ABUNDANCE OR SCARCITY: WHICH WILL IT BE?

In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey compared two attitudes. First, the “Scarcity Mentality” depicts the world as a pie–although Covey failed to delineate whether the pie was apple, peach, or chocolate. Rather, Covey described this pie as finite. Therefore, if one person receives a larger piece of the pie, everyone else gets…

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR PENNIES, AND YOUR DOLLARS WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES

During my banking career, I reviewed the financial statements of innumerable businesses, both large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit. I also gave counsel to countless customers regarding their personal financial practices. Whether the focus was a multimillion-dollar corporate budget or a homemaker’s monthly household budget, some of the same principles applied. Don F. Calfee, my…

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One Miraculous Christmas

ONE MIRACULOUS CHRISTMAS: A Prescription for eradicating “Bah Humbug” During a recent visit to Mississippi, my family and I stopped for breakfast at a popular restaurant in my home town. After a satisfying culinary refueling, I arose from the table with ticket in hand and proceeded toward the cash register—unaware that a grand reunion lay…

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Fun at the Expense of Others

My wife and I learned the hard way that Christian schools don’t always provide a safe-haven against ostracism, gone-too-far teasing, and, of course, bullying. Despite daily classroom prayers, Bible lessons, and openly displayed crosses, our children discovered first-hand how cruel and insensitive their fellow classmates could be.   These perpetrators of pain were not street kids but regulars at Sunday School and…

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