Friday Five June 22

While I’m in full agreement that our President has not provided the leadership we need to resolve many of our problems, I found this opinion by the Wall Street Journal to be a bit much. I don’t think any single person can solve all of these problems they cite, especially from Washington.

I think Turley has hit the nail on the head – on both counts. I agree with the policy directive of President Obama, but I also agree that this needed to come from Congress, not the President. To circumvent Congress and unilaterally decide he isn’t going to enforce certain portions of the law is dangerous and a violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution. We don’t want leaders who decide which parts of our laws they will enforce or not enforce. That is not leadership. It is pandering and it opens the door to significant corruption.

Managing your Energy – the stats here are not good. Sadly, I fit this profile.

From the “How Stupid Can You Be?” department, I have two stories this week. The first comes to us from NPR, about JetBlue, who wouldn’t let a man board an airplane with a vital organ destined to be transplanted into a woman who badly needed the organ. Why? Because the bottle was over 100ML. On another front, the gay rights people have shown just how stupid they can be by flipping off President Reagan in the White House. What saddens me a great deal is what God must think of us condoning a marriage proposal between a lesbian and transgendered man. The desecration of what it means to be married continues in this country.

Lastly, this is one of hundreds of examples I could list each year of how people clog our courts with frivolous lawsuits. I’m sick of how litigious our society is. “Just sue ’em” seems to be our national motto. Never mind if there is a violation of law – just see if a judge will go along with you to see if you can get some money from someone. A loser-pays systems would keep most of these cases at bay.

 

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp

Purpose in Life: Philippians 1.12-26

My outline for this section of Scripture is found in these slides. I’ve taught Philippians several times, but have never seen the concept of purpose as strongly as I did this week while preparing. They say that those who teach and preach often learn the most important truths based on what God is taking them through in their own life. I can’t deny this is true of me. I hope you find this helpful.

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp

2 Chronicles 7.14

This post is only for my Christian brothers and sisters. Seriously – if you’re an atheist, agnostic, or something else, then this post isn’t for you. It’s only for those who see themselves as followers of Jesus Christ.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

In short, this verse links our personal holiness (sanctification) with our success in life. There are four parts (including verse 13):

  • Bad things are happening: the land is bare,  production/growth is lousy and people are hurting (vs 13)
  • “my people” (followers of God) – “called by my name” (our public identity is that of being a Christ follower)
  • If Christ followers will become humble (opposite of pride), pray (not just words, but come to God as the source of all that is needed), seek God’s face (adopt his ways of thinking and behaving) and turn from wicked ways (old-fashioned repentance)
  • Then God will hear from heaven (think draw close to us in relationship), will forgive our sin (cleanse and purify us) and heal our land (restore productivity and health in every aspect).

The healing of our land is directly tied to the quality of our personal walk with God.  For our purposes here, the success and quality of your business as a Christian Business Owner is directly tied to the quality and intimacy of your walk with God.  If you’re living in private sin, God will not allow you to be as successful as you could be in the business He has entrusted to you.

Christians needs to take seriously our responsibility to repent of our sins and turn our attention to God.

If your business is struggling, then the first place to begin diagnosing the problem is on your knees before God.  Start there and let God transform the business He has given you.

Bill English

Friday Five June 15

Katy Perry is certainly popular. My take on these lyrics – Who Am I Living For? is that she is fighting with her Christian upbringing and beliefs. I suspect she understands that he she was raised wasn’t a good example of Christianity, yet part of her still knows that Christianity is real and true. But to admit that is tantamount to admitting some other, painful things as well and she’s smart enough to make the connection that she would have much to give up in order to follow Christ. Here are the lyrics:

I can feel a phoenix inside of me
As I march alone to a different beat
Slowly swallowing down my fear, yeah yeah

I am ready for the road less traveled
Suiting up for my crowning battle
This test is my own cross to bare
But I will get there

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the front line when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can feel this light that’s inside of me
Growing fast into a bolt of lightning
I know one spark will shock the world, yeah yeah

So I pray for a favour like Esther
I need your strength to handle the pressure
I know there will be sacrifice
But that’s the price

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the front line when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?
At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?

Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Don’t let the greatness get you down
Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Don’t let the greatness get you down, oh, oh yeah

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?
At the end, at the end
Who am I living for?

It is well-known that a person’s strength can also be their weakness. Most swords cut both ways. This MIT-Sloan article is a good, yet brief, explanation of this concept. What’s helpful is that they take a neutral stance to their personality characteristics. I’ve also found that lingering wounds from past relationships often inject negative aspects into people’s character. Left unchecked, these negative aspects will hinder the person from being all s/he can be.

I, for one, am quite happy and content with the stalemate in Washington. If the government isn’t going to undertake actions that will increase personal liberties and build up this economy, I’d prefer they did nothing.

Obama is whining. He needs to own this economy and needs to man-up to the fact that his policies of huge deficit spending, increasing regulations, passing a poorly written and poorly conceived health care bill while beating up on the banks and the rich have retarded our economy. Our present circumstances are not the responsibility of George Bush. While *all* past administrations have contributed at some level to our present situation – to varying degrees – the job of a President is to lead and take on the problems as they are and solve them. Obama whines and plays the victim card. I’m sick of it. Man-up, Mr. President. No one put a Smith and Wesson to your head and forced you to be President. It’s time you accepted responsibility commensurate with the perks you enjoy.

At the same time, I fully support the President’s decision on immigration. It seems to me to be a reasonable compromise.


 

Personal and Professional Growth

I’m taking the summer at my church and teaching in the adult Sunday School program. I LOVE teaching the Scriptures, so after some prayer, I’m going to be taking the group through the book of Philippians. Here are my slides for this morning. No – I didn’t just write them this morning. As most Pastors know, when you’re getting ready to teach on Sunday, you “live” with your sermon or teaching outline during the week. You think about it constantly and you’re often praying through it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp

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