Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Company Policy. Are your company policies effective? In line with Biblical Business Principles?

Note: This week we have a new section titled Reader Response. As readers send feedback on recent Forums Focus topics, I will include Reader Response in the next Forums Focus. Below is our first.

This week we will focus on Faith in Business. Does your strategy for business success include faith?

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
From vision statements to submitting proposals to completing jobs, faith is a factor in business.

Everyone puts faith in something. Everyone lives by faith including atheists who put their trust in man to the total exclusion of God. The object of your faith is the critical factor. With God on one side of the continuum and man on the other, where do you put your trust?

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives. “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8 NLT What percent of your faith in business is on God? If not 100%, what is preventing 100%? When the Lord’s way seems too problematic or difficult, do you still trust 100%?

Depending 100% on God in a crisis often gets interpreted by others as weakness or a copout. But over the long haul, faith in God communicates something different about us. Can you recall a time when your faith in God during a crisis helped people see God?

Faith is not developed in a crisis; it is developed and exercised before the crisis. How do you develop your faith?

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV We build our faith through God’s Word. Want to build your faith in business? Begin each day reading the Bible – read the Bible 1st. YouVersion is an excellent tool for your smart phone that has many reading plans and multiple versions of the Bible. You can even read the Bible before getting out of bed!

Develop the habit of praying before taking any action. We all pray before really big things, but praying a sentence or two before making that phone call, working on a project, etc. will develop your faith. Add PBA (Pray Before All) to your daily calendar as a reminder.

“The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT

Does your Faith in Business need strengthening?

Bit of Wisdom
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 10:6 NLT

Reader Response
From Forums Focus – Developing Committed Employees
“Great thought. One I was recently challenged on by Ken Blanchard. Your values must be in order of importance. He said life is made up of values conflicts. You MUST know which value is the highest. One will trump the rest. You have to know which one and why. As a result we are changing our value orders. We define our values as Integrity (I’ll do what I say), Ethics (I’ll do the right thing), and Stewardship (I’ll build a foundation for the future). With our definitions, Ethics must trump Integrity. Doing the right thing is always higher than doing what I say.”
by Phil Clemens, Chairman/CEO, The Clemens Family Corp. which includes Hatfield Quality Meats, Nick’s Sausage, Country View Family Farms, PV Transport, CFC Logistics, and Clemens Development Group.

Forums Ministry News
Are you up to date on Obama Care requirements? Attend the Business Leadership Forum where Frank Kelly III, CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group will share his knowledge on Employer Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and his experience in applying Biblical Principles of Business.
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 9, 2012, Networking 11:30, Program noon–1:00, Q&A 1:00–1:30 in White Marsh at Community Christian Church, 8094 Sandpiper Circle, Suite G. Please RSVP by emailing plantz@cbmc.com
This is a Brown Bag event, bring your own lunch, there is no charge.

Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles.
View a promotional video at:
http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp
Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com

BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles. For more information contact plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com
Forums Groups help one-another solve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential environment.
For additional information go to http://forums.cbmc.com or email: plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com

The Forums Ministry includes Business by The Book Workshops, BBB Groups, Forum Groups and the Business Leadership Forum. See: http://md.cbmc.com
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Paul Lantz
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