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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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God expects us to be a good and faithful stewards…Today we examine what is good

When the Lord commended the 5-talent and 2-talent stewards in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), He told them they had done “good”. Often times we don't pay attention to that word because we assume we know what it means. But it is important to examine its rich meaning to grasp what the Lord expects of us.  Definition of GOOD:  Morally excellent, pious, righteous, high quality,proper, honorable, worthy. The word is first used in Genesis 1:3,4 - And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Stewardship is managing in very simple ways. The Bible tell us in 3 John 1:11 - Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.  We can actually be successful managing money and still miss the mark of doing that which is good. Let me give you an example: If a billionaire gives away his en ...

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Have you unknowingly put your trust in money?

I think we all know that we should not love money.  Read 1 Timothy 6:9,10: "Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and intomany foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grieves." In his series, "Gods at War", Kyle Idleman suggests that in Scripture, “Money is most often portrayed as God’s chief competition.” He claims, “Your god is determined by what you put your trust in. So for most people, money is their god.” What if this verse was changed to read: "For the trust of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Would that make it easier to recognize that it is an idol in our lives? It certainly does for me. Another way to recognize this is to consider how we would react to losing all of our money. We tend to grieve the loss of that which we love. Paul offered a s ...

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Why do the “Wrong People” Get Ahead?

Originally posted on the Christian Post on November 18th. 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 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 i ...

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Do you strive for excellence in your work?

I recently had some large trees removed by a company that claims Integrity as a core value. Their website reads, “At our company our community roots run deep. We live here. We work here. We raise our families here. We see our clients in the grocery store, at the gym, at school and at public meetings. Our reputation for exceeding your expectations is our number one priority.” The good news is this is not just a marketing slogan.  They have an incredible reputation and deliver on it. Beyond just integrity, theyhave intentionally built their company around living out the value of excellence in their work. The now deceased founder told his boys, “If you are the best at what you do, success will follow you regardless of your profession.” And, they have seen that happen in their business. The Bible is full of wisdom regarding a proper work ethic. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He ...

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If you had to name the top three areas where you need to align your finances with the Bible, what areas would you pick?

I have long believed that a credit score is a poor determination of your financial health. Here’s why: you can have a very high credit score and be on the path to bankruptcy. You can have a very high credit score and be totally out of line with God’s principles for how you manage money. You can have a very high credit score and have the totally wrong motives.  More important than your credit score is how you align your financial decisions with God’s Word. We have developed an assessment tool called the MoneyLife Indicator that gives you a comprehensive look   at how your beliefs and behaviors align with the nine key areas of managing money according to God’s financial principles. We look at managing, saving, giving, planning, spending, legacy, true riches, debt, and investing. Larry Burkett, Crown’s late founder, used to say, “The way one uses money is the outward reflection of a person’s inward spiritual condition.” This profound tr ...

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Do you have the heart of a steward?

David wrote in Psalm 62:10, “If riches increase, set not your heart on them.” He was warning us of the risk that increased wealth brings to our love for God. A friend of mine likes to paraphrase the verse this way: “Don’t fall in love with the dough, but keep your heart fixed on the Baker who provided the dough.” The heart of a steward is to love God and God only. Jesus taught us that you cannot serve God and money – that we would love one and hate the other. To protect our hearts and remain a faithful steward, we must acknowledge these truths: First, we are not the owners of the riches – we are the temporary caretakers of them. Second, riches are not only a blessing, they are a responsibility. Our prayers should be continual acknowledgement and thankfulness for what God has provided, and a continual seeking of how God wants us to manage what He has entrusted to our care. The Parable of the Talents makes it clear that the unfaithful steward did not believe God o ...

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Being Intentional About Your Legacy, Part 1

Are you being intentional about your legacy? My guest today is David McAlvany, President of McAlvany Financial Group and author of his newest book, The Intentional Legacy. David, why is planning important when thinking about legacy? Could you explain the value for families and employers? “When you look at legacy, the temptation is to think of it just in financial terms. The planning process is not about getting a will in place or meeting with a tax expert. The planning that’s required is really taking stock of the kinds of legacies you want to create now, not leave tomorrow. This requires looking at the intangible assets you are managing, not just the tangibles. If you want to create a financial legacy, you make a plan to pass on wealth. If you want to create a legacy of the intangibles, you plan a living legacy. This is done by developing different kinds of maturity within the family – spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. By developing these kinds of maturity in your childr ...

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Do you really have a desire to be rich?

Many people live with a hidden dream to become rich. It is a hope or desire that one day all your financial problems will be solved with loads and loads of money. But that is not true.  Remember when God asked Solomon what he wanted in I Kings 3:5?  “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’” Imagine this happening to you or me! What a question.   Solomon answered, “‘So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so tha ...

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I have four principles to follow if you have to borrow money.

Borrowing is not prohibited scripturally, but neither is it encouraged. It is always presented as a negative with many warnings about its danger and misuse. Here are fundamental Biblical principles related to borrowing. Avoid Borrowing Unless Absolutely Necessary: Borrowing should not be a way of life but the exception. Only if there is no other way to make provision for your need, should you borrow money. It is best to pay cash for all consumer purchases, cars, and routine expenses and to even pay for your home with cash if possible.  Luke 12:57-59 says: “As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” Avoid signing surety as a loan:  Surety is making yourself personally liable for a debt if there is a failure to pay. In o ...

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