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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at the eighth Beatitude and persecution for doing the right thing. When wronged for doing the right thing in business, are you standing on the promises of God and trusting Him for the blessing, or following the popular way of the world?

This week we will examine the ninth Beatitude from a business perspective. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10 ESV Last weeks Beatitude was persecution for doing the right thing, this Beatitude is persecution because you’re a Christian. Why is it true as the song says – “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus There’s just something about that name”?

The New Living Translation states – God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too. Have you been mocked, lied about, or made fun of in business because you follow Jesus?

Why is Jesus the most censored name in our society? For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 NLT In light of this censorship AND the power of God for salvation, how do you share Jesus in your business where you spend the majority of your awake hours? (Note: CBMC Outreach events are excellent opportunities.)

Since Jesus is the answer, how do you help people ask the most important question in life, “Who is Jesus?” What thought provoking questions do you have in your tool box that can lead people to asking the big question?

The reward in this Beatitude is a differed payment plan – a great reward awaits you in heaven!

Take a moment and worship as you read (perhaps even sing) the song Jesus, Jesus, Jesus:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away
But there’s something about that name.

Bit of Wisdom
I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. 1 Corinthians1:18 ESV

Forums Ministry News
“IGNITE (or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial Passion!” by Dr Joel Freeman on Nov 19, 2011 at Immanuel’s Church in Silver Spring. For more information

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