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Hurricane Sandy

What do the hurricane “Sandy” and Steve Jobs’ new yacht have in common?

Sandy was the largest storm (1000 miles in circumference) on record to smash into the US east coast. Dozens lost their lives, some 8 million people lost power, and the damage to property is estimated to be north of $50 billion. I talked with a close friend this morning from Connecticut, and he told of the devastation. He ended by saying, “Our family is safe and that’s all that matters. Our things might be gone, but we’re safe.”

About the same time as Sandy was coming on shore and a year after his death, Steve Jobs’ 256 foot super yacht was launched. Think of the gazillions of dollars and all Jobs’ time and effort invested in this yacht that he will never sail.

People invest so much money and time in accumulating things that are so fragile and uncertain. I Timothy 6:17 cautions us, “Do not fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but only on God.”

We are called by the Lord to be faithful stewards of all that He entrusts to us. We are to work hard, to give generously, to get out of debt and to save and invest. BUT, we must Continue reading Hurricane Sandy

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Update From Howard 10/10

Dear Friends,

Where do we invest in this economy?: A experienced stock market investor just told me, “When I buy into the stock market, I no longer feel as if I’m making a well researched investment; instead, it’s more like a well researched bet. World economies and the market are just so uncertain and volatile.”  Well, Ecclesiastes 11:2 wisely counsels us to “Divide your portion to 7 or even 8, because you do not know what misfortune will occur upon the earth.” So, please diversify your investments . . .

Long Johns Packed: Bev and I are headed out to Colorado Springs—with 11 inches of snow on the ground—for our second annual Compass Retreat. It will be just a little different weather from the high 80s of Florida. Who chose the Colorado Springs location at this time of year anyhow? Oh, yes, it was me!

Please pray that our team of about 60, from as far away as India and Latin America, will have a terrific time together as we seek to grow closer to Christ and each other and hear His direction for Compass.

Your Money Counts going digital: You can now get the book Your Money Counts for your Kindle, and we’re beginning to work on getting it ipad and Android tablet ready.

Eternity: The death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, once again brought eternity into sharp focus for me. I’m among the many who admire Apple and the amazing advancements in technology that Mr. Jobs orchestrated. This ministry and my family have personally benefited greatly from his  contributions to our electronic lives. But as soon as I learned of his passing, my first thought wasn’t about his accomplishments, it was about his eternal destiny. I can only pray that Steve Jobs knows Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Jesus told us with unmistakable clarity, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

May those of us who know Jesus, be grateful that we are children of God. And may we be committed to pray for and tell those who don’t yet know Him about the good news of the Savior.

Warmly in Christ,


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