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Branson is the perfect place to blend two Christmas family traditions

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Traditions are fantastic opportunities for families to grow together and bond with common experiences. Enjoying and creating them becomes even more meaningful when two people combine those traditions in a marriage. My ...

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A thousand quilters from around globe join to finish dead woman’s quilt

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Shannon Downey was at an estate sale in Chicago where a 99-year old woman named Rita Smith used to live. In the bedroom Downey found hundreds of pieces of fabric that had ...

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You can’t keep your kids from screen addiction if you don’t do this one thing first.

None of the cell phone, internet, or TV rules you set to help your children avoid screen addiction will do any good, if you don’t do this one thing first. I’ll admit ...

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Beneficiary mistakes can cost a fortune

Beneficiary designations are important in determining where certain assets of an estate will end up. Many think that a will or trust is what determines where everything goes. This is not necessarily ...

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Hillsong pastor shares his thoughts on why parents should allow trick or treating

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Halloween is one of the most contentious days of the year for Christians, with some seeing no problem with their children participating while others shun what they consider a demonic holiday. To ...

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Is Wall Street paying attention to Christian investors?

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Something special is took place on Wall Street this morning, says National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC) leader and co-founder Mark Minnella. At 9:30 a.m. each morning in New York City, the ...

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Consumers are dying to explore new funeral options

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A funeral in the 21st Century has less to do with faith and more to do with the personal preferences of the deceased and their loved ones. That is one of the ...

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Christians continue to disagree about whether and how to celebrate Halloween

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If the calendar says mid-October, it means that the long-running debate over whether Christians should celebrate Halloween is about to heat up again. Eighty-seven percent of Christians believe they should not celebrate ...

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7 Ideas to improve curb appeal

Whether you’re hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there’s one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It’s a ...

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Dave Says – You don’t fake poor

Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey.   You don’t fake poor Dear ...

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Study: New friendships get more difficult to find with age

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Studies have found that having a strong circle of friends is good for your health, and longevity. But new studies find that developing new friendships gets more difficult with age. According to ...

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What are Enrolled Agents and how can they help you?

Enrolled Agents are tax professionals licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS.  The Enrolled Agent designation dates back to 1884, when many taxpayers were victimized by unscrupulous representatives when claiming losses in ...

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Former NHL hockey star and husband of Carrie Underwood launched outdoor business to share his faith

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Crisp fall days mean hunting season has returned. Mike Fisher, a former professional hockey player, believes there is no better place to worship God than in nature. Fisher, along with his brother ...

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The Art of the Potluck: A guide for the 21st Century

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As fall gets into full swing, so does the season of the potluck. The period of October through January is becoming known as America’s newest season built around the tradition of gatherings ...

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Margin KC brings Dave Ramsey’s teaching to more than 100 local churches

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Thousands of Kansas Citians are carrying their checkbooks as well as their Bibles to church this fall. It’s not to write out big tithe checks (although they likely would be welcome) but ...

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Getting the taxman out of your retirement — Part 2

Last month, in part one of this article, we discussed how you might be in a lower tax bracket in retirement, but pay a higher tax rate. In this article, we’ll look ...

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Israel tourism breaks all records in August

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From the ends of the earth, Christians of all backgrounds – a literal  mosaic of faith – are congregating in one place…Israel. The Holy Land is celebrating record-breaking tourism numbers this summer ...

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How to teach your kids to live a healthy lifestyle

Five years ago, our family lifestyle was not healthy. We ate dessert every night and spent so much time in front of the TV that weekend movie nights increasingly became an extensive ...

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Dave Says – Getting motivated

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Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey.   Getting motivated Dear Dave, My ...

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There’s a big problem with the Fixer Upper homes

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Waco, Texas has a problem with the homes featured on the show Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines have become two of the most recognizable TV personalities in the nation for their ...

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Deciding on the perfect layout for your home

If you’ve ever been on the hunt for a new home, you already know there’s a lot of important factors to consider. You’ve got to think about your family needs, lifestyle, budget, ...

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Getting the taxman out of your retirement — Part 1

One of the most overlooked, but perhaps most important, aspects of retirement income planning is taxes and how they relate to Social Security. Taxation on Social Security benefits works differently than other ...

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Local officials learning tax hikes doom consumer spending

City and county officials in Johnson County recently told the Kansas City Star they are ‘puzzled’ by sluggish sales tax collections and consumer spending. They shouldn’t be.  Local officials should realize the obvious. Kansans ...

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Bond market not signaling recession, experts say

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WASHINGTON—U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Aug. 14, as the bond markets signaled concerns about a possible recession with the yield curve inverting for the first time in 12 years. The inverted yield curve, ...

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Capital Grille keeps the ambiance and great food in new location

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The holiday season is around the corner and for many people that means planning group events. With the opening of The Capital Grille in its new and expanded location on the Country ...

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