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Understanding The Times

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The Furnace of Trials

  It’s easy to be a Christian when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to praise the Lord when all is well and everybody is happy. It’s easy to praise the Lord when there’s plenty of food on the table and when no one in the family is sick. However, the real test of our Christianity happens during the most difficult times and situations – those times when we are left with nothing but faith. Have you ever wondered why…

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What idolatry looks like in the 21st century

I recently read a great book by a well-known American Pastor Timothy Keller called “Counterfeit Gods”. In it he talks about what Idolatry looks like in our modern world and that it is generally not how most of us think about it. When we think about idolatry, we tend to think of the Israelites bowing down and worshiping the golden calf, and other manmade objects.  Timothy Keller however describes Idolatry in our western society as usually being a good thing…

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Marketing to the wrong people

  Any business wanting to grow is always deliberating over how to best promote and reach new customers or to boost revenue from existing customers.  For marketing to be truly effective, it is important that your business has a clearly defined target market. Knowing your target market is one of the fundamental building blocks of marketing. It is essential for any business to have this as part of its Business Plan. One of the classic mistakes an entrepreneur can make…

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Picture of Success

Close your eyes and imagine a picture of a successful business. What do you see? High revenues and satisfied customers? How about a quickly expanding industry? Million-dollar deals? Every entrepreneur hopes and prays to see this picture and more. But while all these are fair metrics of success, a Christian business owner must look not only at his business plan but also at the Word of God to see how He defines true success. The thing is, for a Christian,…

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Four prayers for financial help

Prayers... defined as communion, conversation and fellowship with God. When financial challenges such as unpaid bills, rising debts and lack of provisions overcome you, it is always best to get down on your knees first before taking action. Learn from the perfect example of Jesus Christ before He was arrested and crucified: He knelt down on His knees, bowed His head low and said a heartfelt prayer to God to glorify Him. “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven…

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KINGDOM BUSINESS

Gospel at Work at Work

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The gospel at work

In the book of Mark, Jesus said to His disciples, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” What is the Gospel? It is the message of salvation and redemption through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest gift that one can ever receive is the gift of salvation, this is the…

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Christian Wealth TV (CWTV) - Episode 17 An interview with David Smith, Director, Genesis Charitable Foundation. How do you respond to ethical issues in business? David says, "As Christians, there should never be a question regarding black or white issues." The Bible clearly admonishes us to make a stand, even on the smallest things. In confusing situations, David says the company of wise counsel is a lifesaver.

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Should a Pastor Work Part-time? (Part 2)

(In Defense of the Bi-vocational Pastor) What is a bi-vocational pastor and is it ok to be one? This is the question that comes next after we have seen how many ministers’ pay are often not enough to cover their basic needs, forcing them to seek outside compensation. The basic understanding of the term bivocational is a person who has two vocations. When used in regard to a pastor, it simply means the pastor is not fully funded by his…

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A lesson from the ant and his money

Have you heard of Aesop's fable about the grasshopper and the ant? The grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content one summer day when an ant passed by. It was carrying an ear of corn bigger than its size and it was on its way back to the nest. The grasshopper invited the ant to chat with him instead of working but the ant refused because it was saving up food for the winter. When winter…

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Characteristics of God’s Steward on Earth

Now, it’s time to put all your stewardship principles into practice. It’s easy to talk about how to honor God with your worldly possessions or how to live within your means and keep out of debt, but actually doing it may be another story. Like most Christians, you know that nothing you have today actually belongs to you. Yet, it remains a struggle to live everyday grasping the biblical truth that God has entrusted you with your talents, money, business,…

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