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God has a part and we have a part…

In this passage from Proverbs 2: 1-5, listen to the words “if”.  Those are statements of our part and then listen for the word “then”. That is the statement of God’s part.  “My son, if you accept my words  and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord  and find the knowledge of God." Far too often we want God to do His part before we are willing to do our part.  We want the promises of the “then” but not the requirements of the “if”.  This is especially true when it comes to our finances.  We want God to pour out His blessings on us, we want God to take care of our bills, we want God to get us out of debt, we want God t ...

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Did you know a healthy lifestyle saves you money?

With medical expenses being the number one cause of financial hardships, it pays to work at staying healthy. Here are few simple  tips/benefits for staying healthy: Take advantage of free ways to exercise. You Tube sessions, walking, dancing and stretching; check out churches, senior centers, or the YMCA for exercise classes for little or no cost. Park farther from your destination so you walk more. Be aware of the need to move. Wear a fitbit and record your progress. Keep portions in check. Food portions should be the size of a small fist. Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. When ordering, ask restaurants to pre-bag half your meal to go and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. Save money on clothes. People who go up and down a clothing size every few months know that clothing expenses are costly. Keeping your weight at a healthy consistent level allows you to wear pieces longer and shop sales for your size. Spend less money on unhealthy vices. C ...

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Are your ready for the 2nd biggest shopping season of the year?

That’s right! Back to school shopping is big business and advertisers have worked hard to earn your money. Last year parents spent an average of $1,239 for the back-to-school season. Preparing now will help you save hundreds of dollars. Here are some quick tips. Do your research, print coupons, and don’t shop with your children unless they are old enough to make it a learning experience. Then by all means, use this to teach them about managing money. Ellie Kay recommends giving students an age appropriate budget and coaching them for the shopping season. Also, budget wisely for lunches. If you buy washable sandwich bags, lunch cubes and real spoons you’ll save money in the long run and keep plastic out of the landfill. Buy in bulk and divide into lunch size portions rather than paying extra for ready-made items. Teach children to prepare their own healthy meals. A semester of repetitive instruction will grant you years of payoff. Don’t be afraid to say “No”. New cloth ...

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School is right around the corner. Are you ready?

It’s the 2nd biggest shopping season of the year. That’s right! Back to school shopping is big business and advertisers are working hard to earn your money. In 2015, the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker estimated parents would spend an average of $1,239 for the back-to-school season. Whether you homeschool or send your children to school, there are costs involved. Preparing now will help you save hundreds of dollars. Here are my tips: First, shop at home. You probably have paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, and binders left over from previous years. These small items can add up to big savings on your school supply list. Try to wait for the big clearance sales that come in September. Search out the best prices for the most expensive items on your list like backpacks, sporting equipment, and technology. Across all shoppers, clothing and electronics account for more than $400 of the average family’s back-to-school outlay. You may actually find better prices as the sch ...

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Are you caught in a financial stronghold?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter Strongholds are false beliefs and bad philosophies. These happen frequently when it comes to money.  Worry is a financial stronghold that affects every single one of us, and certainly some more than others. Worry is a feeling of anxiety or unease about future uncertainties. It is that feeling you get when your mind is taken over by fear and doubt. You with me? Worry is actually rooted in a lack of confidence in God.  That is why we are taken captive by worry because it keeps us from fully trusting God. A friend of mine lost all of his worldly possessions in the collapse of the economy in Zimbabwe.  Today, he explains to me that the worry about losing everything was far worse than the experience itself. After his worst nightmare did in fact happen, he realized how much of his life had been lost in grinding worry and anxiety and that it was far worse than the real event. Satan wan ...

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Are you caught in a financial stronghold?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter Strongholds are false beliefs and bad philosophies. These happen frequently when it comes to money. One financial stronghold that is hard to identify in ourselves yet is such a powerful negative influence in our lives is selfishness. Selfishness is living with an attitude and view of the world that everything must work in my favor and to my advantage or it must not work at all! We meet Nabal in I Samuel 25. His name means Fool. That is because he was captive to the stronghold of selfishness. He had plenty of resources but was unwilling to share a single bite of food with David and his men when they were starving! This was even after they had been very helpful to Nabal.  His fate was sealed by his selfishness and he lost everything, including his life. Let’s get practical.  Selfishness is when we are unwilling to share or give of our money, our time or even our love. W ...

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Day 3: Popular money myths that we need to identify and escape!

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter   A popular money myth is that all wealthy people must be greedy. It has become popular on social media to express outrage over the incomes, lifestyles or spending choices of the rich and to paint them as self absorbed, indulgent or greedy. This myth is built upon a belief that money is accumulated because of greedy motives or manipulation or even deception. First, there are some wealthy folks who are greedy and who make bad choices. But this is also true of poor people.  Greed is a motive of the heart and we should not be quick to judge a person’s motives. In my own experience, I have known many wealthy people who are not motivated by greed whatsoever, they are in fact just the opposite: very generous people.   The Bible condemns two rich people in the New Testament. One is a foolish farmer wanting to tear down his barn to build bigger barns to store his l ...

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Day 2: Popular money myths that we need to identify and escape!

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter A popular money myth is that money equals influence. We often think to ourselves that if we just had more money, we could influence more people. This myth is built upon a belief that money is needed to influence others to our cause, our beliefs of our view of the world.   True influence does not come from money.  History is replete with examples of wealthy people who had no influence whatsoever - men and women who died rich, but in lonely obscurity. It is also replete with examples of poor people who had tremendous influence: Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Mother Teresa, even Jesus Christ himself did not see money as necessary for his mission to be accomplished.   Mother Teresa had almost no money or possessions; yet her influence spread from the slums of India around the world and ultimately led to the Nobel Peace Prize. I was recently with a Brazilian pastor whose c ...

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Crown Says Don’t exchange your Cap and Gown for a Financial Ball and Chain: Make plans to win the “Game of Loans”

KNOXVILLE, TN (05-15-15) – “Graduates across the country need to make plans to avoid a debt that may never go away,” advised Crown CEO Chuck Bentley. “Winning the ‘Game of Loans’ is possible, but too few achieve that victory.” Today, seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private colleges have student loans, totally about $30,000 per student. And while many people don’t know this, bankruptcy is generally not a get-out-of-jail free card when it comes to education. “Just like home values collapsed when the housing bubble burst because loan amounts and home values didn’t match up, more and more graduates find that they can’t find jobs to pay for the degree they earned,” said Bentley. For making a plan for a debt-free degree or at least minimum loans, Crown launched a special website for students, parents, grandparents or anyone who wants to invest in a graduation gift that lasts a lifetime, where a number of on-line resources and u ...

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Six tips for holiday shopping without breaking the bank

By Chuck Bentley
Published November 28, 2014 | FoxNews.com
“Have a holly, jolly Christmas; It's the best time of the year…” -- Burl Ives

The malls have already begun to fill with crowds eager to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and ringing in our ears is that familiar sound of Burl Ives entreating us to have a “holly, jolly Christmas.” 

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