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Affluent Christian Investor | August 23, 2017

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Chuck Bentley

Chuck Bentley

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

Posts By Chuck Bentley

March 1, 2016 |

Do You Need to Earn Extra Income? Consider Sales

If you need a way to earn extra money, you should consider a career in sales. You don’t have to be an extrovert or have a dominating personality to be successful, but you will need to work hard. Now, … Read More

February 26, 2016 |

There is a Correlation Between Your Credit Score and Your Intimate Relationships. Don’t Miss This One.

First, a CitiGroup Survey found that 78% of Americans say they prefer a partner that is good with money over one that is physically attractive. In another study that I read, a matchmaking website allows customers to post their credit … Read More

February 25, 2016 |

Do You Have a Biblical Financial Philosophy?

David prayed a beautiful prayer in  I Chronicles 29:11-12:

Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and … Read More

February 24, 2016 |

Do You Suffer From Financial Stress?

According to Reeta Wolfsohn, founder of the Financial Therapy Network, worry and stress over money “contributes to headaches, stomach problems, ulcers, heart problems, high blood pressure, and other ailments.” Most of you who live with this stress will easily agree … Read More

February 23, 2016 |

Are You Rich Towards God?

Jesus told a number of parables of rich men. One was of a rich farmer who wanted bigger barns to store up for his retirement so he could “eat, drink and be merry.” He was rebuked because he was … Read More

February 22, 2016 |

Are You Ready to Make a Big Change in Your Finances? Here Is a Little Tip…

Many people set goals and struggle to keep them because they are trying to do it all themselves.

I refer you Solomon who long ago gave us this helpful advice in Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12

“Two are better than one, because … Read More

February 19, 2016 |

Want to Be a Better Investor?

In my weekly column at, I get lots of questions. Here is one I think many others are asking.

So far this year, the stock market seems very volatile. My husband and I have some stocks and … Read More

February 18, 2016 |

Should My Kids Work for Their Allowance?

Dear Chuck, 

So many financial experts offer differing opinions about whether parents should give their children an allowance and whether that allowance should be for chores or just something received without being tied to work. What … Read More

February 11, 2016 |

Today Here is a Practical Tip to Help You Get Unified With Your Spouse.

My wife and I are writing a book to help married couples get united as couples. It will help end the fighting, the arguments, the hurt and more importantly, the frustration of not making any progress towards your financial goals.

Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Are You Overlooking Possible Tax Deductions?

I found a helpful article by Intuit Corporation on the most commonly overlooked potential tax deductions. Did you know that recent numbers show that “more than 45 million of us itemized deductions on our 1040s—claiming $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

Are You Richer Than You Think?

I have been troubled by the attitudes I saw during the recent Powerball craze when the jackpot hit over $1 billion.  So many people decided to jump into the madness of buying a chance to get rich. At a … Read More

February 2, 2016 |

How Do I Survive the Next “Snowmageddon?”

Dear Chuck, 

My family and I were surprised by the scope of the blizzard that affected much of the country, including us, which makes me wonder if there are more things we should be doing to … Read More

February 1, 2016 |

Ever Been Tempted to Cheat on Your Tax Return?

From research compiled by the IRS, 15% of Americans admit to cheating on their tax return. Here are some of the top ways individuals have attempted to deceive the IRS.

  1. Claiming the first time home-buyer tax credit when the … Read More
January 29, 2016 |

Planner or Worrier? Which One Are You?

God’s word strongly recommends that we plan carefully and commit to completing what we choose to do, so that it will be a job well done.

In Luke 14: 28-31, Jesus says:

“Suppose one of you wants to build a … Read More

January 28, 2016 |

I Have a Simple but Powerful Budgeting Technique for You Today

If you are struggling to spend less than you earn, save money and achieve your financial goals, I want to give you an old-fashioned method that really works.

First, record all of your income and all of your expenses … Read More

January 27, 2016 |

As a Timid Investor, is it Safe for My Family to Put Money in the Stock Market?

Dear Chuck,

So far this year, the stock market seems very volatile. My husband and I have some stocks and certainly in most retirement accounts including ours, stocks play a role. I’ve been concerned about the … Read More

January 26, 2016 |

Are You a Big Craigslist User? I Have Some Tips to Protect You Today

I’m not that big of a fan or user of Craigslist. However, my two adult children use it all the time and love it. But what looks so free and easy has some serious dangers.

One couple in Georgia … Read More

January 22, 2016 |

Do You Have $500 in an Emergency Savings Account?

Did you answer Yes or No?  According to a recent survey by, 63% of Americans have no emergency savings. To be fair, this doesn’t ask what they may have in retirement or investment accounts. But it does mean that … Read More

January 21, 2016 |

What’s the Big Deal if I Skip a Cup of Coffee and Buy a Few Lottery tickets?

Dear Chuck:

I work hard, paid my way through college, and together my husband and I have several small businesses that we have devoted our lives and effort to, but when I saw that the lottery … Read More

January 20, 2016 |

I Don’t Believe in Luck – Good or Bad

Proverbs 24:3-4 says,

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

God’s Word teaches us to rely on what He provides us in order to … Read More

January 19, 2016 |

Sometimes, the Best Solution to Your Financial Struggle is to Earn More Income

I really like this story that made Yahoo Finances’ list of most inspiring personal finance stories of 2015.

Last year, Kim Springer, 42, gave birth to her third child and made a dramatic decision about her career: After two decades … Read More

January 18, 2016 |

I Have a Few Tax Tips For You Today

First, you still have time to reduce your 2015 tax liability. You can do that by maximizing contributions to your traditional IRA – that stands for Individual Retirement Account. You have until April 15th to open a traditional IRA for … Read More

January 15, 2016 |

Let’s Talk About Bankruptcy.

Around 800,000 people filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015. That is actually good news!

Population-adjusted, the bankruptcy filing is at historic lows. On an annual basis, there are now 2.65 filings per 1,000 persons. This is the lowest it … Read More

January 14, 2016 |

Getting Out of Debt is a Great Resolution, But Should You Prioritize Something Else First?

Dear Chuck,

I know that getting out of debt is a great New Year’s resolution (I’m willing to try that one again!) but do you have any advice on something else that I should prioritize?

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