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There is an action (circumstance), a reaction and an outcome.

Circumstance + reaction = outcome

We often cannot control circumstances. There is a fire and we lose valuable information. The government passes a law that negatively affects our business. We’re supposed to meet a client and our car breaks down on the way.

But we can control our reaction to the circumstance and it is our reaction that will determine the ultimate outcome. Will the outcome be beneficial or will it make us bitter?

Our focus should be on a proper reaction not on the circumstance.

In the last article we dealt with this question and came to understand that the answer depends upon the condition of the inner heart.

It’s okay for Christians to be rich but there are some strong warning in the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy and warned him, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”

And then he goes on to say, “And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

Is it Okay for Christian to Be Rich?

The answer to that is an emphatic Yes and No!

How can this be? It is because so much of what we do is not based upon what we see it is based upon what is going on inside. What is our heart condition?

Paul said to Titus, “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” 1:15

I believe God made us interdependent. We need one another to enjoy life and success to it’s fullest.

You are the sum total of what others think of you. That’s why it’s important to be around people who encourage you, believe in you and recognize your worth before God.

You believe about yourself what others believe about you. You need someone to believe in you to succeed.

Here are five things you can do to live your dreams and reach your potential.

The business owner must know how to hear

Jesus gave us the parable of the sower, found in Mark 4, to impress upon us the importance of how we are to hear.

Jesus said take heed how you hear. He didn’t say be careful what you hear, although that’s important, but how you hear is more important than what you hear.

The four hearers:
1. The “no” hearer, hearer
2. The excited hearer
3. The distracted hearer
4. The focused hearer.

Laboring in vain

December 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep” Psalm 127:2

We can have the wrong idea that working hard is all it takes to succeed. We put our nose to the grindstone and forget to look behind us, God is there watching and wanting to step in.

We can be so busy being busy that we hinder God from being busy on our behalf.

Success Through Failure               “There is no failure. Only feedback. “~ Robert Allen

(Excerpt from the book “Bible Based Businesses – Biblical Principles for Success in Business and Life” by Jeff Testerman at Amazon)

One of my favorite stories is of a man named Sparky. In 8th grade, Sparky flunked every single class. He was the worst physics student in the history of his high school. He flunked it with a zero. He also flunked English, Latin, and Algebra. He tried out for the high school golf team, but

Facing our Trials

August 26, 2011 — Leave a comment

In the business world and in all areas of life we will face various trials, difficulties, and tests.

How do we handle them? How should I respond as a Christian to things falling apart around me?

Peter tells us that “now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,…”

It is not sin to have strong feelings about your trial, to be distresses or grieved over a situation is not a sign of being weak in faith.

Is it Okay for Christian business Owners to Be Rich?

In the last article we dealt with this question and came to understand that the answer depends upon the condition of the inner heart.

It is okay for Christian business owners to be rich but there are some strong warning in the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy and warned him, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”

Is it Okay for Christian business Owners to Be Rich?

The answer to that is an emphatic Yes and No!