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Awesome ~ It’s TAX DAY, April 15th…WooHoo an exciting day in all of our lives!

It can be a day of headaches and fear…or you can check out Richard Hammar’s advice at NewMinisters.com and find the 12 Most Important Legal and Tax Issues for New Ministers. (Read More)

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Preparing for Easter ~ Stuff Christians Like

The other day, a friend of mine got an email from his pastor about Easter.

 Everyone in his church got the email and it was essentially a reminder that they should all behave on Easter Sunday. It said things like, “Please remember there are no assigned seats.” It was kind of funny but at the end of the day it just didn’t cover enough details.

So today I decided I would help you out, really serve you if you will, and remind you of a few things you need to do to have a successful Easter:

1. Scout out the church the Sunday before Easter. If you didn’t do that, that’s on you. You gotta approach this like Tom Berenger in the movie “Sniper.”

2. Pretend you are on a plane. Know your exits and whether or not your seat cushion can be used as a floatation device in case the baptismal overflows. (Read More)

My Thoughts On Healthcare Reform ~ Perry Noble

The short version – it doesn’t matter!!!

Now for the long version…

It amazes me that “Christians” who say they believe in an all-powerful, completely Sovereign God are freaking out about a policy that our federal government has passed.  (BUT…it IS funny that many of the leaders who passed it are exempt from actually submitting to it…another post for another time!) (Read More)

Fear of philanthropy (avert your eyes) ~ Seth Godin

Peter Singer is famous for posing a stunningly difficult question, paraphrased as, “If you are walking by a pond and you see a child drowning, do you save her? What if it means ruining a very fancy pair of Italian shoes?” Okay, if we assume the answer is yes, then why not spend the cost of those shoes to save 20 kids who are starving to death across town or the world? There’s really no difference. Or by, extension, invest in research or development that solves a problem forever… The issues are proximity and attention.  (Read More)

Fund Your Dream Project ~ PastorGear.com

Most projects require some sort of cash to make them happen.  Raising money for a project, however,  can often be hard to do even if that project is a dream project.  Invested.in is a service that is designed to help you clear a lot of the hurdles involved with raising money for a project and get you going quickly. (Read More)

Learning from Two Amazing Young Women ~ Tim Stevens

I’m amazed by what I learn from my kids. In the past couple of days, both my girls have shared thoughts on their blog which have challenged me:

Megan Stevens (15 yrs old):

I never believed my middle school teachers when they said that there would be people in our grade who died before they were out of highschool. Surely not true right? We still have our whole lives ahead of us….Such a typical mindset: We’re invincible nothing can hurt us!!….Yeah, that’s been proved wrong time and time again. We had our second Freshman death last night. (Read More)

 

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Tax time is approaching, UGH! The thought of getting all those receipts together for the CPA …totally not my favorite. In the midst of it all, there a bit of good news coming from our government…yes, I did say it: “our government.”

With the terrible earthquake in Haiti, American’s stepped up to the plate and emptied their pockets toward the relief effort after the awful devastation. Many of us gave to organizations aiding in the relief efforts such as Convoy of Hope where to date over 6.5 million meals have been served to the Haitian people and in the coming days are planning to install up to 4,000 water filtration systems in that country.

Did you know that you can claim those tax deductions given in 2010 on your 2009 return? Congress passed a bill on January 21st that enables donors to deduct (on their 2009 income tax returns) charitable cash contributions made after January 11, and before March 1, 2010.

For more info: New Law Permits 2009 Charitable Deduction for Haiti Relief Contributions.

Good news…a little tax relief!

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