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God Endures

I recently had the opportunity to embark on my first trip to Europe, visiting the iconic cities of London, Paris, and Rome. It was a

Spiritual Siblings

Recently, my social media feed was flooded with posts celebrating National Siblings Day. As I scrolled through Facebook and Instagram, I saw message after message

New Year, New Budget

As we rang in the New Year, it came time for us to put away our growing inventory of Christmas ornaments and decorations to clear

Growing Pains

All throughout our lives it seems like we’re always looking toward the future. Since I was young, I have always imagined what life would be

Long Term Planning

One of the harder things in life is to do long-term planning. Whether for retirement, business transitions, or family plans, taking time out of your

Fight the Good Fight

Have you been feeling defeated lately from the direction that our culture is taking today with the precipitating drop in moral values? As it turns

Passing Down Our Faith

During a recent Sunday service, we heard a message about passing our faith down to younger generations and the importance of doing so. The message

Seeking Wise Counsel

Since 2020 a lot has changed in the world. One of the things that seems to be a change for the worse is the stress

In God We Trust

On July 30, 1956, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law to change the official motto of the United States to “In God We

Rooted Together

Our church, like most other churches, has small groups where we can gather with people that are in similar walks of life to fellowship and

Counting The Gifts

Over the past couple months, I’ve had a schedule that has been full. Though it was with good things, if I’m honest, sometimes I find

Crisis Through the Proper Lens

I was recently reading a finance book and came across an interesting statement. In summary, the writer said that a crisis doesn’t lead to financial


How does God reveal Himself to you? In the Bible, after Job’s questioning, we see God speaking in the storm.  When Elijah was in hiding

Impact on Families

Last week our family hit a milestone: our first child started preschool. It’s hard to believe how fast time flew by. It feels like we

A Change of Heart

Over the past couple of months my sister’s family and I have been able to spend quality time with one another. We’ve watched my youngest

The Gift of Laughter

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to become friends with quite a few women from church and have enjoyed getting to know each

Family Matters

We recently came back from a family vacation in Florida. I had a great time there with my wife, our 4-year-old daughter, and our 1-year-old

On Track

Being in the finance industry I constantly find myself studying and keeping track of financial and economic data. We look at things such as inflation,

Grace Walk

In my family, I’m considered weird because I enjoy running. Sometimes, I ask my sister if she would like to run a race or participate

Building Strong

I watched an interesting video a few weeks ago about testing the difference between tools and materials that were made before technology and automation went

The Anchor Effect

Quite some time ago I read a book that talked about the “anchor effect”. For those that never heard of the term, the anchor effect

Not That Easy

The last decade has seen great advancements in technology and one of the industries that has seen the most growth is the financial industry. In

Housing Market Pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, one of the unexpected winners of the pandemic has been home sellers. House prices have been increasing at a rapid

Persevering in Uncertainty

As we approach the one-year anniversary of when COVID-19 and the shutdowns began, I cannot help but notice how much uncertainty and disbalance there is


Charting the New Way Forward

As we enter 2021, a lot of us are hoping that this is the year things will “go back to normal”. People are looking forward

In the Waiting

Sometimes our lives can feel as if we are in a season of waiting or down a road we never planned. If you’re anything like


These Uncertain Times

 “These uncertain times…” Does that phrase make anyone else crazy? Just me? Somehow, I don’t think so. My pastor, who happens to also be my

Seeking Balance

As we are all adjusting to the current circumstances we can’t help but think of how life will be after the pandemic is over. There

A Country’s Superpower

As we continue to learn, reflect, and plan for what is ahead of us because of this pandemic, I think it is important to take

Pandemic Lessons

As we are all living through this COVID-19 pandemic it is easy to get discouraged, depressed, and flat out angry that everything around us is

Pay Attention to This!

I was recently listening to a sermon and I heard the pastor reference something interesting. He talked about “Attention Economics”. At first I thought it


We are at a very interesting time in the economy. There are indicators appearing that haven’t been seen in many years—some on the positive end,



With the economy in its tenth year since the last recession, there has been more and more talk suggesting that we have reached the late


Advancements in Retirement Planning

Over the last 15-20 years there have been amazing advancements in technology, and the amount of industries that have been changed through these advancements is

It’s the Little Things

Some of my fondest memories of growing up were the times spent with my mom. Her name was Dorothy Jane, but everyone called her “Dot”


Prepare for Rain

When thinking of March 11, 2000 and September 15, 2008 what comes to mind? Some might remember that those 2 days marked the beginning of


Carol Potratz

I was born, raised and educated in the Mid-Western portion of the USA before immigrating to Canada. My parents would host many people traveling through

Who is My Neighbor?

Well, I always think of my neighbor as the person living close to me, which consists of my family, and the people who live in

Time Flies

Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the more quickly time seems to pass by? I’m sure you have. We all have! Of

Finding Comfort in Technology

Not many things have changed society as much as steam engines, electricity, the printing press, and digital technology. These 4 inventions have been so life

Sleepless Rest

A new baby. What a blessing to be able to hold, and as a mother, nurture a new baby. The smell and the feel of

Millennial Views

I recently wrote a paper for a class I was taking, where the teacher randomly assigned the topic each student should write about. The topic

Purging for the Win

When 2018 began I decided that my word for the year – that thing I wanted to focus on all year – would be PURGE.

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Refining Us Into Gold

My good friend of 20 years and I were headed out of town one warm August morning. Pati wanted to grab a cup of coffee,


Dave Ewing

I was a certified mechanic with The Brunswick Bowling Corporation working in Pla-Mor Lanes. Later I became a certified English teacher and taught at Agassiz Junior High

Central Valley Community Church

Central Valley Community Church

Hartford, South Dakota Pastor Chris Gorman and his congregation at Central Valley Community Church in Hartford, South Dakota are facing some very serious temptations! In

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Milt Hildebrandt

I was born on June 30, 1926, the eldest of four children. Great timing – just about when the Great Depression was to begin. Unemployment


Betty Mantay

Both of my parents were born in Europe. Dad and Mom’s family immigrated to Canada independently. Both settled in Springside, a small farming community in