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Advent and Living with Expectations

8 months ago By Bill High

How does your family observe Advent? For many, they use an advent calendar filled with scripture, treats, or small heirlooms to countdown to Christmas. Others observe Advent by fasting. However, as you observe Advent, the primary theme is the same, the anticipation of celebrating Christmas. The typical Advent is twenty-four days long, but imagine waiting four hundred years to celebrate the birth of Christ. That is how long the Israelites waited for the coming of the Messiah. In Luke 2, it is Simeon who was waiting, expectantly, to see the Savior. If you recall, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus…

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The Gift of Celebration

8 months ago By The Signatry

With this wonderful season of joy, generosity, family, and celebration, now is the opportunity to weave lasting wisdom and values into your family gatherings. One of the simplest ways to begin is the practice of family celebration. By celebrating and reflecting on the past year, you have the opportunity to impart wisdom, reinforce the values you want to continue, and rejoice in all God is doing in your family. Use these three practices to guide you as you celebrate together. Reminisce Together Great families remember. Enduring families look back. Looking back produces gratitude. Every single family has gone through seasons…

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Thanksgiving is a choice

9 months ago By Steve French

I love Thanksgiving, gathering together with family and friends, reflecting on God’s faithfulness, and of course, pumpkin pie. Often times, however, when celebration becomes tradition, the true meaning and even the celebration can get lost in the ritual. As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the upcoming week, I think it is important to take a look back at the history and origin of Thanksgiving in America. The first Thanksgiving celebration was held in Massachusetts sometime in December 1621 during the Pilgrims’ second winter in America. The first winter had claimed the lives of 44 out of 102 of the original colonists.…

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What is Biblically Responsible Investing?

10 months ago By The Signatry

One characteristic that sets The Signatry apart from many other foundations is our commitment to biblically responsible investing (BRI). You have most likely heard of biblically responsible investing, but what exactly is it? And how does it work? What is BRI?: Aligning finances and values Biblically responsible investing is a proactive approach that aligns investments with biblical values and principles. This alignment of faith and growth yields a present and an eternal return by investing in companies that are making a positive impact in the world. The goal is to invest in businesses that create value rather than extract value.…

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A Guide for Charitable Planning

10 months ago By The Signatry

Planning ahead and counting the costs of a plan are essential aspects of any project. Jesus even talked about this, in light of Christian discipleship: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28). The season for year-end giving is fast approaching, and now is an excellent time to begin to plan ahead, not only for year-end giving, but for your year-round charitable giving as well! You may be accustomed to planning ahead for a business proposal but may not have thought…

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Women of Legacy: Creating Vision

11 months ago By The Signatry

Florence Chadwick was the first woman who tried to swim the twenty-six miles between Catalina Island and the coast of California. It was a cold, foggy day, and she had been swimming for fifteen hours. She gave up and got in the boat, not knowing she was just half a mile from reaching the shore. At a press conference the next day, she said, “All I could see was the fog. […] I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.”[1] This is the power of vision. We need the reminder of where we are…

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Women of Legacy: Living Purposefully

11 months ago By Wendy Rogers

History is replete with women who said ‘yes’ in response to God’s outrageous love and invitation to live and give generously. From Mary Magdelene, a first patron of the early church, to Lydia, an industrious entrepreneur who strategically funded early missions, women change the world with their sacrificial giving. Here are a few other women whose generosity had eternal Impact: Lady Huntingdon born into royalty and used her wealth and influence to fuel the great revivals of John Wesley and George Whitfield, hosting thousands at her estates and funding Kingdom projects. Lilias Trotter who gave up the wealthy lifestyle she was born…

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Generational Thinking

12 months ago By Alan Pratt

Generational thinking does not come naturally to most of us. By “generational thinking”, we mean intentionally planning and being cognizant of our own actions, preparation, and decisions that will affect our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They will make their own decisions, whom they will marry, how they will invest their time, energy, and wealth. They will also make decisions on how they receive gifts of inheritance or access to trusts. When we are long gone, the time we share and the planning we put in place will affect them directly almost always in a positive way. Correspondingly, the lack of time spent and…

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