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Some time ago, people popularly wore and asked the question, “What would Jesus do?” Regarding the clothing, some said, “Jesus wouldn’t wear that!”, but a good answer to the question perhaps is more thoughtful.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Yes, I am one of “those” people.  About thirty minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while listening to Nat King Cole croon about chestnuts.  I usually resist breaking out my collection of “international” Santa figurines–including Las Vegas Santa indulging his gambling addiction on the slots–until after Halloween.  But once I’ve polished off my kids’ trick-or-treat candy, I go into full-out Christmas-prep beast mode.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Yes, I am one of “those” people.  About thirty minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while listening to Nat King Cole croon about chestnuts.  I usually resist breaking out my collection of “international” Santa figurines–including Las Vegas Santa indulging his gambling addiction on the slots–until after Halloween.  But once I’ve polished off my kids’ trick-or-treat candy, I go into full-out Christmas-prep beast mode.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

Yes, I am one of “those” people.  About thirty minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while listening to Nat King Cole croon about chestnuts.  I usually resist breaking out my collection of “international” Santa figurines–including Las Vegas Santa indulging his gambling addiction on the slots–until after Halloween.  But once I’ve polished off my kids’ trick-or-treat candy, I go into full-out Christmas-prep beast mode.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

Recently, it was on the November ballot pertaining to the relatively newly approved Texas Gold Buillion Depository. Buillion can include gold bars or even gold coins. Few people realize it but Texas pays about $1 million a year to store its gold in New York. Personally, I have advocated for years that Texas and other States should have gold storehouses. Gold is a standard of value that has always had some measure of 'worth' or 'value'. Never in mankind's history has the value of gold went down to Zero....Never !!!

WE hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, too. Get your Merry Christmases ready – 25 days and counting.

Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

"Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities." - Theodore Roosevelt (in his inaugural address from March 4, 1905)

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

When Rip Van Winkle awoke after 20 years, his neighbors gasped at his return and then chuckled at how worn out Rip must have been by a simple game of nine-pin bowls and whatever beverage those other fellows were serving.

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

As I wrap up my sermon series at the church on the Ten Commandments, I ask which one is the hardest for me to keep? By the way, none of us obey any commandment perfectly. We all break them, all of them, in one way or another.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”

Awe, the innocence of a child and the look of wonderment across their face can be priceless and so it was for this grandmother when her 5-year-old granddaughter, Emory, asked if she would be writing any more books. Her reply to the child was, “Yes, I do plan on writing more. In fact, I have just written one and the title is the ‘Farting Four-Toed Troll.’”

War has come to my yard!  But this battle doesn’t involve modern conventional weapons with individual rounds of ammunition that cost almost as much as my eldest and most expensive daughter’s wardrobe.  Instead, this is a battle against one of the most annoying forces of nature known to man–the scourge of autumn leaves.