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Louisiana Baptist Foundation News

Monday
Jan212013

The Master’s Touch Revisited

Published: La Baptist Message, November 2012 No doubt, many of us are familiar with the poem by Myra Brooks Welch “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” The poem was later set to music and recorded by several well-known artists including Louisiana’s own Wayne Watson. The song describes what happens when a worn out violin is placed in the hands of a master violinist.

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Monday
Jan212013

Retirement: Not Just a Number 

by Wayne Taylor, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptist Foundation Published in the La Baptist Message, March 2012 Planning for retirement typically centers around numbers; either saving an amount of money or attaining a certain age to receive Social Security or a company retirement plan. There is a TV commercial for a financial company that promotes the idea that retirement is a number: accumulating the amount of money we need to live comfortably without a paycheck from employment. I confess that I viewed retirement that way, until recently.

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Monday
Jan212013

Retirement Plans: Still an Opportunity for Giving  

Published in Louisiana Baptist Message, MARCH 2012. With the enactment of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 through the end of 2011, individuals had the opportunity to use their Individual Retirement Accounts to make gifts directly to charitable and ministries. Under this provision, Charitable IRA Rollover, the IRA owner could instruct the custodian to make a distribution directly to a church, college or other charitable organization.

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Thursday
Oct132011

In a difficult economy, you should still plan to give

Giving USA, a research foundation that publishes data and trends about charitable giving, recently released its annual report on philanthropy for the year 2010. The good news is that charitable giving increased by just over 2 percent this last year.

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Thursday
Oct132011

Her life was ordinary and yet — extraordinary

She married late in life and moved from her home in Mississippi to Baton Rouge with her husband.

She lived in the same house for almost 50 years. She walked to the nearby grocery store on Plank Road for her basic provisions.

Because she never learned to drive, her husband or friends drove her where she needed to go. And she loved working for the Lord in her local church.

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