Money Talks

6 ways to teach your kids about finance   Special to 85085 Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.  Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than 20 percent of teacher ...

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Remembering the Blessings

Creative ways to be thankful with family this holiday season   By Pastor David and Kelley Bowen Standing Stones Community Church/Standing Stones Christian Academy Do people look at your family and think it should be the poster family for the next Hallmark movie? That’s nice that others think that, but you know the truth. As the calendar turns to November, hearts and nerves begin to focus on Thanksgivin ...

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The Meaning of Veterans Day

Traditions and history of the holiday By Judge Gerald A. Williams   What we now know as Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as such in 1919 after World War I had ended the year before on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m.). Years later, a World War II veteran organized a parade to honor all ...

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Teach Contentment

Guide kids to look inward, not outward to external fads and gadgets By Pastor David Bowen   After the family dinner, my girls have a saying: “I’m full, but I still have an ice cream spot” – meaning even after a good meal, there is still room for ice cream. Who doesn’t like a sweet dessert to finish off a good meal? However, have you ever noticed that after eating sweets, you are still hungry afterward? ...

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5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

Just summer groove, when it's it time seems to like get you've back into gotten your into school your routine, for which parents can and cause both students relief alike. and Even stress if at your the kids same are fairlytime school after a adaptable, summer of big limited changes like scheduling heading can be back to stressful. the busy Head off back-to-school potential season problems with as you these ...

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Pastor David Bowen encourages families to consider what they value

Family Values  Pastor David Bowen encourages families to consider what they value. What a family values and how a family expresses those values is often passed down from generation to generation. Although every family's list of values may be different, there are some common values that are cross-cultural and have no age or gender restrictions such as social, work, and moral values. Teaching values, modeling ...

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Pastor David Bowen dives in to marriage traditions

“I Do”  Pastor David Bowen dives in to marriage traditions. By David Bowen February is known as the month for love. Love leads to marriages. The wedding ceremony has very deep roots and traditions that go far beyond TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Why is there a groom's side and a bride's side? Going back to ancient times, it was not uncommon for a father to offer one of his daughters as a peace offering to res ...

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Pastor David Bowen on passing the baton to 2018

What Lies Ahead Pastor David Bowen on passing the baton to 2018. According to Track and Field Magazine, there is a right way and a wrong way to pass a baton in a relay race. “Incoming runners must work hard to avoid dramatic changes in speed late in their leg. Outgoing runners position themselves in a stance that will allow acceleration and will allow them to see the incoming runner approach. The outgoing r ...

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Christmas through the eyes of a child shows what the holiday is all about

Reason for the Season  Christmas through the eyes of a child shows what the holiday is all about. By David Bowen Last month I was running some errands with my daughters. We stopped at the normal places; we first hit Costco and then Walmart. At both stops, as we entered the store, lights were illuminating huge Christmas displays. Obviously, all of us immediately thought, “Christmas, let’s go look!” It’s alwa ...

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Turn holiday gatherings into a family-history research project

A Look Back Turn holiday gatherings into a family-history research project. By Avery Coffman  The Thanksgiving season represents the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking of taking a deep dive into their family history. All those grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins gathering to feast on turkey possess a treasure trove of genealogical information and family stories. “Interviewing family mem ...

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