The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. —Billy Graham

Born to Serve The Lord

From Lynette Ecord:

A song written by Bill & Gloria Gaither says “My hands were made to help my neighbor, my eyes were made to read God’s word. My feet were made to walk in His footsteps, my body is the temple of the Lord. I was made in His likeness, created in His image, for I was born to serve the Lord. And I cannot deny Him, I will always walk beside Him, for I was born to serve the Lord.”
I was blessed to work for a number of years with a couple who believe with all their hearts that we are all born to serve the Lord, and that is what they’ve done in their own lives.  Find out what leaving a legacy of service means to them by watching the video below.
Click to watch Pastor Ed Stacey share a reflection on life
From Deyvy Rodriguez:

I am really excited about leading Financial Peace University next month!
I believe that God has given Dave Ramsey a unique gift on how to help individuals and families not only to be financially independent, but also to teach them how to build wealth. The most amazing thing is that the simple "baby steps" he uses are inspired by the Bible and are in harmony with the Spirit of Prophecy, even though Dave himself is not Adventist! His ministry will certainly be a blessing to you, as it has been to my wife and me.

Wealth has often been misunderstood to be "bad" or even a "temptation," and thus must be forsaken by Christians. An interesting observation is that those who make comments like these are the same ones who are heavily in debt and have no money in their bank account. One thing I've learned is: Never take financial advice from people who are broke!

The Bible never speaks evil of wealth. In context, it speaks about the "manager" of wealth rather than wealth itself. Yes, money can lead people to commit crimes, but it can also lead people to be generous and bless those in need. In other words, money is like any other tool. Just like a hammer is useful to hang a family picture on the wall, it can also break a car window. Money is no different.

Here's an interesting quote I found in the book Counsels on Stewardship by Ellen G. White, "The followers of Christ are not to despise wealth; they are to look upon wealth as the Lord's entrusted talent" CS 133.

Financial Peace University is not a course on how to get rich quick. No. On the contrary, it is a course on how to build wealth slowly and surely. It does so by teaching lessons of discipline, frugality, patience, determination, and goal-setting.

Speaking of goal-setting, my wife and I are practically debt-free and we can honestly say we have zero to little financial stress. It didn't come easy, we'll admit. We have decided and are determined to never borrow a dime again. We have no credit cards. We don't redeem points for rewards. We pay with cash or use our debit cards. Our philosophy is simple, "If we don't have cash to pay for it, we won't buy it" and we wait until we do have the cash. We're not cheap, either. We enjoy quality, as long as we can afford it. We are also on our way to retire comfortably. That's because we have a plan. "Wait, retirement? But you're only in your mid 30's," someone might say. While we believe that Jesus is coming soon, we also believe that we ought to be diligent like the Proverbs 6 ant. If you read carefully, the ant prepares by storing food during the summer so that it is not food-less during the winter. This same principle is all over the Bible! Joseph, for instance, stores grain during the time of plenty so that there would enough food during the time of famine.

"The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get." Proverbs 21:20 NLT.

If you would like to be on the path to financial freedom, our department recommends Financial Peace University as a teaching tool. You can take the course with your family or you can lead a class in your church. For more information, visit

Pastor Jerrod Songy leading Financial Peace University at the Keene SDA Church.

Hear Dave Ramsey give advice to a caller who wants to talk to his family about the importantance of a Will. Click to view...


Trusts are often a good tool to achieve one’s estate planning. Although this list is not exhaustive, the following are common things to consider: Read More...

Is It time To Update Your Will?

  • Have you moved to Texas and need to create new documents?
  • Do you need to name a legal guardian for your minor children on your Will?
  • Are your children grown and financially independent and you would like to change the distribution of your estate?
  • Do you need to add or remove beneficiaries on your Will?
  • Would you like to include a gift to the Lord's Work in your Will?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then it may be time to review and update your Will.

Contact the Texas Conference Trust Department to update your documents at 817-790-2255 ext. 2105 or reply to this email.
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