• Do others ever distract you at work?

    28 Jul 2017 | 12:00 am

    Folks tried to distract Nehemiah and he responded, "...I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should work stop while I leave it and come down to you? (Nehemiah 6:3 NASB). Often, we have a key[…]

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Apr 10
2017

Advice to a Guitar Teacher

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I received a request from “Kent” who taught guitar lessons. He wanted advice about building up his business. Signing up new students had been going slowly even though he had offered a 30-day money back guarantee. He felt this was not very effective. I asked Kent how many students pay for their own lessons as compared to having their parents pay.  About 60% of the students are paid for by their parents. Since the others are over 18, they generally pay for their own lessons.

Apr 07
2017

Listen to Different Viewpoints

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Scripture is clear about the advantages of wise counsel. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:5, NASB) We need to keep this verse in context. Keep in mind that we’re instructed not just to listen to counsel, but to listen to different viewpoints. For example, we also read where the prophet Amos was told, "But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence." (Amos 7:13, NASB) However the leadership did not want to hear the words of God. That’s the reason that the Lord told his prophets to be silent. We read these examples and can’t understand how could the people be so blind? In reality we will fall into the same trap if we’re not careful.

Apr 05
2017

Measuring the Cost of a Book

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I read two to three hours per day, perhaps more on weekends. Rather than watching reruns of Shark Tank or most nightly news programs, I’ll pick up a book or read one on my iPad.

I read books for a number of reasons: recreation, information, spiritual guidance and business information. When I read business books I give thought to the true cost of the book.  I buy books from $10-$75 on Amazon.com.. At times I recommend these books to a client or friend. They wince at a $35 to $50 price tag. I can see they think the cost is too high.

Apr 03
2017

Finding Time for Ministry

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A number of people contact me about doing ministry. I have addressed the need to divide work from a ministry calling previously.  Work is what we do to earn money. From scripture we know that Paul “was a tentmaker . . . he stayed and worked with them. “(Acts 18:3, NIV) Paul’s calling was as an evangelist. He made tents when necessary to earn money so that he could fulfill his ministry.

I was discussing this topic with someone who told me how they have so little time to fit ministry into their hectic schedule. I pointed out the progress we have made in the last 200 years to create an incredible amount of leisure time.  In 1800 most of the world’s population survived on tiny low-productivity farms.  A family worked 16 plus hours a day simply to scrimp by with enough food for the year. Every day was hard work. The family struggled with no guarantee there would be food the next day. Failure at any level doomed a family to starvation.

Mar 30
2017

Should You Share Price Quotes?

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From time to time the question comes up whether you should share price quotations you receive with other vendors.  My perspective is no.

When I have negotiated price with vendors, I’ve asked them to give their best price first as well as a comprehensive explanation of the services and product they’re offering.  I took this position based on three reasons.