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Affluent Christian Investor | August 22, 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

January 13, 2016 |

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 … Read More

January 12, 2016 |

Are You Looking For a Job This Year? I Have an Encouraging Story For You.

A number of years ago, a young man called me after his release from a California penitentiary after serving 7 years for armed robbery.  He had undergone a life-changing encounter with Christ and was a frequent listener to My … Read More

January 7, 2016 |

Are New Year’s Resolutions Biblical?

Dear Chuck,

A lot of us – myself included – will make New Year’s Resolutions about money or family or career, maybe even about learning a new skill. (I keep saying I’m going to learn to play guitar.) But does … Read More

January 6, 2016 |

This New Year – Make Christ Honoring Financial Choices.

We are inundated with financial advice. The list of sources for the latest and greatest on how to make and manage money is all around us. The vast majority of what I read can be condensed to this formula – … Read More

January 5, 2016 |

Are You Getting Enough Rest?

Did you know that sleep deprivation is considered by Amnesty International as a form of torture?  There is good reason. Lack of sleep takes a toll on our health, our mood, our mental capacity and our productivity. Our bodies … Read More

January 4, 2016 |

Want a Few Tips for Starting the New Year Off on the Right Financial Foot?

Stop wasting time. I know it sounds obvious, but all of us do things that are unproductive. Consider a few of my favorites: stop watching TV, stop surfing social media sites or checking them frequently to see if you … Read More

December 31, 2015 |

Can You Believe This is The Last Day of 2015? It Has Been a Great Year

As I think about the year we are closing the history books on this year, I am grateful for all the Lord has done in and through our ministry.  I want to share a few of the personal highlights … Read More

December 29, 2015 |

Research Suggests Why We Spend More Using a Credit Card Than Cash…

Bill Hardekopf is CEO of He has some great insight for how to avoid overspending!

“A study from the Journal of Consumer Research sheds further light on why we overspend with credit card payments. It may even help shoppers stay … Read More

December 23, 2015 |

Debt Has Some Negative Consequences…

Scripture clearly discourages debt. It also condemns the misuse of debt and the failure to repay debts (Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 3:27-28).

Randy Alcorn, director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, has written a helpful article on the Nine Consequences of Debt. … Read More

December 18, 2015 |

Are You Thinking of Purchasing a Gas-Guzzler Now That Gas Prices Are Down?

“Sales of sport utilities and crossover vehicles are up nearly 15.9% this year compared to the same period last year. And sales of light trucks are up 12.7% over the same period,”

according to Motor Intelligence.

Meanwhile, sales … Read More

December 17, 2015 |

Your Car May Be Driving You to The Poor House?

Listen to the latest facts based upon first quarter data from Experian:

  • Average loan term for new cars is now 67 months — a record.
  • Average loan term for used cars is now 62 months — a record.
  • Read More

December 16, 2015 |

When Should I Keep Kids on Car Insurance or Kick Them Off?

Dear Chuck,

My question is on adult children and car insurance: I need to figure out if I should put my adult son on our insurance policy. We’ve all had accidents (so no judgment here), … Read More

December 15, 2015 |

Do You Feel a Tension Between Your Desire to Save More and Your Desire to Give More?

I did some checking online looking for a study on this dilemma many Christians face. So far, I have not found any solid research on the subject! Most articles talk only about increasing your savings, not your giving. The Bible … Read More

December 14, 2015 |

Have You Considered Spending Less on Christmas Gifts? I Have Some Ideas For You.

“The National Retail Federation expects people to spend $805.65 on (Christmas) gifts, on average in 2015. That’s average spending per person — with a record high of $462.95 earmarked for family members, according to the survey — so multiply … Read More

December 11, 2015 |

The Dangers of all the Rage on Social Media – Biblical Guidelines for Navigating These Social Landmines

We are seeing a growing trend of individuals and groups quick to express their anger and outrage as a result of taking personal offense. Have you heard the term micro-aggressions? Those are emotionally charged words that are now on … Read More

December 10, 2015 |

What is Your Highest Financial Priority for Next Year?

Now, you are likely thinking about your Christmas list and trying to get your shopping done, but which of these will be your top financial priority in 2016?

  1. Saving more?
  2. Paying off debt?
  3. Trying to stay current on your … Read More
December 9, 2015 |

Are You Still Impacted By the Most Recent Market Crash?

According to Ben Carlson, a blogger at A Wealth of Common Sense, the 2008 Market Crash has left “a huge psychological impact on Gen Xers and Boomers with many lingering effects.”

First, investors do not want another boom-bust cycle. 

“Even with … Read More

December 8, 2015 |

Should My Winnings Go to a New a Car?

Dear Chuck,

I recently obtained a small court settlement and I am seeking the best way to handle my finances. I am particularly interested in what to do with my car. Should I pay it off and get a newer … Read More

December 7, 2015 |

Do You Worry You May Outlive Your Retirement Savings?

According to a new survey,

“People who earn more than $75,000 have a greater fear that they’ll run out of money in retirement. Overall, 23% of survey respondents say their top worry is that their savings will run … Read More

December 4, 2015 |

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 … Read More

December 3, 2015 |

Are You Wasting Money on “Healthy Food”?

I found an interesting article from that gave strong evidence that we may be wasting lots of money buying five specific foods and beverages we think are healthy for us.  For example, diet sodas.

Certified Nutritionist Beth Warren says, … Read More

December 2, 2015 |

Do You Know Someone Caught Up in the Predatory Lending Trap?

The Washington Post reported on this major problem of predatory lending. These are typically small loans aimed at unsophisticated borrowers that include payday loans secured against a borrower’s paycheck, title loans typically secured against a vehicle, or an open-end … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

Are You Trying to Achieve Your Financial Goals All Alone?

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

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

“Two are better than … Read More

November 30, 2015 |

Are There Hidden Reasons You May Be Spending Too Much?

The Wall Street Journal published an article with research suggesting we tend to spend too much for less than obvious reasons. I thought it contained some worthwhile insights.

First, the research found that many folks are terrible at estimating future … Read More

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