From the monthly archives: June, 2015

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I think we are in for a significant economic correction later this year. Here’s my advice.

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter I recently participated in a conference that featured Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of both The Harbinger and The Shemitah.  Rabbi Cahn is convinced that this year of Jubilee beginning in September of 2015 will bring a significant shaking of the financial markets.  I enjoyed listening to his logic based upon an understanding of Scripture and the times we are living in.  However, Rabbi Cahn is quick to point out that he is not a prophet and does not know the future. He is simply giving a warning of his concern more as a son of Issachar who understands the times.  On a practical level, the markets are due a correction. Government intervention and monetary policies have caused a distortion of real values in the market.  A professional investment advisor friend told me that he expects a 10 to 15% correction at a minimum sometime this year.  So here’s my advice:  Be conserva ...

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Are you re-purposing or retiring?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter I recently received a call from listeners to the program that gave me great joy. The couple shared with me their plan to repurpose their lives and asked for some financial advice.   Both are now 68 years old, the husband retired from the postal service and has a modest pension.  They currently live in Florida and have lots of friends there who plan to take it easy, walk on the beach, play golf and enjoy their senior years.  Not so for these two…they believe God is leading them on a different adventure.  Both were separately inspired by the praise song, Oceans by Hillsong.  One line struck them in the heart…”Lead me to faith without borders”.  That phrase caused both of them to ask the Lord what He would prefer they do other than the typical retirement. Being totally debt free and with the freedom they have to do something different with their ...

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Have you ever examined your financial motives?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter Many people make daily decisions for earning, spending, saving, investing, borrowing and even giving money without ever considering their motives for these actions.  Proverbs 16:2 says, All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Solomon is teaching us that we think our actions are always right and justified but the Lord is looking much deeper into our spirit. In other words, motives matter.  Here are a few starter questions?  What is my motive for the work that I do?  Is it to get rich? Store up a retirement fund so that I can take a long vacation and eat, drink and be merry?  Or is it to glorify God by taking care of my family and doing work that pleases him? How about your spending?  Do you find yourself wanted the latest gadget, the highest quality, and the name brands because of pride? Or are you careful with spen ...

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Is your car driving you to the poor house?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter According to the Wall Street Journal, in a recent article called, How Rich and Poor Spend Their Money, the middle class wage earners spend a much higher percentage of their income on transportation than any other wage earners, rich or poor.  Analyzing data from the Consumer Expenditures Survey gathered by the Department of Labor, middle class folks spend nearly 20% of the annual income on their transportation.  That is about 5% more than the rich or poor spend as a percentage of their income. In other words, the middle class is the one spending too much on expensive cars.  Now, this cost can be actually much lower using my advice, which is to always drive a used car that you pay for in cash.  If you purchase a quality used car that is 3-5 years old, has been well maintained preferably by one owner and has low miles, you will get a much better overall value than buying new. Furth ...

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Researchers say they have cracked the code to happiness

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter There was some irony in this whole news story out of CBS New York. After decades of studying and working with tens of thousands of patients, researchers at the Mayo Clinic, one of the most prestigious health organizations in the world, say they’ve cracked the code to being happy. According to psychiatrist John Tamerin , “for many people the root of everything we’re chasing, a better job, more money or true love, is a pursuit of happiness.” But this endless pursuit often backfires. “If you lead your life always waiting for a great thing to happen, you probably will be unhappy,” Tamerin said. And perhaps one of the biggest hindrances to being happy is too much thinking about one’s self, research shows.  “Complainers are never going to be happy,” according to the research. “Happiness is a deci ...

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Are you suffering right now? Stay tune for some encouragement…

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter Nobody likes to suffer. I sure don’t.  But I have learned that it helps to put it all in context to better endure the pain. For instance, if I hit my thumb with a hammer, now that hurts, and it makes me want to scream and shout and dance around on one foot while being really mad at myself. But if a fireman breaks through a window to rescue a child from a blazing house fire and barely escapes with his own life, even though he may have cuts and burns and suffering from smoke inhalation, holding that child safely in his arms makes it all worth it. He will not be complaining about his own injuries or pain.  You see, Paul said we should see our pain and suffering much like the fireman; it has a greater purpose.  Listen to Romans 5: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by ...

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Are you suffering right now? Stay tune for some encouragement…

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter Nobody likes to suffer. I sure don’t.  But I have learned that it helps to put it all in context to better endure the pain. For instance, if I hit my thumb with a hammer, now that hurts, and it makes me want to scream and shout and dance around on one foot while being really mad at myself. But if a fireman breaks through a window to rescue a child from a blazing house fire and barely escapes with his own life, even though he may have cuts and burns and suffering from smoke inhalation, holding that child safely in his arms makes it all worth it. He will not be complaining about his own injuries or pain.  You see, Paul said we should see our pain and suffering much like the fireman; it has a greater purpose.  Listen to Romans 5: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by ...

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What would it take for you to really be content?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter For most of us, we have something that we are looking to that will improve our contentment.  Have you given thought to what would immediately increase your personal contentment? A better car?  A better job?  Maybe just a raise?  Would it take a long vacation?  How about becoming debt free?  Now, I understand our financial condition can cause a lot of worry, stress and discontentment. And I think it is important to be working towards improving your financial well being. But, not at the expense of loosing your contentment right now. Let me explain… Paul spoke of this in Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, ...

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Did you read the story about the couple with 100 grandchildren?

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter According to a story released by the Associated Press, A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild. You heard that correctly – number 100. Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100. Like me, you may be wondering how many children it took to achieve this impressive supersized family tree. The Zangers have been married 59 years and have 12 children. The youngest, 31-year-old Joe, was already an uncle ten times when he was born. How do they explain this? Leo Zanger tells The Quincy Herald-Whig "the good Lord has just kept sending them." He says the family "could start our own town." Do they have too many?  Not according to Ruth Zanger, she says "there's always room for one more." Most of the fam ...

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Man can rationalize the purchase of any luxury or indulgence. You won’t believe this one…

Posted by Chuck Bentley Find me on:  Facebook Twitter A Hermès Birkin bag with diamonds set a record for the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction ($221,846). According to the Wall Street Journal, the fuchsia bag sold at Christie’s afternoon handbag auction in Hong Kong recently and was purchased by an unknown bidder on the phone. Astonishingly, the record-setting handbag—which could be eclipsed by another Birkin in the same auction—isn’t the most expensive Hermès bag offered for sale. The luxury site 1stDibs currently lists a Hermès Birkin, which is notoriously difficult to purchase in retail stores, for $450,000. That 30cm handbag is made from Himalayan Niloticus crocodile and features an 18k white gold lock with white diamonds, totaling 1.64 carats. Now I doubt any of us are struggling with missing out on buying this Hermès purse that co ...

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