This is the time of year we are beginning t0 receive tax forms from various financial entities. It reminds us that April 15 is coming, to get our records together and file our income taxes. And then pay up!
While we may grumble to some extent about taxes, the waste of government and the supposed inequities in the system, taxes are necessary. Continue reading
During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them.
Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. Continue reading
I love this time of year as the Christmas season extends into the new year. Everyone seems happier. More joyful. Everywhere you go “Happy New Year” greetings are exchanged.
“Happy New Year” is more than a trite expression. It has substance. Reality. And meaning. The calendar is new. New plans are made for the coming months ahead. New incentives, goals, and plans are formalized by businesses. The sports world will crown new champions in 2018. And students begin a new academic year with a fresh start. Continue reading
A few years ago the Josephson Institute of Ethics surveyed 25,000 High Schools students and found 98% of the teens said it was important to be a person of good character, 90% said that being a good person is more important than being rich, and 94% said that trust and honesty are essential in business. However, their behavior didn’t match. Continue reading
I read the other day that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has passed Bill Gates as the richest man in the United States with wealth exceeding $100 Billion.
Suppose Bezos decided to deposit $86,000 every day in your bank account. But with one stipulation. You couldn’t carry over any balance to the next day. You had to spend it, invest it or give it away. You couldn’t let it sit idle in the bank. What would you do? Continue reading
Matthew Henry was a well-known, British Bible scholar and Preacher who lived from 1662 to 1714. His commentaries on the Old and New Testament are still in print today.
One day Dr. Henry was riding his horse on the way to a church meeting where he was the guest speaker. As he journeyed through the dense forest a masked bandit suddenly appeared with a gun. He demanded that Henry dismount and hand over all of his money. Fearing for his life, he quickly complied as the robber returned into the woods. Continue reading
When tragedy strikes Americans from diverse backgrounds, opposing political views and various religious beliefs seem to come together. Even if it’s for a short period of time.
Yet on Sunday morning when a deranged gunman opened fire in a place of worship in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others, there has been an attitude of indignation directed toward people of faith.
While well-intentioned people expressed their “thoughts and prayers” for the community and the victims of Sutherland Springs, Twitter and other social media exploded with derisive comments. A few examples. Continue reading