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Working With Your Spouse

The late Larry Burkett, Crown’s founder, believed that an excellent wife, as described in Proverbs 31, should be her husband’s primary earthly counselor. The same is true for a husband - as the spiritual leader, he should be the first to advise his wife. Spouses should be primary earthly counselors for one another.

Larry observed that in a family business, the one spouse can be either immersed in the day-to-day operation or totally isolated fromany vital input. It can be difficult to find a healthy balance, especially if one spouse stays at home or is employed elsewhere.

If you are the less-involved spouse, be careful to not become ignorant of your spouse’s business. You are no longer two – you are one and must learn to function as a team. Learn how to communicate about the business and the expectations of involvement from one another. Also be careful to not become demanding - respectfully ask about and listen to the problems, success, excitements, and disappointments that are bound to happen.

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Mike Pence's Money-Saving Marriage Tip

Originally posted on the Christian Post on April 7

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,

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence has come under fire after a Washington Post profile of his wife Karen reported that the Vice President does not go out to dinner alone with any women, other than his wife, and that he does not go to events with alcohol without his wife along as well. I know that that cost of divorce can be high, but do you think this is necessary, in this day and age?

Just Curious

Dear Curious,

It is hard to imagine that some found Vice President Pence’s practice offensive and juvenile; however, his critics found a way!

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What is your most precious possession? Would you be willing to give it away?

Three books of the Gospel record an event that demonstrated such love and sacrifice, that Judas, the disciple in charge of the moneybag, questioned the action. 

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, broke an alabaster jar of nard, poured it over Jesus’ head and feet, then wiped His feet with her hair. Nard, a powerful perfume from a plant grown in India was valued at more than a year’s wages. It was sealed in a jar that had to be broken in order to access the perfume. This possession may have been a family heirloom. Perhaps it was her dowry.

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5 Financial Tips for Newlyweds

My wife, Ann, and I got married at Christmas our senior year in college. This year we will celebrate 39 years of marraige! Unfortunately, it took us 21 years before we were on the same page financially.

A Crown Study was what finally got us on the same page about our money in 1999. There is so much freedom when spouses are united around what the Bible says about money and setting proper goals. But that doesn't make it easy! 

No matter how long you have been married, it is difficult to get on the same page as your spouse about money. But there's no better time to start than now, especially for young couples.

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8 Tips for an Affordable Wedding

Weddings are expensive! With the average cost of a wedding at $26,645, I am very thankful to have 4 boys! My church recently
announced the upcoming wedding of a young couple. The event will take place after our morning service, followed by a potluck and wedding cake provided by the ladies in the church. How practical is that!

A simple, beautiful and memorable celebration is possible if you ignore what the world says you need. Here are is my advice for throwing an affordable wedding and tips from Trent Hamm at TheSimpleDollar.com:

1. Decide how much you can spend. A specific and intentional budget is a must for planning a wedding. There are a lot of helpful guides online that you can use as a reference to how much you need to budget. No matter how tempting, don't spend more than you have budgeted for! 

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4 tips to raise your children to become financially independent

Third John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in the Truth.” Amen to that!  I would add my own corollary. I have no greater relief than to see my children able to pay their own way when they become adults.

We all want to help our children financially, but it is more important to teach them to become financially independent.

Here are some tips:

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What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day can be an expensive day! Last year an estimated $19 billion was spent on this man-made holiday. As people who desire to steward well, yet show our love, we can find budget-friendly, creative alternatives to honor those we hold dear.

So here is my advice for not breaking the bank to honor your love:

  • Instead of going out, try cooking new recipes together.
  • Support a local coffee shop and try some new flavors.
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What Should Valentine’s Day Cost You?

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 10.

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,

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wonder if it’s really necessary to spend a lot of money on a holiday that feels a bit made up. I’m feeling manipulated but I don’t want to disappoint my wife. Is Valentine’s Day worth celebrating, and how much is too much?

Husband Needs Help

Dear Husband,

As a husband myself, I understand that Valentine’s Day can be an expensive day! Last year an estimated $19 billion was spent on this holiday. As people who desire to be good stewards and still show our love, we can find budget-friendly, creative alternatives to honor those we hold dear.

So here is my advice for not breaking the bank to honor your love.

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Want to know how to avoid fighting about money and have a better marriage?

My wife and I are working on a book together right now on this topic. It will be published and available early next year, but in the meantime we will share some of our tips and advice. 

In every home, it is vital that at least one of you takes the responsibility to be the Peacemaker. Now it is even better if you are both assuming this responsibility, because it is almost impossible to avoid misunderstandings, hurts, and stress over money in any home. The question is not if you will have stress and arguments, but how you will resolve them.

Nicky Gumbel, founder of the Alpha Course, has a wonderful way to frame the role of the peacemaker. It is worthy of writing on a note and posting it in your home to see everyday. 

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Baywatch Bummer – Lessons from Divorce Issues

Originally posted at Christian Post July 15, 2016.

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

 Dear Chuck,

I saw recently that the former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff headed to court to try and challenge the judicial order to pay his ex-wife $21K a month in alimony. I’ve read his assets went from $1.2 million in the bank to $600 after his divorce. What happened here, and how can I avoid this kind of financial fall?

Bummed for Baywatch Star.

Dear Bummed,

After decades of being known as “the most watched man on TV,” actor David Hasselhoff said in legal documents that his finances are a disaster, telling the court that his monthly expenses are $72,415 a month, including $21K in alimony to ex-wife Pamela Bach, and more than $18K a month going to support his two adult children who live with him. He’s asking the court for some relief, including an end to the alimony payments from the breakup of his marriage in 2006.

There is a lot for all of us to learn from this tragic story.

Famous, infamous, or unknown to the world, it is best to work to stay married because divorce is disastrous for everyone. And it’s been that way from the very beginning. In Matthew 19, the Bible records this exchange between Jesus and religious leaders of the day on the subject of marriage.

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