The Path Confirmed
Christian author Max Lucado tells the childhood story of five boys digging a tunnel over summer vacation. The ditch was four feet deep and three feet wide, covered with several pieces of scavenged plywood and plenty of dirt. It went half way across the vacant lot with a hidden entrance and exit. It was going to be perfect to play out any stories the imaginations of the boys could dream.READ MORE
The One Talent Man
One of the curiosities about the Lutheran Christian faith is not so much in the way of what we believe or don't believe, but rather what we believe about ourselves. An example of this thought can be found in the Parable of the Talents.READ MORE
It’s the time of year that we all set goals, make resolutions to change as we look to the future. How are you doing? Did you keep those personal promises more than a few weeks or maybe a month? Look at your list of resolutions from past years. What do they say about you? How many have appeared on the list several different years?READ MORE
What is the CEF BRAND?
Is it our logo, our name or our investment products? How about our color or website? Is it our catchy tag line? Is it our letterhead or the way we answer the phone?READ MORE
There is a Plan!
Putting together a plan makes us evaluate a situation, look at the various options available and decide which direction provides the outcome we hope to experience. Circumstances can occur along the way to make us adjust our best laid plans, but there is a much better chance of success if the planning takes place. If we look closely, there are numerous plans in our lives.READ MORE
Writing a Will Won’t Jinx You!
According to a recent survey done by Michigan State University for the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, less than half of Michigan adults have written a Will or Revocable Living Trust. A 2016 Gallup poll showed 1/3 of people 65 or older don’t have a Will or Trust. Are you included in the statistics? What is your reason for putting it off? Many people don’t like facing their own mortality by planning for their future. Writing your Will doesn’t mean you’ll die – tomorrow!READ MORE
The Stewardship of Time: Managing Your Schedule by Practicing Your Values
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.”
Can you recall a time when a series of crushing demands triggered some bad decisions? Most of us can. There are many things in life we can’t control or avoid. Weather. Illness. Accidents. Taxes. Death. The list goes on. But one thing we can control is our schedules and the knowledge that God’s sustaining love defines and shapes our lives.READ MORE