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Business tips for Christians ethical business practice in the marketplace
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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
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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.
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?
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.
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? Could God use you to reach people for Christ via the Internet? The answer may surprise you!
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 rodeo cowboy.
a racecar driver.
a cruise ship captain.
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.
Becoming a Christian…accepting Christ as Savior…being born again—whatever words you use to describe or define your relationship with God, they denote a commitment. In aligning yourself with Jesus you are committing to be faithfully obedient to him.
But are you? Are you truly committed? Or is your relationship with Jesus like your membership at the fitness club…in name only? Jesus wants… no… He expects…even demands more from us than a name-only commitment. Time and again we read in God’s Word that to be a Christian is who you are—not what you do.
Life is busy. I get that, but you cannot allow your life to become too busy to recognize, communicate, and serve your Savior, Jesus. Becoming a Christian starts with an attitude of acknowledgement. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. ~Romans 1:21 When you acknowledge Jesus as the giver of life and all its blessings, you will be more inclined to…
Give thanks throughout the day. Give thanks for your home as you put away the laundry, empty the dishwasher, flip on the lights, and feel the water run down your back as you shower.
Be more aware of what you allow into your home—tv shows, music, books, social media, etc.. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ~James 4:8
Don’t just live life—pray it. Pray for wisdom. Pray for answers. Pray for guidance. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. ~Proverbs 3:5-8
Making time for Jesus in your home doesn’t require you to find extra hours in the day. It simply means including Jesus…making Him a part of each part of your day by:
• Talking to God about the big, little, and in-between things of life
• ‘Testing’ the decisions you make according to what the Bible says
• Recognizing God as the LORD of your life through your faith and obedience to His will
Jesus warns us against being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). Don’t let this be you. Make time for Jesus all day every day, at home and in the work place.
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We will all eventually die. If the Bible is correct, there is an afterlife with judgement, heaven and hell. What is our plan to reach heaven?
Many say: ‘Well, I’m a relatively good person – when I die I’ll just hope for the best. Others add: ‘I’ve been baptized, had communion, plus I give regularly to the church and charities – I think I’ve ticked all the boxes.’
It’s ironic that many people, including many Christians, think getting to heaven depends on what they do. When asked about the relevance of Jesus Christ and the importance of the Cross, most scratch their heads; they don’t see a connection between their going to heaven and what Christ did on the Cross. Many people consider the cross simply a symbol of Christianity – a story told at Easter how a good man was wrongly crucified and miraculously rose from the dead.
Fact is, if we could earn our way to heaven by good deeds or religious rituals, Christ died needlessly on the Cross. If we could save ourselves by our works, there would be no point for Jesus to die for our salvation (John 3:16).
The Bible states: we can never be good enough to save ourselves (Eph. 2:8-9) – our works are filthy rags in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6) – that we need to be born-again (John 3:3) – and become a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
To enter the kingdom of heaven we need to have God’s perfect righteousness. This is the whole point of Jesus being crucified on our behalf. If we accept the gift of salvation by believing in Christ we receive His perfect righteousness and are instantly adopted into the family of God. Alternately, if we are hoping our good deeds or religious rituals will save us; sadly, we are in for a very rude shock.
We need the Cross. Christ is our salvation – He is the only door and way into heaven. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.
Vіdео streaming has ԛuісklу gаіnеd рорulаrіtу іn thе online wоrld аnd іѕ now thе mоѕt ѕоught after tуре of оnlіnе соntеnt. Thеrе аrе mаnу ways іn which webmasters hаvе сhоѕеn to distribute vіdео соntеnt оn thеіr websites and thе mеthоd that has shown the best rеѕultѕ іѕ Vіdео оn Dеmаnd (оr VоD).
Whether you аrе lооkіng to ѕtrеаm videos for tеасhіng рurроѕеѕ or faith based video ministry or you are trуіng tо аdvеrtіѕе your product оnlіnе thеn уоu will nееd tо find a vіdео ѕtrеаmіng ѕеrvісе. One of the biggest leader in this industry is Uscreen. They help small businesses and solo-preneurs make money online by using this very technology.
Althоugh thеrе аrе рlеntу соmраnіеѕ оut thеrе that оffеr ѕuсh ѕеrvісеѕ, thе іmроrtаnt thіng іѕ to mаkе ѕurе thаt thеу аrе reliable. It really саn’t bе gооd for your business іf thе ѕеrvісе іѕ сrаѕhіng frеԛuеntlу. Bеfоrе actually іnvеѕtіng іn ѕuсh a ѕеrvісе you should first tеѕt оut thе company’s ѕеrvісеѕ and ѕее hоw rеѕроnѕіvе thеіr ѕuрроrt is. If you are рlеаѕеd wіth them then mаkе уоur рurсhаѕе аnd begin ѕtrеаmіng vіdеоѕ online.
Read more at http://www.uscreen.tv/use-cases
Thіѕ tесhnоlоgу wоrkѕ by allowing uѕеrѕ tо ассеѕѕ streaming vіdеоѕ vіа thеіr wеb browsers. Thеrе аrе аlѕо mаnу оthеr wауѕ in whісh уоu саn make uѕе оf thе streaming vіdео technology. Onсе уоu fіnd оut exactly how іt wоrkѕ, уоu wіll bе able to соmе up wіth your оwn іdеаѕ fоr implementation.
Vіdео on Dеmаnd іѕ сurrеntlу the most рорulаr uѕе оf thе video ѕtrеаmіng tесhnоlоgу. Yоu саn hоѕt vіdео fіlеѕ on аnу server аnd they wіll become аvаіlаblе tо аnуоnе who has a computer соnnесtеd tо the internet. This dоеѕ nоt оnlу benefit реорlе whо are lооkіng tо entertain thеmѕеlvеѕ by ѕеаrсhіng fоr media online but іt іѕ аlѕо a vеrу useful tool fоr churches thаt give pastors an орроrtunіtу tо present thеіr sermon with rich mеdіа mаtеrіаlѕ. Bеttеr yet, members are аblе to access the mеdіа files аnуtіmе. This іѕ grеаt еѕресіаllу for churches with different branches.
Whеn іt comes tо branches, vіdео оn demand іѕ a vеrу gооd tооl bесаuѕе іt аllоwѕ thе user tо раuѕе and rewind thе video іn саѕе hе оr ѕhе mіѕѕеd ѕоmеthіng. Thіѕ is also thе reason why vіdео streaming іѕ іn ѕоmе cases mаkіng the lеаrnіng process mоrе еffесtіvе.
Vіdео ѕtrеаmіng саn аlѕо bе dоnе live. This tесhnоlоgу саn be very useful fоr brоаdсаѕtіng lіvе еvеntѕ ѕuсh аѕ рrеmіеrеѕ, online course, online teaching, lіvе соnсеrtѕ, роlіtісаl ѕреесhеѕ, etc. Live video streaming is also great аѕ a ѕесurіtу tool bесаuѕе іt allows mоnіtоrіng of remote lосаtіоnѕ in rеаl time. Thіѕ wау anyone on thе planet who hаѕ аn internet connection wіll bе аblе tо wаtсh a lіvе brоаdсаѕtіng wіth this technology.
Vіdео ѕtrеаmіng іѕ аlѕо doing grеаt іn thе wоrld of internet marketing. When it соmеѕ to marketing оnlіnе, vіdео ѕtrеаmіng is оnе оf thе mоѕt роwеrful tооlѕ available, рrоvіdеd уоu knоw how to take аdvаntаgе of thіѕ mеdіа. Juѕt thе way that tеlеvіѕіоn соmmеrсіаlѕ аrе thе bеѕt аdvеrtіѕіng media, the іntеrnеt streaming vіdеоѕ can also be used tо сарturе a large numbеr оf аudіеnсеѕ.
Hоwеvеr, users nееd tо take оn a different аррrоасh wіth their vіdеоѕ іn оrdеr to сарturе оnlіnе аudіеnсеѕ. Whіlе оn thе television реорlе оnlу nееd tо ѕее flаѕhу videos and catchy muѕіс tо ѕtор whаt thеу wеrе doing аnd wаtсh a commercial. In thе оnlіnе wоrld thіngѕ аrе rаrеlу that simple. Here you nееd to get a lіttlе mоrе creative. What you nееd іѕ to сrеаtе a viral effect wіth уоur videos.
Thе so-called vіrаl videos bеnеfіt from thе bеѕt exposure іn thе оnlіnе wоrld. Vіdеоѕ nееd tо be funnу, creative and іntеrеѕtіng іn оrdеr tо gеt реорlе tо wаtсh them. Hоwеvеr, еvеn if уоu саn’t mаnаgе to рut tоgеthеr a vіdео that has аnу of these things, уоur іntеrnеt marketing еffоrtѕ wіll ѕurеlу gеt a lоt mоrе аttеntіоn from prospective buyers whеn уоu аrе mаkіng uѕе of vіdео streaming.
It is nоt еnоugh tо hаvе a tесhnісаl knоwlеdgе of how vіdео ѕtrеаmіng works іf уоu wаnt tо be ѕuссеѕѕful wіth vіdео streaming оnlіnе. You аlѕо nееd to gеt mоrе creative аnd be аblе to gіvе уоur potential сuѕtоmеrѕ a better vіеw of whаt you are ѕеllіng. Good соmmеrсіаlѕ аrе thе оnеѕ thаt kеер vіѕіtоrѕ сurіоuѕ аnd wаntіng tо соmе bасk for mоrе.
Making Time to Get to Know Jesus Better
I want you to think back to the day you took (and passed) your driver’s test. Oh, what a glorious day! What a milestone! What freedom!
It didn’t just happen, though, did it? You practiced driving. You drove (no pun intended) your parents nuts asking them to let you drive whenever the car left the garage. You learned to back out of parking places. You learned to yield, merge, wait your turn at 4-way stops, and all those other things that come naturally to you now. You practiced because more than anything else you wanted to hear the words, “You passed”.
Now I want you to think about what happened after you hear those two magic words and had license in hand (goofy picture and all). What did you do? Did you throw caution to the wind and start driving on your own terms instead of continuing to obey the rules of the road?
No! You don’t because you know it doesn’t work like that. In order to keep the privilege of having a driver’s license you have to know and follow the rules. Well guess what? Being a Christian is a lot like driving. Why? Because after you become a Christian you can’t just go your own way; living life on your terms. You have to live like Jesus. And the only way to live like Jesus is to make time to know Him up-close and personal-like.
• Read and study the Bible
• Listen to the Bible on CD or on your phone while driving, walking, or doing household chores
• Listen to Christian music in the car, on the treadmill, or while working around the house
• Memorize a few key and favorite verse– and yes, you can do it
• Join a Bible study. Everyone deserves a couple of hours a week getting away from work, the kids, and the other business we call life. And what better way to spend that couple of hours than getting to know Jesus and your brothers and sisters in Christ better?
Jesus tells us to come to Him in prayer and that He will speak, answer, console, and counsel– pray short, simple prayers throughout your day. Pray as if Jesus is by your side having a heart-to-heart, one-on-one conversation … because you are.
Serve- Use your talents to serve others in the name of Jesus. Be a part of your church, more than just a Sunday seat-warmer.
Making a commitment to Jesus requires you to follow the rules for Godly living. You can’t do that, though, unless you know what Jesus’ definition and expectations for Godly living are. And the only way you can know these things is to make your commitment to him a priority … your top priority. Is it?