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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women

Archive for December, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LOOKING FOR A CODE OF ETHICS for your business or profession?

Good Morning!

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS for BUSINESS +

I. “I am the Lord your God…you shall have

no other gods before Me.”

Show proper respect for authority.

II. “You shall not make for yourself an

idol.”

Have a singleness of purpose.

III. “You shall not misuse the Name of the

Lord your God.”

Use effective communication in work and

deed.

IV. “Remember the Sabbath Day by

keeping it holy.”

Provide proper rest, recreation, and

reflection.

V. “Honor your father and mother, so that

you may live long…”

Show respect for elders.

VI. “You shall not murder.”

Show respect for human life, dignity, and

rights.

VII. “You shall not commit adultery.”

Maintain stability of the sexes and the family.

VIII. “You shall not steal.”

Demonstrate the proper allocation of resources.

IX. “You shall not give false testimony.”

Demonstrate honesty and integrity.

X. “You shall not covet.”

Maintain the right of ownership.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+Credit to Mr.Nim Rod McNair

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our modus operandi in business, and the way the Holy Spirit desires to work in and through us are often the exact opposite from each other .

Good Morning!

In business it is our wit, our persuasive abilities, our genius in manipulating and controlling circumstances, and our cleverness in creating certain impressions that spell “success”. Or so it seems.

When we try however to apply these same forces in the spiritual realm, nothing of eternal significance happens.

Because we are by nature controllers, we find the freedom of the Spirit’s working difficult to relate to. The Holy Spirit simply will not be controlled or manipulated:

“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Jn. 3:8)

In similar fashion, Psalm 37 calls us to release our control and rest it in His:

Psalm 37: Our natural inclination:

Verse 3 – “Trust in the Lord…” Rely upon our cleverness

Verse 4 – “Delight in the Lord…” Fret over circumstances

Verse 5 – “Commit your way to the Lord…” Engineer the next step

Verse 7 “Rest in the Lord…” Grind our teeth over eventualities

Verse 34 – “Wait for the Lord…” Rush ahead to clinch the deal

If we were truly depending upon God rather than ourselves, would we not also be applying the same elements of patience, waiting and resting…yes the freedom of the Spirit’s leading, to our business as we should be to the “ministry?”

In fact, the distinction between our mind set and our methods in business and ministry would probably be indistinguishable.

After all, isn’t everything we do suppose to be a work of the Spirit of God?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MANHOOD: (Part 1 of 3)

Manhood. What is it? What, in our convoluted world is it suppose look like? John Wayne? Woody Allen? A hybrid of the two? What does biblical manhood look like? How is it played out in real life between exhausting commutes, financial and family challenges, and the sheer complexity of surviving in today’s pressurized multi-media, multi-tasking, multi-everything world? Following are ten statements of true manhood from a biblical perspective, compliments of John Piper.+

My earnest prayer for you as God’s man is:

That all your life – in whatever calling – be devoted to the glory of God: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness…May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Psa. 115:1; Gal. 6:14) (See Isa. 48:11; Rev. 4:10, 11)

Question : If you are raw honest, is your life focused primarily on you? Or do you possess a deep passion for God’s glory? What does the fruit of your life attest to as to the true object of your passion?

That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing : “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God…” (Heb. 6:12; Eph. 3:16-19) (See Eph. 1:6-8; 1 Tim. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:3; 2 Cor. 8:9)

Question : In your gut are you joyfully feeding on His great grace, or are you dried out, shriveled up, and living on spiritual fumes?

That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in Heaven: “…Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven…For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ” (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 2:10) (See 1 Tim. 5:10; 6:18; Tit. 3:14)

Question : As you make your way through the day, are you sensitized to the Spirit’s prompting in touching the lives of people He has placed in your path? Or are you pre-occupied with your agenda? Your priorities?

That you are a man of the Book, who loves, studies and obeys the Bible in every area of its teaching. That meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith. That you grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others: “For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel… “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free… I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Ezr. 7:10; Jn. 8:31b, 32; Psa. 119:14-16) (See: Psa. 119:9-11; 119:45-49; 2 Tim 2:15; Jos. 1:7-9; 22:5; Jms. 1:22-25)

Question : Are you seriously digging into God’s word on a consistent and systematic basis, as though your very life depended on it? Or are you dabbling at it when your whimsical appetites happen to point you in that direction?

This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection!

R. Dwight Hill

+ What’s The Difference? John Piper – Crossway Books, Wheaton IL. 1990, pages 72-80 (Questions and Scriptures added by Dwight Hill)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WANT TO WIN YOUR WORK ASSOCIATES TO CHRIST? CONSIDER THESE TIPS:

For starters, begin by looking at your job as one of the greatest opportunities in which to build redemptive relationships.

  1. Help make your company and its people successful. Co-workers are interested in how you handle problems. Help others to become successful.
  2. Make sure that anything labeled Christian with which you are involved is as sharp or sharper than anything sponsored by your company.
  3. Pray for yourself – Ask God to give you a love for people around you.
  4. Pray for your co-workers by name.
  5. Get involved in their personal lives. Invite them out for lunch, dinner, coffee, sporting events, plays, etc. Do things together.
  6. Invite an individual or a couple for dinner to provide an opportunity to relate personally.
  7. Remember special days of your business associates: birthdays, weddings, sickness, accidents, births. Send cards, make telephone calls, drop by, etc.
  8. Join a local service club.
  9. Become active in your business athletic team(s): softball, bowling, basketball.
  10. Participate with associates in regular sporting events such as racquetball, tennis, golf.
  11. Don’t embarrass non-believers by your witness. Be sensitive, look for a relaxed setting where you are alone. People rarely share their deep feelings in a crowd.
  12. Reflect a positive outlook in every aspect of your work.
  13. Don’t pressure anyone. Talk only to people who seem to be interested.
  14. Don’t try to make an impact for Christ alone! Seek out Christian co-workers and work together on a plan to reach fellow employees.
  15. Get training. We may be offending people. Zeal without knowledge builds barriers rather than bridges.
  16. Plan your strategy. Always be ready to flex but planning helps you keep your goal.
  17. Plan a night during the month you can devote to entertaining co-workers and associates.1

It is important that we view evangelizing our work associates as a process, rather than as an event. Most non-believers erect at least one of three barriers that need to be processed through:

#1 “The emotional barrier is a set of negative feelings that a seeker has toward Christianity based on bad experiences with believers or with organized religion.” (Consider utilizing I Cor. 9:19-23; Col. 4:5, 6)

#2 “The intellectual barrier is a predisposition to disregard or reject Christianity based upon bad information, misconceptions, or unanswered questions.” (Consider utilizing I Pet. 3:15)

#3 “The volitional barrier is a predisposition to resist examining spiritual things, or to reject Christianity outright, based upon pride and independence caused by a sinful nature.” (Consider utilizing Col. 4:2, 3) 2

We will be less inclined toward anxiety during the process of evangelism if we keep in mind the fact that God is responsible for the results: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow…For we are God’s fellow workers…” (I Cor. 3:6, 7, 9a) (See Mt. 16:15-17; 2 Tim. 2:23-26)

This week, may you experience His grace, peace and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1 Adapted from The Secular Bridge, by Glenn Pate

2 Adapted from Foundations, pages 56-59, Search Ministries, 5038 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042, 1991