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Six Reasons Pastors Should Not Quit Their Jobs on Monday

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BY THOM S. RAINER, CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
April 21, 2014|8:59 am
I’ve heard it countless times from pastors: “I quit my job almost every Monday.” Of course, it’s typically a tongue-in-cheek statement regarding the letdown many pastors feel after Sunday. But most pastors say these words with a little bit of truth. They really do feel the struggles and challenges of being pastor more on Monday than most other days.

The title of this article could be “Six Reasons Pastors Want to Quit Their Jobs on Monday,” but I’ve chosen to take a different approach. I will give the six most common reasons I’ve heard for quitting, but then I’ll offer rejoinders that offer encouragement on why they should not quit.

“I am emotionally spent after preaching on Sunday.” I understand fully. But don’t make hasty decisions or judgments after such an emotionally draining experience. Most people will never know what goes into sermon preparation and what it takes out of the pastor. Hang in there. God will restore your strength.
“I have to prepare another sermon for next Sunday.” When you are a pastor who preaches one or more sermons each week, you rarely get a rest from the energy expended from the previous week. That’s the downside. But the upside is that God called you to preach. You actually have the incredible opportunity to communicate God’s Word to His people. See the bigger picture and the greater opportunity.
“So many critics nitpicked at me on Sunday.” Yes, that’s too common. You have more of the members gathered at one time on Sunday, so it’s more likely you’ll get criticized by one or more of them. Just remember, God called you to serve a church of sinners. And remember you are a sinner too. Ask God to show you His love for these critics. It might give you a new perspective.
“All of the faces I see on Sunday remind me of the huge responsibility I have.” It can indeed be overwhelming. You are called to shepherd so many persons with so many needs. I would advise you to quit except for one major factor. You are called to serve these people in God’s power, not your own. Give the burdens to Him.
“We had a bad day Sunday.” How was your day bad? Low numbers? Did you feel like your sermon did not connect? Did some people say something that made you feel that way? Take a deep breath and see God’s perspective. You may be surprised to see how He was working on this so-called bad day. You may look back on this bad day as one of the best days of your ministry. Trust Him for that promise.
“I am worn out.” You are more likely to feel that way on Monday than any other day. Pause for a moment. Ask God to refresh you. He will. That’s not my promise; it is His. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
There can be days, especially Mondays, when you might feel like quitting. No one can understand the demands on a pastor unless they have experienced it. But you were called by Him. You are sustained by Him. You have His promises.

Don’t quit. The best days of your ministry might be just ahead. It would be a shame if you missed them.

Featured Gospel Artist: Pat Uwaje – King

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Following the success of the Valentine day release of the audio of PAT
UWAJE-KING’s sophomore single, HE’S DONE ME WELL, the Princess of Praise
has yet again proved why she remains a force to be reckoned with in
Nigeria’s gospel music scene.

This much anticipated video was directed by OJIS and is officially
released today, March 26, 2014 to mark Pat’s birthday.

HE’S DONE ME WELL has received rave reviews since its audio release in
February, and is gradually becoming a praise anthem on the lips of lovers
of good music.

“This song is my testimony of faith and what better day to share the
visual with the world than on my birthday. I hope you will all enjoy
watching it as much as I do, and I pray that as you sing and believe every
word of its lyrics, God will indeed do you well” says Pat.

Please join us to celebrate this praise machine, and an anointed woman of
worship as you download and watch!

Enjoy and stay blessed!

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Hollywood’s ‘Noah’ Tops Box Office With $44M Debut

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By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor
March 31, 2014|9:04 am

“Noah,” the controversial biblical epic starring Russell Crowe, topped the box office in its debut over the weekend, grossing $44 million in the U.S. and Canada and outselling “Divergent” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Sabotage.”

The new film, which some criticized for deviating from the Bible upon which it is based, exceeded the projection that it would garner $41 million.

Paramount Pictures says that the $44 million weekend box office sales the film generated from 3,567 screens include $1.6 million from Thursday night preview shows. Paramount was expecting a $30-$33 million debut of the film that cost $125 million to produce.

“I was asked if the film has been a success in spite of the controversy or due to the controversy,” Don Harris, president of domestic distribution at Paramount, told Bloomberg. “But movies work commercially because the movies themselves work. This film works as an epic.”

Faith-based movie “Son of God” raised $25.6 million in its February debut.

Film analysts believe that “Noah” attracted a wider audience, and not just the religious, due to Hollywood touches given to the film by Director Darren Aronofsky.

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“It certainly feels like the ‘biggest’ film of 2014,” Tim Briody, analyst for Box Office Prophets, told USA Today.

“Noah” outsold “Divergent,” which collected $26.5 million to place second in the U.S. and Canada, according to Rentrak Corp. “Sabotage” claimed seventh place with $5.3 million.

The audience of “Noah” was split evenly between men and women, and skewed older with 74 percent being above 25 years of age, according to Box Office Mojo.

The film was released after the National Religious Broadcasters and Paramount jointly announced that all future marketing materials for the film will add an explanatory message, saying, “The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”

Behind the move was an appeal by Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of NRB, “to help audiences better understand that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story,” the two said in a statement.

“Because of the quality of the production and acting, viewers will enjoy watching main themes from the Noah story depicted in a powerful way on the big screen,” Johnson said. “However, my intent in reaching out to Paramount with this request was to make sure everyone who sees this impactful film knows this is an imaginative interpretation of Scripture, and not literal.”

Many people will watch the film, Johnson added. “Christians should be ready to engage with them about the main biblical themes that are portrayed in the film, namely sin, judgment, and salvation.”

Weeks before the debut, creationist Ken Ham listed five ways the film deviates from the Bible.

One, Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible, Ham wrote in a blog post. Two, rock-like people (that seem to be fallen angels) build the Ark with Noah. Three, a wounded Tubal-Cain axes his way inside the Ark in only about 10 minutes, hides inside and then convinces Noah’s middle son to lure Noah to the bottom of the Ark in order to murder him but the middle son has a change of heart and helps kill Tubal-Cain instead. Four, the movie has an over-the-top emphasis on environmentalism where animals are much more important than people. Five, Noah, who is portrayed as a very angry man, repeatedly told his family that they were the last generation and were never to procreate, and when his daughter-in-law became pregnant, he vowed to murder his own grandchild.

Mark Driscoll: 11 Ways to Attack Adultery

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BY ANUGRAH KUMAR, CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
November 5, 2013|10:41 am
Taking his series of sermons on Ten Commandments forward, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., shared with his congregation what marriage is and what it is not, stressing on the gravity of the sin of adultery and sharing 11 practical, biblical ways to attack it.

The pastor of the prominent megachurch in Seattle, spoke about the Seventh Commandment on Sunday, based on Exodus 20:14: “You shall not commit adultery.”

God rightly compares marriage to a vine, according to Psalm 128:3, the pastor told the congregation. “You’ve got to invest a lot and you’ve got to wait a long time, and you’re going to need to be patient and tending to it if you want it to grow and be fruitful. And adultery is literally just severing near the base, the vine.”

Many who are unmarried think temptation will cease once they get married, Driscoll said. But that’s not so. “As we read in the Bible, the first wedding between our first parents was immediately… followed up with a war. Satan didn’t even show up to Adam and Eve until they were married.”

But what’s marriage? “It’s covenant and consummation,” Driscoll said, and quoted Malachi 2, “The LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth.”

“Is marriage a civil contract, or is it a biblical covenant? A civil contract is really just between two people. It’s more of a business arrangement; it’s a legal arrangement… The Christian understanding… is that it is not merely civil but covenantal-meaning, it’s not just two people. It’s two people in God who oversees the covenant.”

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Marriage is covenantal and it includes consummation, the pastor added. “Two people who are sleeping together are not married because they don’t have the covenantal aspect – all they have is the consummation aspect. Two people who are really good friends and love one another and spend time together, but have not entered into covenant and consummated it, are not married.”

Driscoll quoted Genesis 2:24: “A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.”

“A civil marriage is not a covenant marriage,” the Mars Hill pastor stressed. “In our culture, we don’t believe that people are made male and female; we believe that God makes androgynous people who then determine their gender identity. So you’re not a man or a woman; you’re a person who gets to decide if you will live as a man or a woman.”

God made us male and female, Driscoll added. “And I want to be pastorly sensitive to those who are born in such a way that anatomically and physically, there are complicated variables, but that’s a small minority. It’s led to the point in our culture then, well, why can’t a man marry a man, and why can a man marry a woman? And so what we have today is not a definition of marriage, but the absence of a definition of marriage.”

The correct definition of marriage is important because it is a portrait of something far greater, the pastor told the congregation.

“The Bible tells us that marriage is a portrait and a symbol and a picture of Jesus’ love for the church. You can read this in Ephesians 5, where it says that Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, to present her to Himself as a radiant bride without blemish or spot. The history culminates in Revelation 19 near the end of the Bible with a wedding.”

What happens is, if you’re confused about marriage, that covenant, you’re ultimately confused about salvation and that covenant, Driscoll explained. “This is why people who support same-sex marriage also support universalism, the idea that all peoples and religions will be saved. If you’re confused about how God has covenant with us, you’ll be confused about how to have covenant in marriage.”

So, if marriage is covenantal, what happens when you violate the terms of the covenant? What happens when you commit adultery?

In the Old Testament, the penalty for adultery is death (Leviticus 20:10), and in the New Covenant, the penalty was divorce (Matthew 19:9), the megachurch pastor said.

Divorce is something that should not be rushed into, Driscoll warned. “For those of you who are hearing this, hear me on this: adultery does not mean you should get a divorce. Adultery means you have that as a possibility – it’s not a requirement. You don’t have to get divorced, but according to Jesus, you have a right to be divorced.”

The pastor encouraged “to go back to that vine and to nurture it and to feed it and to water it and to tend to it to see if you can’t get it to grow again. If you’re going to go do that with someone else, put all that time, energy, effort, and investment in, oftentimes it is good to make that same investment in the relationship you already have.”

If you have children, sometimes the wounded parent thinks, “We’ll get a divorce and move on,” he added. “True or false, for those of you who are divorced with children that if you have children, it’s never over?”

In the eternal kingdom, the penalty for adultery is damnation, according to 1 Corinthians 6:9–10, the pastor said. “You can go to hell for this.”

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God is holy, Driscoll reminded the church members. “Do not be deceived. Not everyone is saved. Not everyone knows Jesus. Not everyone is forgiven. Not everyone is going to heaven. And the big idea here is not, have you sinned, but are you changing?”

The pastor then said heart adultery precedes hand adultery, according to Matthew 5:27–28. “Hand adultery and heart adultery both count.”

Driscoll also warned against emotional affairs. “An emotional affair is where you have adultery of the heart that has not yet moved to the hands, but it may only be a matter of time. If you have a friendship with someone of the opposite sex, particularly if there’s any aspect of it that is private, personal, it’s a sin. It’s not a sin for two couples to be friends and enjoy one another, but when one husband goes out to coffee with another wife or vice versa, that’s heart idolatry, that’s heart adultery.”

The pastor then shared 11 ways to attack adultery.

One, don’t practice cheating. “Men are waiting till almost thirty. Women are waiting until their late twenties. They spend their young adult years dating, relating and fornicating, not worshiping and waiting. Singles, fornicating is an internship for adultery.”

Two, married couples, fight for fidelity with freedom and frequency. “Part of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Once you get married, however, a good defense is frequency and freedom.”

Three, don’t first cheat on God. “Before you cheat on your spouse, you have to cheat on God first,” the pastor said. “The first commandment, one God. Second commandment, you worship that God alone. Adultery doesn’t come until the seventh commandment, and you won’t even get to the seventh commandment if you don’t violate the first two commandments. Sex is god, and I worship by having sexual sin.”

Four, sexual sin starts with your eyes which then recruit your hands. “So guard your eyes. Guard what you see.”

Five, see people as family. “To conquer your biology, stop seeing people sexually and start seeing them as family. In our day, we have really a perverted notion where it’s like strangers and potential sexual objects.”

Six, sexual purity requires both a passionate want-to and a plan for how-to. “The want to precedes the how to. If you don’t want to be sexually pure, no plan is going to work. If you want to be sexually pure, that’s a good start, but then you need a plan for how to maintain sexually purity.”

Seven, your manhood is not best expressed by conquering ladies, but rather, conquering lust, Driscoll shared. “An animal will conquer others. A Spirit-filled man conquers himself – self-discipline, self-control. You’re a worshiper; you’re not an animal.”

Eight, ladies, know men are only half the problem. “… You’re not a passive woman; you’re a godly woman. We can’t just blame this all on the men. Men bear large responsibility, but they don’t bear entire responsibility,” the pastor said.

Nine, define your life forward then live it backward. “Here’s the big idea: look down the road, what do you want for your future? …So all the decisions I make along the way need to be decisions that help lead to that end. When you get shortsighted, you ultimately damage your future.”

Ten, nurture your deepest desires. According to Galatians, the Spirit and the flesh war against one another “and that the flesh keeps you from doing – here’s the big word – what you want to do. If you’re a Christian, you may have temptations, but your deepest desires are for purity,” Driscoll said. “The problem is not that some of you have too passionate desires but that your desires are too weak, that you’ll settle for pornography and adultery when you can have a covenant with Jesus and your spouse.”

Eleven, you should come clean before you get caught. “Some of you are already living under the anxiety of, ‘I’m guilty; I hope I don’t get caught.’ And some of you are living under this myth: ‘If I tell my spouse, then that will hurt our marriage.’ The truth is, it’s already damaged, and the other person doesn’t know why… Let’s just be honest and say that God has already caught you.”

After talking first to Jesus about your sin, talk with your spouse, Driscoll underlined.

Before concluding, Pastor Driscoll shared “a story of hope,” about the woman caught in adultery. “Jesus went to the cross, and He died for this woman’s adultery. And Jesus went to the cross and He died for your hand adultery and your heart adultery, and He paid the penalty of death so that we could receive life, and he commands us to go and sin no more.”

Los Angeles Considers Ordinance Banning the Feeding of City’s Growing Homeless Population

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Workers at Union Rescue Mission roast turkeys as part of their holiday feeding efforts in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a ban on the feeding of homeless people in public spaces even as the city’s homeless population has dramatically defied a national decline.

The county’s homeless population stands at 57,737, a 15 percent increase from 2011 to 2013, reports the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the population moves into areas like West Hollywood, Venice and Brentwood, it has frustrated homeowners and led two city council members, Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell, to introduce a resolution that would ban outdoor feeding.

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But even while the rest of the city grapples with the influx of homeless people, the majority of them are still concentrated in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Skid Row. Back in the 1970s, the city decided to intentionally concentrate homeless and drug addiction services like missions, shelters and recovery centers in the neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles.

Andy Bales, the CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, a Christian nonprofit organization that has been serving the Skid Row community since 1891, described the 49-square block area as “like nothing else in the entire U.S.”

“It is probably the biggest manmade disaster in the U.S. to plan it that way,” Bales told The Christian Post. “Though we’ve had efforts since then to deconstruct it and move it outside, I guess the neighbors in the surrounding areas do not want to have services in the area, so now the folks are caught in the ‘twilight zone’ of Skid Row.”

Roughly 2,000 people live on the street, said Bales, as well as the hundreds that live in the shelters and low-rent hotels.

According to Bales, the majority of the existing services would not be among those affected by an outdoor feeding ban. Instead, many are groups coming from outside the neighborhood or city and enter Skid Row with “day-old Krispy Kreme doughnuts” or “barbequed chicken” independently, not partnering their efforts with those of existing missions.

Deon Joseph, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department who has worked in Skid Row for 16 out of his 18 years in the field, is critical of the impact of these efforts.

In a Facebook post earlier this year, Joseph wrote to would-be outdoor feeders, “When you feed [homeless people] in the street, you unintentionally rob them of any incentive to change, cause them to eat in a filthy environment, which many of them contribute to as they eat what they like, and throw the rest into the street. This is why you see the unhealthy conditions that the homeless in Skid Row live in.”

“You must understand that when you feed the homeless in the street, you unintentionally rob them of any incentive to seek assistance from the various services in the area,” he added.

In his experience, Bales said the other problem the groups cause is they do not build long-term relationships with individuals, often duplicating existing feeding services but undermining some of the longer-term efforts of the organizations.

“I think what people don’t realize is that there’s probably plenty of food being fed on Skid Row and that folks should connect with a mission that has a food program,” said Bales.

For instance, Bales’ own group uses its feeding program to encourage people to join a year-long Christian-based recovery program to help participants work through anger problems, drug addiction and establish a relationship with God.

Some of the incentive for change is lost, he says, when people just receive food on the street.

Yet Bales also said that given the increase of homelessness in Los Angeles County, he would not suggest banning outdoor eating, which he admits his organization participates in when it cooks more than 100 turkeys during the holiday season. Instead, Bales wants to push for more effective cooperation between the existing and visiting groups.

“There are so many people on the street that I would not want to inhibit any feeding of people who are desperate who may not be anywhere near where services are available,” said Bales, admitting that he used to go out weekly to feed the homeless.

“I’d hate for folks who are [feeding outside] in a smart way, connecting people to services, I’d hate for them to have a restriction on being able to feed,” he added.

Joseph suggested that individuals seeking to help Skid Row’s homeless population pass out hygiene kits or bottled water. At a larger level, he said, if other cities in Los Angeles County built shelters, it would help decrease the density of homelessness in the neighborhood and could help mitigate issues like crime and violence.

The officer, a “born-again Christian,” said that he wanted to be clear that he is not trying to discourage individuals from coming out to Skid Row, but wants them to be aware of the nuances and challenges of solving homelessness and transforming lives, and that it’s more than “throwing food and clothes at the homeless.”

“[Outdoor feeding] at Skid Row just seems to be the easy thing to do. Let’s look throughout history, because any noble thing was hard,” Joseph told CP.

“People want to come down and do good, but they drive off and what they don’t realize is that they are a part, both indirectly and directly, of worsening the quality of life and furthering the crime when they leave. A sandwich has never changed anyone’s life in Skid Row,” said Joseph.

My Interview w/ MC JIN

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Interview w/ MC JIN
Today I had the awesome privilege to interview MC JIN in a very candid Skype conversation. We initially arranged to speak on Google Plus and record the discussion however because of technical difficulties we had to meet on Skype. During the course of this interview I began to sense that it wasn’t Gods will that this interview would be recorded. We began our discussion as a friend would greet a friend “hey whats up”. My initial impression was “it seems like I knew this guy for years” just really down to earth. He was very low maintenance, humble but direct.

Before we spoke about his latest project “Hypocrite” I asked Jin how has life been. Jin made several references to the last two years of his life. He says these last two year has been a process, (stripping away old ways, mindset, bondages etc). Though Jin has many fans around the world I realized that Jin is not much of fan of himself (in a good way). After doing my research of Jin for this interview, his journey has literally has taken him around the world and has impacted many lives. So I asked out of curiosity “are you working on a book about your life”? He hinted that something along those lines is in the works. I asked him about a song he released in 2005 titled “I Quit”. A line in the song where he said “I listened to God and ignored what the devil said”. Since this was before he came out publicly as a christian, I was curious was this the beginning of his spiritual transformation? Though it would have made great story line if he said “yes” but instead he spoke the unfiltered truth. Jin told me “no, I just said it because sounded like a dope line it was just hip hop”. His response to my question set the tone for the entire interview. Jin said he didn’t grow up in a home learning about God “we didn’t go to church”. Jin credits his aunt for taking him to bible summer camp at the age of 10 where he says the first seeds of salvation were sown into his heart. He claimed that at a very early age he understood that Jesus Christ loved him however hadn’t fully embraced the christian faith.

In his own words he described his former passion for battle rap and the hip hop culture as “a idol in my life that needed to be destroyed”. During this interview I realized that Jin is a very compassionate person, he spoke with wisdom, almost methodically. Always very careful to deflect any credit or accolade so that God would be glorified. Jin almost seemed uncomfortable speaking about himself (in a good way). He appeared to be very conscious of the supremacy of God and humbled by that Truth. He stated that “I speak truth because you can’t hide from God… He is all seeing and all knowing”. Throughout this interview his reverence for God seemed to permeate his every word. Jin even shared some personal struggles that perhaps doesn’t belong in the public domain (therefore I won’t go into detail) however he stated that these obstacles were opportunities to rely more on God and increase our dependency on Him. Even when I asked about his latest project “Hypocrite” his response to me was “God doesn’t really care about our music, EP’s and mixtapes” basically saying that this walk with God is much deeper to him. That truly shocked me because at best i was expecting a modest marketing pitch. Jin seems to be detoxing himself from himself. He seemed to be turned off by talking about himself or any of his accomplishments. In the same way someone who is delivered from smoking, the smoke they once craved now just a scent of it would make them sick. Thats purely speculation never the less its the sense I got. On the other hand when he spoke of God and His grace and power, it seemed to revive him. He quoted several scriptures during this interview, not religiously but as principles for living, the Truth. Jin shared some insight into “Don’t Walk Run” a song featured on “Hypocrite” about the truth of sexual sins. He told me this song is inspired by 1Corinthians 6:18 “Flee from Sexual Impurity”. Jin says this is such a big issue for christian men and we need to discuss it, he gave an example of some prominent men (I will keep that confidential) and said all of them struggle with sexual sins. Basically the point is people are caught up in there celebrity but forget these folks are just human beings. He said “the battle is already won, lust was defeated on the cross”!

On his first album Jin did a song featuring Kanye West, I asked him looking back what was that experience like? His response was “It means nothing in comparison to the greatness of God”. I kept it cool but in my mind I was saying “that is a profound sense of focus”. I was hoping to get more of his perspective of the controversy surrounding Kanye and the “Yeezus” album. That question never saw the light of day. There was a reason for that and looking back I understand clearly. Jin said “what I did with Kanye just doesn’t matter” his focus is on living for Christ which is far greater than any worldly accomplishment. I wanted to know what was his views on DMX and why has it been so difficult for DMX to make that transition from secular (music and lifestyle) to the gospel? This question really seemed to strike a cord with Jin. Jin said “we are all on the same playing field, Im not better than DMX, we all got demons, we just cover it better and his is out in the open”. I told him the reason I asked was that, a couple years ago DMX released some gospel songs and talked about becoming “Pastor DMX”. Jin looked at me and smiled and said with a stern but wise calm “Maybe DMX will still become a pastor in the future”. This really enlightened me to his depth of perspective and hope. To really seal the deal Jin closed out by saying (jokingly) maybe next year i will be like DMX (getting in trouble in so forth). His point really hit home that “its by Grace”. I conclude my journal with this… I don’t know what God has called MC JIN to do or what doors he will walk into in the future. I do know this, his experience with the risen Christ is evident, he is truly a “new creature”. I look forward to great things from this brother he is in a “grueling process” and is learning to accept the Will of Almighty God what ever that may be. I have a new respect for this artist and I encourage everybody especially in the CHH community to purchase his new EP “Hypocrite” (twice).

God Bless

The Minister
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Christian Business Priniciples in Global Business (Must Watch)

Why Run a Business on Christian Principles?

I want our company to do its part to make our communities, our state, and our world a better place to live and work. Since we are a business dedicated to making a profit, you might be asking yourselves, “What does the company have to do with making a better world?”

The simple answer is to look at our company purpose statement which is To HONOR JESUS CHRIST by:

SERVING customers with EXCELLENCE
MANAGING assets with DILIGENCE and
BUILDING team members with CARE, and
ADDING value to our COMMUNITY.

It is my belief that we “Honor God” by observing Christian principles in every area of our lives, including our business activities. Christian principles truly are the foundation upon which we can build a better world for ourselves and our children. Christian principles provide the reason to work for the best, rather than just accepting a passive, or fatalistic view of life and saying, “It’s not my business what happens.”

Unfortunately, running a business explicitly on Christian principles sometimes is confusing or offensive to others. In fact, I once got a letter from a customer saying, in essence, “Keep your religion out of business.”

That is hard advice to follow, if I do not want to be a hypocrite. For instance, if I call myself a Christian, upon what principles should I run a business? Should I operate on someone else’s principles just to be sure to, “Keep my religion out of business”? That would be hypocrisy.

Or should I abandon all moral principles and do everything possible to get the most dollars regardless of any other issue? That would be blind greed.

I suspect what the man meant when he wrote, “Keep your religion out of business!” is that he did not want me to say anything out loud about my faith. He wanted the Christian principles, but he didn’t want any of the language that goes with it.

I think all of our customers, all of our “team members,” and all of our owners – if they thought about it – would want us to operate with Christian principles. The alternatives are hypocrisy or greed.
Giving An Explanation

It is important, however, for you who work with our company to understand some of the foundations for our thinking.

First, I think you need to know that I am not asking, requesting, or requiring anyone who is part of our company to agree with my Christian values. You are free to believe whatever you wish without incurring any unhappy consequences.

Second, I think it would be helpful to clear up the question that I’m sure some of you are asking which is, “Steve, what do you mean by saying you are a Christian? Isn’t everyone a Christian who does not murder or steal or do other really bad things?”

No. I would not say that just because you do not murder or steal or do other really bad things that makes you a Christian. Nor do I believe that one is a Christian just because one goes to church, any more than sitting in a garage makes one a car.
What Is A Christian?

If I may speak in very broad Biblical concepts, I would say that a Christian is someone who accepts and trusts Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior, and holds these two basic beliefs in common:

First, there is a literal heaven and hell, and everyone will spend forever either in heaven or hell. It is not our good works that determine our eternal home. Instead, whether we will spend forever in heaven or hell is based on how we relate to Jesus Christ.

Second, Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Each person who individually and personally accepts and trusts the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for the payment of our individual sin will go to heaven. If we reject the forgiveness of sin which comes through Christ’s work on the cross, we will go to hell, or be eternally separated from God. The choice is up to each of us, and God will honor our individual choice. The issue is NOT good works, but trust in Jesus Christ.
So Why Do Good Works?

So what is the point of doing good works if they don’t get you to heaven? The answer is that good works are important as a response, as a “thank you,” for the gift from Jesus of eternal life. Heaven is a free gift, and heaven cannot be earned. Good works are merely our way of responding to that gift from God of eternal life, which we receive freely from in Jesus by just believing.

I’m sure some of you are saying, “Steve, what makes you so sure of yourself? Isn’t this an awfully arrogant attitude?”

It is not my intention to be arrogant. The points which I’ve been making are merely facts that come straight from the Bible, whatever your version.

A Christian businessman operating according to Christian principles simply is operating according to Biblical principles. It has nothing to do with churches, Bible translations, etc. or any of that other “churchianity” that so often divides people. The Bible is the final authority for a Christian. Period. End of story.
How It Relates To Business

Christians believe that Jesus Christ sets the standard for our behavior in business as well as in our personal lives. And probably the best way to work that out in our day-to-day business activity is always to be asking the question “What would Jesus do?” We can see this “What would Jesus do?” decision-making criteria worked out most clearly in terms of how our business decisions deal with:

1. PEOPLE
2. MONEY
3. EXCELLENCE

In terms of PEOPLE, Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves.” We strive to serve others. We do not try to manipulate others. We serve others as best we can.

In terms of MONEY, Jesus used money, but He was not controlled by money. The purpose of our business is to make a good profit, but there is more to it than profit.

In terms of EXCELLENCE, Jesus said we are to do ALL things well. Excellence is our goal, although we sometimes fail. But at least we strive for excellence.

The two obvious questions that arise at this point are:

First, “What does a business run on ‘Christian principles’ look like?”

And second, “What are the implications for each ‘team member’ because we are running a business by Christian principles?”

One thing I can say for sure about a company run on Christian principles is that it serves others as Jesus would. It also is a company that cares as Jesus would about the welfare of customers, “team members,” owners, vendors, and anyone else with whom it has contact.

It would seem that there are three principle areas of caring for others that need to be considered. They are:

First, helping people who do not know God to know God.

Second, encouraging people who only know God casually to know Him better and more intimately.

And third, sharing the love of God with others who are in need. Sometimes those needs will be in terms of financial matters, and sometimes in other ways such as comfort to the hurting or a helpful action when someone needs a boost.

A Christian company also promotes family values, because God values the family. As individuals and as members of the Hide-Away Storage “team,” we should be promoting family values in our community.

If we intend to run a company on Christian principles, we also should look at Christ’s life and do our best to apply principles and teachings of His life to our activities, both in business and privately.

Let’s ask ourselves, “What do we know about what Jesus taught?” One thing I would suspect that all of us know is that Jesus taught us to go the second mile. In our lives, how do we “go the extra mile” for others?

Jesus also said He came to:
• Give sight to the blind
• Heal the sick
• Cleanse the lepers
• Restore hearing to the deaf
• Raise the dead
• Share the good news of God
Our Challenge For Today

I ask you to consider the application of this teaching from Jesus. Who are the blind in our society? Who are the sick? Does “sick” only refer to physical illnesses?

What do the poor need, and how can we help? Does poverty refer only to financial issues? Is there a broader meaning to “poverty” that includes interpersonal and spiritual issues?

It seems to me that all of us should be wrestling with how these questions apply to our lives, both in business and privately.

We need to be thinking bigger, thinking “outside the box,” in terms of how we can serve others. This is part of how we maintain our company purpose statement which includes the commitment to “HONOR GOD IN ALL WE DO”.