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Bev – Cancer Update

Dear Friends,

The past week has been among the happiest of my life! For the past five months, my wife, Bev has battled breast cancer that spread to her bones. Bev has experienced excruciating pain almost every day . . . until last week.

The pain in her ribs, hip, and back had been diminishing, but her knee then flared up, and she could not walk unaided. An MRI determined that it was not cancer, but a torn meniscus – thank our Lord! Last week we went to an orthopedic surgeon to have him examine the MRI and schedule surgery.

When Larry Burkett was fighting his renal cell cancer, he used to tell me, “Howard, there’s a big difference between doctors who were at the top of their medical school class and those at the bottom of their class. Get a smart one. The Lord did just that by bringing us, Dr. Mintzer, who works on million dollar knees as the orthopedic physician for the Orlando Magic basketball team. He took one look at Bev and told her she didn’t need surgery and that he didn’t need the money from the surgery.

She left with one quick shot to the knee, and Continue reading Bev – Cancer Update

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Bev Cancer Update & Larry Burkett 10th Anniversary

Dear Friends,

I want to bring you current on my wife’s progress in fighting cancer and reflect on the tenth anniversary of Larry Burkett passing away July 4th.

BEV: on Wednesday we met with her radiologist who has an excellent reputation. We really liked him! He confirmed that her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones and told us that it is located in many more spots than we previously had been told.  The hormone medication that she started taking five days ago should be able to control the cancer – Lord willing!

He prescribed 15 radiation treatments in the pelvis area (5 treatments a week for 3 weeks) starting on Monday. When we asked about the side effects, he responded, “The only side effect you should have is becoming pain free!” She will also receive an intravenous medication that is intended to strengthen her cancer weakened bones. Her bones have been so damaged that Bev is severely limited in what she can do for exercise because of the risk of bone fracture.

We continue to be blown away at the outpouring of support and prayer on Bev’s behalf! Thank you is such an inadequate word for the gratitude we feel toward all of you standing with her. She remains completely at peace, snuggled in the love of Christ, clinging to His promises and Continue reading Bev Cancer Update & Larry Burkett 10th Anniversary

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Steve Moore

Five weeks ago, to the day, I received a hasty email. Steve Moore, my close friend and co-host of the Compass half-hour call-in radio program, MoneyWise, was going in for unexpected heart by-pass surgery.

If anyone was not a candidate, for what turned out to be quintuple by-pass, it was Steve Moore. Steve often rides his bicycle more than 25 miles a day and is lean and in great shape.  For the past 22 years, Steve has been the extraordinarily talented co-host of this program—first with Larry Burkett and then with me. He is not only extraordinarily gifted at his profession, he is an ardent follower of Jesus Christ . . . and did I mention Steve is a hoot to work with. He is so much fun!

Today was his first day back on the job, and we were a pair! Steve, recovering from his major surgery, and me from my week-long bout of laryngitis.

Steve often bikes with a group of riders, some of whom do not yet know Christ as their savior. He has shared with them how they can come to know Jesus as their personal savior, and several of them have responded, “That’s fine, but I’ll think about it later. I’ve got plenty of time to make that decision.”

Steve told me that once the pain in his heart went from mild discomfort to serious pain, he didn’t have the ability to do anything. He was so overwhelmed with pain and the Continue reading Steve Moore

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Gaining Perspective

Dear Friends,

James 4:14 says, “Yet you do not know your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

Occasionally, the Lord graciously reminds us that life is short and very uncertain.

While on a trip to Kentucky a week ago, I was brushing my teeth when for the first time suddenly the right side of my face went numb. On the right side, my lips drooped, I was unable to close my eye and couldn’t even wiggle my ear.

God had my undivided attention! Quickly, I called my doctor and described the symptoms, and he said, “Sounds like a stroke. Take some aspirin to Continue reading Gaining Perspective

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Update From Howard 12/5

Dear Friends,

As I mentioned is my last blog, I learned the painful way on Thanksgiving day that I had a very large kidney stone that had started its journey down from the kidney. I am scheduled to have surgery this morning (Monday) to remove it and would covet your prayers . . . fortunately, they knock you out for this procedure 🙂

A couple of years ago when I was seeking the Lord’s direction on whether to start Compass, He spoke clearly to me through Isaiah 43:18-19 which says, “Do not call to mind for the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Behold, I [the Lord] am going to do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it. I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert.” When you examine that passage closely, the real focus is on the word “I”. The Lord alone said that He was going to do something new, and that no obstacle was going to be too difficult for Him to overcome to accomplish His purpose. There is no—zero—room for pride on our part, because it’s solely the Lord who is accomplishing it.

We recently learned about one of those new things that is springing forth: Our 30 minute call-in radio program, MoneyWise, is among the four finalist for the National Religious Broadcaster’s “Best Radio Program of the Year!” There is no explanation for this other than the gracious hand of God—especially when you consider that when we started the year we had no plan to do the program. Unexpectedly, an opportunity opened in February and because of the extraordinary generosity of many Christian radio stations, by March we were on the air.

The challenge was that we hadn’t budgeted anything for the cost of producing and airing the program . . . have you ever had those times where He makes it clear you are to step out in faith trusting in God alone? This was one of those for us! The Lord has stretched our faith, but met our needs. As the late Larry Burkett used to say, “God’s never late, but rarely early” 🙂

I want to use this opportunity to thank Steve Moore, the executive producer and co-host of MoneyWise. Steve is a remarkable talent who served as co-host with Larry Burkett for almost 20 years and then with me. The Lord has graciously surrounded us at MoneyWise with skilled producers Rich Roszel, Kent Covington and Johnny Franklin—two of these men previously worked with Steve for almost 20 years.

We are honored beyond words to even be numbered among the finalist for this award. If you want to learn more, check out: NRB Honors 2012 Media Awards Nominees

Isn’t walking with Jesus Christ an adventure! Times of challenge that stretch our faith! Times of undeserved blessing that test our pride! But always we can be in His presence and experience His joy. “In the presence of the Lord is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

Love in Jesus,
Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.

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Update from Howard – Sept 6

Dear Friends,

Trust you enjoyed a terrific Labor Day weekend.

God’s view of work: Labor Day certainly is a good time to reflect on our work and the Lord’s perspective of it. I’ll never forget that first time I learned that the very first thing that God did with Adam was to “Put him in the garden to cultivate and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). In the sinless environment of the garden of Eden, God instituted work for our benefit!

And if that’s not enough, do you know who is your real boss? Colossians 3:23-24 tell us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men . . . it is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Amazing! We actually work for Jesus Christ, not the person who hands out our paycheck. And because we work for Christ, our attitude toward work and those who are our superiors should reflect the Lord . . . I only wish I’d known that when I was serving in the Navy in Viet Nam under Lt. Commander Mac! My attitude wasn’t exactly the best…lol.

Calling all Coaches: We decided in March when we launched our half hour call-in radio program, MoneyWise, that we wanted to respond to everyone who called asking us a financial question. Unfortunately, we’re not able to have everyone on the program, so we follow-up by connecting all of them with a coach. We’ve been wonderfully blessed to have Sam and Sandy Register serve as the volunteer coordinator of our coaches. But they needed to resign so they could home school their three grandchildren . . . talk about blessed grandkids!

Soooooo, if you or someone you know would like to serve in this capacity, I’d be grateful is you could contact my assistant, Kelly, at klaughridge@compass1.org. Please pray with us that the Lord will bring us just the right person!

Business By The Book: About 8 years ago, the Lord prompted me to author a small group study and a DVD series based on Larry Burkett’s classic book, Business By The Book. Our president, Dave Rae, is now working on a complete refreshment and improvement of these materials. He convened a wonderful focus group of people involved in ministry to the business community last week to secure their input. The time was fantastic! The Lord’s hand is clearly on this project, and we hope to begin conducting pilot groups before the end of the year.

Your Money Counts audio book: Whew . . . finally finished recording the last chapter of the audio book for Your Money Counts. It’s our objective to have all of our written books in audio book format as well. So many people today prefer to listen rather than read, and we want to make it available to them. We’ll let you know when it’s been edited and it’s ready to download.

What should I invest my money today?: That’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. We’ve just assembled a small group of godly investors to work on helping to answer that question. We’re going to study and meditate on different passages from the Bible dealing with how to handle resources in times of financial upheaval. Then communicate weekly as we pray and fast for God’s direction. We’ll let you know what we’re learning . . .

Thankful for you!

Warmly in Christ,
Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.

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July 4th!

Dear Friends,

July 4th!

Whenever we celebrate Independence Day, I always think of two close friends who gave their lives to helping Americans remain free.

Bob Crosby was my “big brother” during College. He was the upper classman who invested time and money in showing me (a totally clueless freshman) the ropes and helping me not make too many bone headed decisions. He died in Vietnam the year before I was stationed there. It’s impossible for me to say the pledge of allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner without tearing up and thinking about Bob and his sacrifice.

The other friend, was a friend to many of you: Larry Burkett. Fittingly, Larry passed away on July 4, 2003. Larry gave his life to helping God’s people be freed from the slavery of debt, and becoming free to serve Jesus Christ. Larry understood that “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7), and he was passionate about helping God’s people. In 2000, I was so honored when Larry approached me about the possibility of merging our two ministries into what became Crown Financial Ministries. I miss him terribly, but look forward eagerly to the time we’ll see him once again—in heaven—forever!

As you enjoy time today with family and friends, I hope you can carve some moments to reflect on the most sacrificial gift of all time—the one of Jesus Christ. The sinless Son of God taking our sins upon himself so that we could be completely reconciled to God, and enjoy eternal life. Remember, life is short and eternity is long, and what we do for Christ during our time on earth will last forever.

Love in Christ,

Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.