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I launched it in 2010 to resource Christian pastors, teachers, leaders, and individuals regarding matters of faith. I broadened it in 2013 to add a Personal Finance section, designed to help people living in the U.S. manage their money. Also in 2013, I started the IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) section as a place to post wide-ranging items, primarily social and political content. To keep up with additions to this site, just subscribe to my email or RSS feed.

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A snippet about Tim

In May 2010, I retired from 18 years as senior pastor of New Life Nazarene Church, Cupertino, CA. It is a church full of wonderful people. When I retired, there were three different language congregations - English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. A Spanish language congregation started worshipping there in January 2013. Robin and I continue as members and regular attendees at New Life. If you are in the area and drop by, please look us up.

Before that, I spent 22 years in engineering and business management while actively involved in local churches wherever we lived: Ohio, New York, and (mostly) California. My secular career was in integrated circuit development at (mostly) National Semiconductor, and as Vice President of Operations through the startup years of Cadence Design Systems, an electronic design automation company.

As surprising as it seems, the same woman who married me in 1967 remains as my partner. Along the way, we raised two kids and now enjoy three grandkids.

For more, go to Tim's Bio.

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  • Credit Card Minimum Payments Assume your credit card balance is $5,000 at an 18% annual rate. Every month the credit card company requires a minimum payment of 4% of the current balance, or ...
    Posted May 21, 2017, 6:52 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Two new tools for couples Because of recent premarriage counseling projects, I added two new resources to the Advice for Couples toolbox.The first is "Responding to Conversation Bids." It explains how best to respond ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 2:29 PM by Tim Isbell
  • My favorite financial podcasts, blogs, and enews I like to listen to podcasts while walking or doing another exercise, and when driving to and from appointments. One category I enjoy is finance and economics. So I decided ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:08 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Tax tip for 70-year-olds A couple of years ago I posted about Tax-Smart Donations. It included the wisdom of using some or all of your Retired Minimum Distributions (RMD) for charitable contributions. For ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:37 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Lord's Prayer Tip I'm continually on the lookout for tips to enrich my prayer life. Here's a personal example of one that I developed over the past few weeks. It comes ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 9:56 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Christian Freedom is not an oxymoron God invites Christians to live each day in the freedom and reality of sons and daughters of God, spontaneously responding to the challenges and call of God in every unforeseeable ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 8:30 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Advice for Christian dating Sharon Rauenzahn is a good friend of mine over many years. Back in the 1990s, I was her pastor, and she led our youth group. A boy in the group ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2016, 11:03 AM by Tim Isbell
  • A Thomas Merton Advent thought & another Advent Reading Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 6:35 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Lectionary Preaching I recently responded to a query from a young pastor who is planning to begin preaching the Revised Common Lectionary Scripture set on the first Sunday of Advent (this coming ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 7:46 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Another new Advent Reading The first Sunday of Advent is upon us and we've just posted a new Advent Reading: Call to Action, Call to Faith! This one joins six others from previous ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:18 PM by Tim Isbell
  • President Trump - perspective from a Hillary supporter It’s the morning after the election which surprised many Americans and people around the world - including me.I am deeply disappointed in the outcome and apprehensive of virtually all ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:09 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Smart donation strategy for retirees Do you know that people above age 70.5 can directly transfer up to $100,000 from a traditional, tax-deferred retirement account to charity every year, have it count ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 7:04 PM by Tim Isbell
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The photo at the top of this Home page

Every few weeks I change the picture at the top of this Home Page. Sometimes it's one I took with my smartphone. Other times it's from a friend, who is usually a much better photographer than I am. 

I (Tim) took the current one on one of my frequent walks around Saratoga Village, where we live.