"And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods." Luke 16:1
The unjust steward was covetous. He had not been faithful to his master or to his master's debtors. He had wasted his master's goods on himself. When found out, his self-serving nature considered the options, and decided there had to be a change. He decided to use his lord's money to make friends so that when he was fired he would have someone to help him.
His master was apparently wealthy enough that he didn't take offense at the steward's discounting of the debts owed to him, but rather he commended the steward. He didn't commend his dishonest ways, but he was commending the fact that he had finally used his lord's money to plan for the future instead of wasting it on himself. Although the steward was motivated by what he would ultimately gain, there was prudence in his actions. This was lacking before.
In this sense, the children of this world (lost men) are wiser than the children of light (born again men) because they plan for the temporal future.
Jesus is telling us to use money (the unrighteous mammon) to make to ourselves friends that would receive us into "everlasting" habitations. The use of the word "everlasting" denotes that Jesus is now talking about our eternal future. The people who have been saved and blessed by our investments in the kingdom of God will literally receive us into our everlasting home when we pass on to be with the Lord.
Our material possessions have been given to us by God so that we are actually stewards of His resources. The Lord gave us this wealth to establish His covenant on this earth - not so that we could consume it upon our own lusts. You have been blessed to be a blessing!
"Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee." Luke 15:18
This is a good example of true repentance. This son did not claim any goodness of his own or try to justify his actions, but he humbled himself and appealed to the mercy of his father. Likewise, we cannot approach God in self-righteousness, but we have to humble ourselves, put all of our faith in a Savior, and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chr. 7:14). That is true repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Repentance is a necessary part of salvation. Repentance may include godly sorrow, but sorrow does not always include repentance. Repentance is simply a change of mind accompanied by corresponding actions.
There is a godly type of sorrow and an ungodly type of sorrow. Godly sorrow leads to repentance. Ungodly sorrow, or the sorrow of this world, just kills.
Our culture has rejected all "negative" emotions. But God gave us the capacity for these negative emotions and there is a proper use of them.
People should feel bad about sin. There should be sorrow over our failures. However, this sorrow should lead to repentance, then when forgiveness is received, our sorrow should be cast upon the Lord (Isa. 53:4).
Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The sorrow experienced by those who do not turn to God produces only death.
They grieve over their situation because they don't turn to God (that's repentance). Christians should only have sorrow until they repent. Once repentance has come, we need to appropriate the forgiveness and cleansing that are already ours through Christ (1 Jn. 1:9). The positive change that our sorrows led us to, changes our attitude towards the things that caused us sorrow. Negatives become positives through Jesus. "Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
Every affiliate marketer is constantly seeking to build an affiliate program that pays so they can make money on the Internet. Ideally you would like a magic quick fix that would generate your affiliate program with no effort, wouldn't all of us! The truth is that there isn't really a miracle answer, but the real answer is not that complicated and is easy to get to know and implement.
In principle it is the appreciation and utilization of excellent marketing practices that have been proven to perform over the years. These are time-tested tactics that work just as well when correctly applied to the online affiliate marketing world of today. You will see claims of 'breakthrough techniques' from time to time, and some of these are genuine. They arise from a coming together of specific marketing conditions and online services; but they do not last as the conditions and services change constantly.
So here are three fundamental marketing tips to help you construct a strong foundation for your online affiliate marketing business that pays.
1. Use separate web pages for each separate product you are promoting.
It is very tempting, especially for newcomers, to want to promote every product via every channel so that you are presenting your visitors with options - but it's a wrong move. It may be tempting to offer choice, but keep to a single track so as to get your visitor to make a simple decision, to buy or not to buy. You will get a better conversion rate this way.
Use the web page's space to give your visitor all the reasons why they should click that 'Buy Now' button. Emphasize the benefits they will receive from their purchase, especially any distinguishing ones. It is the benefits that people buy, not the features.
Include genuine product reviews, buy and try the product yourself, and get real testimonials from end users. Make sure they are genuine and that you can back up the sources if you are challenged.
Finally, make sure your visitors know what to do - make your affiliate link very clear and bright.
2. Offer free reports to your visitors.
It's a fact of marketing that most visitors to your site will not buy first time. They need to trust that you and your recommendations will be right for them than other's will be. So you should be wanting to contact them several times to build the right degree of trust. Hence you need their email address - and to get that you offer something of value; your free report.Once you have that address you can send carefully written emails giving them good reasons for buying, and buying through your link, using an auto-responder system,. Market studies show that many sales are not concluded until the seventh contact, so build a sequence of at least 10 contact messages.
3. Drive targeted buying visitors to your website.
For example, if your website was about a puppy training product then there is no point in you wasting any of your time or money driving someone who is only interested in cats there. This is especially true when you are using a 'paid traffic' method such as Pay Per Click'. Study other ads, try variations - always be seeking to improve your buying and list sign up results
\* Promote products on their own pages or websites
\* Build a list of prospects using a free report and then use it to build trust
\* Work hard to attract the ideal customer
Work smart, repeat a successful campaign with another product, search out the affiliate programs that pay for you so you can be successful at making money on the Internet.
To Your Success!
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" Luke 14:28
The parable of the man building a tower is a continuation of the teaching regarding what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus. This parable stresses commitment. "Jailhouse religion," where a person is only sorry he got caught and is trying to get out of a bad situation, will not produce true discipleship. It takes a forsaking of all to be Jesus' disciple. Jesus is simply saying, "count the cost."
Jesus' teaching on discipleship emphasizes commitment. Just as a king wouldn't engage in war without thoroughly considering all the possible outcomes, so no one should attempt to become a disciple of Jesus without counting the cost. It would be better not to start following Jesus than to start and then turn back.
When a person first comes to Jesus, it is impossible to know everything that following Jesus might entail. No one, however, should be fearful of making a total commitment because of some imagined problem that may never come to pass. There should be a willingness to forsake everything to follow Jesus.
Once we make that decision, then Christ begins to live through us (Gal. 2:20) and we find a strength that is not our own, equal to whatever test we may encounter. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
by Andrew Wommack
Upstream released a survey in February 2012 revealing two-thirds of online consumers in the US say they are receiving a digital ad overload and are beginning to show their disapproval.
Two-thirds of these same online consumers say they would discontinue being on a company's email list and one in five US consumers would cease from using that company's products or services if they felt bombarded by too many of the company's promotional email messages consistently.
There are three main reasons a Small Business gets caught up in digital ad overload:
1. Lack of focus. When a company loses focus on their goals and objectives, they tend to operate from a "Bottom Line" mentality. All of their marketing efforts are focused on "getting the sale," so everything you send out is a promotion for your business. Online consumers are getting tired of this "digital ad overload" approach. Therefore, it is imperative that you focus on your customer's needs and not your bank account.
2. Lack of strategy. There are a lot of new internet toys to play with these days; social media, smart phones, SMS, mobile ready websites, just to name a few. With all these new gadgets, if you don't have a strategy in place for your particular business, then you're still playing the digital ad overload game which is not good.
3. Lack of knowledge. Most small businesses are not aware or familiar with the current and future marketing trends being used on the internet. They are still using old marketing techniques and are losing a lot of potential customers daily.
28% of the US consumers surveyed said they would display their disapproval of digital ad overload to future messages from that company, and approximately 1 out of 10 would complain about their discontent on social media sites. This is serious because a lot of negative feedback can severely damage your reputation, diminish your online presence and lower the overall ranking of your website.
One of the best ways to avoid digital ad overload is to focus your marketing strategy toward your customer's needs instead of always promoting your company and the services you provide. Your website should attract viewers by giving them valuable information they can use immediately. In addition, it should provide an interactive experience for them. If your website is focused entirely on your customers, it should ultimately provide you with potential leads.
In conclusion, if your marketing strategy targets the 18-24-year old population, 31% of them don't mind receiving messages once or twice a week. But on the average, 55% of the adults in the US would rather receive messages no more than once a month. If you remember this in you marketing efforts, you will avoid the dreaded digital ad overload. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
"Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:23-24
LUKE 13: 22-27
Jesus said that many will seek to enter salvation and will not be able to. There are many reasons for this, but it is not because God refused salvation to anyone. "The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men . . ." (Ti. 2:11) and God "is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance".
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
There is effort involved in obtaining salvation. The effort is not for the purpose of earning salvation. That is a free gift (Rom. 5:15); but we do have to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Faith in Jesus' goodness is what saves us - not our own goodness - and Satan is constantly trying to destroy our faith. We have to earnestly contend for the faith. True salvation is not just mental assent, but a real heart-felt commitment.
Romans 5:15 (KJV)
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV)
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Many people today think that going to church and associating with Christians will provide them with salvation. Some people think that they are Christians because their parents were. But salvation is having a personal relationship with the Lord. You cannot inherit salvation through the natural birth process. "You must be born again."
We can rest assured that all those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled (Mt. 5:6). "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "Enjoy Your Coffee"
by Andrew Wommack
Good Morning Everyone,
Let's get this week off to a great start. It's my prayer that all of your week be filled with sign-ups and referrals. Along with the Blessings of God.
Most small businesses now have websites. This is great but what often happens is a small business will contract a web developer to make a stunning website with none to very little consideration to search engine optimization or SEO strategies. It's no good developing a stunning website if no one can find it. This article will show you how to increase traffic to your small business website.
It's critical for a small business that their website can be found easily. So how can a small business increase online traffic to their website? There's a few essential ingredients that you can and should do even if you have a low budget online marketing plan.
It's important for a small business owner to educate themselves on what search engine optimization (SEO) is. This means knowing how Google and the other search engines work so you can play their game by their rules. There's a heaps of websites out there which will help you understand SEO and how to achieve it.
2. Get on the campaign trail
Just like a business plan your small business needs an online marketing campaign plan. This sets out what you are going to use to increase traffic to your website. There is so much available from keywords, Facebook optimisation, online article writing, social bookmarking, video for SEO and on it goes. The evolution of online marketing has come long way since banner ads and email newsletters. Make sure you have a clear plan on what online tools you are going to use and how you're going to use them.
3. Onsite marketing
Once you know what SEO is and how it works it's now time for your small business to practice some onsite online marketing. This means fine tuning your website with profitable keywords that are high in demand and low in supply (much like real estate). You can use Google keyword tool for this or Wordtracker which is a paid service.
Then you must strategically place your keywords and know the difference between head keywords and long tail keywords. An often underestimated but effective technique for onsite marketing is using images for SEO.
4. Offsite marketing
This means getting online traffic to your website by using websites and tools away from your website. This is all about social media marketing for small business. Confused? Let me explain. A lot of small businesses now have a Facebook page for their business. There are a lot of Facebook marketing tips available but this and Twitter, being the two main social media sites, are where you should be doing most of your offsite marketing do people are enticed to go to your website and see what you have to offer.
5. Trust Marketing
Do you use social media to flog your product or service? FAIL! This is a massive mistake that a lot of small businesses make and it really amounts to spam. You must as a small business use Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google+ to build relationships through Trust Marketing.
I mentioned at the start about having a good clear online marketing campaign plan. It's very important that your strategy is synergised. Make sure that your message is consistent across the different sites and tools you are using.
It's no good having a great small business website, an unreal Facebook landing page, a regularly updated Twitter account or a thousand online articles all going to your website. You MUST also measure how each marketing channel is working. Just like asking a customer or client who calls your business or comes in "How did you find us?" Well the great news about online marketing is that you don't have to ask the customer that, you can find that information out easily by various internet marketing analytic programs available. Facebook has 'insights;, Google has Adwords, and there are heaps of companies that offer similar but more sophisticated measurements.
Measuring what your best keywords are, where your customers are from, what they are clicking on and so on will be enormous help to you in adapting your online marketing strategy to fine tune it for massive results.
These are just some of the essential internet considerations a small business must make in their online marketing. Of course there are many others and these should not be ignored. Online marketing takes time, it takes patience and it takes perserverance. Is it worth it?
Absolutely. Can you do it easily? Yes you can. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
"And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?" Luke 13:16
This sickness was the work of Satan - not the work of God. Jesus said it had bound her - not blessed her - for eighteen years. The teaching that says that sickness is actually a blessing in disguise, because the Lord is working His plan in one's life, is not found in scripture. As Acts 10:38 says, Jesus "went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil," not "oppressed of God."
There are 17 times in the Gospels when Jesus healed all of the sick that were present. There are 47 other times when He healed one or two people at a time.
Nowhere do we find Jesus refusing to heal anyone. Jesus said that He could do nothing of Himself, but only what He saw the Father do. His actions are proof enough that it is always God's will to heal!
Jesus provided for physical healing as well as forgiveness of sins. The very word "save" (Gk.-"sozo") is translated "made whole" in reference to physical healing in Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34, and Luke 8:48. James 5:15 says "the prayer of faith shall save (Gk.-"sozo") the sick." Many scriptures mention the healing of our bodies in conjunction with the forgiveness of our sins.
Healing is a part of our salvation, just as much as the forgiveness of our sins.
It is God's will that no one should perish, but many do because of their unbelief. Likewise, it is God's will that we all be healed, but not all are healed because of failure to believe. It is a mistake to assume that whatever God wills will automatically come to pass. We play a part in receiving from God. Believe His Word today. "Enjoy Your Coffee" by Andrew Wommack
"And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?" Luke 12:42
A steward is a person who has been entrusted with administering someone else's wealth or affairs. The possessions a steward controls are not his own and he does not have the freedom to do with them as he wishes. He is supposed to carry out the desires of the one who made him steward.
A banker is a steward. He has been entrusted with other people's money. He is free to invest that money wisely in a way that will benefit his depositors and stockholders, but would be sent to jail if he took all that money and simply consumed it upon himself. A steward is accountable to someone else for the use of that person's money. The money does not belong to him even though it is in his possession. Luke 16:1-2 (ASV)
1 And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.
2 And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.
This parable, and other scriptures (1 Cor. 4:1; Ti. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), describes every believer as a steward of God's grace. 1 Corinthians 4:1 (ASV)
1 Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Titus 1:3 (ASV)
3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
1 Peter 4:10 (ASV)
10 according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;
The wealth, talents, and abilities we possess, as well as the revelation of God's love that we've been given, are not our own to do with as we please. We have received these things from God and are therefore accountable to Him for the use or misuse of these gifts. Keeping this in mind is essential for fulfilling our obligation to God as stewards of His "manifold grace." "Enjoy Your Coffee"
by Andrew Wommack
If you are asking yourself the question, what is affiliate marketing, you will need to first understand how it works so that you can put the concept into practice. It is simply to promote and sell someones products or services in return for commission. Here is more information on different types of affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is a promotional strategy that is entirely internet based. E-commerce affiliates are paid for introducing customers to a website or company. Even bloggers and online forum members can become eCommerce affiliates and earn commission for referrals.
So the practice of sending business referrals from online sales people to online businesses is referred to as affiliate marketing. The number of sales and website hits generated with the help of these affiliates will determine the percentage of profits shared between the site owner and the marketer. Some of the most popular ways of earning money through this type of advertising are pay per click promotions, pay per sales, pay per lead, comparison shopping, weblogs and email lists as well as business promotions through websites.
Pay per click refers to an online advertising technique where a promoter pays the referrer if a visitor clicks on an advert. In this method of advertising, the content relevant to the web page is displayed on the site. Web users are more likely to click on these adverts while they are browsing online, thus the advertiser gets charged by the website owner.
There are many comparison shopping websites displaying lists of products or services that are on offer. Many portals support these comparison services, whereby users can compare the prices of these products or services through competitive websites before buying them. This is when affiliates will be able to make money by referring these sites to the users.
Pay per lead is another type of promotion strategy that works every time a customer registers at a sellers website after seeing the advertisement on the affiliates site. The referrer will then receive a set amount of money. Pay per lead is an effective way of earning a steady income once you dedicate some time and effort into it.
Pay per sale works in a similar way as pay per lead. For every sale resulting from adverts that are shown on the referrers website, some commission is given as a share of profits. Product promotion through websites is another great way of making money as there are a lot of sites that offer commission to referrers. Customers can get discounts and rewards by purchasing a product online. This includes free delivery service. So the client is encouraged to buy from the seller.
Finally, emails, forums and blogs can be used as great marketing techniques for developing customer relationships. Blogs and emails are popular ways of sending out promotional messages. Businesses have the opportunity to interact with their potential clients and talk about their products and services through forums and blogs. You may try any of the above strategies for attracting customers to the sellers website. The best thing about affiliate marketing is that the risks are low, and most marketers do not need any money to start promoting businesses. So the question, what is affiliate marketing can be defined as an advertising technique that is based on the internet.
"Enjoy Your Coffee"
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