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God’s word has a lot to say about finances, in fact, there are more than 2,300 verses in the Bible on the topics of money and possessions!

God did not leave us alone to fight all the financial pressures and challenges we face without His wise guidance and trustworthy principles.

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Do you want to get out of debt in the New Year?!

Originially posted on the Christian Post on January 6.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I read your column about making New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve made mine: Get out of debt. It’s not my first attempt, but I’m hopeful that this time I can do it. I wish I had a more creative tale of woe, but it’s basically the same old boy-goes-to-college, boy-gets-loans-and-credit-cards, boy-wants-out! How should I get started?

Looking for a New Beginning

 

Dear New Beginning,

Congratulations on deciding to take another run at getting out of debt. I will address the student loans and the credit cards alike. And yes, you can do this! The final chapter to your tale should be three steps to boy-pays-off-all-debt!

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Making New Year’s Resolutions You can Keep

Originially posted on the Christian Post on December 30.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

I’m closing out my year, thinking of goals for 2017. Do you think it’s a biblical idea to make resolutions? And if so, do you have any advice on how to make resolutions that I can actually keep?

Ready For Change.

Dear Ready,

Yes, I think resolutions can be supported by Scripture and are an excellent idea! For the past two years, my personal resolution has been to drink water only (plain or sparkling) in order to eliminate much of my sugar intake. Eliminating coffee, tea, juice and sodas has saved me money and helped me to be more disciplined in maintaining my health. By God’s grace, I have been able to keep my resolution, so I definitely have some advice for you!

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Tis the Season for Charitable Giving

Originially posted on the Christian Post on December 23.

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Dear Chuck,

My mail and email are full of requests for end-of-year donations, and there are so many good causes. But it’s hard to balance how to give at a time of year when I’m shopping for so many. How important is it to close out the year with charitable giving? What kind of choices need to be made? It’s hard to get the money together for Christmas, but I feel guilty when I see those financial needs piling up. How should I balance these things?

Charitably Challenged.

 

Dear Challenged,

Since there are so many great and worthy causes, I can understand your challenge. I will speak to the question of balance and priorities, but the importance of giving is the focus of my response.

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Thou Shalt Not Steal … Music included!

Originially posted on the Christian Post on December 16.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

I’ve been trying to talk to my children about Christian values and ethics. In the Bible, Jesus always brings simple truth into complicated situations, and I am trying to teach my kids to do the same. My kids and I have had some very interesting conversations about “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” which really covers more than just robbing a bank. What are some ways that people steal that I can discuss with my family to better illustrate the point?

A Parent Looking for some Parables

Dear Parent,

Thanks for the question! Bringing the scripture to life in everyday situations is one of a parent’s most important roles in the life of a child, according to Deuteronomy 11.

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Holiday Havoc: Married to Ebenezer Scrooge, but I still love Christmas!

Originially posted on the Christian Post on December 9.

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Dear Chuck,

My spouse and I are on the opposite sides of Christmas. He’s kind of an Ebenezer Scrooge, doesn’t want to spend any money and thinks most decorating is a waste of time and resources, but I love the excitement of the season, and gift giving is a way I like to show my affection. Every year, we end up having huge disagreements over how to celebrate the holiday. He is a Christian, and so we both share an appreciation of Christmas as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, but we are not on the same page at all on what that looks like … or how much money to spend. Can you help us?

Tired of Christmas Conflict

Dear Tired of Conflict,

If it makes you feel any better, you’re not the first person to ask me that question. Just because you and your husband share an appreciation of Christmas doesn’t mean that you naturally agree on how to mark this occasion (or other celebrations for that matter). My wife, Ann, and I have had to work through our own differences over the years as to how we prefer to mark this joyous occasion.

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To buy the perfect insurance policy, know the day of death!

Originially posted on the Christian Post on December 2.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

My father recently passed away in an accident and a whole life insurance policy he had is providing some financial relief to my mother, though unlike some other policies they had, it did not pay more for an accidental death. But a term life policy my mother had ended and all that money they paid was lost, and no benefits will be available at all, and now because of my mother’s health, she can’t get another policy to help with some family obligations that will continue. That seems wrong to me. Can you explain how to pick an insurance policy and what to keep in mind when considering a purchase?

Confused and Uncovered

 

Dear Confused,

First, let me express my condolences on your loss and my hope that you are finding comfort from those closest to you. And second, great question, because making an insurance purchase is a lot more complicated than television spokespeople can lead you to believe. There is only one way to make the perfect insurance choice – by knowing the day of your death - which of course is impossible! People buy insurance trying to make their best guess about what resources will be needed should a tragedy occur, but because we don’t know when or how this might happen, choices must be made based on resources, health, and family circumstances.

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HELP! I’m not Ready for the Holidays!

Originially posted on the Christian Post on November 25th.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

I cannot believe that it’s Thanksgiving week, and Christmas is coming in weeks. Most of the time, I feel more stressed than thankful at this time of year (unless you count how thankful I feel when it’s all over!). Have any advice about making Christmas more about Jesus’ birthday and less about a shop-til-you-drop time of year?!

Tis the Season for Stress

Dear Stressed,

Christmas is my favorite season of the year! It is the largest birthday celebration on Earth and appropriately so! Yet, we have tragically moved from worshiping a child lying in a borrowed manger that first Christmas Day to the modern extravaganza marked by frenzied shopping. Just this week my wife and I noticed a mammoth inflatable of Santa and his twelve reindeer on sale at the home improvement store. For only $299, this “yard decoration” could practically hide your entire house from view. Is there any end to these  needless expenses? I’ll step off my soapbox and get to your question...

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Why do the “Wrong People” Get Ahead?

Chuck Bentley on 11/18/16 9:00 AM

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Originially posted on the Christian Post on November 18th.

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Dear Chuck,

I’m in a company where it feels to me that people who are good at flattering the boss – but not necessarily are good at their jobs – get promoted, while more talented people get ignored or passed over. It’s so frustrating to look around and see the kind of people in positions of leadership who don’t seem to deserve to be there. What does the Bible say about dealing with people in authority who seem like a disaster?

Passed over at work.

 

Dear Passed Over,

One of the things that can make a workplace truly unbearable is dealing with difficult leadership. But you don’t have to take my word for it. This is a question many wrestle with every day but the Bible is not silent on the issue.

Scripture gives us many stories illustrating a Christ-like response to
apparent unjust leadership. In the book of Daniel, the prophet deals with three pagan administrators who unfairly rise to prominence by his good work. Or in Luke 18, the parable of the Unjust Judge illustrates God’s sovereign care for us and His promise that justice will be done.

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Are Your Children’s Activities Wrecking Your Finances?

Originially posted on the Christian Post on November 11th.

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What All Elected Officials Need to do AFTER the Election

Chuck Bentley on 11/4/16 9:00 AM

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Originially posted on the Christian Post on November 4th.

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