Partnering for Success: Why Going It Alone Just Doesn’t Get You Very Far

Sergeant “B.A.” Baracus regularly played the hero in the ‘80s A-Team TV series. Every American kid-fan dreamed of donning his signature mohawk (some of us gave it a shot). He was fearless and relied on brute strength to solve his problems. There were few he couldn’t overcome, but the resulting destruction often produced as many problems as it solved.

Enter Hannibal Smith, the tactician and leader of the crew, who preferred a disguise and a more calculated approach to the bull-in-a-china-shop methods of his demolition-savvy partner.

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Strengthen and Protect Your Company: A Biblical Basis for Choosing Accountability to Wise Christian Advisors

As the new king of Israel, Rehoboam had a critical choice to make regarding whose counsel he would follow during his reign. He would either heed the counsel of the elders who served his father, Solomon, or he would follow the guidance of the younger, less-experienced generation. The elders advised Rehoboam to lighten the workload and taxation Solomon had placed upon the children of Israel, but the younger men encouraged him to add to the people’s burden in order to strengthen his reign (1 Kgs. 12:7-10). 

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5 Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses in 2022

When you’re a small business, digital marketing can often be lower on your list of priorities. However, it can be one of the best ways to drive new customers to your website.

When you have a solid digital marketing strategy in place, it means customers can find you more easily, and you don’t have to actively search for new opportunities.

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Gazing At The Right Thing

I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life and every year, even though by now I have circled the sun enough to understand seasons, the leaves changing hits like a beautiful surprise. I’ll look out my window at the tree line that serves as our back fence or at the mix of pines and brightly-colored maples and oaks that cover our little college town and be amazed at how this seemingly innocuous, literally natural process can have such a profound impact on my outlook.

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How to Use Your Spiritual Gifts in Business

Most working Christians spend the majority of their waking hours in a for-profit business setting. Yet many marketplace Christians are unaware that the Holy Spirit has given them spiritual gifts to be used primarily in the marketplace—not only in the context of a local church or charity.

Sadly, many marketplace Christians are unaware of the spiritual gifts entrusted to them for fulfilling the disciple-making and world-transforming mission of the church. In local churches that help marketplace Christians to identify their spiritual gifts, the typical “spiritual gifts assessment” is being used almost entirely for the purpose of assigning these believers as volunteers to serve in their various in-house programs.

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Saving You Time & Simplifying Your Message

A conversation I have frequently with business owners and managers is how to communicate everything that their audience needs to know about their service or product, and keep people listening. When you run a business and are passionate about what you offer, EVERYTHING is important. You’ve put hard work and thought into every component – and it feels like the outside world should see the intentionality so that they can understand the value you are truly offering them. 

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Dear Entrepreneur: Don’t Worship Work

In middle school, Alex and Peter launched their first entrepreneurial enterprise, a little neighborhood project called “Dirt Cheap Lawn Care.”

After their ninth grade summer, they were both over it, but for different reasons.

Alex saw his work as a necessary evil, little more than a means to score some cash to go to the arcade, see the occasional movie, and upgrade his wardrobe from his mom’s unrelenting poor choices.

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Salesmanship as a Christian: How to Sell Without Selling Your Soul

The term salesmanship often conjures up sleazy connotations. Its trademark cliche is the used car salesman—the living embodiment of lies, coercion and manipulation.

Salesmanship should be nothing like this. Christian businesses rely on sales, and sales rely on salesmanship. So I’d like to help you take the idea of salesmanship captive to obey Christ by putting it into a biblical category.

I go into this in depth in my book Copywriting for Christians: How to sell without selling your soul. But here, I’d like to give you the central idea. It can be summarized in just three words…

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What It Means to Build a Business Upon Your Christian Values

I get this question a lot; “What does it mean to build a business upon your Christian values?”

Christian small business people often wrestle with how to integrate their faith life into their business life. With nearly every endeavor, we encounter all sorts of people and circumstances that may seem to blur the lines between our Christian faith walk and the ways of the world.

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5 Ways to Narrow Your Purpose for Entrepreneurship and Do it For God

So often, when we want to embark on a big enterprise or start a business, we think we need something. We have to go somewhere. We have to study some subject. We have to meet some expert. We have to be better than we are now in some fundamental way. 

We assume something is missing, and that’s why we don’t have purpose.

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