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    Coloring Outside the Lines

    But what happens when there are no lines? What is possible when you free yourself from the constraints of conventional thinking and restrictions that others place upon you?  Read More...

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    No Looking Back: A Conversation with John Beckett

    If your calling is to a career in business, you can’t look back. To follow means to keep your eye on the one whom you’re following, not the path behind you.  Read More...

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    The Value of Your Anointing

    How would you answer the question, “Do you understand the value of your anointing?”  Read More...

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    The Practice of Preparation

    When your team shows up, do they expect to practice or do they arrive prepared to perform?  Read More...

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    Don’t Blame the Marketers

    In a society of abundance, why are we envious? Why do we always want more?  Read More...

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    Two Generations of Love

    The essence of what I learned is that in business you must be human. It’s not enough to be an entrepreneur or a maker or creator; you must care about what you do and for whom you do it.  Read More...

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    Leslie Bianco: Embracing Prayer

    How do we guide one another if we’re all following the same leader, the One who called us to life and to serve Him through our jobs and vocations? I think you know the answer.  Read More...

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    Ambassadors, Marketers, and Vessels

    The beauty of being connected by faith is the unanticipated connections God makes between us when we least expect them. God’s providence makes it clear there are no chance meetings, which is how I met consultant and author Dr. Shelette Stewart.  Read More...

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    Ned Bustard: Made to be a Maker

    Who are you created to be? What were you created to do? Do you relentlessly and freely pursue your calling with the talents and gifts you have been given?  Read More...

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    Looking in the Wrong Place

    On the morning Christ arose from the dead, the angels who waited at the tomb asked the women who came to anoint Christ one simple question.  Read More...

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    The Elephant in the Room

    Every day brings challenges. Some disguise themselves as blessings, and we marvel at God’s providence as we manage them.  Read More...

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    Ned Bustard: Embracing Beauty

    If you're fortunate to know a creative individual is a reader and reflects deeply upon their relationship with Jesus Christ, you will have found someone who will challenge your thinking and show you a way to look the world, your work, and faith through the lenses of beauty and truth.  Read More...

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    Makoto Fujimura: Transcending Time and Anchoring Culture

    From Culture Care to the Golden Sea and The Four Holy Gospels, Makoto Fujimura’s body of work transcends time and anchors culture. Add faith and grace to truth and beauty, and his work embodies that which makes art, life, and faith full of richness and meaning.  Read More...

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    The Hazards of Distraction

    We cannot risk the hazards of distraction: the tendency to drift off course when our eyes are focused on minutiae, or to miss details when we are too focused on the big picture.  Read More...

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    The Balance Between Practicality and Perfection

    You must remember that in the pursuit of perfection, the details may never be perfect—but in your quest, you are going to achieve excellence.  Read More...

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    The Big Leap Into the Entrepreneur Life

    Entrepreneurship culture is enamored with fast growth. Do you dive in, wade in, or running fast and furiously take a wild leap of faith into the arms of the God who cares?  Read More...

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    How Do You Manage Your Blessings?

    Do you embrace the challenge of keeping up, or is it more enticing to give up? Are you managing your blessings, or are they burdens that are causing your soul to despair?  Read More...

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    Walking in the Absence of Control

    What happens when you receive a call that leads to a change in your calling and vocation? In the second part of our conversation with John Rivers, CEO of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, learn how faith is being able to walk in the absence of insight, knowledge of the future, and control.  Read More...

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    Peace, Love, and Barbecue: A Conversation with John Rivers, Part One

    In the south, barbecue is as common as take-out pizza in a college town. 4 Rivers Smokehouse is different—the barbecue is delicious; what makes it different is its mission and the man who founded it as his “barbecue ministry” in 2004, when he hosted a cookout fundraiser to support a local family whose young daughter was battling cancer.  Read More...

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    The Daily Grind of Good Work

    Don’t let the daily grind grind you down.  Savor a moment to “see good” in your labor.  It is the gift of God!  Read More...

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    Jesus, the Extraordinary Strategist

    Have you ever thought about who Jesus Christ would be as a business leader? Would you model your leadership practices or business approach on who he is?  Read More...

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    3 Ways to Prepare for Success

    What if you were to commit to spending an equal (or greater) time in the Bible for the new year, with the goal of understanding how your work and your business are part of a greater purpose?  Read More...

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    Reimagining Work: A conversation with Todd Greer

    Somewhere in the community that is The Exchange in Mobile, Alabama is an individual with a title that hints at someone who makes things happen: Chief Catalyst.  Read More...

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    A Theology of Work, Part Two

    The opportunity to work is a gift from God, and your work matters to him.  Are you flourishing at what you do?  Read More...

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    A Theology of Work, Part One

    At the outset of the Bible God give man work. This is not the same as saying we need a job. Guest post by Jeff Wells.  Read More...

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    The Two Questions You Must Ask About Yourself

    When you’re asked to describe yourself in one or two words, what words do you choose?  Read More...

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    Five Perspectives on the Pace of Growth

    Alan Fadling’s book, An Unhurried Life, is a welcome perspective to help reframe a lifetime of one-sided and shallow, performance-centered religion.  Read More...

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    5 Insights on Opportunities and Relationships

    In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. 5 observations on opportunity and relationships for young leaders.  Read More...

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    There are no Ordinary Believers

    Your work, no matter what you do, is worship. Don’t think of it as anything less.  Read More...

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    Opportunity Runs in the Family

    As far as I know, Dad never thought of himself as an entrepreneur. To him, it's a label that dreamers and the chronically unemployable assign themselves in order to sound relevant in conversation.  Read More...

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    What are You Willing to Change?

    Sometimes I wonder if all this writing makes any difference; if it’s worth the hours I spend reading, thinking, and reflecting In order to share perspective that will matter to somebody else.  Read More...

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    Busy is not a Measure of Success

    How many times have you been asked “How’s business? Are you busy?"For me, it’s at least once a week. The real question should be ‘Are you busy, and if so, are you profitable?’"   Read More...

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    Are Leaders Born or Made?

    Are leaders born, or can you make the decision to become one? Whether your view is from the bottom up, the middle or the top—your decisions make a difference. How a leader is made may surprise you.  Read More...

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    New Wine in New Wineskins

    Lord, refresh me as I drink deeply from your truth, and to realize that the life you want for me won’t fit into my old ways of thinking, lifestyle, or way I manage the business you’ve given me.  Read More...

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    What “Follow Me” Means for the Entrepreneur

    Are you a rule-follower, a rule-bender, or a rule-breaker? Are you a compliant person, or do you tend to be contrarian? Do you prefer to follow or take charge?  Read More...

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    Endurance and Opportunity

    Living a life of faith and being an entrepreneur both require a similar approach: Enduring through trials and triumphs; keeping our eye on the prize that we work to attain.  Read More...

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    Focus on Opportunity

    With many possibilities in your business and life to use your time, talent, and treasure, learn how to embrace opportunity and stay focused.  Read More...
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    Work is Play

    Does it seem like a lot of extra work to maintain a work/life balance? Do you really believe there is such a thing?
    What if there isn't? What if you have one life, in which you work and play?  Read More...

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    Ready or Not

    What you must be comfortable with, and what you must be prepared to do in your role as a leader, are two completely different things.  Read More...
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    The Halfway Point

    At some point in every journey there is a halfway point. We trust in those who are guiding us.  Read More...

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    Convergence

    What dream or plan has God called you to? Are you following God’s leadership as a steward in the business or role He has blessed you with?  Read More...

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    From Curiosity to Courage

    You are not called because you are courageous. You are courageous because you believe the One who called you is greater than the challenge to which you are called.  Read More...

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    Never Alone

    You may not talk about it much, but you feel it: you're the owner or manager of a business, and you feel alone. As alone as John on the island of Patmos.  Read More...

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    Back to Basics

    Just this week I was asked the question “What do you do when business isn’t good? How do you handle it?" My answer is this: I’m seeking His will in all I do.   Read More...

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    Breathe Deep

    Why does it seem as if time compresses and the pace of life quickens at year’s end? Why do we feel weary and exhausted at the dawn of a new year? We become frantic; deadlines of our own making threatening to undo us.   Read More...

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    Tempus Fugit

    How much is your time worth? If it’s as valuable as you think it is, why do you waste so much of it?  Read More...

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    Hakuna Matata

    In Italy, nativity scenes can be found everywhere — in shops, businesses, and of course churches. If you are vigilant, you’ll even find them tucked into window wells, behind iron bars. What I love about this nativity is that a child inserted a toy into the scene.   Read More...

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    Fish and Loaves

    When I shared with my wife that I would be presenting to a group of 15 at a leadership symposium, I must have sounded disappointed. I spend many hours preparing for speaking opportunities; 15 seemed like such a small group. For several years I’ve follow a path of writing and speaking as a business development, lead generation, and influence building strategy.   Read More...

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    Every Moment is Sacred

    We had just bowed our heads to pray, thanking God for the good and bad that had happened that day. I sensed movement as our server passed our table, turning and waiting behind a pole several feet away. As I said "Amen" and looked up, he returned with our drinks and said "I never want to interrupt a sacred moment." Without thinking too much of it, I replied "They're all sacred." He paused and acknowledged that fact.   Read More...

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    Washing Feet, Shining Souls

    In a side cove of the lobby in the St. Louis Hilton sits a shoe shine stand. It is a quiet time of the day— between check out and check in—when conferences are in session and guests are busy visiting the city.   Read More...

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    Half Full or Half Empty?

    Not too long ago, during a lively conversation with a colleague, he emphatically stated “You’re an idealist. You see the world as it ought to be." Not that I would disagree, but I don’t think he knows me well enough to completely understand my perspective. if I were truly an idealist, I would not be able to see the world as it really is.   Read More...

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    The Path We Follow Together

    I'm not a pastor. I'm a designer, an artist, a musician. I'm a small business owner, and business leader.   Read More...

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    It's Still a Lot of Work For a Free Banana

    It’s worth planning and pushing to reach your goals. At age 54, I run my first marathon. While my goal was to complete it in under 4 hours 30 minutes, instead I finished in 5 hours and 10 minutes.   Read More...

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    The Hidden Way

    God is not in a hurry. I will be the first to admit I don’t understand God’s timing. From the day the sun stood still in Joshua 10:13, to Christ’s delay in resuscitating Lazurus in John 11, time means nothing to God’s purposes. Right now, what are you waiting for?  Read More...

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    Planting, Watering, Growing

    Your role never changes. As with all the challenges entrepreneurs face, growth is always on my mind — nurturing, maintaining, and managing it. I’ve found peace in the fact that no matter how much I yearn for growth — how wildly successful I am or how content I must be with modest circumstances?  Read More...

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