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Dealing with Critical Coworkers

Originally posted on the Christian Post on January 13. 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 mostly like my job, or at least I don’t mind the work, and I’m grateful for it. But I find that some of my coworkers are really the worst part of my day. They can be critical, mocking, annoying, and I find that most of my stress comes from dealing with a few bad apples. Some people go out of their way to make it difficult to get anything done. They are like roadblocks to peace or effectiveness. I know that God wants us to work, but what does He say about how to handle a difficult group of people, not just a job? Frustrated by Human Roadblocks Dear Frustrated, As you begin a new year, be determined to enjoy your work more and to be bothered less by those who are difficult. You can find some excellent advice and examples in the lives of D ...

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How do you spend time with your children? I’ve got a great activity that doesn’t cost a dime.

Our lives are so busy that by the time everyone arrives home in the evening, we may be tempted to “veg” out. But did you know that reading aloud is one of the best things you can do with your children? According to Sally Clarkson,“Reading aloud is… meant to be a delightful, bonding time together and a fantastic way to disciple your children through stories.” She and her husband never made the children just sit and listen, but encouraged them in quiet activities. Drawing, working puzzles, building Legos, knitting or painting are all acceptable ways of working the hands while listening. At the end of a chapter you can ask the child to summarize what they just heard. This is a terrific exercise that will be valuable later in life. They will beg you to keep reading if it’s a good book, so be prepared!  Studies repeatedly show that a child who is read to has a higher IQ than children that are not read to. Ask the Lord to show you what to read to your children. ...

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Do you avoid pet animal shelters because you’re afraid you’ll bring home a cat or dog?

When we moved to Tennessee three years ago, we adopted two kittens at a two-for-one special at our local shelter. They are sweet companions and earn their keep in mice and mole control. In 2015, Amelia Josephson at SmartAsset.com compiled data revealing that Americans spent more than $60 billion on their pets! We spent $23 billion on food, $14 billion on supplies and over the counter meds, $16 billion on vet care, $2 billion on live animal purchases and $5 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding.  And, the pet industry does not appear to be affected by economic downturns. Pets add joy to our lives, but there are ways to avoid foolish and extraordinary costs. First of all, borrow a friend’s animal to see if you are really up for the time they require. Do you or your children have time to walk the dog or empty the litter box? Will you or they clean up the yard on a regular basis? Are you prepared for the damage a puppy can do to your home? Know whic ...

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I have seen some jaw-dropping tattoos and piercings in my travels. How about you?

Genesis 1:31 reads “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”. He created man with beautiful skin and perfectly formed ears and a nose. But, the world has tried to alter that which He called “good”. According to a 2012 Pew Research study, an estimated 36% of Americans have at least one piercing somewhere other than an earlobe and that percentage may be higher for those 17-25 years old. But now, millennials seeking professional jobs, and entering a new, more conservative phase of life want things filled in or removed. A job interview or the opportunity in a boardroom is causing many to reverse decisions made by peer pressure or impulse. The piercings and tattoos accumulated in younger years just don’t cut it in the classic work force.  Eugene Gentile, director of the Undergraduate Career Management Office at Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick says, “We tell people to take your nose ring out, but then you’re ...

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

Originally 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! Part I - boy-makes-a-plan Your story is important and is shared by many. In fact, a Pew ...

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Is success a confirmation of God’s blessing? Not so fast.

I have seen many times that a man or woman can be a stellar success in Man’s economy and an absolute failure in God’s economy. Let me explain. Material success is far too often viewed as God’s endorsement of our actions. Now, before I sound pious, this applies to businesses and ministries alike. To be sure we are not deceiving ourselves about our success in man’s economy, we need to consider two criteria. First, our actions must be in accordance with God’s written Word. Some decisions are objective enough to be eliminated based on direct contradiction to the Bible. Second, because the Christian life is not a set of rules that can be obeyed to the letter of the law and thus justify all our actions, we must consider the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We are held to an even higher standard that requires constant input from the Holy Spirit to keep our motives pure and to do the right thing, especially when we come under pressure. We should never defile our consciences by doi ...

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Are you looking for a job this year? I have an encouraging story for you.

Years ago, I was between jobs and not sure where to turn. I began praying and asking God to open doors for me through my network of friends. In just a few days a friend referred me to a friend of his who owned a large company. The interview was a few short questions about my experience, my training and overall fit for the position. The truth was, I fell far short in all three areas. The owner, although polite, asked me why I had even come for the interview and then looked at me and said that it would not work out. At that moment, I stood to shake his hand and asked with a level of confidence that could have only come from God: “Sir, I understand your concerns, I am not very qualified for the position. But will you give me a chance to prove myself?” I was hired on 90-day probation. If I couldn’t do the job then I would be terminated. By God’s grace, within the first 30 days I had made a very large sell for the company that shocked everyone, including me. And it didn’t stop t ...

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Jay Leno has never touched a dime of the money he earned on the Tonight Show.

According to an article at Yahoo Finance, Leno says "I always had two incomes. I'd bank one and I'd spend one." And he made sure to spend the smaller amount. "When I was younger, I would always save the money I made working at the car dealership and I would spend the money I made as a comedian," he says. "When I started to get a bit famous, the money I was making as a comedian was way more than the money I was making at the car dealership, so I would bank that and spend the car dealership money. I've never touched a dime of my 'Tonight Show' money. Ever." I wonder if he realizes he is using a biblical principle with this two-income strategy? Ecclesiastes 11: 6 says: Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Mr. Leno not only had two sources of income, he learned to live on the smallest of the two. As we wrap up the year, think about this example and how you can apply it t ...

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Groucho Marx once said “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

How about you? Are you aware of the importance of reading?  Tim Challies reveals that “if you do not read, you deny yourself a great way to learn who God is and how he acts in this world.” Tim gives four reasons we need to read:  to know, to grow, to lead, and to love. He says the best reason to read books is to know God. He reveals Himself to us through His Word, but we glean from what others have learned when reading books. John Piper, in Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of Christ, says that when reading, “… we are working hard with our minds to figure out meaning from texts. Then, of course, we go on from there to think how that meaning relates to other meanings from other texts and from experiences in life. On and on the mind goes, until we build a coherent view of the world so that we can live a life that is rooted in a true understanding of God’s Word and its application to the world.” I currently have books overflowing from my be ...

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The New Year is right around the corner. Have you decided on your New Year Resolution?

New Year’s Day is traditionally when people set new goals for themselves. But, did you ever think about the fact that the first day of a new year could be one where new habits are formed or bad ones finally broken in order to bless others? Adopting that mindset may keep you motivated. Some people want to lose weight, exercise more, read through the Bible, memorize Scripture, stop smoking, pay off debt or save money. These are admirable, but the reason behind them is something to consider. What we resolve to do should first line up with Scripture. Does it bring glory to God? Will it benefit the body of Christ? Will it bless my wife or family? Can I achieve it without putting undue stress on the loved ones in my life? After thinking this through, then define the results you want. Set SMART goals. Supposedly, the term SMART first occurred back in 1981 in an issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. SMART in an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-focused, and Time-bound. ...

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