MoneyWise Live | August 15, 2018

Barriers to Contentment

Show Notes

Teaching His disciples not to worry about food and clothing, Jesus said, “ ...your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.  Godly advice then and now. Are you content with what God has provided or is something getting in your way?

Why Contentment is important for Christians - We profess to believe in God and to believe that He is always faithful. God has promised to provide for our needs and if we’re not content with His provision, we’re guilty not only of greed and disbelief and we’re essentially telling the Lord that his provision is not enough?

Steve and Rob have some fun and discuss the differences between the character Johnny Rocco in the classic movie "Key Largo" and the Apostle Paul who was shipwrecked, beaten and ultimately martyred for proclaiming the Gospel.  Obviously it’s better to be like Paul and not like Johnny Rocco the gangster who always just wants more.  Is there a deeper lesson?

Next, Rob and Steve tackle listener questions at 800-525-7000 and via email to on a variety of topics:

  • If you're 56, rent and just recently received a $50,000 settlement, what would be the best thing to do with the money?
  • If you're 57, have recently gone through a divorce and living with your parents, and have bad credit because of the divorce, what are some steps to start over? 
  • Is there good reason to set up your emergency fund in a separate account from your checking account?
    If you're both retired, is it a good idea to cash in a couple of extra life insurance policies to pay for a car?
  • If you already have a 401(k), when should you start thinking about Roth IRAs and mutual funds?
  • If you have a variable rate mortgage that's at 5.1% and starting to creep up with 15 years left, should you consider refinancing?
  • If you're 65 and have a financial planner who's trying to convince you to transfer $100,000 from your 401(k) into fixed-rate annuities, should you be cautious with this move?
  • If you're young and have about $20,000 and looking for a place to own, should you think about buying a $220,000 condo?

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