The Sun Stands Still by Patrice Tsague

At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped… ~ Joshua 10:12-13

by Patrice Tsague

Are you in need of a miracle?  Do you believe in miracles?  As Biblical Entrepreneurs, miracles must be a part of our worldview because they are a part of the strategy God uses in Scripture to advance His will.  These miracles can be considered God-Factors; incidents when God intervenes in the affairs of His chosen to accomplish His will.

In Joshua 10, there is a coalition of five kings who bond to defeat the children of Israel after learning how invincible they have been. Joshua and his army travel all night and without rest to go battle the five kings; he needs a miracle to ensure the kings’ defeat.  In the midst of the battle, Joshua prays to the Lord and declares, “‘Sun stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’”  So the sun stands still and does not go down until Joshua completely destroys his enemies (Joshua 10:12b and 13).  Joshua needs a miracle; he asks for it and receives it.

Some argue that it is impossible for the sun to stand still therefore this story must not be true, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).  If we can believe that there is a God who created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1), can we not believe that this same God can cause solar systems to act as He chooses?  Of course the sun does not move around the earth, rather the earth moves around the sun.  The sun stopped because there was a delay in the earth rotation which caused it to shine for an unusual long period of time, long enough for Joshua to accomplish his objectives and recognize that God granted his request.

What miracle are you in need of this year? Do you need significant cash infusion by a certain date? Do you need a significant increase in revenue? Do you need special favor with investors or the bank? Do you need special grace from your vendors or creditors? Do you need a certain sector of the economy to start performing? Do you need a certain government regulation to be passed? If He can cause the sun to stand still for Joshua, who knows what He can do for you? Whatever you need to accomplish your plans this year, no matter how impossible or crazy it seems, make that request to God. Turn it over to the Creator of the Universe who is on your side and who you work for, and see if He will not step in and perform a miracle in your favor.

As you go to God, remember that He is under no obligation to meet your request and it must be a request that is according to His will. Miracles are not substitutes to doing what we know do to, instead they complement what we do.  Joshua was prepared for battle and did all that He knew to do and believed God for what He alone could do. Are you prepared for the year? Then believe God for what He alone can do on your behalf. Maybe He will cause the sun to stand still for you too.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Seek First the Kingdom by Patrice Tsague


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
~ Matthew 6:33

by Patrice Tsague

To seek first the Kingdom of God is to desire God’s rule and God’s system above all. It is to allow God’s will to be done in every situation, no matter how challenging. A daily concern for many entrepreneurs is how they will make ends meet. How will we meet payroll? How we will pay the rent? How will we pay back the loan? How will we pay for the marketing campaign? Will we meet our revenue projections? Do we have enough savings in case of an emergency? These concerns can lead to worry, which can take away our peace, trust and reliance on the sovereignty of God to supply all of our needs by His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus. No matter how profitable the business is it is difficult not to be concerned about these things since money is the bloodline of business. In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus teaches us a unique approach to addressing these concerns.

Typically, we are taught that if we do not have resources to take care of our business and personal needs, we should devise a direct strategy to acquire these resources by any means necessary. But Jesus reminds us that that is the way of the world. It is the world that goes after things; it is the world that gets overly concerned about money.

Jesus instructs us not to worry about money. God is able to provide for the needs of the birds, which neither sow nor reap. Since you are more valuable than they are, will He not much more provide for you? The interesting thing about the example that Jesus gives in the Bible which states if a man does not work he shall not eat, and the principle of sowing and reaping, were put in place as a means to provide for our needs. Here is a bird that does not work, neither sows nor reaps, yet its needs are met. And what about you who work according to God’s plan for your life, will God not be able to meet your needs? He concludes by saying that after these things the Gentiles seek.

Gentiles are symbolic of worldly entrepreneurs who are overly concerned with how they will make ends meet. As a result of this concern, they commit all of their efforts and energies toward one thing; how to make money. Many of them are able to accomplish their objectives but with certain negative consequences. The world has its own methods on how to make money and accumulate things.  It is a science that has been developed throughout the ages and has been tested and proven. The problem is that it has not been able to remove the negative consequences.

Many of us who aspire to be Biblical Entrepreneurs are not ignorant of those strategies; we just choose not to employ those methods since they come with certain negative consequences. In my experience, most Biblical Entrepreneurs know how to make money; their problem is how to make money without the negative consequences.  These negative consequences include anxiety, lack of peace, lack of fulfillment, guilt, and physical and eternal death.  God has put natural principles in the earth realm that work both for the believer and the unbeliever. What is required of the Biblical Entrepreneur is to apply the natural principles without violating spiritual principles?  It almost seems as if the unbeliever has an unfair advantage because he is not required to apply spiritual laws since he is ignorant of them. While for the believer Jesus says, your strategy to make ends meet and even exceed your own expectation is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

As a Biblical Entrepreneur, you must not employ your own methods and strategies or lean to your own understanding, rather, you ought to first consider God’s will, and God’s way in the situation. In other words, do not follow your natural instincts which tend to be carnal, expedient and natural. Allow the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ to guide you as you do business. Let them direct your every decision. Let them guide your every step.

How do you do this you may ask? You do this by going to the Lord in prayer, operating your business by God’s principles, as well as seeking the council of those whom you trust to be men and women who are filled with the wisdom of God and trusting God for the results.

The evidence that you are seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness will be demonstrated by how much peace you experience in the midst of challenges and the demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Like A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

In my last post “Shake the Dust Off Your Feet” I wrote about the need to understand who your specific target customer is when you are marketing. I’m going to continue down that marketing path in this post.

The old riddle goes, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” I like to think of marketing the same way, i.e. “If you spend a lot of time, energy, and ideas on a marketing strategy and no one responds immediately, did you make an impact?

Delivering a marketing message as a Christian entrepreneur is sometimes different than that of secular entrepreneurs – especially if it’s divinely-inspired. The standard of success is obedience to God, not buzz or sales. If it’s divinely-inspired, you’re not responsible for the response. You’re just responsible for delivering the message.

Some water, some plant, but God brings the increase.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6 (paraphrase)

This concept is sometimes very hard for the Christian entrepreneur to understand and implement, because we want to see immediate results from our marketing efforts. However, this understanding doesn’t mean you don’t apply sound strategy and execution to your marketing efforts. Early this year I wrote a series of blogs called “Slow Burn Marketing” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) that provides some more insights to faith-based marketing. I outlined a slightly different perspective than what’s typically seen in the business world today.

Marketing is a part art and part science – and very unpredictable. Regardless, when you do it God’s way you will have a much greater probability of success.

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Shake the Dust Off Your Feet

 

"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town." ~ Matthew 10:14

You have something important to say, but that doesn’t mean everyone is ready or willing to listen to you. Your message is not going to be received by everyone. Sometimes you have have to know when to move on in life and in business.

Here is some sound advice for your marketing efforts that will keep you from getting frustrated and upset when you’re not getting the response you expected to get from certain people…

  • “Everybody” is not your customer
  • “Anybody” is not your customer
  • “Somebody” is your customer

Identify those who identify with you. Find your somebody. They are going to fit a certain demographic, geographic, or psychographic profile. They “get” you. They easily connect with you. They want more of what you have to offer.

Even Jesus realized everyone wasn’t going to listen to his message, and he had the most important message ever! So stop casting your pearls before swing. Follow his advice and know when to move on. You will be much better off finding those who want and need to hear what you have to say.

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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For God So Loved the World by Patrice Tsague

For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

by Patrice Tsague

Most entrepreneurs, when asked why they want to start a business, respond by saying, “So I can be my own boss and make some money.”  As Biblical Entrepreneurs, money should never be our motivation for being in business.  We should have the same motivation that God had as He sent His Son in the earth realm to start His business. God’s motivation was not money or a big organization, but love.  He could easily maintain love as His motivation because He knew that He owned everything and there was nothing else He needed to gain that He did not already have.

John 3:16 could be stated this way, “for God so loved sinful humanity that He started a global enterprise called Operation Rescue, Inc.”  This enterprise had one product called the Gospel or the good news.  He assigned His only begotten Son, Jesus, to serve as the CEO.  His goal is to recruit and train men who would lead this new enterprise and their mission is to seek and save the lost.   How can a Holy God love sinful humanity?  Does He not hate sin?

God was able to see the potential of humanity beyond its condition.  He saw what could be possible for humanity if someone was able to successfully rescue it from its current state.  That possibility so excited Him that faith kicked in and embraced love in an attempt to make that potential a reality.  God did that knowing that everyone would not accept His product and that among those who do, some would not appreciate it.  He rejoiced knowing that if only one person accepts and appreciates His product it would all have been worth it.  He did His market research and knew that enough people would accept His product to keep the business profitable.  His love compelled Him to believe in humanity more than it could believe in itself.

What is your motivation for being in business?  Are you motivated by love as God was, or are you motivated by money or gain?  Our motivation is what fuels our passion for the business. It drives us and inspires us to defy logic and move by faith to make the impossible possible. Our motivation helps us overcome the difficult times of business; it helps us overcome fear and ensures that we will not fail.  How do you know if you are motivated by love and not money?  Here are a few things to help you determine whether you are an entrepreneur who is motivated by love or money.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

The Responsibility of a Godly Leader by Patrice Tsague

“Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.  Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.” ~ Exodus 18:19-20

by Patrice Tsague

A godly leader is someone called by God with the ability to cast a clear vision and provide direction and guidance to others through his or her example and influence.  Godly leaders must lead in a manner that honors the Lord and accomplishes His purposes in the earth realm.

Moses is an example of a godly leader.  He was called by God and was able to cast a clear vision of the Promised Land to the people.  He guided and directed them through the wilderness all the way to the Jordan River where he then passed the leadership baton to Joshua.  Moses’ success was due in part to the guidance of his father-in-law, Jethro, who witnessed him in action and rebuked him for his bad leadership.  Moses demonstrated a lack of clarity of his leadership responsibilities by taking too much upon himself. His leadership approach would have caused burnout and frustration for the people thus hindering the success of the mission.  Led by the Spirit, Jethro instructed Moses on his responsibilities and the most effective way to carry them out.

Let us glean from the instructions that Jethro gave Moses so we can apply them to our lives:

  • Stand before God for the people – Godly leaders must intercede before God on behalf of their employees and those they are responsible for.  They must make intercession for them on matters of their spiritual growth, family life, and social and financial development.  They must plead their cases before God as Moses did for the children of Israel.  They must not attempt to handle difficult matters themselves but rather take them before the Lord for guidance, instruction and wisdom.
  • Cast the vision – God always provides His leaders with a clear revelation of the vision.  Vision is the ultimate goal that the Lord has given you. It is what you aspire to become. God gave Moses a clear vision of the Promised Land.  A godly leader must provide the people with clear direction of where they are going.  The Bible states that without vision the people perish.  People cannot follow a leader who is unclear of where he/she is going.  Godly leaders must be able to clearly communicate the vision so others can run with it.
  • Provide the people with direction and guidance – Casting a clear vision is not sufficient to ensure effective leadership; the people need to be guided and directed.  Godly leaders must be able to teach the people how to realize the vision and equip them with the tools necessary to carry out their responsibilities.  Moses often found the people discouraged or becoming impatient with the journey.  He had to constantly direct and guide them so they could stay the course.
  • Raise up others – Godly leaders are not permanent nor eternal.  As great as Moses was, he could not go all the way to the Promised Land; he had to pass the baton to someone else who would become responsible for continuing the journey.  What if Moses had not raised up Joshua?  A key responsibility for godly leaders is to duplicate themselves.  You must raise others by delegating responsibilities to them based on their abilities.  Trust them to handle those responsibilities and support them in those areas where they are weak.
  • Oversee the work – The ultimate responsibility for the success of the organization always rests on the leader who must be accountable to God for the outcome.  Godly leaders must provide oversight to ensure that the work is being accomplished according to plan.  Although others such as Aaron were called to co-labor with Moses, the ultimate responsibility rested on Moses.  As a godly leader, the ultimate responsibility rests with you. You must be prepared to give an account to God.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Follow God’s Business Agenda – Nehemiah Weekend Sep 23-26

Are you pursuing your own business agenda or are the one God has established for your business?

You can’t answer that question confidently if you haven’t taken the time to focus on God’s plans for your business. Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM) offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (BE). The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles that equips you to identify and pursue God’s agenda for your business. (Click here to read some of the posts on this blog related to Biblical Entrepreneurship)

NPIM Weekend is an annual celebration for Biblical Entrepreneurs and other kingdom business stewards. Our goal is to provide a platform that equips, inspires and honors marketplace leaders. This year’s event will be held on September 23rd – 26th at Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta, Georgia. One highlight of the weekend will be a Friday night special viewing of the movie, Letters to God, a kingdom movie financed through the efforts of Biblical Entrepreneur, G.A. Repple.

Special conference speakers include:

Learn more or register for NPIM Weekend at http://nehemiahproject.org/events-npim-week.htm

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Look at the Birds of the Air by Patrice Tsague

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they? Which of you by worrying can add a cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:26

by Patrice Tsague

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, man’s foundational needs are physiological. These needs – food, drink, and clothing – are the literal requirements for human survival. If they are not met, the human body cannot continue to survive. Although Maslow’s hierarchy is incomplete – in that it does not include man’s need for God – it does speak to those natural elements that cause man to worry and become anxious. Nothing creates anxiety and worry like the feeling that one will run out of food and natural provision.

This is why Jesus addresses this issue head-on during His Sermon on the Mount. He states in Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I say to you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” As if that were not enough, He continues in verse 26 to challenge us to look at the birds of the air and learn from them.

What can we learn from birds?

Jesus states, “For they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly father feeds them.” Whoa, you mean birds do not work, yet our God feeds them? Now isn’t this a violation of God’s economic principles of sowing and reaping? The Apostle Paul makes it very clear in II Thessalonians 3:10b, that “If anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” God Himself states in Genesis 3:19a “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground.”

Why does God give birds preferential treatment? He does not. Jesus is teaching us about a law higher than the law of sowing and reaping-the law of sovereignty. The law of sovereignty is God’s complete authority and power over His entire universe. The way laws work is that any law can be overridden by a higher law. For instance, according to the law, it is illegal to drive past a red traffic light. However, if there is a policeman driving his car with his siren on, not only can he pass the red light, but if you are blocking his car, you must move to make way for him.

The law of sowing and reaping states that if a man will not work (sow), he shall not eat (reap). The law of sovereignty, however, states that God has authority and rule over the entire creation, and He will provide for anyone He chooses in any way He chooses. The lesson here is that if God can feed a non-working bird that is not made in His image and likeness, what about you and me, who not only are made in His image and likeness, but also work to bring Him glory?

Why did Jesus use this example? I imagine that He was ministering to people who were worried about their provision, not necessarily because they were not willing to work, but perhaps because they could not find jobs as a result of discrimination towards Jews in a Roman colony.

In their day, just like today, there was possibly limited job availability. Maybe there were people who had jobs, but who were not making enough money to meet their basic needs. As one of my friends puts it, they had more days in the month than they had money.  I am sure that there were businessmen in His midst who were unfairly and heavily taxed which impacted their profitability. Some may have been forced to close their businesses, and others may have faced low demand since customers themselves were economically challenged.

The questions the people must have asked Jesus were, “How will we feed ourselves and our families? How will we pay our workers and pay our expenses?” Jesus responded by saying, “Do not worry; do not be anxious; do not take the problem into your own hands. God has not forsaken you; man does not live by bread alone.

To illustrate His point, He pointed to the birds of the air. God, the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, the Sustainer of life, the Creator of all things, the Faithful Wonder Himself feeds them. He is…

El Elyon – The Lord most high

El Shaddai – The God who is sufficient for the needs of His people

Jehovah Elohim – The Eternal Creator

El Olam – The Everlasting God

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord our Provider

Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our Peace

Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is present

Jehovah Rohi – The Lord our Shepherd

Jehovah Huseemu – The Lord our Maker

Jehovah Eloheenu – The Lord our God

… and He cares for them!

Now if God takes care of birds that do not work, what about you and me who are not only created in His image and likeness and whose difficulty is not as a result of slothfulness on our part or even our lack of a desire to work? Will God not take care of us in the midst of circumstances outside our control? Even if our circumstances are due to mistakes on our part, we serve a God who is merciful, kind, gentle, generous, forgiving, and who works all things “together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.

How are you doing? Have you lost your job? Is revenue down? Are you worried about meeting your needs, meeting payroll, or paying the bills? Follow Jesus’ instructions:  look at the birds of the air and know that you have more value than they do.  My prayer for you is that, “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19. Think about His goodness in the morning and thank Him for His faithfulness as you lay down at night. He will take care of you.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Beyond Business Ethics by Patrice Tsague

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'” Matthew 19:21

by Patrice Tsague

I am often told, “I‘m a Christian and operate my business ethically. I’m fair to my employees, take good care of my customers and do not cheat on my taxes; why do I still need to take the Biblical Entrepreneurship course?” What else do people who are already running their businesses in a biblical manner need to learn about doing business God’s way?

In the gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke, there is a story of a rich young ruler who approaches Jesus to request what he must do to have eternal life. Jesus’ response to him is that he must keep the commandments; he must not murder, he must not commit adultery, he must not steal, he must not bear false witness, he must honor his mother and father, and he must love his neighbor as himself. The young ruler’s response to Jesus was that he has kept all these commandments from his youth. He wanted Jesus to let him know what else he lacked. Jesus tells him to sell what he has and give to the poor; by so doing he would store up treasures in heaven, and then to follow Him. But the young man, after hearing those words from Jesus, becomes sad and walks away because he is very rich.

The young ruler had been ethical based on the standards of his time. However, that was not good enough for Jesus because in the kingdom we must move beyond ethics to righteousness. Ethics is defined as the principles relating to right and wrong conduct or morality. Ethics limits itself to right and wrong based on societal standards or the acceptable standard by the majority, while righteousness focuses on being right with God. Righteousness is a lifestyle based on God’s acceptable standards alone. Righteousness has no bearing on the acceptable practices of man; rather, it seeks to draw us closer to becoming like God. Like the rich young ruler, many of us have limited ourselves to being ethical rather than seeking righteousness. Here is the difference between ethics and righteousness.

Ethics

  • I operate my business based on acceptable moral conduct.
  • I seek to be fair to everyone.
  • I follow the law of the land and the guidelines of my industry.
  • I seek to please others.
  • I pay my taxes and give to the poor.
  • Man is good and just needs to be guided.
  • There can be several ways to get to God; you just have to find the right one for you.

Righteousness

  • I operate my business based on God’s standard.
  • I seek to be just.
  • I make sure I obey God’s word while adhering to the law of the land.
  • I seek to please God.
  • I pay my taxes, tithe, and give generously as God directs me.
  • I believe man is sinful and needs salvation.
  • There is only one way to God – Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, the more ethical a person is, the more difficult it is to get him or her to understand the need for the Savior. Such people believe that if they do all the right things there is no need for a savior. The rich young ruler was willing to do everything for God, except submit to God. What was most precious to him? His possessions. All those who limit themselves to ethics give up everything except that which is most important to them, while those who seek to be righteous turn everything to God and are prepared to follow Him wherever He leads.

Where are you in your spiritual journey? Are you prepared to move beyond ethics and trust God with everything?

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Generational Business Transition by Patrice Tsague

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” ~ Proverbs 13:22

Since you usually cannot pass down your job to your children if you work for an employer, one of the key benefits of operating a kingdom business is that your children can inherit the business.

The Bible teaches that a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children; this suggests that we must think “multi-generationally” when building a kingdom business. Biblical Entrepreneurs are taught that a kingdom business must be built to withstand at least three generations. This multi-generational concept is not just seen in the book of Proverbs, but it is also seen in Genesis, in the life of Abraham our patriarch.

God gave Abraham a vision to possess the land of Canaan and form a new nation, but this could not be carried out in his lifetime; he passed the vision on to Isaac. Isaac could not complete the vision so he passed it on to Jacob. Jacob became the manifestation of the promise. His name was changed to Israel, which meant that his children were the beginning of the new nation. Though the nation was manifested through Jacob and his children, it took Moses and Joshua to lead the people into the Land of Promise and for the nation to finally be formed. What if Abraham did not think “multi-generationally”? The vision would have never been materialized. What vision has God given you? Are you planning with a multi-generational strategy in mind?

In planning with a multi-generational strategy in mind, it is important to note that it is not a guarantee that your children will be the ones to inherit the business. Though it is God’s best, it is not always automatic. They must be called, possess the ability and grace, and they must have the willingness to carry it forward. You cannot force it on them nor can you pass it on to them if they are not called or prepared. Thinking “multi-generationally” does not mean that there is an entitlement; rather it means that we are committed to seeing God’s will realized beyond our lifetimes.

For those of you who are at that point of transition, the question you must ask yourself is, “How do I prepare for the transition?” In preparing for the transition, you must first ask yourself, “Do I have an Isaac in my household like Abraham did?” If one of your children has the ability, commitment, grace and vision, then you must first consider him or her because God calls families not individuals. When God calls an individual He involves that individual’s entire family, it is the individual’s responsibility to prepare the family to receive the vision. If you do not have an Isaac, then you must look for a Joshua; someone who is not necessarily related to you but whom God has called to lead at this time. You must be discerning enough to let him lead as though he were family.

Whether you are transitioning the business to an Isaac or a Joshua, how should you make this transition as smooth and efficient as possible?

  1. Commit the matter to prayer – seek the Lord for wisdom and guidance to ensure that you are directed by His Word and His Spirit.
  2. Seek counsel – make sure you surround yourself with the right counsel to ensure that all of the right financial and legal implications have been thought through to protect the integrity of the vision. Make sure there is a clear strategic plan that you can pass on.
  3. Ensure that the person is called – above all, he or she must be called. Remember that no matter how skilled an individual is if he is not called to carry the vision forward, he will fail. Being called ensures that one has the grace to endure the difficult moments. One of the keys to knowing that an individual is called is that the vision must cost him something. Make sure he pays the necessary price to lead. He must earn it. Without an investment there is no appreciation.
  4. Make sure he or she is prepared – calling alone will not guarantee success. Preparation is essential to prevent premature failure. You may need to have someone else lead the organization temporarily until the person is prepared. This is to protect the integrity of the calling and the organization. Make sure the person is both spiritually and naturally prepared.
  5. Determine the timing of the transition – make sure you properly time the transition; transitioning too early could force you back in the saddle and transitioning too late may compromise the future of the organization. Timing is everything. Make sure that all of the financial matters on both sides are clear.
  6. Transition slowly – rushed and quick transitions are a recipe for disaster. Phase the transition in such a way that the new leader can acclimate to his new role while still receiving support from you. Before you withdraw completely, ensure that he or she is completely accepted by the stakeholders. Give him time to build his confidence and give others time to build confidence in him.
  7. Let him or her lead – should you still be alive and healthy, resist the temptation of interfering in the operations of the organization. Let the new leader lead, otherwise you will undermine his authority. Take on something else to keep you occupied if you must, to help you resist the temptation of interfering. You must be submitted to the new leader, rejoice in his success, and intercede for him using prayer during his moments of trials.

What phase of development is your kingdom business in? If you are still years away from transition, now is a good time to incorporate a personal exit strategy into your strategic plan and create a culture of legacy within your organization. If you are in the season of transition, use these seven steps to evaluate your approach to the transition and seek the necessary guidance.

So Sarai said to Abram, “see now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her. And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.” Genesis 16:2

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.