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Investment advisors and investors themselves are concerned that the markets have risen so fast that there are new risks of bullish exuberance built into the current rebound.  Add that to the concern of a jobless recovery and a government that may be emboldened to keep spending more money it doesn’t have since the current rebound in part has been attributed to TARP, Emergency Spending, and even healthcare reform.  Last week I saw recommendations to buy everything from Gold to Goldman Sachs and everything in between.  It’s like when you are lining up a putt and you think it will break left and your partner or caddy thinks it will break right.  When in doubt, hit it straight!

Same for investing!  Even though the market has bounced a significant amount, it had also dropped more than a significant amount and this return to more normalized levels brings us back to hitting it straight.  Decide on how much risk you can afford and adjust to normal times knowing that margin accounts and all of your funds just in stocks is NOT normal.  Keep building savings and manage your borrowings and any debt so that they represent a conservative portion of your overall income and assets.  If you were contrarian enough in March of 2009, to buy more stocks instead of selling them, it is time to re-balance to more normal amounts and take some of the profits.

But all of this concern about the markets is small compared to the issues facing our country.  Last week’s court decision declaring the National Day of Prayer a violation of our Constitution was a vivid reminder of past sins of God’s children.  Jeremiah reminded the people of Israel in a clear voice that God was disappointed in how they recognized Him. His concern is not dissimilar to how we are ignoring God’s laws in our own world. Jeremiah’s words ring louder than any court could decree:

“…Have I been to them a land of darkness? Why then do my people say, At last we are free from God! We won’t have anything to do with him any more!  Does a young woman forget her jewelry?  Does a bride hide her wedding dress? No! Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.”  Jeremiah 2:31-32 (NLT)

Monday Morning Message Sent 4/19/10


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