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Is your car driving you to the poor house?

By Chuck Bentley According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal called How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) 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 […]

Have you ever examined your financial motives?

By Chuck Bentley 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 […]

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

By Chuck Bentley 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 […]

Rationalizing a luxury or indulgence

By Chuck Bentley 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 […]

We all are motivated by hope.

By Chuck Bentley The New York Times is rarely a source to find supporting documentation for sound theology, but Nicholas Kristof wrote an insightful article about recent research that proves that hope is an essential element to our financial well being. He said, “Whether in America or India, families that are stressed and impoverished — trapped in cycles […]

China’s morality bank

By Chuck Bentley I like to keep up with developments in China since Crown has a very strong outreach there. I found this story fascinating. China has opened what is called a “morality bank” to reward good Samaritans. This bank in a northeastern Chinese city has seen residents flocking to open accounts that enable them […]

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