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If you’re like me, you don’t like to carry a pocketful of change. Do you collect yours in a jar?

For years, I have tossed my coins in a jar and rolled them once a year. The boys and I spend a couple hours rolling and get our grins watching the money grow with each additional roll. Coinstar kiosks, located at grocery stores and Walmart, will roll your change but charge you a 10.9% fee for the service. When registering online, they offer the option of trading your coins for e-gift cards or donations to charity. Personally, I prefer to roll the coins myself while talking with my sons. This is a tradition they may take to their homes someday. When our children were young, the activity taught them coin identification and sorting. They had to count and use addition skills. They still delight in finding old coins and calculating the value of their spare change. If rolling is an activity you don’t like or have time for, check with your bank. Some will allow you to bring in your unrolled coins for deposit into your account. If you choose to take this route, why not consiste ...

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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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Be on high alert for scams!

Unfortunately, this wonderful time of year is when scammers attempt to prey on shoppers. The Better Business Bureau publishes a list of the Top 12 Scams of Christmas. Here are a few to keep in mind. Fake charities: The holidays create a great opportunity for scammers to solicitdonations to fill their own pockets. Beware of solicitations from charities that cannot deliver on their promises or pretend to be representing victims that do not really exist. Stolen or Fake gift cards: Buy gift cards only from reputable  dealers, not online or from individuals. It is easy for scammers to sell a card and pull out the funds before consumers can even give it as a gift. Deceiving deliveries: Do not accept notices about delivery delays or confirmations on unordered packages. Scammers often pose as well-known retailers or shipping companies to gain false credibility and access to consumers' computers. Puppy scams: Be careful about buying pets online. Consumers may be unwittingly buying from a puppy mil ...

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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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Celebrating 40 Years of Setting People Free

This year we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ministry birthed by Larry and Judy Burkett in 1976. Since our humble beginnings in Dahlonega, Georgia, Crown Financial Ministries has been empowering faithful stewards and impacting lives in the USA and now to our current reach into 104 nations. Larry Burkett, our late founder, pioneered the teaching of God’s financial principles as a specialized focus of ministry. He passionately believed in teaching the importance of understanding the concepts of Lordship, Stewardship and Generosity. Fueled by his passion to advance the kingdom of God, Larry authored over 70 books, hosted a daily radio program and conducted training seminars which impacted more than 50 million lives before he went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2003. This fall, we gathered with volunteers and global leaders in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina to celebrate all God has done through Crown over the past four decades. We came together with members of our Crown family from five c ...

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Have you started saving $1,000 yet?

I put out a challenge last week to see if you would set a goal to have at least $1,000 saved by this time next year.  I gave my email address and asked you to let me know if you are accepting the challenge.  And many of you have responded! Shirley wrote:  “I am taking your advice to save money.  I made the commitment as soon as I heard your message this morning; however, I need to save more than $1,000 a year.  So do pray for me that I will be more disciplined and save save save.  I want to retire in 4 years.” Pat wrote:  “I am saving $1,000… starting today!” Andrea wrote: “Hello Chuck.  My family and I need to get our finances under control. When my husband and I talk about our finances, we always argue and fight. I am just releasing the whole thing to God and I knew when I heard you on the radio it was God answering my prayers. We will be participating in the $1,000 in one year challenge. Thank you for your encouragement.&r ...

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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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Is it the credit card that is preventing you from becoming financially free?

Many cannot imagine living in the modern world of electronic commerce without the use of a credit card. Because of that, I see couples that basically manage their entire budget around keeping their credit card balances paid down enough to stay out of hot water. Did you know that if you carry a large monthly balance on your credit card and pay only the minimum monthly payments, you are actually creating a debt more expensive than your home mortgage? None of us would ever order pizza knowing we would be paying for it over the next 25 years, would we?  Imagine calling your bank and saying, “I need to order a few pizzas this weekend for the football game we are watching. It will cost about $25. Can I borrow that money and pay you back for the next 25 years at 14% interest?” Yikes!  Here is what I want you to do if you are carrying credit card balances.  First, make a plan to pay off all your balances. We have a Debt Snowball Calculator at Crown.org that will help you make ...

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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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