Know Your God

 
… But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  Daniel 11:32
We all want to do great things and make our lives count!  But, what is the foundation of our lives?  It is knowing God.  The “great exploits” overflow from relationship with God.  Not the other way around.  You learn to know your God by living in relationship with Him through the good times… and more importantly… the difficult times.

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54: Small Business Revival Podcast – Final Episode

SummertimeLife is full of seasons.  The current season we are in, here in Central Virginia, is summertime.
I love summertime.  It is a season to relax, have fun, spend time with family & friends, and enjoy the outdoors. But, like every season, even good seasons, it is going to change…
Our lives are the same way.  Therefore, it is time for the season of my life as the host of the Small Business Revival Podcast to change.  It has been a great ride.  I look forward to hosting a new podcast in the future and I thank all of the guests and listeners who have made this show great.
Click on the link below to listen to the last episode for all the details.
I will be blogging here at www.BrianMininger.com this summer during my season of rest.  I .look forward to continuing to connect.  I will also be on www.Twitter.com/BrianMininger
God Bless,
Brian

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the Entrepreneur

Podcast – Show Notes

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the EntrepreneurHave you ever felt alone in the fight?  As Entrepreneurs, it is easy to get so busy and focused on our goals that we don’t cultivate relationship.
The result is a lonely, vulnerable place.  If you choose to stay in that place, you will find your success and impact limited.
[Tweet “”You find your calling when you find your family” – @caleb_campbell“]
However, you have a choice.  You can take action, invest in relationships and change your destiny.
Here is what Solomon had to say about community.
“This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

5 Benefits of Community to the Entrepreneur

  1. Someone to share success with
  2. Help when you fall
  3. Keep your hope in face of opposition
  4. Conquer the enemy
  5. Makes you stronger

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr53

52: The Parable of the Sower

Harvest 2Do you want to do something great and make a difference with your life?
If you do… then you need to understand the lessons of the Parable of the Sower.  The potential for the impact that we want to have with our lives is contained in the “seed.”  That seed is our message.
Whether you are a non-profit leader, sales professional or small business owner, you have a message to get out.  Often times we get discouraged about the lack of results we see from sowing our seed.
However, if we will understand the Truth contained in the Parable of the Sower, we will have the tools necessary to be successful even when we face struggle.
Then, You will be able to reap a mighty harvest!
Click on the player below to listen to this weeks podcast.

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51: Podcast Show Update 3 – Pursuing Less but Better

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Sometimes less is more.

As a driven “type A” personality… this is hard for me to admit.  However, over time I am learning how to give myself time and space to think.  Every time I take time to evaluate my life I realize that there are ways I can do less, do it better and make a greater impact.
Our lives are constantly filled with new things.  Do you need to consider doing some “pruning” in your life and focus on less so that you can have a greater impact?
Simplicity is powerful!  Why are we so good at making things complex?  These are the questions I am asking myself as I “prune” my life.
In today’s show I share how this thought process is impacting the future of the Small Business Revival Podcast.  As a result of examining how, ” less could be more,”  I have come to the following conclusions.

  1. I will produce 1 show a week instead of 3.  I want to produce a show that is well done.  I am only able to do that if I produce less shows.
  2. I am going to launch a new show that focuses on a smaller audience…. Christians who want to build the Kingdom of God through entrepreneurship, social initiatives, and ministry.

These conclusions have led me to the decision to cease production of the Small Business Revival Podcast and launch a new show.  With that decision comes the need for a new title.  Here are 4 options I am considering.  What are your thoughts?

Potential New Podcast Show Titles

  1. The Brian Mininger Show
  2. Biblical Entrepreneurship Podcast
  3. The Word for World-changers Show
  4. The Solomon Effect Podcast

Share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments or on social media.
God Bless,
Brian
 

Tear up the Score Card

Photo Credit - Munir Hamdan

Photo Credit – Munir Hamdan


Are you a highly competitive business owner and entrepreneur like myself?  Our competitive nature is what gives us an edge in business.  It motivates us to work hard, set goals, and strive for something more.
But that drive, which is one of our greatest strengths, can also be very destructive.
Here’s the problem.  Competition requires us to keep score.  This is very helpful for analyzing and managing our businesses…. But, when when we keep score on ourselves and our relationships, we have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!
[Tweet “We have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!”]
Have you experienced this in your own life?  You get discouraged because the list, in your head, of your own failures is a mile long.  Or, maybe it goes this way, you start to get frustrated and angry with a friend for family member because of your list of disappointments.
A few months ago, I found myself at this place… I received a challenge that I am going to give to you. 
Joe White, spoke at the Ignite Men’s conference and told us that God’s grace was like “tearing up the scorecard” in the game of golf.
[Tweet “”God’s grace is like tearing up the scorecard” – Joe White @Kanakuk”]
Do you need that kind of grace today?  Do you need to “tear up the scorecard” that you have been keeping on yourself and others?  Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, mistakes and failures.  Why to we insist on keeping a negative score?
We don’t have to go forward living under the weight of the scorecard.  TEAR IT UP TODAY!
Live in the freedom that Jesus bought you on the Cross and have a great day!

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The Faith in the Workplace Struggle…

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Have you ever struggled with how to live out your Christian faith in the workplace as a business owner?
You want to make a positive difference for the Kingdom of God. You desire to share the wonderful good news of the freedom that Jesus has brought to your life, but how do you do that in an effective way.
In today’s world it seems like there is more and more opposition to living our faith openly in the workplace.  And yet… we know that Jesus did most of his miracles and ministry outside of the temple.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He also said that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. So how are we to be that light in the marketplace, in our daily lives, out jobs,our work,  our businesses, or as entrepreneurs. How do we become that light everywhere we go?
We have a choice.  We can keep quiet and hold the wonderful good news of Jesus in, letting the people around us continue to suffer in darkness or we can find a way to communicate clearly and effectively.
[Tweet “we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood. “]
Now I am not talking about “preaching at” people.  Effective communication is defined by what the listener hears, not what we say.  Therefore, we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood.
This struggle is not unique to us.  The Apostle Paul spoke about it in 2 Corinthians 4.  He said, “we have this treasure (The good news of Jesus) in jars of Clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Sometimes I think we forget this. We think that to show God’s glory, we have to be all cleaned up, pretty, look nice and always have it together. But Paul says were jars of clay.  Clay jars are lowly vessels and the glory comes from God.
[Tweet “Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed”]
So this is my challenge to you today… if you want to shine the light of Jesus everywhere you go, then be real.  Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed.
Otherwise, it’s our own glory that were showing. When we are humble, real, authentic earthen vessels, then people are drawn to us and the power and the light of Jesus can be fulfilled in our lives.
In the same way that we couldn’t pay the price for our sins, we can’t clean up our act and show His glory. We have to throw ourselves at the mercy of the cross and allow Jesus’ power and glory to shine through us.


This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

 – Hamlet, Shakespeare


People are crying out for authenticity and it’s time that we gave it to them.  Have a great week.  Let the light of God’s glory shine though you. Make the difficult choice to be real and authentic with someone today.  It is ok to not be perfect.

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[Tweet “It is ok to not be perfect. “]

28: Town Hall – Laying the Foundation of Success

EP. 28Do you desire to have success?  Success in your business, in your personal life?  Do you desire to see your wealth and impact grow?
The beginning of building anything is the foundation.  What are the foundations of a successful business and life?

Here are my core beliefs about Faith and Business.  I challenge you study the Bible for yourself to see what it has to say about business.

My Foundational beliefs about Faith and Business

  • Business, Entrepreneurship & Making Money is a Godly pursuit.
  • Wealth comes from aligning ourselves with God’s abundance principles.
  • We are no longer under the curse of “the toil of the ground.”
  • The good news of Jesus transforms all of our lives, including our work.
  • We were created to fulfill our destiny in God’s plan to redeem the world.
  • The Bible is the greatest business book of all time.
  • Revival is going to require more than 10% and a few hours on Sunday!
  • The Kingdom of God needs the entrepreneurs to come off the sidelines.
  • Faith results in a different way of doing business.
  • Faith gives us an advantage in the marketplace.

Key Takeaway

Laying Your Foundation – Grow into Your God Given Calling

“That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

God said to Solomon, ‘Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!'” (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭1‬:‭7-12‬ NLT)

6 Steps to Laying the Foundation

  1. Make a sacrifice
  2. Seek God
  3. Embrace your calling
  4. Desire to serve “your” people
  5. Receive from God
  6. Grow!

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “We all want the results… but will we change to become who we need to be?”]
[Tweet “Seeking wisdom is synonymous with seeking God, God is the source of wisdom “]

[Tweet “We don’t focus on results… we focus on our character and doing the right things”]

[Tweet “God brings results… This is not easy, it takes faith.”]

Resources

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr28

God is an Entrepreneur!

God is an EntrpreneurYou are probably thinking, “Brian, are you serious?”

What does God care about business?  How could you say that “God is an Entrepreneur?”  Well, not only did I say it, but I believe it without a shadow of a doubt.
Hang with me…
I know this may be a stretch for some, but I think you will see where I am coming from and how this affects your life.  First, we have to understand what Entrepreneurship is…

What is Entrepreneurship?


Entrepreneur Definitions

Dictionary.coma person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. 
Miriam-Webstera person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.
Wiki-pedia – Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In recent years, “entrepreneurship” has been extended from its origins in business to include social and political activity. Entrepreneurship within an existing firm or large organization has been referred to as intrapreneurship and may include corporate ventures where large entities spin off subsidiary organizations. 
Entrepreneurs are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative, taking advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, and employing resources, often by innovating new or improving existing products. More recently, the term entrepreneurship has been extended to include a specific mindset resulting in entrepreneurial initiatives, e.g. in the form of social entrepreneurship, political entrepreneurship, or knowledge entrepreneurship.


Based on these definitions, here is my summary definition.  Entrepreneurship is innovation with risk and initiative… this could also be described as the act of “creating.”
[Tweet “Entrepreneurship is Creating and Creating is Entrepreneurship”]
Our God is “the creator,” and something in His nature expresses itself in the creative endeavor. Therefore, He is an Entrepreneur.  Creation was the greatest Entrepreneurial endeavor of all time.  The Earth was “formless and void” and out of that emptiness God took initiative to create the world, with the risk of giving us the freedom, to choose whether we follow Him or not.
In that creative process we were made in His image.  Therefore, there is a part of us that is “born to create.”
[Tweet “We were born to be creative!”]
However, This original creation was corrupted by “the fall”  The result of the curse is “toil of the ground.” rather than the abundance of life.
We often think that our struggle of “working to make a living” doing work that we don’t really enjoy is “just the way it is.”  Let me point something out… It may be “just the way it is,”  but it is not the way it was intended to be!
We were not created to struggle with the toil of the ground.  We were created to enjoy the abundance of life and fulfill our God given destiny.  Work is not a “bad” thing.  It existed before “the fall.”  It was sin that corrupted work and made it a struggle. (The above references Genesis 1-3)
Jesus came to break the curse of sin and give us new life (Romans 5:17-18).  Therefore, in him we are free to find fulfillment in our life’s work and become the creative individuals that we were designed to be.  If we believe that the good news of Jesus Christ transforms everything, then we have to believe that it can transform our work.
Now, you may not be a person of faith like me and you may not completely agree with everything I just said, but think about it for a minute…
How do you feel when you are creating something?  A DIY project, a business, a new friendship, a song, a letter, an organization, a piece of art, an event, a party, a meal…. some of our most fulfilling experiences in life are creative in nature.

What can we learn about Entrepreneurship from God’s actions in creation?

  • There was an order and plan to the process.
  • Attention was paid to beauty, and aesthetic along with form and function.
  • The Creation would increase over time
  • The Creation had a purpose
  • There was satisfaction in the work

As we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us to become more like Christ, and as we engage with the word of God to transform the way we live, we can experience freedom from the curse of sin in our work.
I hope that I have challenged you today to believe that your work can be so much more then just something you must do to earn a living.  I believe that you can do work that is creative, makes you come alive and fulfills your destiny.  When you do that kind of work, you become a person of value and a person of value will be compensated!
– Brian
PS.  I teach Biblical Entrepreneurship through the life of Solomon.  Learn more here.
 

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