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Affluent Christian Investor | July 28, 2021

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August 11, 2015 |

Handling Criticism (and the Critic)

“Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers”

– Psalm 141:5.

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August 11, 2015 |

Why Mainstream Economists Can’t Even Predict the Past

Mark Twain once said,”Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks,” and “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” In the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) recent statement that the GDP of the US … Read More

August 10, 2015 |

Yield Purchasing Power: $100M Today Matches $100K in 1979

I wrote a story about poor Clarence who retired in 1979, and even poorer Larry who retired last year. I created these characters to challenge the notion of calculating a real interest rate by subtracting inflation. The idea is that … Read More

August 10, 2015 |

How Colonial America’s Pulpit Built Our Union on the Foundation of Natural Law

Under the American Compact it is stated that the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle Americans to specific and timeless unalienable rights; Fundamental rights and Fundamental law. These rights, articulated as Natural Law, established the moral standard for … Read More

August 10, 2015 |

Betrayal? Broken Promises? Pray the Psalms

“In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship”

– Psalm 109:4-5.

There is an aspect of Psalms that not only … Read More

August 7, 2015 |

Are You A Kingdom Worker?

“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves”

– Psalm 127:2.

The issue of work is different for a believer than for someone who … Read More

August 6, 2015 |

Freedom: What It Means and What It Doesn’t

(1) Freedom described:

Freedom is two-sided: freedom from and freedom for.

(2) Where freedom comes from:

Freedom is truth based:

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”

– (John 8: 32).

In other … Read More

August 6, 2015 |

We Need Leaders, Not Kings

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes”

– Psalm 118:9.

God is a leadership God. He works through leaders but the tendency of mankind has been to put expectations on … Read More

August 5, 2015 |

Value Investing and Austrian Economics Beat the Market

The Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) teaches that no one can beat a general market index over the long run because the market instantly adjusts to all new information. The EMH has been mainstream dogma for longer than Warren Buffet has … Read More

August 5, 2015 |

Why the World is Being Shaken

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever”

– Psalm 125:1.

It is easy to misinterpret a Bible promise to mean something that it does not mean. In … Read More

August 5, 2015 |

The American Covenant: How American Independence Arose from the Colonial Pulpits

The American Compact is a covenant which secures God’s Law, referenced as Natural Law, for His children’s freedom, articulated by our Forefathers and Founding Fathers as Liberty. The sole purpose of civil government is to secure this liberty. The only … Read More

August 4, 2015 |

How Medicare Ruined Health Care Billing, and How Hospitals Are Starting to Fix It

The Obama administration proposed last month that the federal Medicare program make one bundled payment for each joint replacement surgery performed in 800 hospitals in 75 U.S. metro areas.

This is the most significant thing that’s happened in the U.S. … Read More

August 3, 2015 |

Trump Tarnishes Republican Reputation

Donald Trump’s rise has certainly disrupted the race for the Republican nomination, but what sort of impact will his rise have on the general election?

In basic terms, Donald Trump’s presence helps the Democrats in the same way it helps … Read More

July 31, 2015 |

Why Social Justice is a Contradiction

Speaking on the occasion of the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in California recently, President Obama declared it to be “an issue of social justice.” Well, this was certainly giving a new stretch to an old term. … Read More

July 31, 2015 |

The Money Horror Picture Show

All is not well with the economy in spite of rising home prices and soaring car sales. The disturbing news comes from money. Losing velocity with money is like losing altitude while flying. It can be hazardous to your health.

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July 31, 2015 |

Get Efficient at Managing People, or You’ll Have to Get Efficient at Laying People Off

The degree to which ‘professional management’ – the three-headed monster of the publicly traded companies, elite academia, and Wall Street — has dehumanized business is appalling; and the cavalier manner in which they go about it should cause good people … Read More

July 30, 2015 |

Psalm 91 For Protection As We Go About Our Business

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

– Psalm 91:1.

When I was in a dangerous country on a ministry assignment, our team met every morning at 7 … Read More

July 30, 2015 |

Minimum Wage Kills Goodwill

Seattle has imposed a $15/hour minimum wage.

Of course, this will kill jobs. It is basic economics: you cannot pay someone $15 to produce $10 worth of value. However, this essay is not about that. Nor is it about the … Read More

July 29, 2015 |

Oddsmakers on Trump Surge, It’s Helping Jeb Bush

Donald Trump’s rise in presidential opinion polls has not been accompanied by a real analysis of what his candidacy means for the race as a whole. While Donald Trump is not a serious candidate for president himself, regardless of whether … Read More

July 29, 2015 |

Prime Minister Tsipras, Here’s How To Create a New Golden Age for Greece

Dear Prime Minister Tsipras,

First, congratulations for mustering the popular support to say “no” to the troika. The euro has long offered Greece a perverse incentive to borrow, and now your country is trapped in debt. By any conventional means, … Read More

July 29, 2015 |

End Time Fables vs. Holy Living

“Indeed, of Zion it will be said, ‘This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her’”

– Psalm 87:5

In the Old Testament, Zion was the place where God resided in Israel’s … Read More

July 28, 2015 |

Why It’s Better Not to Have What You Want Sometimes

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

– Psalm 84:11

Today’s verse basically tells you that God is everything … Read More

July 28, 2015 |

Gold Prices are Well Below Market Fundamentals

For those who are speculating on the dollar—i.e. most people—there was good news this week. The dollar rose almost a milligram, to 28.3mg gold. That’s a big gain, and welcome news for those who keep all of their eggs … Read More

July 27, 2015 |

This is Your Brain on Dollars

We can’t count how many articles we saw last week, bemoaning gold going down. The price action is bad for gold (whatever that means). China underreported their gold holdings. No, China doesn’t care about gold. No, they want the … Read More

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