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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Dear Colleagues,

A SUMMARY REVIEW OF TEN BUSINESS PRINCIPLES FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS: (Part #11 of #11)

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Principle #1 : KEEP YUR BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE AND PRIORITIES ON MONEY STRAIGHT: (1) Don’t sell your soul for the pursuit of wealth. (See Matt. 16:26; I Tim. 6:9, 10) (2) If God blesses you with wealth, self-indulgence is not an option. (See Matt. 25:31-46; Lk. 16:19-3112:20,21; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Jn. 3:16-18) (3) If God grants you wealth, accept it without guilt. See Gen. 13:2; 26:12-14; 36:6, 7; Deu. 8:17, 18; Job 42:12; 1Chron. 29:28; 2 Chron.9:22; Psa. 113:7; Isa. 27:8; Matt. 27:57) (4) Choose to be content with what God allows you materially. (See Ecc.5:10; Phil. 4:11-13; I Tim. 6:6-8)

Principle #2 : CHOOSE BLAMELESS BUSINESS PRACTICES OF INTEGRITY: Definition of blameless: Being ethically strong and operating entirely in accord with the truth. (See Psa. 119:1; Gen. 6:9; Job 1:1)

Principle #3 : SEEK BIBLICALLY BASED COUNSEL IN YOUR BUSINESS PRACTICES: ( See Pro. 10:8, 14; 12:15; 15:14; 17:10)

Principle #4 : TEMPER YOUR DESIRES WITH KNOWLEDGE BEFORE ACTING : (See Pro. 14:8; 19:2; 21:5)

Principle #5 : SURRENDER YOUR PLAN TO GOD : (1) God’s plan for our lives is a mystery. (See Pro. 20:24; Isa. 55:8, 9) (2) God’s sovereign purposes will prevail over man’s plans. (See Pro. 16:9; 19:21; Jer. 10:23) (3) You will not succeed if you go against God’s plan. (See Pro. 16:3; 21:30; Jms. 4:13-17)

Principle #6 : PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR: (1) Plan carefully. (See Pro. 6:6-8; 19:2; 21:29; Lk. 14:29-32) (2) Seek good advice. (See Pro. 1:5; 2:1-9; 9:9; 12:1; 19:20) (3) Bring God into the center of your endeavor. (See Jms. 1:5-8; 4:3)

Principle #7 : WORK HARD: (See Pro. 3:17b-19;6:6-8; 12:11, 24; 13:4, 11; 14:23; 21:5; 22:9;28:19)

Principle #8 : BALANCE WORK WITH PLEASURE: (1) Don’t sell your soul for wealth. (See Pro. 10:22; 23:4; Matt. 6:24, 26-33; 1 Tim. 6:6-10) (2) Balance your work with pleasure. (See Ecc. 3:13; 5:2, 18; 9:7, 9)

Principle #9 : HIRE QUALITY PEOPLE: (See Pro. 6:6-8; 10:26; 18:19; 20:4, 13; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30-34)

Principle #10 : GET OUT OF DEBT: (See Pro. 22:7; Psa. 37:21)

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

R. Dwight Hill

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