be most beneficial. I have never seen so many pickup trucks in […]

Weekly Devotional: Pastor, feed the flock of God with God’s word

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Preacher, get relevant and understand what God is saying in this crucial time. Go to your prayer closet and don’t come out until you can come forth with a “thus saith the Lord” that will arrest the attention […]

What should you expect from your investments?

To help achieve your financial goals, you may need to invest in the financial markets throughout your life. However, at times your investment expectations may differ from actual returns, triggering a variety of emotions. So, what are reasonable expectations to have about your investments? Ideally, you hope that your investment portfolio will eventually help you meet your goals, both your […]

Susan Steen: Relationship with parents succeeds in both directions

“And teach your parents well …And feed them on your dreamsThe one they pick’s the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them, ‘Why?’If they told you, you will crySo just look at them and sighAnd know they love you.” –Graham Nash It was January 1965. The couple received a call that a little 5-month-old baby girl was still […]

Jack McCall: Even whistling is music to my ears

I sang in a choir Sunday. The production was months in the making. The choral director, Robert B. Thurman, is a longtime friend. He and my wife, Kathy, share the same birthday and the same middle name. He and I go back a long way. He and Kathy go back a longer way. They sang together in a youth group […]

Power, not anger, often is motivation behind violence

Once again it is time to talk about domestic violence. One thing that doesn’t get discussed enough is the anger that is associated with it. People are often surprised when I say domestic violence is not an indication that the perpetrator has an anger problem. We actually have classes for domestic violence and we have different classes for anger management […]

Weekly Devotional: Not every preacher is a true shepherd

Rock-star preachers wearing expensive sneakers, with their high-dollar tight-fitting jeans, are no more than greedy wolves masquerading as God’s true shepherds. For a generous contribution to their ministry, they will gladly add you to the mailing list, so you can see all the “important” updates, including their latest performances. As they stand on platforms all across this nation surrounded by a […]

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