Wealth Creation Manifesto

Isaiah 48:17 (NASB)
Thus, says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.

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BAM is a global Christian ministry focused on bringing people, communities, and nations out of poverty through business. BAM stands for Business as Mission. Recently they outlined their manifesto. They did in my opinion such an outstanding job summarizing God’s purpose for wealth that I just copied word by word to share for the benefit of others. The link to their paper is below.

Affirmations:

1. Wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.

 2. We are created in God’s image, to co-create with Him and for Him, to create products and services for the common good.

 3. Wealth creation is a holy calling, and a God-given gift, which is commended in the Bible.

 4. Wealth creators should be affirmed by the Church, and equipped and deployed to serve in the marketplace among all peoples and nations.

 5. Wealth hoarding is wrong, and wealth sharing should be encouraged, but there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created.

 6. There is a universal call to generosity, and contentment is a virtue, but material simplicity is a personal choice, and involuntary poverty should be alleviated.

 7. The purpose of wealth creation through business goes beyond giving generously, although that is to be commended; good business has intrinsic value as a means of material provision and can be an agent of positive transformation in society.

 8. Business has a special capacity to create financial wealth, but also has the potential to create different kinds of wealth for many stakeholders, including social, intellectual, physical and spiritual wealth.

 9. Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.

 10. Wealth creation must always be pursued with justice and a concern for the poor, and should be sensitive to each unique cultural context.

 11. Creation care is not optional. Stewardship of creation and business solutions to environmental challenges should be an integral part of wealth creation through business.

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Wealth is the byproduct of providing services or products for the satisfaction of others. As stewards of God’s Kingdom on earth, our responsibility includes investing to help others flourish. As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish today to eat, and you have to do it again tomorrow. Invest and teach a man to gather his own fish, he will eat today and tomorrow. Multiply the process with others and the entire community will do the same.

Go and Do Likewise…

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Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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The Prosperous Soul

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

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The apostle John wrote to his local church with the reassurance God wants each one of his children to prosper not only spiritually, but also physically. The challenge though is more people emphasize the physical objectives of life and ignore the spiritual. They want the benefits of a healthy spiritual walk, but don’t want to invest the time and effort.

The prosperous life is so much more than physical comforts. You could gain the whole world, but be vastly poor in spirit. You could have beauty, power, and fame, but be empty, frustrated, and lonely. A disciple’s walk with his Teacher is life enriched with confidence, boldness, and humility. Her life radiates from an inner peace of contentment. The toys and material items that surround her are simply the means to fully experience the vast richness of God’s creation.

To be healthy is a blessing. But to be healthy for self-aggrandizement is pompous and vain. Health is a physical and mental condition. Both though are empowered by the soul. A soul that is rich in love, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, and self-control. The essence of God’s character is displayed through a soul that is in constant contact with Him.

A soul rich in spiritual blessings is the master of the physical comforts around them. The computer, television, smart phones, and automobiles are simply tools being managed by the soul keeper. A rich soul is not addicted to the toys around him. Instead the rich soul effectively manages the comforts of life for a greater purpose.

A rich soul likewise treasures the body as a temple for His divine presence. Therefore, her attitude is to maintain and operate the body’s functions for the long haul. She will not glorify it but discipline it. She will praise its Creator and sustain it for His glory.

Whatever the enriched soul pursues, he does so with the intent to make it better than before. Whether mind, body, or soul, the desire is to magnify the creator. The enriched soul is not self-made. Instead, the prosperous soul knows Her Creator, regularly thanks him in gratitude, and humbly walks with those around him for their benefit and God’s purpose.

So, whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Prosper in your health, in your bank account, and in your relationships. But always remember your priorities and your most important function today. God knows. So do you.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Gratitude 101

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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Gratitude is an attitude of repentance. Repentance is a mind-set realizing one needs to lock unto the God of the universe and change one’s thinking from a self-centered perspective into a Christ-center worldview.

To acknowledge the self as not the center of the universe and there is Someone greater than self who made everything possible, is a position of humility reflected through one’s attitude.

When one begins this journey, one finds many reasons to be thankful.

Thankful for knowing one’s blessing is not necessarily due to one’s superior talent, above average intelligence, or persuasive demeanor, but being at the right place and the proper time with the ideal people to bring it all about.

Thankful for realizing how blessed one is for being born this time in history.

Thankful for appreciating all the people in your life who contributed toward your success to date.

Thankful for knowing we are all dead trees blowing in the wind apart from God who shares His life and Spirit which enriches us every day.

Thankful for realizing everything was created by Christ for Christ and shared with us through Christ.

Thankful for appreciating our value in Christ.

Thankful for knowing the truth which leads to freedom and contentment.

Thankful for realizing your potential as a person which begins in God and comes from God and revealed through you.

Thankful for appreciating who you are in relationship with others who likewise are included in Christ.

There is much to be thankful for as we travel through the day.  For we eventually come to know and see that whatever good we see and whatever great gifts we experience, comes from the Triune God who brings it about for you and me for the purpose of truly coming to know Him.

Knowing, realizing, and appreciating Him for who He IS makes being grateful for even the everyday mundane routine activities of the day. Why? Because He is involved with you through it all.

Gratitude 101 is the basic fundamental foundation of coming to appreciate God’s involvement in your life.

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Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
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One Another

Romans 15:7

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

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Sometimes when I hear a phrase over and over, I like to search out the Scriptures for clarity and purpose. This past week the phrase “One Another” jumped out at me during a weekly sermon. It had nothing to do with the main message. Just one short phrase in the middle of a story. Rather than personally write on the subject, I just copied the verses for you to read yourself. They are self-explanatory and together showcase how God’s children experience life in community.

 

1 John 3:11

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

1 John 4:12

…no one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 Peter 4:9

Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 5:5

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

James 5:9

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:13

Live in peace with one another.

1 Thessalonians 3:12

and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

Colossians 3:13

…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Ephesians 4:2

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:21

and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:15

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 13:8

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13

Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

Romans 14:19

So, then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

John 13:14

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Wisdom 501

Proverbs 3:13

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.

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If you are an atheist, what benefit would you receive from reading the Bible? There are some who believe the Book is outdated and has no relevance in the 21st century. Others believe science has replaced the folklore of yesterday. Yet when one travels through the pages of this number one seller, one quickly realizes that nothing has really changed from 4,000 years ago and today except for technology and fashion. Otherwise, human nature has been the same since the beginning of history.

You discover this Book outlines gems of wisdom for all areas of life. Whether you want to learn ways to improve your marriage, your relationships at work and home, or how government works best, you can find the answers throughout this Book.

You will find wisdom to create wealth, build a business, and invest for the future.

You will find diet tips, money tips, and life tips.

You will find answers for life’s tough questions.

You will discover a God who cares, plans, and has a purpose for His creation.

You will discover the mind of God.

You don’t have to be a believer to benefit from the lessons and principles taught throughout its pages.

Sometimes the more one becomes “educated”, the more common sense seems to disappear. This Book restores common sense and heightens the importance of knowledge that leads to understanding and wisdom.

History, war, family squabbles, relationship challenges, job success, financial stewardship, non-penalized fun, humor, and a whole number of other knowledge building categories for you to sharpen your Life skill set is sewn between the pages.

So, if you want more wisdom in your life, than read the Book. And if you are open to the experience, you may even discover where real Wisdom is found.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Values. Needs. Dreams.

Amos 3:3 NKJV

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

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What brings people together? What makes two people from an entire universe become friends? Why are some people totally repulsive to each other?

These are very complex questions which social scientists have done studies and more studies. Yet when you make it simple and to the point, don’t two people come together when they have something in common? Most of the time it may be a task, or an interest, or simply a need that needs to be fulfilled.

I like to think that when two people have similar values, and/or needs, and/or dreams, you have the potential of real, deep friendship. Sometimes the friendship leads to a deep bond like marriage. Other times, towards a friendship closer than a brother or sister.

Jesus surrounded himself with twelve disciples. Some were self-employed as fishermen, one a tax collector, and another a terrorist. Typically, these people would have nothing in common and probably wouldn’t spend any time together for no other reason except for Jesus Christ. What brought them all together? They indirectly saw the values, needs, and dreams Jesus expressed as something they desired and believe Jesus would help them succeed at it.

So, if you are looking for friendship, a mate, or a business relationship, focus on the other person’s values, needs, and dreams. See how they relate with yours. If there is a common thread, you may have hit the jackpot. If not, pray about it, and let the Holy Spirit reveal what you may suspect or show you something deeper than is invisible to the naked eye. Either way, lean on the Triune God and He will show you the way.

At the end of the day, isn’t Jesus someone who we all see as a person whose values we admire, whose ways satisfy our needs, and who may help us fulfill our dreams?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Celebrate Life

 

 

Ecclesiastes 9:4

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

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As long as you are alive, you have hope for the future. No matter your circumstances, God’s grace abounds everywhere. Nothing is hidden from Him; nothing escapes Him, nothing limits Him. He created you to live life to the fullest; to experience His love, and fulfill your potential.

Our challenge most often is to get out of the way. We think our plans and solutions are the best ones not realizing there just may be a better way. Our pride and insecurity often prevent us from yielding ourselves to His instructions. We falsely believe no one knows us better than ourselves. What we fail to realize so often is how blind and ignorant the self so easily becomes. We all need a mentor; someone who has gone before us and can show us how it is done.

Life is for the living, not for the dead. As long as we are alive, we can celebrate the life given to us by our Creator. We may not enjoy our current situation and circumstances may temporarily be in stink mode, but we have hope in a Savior – His name is Jesus.

He lived life to the fullest. He introduced us to His Father. He taught us the reality of life in His Kingdom. He intervenes for us. He shares His life with us. He gives us purpose and meaning to celebrate life the way our Creator initially designed the world to be.

Yes, there will be disappointments. Yes, expectations fail. Yes, circumstances change. But through everything, the Triune God cares for you and wants you to share in their life. As we lean on Him, His character, divine nature, and attributes rubs unto you. You become more of a “little Christ.” The joy & peace He instills in you begins to uncontrollably overflow unto others. Your love for others is more fully expressed in your desire to help them succeed. Life becomes more than just about survival. Life becomes a celebration of what God has done, is doing, and will yet do.

Always remember, as long as you are alive, you have hope for the future because God’s Love is greater than anything this world throws your way!   This is our reason for celebrating life each and everyday.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
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Simply The Messenger
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