Archive for March, 2011

Marie Antoinette: The Journey“If the people have no bread, let them eat cake.”- (Attributed to) Marie Antoinette

Despite the quote attributed to this famed aristocrat of royalty during the French Revolution, simply giving your guests something to chew on doesn’t make your special event any more special than a meeting of the local rotary club or Toastmasters.  You need more than veggie trays, finger food and other treats to make your event stand from the norm.
Everybody Cooks Rice (Invitations to literacy)
Spice Things Up: Go exotic with dishes.  Partner with Indian, Brazilian and Jamaican caterers for spicy dishes or sample trays.  This may appeal to broaden your appeal to other cultures and ethnic groups.  Spicy dishes such as curry or jerk chicken with some rice can carry enough kick to have your audience raving about the meal and the event for days to come.
Kodak Sport Disposible Camera, 27 Exposure, Waterproof up to 50 feetAdd Some Red Carpet:   People feel like stars when you treat them like stars.  Include a VIP element to your events.  The thrill of the paparazzi snapping photos along the red carpet, even if they are Kodak disposables or HTC camera phones, can cause a stir among attendees and passersby.

Social Location Marketing: Outshining Your Competitors on Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp & Other Location Sharing Sites (Que Biz-Tech)Share before You Get There: Use social media to share with others about the event.  Facebook, Twitter and other sites provide great platforms for sharing about upcoming events.  Foursquare and Loopt allow you to “check in” at the location when you arrive and alert others that you are at the place to be.  Make your events the type of experience that people tweet about throughout the event and afterwards. Be sure to include a Like This button or Share button on your event website or registration page.

Make your events newsworthy.  If your event draws press and publicity, then consider it a plus.  If you get a pre-event interview on TV or on a weekend radio show, that’s an added bonus. See what type of exposure you get from your efforts.
Free Publicity 101: How to Write Press Releases and Get Your Story in the Media 101 Ways to Get Great PublicityThe Savvy Author's Guide to Book PublicityPublicity & Media Relations Checklists101 Sizzling Hot Ways to Get Publicity 

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Jesus shared that he came to seek and to save the lost in Luke 19:10. In essence, we need to become more like Jesus.

How? We need to find a way.

Find a way to:

  • Reflect His Acquaintances: Jesus hung out with tax collectors and sinners, not to mention the “unlearned” fishermen and zealots among His own disciples.  he was inclusive of the poor,  sick, needy, and others.
  • Reflect His Actions: Jesus went about teaching and preaching, healing and performing other miracles, wonders and signs.  We could sum it up into “good works.”
  • Reflect His Attitude: Jesus showed compassion, patience and sacrificial love.  Having an attitude like Him requires one to be a true servant-leader.

As you go about your day, see where you can perform similar good works and offer yourself as a servant, a minister, to others in your comings and goings.

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“… but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”- Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)

People keep using an analogy about eating elephants one bite at a time.  While I find it to be a tad bit outdated and overused, I accept the notion that you need to take things step by step.  It also holds true that one needs to start a journey with one step like the African proverb tells us.  However, too many people want to jump from one move to the next,never calculating the cost as the Lord suggested in Luke 14:28.

Ministry needs to be managed in a similar fashion.  It needs to be done with procedures in place.  Use a system for management.  Don’t let your management or leadership style dictate your system.  In many cases, churches adhere to some form of rules or guidelines for managing ministry.  Those are in place for good reason.  You can go down some slippery slopes when you do otherwise.  The IRS and other entities can get involved and your church’s 501 (c) 3 status can be placed in jeopardy due to failure to follow the rules.

Need funds to repair your existing building or build a new sanctuary? Start step by step.  Get the community involved along with the church.  Are you in an enterprise zone? Find out and see if there are redevelopment funds available.  There may be funds that would allow you to enhance or expand your church’s bookstore or school site as a part of the development project.  Who has done the research?

I pray for any pastor-leader who attempts a modern-day building campaign without a careful survey of the Scriptures.  My Bible says that those with a heart to give were the givers.  It was not 100% of the congregation for Moses or David.  People who felt motivated to give were the very ones who gave.  In the case of Moses, he had to stand before the assembly of God’s people and tell them to stop bringing their gifts.  They had more than enough at that time.  I say this to help some worried and weary spiritual leader of a local church. The givers give.  You don’t have to worry if it is part of God’s plan for you and your church.  The givers are the ones who give.

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Zondervan NIV Study Bible37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
– Genesis 45:37-40 (NIV)

Joseph started out the day in prison.  That very morning started for Joseph behind bars.  He began his day with prison as his abode.

That wasn’t how his day ended.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

At some point during the day, someone summoned Joseph.  A message was passed down the chain of command that Pharaoh wanted to see Joseph.  The jailers and guards had get the prisoner and send him under armed guard to the palace to meet with the king of Egypt

Cast Iron Skeleton Key Set Jail Cell Jailer PirateJoseph (The Bible Collection)Imagine the rumors and buzz that went throughout the prison cells that day. Think of the curious looks that must have come across numerous faces as the message was read to those who guarded Joseph that Pharaoh wanted to see the young man at once.  Picture the change in atmosphere as Joseph walked up from the depths of the dark dungeons to the corridors that lead to the awaiting king.  Imagine what must have gone through his mind as he took a step into the presence of the most powerful man in the world, the ruler of Egypt.Grace: Gods Unmerited FavorThe Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers 
Think of how much God can intervene on your behalf.  He can open doors in an instant.  He can work in your favor without you having to lift a single finger. For those who subscribe to Murphy’s Law, believing that if it can go wrong that it will go wrong, you have to see that God has a law higher than Murphy’s Law.  If you believe in karma, you truly have to see that God has grace and favor for the obedient and faithful.  Karma doesn’t do what God’s unmerited favor is capable of doing in your lives.  When you look at Joseph’s life, you see favor from God on display before men.  That’s the difference God can make in our lives daily.

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When you don’t have your mission as your main objective, you have “mission drift.”
When you don’t have your organizational priorities in order, you are just existing.
When you have forgotten why you even exist, then you have an identity crisis.
Strategic Planning For Dummies 
The 22 Immutable Laws of BrandingBranding helps you put your identity on the map, but you need to first be certain about your business identity.  Your strategic planning can help you identify some priorities, but it should also help you identify who you are and why you exist.  Seek to come to some consensus about who you are and why you exist as a business, then work on some key actions that help you bring that to life.

How to Discover Your Purpose in 10 Days: God's Path to a Full and Satisfied Life

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>God in the Marketplace: 45 Questions Fortune 500 Executives Ask About Faith, Life, and Business
“God is moving in a powerful way in the marketplace”- Henry Blackaby

In this era of multimedia, the Christian entrepreneur has a plethora of information sources.  Many of these are exclusively online, but others are in print, on television, even the radio, and online.  These men and women offer insights and ideas on how the Christian can be a powerful vessel of God in the modern-day marketplace.

John C. Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time

Steve Marr

Proverbs for Business 

Zig Ziglar
Great Quotes From Zig Ziglar

Laurie Beth Jones
The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for LifeHenry Blackaby

Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's AgendaBob Briner

The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business

Larry Burkett 

Business By The Book: Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace
Ron Blue

The New Master Your Money

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>Manna Doesn’t Pass the True Bread Test [John 6:26-58]

Jesus shared that manna doesn’t pass the true bread test because their forefathers ate manna and still died (vv. 31, 49, 58).

The Master fulfills more than manna.

Manna cannot pass the true bread test.

Manna can fill your stomach, but it cannot satisfy and save your soul.

Bread of Life: Lenten Reflections for Individuals and Groups
Manna: The Call to Daily Dependence on GodIt can keep you alive, but it cannot give you life or eternal life.
Manna can only sustain, but it cannot save you.

There is only one “bread of life” that:

Comes from heaven (vv. 33, 38, 50-51, 58)

I Am The Bread Of Life: John 1-10 (Six Weeks With the Bible for Catholic Teens)Gives life to the world (vv. 33, 40, 47, 50-51, 54, 57-58)
This is the bread that passes the true bread test.
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