The Simple Life – Talk 3 – Toys

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Mark 8:36
” For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

* 2 Missions
1. To bring your soul to heaven.
2. To bring other souls to heaven.

* If you are praying for prosperity, be ready for it to come.

* Spiritual Preparedness
4 Prescriptions on how to get spiritually prepared
1. Delight
– Simplify your rules of happiness
– See to it that your rules of happiness are simple enough
so that it happens frequently
– When you compllicate your rules of happiness,
it will be a comodity
– Don’t get rid of the old joys
– Be happy with the little things
– Delight in the ordinary
– Sirach 31:29-31
“but if you drink when you are angry and upset,
it leads to headaches, embarrassment, and disgrace.
A drunken fool can lose his temper and hurt himself.
His drinking makes him weak and an easy target for angry blows.
Never rebuke a person when you have both been drinking.
Don’t hurt his feelings while he is having a good time.
It’s not the time to criticize anyone,
or to ask him to pay back a debt.”
2. Define
– You are not an owner, you are a borrower
– Leviticus 25:23
“The land must not be sold permanently,
because the land is mine
and you reside in my land
as foreigners and strangers.”
– But you would say “I work hard for this with my own sweat.”
Who gave you the ability to sweat and work?
– God gave you all.
– Prayer: God, what do you want me to do with your wealth?
3. Detatch
– Don’t let money posess you.
– James 4:14
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist
that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
4. Diversify
– Exchange earthly currency to eternal currency.
– Let go of the currency that have less value.
– Earthly currency is losing its value.
You cannot bring it to heaven
– Love -> is the eternal currency

The Simple Life – Talk 2 – Time

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* God doesn’t like to complicate things
* When you disobey God’s will, life gets complicated.
* Follow His voice
* Extreme busyness is an addiction
– It destroys you
* Stress destroys our health
* Stress destroys relationship
* Jesus gives solution to worn out

Mark 6:31
Then, because so many people were coming and going
that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

1. “Come with me”
– Jesus is about relationship
– Our 1st relationship – Relationship with God
– Where you are going is not as important as who you are going with
– Jesus is saying, let us journey together
– The only rest comes from resting in God
– God’s love will give you rest

2. “By yourselves”
– Real rest comes from right relationship
– Where would you stay?
a. In a 5-star hotel with someone you don’t like
b. In a nipa hut withh someone you like
– You are your most important comanion
– Do you like yourself?
– Do you appreciate yourself?
– Do you celebrate yourself?
– Fix your relationship with you
– Love yourself the way God loves you

3. “To a quiet place”
– Is your heart noisy?
– There is a crowd in our hearts
– Voice of fear
* Worry is fear
* Anger is fear
* Greed is fear
* Selfishness is fear of not being enough
– There is only 1 antidote of fear
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
– Why are you always tired?
– Your body slept, but your heart and mind did not rest.
– Tired because you are afraid
– Silence all voices – Follow only one voice – voice of God
– The only cure to stress
— Follow God’s voice
— Recieve the love of God
— Drive out the fear from your heart

* You will always have something to carry
– In any point in our lives
– We will always have a yoke
– Make your yoke light
– Find peace, joy, happiness in the midst of your busyness
– Peace if you have Jesus
– Amidst trouble, if Jesus is in you, you have peace
* Come to Jesus and you will have rest

The Simple Life – Talk 1 – Treasure

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* Identify your core.
* Simple life is not a set of action.
It is your inner attitude.

3 Attitude that you should develop

1. Gratitude
* Pride and legalism goes together
* If you want to complicate your life, start complaining
If you want to simplify your life, start thanking
2. Contentment
* Phil 4:11 “Not that I complain of want;
for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.
* But we should never be content by the amount that we can give.
– Earn as much as you can so that you can give as much as you can.
3. Security
* Adults have security blanket
– mostly, their security blanket is money.
* Security blanket is your core.
* Find a solid security blanket
* What is your security blanket? Is it a person?
* Security blanket – only one thing
–> God is fond of you.

My Reflection:

– God is the source of all material wealth.  He is the source
of my life.  He is the reason why I live.  He is the reason
why I breathe.  He is my provider.  He is my life.
Sometimes in my journey in this life, I tend to lean to
something or someone.  I also lean to money.  I feel insecure
whenever my finances are threatened by different factors.
I feel miserable when that something or someone goes away.
I believe that whenever God takes
away something or someone in my life, He sees that I am
beginning to make that something or someone the source
of my life.  When in fact, only God is my source of life.
He is the one who gives me all of the things and the persons
that I need.  Yes, there is pain whenever God takes away
things or people from my life.  Yet I believe that it
is a great blessing for me.  For me to be able to once
again fix my eyes on Him and Him alone.  Because He
alone is my God. He is my joy.  He is my peace.  He is
the source of love.  He is my everything.

Being rich is not wrong.  Or having someone or something
that makes you happy is not wrong.  It is the disposition
of the heart is what matters.  If you know that everything
comes from God — your wealth, good relationships —
and your eyes is still fixed on Him,
then you will always have a grateful heart.  You will always
be contented and secured, because you know that God is your provider.
Because you know that our God is a loving God.

My God, I pray that You grant me the heart that trusts in You completely.
Change me my Lord.  I cannot change myself.  I need you my God.
Fix my eyes on You and You alone my Lord.
I believe that whenever I am weak, I am strong, because of Your grace. Amen.

Jesus Entrepreneur – Culminating Talk – Growth

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From Bro. Bo’s Talk
* Choose growth over money
* If you choose growth, money will follow.
* When you’re building your business, you grow in your character.
* Don’t pray that you win the lotto, pray for money machines.

* Gen. 13:9 “Is not the whole land available? Please separate from me. If you prefer the left,
I will go to the right; if you prefer the right, I will go to the left.”
Gen. 13:14-15 “After Lot had parted from him, the Lord said to Abraham: Look about you.
and from where you are, gaze to the north and south, east and west; all the land that you see
I will give to you and your descendants forever.”

– There is growth in kindness, patience and perseverance

* Solomon, when asked by God what he wants to have,
told God “Give me wisdom.”
– He chose growth.

* In due time, the money will follow.

From Dean Pax Lapid’s Talk
* Commitment to growth.
* Rich – man with many money
Wealthy – man with passion in mind and heart
– leaves legacy
* We strive from good, better, to best.
– This is the encapsulation of growth.
* Growth is a marathon
1. Purpose – Dean Pax Lapid’s purpose –
“I aspire to inspire before I expire.”
2. Preparation and Planning
3. Perspiration
4. Perseverance
* Getting ahead
* Moving forward
* Passion – Energizes your talents
* Courage – Test the talent
* Growth must be seen in 3D
1. Discover – Explore talent
2. Develop – Excel in your gift
3. Deliver – Expand Talent
* BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal
* Price Tag for growth
– Big dream is not enough
– add positive attitude and big effort
– subtract what is fearful
– Fear of loss
– Fear of process
– Fear of outcome
– Yearn to earn, Yearn to learn
* Your X-Factor is your excellence with your talent
* Excel in planning
– “Vision without execution is hallucination” – Henry Ford
* 2 Failures
1. Thinking without action
2. Action without thinking
* Serve – divide
* Satisfy Customers – multiply
– Show love
* Serve first, the money will follow
* Service starts with sincerity
* 2 Things Customers Buy
1. Solutions
2. Happiness – something that makes them happy

* Expand Prospects
– It’s all about relationship and love
* Self -> Service -> Significance
* If you want to grow, pray to God not to be better
but to be the best.
* There’s always gonna be a risk when you love

Jesus Entrepreneur – Talk 4 – Divide

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Luke 12:16-21
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself. “What shall I do, for I do not have space
to store my harvest?” And he said, “This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build bigger ones.  There I shall
store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself,
“Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up
for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”
But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be
demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom
will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stored
up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

* How do you manage when you have nothing?
How do you behave when you have everything?

* Be managers and not horders of God’s blessings
* When God multiplies your wealth, divide it.
* 4 Ways to give
1. Give to your family
1 Timothy 5:8
“And whoever does not provide for relatives and
especially family members has denied the faith
and is worse than an unbeliever.”
– You cannot share what you don’t have
* where can I borrow money? Or where can I earn money?
* I giving, dole outs are only for emergencies
– Don’t train them to be parasites
– Teach them how to fish, and not just give them fish
– Problem: Some families cannot work together
2. Share to your team
Col. 4:1
“Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly,
realizing that you too have a Master in heaven.”
– Love your employees
– Customers don’t deal with company, they deal with people.
– Give them balance
– Productivity increases when they spend time with family.
3. Give to the poor
Lev. 19:10
“Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyard bare,
nor gather up the grapes that have fallen.  These things
you shall leave for the poor and the alien. I, the Lord,
am your God.”
– Law of Gleaning
– People centered or profit centered
4. Give to the Lord
Prov. 3:9
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits
of all your produce”
– When You give, you become more of Christ to others
– When you give, you open yourself more to joy, more love.
– You cannot outdo God in His generosity.

Jesus Entrepreneur – Talk 3 – Multiply

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Jesus Entrepreneur – MULTIPLY

Luke 14:28-30
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower,
does not first sit down and count the cost,
whether he has enough to complete it?
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation,
and is not able to finish, all who see it
begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to
build and was not able to finish.'”

* A business should start by wanting to share to others.
* Who you want to serve and who you want to share.
* How do you multiply your business?
– Multiply your serving.
* Serve first and the money will follow
* 4 Ways to Increase Your Service
1. Scale = Quantity
– How many people are you serving?
– Henry Sy serve 1 Million people everyday
– Use Teams and technology
– Duplicate yourself
2. Increase Satisfaction = Quality
– How many customers are happy with your service?
– Psalms 22:29
“Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth
bow down; before him shall bow all who go down
to the dust, and he who cannot keep himself alive.”
3. Increase savings
– 60% – re-invest
– 40% – share profit
4. Increase symbiosis = Relationship
– Example:
I want to buy a book.
– someone sells a book whom I don’t know
– someone sells a book whom I know
– someone sells a book whom I like
– someone sells a book whom I love –> I will buy the book from
– 1 Peter 4:8
“Above all hold unfailing your love for one another,
since love covers a multitude of sins.”
* Best business strategy in the world is LOVE.

My Reflection:

It’s still all about relationship and love.

Jesus Entrepreneur – Talk 2 – Subtract

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* Are you using your special gift for the good of others?

* Just like in a tree, the fruit should be eaten by others.  The tree does not eat its own fruits.  Every gift that we have should be used for others.  This is how we can love.

* Spear vs Shield  — In a war, the spear is more powerful, because it gets the job done — it kills the enemy.

* The law of FOCUS —  Successful people are focused on one thing

* Focus is painful  — because you have to say NO to many things and say YES to only one thing.  Because when you say YES to everything, you lack focus, and you wont get the job done.

* Jack of all trades, master of none.

* What is your special gifts?  Focus on that one thing.

* 3 Things That You Need to Subtract

1. Distraction

Misconception # 1 – Winners do what’s hot.

Winners don’t care what is hot outside, but what’s hot inside him.

What do I love doing?  What don’t I like doing?

What is that one thing that you’re passionate about?

FOLLOW YOUR ANOINTING.

Misconception #2 – Successful people do many things.

At first, before they become successful, they master only 1 skill.

But as time goes by, when he already mastered that 1 thing, he can try out another, and focus on that new thing.

Laser Focus

In the end, they can create multiple income stream, but from the start, this is not so.  Since they are very much

focused on that 1 skill first.  And they master it.

When you are still starting your own business, subtract the following:

1. Décor — business overhead — remove unnecessary things that costs too much.

2. Personal Overhead — co-mingling of funds – Example, you are successful at the start, then, you want to reward yourself and buy yourself a brand new watch using the funds of the business.

Suggestion – 60% of the profit — revolve it in the business, or invest it in the stock market

– Simplify!

3. Delusion — pride comes before destruction

Fatal Mistake # 1 – Start big

If you start small, you make small mistakes.  If you start big, you make big mistakes.

Never hurry

Business has its own time and season.

Fatal Mistake # 3 – Borrow Big

If the interest costs at least 2% per month, don’t borrow from there.

* Go for more, if more means God.  — If more means more love, more service.

* Go back to your original why.  Why do you want to build a business?

* Do you have more of God to your life now?

* Use money to serve and love God.

* Focus more on Jesus

* Let go of the things that would draw you away from God.

My Reflection:

In the end, the reason for having a business is to love God and to love others.  Subtract what is moving you away from God.  He is the only reason for everything that we do.  Because He is our creator, and He created us and gave us gifts and talents so that we can receive His love, and that we can love Him back when we use these gifts.