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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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Do you struggle with consistency in your personal daily devotions?

In this dark world, we need help to see our way. Psalm 119:105 declares that “God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” Yet many, who claim to know the Lord, do not rely on this power on a daily basis. Tim Challies at Challies.com defends personal devotions for a reason greater than self. He states that the benefit of knowing God extends to your family, your neighbors and your church. If you aren’t doing devotions for your own benefit, then won’t you do them for the sake of others? Husbands & Wives: Read the Bible as an expression of love for your spouse. Growing in the knowledge of God’s love will bring humility in light of His majesty, realization of your sins and greater dependence on Him. A greater love for God will overflow into greater love and appreciation for your spouse. Parents: Time in the Word will grow you in virtues needed to parent well. Patience, mercy, respect, and self-control can develop out of time spent with the One who ...

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Tis the Season for Charitable Giving

Originally posted on the Christian Post on December 23. 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 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. You ask a great question that’s really about the st ...

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Our world teaches that more is better. But have you ever considered that less is more?

Dolly Parton grew up in a 1-room cabin in the woods and says being poor was good for her. Why? She saw her parents struggle and stretch a dollar. Think about it. When you don't have as much, you develop skills that those with much don’t have the opportunity to learn; things like sewing, cooking, cleaning, and home and auto repairs. You learn how to manage time when you must hold down several jobs. You trade favors with friends and family rather than just buying what you need. You learn to make do with what you have. You know how to live without things others consider necessities. Instead of going to the movies, concerts, ballets and sporting events, you host your own concerts, write your own plays, and compete against yourself or family members. Creativity blossoms when economy demands. Growing up with less can actually breed perseverance, self-discipline and humility that propel the talented into successful careers. Famous singer, Celine Dion, a native of Canada, is the youngest of 14 c ...

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