Daily Devotionals

Start a Business through God | Series 1 | Part 5

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Resolute Leadership I've always been intrigued by Luke's phrase "and Jesus fixed his face for Jerusalem" (9:51). Others have translated this action as "resolutely set out for Jerusalem." Regardless of the translation, it is clear Jesus adopted a posture of focus on the mission and he calls business leaders to do the same. If we're going to follow Jesus in this manner, let us consider three leadership principles from this passage: Good leaders know the mission. Throughout Luke 9, we see Jesus reveal significant aspects of his character and work to the followers. Although often misunderstood, the gospels paint a...

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Start a Business through God | Series 1 | Part 4

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Required for Business Making business decisions can be difficult. We never have all the information we need. The decision is never without a certain amount of risk. Doing business in a way that honors God can add another layer of complexity to how we make decisions. What does God expect of us? The passage in Micah 6:8 comes in the middle of God's discourse with His people. They are saying its too hard to follow God's ways. He expects too much. And then the Lord responds: How have I burdened you? Here is what I have done for you: led...

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Start a Business through God | Series 1 | Part 3

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47 fears Days before launching a business venture I prayed the most arrogant prayer conceivable. In essence, I said, “Dear God: Here’s my plan. Please bless it.” How foolish, how prideful of me! I was due for a large dose of humility, and that’s exactly what I got. Within 30 days, the business went upside down and so did I. For the next few years, subtle fear replaced pride as my constant companion. Two core issues I see many business leaders wrestle with are pride and fear. On one hand, leaders are often ridiculously competent and make amazing things happen....

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Start a Business through God | Series 1 | Part 2

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What can a religious guy offer a business guy like me? The fishermen (small business guys) are working hard, despite a disappointing night. In the distance the religious are following this new holy wise man around, listening to every word he utters. The workers (fishermen) are not happy, after failing to meet the sales quota the night before. Imagine .... possibly owing money on the boats, worried about nets lasting, no fish means no money to pay debts and feed family and tired having worked all night. Too tired for religion, probably falling asleep in the sermon! What can a...

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Start a Business through God | Series 1 | Part 1

Posted by Christelle Ngoya Katanda on

Created to Work Most people spend the majority of their waking hours working, yet have never fully grasped the idea that God created us to work. In fact, work was meant to be a joyful experience in which we are fulfilled in the use of our collective ability to partner with God in the cultivation of resources entrusted to us. However, in today’s global marketplace, work has a negative connotation and some even believe God is against our work. This just is not true. God is a proponent of good business. We see an example of this in 2 Kings...

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