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National Day of Prayer 2017 Program — April 19, 2017

National Day of Prayer 2017 Program

NDP Program 2017

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Join us for the National Day of Prayer, Maryland State Capital May 4, 2017 6:30-8PM —
CBMC Metro South Breakfast with Gary Coombe Friday, April 28 in Annapolis — March 29, 2017
April 1, 2017 “The Art of Biblical Meditation” a one day seminar that will lead to transformation — March 10, 2017

April 1, 2017 “The Art of Biblical Meditation” a one day seminar that will lead to transformation

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See link for details: https://chosenrebel.me/wheres-marty/booking-information/the-art-of-biblical-meditation/

Leader/Pastor: Marty Schoenleber

Date: April 1, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

Location: Timonium Presbyterian Church 303 W. Timonium Road Timonium, MD 21093 Cost: $30.00 (lunch included)

RSVP by 3/24/17 to: Peter Gleason peterggleason@live.com

Call with Questions: 443-627-3908

CBMC Leadership Coach Training March 18, 2018 — February 13, 2017

CBMC Leadership Coach Training March 18, 2018

This one day in person training will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  For certification, participation in the following 8 weeks of Teleclasses, Peer phone meetings and Observed Coach sessions is required.  Call Don McGonigle or Chuck Whitmore at 410-661-5665 to discuss details, time commitment and cost.

Links to these PDF documents will provide additional insight:2017-3-lct-coach-training-flyer

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Biblical Business Brief – Planning — February 1, 2017

Biblical Business Brief – Planning

Biblical Business Brief, a weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Paying Employees.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their true needs?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Planning.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 NLT

The Bible encourages us to plan AND work hard leading us to prosperity.  Do you plan in proportion to your hard work?

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT 

We are to plan WITH the recognition that God is sovereign and has our best interest at heart.  Have you come to grips with the sovereignty of God and the free will of man in your business life?  How do you resolve the tension between planning and remaining open to God’s direction and control?

Business By The Book gives 6 Steps for business planning.

  1. Identify your core values.
  2. Create clear mission and vision statements.
  3. Establish measurable objectives.
  4. Formulate a plan for achieving your objectives.
  5. Develop a process to measure progress.
  6. Provide for accountability.

We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT

Plans + Motives + Committed Actions = Success  Is this formula working in your business?

You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 NLT 

Do you assure your plans align with the Lord’s purposes?

Bit of Wisdom

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Luke 14:28 NLT 

Forums Focus: Biblical Business Brief – Change —

Forums Focus: Biblical Business Brief – Change

Biblical Business Brief, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles

Note: CBMC has changed Forums to Leadership Institute (http://cbmcleadershipinstitute.com/).  This has led me to change Forums Focus to Biblical Business Brief (BBB).  The focus remains to EEE (enlighten, encourage, equip) readers to do BBB (Business By the Book) by presenting a Biblical Business Principle in each edition.

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Paying Employees —

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Paying Employees

Forums Focus, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles

Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Is your employee evaluation process effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Paying Employees?  Are you paying fair wages?  Do your employees think so?

“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Malachi 3:5 NLT

Paying what has been agreed upon is critical.  How else might employees be cheated?

For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. James 5:4-5 NLT

James echoes Malachi, apparently cheating workers has existed for a long time.

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven. Colossians 4:1 NLT

While this passage refers to masters / slaves, is it applicable to employer / employee?  How does keeping in mind you too have a Master affect paying decisions?

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT

How does this passage apply to pay decisions?

Larry Burkett taught it is the responsibility of Christian employers to pay enough to meet an employee’s needs.  If the job the employee is currently doing is not able to pay to the level of the needs, help the employee find a job that will meet their needs.  The issue is needs, not wants.  One employer even arranged for an independent person to discuss the situation with the employee.  Are your employees’ wages meeting their needs?

Bit of Wisdom

 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NLT 

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Evaluations —

Forums Focus – Human Resources: Evaluations

Forums Focus, a weekly email to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principle

Last time we focused on Human Resources: Promotion.  Are your promotion policies effective?

This week we will continue to review Business By The Book Workshop principles focusing on Human Resources: Evaluations.  Do you have an evaluation process to assess who should be promoted and who should be fired?

Dishonesty – Is the person stealing from, deceiving or cheating customers or the company?

Do not steal. Do not deceive or cheat one another. Leviticus 19:11 NLT

For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 NLT

As Christians we should lean more toward forgiveness than seeking retribution.  But, if dishonesty is permitted, what is being communicated?  Big question: Is the person repentant?

Disobedience – Is the person willfully disobeying clear, direct orders?

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:14-15 NLT

As Christians we realize willful disobedience is an act of the will and comes from our sin nature.  Big question: Does the person want to change?  Ask our Lord for insight.

Laziness – How do you discern laziness versus lack of knowledge or ability?

A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. Proverbs 18:9 NLT

How do you measure laziness?  Depending on the position, one way to discern laziness is eliminating more difficult tasks until it is clear it is laziness.

Incompetence –  How do you measure incompetence? Incompetence can be lack of knowledge or lack of experience for a particular job.

Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 NLT 

People grow getting into jobs they haven’t done before.  How do you help a person become competent?  Is the incompetence an attitude problem, a lack of skill, or a lack of experience?

Do you have an employee evaluation process that measures attitudes as well as actions?

Note: If not, search the internet, there are many good evaluations available.  (We practiced having the same form filled out by the employee and the supervisor at the same moment in time.  Then they discussed it.  This provided good feedback for both the employee and the supervisor.  We also kept wage increases separate from the evaluation.)

Bit of Wisdom

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT