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Playing Within The Boundary

Playing Within The Boundaries

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God gives us many freedoms to pursue pleasure and happiness.  But we must consider as we pursue these things, when do we cross the line?

Playing Within The Boundaries

When playing sport, we are free to move anywhere as long as the ball is kept within the boundaries.  However, when the ball goes over the boundary line it is no longer in play and a whistle is blown.  Thus no goal can be scored from out-of-bounds.

God has given us freedom to pursue many pleasures.  As long as we keep within the boundary lines, these pleasures will continue to bring enjoyment and be beneficial.  If we cross the line, God blows the whistle of repercussions.

Sex was designed to be pleasurable within the boundaries of marriage.  A glass of wine can be both enjoyable and have health benefits but we are out-of-bounds if we are drunk.  Sport, social life, travel, shopping and learning are all legitimate pleasures – a gift from God for us to enjoy; however, when any of these pleasures become an obsession and more important than our pursuit of God, we have crossed the boundary line; then God is forced to blow His ‘whistle of repercussions’.  It may take the form of a nasty hangover, a venereal disease, bankruptcy, a breakup or even a breakdown.   When we hear the warning whistle, we must quickly bring the ball back to the field (get our life back in fellowship) before our foolish actions take us completely out of the game. (Ecc. 7:17)

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Proverbs 22:5NIV

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March 16, 2018

Staying Focused on your Business

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There are a number of things you can do to stay focused. One thing you can do is find what works and stick to it. Here are some suggestions that will help you stay focused on your business.

As a business owner, you need to make sure you stay focused on your business or you will get off track. When you get off track you will lose site of the task at hand and you will not be headed in the right direction.

1. Set goals

After you set your goals, you need to break them down into bite sized pieces. When you know exactly you need to do to reach that goal, it will seem easier for you to reach. The goal you set for the month may seem so far off that it’s not possible to reach, but when you set weekly or daily goals, it will be much easier to move your way along to the end result.

Set business goals for the month. When you have a goal for the month you will be able to work towards accomplishing it. Set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for your business. This will help you focus on them and you will know what you need to do to get them done. This can help you grow your business in ways you never thought were possible.

2.To-do list

Once you have your goals in place, you will need to create a to-do list each day that will remind you what you need to do to reach the goals. Write down everything you need to do in a day so you don’t forget anything. Write them down as they come to you and then number them if there is a certain order they need to be done in. When you create your list right down appointments you have, calls you have or need to make, and specific tasks that need to be done.

3. Schedule your time

Following these three tips will help you stay focused when it comes to your business. It will also help you remember important things that you have to do. When you set business goals, you will be able to step out a little and grow your business or take it to the next level. The only way you will know what it will take to grow is to set goals, create a to-do list, and schedule your time so you know what you need to do to make it happen.

When you schedule your time, you won’t forget to do something you have scheduled at a specific time. This will also help you plan your day according to things you need to get done.

When you are finished creating your goals and to-do list you need to schedule your time in a calendar so you will know what you need to do and when you need to do it. If you have an appointment or call, that needs to go on your calendar. Then schedule things that are hard for you to get done. For example, schedule your social networking time if this is hard for you to get done.

Looking For Christian Affiliate Programs?

Christian Affiliate Marketing

Discover Christian Affiliate Programs With These Easy Methods

Affiliate marketing is a fantastic way to earn online in general since you do not have to do much except to share the information with others. However, you may think they’re aren’t many Christian affiliate programs that are out there that you can sign up with, yet I’m here to tell you there is. You may be surprised at what you could find.

There are a number of ways you can discover these Christian affiliate programs.

1. Clickbank

Clickbank is a website that handles countless affiliate programs. You could find all types of programs when you browse by key word or product names. When you use Christian keyword phrases you will be able to locate programs that will certainly fit your requirements. When you locate one that sounds good, take a look at the site making sure it’s exactly what you are looking for. You could also find items that are not Christian based, however the owner may be Christian and there’s nothing wrong with promoting that so long as the product is a wholesome one.

Clickbank makes it very easy for you to become an affiliate and to start promoting. All you have to do is supply the traffic to the affiliate web link they provide and Clickbank will send you checks once the payment criteria are met.

2. Commission  Junction

Commission Junction is very similar to Clickbank. You can enroll in all sorts of programs with their website. You find the programs you like through a keyword search. Some of the larger business utilize Commission Joint to manage their affiliate program so don’t be surprised if you are rerouted to the  CJ site to sign up with. Signing up with CJ is also very simple and straight forward.

3. Various other programs.

Some business offer an associate program that they handle themselves through software programs like E-Junkie or WAHMCart. The best way to find vendors who utilize this method is to simply use the search engines like Bing, Google, and Yahoo, just use keyword phrases that fit what you are trying to find and after that look through the homepage to see if they provide an affiliate program. You should additionally check the sites you frequently visit and see if they offer some sort of affiliate program.

Signing up with Christian affiliate programs are a terrific way to earn added money while sharing products that you feel comfy advertising and marketing. When Christian individuals are your target market, you will certainly feel much better about marketing Christian items or simply products that you believe in yourself. By using these methods, you will discover that finding these Christian Affiliate programs isn’t so elusive after all and it will definitely help you to spend less time looking and more time earning.

Product Belief

Product beliefs and values

What is Product Belief?

When it comes to an affiliate marketing and choosing a program, one of the most common mistakes a program participant makes is choosing to sell a product that they do not believe in or fully stand behind one hundred percent.

As a marketer who happens to be a Christian, this was something I personally struggled with when I first started my whole make money online venture. Although you may be making money, you may also be creating a bad name for yourself.  That is why it is important that you promote or sell products that you believe in.

beliefs and values

When it comes to promoting a product that you believe in, one of the most commonly asked questions is “how?”

The best way to promote a product that you believe in is to actually try out the product. For instance, if you are promoting an e-book, you may want to think about reading the e-book in question.  In fact, some vendors in whom products you like to promote are more than obliged to provide you with a “review copy”, especially if it’s a digital product simply by you asking.

Affiliate programs set up by retailers, like Amazon are a little bit different. Since most items sold are physical and not digital, you will most likely not be able request a review copy of the product.

In this case, you may want to test the waters by buying the product yourself. At the  very least, try placing a small order to get a first hand look at exactly how the affiliate program works for that particular retailer. This way you at least know if it’s a good retailer or not before you recommend them and their products.

Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should test out a product is because if you don’t like it, there is a good chance that your followers won’t like it either.  In a way, you can look at it as providing a service to the general public, or an insiders tip to your loyal followers.

By not agreeing to sell a poor quality product, or recommend retailers/vendors who don’t hold up their end of the deal, you will be saving other consumers, just like yourself, time, money, and even frustration. In fact, you should be proud of yourself for refusing to do business with an affiliate program who don’t live up to their promises.

As a Christian marketer, I’m very mindful that not only is my reputation on the line but also whom and what I represent as a follower of Christ. As it was mentioned above, you may be making money with an affiliate program, even if the product being sold isn’t as good as it could have been,  but you are risking your reputation in the long run.

You need to remember that people talk. If a customer was not satisfied with the product that they purchased, they will likely talk to their friends, family members, and coworkers.  They may even write negative reviews online. These negative reviews may cause other consumers to avoid purchasing the product that you are recommending, as well as your whole website in general.

The money that you can make, right away, may seem nice, at the time, but you need to remember to think long-term.  Do you know what you want to do in the future, whether it is now or in a few years?  If you are like many people, there is a good chance that you have no idea. What if you want to create your own products to sell online?

What you do online now can come back to haunt you. That is why it is important that you think about your future, in the business sense, and what it may entail.

If your dream is to one day start your own online business, you will want to refrain from bad publicity; bad publicity that may come in the form of a poorly run affiliate program that you may have recommended.

Also, testing out a product yourself isn’t your only option. You can also research a product online. Reading customer reviews, both  good and bad, may give you insight into the product you may like to sell. Better yet, it may help you decide whether or not it is a product that you want to be associated with.

Promoting affiliate products that you will believe in will not only make you feel better about yourself, but can help to increase sales too!

Staying Focused on your Business Goals

As a business owner, you need to make sure you stay focused on your business or you will get off track. When you get off track you will lose site of the task at hand and you will not be headed in the right direction.

Small-Business-Goal-Setting

There are a number of things you can do to stay focused. One thing you can do is find what works and stick to it. Here are some suggestions that will help you stay focused on your business.

1. Set goals

Set business goals for the month. When you have a goal for the month you will be able to work towards accomplishing it. Set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for your business. This will help you focus on them and you will know what you need to do to get them done. This can help you grow your business in ways you never thought were possible.

After you set your goals, you need to break them down into bite sized pieces. When you know exactly you need to do to reach that goal, it will seem easier for you to reach. The goal you set for the month may seem so far off that it’s not possible to reach, but when you set weekly or daily goals, it will be much easier to move your way along to the end result.

2.To-do list

Once you have your goals in place, you will need to create a to-do list each day that will remind you what you need to do to reach the goals. Write down everything you need to do in a day so you don’t forget anything. Write them down as they come to you and then number them if there is a certain order they need to be done in. When you create your list right down appointments you have, calls you have or need to make, and specific tasks that need to be done.

3. Schedule your time

When you are finished creating your goals and to-do list you need to schedule your time in a calendar so you will know what you need to do and when you need to do it. If you have an appointment or call, that needs to go on your calendar. Then schedule things that are hard for you to get done. For example, schedule your social networking time if this is hard for you to get done.

When you schedule your time, you won’t forget to do something you have scheduled at a specific time. This will also help you plan your day according to things you need to get done.

Following these three tips will help you stay focused when it comes to your business. It will also help you to remember important things that you have to do. When you set business goals, you will be able to step out a little and grow your business or take it to the next level. The only way you will know what it will take to grow is to set goals, create a to-do list, and schedule your time so you know what you need to do to make it happen.

The Source of Light

Source of Light

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There are so many bad things happening in the world – the news just seems to get darker.  As Christians, how do we make things brighter?

Source of Light

The sun is our primary source of natural light – even at night.  Though the moon illuminates the darkness, it does not produce its own light – it simply reflects it from the sun.

Jesus declared in John 8:12: I am the light of the world”.  Without the light from the Son, we would all be in complete darkness. If Jesus Christ is the light of the world, then our purpose as Christians is to be like the moon and reflect His light in dark places.

Christianity is a process.  As new believers we reflect very little of Christ’s light because the world has cast a great shadow over us – we are like the crescent moon. 

However, if we persevere and grow in grace (through studying and applying God’s Word), we start to reflect Christ’s attributes and illuminate a path for those walking in darkness.  Eventually, we become like the full moon – brightening people’s lives with Christ-like integrity, compassion and His relaxed attitude.

Our commission as Christians is to lead people to Christ.  When we reflect His grace in a world that has little, it illuminates the path to Christianity like no other way. The measure of a mature Christian is not how much Bible verses we know or how religious we are, but how we mirror the Son of God and His immeasurable grace to a world in darkness.

‘But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.’ Proverbs 4:18 

Salvation

A Responsible Giver

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It has been documented that 95% of people who win lotto wish they hadn’t.  There is nothing wrong with sudden prosperity; but few people have the capacity to handle it.

It would be extremely irresponsible to hand car-keys to a small child to go for a joy-ride, as it would be foolish to let an infant play with a circular saw or a nail gun.  These items were not designed for children who do not have the ability, strength, or understanding to handle these things safely.  Sadly, it would only be a matter of time before they injured themselves or those around them. 

 

Our Heavenly Father is not an irresponsible giver.  He withholds many blessings until we (His children) have the capacity to handle them without causing injury to ourselves and those around us. 

Sometimes the things we greatly desire elude us because God is patiently waiting for us to grow up.  How often do we witness the tragic downfall of celebrities who have quickly attained success and wealth? 

God desires to bless His children greatly, but He also knows if we were given certain blessings without the capacity or maturity to handle them, it would only be a matter of time before the thing we greatly desired would be a source of misery for ourselves and those around us.  Remember: happiness is something that is built within, not something attained from without.

To build our capacity to handle great blessings we must first seek the kingdom of God, (Read Matthew 6:25-34).  Then, like the Apostle Paul, we will be able to say: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am (prosperity or adversity) to be content… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13.

The Truth about Payday Loans

More and more of the companies are lowering their interest rate, but there aren’t many, if any who will go below the 30% mark, so you would still be paying back $1,300. Just imagine what you could do with that additional $300 or $400 that you had to pay back in interest. Those companies are out there to make money and they are going to stick it to you as much as they possibly can.

Borrowing money from a payday loan company is one of the worst things you can do. You find yourself in an endless cycle of borrowing money just to have to pay back more money. Chances are you won’t be getting off that wheel any time soon. And the payday loan companies are counting on just that.

If push comes to shove try to borrow the money from a friend or relative until your next payday so that you don’t have to pay so much money back in interest. The interest payments are the worst part of a payday loan and there is no way the company is going to waive that fee for you. That’s how they make their money.

Some weeks or months are better when it comes to income, however, if you start saving something out of your paycheck then you can start an account that will help you pay for whatever emergency comes up.

Another negative about those places is that once you borrow the money, pay it back when payday rolls around you more than likely still don’t have enough money to cover you through your next payday. So, what do you do? You go back to the same payday loan company and get another payday loan, that you will again have to pay interest on so that’s another $300 or $400 that you will lose in the second round.

Getting a payday loan might sound like a good idea in the beginning but generally it never turns out that way. Yes, it’s a fast way to get the money you need if you have an emergency that comes up and you don’t have the money on hand to pay for whatever it is you need. But, you should know that when you borrow that money you do have to pay it back– with interest.

The interest rates on payday loans vary from one company to another so you should at least shop around. They can range from 30% to 50% which is a HUGE amount of money. Let’s say you take out a loan for $1,000 just as an example. We’ll go mid-range on the interest at 40% on the loan and keep in mind it’s only until your next payday. Once you pay that money back you will have paid back $1,400– YIKES! That’s a lot more money than you needed in the first place.

What Does the Bible Say About Debt?

Bible say about debt

What Does the Bible Say About Debt?

Bibile say about debt

There are a number of verses in the Old and New Testament concerning debt, and one of the most noteworthy can be found in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Romans 13:8 states that: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another”. This clearly states that as a Christian, a person has the responsibility to live a financially stable and debt free life, save for the continued love of his God, and fellow man.

So is debt considered a sin in the eyes of God?
In truth, there is nothing in the Bible that specifically calls debt a sin. However, there are many cautions about debt becoming a source of conflict or problem. For example, debt can become a problem if the source of the need is envy from a neighbor’s possessions or even greed.

According to 1 Timothy 6: 10: For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. And Hebrews 13:5 states that:
Keep your lives free from love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’

These two verses clearly indicate that the cause of debt is sometimes envy of the possessions of others, the love of wealth, and a lack of faith in that God will provide. In addition, the Bible clearly indicates that all debts should be repaid.
what Bible say about debt
According to Romans 13:7, the Christian should: Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then, honor. Also, the Bible indicates that debt should be a temporary state of affairs. For example, in Deuteronomy 15: 1, debts should be resolved or cancelled, within seven years. At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.

In summary, debt in and of itself is not a sin, however, the causes of debt, and the reckless borrowing of money can lead to sinful actions, so the Christian should make every effort to live responsibly.

Could God use you in Internet Evangelism?

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Could God use you in Internet Evangelism? Could God use you to reach people for Christ via the Internet? The answer may surprise you!

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I’m no techie!
” How could I ever use the Internet to reach people for Christ?” you might wonder. “I’m no techie. I know how to send email and read the news online, but that’s about it.” I can identify with that. My technical knowledge is limited. For many years, I was even hesitant to use an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) at the bank, for fear I would do something stupid and it would swallow my card.

Gradually, I overcame my technophobia and began to use computers for word processing. But I used somewhat primitive setups. Only in 1998 did I switch from the rather archaic DOS operating system to Windows because a friend said I should “get with the 90s before the 90s are over!”

What are your talents?
We all have talents and abilities. A key to usefulness is making our talents available to God. Your talents may be in building friendships, engaging in conversations, answering questions, inspiring people, or telling stories. God certainly can use those. Here’s a story that may encourage you.

My own interests involve communication, especially relating Christ to secular audiences. Over the years, I’ve written numerous evangelistic articles to help reach nonbelievers. Several years ago, a couple of friends involved in Internet ministry, Keith Seabourn and Allan Beeber, asked me to send them all my articles so they could put them “online.”.

I didn’t understand all that meant, but they said it would make the articles available free to people around the globe. That seemed like a good thing.

Keith’s website, Leadership University aimed to collect thousands of articles supporting the validity of Christian faith. Allan’s Evangelism Toolbox became an online “Yellow Pages” (directory) of evangelism resources. They helped introduce me to Internet outreach.

Are you ready for the digital revolution?
At a convention in Amsterdam a few years ago, I saw a brochure that said, “The Great Commission is Going Digital; Are You Ready?” That piqued my interest. Maybe God wanted me to focus my energies on Internet Evangelism.
The brochure spoke of the then-fledgling Internet Evangelism Coalition. I started to hang out with these folks– wonderful people– and to learn from them. I began to write more for the web and various articles appeared online.

Another friend encouraged me to do a Google search on my name. I was amazed to see page after page of my articles on websites that I had never heard of!

I also discovered a number of other “Rusty Wrights” including …

a platform tennis player.
a university professor.
a football coach.
a singer.
a rodeo cowboy.
a racecar driver.
a cruise ship captain.
a convict.
The simplicity and pervasive nature of the Internet was allowing people to find and use these articles in ways I had never imagined. I could sit with my laptop in my office, on an airplane, or in a hotel room and compose an article that would tactfully nudge people toward Christ or biblical principles. Then, by pushing a button, I could send it to Internet publishers who would make it available to people around the globe.
This seemed almost too good to be true. What a potential for spreading Good News!

A simple prayer.
In August 2003, while jogging one morning, I felt impressed to pray that within a year, I would be aware of 100 websites that had used my articles. (At the time, I was aware of 43.) There wasn’t an audible “voice from heaven” or handwriting on the sidewalk; just a strong inner impression that I should pray this.
A year later, I learned of the 100th site that had used this material. Some sites published the articles and others linked to them. The articles appeared in several languages: English, Spanish, Albanian, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, and Polish. People just kept translating and posting them. It seemed beyond my control or ability. God gets the glory for this.

A surprising number of the sites were not Christian. For instance, one site linked to a version of the article Elvis Has Left the Building which traces fascination with Elvis Presley and its spiritual implications. An Argentine medical school website published a translation of One Minute After Death, about near-death experiences.

Some secular newspaper sites ran material. Personal websites and “blogs” (web logs) linked to articles. I did not contact all these websites, asking them to use my articles. Many content managers simply found the articles on the web and used them.

God’s sense of humor.
I even found one article link on a porn site.
I should clarify. The evangelistic article is entitled Dynamic Sex: Unlocking the Secret to Love. It presents a biblical perspective on sex and love but is written to grab and hold the attention of non-Christians. And no, I did not discover this link by surfing porn sites! I typed the article title into Google. I do pray that many websurfers who go to that site looking for pornography will find Jesus. God has a sense of humor!

Again, God gets all the glory for this. If you have interest, many of these seeker- and skeptic-friendly articles are at Rusty Wright Ministries.

What can you do?
Internet evangelism offers you a dazzling array of possibilities to communicate Christ. Writing articles is just one method. You may want to interact with unbelievers in a chat room, correspond via email, communicate on a blog, design your own website, pray for and/or support web outreach financially.

You can also encourage your church or Christian group to participate in ‘Internet Evangelism Day’. This international focus day program helps Christians learn more about the potential of the Web for outreach. Their www.InternetEvangelismDay.com site explains how to create a short focus program to include in church services or other activities.

The important thing is to ask God what He would have you do. As Mary told the servants in John 2:5, “Whatever He [Jesus] says to you, do it.”.

Ask God to enlarge your borders. He did it for Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10).

Rusty Wright is an author, syndicated columnist and university lecturer with Probe.org who has spoken on six continents. He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford Universities, respectively: www.rustywright.com.

Copyright © Rusty Wright 2004. Permission granted to re-use this article in print.

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