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Christian Business Owners: Three Reasons Character Matters

February 9, 2024

Owning a business requires many skills and a certain temperament. If you have read books like The E-Myth you realize that business ownership requires working on your business, as well as in your business. It requires technical skills and soft people skills.

It isn’t likely that any one business owner will have 100% of the skills needed for their business to grow and thrive long-term.

Which are the right skills? It doesn’t matter. As you grow you can hire the needed skills.

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What Does The Bible Say About Performance Management?

February 2, 2024

“… Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us…”
– Eph 5:1

I listened to a sermon this week based in part upon the lessons of Ephesians 5. Pastor Gerrit Dawson is a master storyteller and always weaves lived experiences into the fabric of his sermons. Gerrit’s take on Ephesians 5 was about how we think of and treat people in times of correction, accountability, and discipline. You can find the full sermon here.  Too often, when we are in these situations, “walking in love” would not be the best description of how we handle ourselves.  

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God Can Use You. Embrace the 3 Postures of Calling

January 26, 2024

Every entrepreneur is custom-created for a purpose. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he tells his readers that God “creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing” (Eph 2:10 MSG). 

Paul doesn’t leave it at that. He then tells them to “get out there and walk – better yet, run! – on the road God called you to travel” (Eph 4:1 MSG). How, though, in a world so full of noise and distraction, and with our broken humanity so prone to following our will and succumbing to fear, do we go about staying on (or getting on – let’s be honest) the road we’re called to travel? How can we approach getting in position so God can use us for the work he has for us to do? 

God can use you. But sometimes, we need to examine ourselves before we see progress in the area of calling.

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