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Generous Giving using The PayMeForward System

Introduction to Generous Giving using The PayMeForward System

If you were to read all the verses in the Bible dealing with money, you would find that a vast number of them are about giving to the work of the Lord and helping people in need. Over and over, God tells us to be generous people.

The reason God gives us wealth is so we can be generous.
Many people don’t understand the importance of generosity. They hold on tightly to what they own, unaware that selfishness often causes financial difficulties.

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11).

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty (Proverbs 11:24).

sowing-is-giving Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Give of your time and talents.

Whether or not you have a lot of money or material possessions, be a generous person with your time, looking for ways to help your church, other ministries or people in need. Follow Christ’s example by showing a passionate concern for others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (Philippians 2:5-7).

Be especially generous if you are well off.
Although everyone is called to be generous, you should be especially so if you are wealthy. Do not be embarrassed by your wealth, but remember it is not your money

Use it to bless others. so-seeds-for-your-needs
Command those who are rich … to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Imitate biblical examples.

Regardless of your financial situation, God wants you to look for ways to bless others. Let the following examples from the Bible encourage you to use your resources—your money and your home—to further the Kingdom of God.

Mary Magdalene and other women helped support Jesus and the apostles (Luke 8:1-3).

Joseph, a wealthy man, provided his own tomb for Jesus (Matthew 27:57-60). Nicodemus supplied expensive spices for the burial (John 19:39).

Priscilla and Aquila invited Apollos to their home to tell him about Jesus (Acts 18:26).

The Corinthians gave money to help impoverished Christians in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8 and 9).

Philemon opened his home for church meetings (Philemon 2).
Give to the work of the Lord

Give a tithe. tithing
For thousands of years, people have given a tithe (ten percent) and more of what they earn back to God in gratitude for his love. We read in the Old Testament:
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the land, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30).
Tithing was considered so important that failing to tithe was described as robbing God.

Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, “How do we rob you?” In tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8).

Since we are no longer under the law, some people think we are not required to tithe. They often add that tithing is not mentioned in the New Testament. However, when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, he said they were right to tithe one tenth of everything (Luke 11:42).

No matter how you view tithing, there is no question that the New Testament teaches us to give generously. Study chapters eight and nine of 2 Corinthians to see how important this is to God. If you have a heart to touch the world for Christ, you should be eager to give to the work of the Lord and to help others in need.
Support your local church.

Give generously to your local church. It is where you are fed and you are responsible to help support it. Although it’s okay to also help other ministries, be sure your tithe goes into the storehouse—your church. malachi-3-10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10).

Give special offerings.
In addition to giving a tithe to your church, give additional offerings for special needs. Many ministries—such as missionaries, college pastors, relief organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, and Christian legal action groups—depend on generous donations. Ask God to direct you to projects and organizations he would like you to support.

Help people in need crowdrising-help-others
Throughout the Bible, we are instructed to reach out to those in need, particularly offering generous help to those who are poor.
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered (Proverbs 21:13).

The Bible tells us to help other Christians. God refers to all Christians collectively as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). We are family.
Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-6).

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:16-18).

We aren’t only told to help fellow believers. We are to help others as well. God created everyone who is alive. Every person is precious to him.
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor (Proverbs 22:9).

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Give wisely give-what-we-give
As a steward of God’s money, you are responsible to exercise wisdom as you give. Don’t think you must donate to every need. You are not responsible to help each one of the hundreds of ministries you may hear about. Pray for wisdom, and then make choices. Once you make choices, don’t feel guilty or sinful if you throw away a letter soliciting funds, even if it’s for a worthy cause.

The following suggestions can help you use donate money wisely:

Pray for wisdom.
Ask God for “knowledge and depth of insight” (Philippians 1:9). Try to identify real needs.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best (Philippians 1:9-10).
It is easy to get caught up in an emotional response when hearing a plea for help. Pray before making a commitment to give money. If you think you may be too caught up in the feeling of the moment, give yourself permission to wait and pray for a day before deciding to give.

Give to your local church.
Give your tithe to your church. Then consider giving extra offerings to it also. By giving offerings for missionaries and various ministries to your church, you can have more confidence that you know where the money is going.

Support Christian workers you know.
My wife and I feel a sense of confidence and excitement when we support the ministries of people we know personally and people recommended by our children.
Evaluate the need if you give to an individual.
If you have a friend who is a single mother struggling to make ends meet, a helping hand may go a long way. On the other hand, if you have a friend who is living irresponsibly, bailing him or her out may be the worst thing you could do.

christian-relief-services Giving cash probably is not the best way to help a malnourished, alcoholic parent. Buying groceries or giving a meal would be wiser.
Give to local Christian relief organizations.

Although my wife and I occasionally give money to people in financial trouble, we usually prefer to give to organizations, not individuals. Local shelters and feed-the-hungry programs have the experience and expertise to make sure the money is used in the best way.

Evaluate unknown organizations.
When a ministry you know little about asks for help, research it as best you can. Is it a member of a Christian financial accountability organization? Does your church or denomination endorse it? Are your friends familiar with it?

If you are burned, don’t become stingy.
If you are generous, it’s likely someone will try to take advantage of you at one time or another. If this happens, don’t let the experience stop you from aiding others. Pray for the person who misused your help, and ask God to help you be wise in the future.
Give with the right attitude
Give from a thankful heart.

God is interested in your heart, not just your actions.
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Don’t give as a financial transaction—to get rich.
Many Scriptures tell us that God rewards generosity. However, if self-interest is our primary motive for giving, we are making a major mistake.

Instead, we should be glad to acknowledge God’s love with our love, service and gifts, happy to return to God what is really his.

generous-life Not all generous Christians get rich. God promises to meet our needs and often rewards our generosity financially. However, other times the refreshment he gives is spiritual—something much more precious than money.

Look, for example, at Paul’s life. He poured his life out to touch the world for Christ, yet he often found himself lacking in material things (Philippians 4:11-13). What he did receive, however, was a deep relationship with God and a joyful spirit (Philippians 2:17, 4:4; Colossians 1:24).

When we give, we store up treasures in heaven. We are refreshed physically, spiritually, or both while here on earth. But much more importantly, we store up treasures in heaven.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-20).

Give privately.
Give to please God, not to put on a show in front of other people. There are exceptions, but in general, give privately.

Be careful not to do your “acts of righteousness” before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven (Matthew 6:1).
If you give money to an individual, it is often best to do so anonymously. One way to do this could be to give cash to your pastor or another trustworthy person who would then give it to the person in need.

beware-of-what-you-do However, the Bible does not demand we always be absolute secret when we give. Jesus said not to give “to be seen” (Matthew 6:1). When he said this, he was telling us not to show off in front of other people. A few verses later, he made a similar point when he said to pray privately (Matthew 6:5-6), not to show off publicly. The emphasis was on our motives. It was not to forbid praying publicly, something Jesus often did (Matthew 14:19, 19:13; Mark 14:22-24).

There are times when it’s okay to let others know about your giving. For example, it usually would not be wise to hide your giving from your spouse. And it would deprive your children of a good example if they never knew about your generosity.

Give humbly.
Enjoy the privilege of giving, but do not become proud about what you are doing. Remember that it is God who gives you the ability to share. Be thankful for the privilege of giving.

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand (1 Chronicles 29:14).

Do not be embarrassed if you can only give a little.
Don’t be uncomfortable if you earn little and therefore don’t have much money to give. God is interested in your heart. Give a percentage of what you have; do not be embarrassed because you are not rich.

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have (2 Corinthians 8:12).

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Network economics refers to business economics that benefit from the network effect. It is also known as Netromix. This is when the value of a good or service increases when others buy the same good or service.

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Evangelist Diana Jackson, Chicago



Best Hedge Against Inflation…LADA Hedge Fund Reports

Whatablessing Reports …The Best Hedge Against Inflation

The Problems and Why You Should Care

1. Depreciating Dollar
If you are holding U.S. dollars in a savings account, CD or money-market fund, you are slowly losing what you have saved or inherited and within a few short years could lose the bulk of what is remaining. It is being done in such a way that most people don’t notice. The hidden tax of inflation has been robbing you for quite some time and the pace and severity of this theft is increasing rapidly. If I sound alarmist, it is with intention.
The dollar has lost over 30% of its value in the past 7 years. That means if you held $100,000 in a savings account, you would now only be able to buy $70,000 worth of goods and services with it. You might still see the number “$100,000? on your statement, but because the government and Fed have been printing so much money, the value of all of those dollars has been declining rapidly and this drop in value is about to accelerate at breakneck speed. We could even witness a dollar collapse, in which case you will be lucky if your dollars maintain 10 or 20% of their current value. This means that everything that you have saved or worked hard for in life could quickly disappear if your wealth is stored in dollars. Those that purchased a home in the past 6-8 years already have a taste of how quickly this can happen.

2. Unemployment
But you have a good job, so new money will keep flowing in right? Maybe not. Unemployment in the United States is now officially reported at 10%. In California it is over 12%. These numbers are bad enough, but they are significantly under-reporting the true unemployment picture. You see, the government no longer counts those that have given up looking for a job because they are discouraged and couldn’t find work. It also doesn’t count those working a few hours per week, even though they want a full-time job. So the true statistic, as reported by Shadow Stats, is closer to 20%! 1 in 5 people in America do not have a full-time job. We are witnessing Depression-era unemployment.
They can talk about how the stock market and economy are rebounding until they are blue in the face, but if people can’t find work and don’t have money to buy things, there is no recovery. In fact, the stock market is actually crashing (measured in anything but dollars). So, with the threat of unemployment, making sure that your savings and investments will be there to fall back on is becoming increasingly important.

A History of How This Happened

1. Dropping of Gold Standard
Our money used to be backed by gold. It stated this right on the top of the bill and you could go to the bank and trade in dollars for gold or silver at anytime. This is what gave dollars value but when greedy politicians wanted to spend more than they had, usually to finance wars, they took the dollar off the gold standard. This allowed the government to print as much as they wanted without needing to worry about having enough gold to back it up. As a consequence, the printing press has been running at full speed and our dollars are now backed by nothing but the faith in the U.S. government.
The concept of using paper as money is relatively new in history, whereas gold and silver have been used as money for as long as humans began trading. Gold has and will always retain its value because it is scarce, divisible, indestructible, hard to extract from the ground, attractive to the eye, extremely industrious and in limited supply. Fiat currencies have come and gone and this brief period of being able to just print money out of thin air whenever the government needs it is coming to an end.

The U.S. has been able to get away with it for so long because we won World War II and set up the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Since then, everyone has used it to trade goods and settle international transactions, including oil trade.

2. Abuse of Reserve Currency Status
Our politicians have abused this power and the rest of the world is now looking to dump dollars and trade in for something more stable. This is big news. If the world no longer has to hold, trade and transact in U.S. dollars, what do you think will happen to their value, especially given that the supply has doubled in the last year alone?

China or Japan could crash the dollar by dumping their reserves and, while they are indeed dumping their dollars, they are doing it slowly so as to not create a sharp crash that leaves them holding the bag. However, as more and more people get rid of dollars and refuse to continue buying U.S. debt (for fear that the government won’t be able to pay it back), the dollar dumping is likely to accelerate and lead to a panic and crash in the currency. I don’t claim to be able to predict when this will happen, only that it will indeed happen. My guess is within the next 2-3 years.

Some Suggestions on What To Do
The absolute best hedge against the coming inflation is gold and silver, which have an inverse relationship to the dollar. As the dollar goes down, gold and silver go up. To protect against a decline in the dollar:

1. limit your exposure to U.S. dollars and dollar-denominated paper assets (stocks/bonds/etc.)
2. own tangible things that have true intrinsic value, not paper promises that can turn out to be worthless, as they have many times throughout history.

As you might have gathered by now, gold investing is not some get-rich-quick scheme. It is about protecting yourself and stopping the confiscation of your wealth. Granted, many precious metals investors will get very wealthy in the process, as gold has more than tripled in value since 2002 and many gold miners stocks have gone up more than 1000% in price. At the very minimum you should consider using precious metals as an “insurance policy” to protect your assets from what looks to be an inevitable dollar decline, if not an all out collapse.

Remember, while today’s price of over $1,000 gold is high, the inflation-adjusted high is actually closer to $2,300, suggesting gold still has plenty of upside. Many respected gold analysts believe it could reach $5,000 or $10,000 in the event of a dollar collapse and panic.
We are witnessing the greatest wealth transfer in the history of mankind. Are you protected? What side of the transfer will you be on?

Things I Believe Every Investor Should Do

Step 1: Get educated.
Don’t take my, or anyone else’s, word on this. Read books and newsletters on the subject and decide for yourself.
Step 2: Buy physical gold and silver and take possession of it
You can buy from your local coin shop or purchase from a number of online dealers that will store the gold for you. I highly recommend storing it outside of the U.S. banking system and outside of banks entirely if you can.
Step 3: Avoid “Fools Gold”
ETFs, pool accounts, futures contracts and leveraged accounts are not real gold. They are just paper promises often with no gold or silver behind them. Also avoid collector coins such as those sold in late-night infomercials. They have ridiculous premiums that are often several times above the metal content value in the coin.
Step 4: Invest in gold and silver mining companies.
The absolute best hedge against inflation is by investing in the companies that mine gold and silver. You get leverage of 2 to 4 times times the price appreciation of gold or silver. If gold goes up by 50%, your miners may very well double or triple in value. [Editor’s Note: In fact, gold went up 24% in 2009 versus the HUI at 42% (i.e. 1.75 times) and the Gold and Silver Companies Index (GSCI) which was up 85% (i.e. 3.5 times)]

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The LADA Group Reports…What Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve

qYou’ve heard a lot about the Federal Reserve these days, mainly in the context of bailing out this bank or buying that company. How much do you really know about the Federal Reserve? If you’re like most people in our country, you probably don’t know much; or at least, you don’t know the most important aspects of the Federal Reserve. If this begins the process of waking you up to your awful situation, then this could be the most important article you ever read.

Non Governmental

First, the Federal Reserve is not a governmental body. That’s right. It is not a governmental body whatsoever. It is actually a private bank owned by private—very private—bankers. No one knows the complete list of owners of the Federal Reserve, but the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Morgans, and Warburgs are its most prominent owners. Don’t worry if you thought it was governmental; It’s the name that throws everyone off, but as the saying goes, “it’s no more federal than Federal Express.” Not only is it non-governmental, but it operates with no Congressional oversight. That’s right. They answer to no one. Sure, the chairman, Ben Bernanke, goes to Congressional hearings and tells Congress what the economy is doing and what plans the FED has, but he does not answer to congress. He dictates the policy. Furthermore, Congress does not audit the Federal Reserve. Here’s an analogy for you: It’s like playing a game of Monopoly where you get to be the banker and no one will check to see whether you’re being honest with the money. That is the position of the Federal Reserve.


Because the Federal Reserve is non-governmental, it is unconstitutional. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution says that Congress will have power “to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof.” It’s very plain; the FED is unconstitutional because it is a private company doing the job of Congress. Yes, I’m aware that the Supreme Court upheld the Second Bank of US as constitutional. In essence, John Marshall said that Congress could charter the bank to perform the duties of the Federal government. I’m not saying that the idea of a central bank is unconstitutional; I’m all for a central bank that is owned and run by Congress. The current central bank, the Federal Reserve, is not an agent of Congress, but is the higher power. It is true that the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 claims that the Federal Reserve is subject to oversight by Congress. However, the fact of the matter is that this Congressional “oversight” of the Federal Reserve has never amounted to anything more than post facto spectatorship.

Who Designed It

One of the best resources on the Federal Reserve is The Creature of Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. In his book, Griffin tells of a secret meeting held at Jekyll Island in Georgia. It was here that secretive men set to paper the ideas for the Federal Reserve and began animating this monster. According to Griffin, the men responsible for the creation of FED were Nelson Aldrich, senator, Chairman of the National Monetary Commission, and father-in-law to John D. Rockefeller; Henry P. Davison, Sr. Partner of JP Morgan Company; A. Piatt Andrew, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Frank A. Vanderlip, President of National City Bank of New York, representative of William Rockefeller; Benjamin Strong, head of J.P. Morgan’s Bankers Trust Company; and Paul Warburg, partner of Kuhn, Loeb, & Company, representing the Rothschilds of Europe. Note that there were representatives from the three strongest banking families: Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and Morgans.

What Was Made

Essentially what came out of that meeting on Jekyll Island in 1910 was an agreement amongst the most powerful bankers to create a cartel wherein they would ensure not only their success in America but could profit to the maximum extent of their imaginations. They were very careful to make sure that no one knew they were meeting. They avoided being seen together at dinner, didn’t sit together on the train, and used false names or only first names to protect their dark secret. Frank Vanderlip later admitted, “If it were to be exposed publicly that our particular group had got together and written a banking bill, that bill would have no chance whatever of passage by Congress” (Quoted in Edwards, 11). Their secret was kept; the bill passed in the House and the Senate and Woodrow Wilson signed it into law. Later, President Wilson realized his mistake and lamented,

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men”.

Definitely FOR Profit

The Federal Reserve website claims to be a “non-profit” organization. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is they profit in many ways: taxes, federal spending, and bailouts to name a few. Many people are surprised when I tell them that every dime of Federal Income Taxes goes directly to the Federal Reserve; it does not go through the treasury. It is not used for any government service; It is used as an interest payment for the money that the Federal Reserve has loaned the government, but it’s not really their money. They just print it. So, every new dollar the Federal Reserve prints we, the people, pay back in taxes–or at least assume the debt of– and we pay for it again with inflation.

This is one of the most cunning and evil scams that has ever been perpetrated anywhere and at anytime in the history of the world.

They also love to do bailouts. Why? Every time they bailout a company or a country, they either 1) have issued a massive loan that is guaranteed by the taxpayer and by which they will profit immensely or 2) they take control of a company and/or a country at the expense of the taxpayer.

Furthermore, the FED has a history of tightening credit in our country to cause a bust in the economy (e.g. 1921, ’29, ’53, ’57, ’69, ’75, ’81, ’87, ’08) . Whenever this happens, you can be sure these bankers are using the crisis to their advantage by buying more companies and spreading to more industries. Does this sound familiar? Think of Bear Stearns, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, etc. Now, they have moved to GM, Chrysler, and the auto market. They are using money printed out of thin air. Then they will assign the debt to us, but do you think you will see a penny of dividend payments from these companies? The ways by which the Federal Reserve can profit are almost innumerable; but one thing is certain, they DEFINITELY do profit.

Why Haven’t I Heard of This?

If this is new to you, it’s because these same bankers own all the corporate media in the US and maintain the strongest influence over education in America, but trust me it is not new, and it is true. Shortly after the creation of the FED, men began to fight it. Here are some examples:

“We have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are U.S. government institutions. They are not government institutions. They are private credit monopolies; domestic swindlers, rich and predatory money lenders which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers. The Federal Reserve Banks are the agents of the foreign central banks. The truth is the Federal Reserve Board has usurped the Government of the United States by the arrogant credit monopoly which operates the Federal Reserve Board.” (Congressman Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking & Currency Committee, speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, June 10, 1932)

Next to fight the fight against the FED was Wright Patman:

“In the united States we have, in effect, two governments….We have the duly constituted Government….Then we have an independent, uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System, operating the money powers which are reserved to Congress by the Constitution.” (Congressman Wright Patman, Chairman of the House Banking & Currency Committee, speech on the House floor, 1967)

Here is what Barry Goldwater has said,

“Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders….The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and….manipulates the credit of the United States.”

And most recently Congressman Ron Paul on September 10, 2002 introduced a bill in the House to Abolish the Federal Reserve. The official platform for the Republican Party in Idaho is to abolish the Federal Reserve. So, while it is not covered in the media, it is talked about often by vigilant Americans.

Actually, the Federal Reserve is the fourth central bank America has had. The first two failed. The third central bank Andrew Jackson almost single-handedly shut down: “You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out.” He went on to say, “The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government are but premonitions of the fate that awaits the American people should they be deluded into the perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it.” The struggle is not new in America. It’s not that a central bank is bad; it’s that a bank owned by private bankers is beyond bad. This is round four. Will we have the fortitude to fight this “den of vipers” as Jackson did?

What to Do

Above all, we need to spread awareness. You can start by emailing this article to your friends and family. Please add social bookmarks such as digg, stumble, etc., if you’re into that sort of thing, to spread this news. This has to become common knowledge to the most common man before there will be enough outrage and power to stop this enslaving scheme. I leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

“If the America people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currencies, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their prosperity until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered”.

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LADA Group Reports on…American Standard of Living in Decline

We may have more vcrs, tvs, ipods, and computers but our standard of living is in the toilet. A look at some common stats will make that clear. The first step to fixing the problem is recognizing that we have one.

I don’t care what anyone says but it’s become totally clear to me that the economic path we have chosen is not working. Our standard of living is in decline. Sure, we may have more cars, more tvs, more iPods, but we’re working harder and harder to get them and borrowing more and more to afford them. As a country, I feel that we are poorer today than we were 8 years ago, and perhaps even than we were thirty years ago.

I believe at the root of the problem is one thing: the government’s calculation of inflation.

According to the government, inflation has remained tame over the last 8 years, rising less than 3-4% per year. Yet, we all know this number does not reflect reality. Here are some interesting stats:

The price of housing has more than doubled since 1997 in most parts of the country, resulting in mortgage payments that have taken a recent percent of a buyer’s salary. This is true even with record low interest rates factored in.
Health costs have been skyrocketing. In 2007, the average rise in health-care premiums is expected to be 12%. The average worker’s salary will go up less than 3%.
The price of energy is at record highs and shows no sign of coming down.
The price of food is increasing. Check how much you pay for a gallon of milk. I bet it’s almost double what you paid three or four years ago. I will concede that the price of junk food and McDonald’s has stayed the same or dropped.
Many forms of entertainment have increased in price. Been to a concert or sports game lately? The prices are ridiculous.
Trips and vacations in foreign countries now cost almost twice what they did just three or four years ago. The falling dollar has made us poor in the international community.
College educations are increasing at three to four times the rate of inflation. An education at a four year private school costs between $40-50,000 per year.

Why does the government fudge the inflation rate number? It does that to keep the cost of entitlement programs down. If the government says that inflation is only 2% then it only has to increase social security payments by 2%. This change was originally made to reduce entitlements without having to actually cut them and taking the political heat. After all, if inflation is really rising at 5% and you only raise social security by 2%, you’ve effectively cut the benfit by 3%.

About the only thing that hasn’t increased in price are cheap lead-painted toys, cloths, and consumer electronics imported from China.

So, has our standard of living increased or decreased?

You tell me. If you like buying cars, eating at McDonald’s, living in a household where two parents have to work to pay the mortgage, sitting in front of 3 tvs while you listen to MP3s on your IPod, I guess the argument could be made that thing have gotten better.

But if you are looking to eat healthy good, have time to exercise and spend time with your kids, want to take a trip, want to send your kids to college, want to see a concert, want to buy cloths from a place other than Target, then I’d say things have gotten worse.

So, I still wonder, are we living better now than we did 50 years ago?

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Silver as an Investment…LADA Group Hedge Fund

Silver, like other precious metals, may be used as an investment. For more than four thousand years, silver has been regarded as a form of money and store of value. However, since the end of the silver standard, silver has lost its role as legal tender in many developed countries such as the United States. In 2009, the main demand for silver was for industrial applications (40%), jewellery, bullion coins and exchange-traded products.

Silver price
Like most commodities, the price of silver is driven by speculation and supply and demand. Compared to gold, the silver price is notoriously volatile. This is because of lower market liquidity, and demand fluctuations between industrial and store of value uses. At times this can cause wide ranging valuations in the market, creating volatility.

Silver often tracks the gold price due to store of value demands, although the ratio can vary. The gold/silver ratio is often analyzed by traders, investors and buyers. In Roman times, the ratio was set at one to 12 or 12.5. In 1792, the gold/silver ratio was fixed by law in the United States at 1:15, which meant that one troy ounce of gold would buy 15 troy ounces of silver; a ratio of 1:15.5 was enacted in France in 1803.The average gold/silver ratio during the 20th century, however, was 1:47. The lower the ratio/number, the more expensive silver is compared to gold. Conversely the higher the ratio/number, the cheaper silver is compared to gold.

From September 2005 onwards, the price of silver has risen fairly steeply, being initially around $7 per troy ounce but reaching $14 per oz. for the first time by late April 2006. The monthly average price of silver was $12.61 per troy ounce during April 2006, and the spot price was around $15.78 per troy ounce on November 6, 2007. As of March 2008, it hovered around $20 per troy ounce. However, the price of silver plummeted 58% in October 2008, along with other metals and commodities, due to the effects of the credit crunch.  By April 2011, silver had rebounded to reach a 31-year high hitting $49.21 per ounce on April 29, 2011 due to economic concerns about inflation and uncertainty regarding bailouts in the Eurozone.

Hedge against financial stress
Silver, like all precious metals, may be used as a hedge against inflation, deflation or devaluation. As Joe Foster, portfolio manager of the New York-based Van Eck International Gold Fund, explained in September 2010:
The currencies of all the major countries, including ours, are under severe pressure because of massive government deficits. The more money that is pumped into these economies – the printing of money basically – then the less valuable the currencies become.

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What is Stewardship? Whatablessing Reports….

A steward is one entrusted with managing the property of another. Jesus outlined some of the responsibilities of a steward in the parable of the talents. A steward must maintain and protect, nurture and develop the ‘talents’ or property of his Master.

The whole of Creation, including our own bodies, our daily lives, our homes, and our families, was made by God. He owns it all. In Genesis, when And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moved upon the earth. (Gen. 1:28)

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth (Gen. 9:1)

He was naming us as stewards, giving us the honor of being responsible for His Works. Everything we do acts out that stewardship, and needs to be done as well, as carefully, and as gladly as if God was going to inspect our work when we’re finished each task. What a monumental (and occasionally daunting) thought!

The local church is the hope of the world!” I believe this with all my heart,
especially in these challenging days when pressing social issues and tragic world events have made life difficult and precarious for so many.

But if the local church is to live out its redemptive potential, it must provide not
only hope but practical help and biblical teaching that meet people at their points of need. One of the most critical needs today is helping people come to grips with their finances. For many, a majority of their waking hours are spent making money, worrying about money, fighting over money or. trying to protect their money The church risks marginalizing itself when it fails to address a topic of such magnitude.

In addition, if the church ignores the abundance of scriptural teaching about our relationship to money, it fails to prepare its people in a major discipleship area of life. I believe there is no such thing as being right with God and wrong with your money. Unfortunately, as church leaders we often feel uncomfortable teaching on money.

Let’s take a look at how we can move toward addressing this overarching topic
with integrity and power..

As we begin, let’s remind ourselves that in and of itself, money is neutral. It’s
simply a medium of exchange. It can be used for great good or for great evil.
However, to stop there would be incomplete.

But the fact that so much of Jesus’ teaching was about our relationship to money and possessions suggest there is something unique about it. Why did he single out money as the one thing we could not serve and still serve God? Why did he indicate that the deceitfulness of riches chokes out God’s Word in our lives and makes it unfruitful? Some authors suggest that it was because money has a spiritual force or power that attempts to draw our allegiance to itself and away from God. Jesus seemed to understand that more than any other thing; money had the power to reveal the true condition of a person’s heart.

As leaders who wish to effectively teach from a biblical perspective, there are
some things that would be helpful to understand about money and our
relationship to it.

• Understand that money is a powerful thing. It can become the idol that
makes it harder to enter the Kingdom than for a camel to fit through the
eye of a needle … or that can cause us to build bigger barns to store our
surplus only to be labeled by God as “fools.”

• Understand that our culture assigns money god-like powers. The
culture says, “Money is all powerful, it makes things happen” (Perhaps
true in some circles of influence but not in the truly important arenas of
life.) The culture says, “Money provides ultimate security” (On paper my
future may seem monetarily secure but earthly treasures are subject to
rust, moths and thieves — not to mention economic downturns!)

• Understand that the best way to break money’s hold is to be
generous with it. The act of giving money away in God honoring ways
dramatically breaks the hold it can otherwise have on us — while blessing
the receiver and providing the giver a joy found in no other way.

• Understand that money and possessions are simply entrustments.
God is the owner, we are trustees. Trustees have the responsibility to use
the resources entrusted to them in ways that the owner has designated,
not in ways that satisfy the trustee’s whims.

• Understand that sacrifice is often blessing in disguise. He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Think of your own example of giving up something that seemed like a sacrifice at the time only to have it become, often unexpectedly, a blessing in disguise. These understandings will allow us as leaders to relate to money to money and possessions in a God-honoring way while giving us freedom and joy in an area of life so often fraught with anxiety and bondage. From that place we can then lead our churches to tackle this challenge through ongoing stewardship ministry.

Four key principles to keep in mind when implementing stewardship

1. The objective of the ministry is life transformation, not increased giving.
Effective stewardship ministry is about heart change. I like to use the term,
transformational stewardship in describing this principle. Although it’s true that an effective stewardship ministry will increase giving, increased giving is not the primary intent. The primary purpose of the ministry is to help the congregation live a God-honoring financial lifestyle and grow spiritually.

2. Senior leadership, staff and laity, must be on board and supportive of the
ministry, helping to cast the vision. They must also be committed to living out
biblical financial principles in their own lives.

3. The ministry is for everyone, not just those in financial difficulty. This
needs to be communicated from day one. All of us are under the influence of
incredibly persuasive messages in our culture that are diametrically opposed to
biblical principles. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much
will be demanded”(Luke 12:48, NIV). Most Christians in North America have
much, but few understand what is demanded of them from a biblical perspective.

4. Stewardship ministry must include three elements: teaching the “what
and why”, training in the “how to”, and providing support and
encouragement. Teaching takes place in the pulpit and in workshops and
seminars. The workshops and seminars also provide the training necessary for
the individual to take the teaching and apply it to their daily lives. Support and
encouragement can come in a number of ways. Perhaps the most effective way
is through trained volunteer counselors who provide ongoing assistance to
individuals and families, making the transition from worldly to biblical ways of
managing their resources.

If  today’s church leadership will take up the challenge, I’m convinced the vision of the stewardship movement, of which I’m a part, “that every church and every believer would experience the spiritual, emotional and relational joy and freedom that results from practicing biblically based financial stewardship” can become a reality.

At one time ,until 1971, the dollar we used in everyday business and trade had GOLD behind it.( REAL MONEY HAS BEEN GOLD AND SILVER FOR 5000 YEARS.) The money we use now has nothing but empty promises, backed up by nothing but government printing presses, that prints more each day, making every dollar in circulation worth a little less. It is an illusion of money created out of thin air to deceive and rob the people of their hard earned wealth. Debt, credit and inflation are all the same, created by bankers with printed money unchecked by having gold and silver behind it.

AII FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES  are borrowed money with interest due on them, exchangeable for nothing (but more fiat currency) and irredeemable for nothing.

Real money is redeemable in GOLD AND SILVER. Go to: http://whatablessing.net  for more information.


The term portfolio refers to any collection of financial assets such as stocks, bonds and cash. Portfolios may be held by individual investors and/or managed by financial professionals, hedge funds, banks and other financial institutions.

It is a generally accepted principle that a portfolio is designed according to the investor’s risk tolerance, time frame and investment objectives. The dollar amount of each asset may influence the risk/reward ratio of the portfolio and is referred to as the asset allocation of the portfolio

First of all, did you know that today 91 % of all financial transactions are already electronic? The computer revolution is gradually replacing the need for any cash or currency at all. The reasons are simple: E-Money is more convenient, faster, and cheaper than paper currencies — but what should we as Christians make of this?

What Assets do you currently have in your Portfolio that pays you electronically?


With inflation on the way up, the cost of living always going up and the general economy going down, a lot of people are looking to get involved

With continued quantitative easing, i.e., printing paper money, world fiat currencies continue to lose their purchasing power.

The world over, here’s what’s going on:
People are losing their homes through foreclosures
People are losing their jobs through downsizing
People are filing for bankruptcy
Business are shutting down
People are losing their hard-earned savings and investments on the world stock markets

Gold and silver have been used as money for thousands of years.

The majority of global economies use debt-based currencies, so a true hedge against inflation becomes necessary. This is because, all debt-based currencies lose their value with each year.

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