2007 Debt Free Living

Author: Gareth Duffty

2007 has arrived! I wonder what 2007 means to you? Has the beginning of the year seen you set New Year’s resolutions or are you one of the growing numbers who simply don’t set them. Are you one of these people who are frustrated with the whole notion due to previous years of failed resolutions, developing a ‘what is the point’ attitude ‘things will just be the same?’ We are faced with ever changing life-styles and lives advancing at a fast pace. Society has a goal of turning everyone into a consumer gadget freak, having to continuously upgrade everything we own, even our lives. We are judged on questions like, ‘how upgraded are you?’, a state associated with quality of life in the techie-culture that pervades us.

2007 will be yet another year of upgrades. If you own a computer, or to be honest anything today, upgrades have become a way of life. If it’s your TV, the move from analogue to digital, and now hot on its heels - HD. The pursuit of the next and best options - a new car, it’s the upgraded, fully functioning, redesign, new and improved item!

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With Unveiled Faces

Author: Jeremy Williams

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

It’s a fact that the world is divided into two groups: those that tan easily and those that don’t. It’s a sad fact because I am in the latter camp. I’m the type that has to slather on Factor 50 and sit indoors wearing a ski jacket on holiday, in the hope that I’ll avoid my pasty white skin turning an angry ketchup shade. On a recent holiday to the Mediterranean, a tour guide asked me how my first day was going – despite the fact that our two weeks was nearly up – because of my pale complexion.

People who tan don’t know how lucky they are: for weeks afterward, everyone can see that they’ve been somewhere hot and distant. But tans fade eventually. Within weeks, normality has been resumed, and there’s no longer anything to show for the holiday.

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What Are You Looking At?

Author: Mike Hughes

My wife and I have been trying to purchase a new house, having sold ours about 6 weeks ago. We have spent hours reading Estate Agent’s literature. Quite frankly, much of what we have read has been downright misleading. We saw one house described in the details as being in a quiet backwater location. It was in fact accessed down a narrow lane running the length of a derelict factory, with a lovely view of a British Gas depot at the end. Another house was noted as having the advantage of being close to local transport links. It was a hair’s breadth from a railway line. A third house, praised for its wonderful rural aspect, turned out to be annexed to a pig slaughter farm. There is no better smell than bacon frying, but no worse smell than it initially dying.

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Potential buyers have to be lured with language that omits certain fundamental flaws of the property they are considering. An alternative method used is to put a positive spin on the property which either makes its weaknesses seem desirable, or its basic features seem like a bonus.

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