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Uncategorized | God Intersections

Transitions – moving from 2014-2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014

For some reason I have been pondering 2014 a fair amount the last couple of months. Probably because the 7th anniversary of my banishment from corporate America is January 3, 2015. And I can now truly say “what a blessing that was”.   Particularly from a growing in God perspective.

January 3, 2008 was arguably the biggest transition I have ever experienced, at least from an expectations standpoint. And while the pending transition to 2015 is a much less significant event I am embracing this transition as well. I believe God does His best work in the transitions of our lives. The best work in terms of our “Christ-likeness”. Transitions have a way of messing with our expectations. And when our expectations are up-ended God offers us the chance to learn to trust Him further (or choose to pass).

I’ve learned a bit about navigating the transitions of life in way that promotes knowing and trusting God. One of the big learnings is to intentionally capture my Current Best Thinking. As I pondered 2014 I’ve learned much. The most significant include:

  1. God is NEVER in a hurry (only man is)
  2. The more comfortable I become with “not knowing” the easier it is to Trust God
  3. The end game with God is always growing our Identify in Christ
  4. Knowing God is the key to our Identity in Him
  5. “Listening Prayer with Friends” is a key to Knowing God.

So while 2014 was full of ups and downs, goals met and unmet, time frames achieved and missed I have grown in Him. And I’m pretty sure that is the most important thing.

Thank you for your support in what God is doing in and through me and through Truth@Work. You are a valuable member of the community God is using to do something significant in the marketplace.

And if you ever want to “Listen to God with Friends” simply show up at my office ANY Tuesday at 5:30 AM.

May you know God more in 2015!

Hearing God’s Voice

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I was minding my own business nursing a particular injustice this weekend when the God of the Universe showed up and provided this thought “Will you let this situation in your marriage make you more like Jesus or more like the world?”.

And instantly a whole line of thinking appeared.  That’s the way it works for me with God.  I used to think I didn’t hear His voice much. I still don’t actually hear much in the still, quiet places with Him.   Then I learned something big.  Telling God when and how He should speak to us just does not work. When I finally stopped using that approach and let Him teach me I learned some fascinating things about hearing God: (more…)

What will you do when the Prosperity Returns?

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I’m seeing an interesting phenomenon these last 60 days.  Believe it or not meaningful prosperity is returning to some areas of our marketplace.  I know a banker, real estate agent and construction business owner all of whom are having their best year in the last 5.  “Life is good” but they all confess to working harder than they want.  But it is worth is because “the money is good”.

And when I ask what they do in these busy times to keep the Word of God and Spirit of God in the middle of their business they don’t have an answer. (more…)

The Two Mandates of the Christian Business Owner

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I have been having a running dialogue with “the Big Guy” regarding His desires for the “authentic” Christian business owner.  In my many conversations with business owners on the topic the idea of building and stewarding a Christ centered culture is always talked about.  Christ centered culture is my term for aligning our words and actions around Christ based core values, being leaders of integrity and character, being kind and respectful  etc.  The idea is to “walk the talk”.

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Cooperative Capitalism 102

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

In my previous post I talked about the basics of Cooperative Capitalistic Communities.  These include regular participation in a group with the following characteristics:

  1. Focus on growing your businesses and helping other’s grow theirs
  2. Willingness to practice  transparency
  3. Willingness to engage the Business Purpose and Vision of the Community
  4. Willingness to abide by a consistent set of Community Organizational Principles
  5. Interest in developing and living in a Community of Trust.

The foundational thought of Cooperative Capitalism is collaboration.  I don’t think I have ever met anyone who said they were AGAINST collaboration.  But when we actually sit down and give it a wing it rarely works out.  Why is that?  I believe there are at least 4 difficulties in effective collaboration: (more…)

How does God break into your business world?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

God in business.  These three words did not used to go together, at least not in my life.  I used to believe that it was my job to be successful in the business world and then figure out how to apply that success to one of God’s ministries (preferably by giving money).  Financial success first, God success second.  Using a car analogy, I wanted to drive the car called my life to the point I had accomplished a given amount of success and then I would consider letting God drive.

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What do you do when the fear gets too bad?

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

In these challenging times fear is something we deal with regularly. Fear that we won’t pay the bills, fear that we might get sick, fear difficult things will happen to our loved ones, fear that we won’t get that new deal we are working on, etc. Fear, of course, causes pain particularly as it worsens. And I’m talking to lots of people these days whose fear and pain are causing their everyday lives to be very challenging.

What is interesting is the different ways I see people dealing with fear. They include:

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So you want to be Transformed!

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Transforming our lives into it’s best possible version is of great interest to many of us.  We are tired of the same old life, same old pain, same old results.

The million dollar question is “How does transformation happen”?  What is our role in the process?  What is God’s role in the process?

And so we begin (again?).  We search for new knowledge that will jump start the process.  We read books, go to seminars, listen to sermons, pray, read God’s word, serve when we can etc.  We do all this for the purpose, perhaps unspoken, of becoming a better version of ourselves and Jesus Christ.  And after we do all this we find we are incrementally different which we don’t mind but it seemed like a lot of work for such little change.

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Moving from Man’s Economy to God’s Economy

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

As this idea of Prospering in the New Economy has evolved, I’ve been pondering how God will use these concepts for His purposes and our Provision.  And, of course, as I journey this path, God provides the answers right on time.  In this case part of the answer came in the form of an article by Chuck Bentley, CEO Crown Ministries (www.crown.org).  In the October issue of MoneyMatters Chuck wrote about “The Security you seek is in God’s Economy”.  As I read Chuck’s article a God-Idea formed in my head regarding the basis of Man’s (or the World’s) Economy and God’s Economy.

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