Persecution is defined as “hostility or ill treatment because of religious or political beliefs.” My Wednesday blogs focus on how Kingdom (i.e., faith-based) persecution is impacting Christian business owners and leaders in our day. Persecution manifests itself in overt actions that condemn, curtail, deny and/or blatantly punish the free exercise and expression of Faith. But what if the hostility or ill treatment inherent in persecution is also more subtle? What if some forms of persecution strategically invade the consciousness of their faith-based victims? By seducing them into desiring the very ill treatment designed to destroy them? Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Even in the bedroom. This past month, C12 — North America’s… Read more »

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I can see the motto now. The motto of a movement that is simultaneously subtle and transformational. A movement designed to get under people’s skin in a way that changes what they think and do. The motto? Sing a Song, Change the World! Science has produced fascinating studies regarding the impact of music and lyrics on both brain and behavior. Here are two, addressing impacts on children and youth… even pre-born babies in the womb! Study #1: Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth. Published in 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The abstract warns pediatricians and parents to be aware of this information and to… Read more »

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I was so JOY-FULL, Lord, tears streamed down my cheeks. I felt like dancing! I could hardly wait to sing “Happy Birthday” to this dear brother. On this most precious Birthday. The celebration had been going on for a whole hour before I finally got in on the action. It happened this morning. At church. Our sister church, actually. A few miles up the road. His wife had been a faithful member there for many years. And a faithful pray-er. For her husband, who had never come to church with her before. This morning, to everyone’s shock, there he was. His wife approached the pastor before the service. Could he… Read more »

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Marshall McLuhan, a 1960’s Canadian professor and philosopher, was ahead of his time. He is credited with predicting the World Wide Web thirty years before it was invented. And with initiating the now famous theory, “The medium is the message.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message What does this mean where the Internet and evangelism are concerned? Perhaps that Kingdom POWER potential has exploded in the digital age. The potential to reach an immense audience with the most immense message on earth: The Good News of Jesus Christ. So… How can Christians in general (and business owners in particular) more effectively leverage digital media to evangelize? The Medium: I found some amazing stats on a digital marketing company’s… Read more »

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I am filled with questions. Questions without easy answers. I have learned a lot as I have explored the topic of religious liberty for the last eight months. It’s natural that I would have a heart for the marketplace, having worked since I was a teenager. And having served at every corporate level. Frontline worker. Middle manager. Senior executive. Owner. I didn’t fall in love with Jesus until I was 36 years old. It didn’t take Him long to convince me that He didn’t just want me to hang out with Him on Sundays. He wanted my Mondays through Saturdays, too. And since I spent well more than half of… Read more »

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Sometimes what happens in Vegas can’t stay there. Because the whole world needs to hear about it! Enter Lowell “Bud” Paxson. From DJ to small radio station owner. One of his advertisers, short on cash, paid his invoice with 118 electric can openers. Though “rich” in product, Bud couldn’t make payroll the next day. His desperate brain gave birth. Perhaps because Necessity is The Mother of Invention? Bud broke into his station’s live programming. What came out of his mouth on air changed not only his own life, but the lives of hundreds of millions of people. By changing their whole approach to shopping. Bud told listeners if they paid in… Read more »

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Wow, Lord. We never know when You are going to position us to share with other Valley travelers. So that they, too, can find Victory there… Amen? My latest opportunity was at a women’s networking event two days ago. Sponsored by a retail business 35 miles from where I live. We have started holding such events at businesses whose owners are members of our group. To boost awareness about them… and, hopefully, their revenue. Isn’t that what networking is about? On one level, perhaps. But You operate on another level altogether… don’t You, Lord? “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways… Read more »

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The Lord just used a dear friend to provide today’s post. Through a Facebook message he forwarded to me. Written 18 months ago, describing what was (for the post’s writer) a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But I bet the same thing happens every day. Because the event described is evidence that the real Owner of the company where it happened has built a culture unlike most others. A culture that doesn’t just “tolerate” such behavior. It encourages and applauds it. Chick-fil-A is a headliner in today’s Culture War. Vilified by those who object to the biblical stance it takes on social issues — with grace, yet without apology. Lauded (and supported with… Read more »

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Discover Annapolis Tours, a fixture in Maryland’s capital since 1984, was famous for trolley weddings and tours of Annapolis. Making Annapolis a wedding destination city. Until January 1, 2013. Enter the Civil Marriage Protection Act. Approved by 52.4% of voters in a statewide referendum on November 6, 2012. Hailed by gay activists as a watershed moment for gay rights. The first time marriage rights in the U.S. had been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Maryland It also became a watershed moment for Discover Annapolis Tours. Owner Matt Grubbs, a Christian, decided to cease providing wedding services of any kind. To avoid violating the new law, which prohibited discrimination… Read more »

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What does it take to become one of the most powerful women in technology? And the most powerful woman in wireless? Just ask Cher Wang. Co-founder and Acting-Chairman of integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies (1987)… and subsequently, co-founder and Chairman of HTC (High Technology Company), Taiwanese consumer electronics giant (1997). At its zenith, HTC was one of the top three smart-phone and tablet providers in the world, besides Samsung and Apple.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC In 2014, Forbes ranked Cher #54 on its annual list of the100 Most Powerful Women in the World.   https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2014/05/28/the-worlds-most-powerful-women-2014/#12de3d947687 In 2015, Cher joined CNBC’s First 25 List — the 25 people judged to have had the most profound… Read more »

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