Month: August 2014

Dry Bones in Business (企業中的枯骨)

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God’s Word is perfect.  It’s filled with all kinds of insight.  Unfortunately, we so often limit it to what it says about what should happen in the church.  Well, God can’t be limited.  I was recently encouraged by a friend to re-examine Ezekiel 37 as it pertains to business.

This is the story of Ezekiel being challenged by God to speak life into something that he wasn’t even sure he wanted.  God led Ezekiel out into a place in the desert where there were tons of VERY dry bones.  God asked if the bones could be resurrected and Ezekiel tried the cop-out answer.  God pushed back and said, “Make it work” (shameless Tim Gunn voice).

Verse 6 is a key: “And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

In business, God is looking to restore 4 things:

  1. Sinews = Systems.  God wants to give us His systems, His ways, His ideas.
  2. Muscle = People.  God wants His people involved.
  3. Skin = Communication/Marketing.  God wants us to have increased levels of communication both inside and outside the team.
  4. Breathe = Presence.  God wants us to experience what it’s like to operate our business in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.

We began praying these points over Aroma.  It’s been a while now, and I can say the results have been extremely encouraging.

  • God is giving us new insight into how to organize our SOP.  He’s given us creative ideas, but He’s also brought people with advanced experience in this area.  They’ve come as volunteers!
  • God helped us get (re)new(ed) people signed up to help with event planning, marketing, and even cleaning.  Some are volunteers, others are paid.
  • God increased our standards and clarified our internal communication procedures.  He also gave us insight into effective strategies for marketing.
  • God has manifested His Presence each day with things like increased joy, a deeper sense of commitment to His vision, a sense of power, physical manifestations in some people’s bodies, and even increased sales.

We believe God can take any set of VERY dry bones and breathe new life into it.  Where are the dry bones in your company?  Is it the system? the culture? the people? your SOP? communication? operations?

Ask God what He wants to do.  Declare His truth.  Receive the fulfillment of His promises over you and your business.

 

神的話是完美的、充滿各種見解。可惜的是,在教會,我們往往小看了神的大能。然而神是不能被限制的! 最近,我受到朋友的鼓勵重新再審視以西結書第37章,因為該章節內容與企業經營有關。

這是關於以西結受神挑戰的故事,其中神要以西結讓枯骨復活,但是以西結不確定那是否他想做的。神差使以西結進到遍滿枯骨之沙漠中,便詢問以西結那些枯骨可以復活嗎?以西結顧左右而言他的回答。神打斷他並以「無恥之徒」電視劇裡提姆●古恩的聲音對他說:「就讓它復活吧!」

其中第六節是本章重點:「我必給你們加上筋,使你們長肉,將皮遮蔽你們,氣息吹進你們裡面,你們就應復活,你們便知道我是耶和華」。

企業經營(公司)裡,神要恢復四件事情:

1、筋就是系統。神要賜予我們祂的系統、祂的方法及祂的想法。

2、長肉就是代表人。神要他的子民參予其中。

3、皮膚等於訊息傳遞方法/行銷手法。神要我們提升團體內、外層面的溝通。

4、氣息亦是同在。神要我們在企業經營(公司裡)中,經歷神大能及聖靈的帶領。

我們已開始針對上述四個觀點為馨香堂祈禱,到現在已經有一陣子,我敢說效果實在令人鼓舞。

  • 神使我們了解如何籌畫馨香堂的標準作業流程。神不僅已賜給我們創意點子,更帶來許多豐富經驗的行家。他們都以同工身分來到馨香堂。
  • 神幫助使新朋友(友人),報名協助我們活動規劃,企業行銷,甚至是清潔的工作,有些是志工,有些是支薪的。
  • 神提升我們的水準,並且清楚的告訴我們內在溝通程序。神讓我們明白什麼是有效的行銷策略。
  • 神藉由我們漸增的喜悅,對神意象更深的交託,對神大能的體悟,他人身上充滿神蹟的見證及蒸蒸日上的營業額,彰顯神每日的同在。

我們相信神能撿起任何一簇枯骨,呼一口氣使他們成為新的生命。哪裡是你公司之枯骨? 是系統? 文化? 人? 標準作業流程? 溝通方法? 運作方式?

問神要做甚麼? 宣告神的真理,好好感受神在你身上及公司(企業)內之應許吧!

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32 Things Fathers Do by Paul Manwaring

I recently heard a podcast that really stirred my heart.  Here are some notes.

Focus on what you do have or what you don’t have. Father people. Father organizations. Become sons and daughters who become fathers and mothers. There are enough resources. Be jealous for experiences with sons. Be jealous of something or for something. Go on the trip of a lifetime. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father.

32 things fathers do

  1. Fix things. Restore and rebuild.
  2. Believe in their kids.
  3. Show the world.
  4. Help them discover what they love. Give the desire. Grace the desire
  5. Show children how to love wives
  6. Give permission
  7. Blessing
  8. Provide
  9. Steward resources
  10. Serve their family with pleasure
  11. Create culture of the home
  12. Create memories, landmarks and targets.
  13. Truth, goodness, beauty. Moral compass. Healthy debate.
  14. Introduce to the right people
  15. Love unconditionally, Luke 15. Here’s the ring, robe, sandal.
  16. Celebrate and throw parties even if they don’t deserve i.
  17. Give identity, Ephesians 3.
  18. Learning to focus and be thankful
  19. Change the orphans cry for more out of lack to the cry for more from hearts of sons and daughters and abundance.
  20. Beauty and mystery, and wonder
  21. Direction, safety and freedom
  22. Don’t envy kids
  23. Show and model affections, good and bad emotions and be responsible
  24. Relationship first
  25. Create opportunities. Not nepotism. We are meant to create opportunities.
  26. Raise favorites. Not fair. Favorite. If you treat all kids fair you’ll fair. Fair is the political  spirit. Favorites is we know identity, calling gifts
  27. Further, higher, wider, deeper than ever
  28. Give inheritance and blessing
  29. Pay a price, be authentic
  30. don’t burden your kids before their ready
  31. create a joyful, hopeful, faithful culture
  32. redeem lost years

Which one hit you this time you read through them? I believe a different one will hit you each time.

What makes God happy?

I feel so happy when I can make someone smile. Just last night I was getting all excited because something I said made Jamie laugh. In a similar way, I love to make people happy with the things I accomplish. I do the same thing in my relationship with God. I sometimes take my little accomplishments and hold them up to God saying, “Wow, look at me God. You must be so happy.” This morning I was reading Psalm 147 and found this little gem:

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (‭Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭10-11‬)

God’s not happy with me because I have a big horse or because I figure everything out myself. He delights in people who trust in Him and work things out with Him. We chase after God because it’s His joy to connect with us. Everything we do is just a byproduct of that deep relationship.

Feeling All Alone?

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Many of us struggle to feel content with the people around us.  We feel separated and alone.  We’re not satisfied with the relationships we have.  Whether romantic, platonic, business or otherwise, we feel disconnected.

So, what’s the answer?  How do we fix this lifelong dilemma?

It certainly won’t be fixed by seeking out cheap substitutes.  Drugs, pornography, fame, and fortune are just things.  What really fills our life is this relationship we’re seeking.

It starts with understanding our feelings are feelings, and feelings can be deceived.  The anti-venom of feelings is truth.  God has given us more truth tools than we can imagine.  When you know the truth, you’ll be set free (John 8:32).

Here’s some truth.