Four Guidelines for Financial Planning

By Matt DeBall Financial planning is important, and it’s been great to talk about it this month. Marcia Shetler identified the new rules for financial planning for young adults in comparison to past generations. Jacqueline Painter of Everence highlighted the … Continue reading

Money autobiography

By Matt DeBall Crossovers always have the potential to be energizing and enjoyable. Sometimes they happen on our favorite TV show or in a beloved movie series (special shout out to fellow fans of DC Comics or Marvel). Other times … Continue reading

Steps for Conquering Student Debt

By Matt DeBall I remember very clearly when God nudged me to pursue ministry as a career. I also remember the palatable community atmosphere of a Christian college, and knowing that it was God’s next step for me. Though both of … Continue reading

How to Give More During Lent (and Beyond) – Part 2

By Matt DeBall We began this month with an introduction post by Marcia Shelter that invited us to  consider how we can “give more” during Lent—taking a step beyond the traditional trend of “giving something up” for Lent. Two weeks … Continue reading

Money, marriage, and faith

By Matt DeBall When my wife, Chelsea, and I were preparing for marriage, our church asked us to participate in a pre-marriage counseling course. This included meeting with a more experienced married couple who could mentor us. Many topics were … Continue reading

How living affordably in college expresses your faith

By Matt DeBall Going to college is an important decision that establishes independence. As young people branch out on their own and possibly even move away from home, they are able to begin living more directly in line with their … Continue reading

Seven Suggestions for Gift Giving

By Matt DeBall “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Gift giving is a hallmark of the holidays. God set the … Continue reading

Move Mountains

During January the COMPASS blog is sharing space for financial new year’s resolutions. The series continues as regular contributor Matt DeBall, shares some thoughts about January being “A new beginning,” and about praying, saving, giving, resting, and community.  January. A new … Continue reading