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Don’t Fear a Falling Market

Unless you’ve been blissfully living off the grid since the start of this year, you know that that stock market has been tumbling. Through the end of May, the S&P 500 had lost more than 13%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ was…

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How to Buy a House When Rates Are Rising

If you’re in the market for a house, then you know that interest rates are headed upward. As the Federal Reserve tries to stem rising inflation, it is raising short-term interest rates, and those rates have a direct impact on…

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Financial Success from a Biblical Perspective

How Do You Measure Financial Success — From a Biblical Perspective? As with most topics, biblical teaching about money points us down a very different path than the one encouraged by our consumer culture. Whereas the world often measures success…

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The Blessings of Giving when Money is Tight

How Can You Make an Impact in God's Kingdom if You Don't Have Much to Give? It’s tricky business teaching about biblical generosity. For some people, the topic is a complete turn-off. Maybe they were raised in a legalistic church…

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Making Stewardship Simple & Easy to Understand

A lot of people misunderstand the term “stewardship.” They think of it as a heavy burden or responsibility. They envision God saying to them, “Here’s some of my stuff. Now don’t lose or break any of it.”  But that isn’t…

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Buying a Vehicle? Pick Up Some Peace of Mind

If a new or used vehicle is in your future, CCCU offers excellent financing rates and inexpensive options for added peace of mind.   Mechanical Breakdown Protection This is what most states call an extended warranty, providing coverage for various mechanical failures after…

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Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

Here’s what you need to know! Is a laptop computer or other electronic device on your Christmas shopping list this year? If so, make sure you’re ready for the question you will surely be asked as you complete the purchase:…

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A Faster Way to Get Out of Debt

A Faster Way to Get Out of Debt Early in my adult life, I unintentionally re-enacted the Bible’s parable of the prodigal son. Just like the prodigal son, I inherited some money ($60,000) from an uncle who passed away). Just…

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Many Pleasures of Home Ownership

The Many Pleasures of Home Ownership For many years, homeownership has been associated with “the American dream,” and for a good reason. As long as you are in a financial position to buy, there are many benefits that come from…

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Down Payment Gifts

Using Gift Money for a Down Payment Especially for young first-time homebuyers, one of the biggest challenges is coming up with the money for a down payment. While it’s true that mortgages are available today that require as little as…

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