It wasn’t that people didn’t like their pot. They just didn’t like their morals. They were too… … goody-two-shoes. Not today’s pot, legalized in thirty states and the District of Columbia. A different kind of pot. In a far different place. Time travel back to the third century. The pot-makers were two sisters in Seville, Spain. Justa and Rufina. Business owners who specialized in beautiful, hand-crafted clay pots. Perhaps it is no surprise that, today, they are the patron saints of potters? As was customary in their day, the sisters sold their pottery from outdoor booths in their village. Like an ancient craft fair or flea market. Without the fleas. Trouble… Read more »

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This blog’s title is one of the many slogans of the company I’m highlighting today. Can you guess who it is? Maybe this slogan will help: 100% pure squeezed sunshine.  Got it? Give up? It’s Tropicana Products, Inc. Yes, the orange juice giant.  http://www.sloganspoint.com/company/tropicana/ Tropicana has been in the orange juice business for over 70 years, since its founding in 1947 by immigrant Anthony Rossi. After going public in 1969 and being subsequently sold to Beatrice Foods (1978), Seagram Company (1980’s), and PepsiCo (1998), Tropicana has become the world’s leading producer of branded fruit juices. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropicana_Products  AND  http://www.tropicana.com/our-story But it is the root of this citrus tree that interests me most. Because… Read more »

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… the Teacher of teachers appears. This book had been in my reading stack for seven months, Lord. In January, You had prompted a dear friend to send it to me. More than a friend… a Forever Brother. The Caleb Years. By David Ingerson. I could immediately tell I would treasure this book. In the same way I treasure every real-life testimony I am blessed to read… … every testimony that bears witness to Your glory and goodness, Lord. Even in the worst of circumstances. “What would you do if you were told by the doctors that your newborn child’s life would be very short — that your baby would live at… Read more »

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Much wisdom has often been packed into “truisms.” Like this one: Easy Come, Easy Go.  I can relate to the second part. The 2008 Dot Com debacle comes immediately to mind. 🙁  But what I lost when that bubble burst — a significant chunk of lifetime savings — had never come easily. So I relate much more to… Hard Come, Easy Go.   🙂 There are many others. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Each one is so familiar. One person starts to say them and another finishes. Therein lies the problem. Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Sometimes it breeds indifference. Or complacency. We… Read more »

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Six months in jail + $2,500 in fines + three years of probation… for each day there is a violation. What would you do, if faced with this threat? Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski — owners of Brush & Nib Studio in Phoenix, Arizona — face these threats. Because their upscale hand-painting, hand-lettering, calligraphy company creates and sells customized art. Including for weddings. But not all weddings. Consistent with their Christian beliefs, they create art for everyone…. but not for every message. Like messages demeaning others or promoting racism or objectifying the female body. Or violating their Christian beliefs about marriage. The Phoenix City Code bans discrimination in places of public accommodation…. Read more »

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Mary Kay Cosmetics operates in more than 40 markets on five continents. With $4 billion in annual sales, through 3.5 million Independent Beauty Consultants.  https://newsroom.marykay.com/en/releases/mary-kay-inc-to-construct-new-global-manufacturing-and-r-d-operations-in-north-texas Mary Kay Ash, founder and leader of this economic powerhouse, didn’t set out to become a trailblazer for women. Perhaps it was her destiny? Mary Kay’s dad was afflicted with tuberculosis. Becoming an invalid when Mary Kay was only three. Her mom, Lula, worked as a restaurant manager sixteen hours/day, seven days/week. Mary Kay, the youngest of four children, took on the household responsibilities. How many 7-year-olds are charged with running the household, cleaning, shopping, and cooking for herself and her ailing father? Her mother’s constant… Read more »

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He wasn’t a huge bear… was he, Lord? Big enough to keep me safely inside, to be sure. Not big enough to get The Treasure he clearly desired. But his size was never the point… was it, Lord? For what You wanted to teach me, any size would do. The Treasure — aromatic sunflower seeds — hung at the top of our Bear-proof Bird Feeder. Too high for him to reach, at just over ten feet. Suspended from the top of a pole fashioned from three distinct materials — steel, PVC pipe and wood. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not… Read more »

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Power is defined as “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others in the course of events.”    https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=C211US105D20151216&p=definition+of+power How is power exercised in businesses and/or other organizations? Usually strategically. And with intentionality. Most often as a means. Sometimes, as an end. In a recent article on the web-based news source, Chron, Paul Merchant outlined five common types of power (summarized below): Legitimate Power = power derived from an individual’s legitimately-earned position within the organization’s hierarchy. Expert Power = power derived from knowledge or expertise deemed to be indispensable to tasks at hand. Referent Power = power derived through the admiration, respect and trust of key influencers… Read more »

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On Monday, I showcased prolific Christian writer Frank Peretti.   http://championsofdestiny.com/darkness-be-gone-light-is-here/ What I didn’t expect to find (on his Facebook page) was his September 2016 letter to the Washington State Attorney General. Urging him to reconsider his legal case against florist Barronelle Stutzman. The florist whose case I showcased here on May 30, 2018 and June 25, 2018.  http://championsofdestiny.com/how-did-my-friend-become-my-foe/  AND  http://championsofdestiny.com/one-hope-bouquet-please/ Frank posted his letter with the expressed hope that “these questions will spread and folks will pause to consider them.” It is in this spirit that I share excerpts from his letter here. https://www.facebook.com/officialfrankperetti/posts/1372686509425347:0 My main focus is Outcome. Certainly, we all want equality and respect for every human being…… Read more »

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Christian writer Frank Peretti burst onto the international scene in the late 1980’s with two bestsellers showcasing spiritual warfare. His first —This Present Darkness (1986) —  stayed on the Christian Booksellers Association’s top ten bestsellers list for over 150 consecutive weeks. This one and his second — Piercing the Darkness (1989) sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_E._Peretti Frank has also been prolific, writing for adults, teens and pre-teens. More than 12 million copies in print. His 26th book published in 2017. The Harbingers series (supernatural thrillers) in collaboration with bestselling author friends Angela Hunt, Bill Myers and Alton Gansky.   https://www.christianbook.com/harbingers-series-volumes-1-3/bill-myers/pd/219762 Why profile a Christian author in a blog about Christian business… Read more »

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