Category Archives: Christian Business

Genesis- A Movie Special Event

There is a battle raging about the role of God in the creation of the earth. What do you believe? Why do you believe it? Come and find out more about the science of creation this Thursday, February 23, 2017. Learn the view of creation that you will not be allowed to see in main stream media.

From the description about this special event:

IS GENESIS HISTORY? is a fascinating new look at the biblical, historical, and scientific evidence for Creation and the Flood. Learn from more than a dozen scientists and scholars as they explore the world around us in light of Genesis.

Find out where the movie showing near you here.

This special event will be held on one night only, February 23. Check the website for a theater near you.

I encourage CEBN members, especially those with older children, to view this film and discuss what you learn.

Build your faith by learning how God’s Word and science support the view that God created the earth and everything in it.  You will come away inspired and encouraged.

 

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Time to Pray and Plan!

As the new work week starts, re-dedicate yourself for seeking the Lord’s guidance. As you realize the importance of planning for your business, remember to first give even greater priority to seeking God’s wisdom. Without God, we can do nothing, the Bible says. That which will last and make a difference for the Kingdom of God must be done with the wisdom of the Lord. Get wisdom from God by asking for it through prayer.

Time to Pray and Plan

Welcome to a new week!

A new week gives you a fresh start and an opportunity to make the most of the time God had given you.

Before you plan, pray.

Join me and choose a passage of Scripture to read and meditate on and pray for God’s guidance before you plan your week.

Let’s invite God and HIS wisdom and creativity to guide us through the week.

For a weekly devotional guide and business planner, take a look at my Pray and Plan Prayer Journal and Goals Guide.

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Share your plans for the week so we can pray for one another.

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God and Your Mountain

God and your mountain
God will choose which is best in your situation.
He will either:
-Move the mountain
-Level and destroy the mountain
-Get you over the mountain
God is a creative God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and inhabits His place sitting in the circle of the earth. He is not only all-knowing but he is all good. He is your Maker and knows you better than anyone else. He created you to do the good works he has just for you. You can trust him to remove every obstacle and get you over any hurdle. He is your all- powerful God who loves you. Go before God in prayer today. Tell him about your mountains and he will show you what to do. Wait for him to take you over, take you through or go a whole different way. God’s got this! Do not fear. Obey God no matter how unusual his way may seem. God’s creativity knows no limits.

Contentment In Context

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Philippians 4:11-12

These powerful and often-quoted verses about contentment are found surrounded by verses that gives us additional instructions about the secret to living a life of contentment.

Let’s take a look at some of these and how they can help us to be content in every situation, a task which is difficult for most of us.

> do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7

Earlier in this chapter, Paul talks about the reality of anxiety and offers us an antidote. We are not to be anxious about anything. How do we accomplish such a difficult task? By praying, asking God for what we need and doing so with a grateful heart. To begin, prayer is the foundation of freedom from anxiety and the peace that only God can give. We are to pray without ceasing, in every situation to keep us from anxiety. Praying and then following the direction God gives you in prayer will keep you from anxiety. You will rest in the fact that you are obeying God so whatever happens is in his hands and all things will work together for your good, no matter how difficult the outcome may seem.

Secondly, we are to seek God for what we need. The word “supplication”, used 60 times in the Bible, means more than just ask. It is from a Latin verb meaning to plead humbly. The sense of the word includes both an earnest, heartfelt asking and a sense of humility. Jesus reminds us to seek, ask and knock, knowing that our Heavenly Father wants to provide for our needs. In the Parable of the Unjust Judge in Luke chapter 18, Jesus teaches us that “ that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” by telling of a persistent widow who kept seeking what she needed until she got it. We are to go boldly before the throne of grace to find what we need, knowing that it is the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus that makes it possible for us to do so. Our humility is a response to the love and grace of God which amazingly makes us his sons and daughters.

The third part of our safety from anxiety involves an attitude of gratitude. Our prayers for more must be accompanied by gratitude for what the Lord has already given us. Remembering God’s past blessing, care and provision for us as well as his present keeping of us, makes us realize that just as he has done, he will continue to do. We have no need to be anxious having a Father who has already proven himself faithful and true. We see in how he has cared for us a Father who loves us so much and wants the best for us. We can rest in that truth and find peace instead of anxiety. By resisting anxiety in this life, we can find contentment through trust in God and his care for us.

> Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Bad thoughts lead to more bad thoughts and bad behavior. Thoughts are powerful and as children of God, we must be very careful to guard our thoughts from assault by the enemy of our souls. We are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. As we are being conformed to the image of Christ, our thoughts should reflect his thoughts and his character. Therefore, Paul wants us only to think on praise-worthy topics. When your mind starts to wander elsewhere, stop it by asking God to help you. Keeping your thoughts on what matters to God will keep you in a state of contentment.

> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Finally, I think we can see that contentment is hard to find in Western culture. So much of the loudest parts of culture flaunt discontent as a way of life. As a Christian, fighting for contentment is a day-to-day or even a moment-to-moment concern. Without Christ, this is impossible to overcome. But with Christ who is our strength, we can do all things. We can be content with what we have right now and where we are right now through the strength of Christ. More than that, we can everything else God asks of us including being free from anxiety, praying with gratitude and keeping our thoughts rightly focused all through the strength of Christ. What reason then could we have to not be content today? We serve a God who loves us and strengthens us in every trial and in every victory. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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The Lord Gives Us Power to Be Successful

Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who
gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the
covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
Deuteronomy 8:18
Lord, I need your wisdom. I come to you seeking knowledge and understanding, especially in the difficult parts of my business. There is knowledge I need to grow my business and there are people and situations that I need to understand in order to serve you through my business. I trust you to give me the wisdom that I seek. Thank you for being the gracious God that gives me wisdom.

Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who

gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the
covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
Deuteronomy 8:18
Lord, I need your wisdom. I come to you seeking knowledge and understanding, especially in the difficult parts of my business. There is knowledge I need to grow my business and there are people and situations that I need to understand in order to serve you through my business. I trust you to give me the wisdom that I seek. Thank you for being the gracious God that gives me wisdom.

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Grow The Fruit Of The Spirit In Me

The fruit of the Spirit if a gift of God given to believers who have faith in Jesus Christ. We are being confirmed to God’s image and need to be confident that he who began a good work in us will continue it to the day of Christ Jesus. Pray without ceasing that God will continue to grow the fruit of the Spirit in you do that others will know you belong to Christ and will be drawn to him through you.

Follow God

You can trust God to guide you every step of your business journey. He may lead you into the unfamiliar but he will never leave you. Just as God led Abraham out of his land and the Israelites into theirs, God wants to lead and guide you in all of your decisions. Seek him in prayer today.

Rest In Jesus

The life of an entrepreneur is often hectic and it can be hard to take the time to rest. It seems there are not enough hours in the week to do all that needs to be done. But you must rest and Jesus tells you how. 
First, be yoked, or joined, to him. Jesus wants you to walk closely with him and be joined to him, as two oxen plowing a field. The animals must walk closely together in the same direction to harvest the field for maximum yield. In the same way, walking with Jesus will give us the abundant life he came to give us. This close relationship is made possible by being born again and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The precious gifts of prayer and the Holy Spirit are the divine means given to us to allow us to enjoy this close walk with Jesus.

Secondly, Jesus tells us to obtain rest, you must learn his ways, especially his humility, as you guide your business. Reading the Bible to intentionally study the life of Jesus will allow you to model your life after him in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible also promises that we will be conformed to the image of Christ and that God will continue the work he began in us when we gave our life to Jesus. Despite setbacks, you can confidently continue to seek rest in Jesus. Learn of the ways of Jesus and walk closely with him so that he can direct you to the rest God promises in Psalm 23. He will make you lie down in green pastures and lead you besides still waters. 
Rest in Jesus today.

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Our Everyday God

So a new year is upon us. People celebrated on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Resolutions were made. Calendars and planners were purchased. People are focusing on planning for the upcoming year.

As I consider the focus on the new year, I hear God in my spirit reminding me of his focus on the daily. So many Bible verses address God’s daily concern for us and his teaching us to keep a daily view of our lives. From the Old Testament to the New, we see that our God is a God of each and every day.

Moses in the Old Testament asks God to help him in this area. “Teach us to number our days aright that we may have a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 After considering the power of Almighty God in the fleeting lives of men, Moses’ response is to ask for instruction in ordering our days to God’s ways that we might have his wisdom granted to us.

Jesus, when instructing his disciples how to pray, tells them to ask, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Was Jesus remembering the time of the Israelites in the desert, a time in which God gave the people only enough sustenance for each day at a time?

We get some idea of why God chooses to make us dependent him daily from these words of Moses in Deuteronomy 8:16 He refers to the God “who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.” Daily dependence on God is humbling and often difficult. We become tempted to want to get ahead of God and go our own way. But in doing so, we are likely to give the credit for our success to ourselves instead of God as Moses warns in a later verse.

Jesus directs to the daily view for another reason, to keep us from carrying over useless worrying into a new day. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Keeping a daily view, especially in time of trouble, keeps us from getting overwhelmed with the cares of life.

Perhaps the most comforting aspect of our everyday God is the fact that he loves us so much despite our sin that he is willing to forgive us every day. The Bible tells us that we wake up each morning with a clean slate from God and fresh compassion from him. Praise God for his mercy and grace! “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

I am so grateful to serve a faithful, everyday God.

Trust In The Lord

This is one of my life verses. I need to be reminded often to stop relying on my way of looking at things. It is easy to rely on sight and how things look to your natural mind as you assess your business situation. God desires that you will look to him and admit your dependence on him as you conduct your business. He will put you on the best course.

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Trust In The Lord

This is one of my life verses. I need to be reminded often to stop relying on my way of looking at things. It is easy to rely on sight and how things look to your natural mind as you assess your business situation. God desires that you will look to him and admit your dependence on him as you conduct your business. He will put you on the best course.

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God is looking for creative problem solvers

When I had my first child and started having longings of not going back to work. I remember praying fervently for a solution of how I would replace my income working from home. I kept telling God that I “could not see my way through” my situation. I could not think of any way that would be possible. After a long time of staying in denial about possibilities, not trusting God and living by sight and not by faith, God finally showed me a way. This solution to my problem was one that I never thought of, it was so far from me. But God knew. God had a solution that exceeded my imagination and expectation. I must say my imaginations and expectations were quite lacking at the time. God always had a creative solution but he needed to trust him and work with him so that it would be revealed to me. I am convinced this process took much longer than it should have because of my inability to expect God to come up with a creative solution and then to wait for him to reveal it to me. I was too busy panicking as my 6 weeks of leave dwindled away to think creatively or abundantly. My faith was severely tested and I almost failed the test. But God… in his mercy and grace, despite my issues with being close-minded, made a way for me.

A Inspiring Testimony of the Power of Jesus

Check out this inspiring podcast episode from Unshackled, the longest-running radio program on the air today. You will hear a testimony of the power of Christ in one who many considered beyond hope. 

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