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One of the things that I enjoy doing in my spare time is hiking.  Aside from the physical benefits of this activity, I’ve also learned some spiritual principles that apply off the mountain.

Lesson 1: We put in the work, but the results are up to the Lord.

Story: This happened while I was doing an internship shortly after high school. They worked into our program a couple of physically challenging activities throughout the year. This particular one, we were training to hike Pike’s Peak, a 14,110 elevation mountain in Colorado. As we were training, they would encourage us to identify things in our life that we wanted to overcome and use the hike as a physical symbol of overcoming those areas. Well the day of the hike drew near and we were unable to hike due to inclement weather at the top.

Oct 27
2013
Anna Sonata

Become Christian Business

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How To Be A Christian Business Owner - Doing Business with Integrity

Christian Business Owners to Exceed Standard Expectations

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Whether a business provides goods or services, its purpose should be for more than just making money. The operation of the business should add value to the quality of life, and should improve and enrich society. For Christians, because their entire life is meant to both glorify God and reflect Jesus Christ, their business should be conducted with utmost integrity. This means that in every facet, the business is honest, reliable, trustworthy, and that the company, whatever the size, offers consistent quality products or services. 

Even many non-Christian business owners demonstrate integrity. For this reason, the Christian is challenged to be and do something that exceeds the standard expectations of the people it serves. 

This level of business integrity includes providing fair and reasonable pricing. Exceptional customer service requires being punctual, neat and friendly. Business owners and managers are to treat employees fairly and pay them appropriately. They are to be insured, licensed and bonded if necessary. Christians business owners are to always be honest in dealings with other business people, and have truthfulness and accuracy in advertising. In short, Christian business people should go the extra mile. 

The Christian businessperson should make every effort to be distinctive, exceptional and/or unique. The key is to develop a daily, disciplined awareness of the presence and power of the Heavenly Master. This awareness, fueled by an intimate relationship with Him, will influence the business owner's thinking, decision-making, words and actions. It will also likely change their attitude toward job responsibilities. "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men...for you serve the Lord Christ." (Col. 3:23) 

Working with diligence and enthusiasm, while constantly looking for ways to improve, will bring countless benefits to the business. Word of mouth is still the most effective kind of advertising. People still appreciate quality and honesty. In the Amplified Bible, this point is proven with Proverbs 22:29: "Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men." 

In today's instantaneous communication, good or bad news about an experience travels quickly, and it can make or break a business. It has been said that when a customer has a bad business experience, they will tell ten people about it. Therefore, excellence in customer service and satisfaction will certainly help ensure success because "a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches." (Prov. 22:1) 

The successful Christian business is marked by its affect on the lives of others. It should help improve and enrich the lives of those it serves. The atmosphere of the business and the attitude of the owner should bring glory to God and imitate the example of Christ. The operation of the business should provide products or services that exceed people's expectations. The business owner should make every effort to be distinctive and exceptional, and should be aware of the presence of God every day. With these priorities in order, the good name and good reputation earned will have a long lasting value, and prosperity will surely follow sewa mobil .
 
Oct 24
2013
Steve Marr

King Solomon’s Warning To Avoid Disaster

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King Solomon, the wisest person to ever live wrote: (Proverbs 20-33 NIV)

“Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[a] she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
    and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
    and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
    I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
    when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
    they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
    and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
    and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
    and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

First, the Lord grants wisdom, wisdom is available all over town.

Second, the Lord confronts, and rebukes. Why? To turn us around.

The Lord is always pouring out wisdom and sound teaching, we merely need to listen. We can refuse, but at what price if we disregard the Lord?

The Lord will, “I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;” (Proverbs 1:26)

The Lord knows some will only call upon the Lord when under distress. However, the Lord will not answer at that time because people have refused to listen and respond.

Perhaps on reason the Lord allows disaster is to drive people to Him. Some will simply refuse to seek God until forced to their knees by circumstances. This is not what the Lord would prefer, He would rather people embraced His word and holiness, rather then be forced by a disaster.

The Lord is saying the people, “would not accept my advice” (Proverbs 1:30).  How often do we concisely or un-concisely refuse to take the Lords advice?

The bottom line: “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33)

CEN application:

1.     How do we help others understand God’s warnings?

2.     What steps do we take to insure we are listening to Gods advice?

3.     How do we help people avoid disaster and lead them to God’s safety?

 

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to persecution. Paul never laid down his armor when resistance to his ministry continued. In the midst he did consistently call believers to total and unconditional surrender to the authority of Jesus Christ. Even in persecution we see in II Corinthians, the Apostle Paul at one moment the pinnacle of joy, the next in despair but not forsaken. This is a good reminder for us as believers as we too are facing persecution worldwide of unprecedented proportions.

Sep 12
2013
Steve Marr

Copy Purse or Wallet Contents

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Most of us carry around a lot of stuff in our wallet, or purse. Credit cards, car registration, library and voter’s cards, reward cards among other items.

 

If we loose our purse or wallet through theft we immediately need to take action. We may remember credit card numbers, but do you recall every important item you carry? Most of can’t, let alone know the reference numbers.

Sep 08
2013
Dave Purdle

Ministry 9-1-1's Call of the day...

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The Lord seemed to speak most strongly to me about the great need to share His light. He has given me so much and loved me so much, yet I still find myself neglecting to witness. There is a world around me that desperately needs His love. I know I should be a faithful witness, but sometimes I’m in a hurry or become embarrassed. II Corinthians 5:14 has become a special motivator for me, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.” The love of Christ is all the reason I need to take time and make the effort to share the true Light of the world with those around me. --Becky Calvert