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Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone

Hidden Nuggets Series #74 - “But he [Jesus] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

cut, fresh bread “Man shall not live by bread alone.” You may have heard that phrase once in your life and wondered where it came from. Well it was Jesus quoting a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible in response to a pretty serious temptation.

The Bible tells us that before Jesus’ ministry began he went into the wilderness to pray and fast for forty days. After 40 days had passed the Bible says that “the tempter” (i.e. Satan) came to – well, tempt Jesus. And right off the bat Satan hit Jesus with his most pressing need – physical nourishment.

He goaded Jesus by saying,

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5 Reasons to Shift Charitable Giving Away from the Holidays

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When do you usually conduct your charitable giving? As we see in today's post, one company learned the holidays might not always be the best time to give. Mid-October was plenty early enough to put together a holiday charity drive for a local … [Continue reading]

A Beginner’s Guide to Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act

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If you are wondering about the basics of health insurance you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m going to try an exhaust and consolidate all the knowledge I know about health insurance into one post. Yes, it’s going to be long, so if you don’t … [Continue reading]

The Best Solution For Those Buried in a Snowdrift of Debt

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In the winter of 2004, we had the fortune/misfortune of visiting my parent’s house in Ohio just before a severe winter storm hit. We had arrived just as the snowfall began and it…just…never…stopped...falling. Snow, snow, snow for two straight … [Continue reading]

This One Thing You Lack to Have Treasure In Heaven

Follow Me, Jesus

Hidden Nuggets Series #73 - “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” - Mark 10:21 We all have things that hold us … [Continue reading]

Top 7 Ways to Raise a Money Smart Kid

Being a father of four I appreciate the value of raising money smart kids. Please welcome today Ruby Andrew as she shares with us some important steps parents should be taking with their children. Financial values and good spending habits are one … [Continue reading]

Not So Obvious Steps If You Want a New Job

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Tired of where you work? Looking for a new job? If so, you are not alone. We have all “been there” at some point in our lives. In fact, in 2102 the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a study that tracked the number of jobs people born in the … [Continue reading]

This Is What Makes Dumping Girlfriends and Credit Cards Hard

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Do you remember your first love? I don’t mean that boy or girl you kissed in kindergarten. I mean that first true love…the person with whom you were destined to spend the rest of your life. I do and when I was with her she seemed perfect in every … [Continue reading]

Launching This Year May Lead to Your Greatest Catch

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Hidden Nuggets Series #72 - “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” - Luke 5:4 The shallow, clear blue waters of the Caribbean are so inviting. In them you can wade a great distance from shore and never feel uncomfortable. … [Continue reading]

How Long Do Common Household Items Last?

Did you have any appliance or household repairs in 2014? One biggie that hit our budget early last year was replacing one of our heating and cooling units. We had to upgrade to a new furnace and air conditioning unit for our upstairs. Needless to say … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Record of Your Home Inventory in Case of a Catastrophic Loss

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Recent events surrounding the theft and eventual recovery of our family basketball goal have me thinking more about home security. One issue that presented itself during that incident was that I did not have proof (like a model number or receipt) or … [Continue reading]