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Remain Positive

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

-Proverbs 13:20

Why suffer needlessly? It’s senseless.  It’s foolish.  It’s totally unwise.

In midst of all of this foolishness that may come your way, I suggest that you remain positive.  Norman Vincent Peale wrote The Power o f Positive Thinking many years ago and it still generates fans to this day.  Keep yourself positive.
Keep a positive perspective on things.  Be an optimist.  Winston Churchill once stated: “The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Maintain a positive perspective.
Stick with positive people.  Don’t fall in with the wrong crowd at the copy machine or water cooler.  Keep yourself surrounded by people who will build you up and lift your spirits.

Stay positive.  We all know that bad things still happen to good people.  That’s still a reality.  Let’s maintain our own positivity in the midst of the storms of this life.  hink about the folks who survived Hurrican Sandy and who were so thankful to God for sparing their lives and the lives of their loved ones.  That’s how to stay positive in the storm and beyond.

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Do not merely listen to the word,
and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says.

– James 1:22 (NIV)

It is probably safe to say that most of want to do what god expects of us.  We can admit that we are at least willing to try.  I think that makes some reasonable sense based on my own experience.

We don’t always do right.

We don’t necessarily do any better.

God expects us to do better.  He 3expects us to do something with His Word.  He doesn’t expect us to just take it in and let it sit within us.  He wants us working on what He has for us to do.  Otherwise, we are headed down the right right track.

Do what God says and you’ll meet His expectation for your obedience every single time.

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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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“Find a need and fill it.”- A.G. Gaston
Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire

Have you identified the needs of your target audience? That’s important.  You want to ensure that your target audience is getting its desired results through your product or service.  Identify what they need, and then identify how to meet those needs.  In doing so, you need to prioritize your work on addressing the needs.

Your programming should include matching your product or services with identified needs.  We call this “need-based programming.”  Such methods provide you with an approach to meeting the needs and measuring success based upon which needs were met at in what areas.

Measure needs met and use these as your results.  Make sure that your data collection matches with your desired results.  As you move forward, keep your focus on keeping up with the pulse of the audience you serve.  If you lose touch, then you can lose some profitability.  That’s not the direction that you want to move in. 

“At 103 years of age, A.G. &. Gaston leaves behind a thirst for success, a keen resourcefulness and an entrepreneurial split that will be deeply missed by those of us in the business world who either knew him personally or knew of his achievements.”- Earl G. Graves interviewed at the death of A.G. Gaston

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“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. “- Peter Drucker  
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Too many entrepreneurs believe that they have to build the next big thing.  I always like the concept of piggybacking on the success of others.  You know, that ancient business approach of building a better mouse trap rather than simply trying to replace the mouse trap.


Let’s attack the obvious first. The mouse trap you seek to innovate already has an existing audience.  You don’t have to search high and low to find them.  You will need to do some market research in order to reach them with what you have for them.  You will need to identify their wants and needs, especially where what you offer falls on their list of priorities.

Your next move is about accessibility.  How do you get access to your audience? Do you purchase a mailing list or do you cold call everyone in the phone book? Do you need to place ads in areas frequented by those who meet the demographic profile of your audience? Is there a low-cost mechanism that will reach a broad audience? Could you tie in with a human interest story for your local newspaper reporter?

How do you make what you have to offer easily accessible to them? Can they order online and off line? Do you have other sites where your products are available? Are you the sole proprietor and the sole soul serving in every capacity of the business? [Uh-Oh, I think I hit a sore spot.]

Make a list and see where you stand.  You may discover that you are on the right track.  Or, you may find yourself way off course and in need of some immediate changes before you find yourself facing serious issues.  In either case, be sure to take the real answers into consideration and do not get into making assumptions regarding your target audience.  Read Inc and Entrepreneur, even Harvard Business Review.  Be sure to check your competition.  Get ideas from those who have a greater amount of the market within their grasp.  You are not seeking a mother lode.  You just want to get a piece of the action.
I guess that I could put in simple terms by saying that I like Inc’s “How to Run a One-Person Business.” In addition, their site offers some other valuable resources as well.  Essentially, I believe that such sites offer budding entrepreneurs insights and ideas on how to start and sustain their own business whether they are traditional brick and mortar shops or if they are mobilized and globalized ventures.  Check out the landscape before you go setting up shop.  Do your homework and ensure that you are making the right moves in the right direction.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.– Margaret Mead
Community breaks down to a concept of being “together as one.” Our perspectives on community as something geographic, social or ethnic, even cultural, are simply flawed when we have no point of connection.  The divide within the Black community is wide between those with college degrees and those who are recovering from drugs or re-entering society from prison just like those in a Latino or Asian community There is no real community until we see ourselves as collective group with a common concern and standing on common ground without impure motives.  
Take Ownership
We have to see the common problem as our problem.  If we do not do so, we stand a slim chance of taking any measure to its full extent because our hearts won’t be in it.  We have to own it or become overtaken.
Make a Commitment and a Contribution
Get involved.  Get invested.  Your involvement and investment will draw others into the movement.  Get committed.  Give a contribution of your time, talent or treasure.
Build Forward
We have to become future-oriented “builders.” We need to invest in the future, especially in our youth. We need more of our focus to look forward rather than what is in our hands or our pockets.  What is the plan for your community for the next five years? Ten years? Twenty years? Beyond twenty? Build it now.  Otherwise, developers, politicians, administrators, and lobbyists will build it for you based upon their own interests, not yours.
See community as what is supposed to be.  It is about us all being together as one, building a better environment for all who are involved.

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“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”  ~Benjamin Franklin

Exceed expectations. Are you getting any closer to excellence?  Merely meeting expectations is a minimum.  When you exceed those same expectations, you start to enter into excellence.  We are to offer God our best every step of the way.  Excuses do not excuse us from the expectations of our Eternal Father.

We have to go further than we have ever gone before.  We have to take actions that will lead to exploring new territory.  Excuses are just excuses.  They do not excuse us from His expectations.  They can hinder us from doing His will or walking by faith.  They can harm progress in our spiritual maturity.  They may not even help us at all.  We have to see what excuses really do for us.  They offer nothing but trouble because they lead to procrastination, problems and poor performance or pitiful productivity.  That’s what comes forth out of excuses.

Let excellence serve as your trademark.  Lead by example.  Let excuses go.  Let others see the distinct qualities that set you apart from the crowd.  Demonstrate that you are not simply going with the flow.  In fact, if you live for Him, it may even cause you to go against the grain at times.  You begin to discover that God has put more in you than you think, but you won’t discover it until you have been put to the test.  When the tests, trials and troubles come your way, it won’t be time for excuses.  That will be the time you set your heart on excelling beyond expectations.  At that point, you become David facing a giant called GoliathRight then, you become Moses standing before a raging Red SeaIn the midst of  it, you stand out like Paul, writing as a concerned parent to his dear children, addressing believers in Rome with an assurance that every Christian is more than a conqueror.  We overcome with overwhelming strength supplied by the Supreme God, God Almighty.

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Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face– Deut. 34:10 (NASB)


Moses was a man of God.  In fact, Moses will be counted as one entirely different from other prophets in history’s retelling from generation to generation.  Moses had an intimate relationship with God.  Moses is known as one whom the Lord knew face to face.  That’s intimate.

Moses was molded on Mount Sinai.

Moses was made a prophet by the Maker.

Moses was mentored by the Most High.

Moses was a man in the making even while he was in Midian tending his father-in-law’s sheep.  Moses was getting prepared to be a prophet even while he was being reared up in a palace.  Moses was a man in the making, being made over by the Almighty God for a mission.

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.- Exodus 33:11 (NIV)

With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?- Numbers 12:8 (NIV)

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Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. Proverbs 20:11 (NIV)

There is a vast difference between right and wrong actions.  If it applies to children, you can sure bet it applies to us as adults.  That is especially true when it comes down to the “work of the ministry” as well.

God wants us busy at work for the soul-saving and gospel-spreading calling He has bestowed upon us.  He doesn’t just want us busy.  He desires that we handle kingdom business as wise stewards of the King of Glory.  Our approach should not be come about what best fits into our calendar or life plan.  We need to see where we are best suited to truly “serve the Lord with gladness.” We need to serve where we can be found faithful, even if it is over the little things.

God doesn’t want us to go about as Bible-toting busybodiesLook at the words of Paul to his young pastoral protegé Timothy as he advises on how to handle such people (1 Tim. 5:13).  God wants us serving as a busy body of believers at work for His glory, not simply a bunch of busybody believers.

Let others see you at work for God.  Show your faith through your works.  Get busy doing the right things in the right way and at the right time.  Show the world and other Christians that there is a vast difference between right and wrong.

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“The ways in which churches are reaching out to people over the Internet are expanding.”- The Barna Group

You have a website.
So what?
Your pastor is podcasting, blogging and streaming videos daily.
So what?
Your ministry team is using social networking and microblogging, tweeting and texting at a fast pace.
So what?

Identify more than what you are doing.  That’s just the evidence of some form of effort.  You have to get to the point to where you actually measure the effectiveness of what you are doing.

Think it through.  You do not want to simply do something.  You want to do something that changes the world.  You want to face your cyber challenges with purpose and intent, confirming the call and cause of your mission and taking action to bring it forth.

Take a moment and see what tools exist that can help and support you to have a critical web presence.  Look at Techmission and Tech Soup for articles and solutions on using technology to its full advantage.  Invest some time engaging your team and focus groups into how to use technology to communicate internally and externally as well as broadcast sermons and services offered by your church or organization.  Take the time to turn your cyber challenges into Internet innovations.

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