Each year, nearly 20 million people lose their jobs. That’s how this article opens, but don’t worry—it gets hopeful from there. Hear Matt Rusten from Made to Flourish explain the role of the church when it comes to unemployment and how community can and should play a role in helping people get back on their feet.
Today we feature a sermon from FDE Podcast Co-Host Rusty Rueff. https://subsplash.com/cornerstonetv/lb/mi/+vs34rmp
Please do consider what your Superpower is, and how often you tap in to it. With that knowledge you too might be used by God to do amazing things…for Him while experiencing His joy in doing so.
“If you've been following us at FDE for a while, you know that the concepts of identity and generosity are two of them. A third, and the subject of this blog, is the difference between being faithful and willful. As entrepreneurs, things seemed to go well when we were faithful, things tended not to go well when we were willful. I hope you are blessed by David Morken’s (CEO of Bandwidth) note the way that I have been…”
“In part one of this series, I focused on the foundations and motivations of being a faithful founder. In this post, I will unpack how those things are put on display throughout the workday. They are how to be an integrated person, having a bedrock of prayer, pastoring diverse employees, serving customers with great experiences, and relating to investors in new ways.”
Tech leaders have virtually unprecedented power to mold the future. The question is: how are they using it — and how will you?
In this post, James Kelly of FaithTech encourages leaders with the reminder of where some of today’s great technology leaders came from. He even reminds us of King David, a man after God’s own heart, who led from a place of faith to influence the world. We are reminded to pray for the influential leaders and realize “technology provides incredible opportunities to change minds, to change hearts, and to change the world — if leaders seize it.”
Brandon Napoli explores the value of questions in our life. He dives deep into how they influence the choices we make and help others to make. Finally he reminds us that God is okay with us asking questions, in fact He wants us to. Maybe one of the 22 suggested daily questions will also help you to grow in your faith or calling…
Seeking God first in business with spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting, daily scripture reading, and regular fellowship will always yield the best results. Ryan Derfler shares how he discovered that these disciplines help him to succeed in his business by talking less, trusting God for results, avoiding exaggeration, and waiting for God’s prompting of his next moves.
Born in 1864, George Washington Carver was a son of a slave but was given the opportunity to study and become a scientist. He would begin each day and ask God to reveal secrets to him about plants and vegetables. It is reported that once Carver prayed, “Mr. Creator, show me the secrets of your universe.” “Little man, you’re not big enough to know the secrets of My universe, but I’ll show you the secret of the peanut,” was the reply. When he went to his lab, God downloaded to him over 300 uses of the peanut including various kinds of foods, oil, paint, ink, soap, shampoo, facial cream, plastics, and many other products.
This week’s episode finds the team fielding questions. Marty asks, "how do we keep a Christ-centered attitude while growing a business?" For Henry, It’s about identity. It’s almost impossible when the goal is solely financial success. We should seek God first. If there’s frustration at work, it’s an opportunity to pray to God. Rusty brings a tactical point of view, and recommends starting the day prepared. Spending time with God is top priority. We should boot up with God first in order to avoid crashes, or at least minimize them. William reminds us that we can’t forget our first vocation; we are beloved children of God.
I went to an all boys Jesuit prep school in Baltimore and have said a fair amount of "Our Fathers" and "Hail Marys" in both English and Latin to be suspect of scripted prayers. But when William came to the team and suggested that we have a "Sovereign's Capital Prayer," I was open to it, and then when I read and prayed it, I was hooked.
When it comes to a laid back, yet exciting culture, it was hard to beat Magnum P.I. (Private Investigator). Not only did he kick it on the 200 acre beachfront estate in Hawaii, known as the Robin’s Nest, he drove around a Ferrari, fought crime with one of the most manly staches you have ever laid eyes on and had a fridge that had a seemingly endless supply of beer. He was one cool dude. But a laid back, exciting culture doesn’t really amount to much unless it is accompanied with prayer and intentionality. That is what “P.I.” should represent for any faith-driven entrepreneur.
Greg Zinn, from Central Pennsylvania heard our request for content that inspires, equips and encourages him and other entrepreneurs in his community. Here's the note that accompanied the below prayer:
I love this guy. I love the father-son dynamic. I love how multiple generations get together and pray to seek out God's wisdom. I don't think that this business model (having all profits) go to support ministry is the answer for everybody for a myriad of reasons, but I just really like Simon and think you will too.
Entrepreneurs are frenetic sources of energy and action. We're always very, very busy. We're usually behind on our email, and we bemoan that there are only 24 hours in a day. I've talked about Sabbath before, and I'll talk about it again I'm sure, but this post is about something related and yet different.
It takes about 6 minutes to read this article on taking time to think strategically, and it's worth every second.
Today William, a new dad himself, introduces a video about Nate Saint, the CEO of Iron Mountains. Nate’s company creates baby products, and most of them are under the Graco brand. If you have ever had your child soothed in a Pack ‘n Play, then you should shoot Nate a thank you note (over 39 million sold since 1987!).
Nate started out as a janitor for Graco when his dad was a designer there, now he runs the company. William was inspired by Nate's thoughtfulness around his goal for the office - peace - what a simple concept but how complex it is to execute.