"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." Luke 9:58
MATTHEW 8:18-22; LUKE 9:51-62
This verse has often been used to support the misconception that Jesus and His disciples lived in poverty. However, in this instance, the fact that Jesus had nowhere to lay His head was because of persecution. The Samaritans, because of a religious prejudice, had just refused Him hospitality and a place to stay as He journeyed to Jerusalem. Persecution is part of the cost of living a Christian life. Jesus was communicating to this man that not having a place to stay at times was part of that cost.
There are many forms of persecution. Having your life threatened because of your faith in Jesus is one way you can be persecuted, but it is not the most damaging. History shows that the Church has always flourished under persecution with increased numbers and zeal. During intense, life-threatening persecution, people's priorities get straightened out and the Lord assumes His rightful place. This always works for our good, regardless of what our outward circumstances might be.
A far more deadly form of persecution is men simply speaking evil of you or separating you from their company. It's more deadly because it's more subtle.
Many who would never directly deny the Lord will fall into self-pity or strife because of someone's criticism. This will render one just as ineffective as a negative reaction to having one's life threatened would.
It helps to recognize that it is not you that they are persecuting, but rather Christ in you. You are actually becoming a partaker of His sufferings and will share His rewards. With this in mind, we can actually shout and leap for joy in persecution! "Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
The minute people are successful - they often switch from in-person business promotion, to indirect promotion, e.g. emails.
Here is a common urban tale:
1. I'm very successful.
2. I'm so busy I barely have time for my family on the weekend.
3. The business orders keep piling in - I need more staff, not time-consuming lunches.
4. I have enough business contacts, I don't need any more.
Here is the problem - clients go out of business, people get serious illnesses, and business practices change overnight.
You have to make time to regularly meet with business contacts and continually work at forming new ones.
Some of the most successful survivors in business have had to reinvent themselves as they survived repeated changes.
Assume that you will have to dramatically reinvent your business and business profile at some point in your career and start planning for it by broadening your base of contacts and staying in touch with people.
You want these business contact relationships to be healthy and vibrant. And you cultivate healthy and vibrant relationships by going for regular business lunches. Be consistent in your profile and business presence.
A solid foundation will support these relationships and contribute to your success in the future. It takes leadership and foresight to recognize the importance of these relationships when you are already under excruciating pressure.
Here are some suggestions to include business relationship maintenance in an already spectacularly busy day:
1. Invite them to be your guest at an event that you are already attending.
2. Send them a CD of music and invite them to join you at the symphony one night, or sports game or other event (people tend to over-emphasize the effectiveness of this business tool).
3. Invite them to join you in holding a workshop together on a common business area.
4. Invite them for a 20 minute coffee near their business location.
5. If you schedule the lunch - go through with it. Even if it is a shorter lunch than expected - attend the lunch. Don't talk about how rushed you are during the lunch - just request that the kitchen put the food on a rush request.
6. Turn your phone off while meeting with them. They are your guest and you have to make them feel welcome.
7. Keep in mind that the purpose of the meeting is to listen to them and to inquire about how they are doing and their current business focus. Emphasis on listening.
8. Instruct your staff to take all significant new potential clients seriously and take the time to meet with them, at their location or yours.
9. When you get back to the office, make some quick notes about how they are doing and their current business focus.
Business is about people. Maintain your leadership and business foundation by taking the time to pencil in some business promotion and in-person relationship maintenance. That's all for now, "Enjoy Your Coffee".
"Don't get toasted like a Pop-Tart", is how the Success In 10 Steps ebook starts out. I like that. Can't figure out if it's because I'm still a big fan of Pop Tarts, the brown sugar cinnamon ones of course or if the statement is befitting online marketers. It happens a lot, folks looking to replace or supplement their incomes join an MLM company with high hopes. And then it happens, either they get bad or just no information at all on how to make their goals happen. Then they get frustrated and eventually quit. They then join the ranks of the multi level marketing is a scam crowd.
Now don't get me wrong, I know there are some bad companies being promoted by less than ethical folks out there. However I believe the industry in general has helped many families through out the years.
That's where Success In 10 Steps fits in the puzzle. This ebook is a guide to help avoid the pitfalls of the industry. The mission statement of this digital read is "Where You Learn HOW To Think, Not WHAT To Think".
This is all part of the Mentoring For Free folks offer. I've personally talked with a couple of these folks and they really seem interested in your success without any hidden agendas. Kind of refreshing don't you think. In my opinion they seem to be the watchdogs of the MLM industry, trying to do their best to keep it clean.
Success In 10 Steps, the digital version, can be had for free, well not exactly, they do ask for your name, email and phone number. But that's a small price to pay for the info you receive in this ebook. You will be contacted in a very noninvasive way. It's more of a "hi, how are ya, did you download and get a chance to read the Success In 10 Steps ebook an if so do you have any question or how can I help". Their mission isn't to sell you anything, just to help. I know, what a strange concept. The person who contacts you won't even mention their primary opportunity.
The Success In 10 Steps covers the following topics and more.
The outcome being the good the bad and the ugly of what goes on in the MLM industry as well as how to succeed should you choose to pursue this path to financial gain.
Success In 10 Steps is a great reference tool and The Mentoring For Free crowd are good people. This ebook should be part of your library. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
The Greek word translated "life" here is "zoe" and it means life in the absolute sense or life as God has it. Everyone who is breathing has life in the sense of physical existence, but only those who receive Jesus can experience life as God intended it to be. Jesus came to not only save us from the torment of eternal hell, but also to give us this "zoe" or God-kind of life in abundance. The life of God is not awaiting us in heaven, but is presently possessed by every born-again person in his spirit. We can release this "zoe" life and enjoy it now by losing our natural life and finding this supernatural life. The way we lose our life is to deny any thoughts, emotions, or actions that are contrary to the Word of God, which is life ("zoe" in Jn. 6:63). When we line our thoughts, emotions, and actions up with the instructions of God's Word, then we will find this "zoe" life manifest in our bodies and souls as well.
The Word is spiritual and must be understood through the spirit (1 Cor. 2:14). The Bible is simply a physical representation of Jesus and spiritual truth. It is inspired of God and therefore, totally accurate and reliable, and yet, until we receive the spirit that these words express, the Bible will not profit us (Heb. 4:2).
If we want to know what spiritual truth is, we must believe the Bible, for it is spirit and life. If we want to be led by the Spirit, then we must follow God's Word. If we want to hear from the Spirit of God, then we must listen to what God says in His Word. The Spirit (Holy Spirit) and the Word (Jesus - Jn. 1:1) are one (1 Jn. 5:7). "Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
When you're trying to make money on the internet, especially from flipping sites or selling virtual real estate, a domain name on its own is not worth very much. And even if your domain name is worth something, it's worth a lot more if it contains content. Because think about it, if you own a very high demand domain name such as a.com name with one or two English words that's very short and has a high search volume, people would want to buy that domain name because it will get them lots of traffic. But that'll be worth even more if you did something with the traffic before they even had access to it.
For example, what if you took that high value domain name and wrote and developed lots of content on a site to get lots of traffic, to get lots of high page rank, SEO ranking, to get lots of pages listed in Google which now people can use to link somewhere else? What if you set up an opt-in form on that web page and built up several hundred subscribers per day? And now when it comes time to sell that domain name, you're selling not just the domain name, but a domain name, an already developed website, lots of high page rank, lots of organic SEO results and a large number of subscribers. Now that domain name can sell for many multiples of what you would have sold before.
In that line of thinking, a domain name on its own is almost worthless. Whether using it on your own or selling it to someone else, it's worth a lot more if you build it up. And the best way to build it up is using a platform called WordPress. WordPress powers all kinds of popular sites including CNN, Tech Crunch and more. And you can make it look any way you want. Sites entirely made of video are hosted on WordPress. Magazine sites, multi-author sites or just simple blog journals are all run on WordPress.
Get your content set up. All the categories, pages, videos, and fill it up and start measuring what kind of daily traffic do you get. If you have ads, what kind of daily profits, income, do you get from that site? And now when you list this on Flipper or Site Point, you're not listing just the domain name, you're listing a business in a box. You're listing a site that has traffic, that has search engine rankings, that has consistent income which is much more valuable than a simple.com name. That's all for now,
"Enjoy Your Coffee"
John 10:2-3 "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out." JOHN 10:1-21
This verse promises all who are God's sheep that they not only can, but that they do, hear His voice. Many born-again people doubt the truth of this statement based on their experience. They don't think they can hear God's voice. However, the Word of God is true - not our experience.
The harmony between what this verse says and what our experiences say is that it is our new born-again spirit that hears God's voice. Although God has spoken and still does speak in an audible voice at times, very few people experience this. God speaks to our inner person (spirit) and our inner person hears Him. The problem comes when we aren't sensitive to, or controlled by, our spirit but are walking in the vanity of our mind. The Bible calls this walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18).
Man is a spirit, soul, and body. Our spirits are as perfect as they will ever be in heaven. If we will change our thinking so that we believe what God says in His Word about who we are and what we have, then this agreement between our spirit and soul forms a majority and our flesh will experience the life of God that has been deposited in our spirits.
Prayer, Bible study, fasting, fellowship, etc. are ways of refocusing our mind's attention away from the voice of this world and back to the voice of our Shepherd who is constantly communicating with our spirit. If we fail to renew our minds, we can live our entire time on this earth without experiencing the abundant life that Jesus provided for us. Listen, and you will hear His voice speak to you through His Word today. "Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
There is a new trend in entrepreneurship - starting an online business. Finding top online business ideas to suit an individual's income needs, aspirations and personal skills is a sure-fire first step to success. Choosing an online business that is backed by personal passions, experience and a marketable skill set is a recipe for success for wannabe internet entrepreneurs. Below are three low-cost online start-up ideas to kick off a profitable online business.
1. Provide a service.
Those with an interest in writing, graphic design and social media, among other skills, can transform their marketable skills into an online service business. Building a portfolio showcasing the quality and capability of work is essential in helping potential clients make an informed hiring decision. A professional website is a crucial asset in attracting clients. Marketing one's services and steadily applying to relevant projects through online job boards is a necessary component of starting and maintaining a successful and profitable online service business.
2. Flip Blogs.
Starting a blog flipping business requires a multitude of skills, making it a perfect business opportunity for a jack-of-all-trades. Those that dabble in website design, online marketing, writing and SEO are generally able to experience the most success in this line of work. The first step in creating a blog flipping business is purchasing existing blogs that have potential but are under-monetized and are in general need of a rehab. Then several months of continuous work is required to bring the blog's income, design and traffic up to par with expectations. Finally, the blog can be sold to an interested buyer through an online marketplace or private sale. A successfully flipped blog can generally sell for up to 10 times the current monthly income.
3. Sell Handcrafted items.
Nearly everyone has a hobby that can be turned into an income-producing online business. Crafters that make items such as quilts, cloth diapers, jewelry and other handmade items in their spare time can create a business by selling their handmade goods to online shoppers. Indie marketplaces can help place handcrafted items in front of thousands of hungry buyers daily. In order to increase the chances of success, sellers should educate themselves on online marketing methods, taking quality product photography and shipping practices. Learning these seemingly mundane skills is often the difference between success and failure.
There are thousands of online business ideas to choose from - some with a higher start-up cost than others. However, the most profitable online business ideas will generally be the ones that are centered on a personal passion or an enjoyable skill. Building an online business requires countless hours of work and enduring frustrating learning curves, therefore choosing something enjoyable will make the hours pass by faster than plunging into foreign waters for the simple sake of profit. That's all for now, "Enjoy Your Coffee"
"They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out." John 9:34
Much of the Pharisees' problem was spiritual pride, as is very evident by this statement. They were so blinded by their arrogance that they couldn't believe anyone who hadn't been through their "seminary" could teach them anything.
The name "Pharisees" comes from a Hebrew word meaning "separate." This term was applied to this sect because of its extreme devotion to the Mosaic law and commitment to leading a separated life. This was a reaction of the devout Jews who came back to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity, and saw the pagan customs and influences of the Babylonians everywhere. Not only their religion but their identity as a nation was being threatened. The Pharisees were patriots as well as religious zealots, who in the beginning served a very needed function in the Jewish nation which was struggling for survival. However, over the centuries the Pharisees had departed from the Mosaic law and had written their own interpretations of the law - interpretations which they held to be God-inspired and equal to that of Moses. In Jesus' day this group was characterized by hypocrisy and self-righteousness. They, as a whole, persecuted Jesus and His followers and received the Lord's most stinging rebukes.
The Pharisees, like many people today, were ignorant of achieving right standing (righteousness) with God through the simple act of receiving His forgiveness by faith and were trying to earn salvation by their own acts. No one can fulfill God's commands (Rom. 3:23) except Jesus (Heb. 4:15). Therefore, to be righteous, we must put our faith in what He has done for us. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
by Andrew Wommack
It is an open secret to every blogger; website owner as well as internet marketer that driving traffics to his/her website/blog is a must if he/she wants to make sales. Usually the targeted traffic could be paid for or obtained free. The free or organic traffic could be achieved by ensuring that your site is optimized to come up on the first page of search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN etc. Unfortunately, most marketers and bloggers alike are not getting it right when it comes to optimizing their websites for attracting quality organic traffic.
Consequently, I intend to share with you in this article tips that can assist you to get your website or blog to the top of search engine listing as well as increase your sales tremendously.
1. Optimize Your Home Page To Rank Well On Search Engines
The first step you might want to consider is to optimize your home page right from the onset to ensure that your site or blog can rank well on the search engine listing by coming up on the first page where your targeted visitors can see and access your site or blog instantly whenever they carry out a search of the terms or keywords that you are ranking for.
You must avoid the temptation to choke your home page with keywords in your quest to get to the top position on the search engines. It is necessary that you maintain a balance between what the search engines are looking for and what pleases the human visitors that come to your site, otherwise you might get top listing on the search engine and still fail woefully to make money or sales from your website.
You should also realize the fact that putting up a scanty 100 words or so on your home page would definitely lead to poor search engine positioning of your website. The best word counts to have on your site to effectively appease the search engines and also satisfying the yearnings of your human visitors would be between 300 and 400 words.
The truth of the matter is that getting your website to come up on the first page of search engine query results need not necessarily be a difficult task if you are willing to put additional efforts into learning simple website optimization techniques and also take necessary actions. You should endeavor to provide clear, concise and useful information to your site visitors.
2. Give Clear and Unambiguous Information about Your Products To Attract Human Visitors To Your Website
When you optimized your home page following the tips given above, you are guaranteed between the 1st to 10th position on the first page of the search engine listing, provided you do it right.
However, occupying any of these positions does not guarantee that you will sell or that the visitors would be willing to buy your products unless you get the visitors interested enough in whatever products or services you are offering. The question then is how do you get the visitors interested in your offer?
Without mincing of words, what you need to do is to ensure that the visitor stick long enough on your website by providing quality content, giving clear and unambiguous information about your product/services, what your website is all about in such a way that it would assist the visitor in making an informed decision.
Similarly, ensure you provide functional and visible links to your product page and don't forget to give a clear call to action; let the visitors know what exactly you want him to do while on your site.
3. You Must Understand Your Prospective Customers Enough To Offer Relevant Products
If you don't understand who the customers or would-be-visitors to your site are, it would be difficult for you to come up with the appropriate search terms or keywords that you can rank well for on the top search engines as well as offering relevant and appropriate products or services.
It is equally important that you design your website for your visitors and not yourself, otherwise you won't make any sales or at best you might make very poor sales. You cannot just design your website hoping it would attract customers without proper understanding of who your target visitors are; how they use your site as well as what attracts or put them off.
You must provide a feedback system on your site that would enable you to find out what your site visitors want in terms of product offering, customer service, pricing, policy terms, and conflicts resolution and so on. You need to know what are their buying patterns and taste preferences and how they navigate around your site.
4. Increase Your Sales By Allowing Customers And Visitors To Your Site To Communicate With You Easily
You must realize the fact that nothing annoys a customer than his/her inability to communicate with you, especially when he/she needs additional information and support in order to effectively make use of your product or service, due to non-availability of effective feedback system or communication channel. You will not only lose such customer but also lots of referrals that could come from him.
Consequently, it is expedient that you provide your contact information such as mailing address, telephone number, and email address that you access often, preferably daily on your website for easy access by your visitors and customers alike.
That is all, I have just provided you with proven tips that would ensure your website and blogs rank well on search engine listings whilst also ensure that you increase your sales. This list given here is by no means exhaustive but it would get you going on a good note. That's all for now, Enjoy Your Coffee"
"A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Luke 11:27,28
It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the mother of our Lord, because they supposed that she had the benefit of looking into His very heart in a way in which we cannot hope to do. There may be an appearance of plausibility in the supposition, but not much. We do not know that Mary knew more than others; what she did know she did well to lay up in her heart; but she does not appear from anything we read in the Evangelists to have been a better-instructed believer than any other of Christ's disciples. All that she knew we also may discover. Do you wonder that we should say so? Here is a text to prove it: "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant." Remember the Master's words—"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." So blessedly does this Divine Revealer of secrets tell us His heart, that He keepeth back nothing which is profitable to us; His own assurance is, "If it were not so, I would have told you." Doth He not this day manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world? It is even so; and therefore we will not ignorantly cry out, "Blessed is the womb that bare thee," but we will intelligently bless God that, having heard the Word and kept it, we have first of all as true a communion with the Saviour as the Virgin had, and in the second place as true an acquaintance with the secrets of His heart as she can be supposed to have obtained. Happy soul to be thus privileged! Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55