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Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and
Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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CHRISTIANS IN BUSINESS
Do You Advertise As a Christian Business?
This is a serious question for many business owners. Should you
advertise your business as Christian and risk backlash from non-Christian
customers, or accept it fully and be completely honest with your market?
As Christians and business professionals, we ponder the pros and cons
of how Christian businesses are accepted. While being honest about Christian
principles and values for a business may prove risky in some markets, I believe
it’s what we’re called to do.
Sale or Not to Sale .....
By Ron McKinney l The Church Guide
“Remember the Lord
your God, for it is He
who gives you the
ability to produce
Fall is here, finally. It seems as though we all have a better outlook and
energy to get things done. I am seeing Garage Sale advertising already. Spring
is a good time to go through those attics, closets, garages and any other
cluttered places in your home, to eliminate items we have not used for a while.
What is stopping us from completing these tasks? Time and making decisions.
To do a good job it will take time and making decisions actually slows down the
process thusly taking more time.
Let’s consider the amount of time for the garage sale. Cleaning out those
cluttered spaces. This can take a few hours to a couple of days. What to keep,
sell, throw away, give to family or give to a charity are a consideration for each
item. If you keep it, we must decide where it truly belongs. If you sell it, it needs
to be cleaned and made presentable. If you throw it away a dumpster is easy
but it may require a visit to the land fill. If you give it to family do they really
desire it or does it become their clutter. ...
North Carolina Restaurant Gives
“Praying in Public” Discount
A restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina offers a surprising deal. If
patrons pray before their meal, they receive 15 percent off. Mary’s Gourmet Diner
has been giving praying customers a break for four years, but the unpublicized
discount is only just now gaining attention.
Restaurant owner Mary Haglund said the discount is intended to be a kind
gesture for people who take the time to give thanks. “For me, every plate of food is a
gift. And I never take that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant
honoring their gratefulness at my table...it touches my heart,” she said.
As the child of a preacher and missionary in the Philippines, Mary Haglund is
very familiar with poverty and need. And she knows how important it is to have a
grateful heart for what you do have. For that reason, when Mary sees one of her
customers giving thanks before their meal, she will reward their gratitude.
She’ll discount their bill by 15 percent.
"For me, every plate of food is a gift. And I never take
that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant
honoring their gratefulness at my table," Mary told The
Blaze, "it touches my heart."
While Mary has not made it a mandatory practice at
her restaurant; she has reportedly instructed her staff that
whenever they witness someone "praying in public" before
their meal, a server can give them the discount if they feel
compelled to do so.
Jordan Smith visited the diner and was surprised to
see $6.07 taken off her $40.50 bill. When she posted a photo of the receipt to
Facebook, it piqued national interest. “[We] prayed over our meal and the waitress
came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15
percent discount for praying,’ which I’d never seen before,” Smith said.
A Little Known Fact About Union Dues
James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics for The Heritage
Foundation, says one thing many workers and even union members do not know
is just how "left-wing" most major unions are on social issues.
"For example, the United Food and Commercial Workers gave $10,000 to
Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, last year," he reports.
"That was union members' dues [that] went directly to subsidize performing
abortions. The Service Employees International Union gave $25,000 to Planned
Parenthood's Action Fund and then another $25,000 to subsidize the daily
operations, which included over 300,000 abortions at Planned Parenthood last
Sherk adds that most major unions have also passed resolutions
supporting abortion on demand.
"And they are very hostile to the notion of marriage being a union of a man
and a woman," the analyst continues. "Many workers who belong to unions and
pay union dues aren't aware that their dues often times go to causes that they in
many cases strongly oppose."
The AFL-CIO, which has not returned e-mails requesting interviews, has
voiced its support for immigration reform, an issue that even some Republican
lawmakers favor, in addition to abortion rights and same-sex "marriage." Still,
some other lawmakers and voters on the center-right do not support such
Standing on Faith May Cost
Them Their Business
New York's Division of Human Rights recently found
Liberty Ridge Farm guilty of discrimination for refusing to
allow their property to be used for a wedding ceremony for
two lesbians. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for
Constitutional Freedoms points out that the owners are
Christians who object to participating in same-sex
ceremonies because of their faith.
“Now with that being said, I'm thankful that the
Giffords, the farm owners, have actually drawn a line in the
sand and are not going to participate in those ceremonies,
but sadly it's going to cost them their business,” he says.
“They will be doing no more ceremonies at their farm.”
The state has fined the Giffords $10,000 and awarded
damages of $1,500 to each of the lesbians, totaling $13,000.
McGuire agrees that what activists want is for Christians to
shut up or be shut down, but it takes government
involvement in the form of discrimination to accomplish the
goals of activists.
“That's why our organization is standing with the
Giffords and Liberty Ridge Farm.”
We've established a Liberty Fund. The public can visit
AlbanyUpdate.com to participate in that, but we'd like to
stand in solidarity financially with this family farm. In
whatever fines they are facing, we’d like them to be joined by
Christians all across the country saying You don't stand
alone when you stand for what is right.”
McGuire points out that a $13,000 bill from the state is
a substantial blow for any small business owner.
Surrendering Her Restaurant
To God Didn’t Sound Like a
Good ‘Business Coach’ Idea --
Until She Tripled Her Revenue
In hard times, she decided to put her money where
her faith was: She handed her cash register over to the
“Sometimes you just have to give control back to
God,” North Carolina restaurant owner Dana Parris told
the Gaston Gazette.
Parris’ diner, Just Cookin, had been struggling
over the two years since it opened, so she tried a radical
strategy to rescue her business: She said she put it in
God’s hands by letting customers decide how much they
want to pay for their meals.
“[The Lord] just came to me and said I don’t need
to do it, I need to let him do it,” Parris said. “The way I
could show I was giving God control was to give him
control of the cash register.”
Parris said the move has done nothing but good
things for her restaurant.
A few people in need have been able to eat and
pay very little, while many more people have opened up
their hearts — and their wallets — and paid a lot more
than the going rate.
“You stepped out on faith,” patron Roger Self
recalled telling Parris. “I’m going to step out on faith, too.”
Self said he then paid her twice the normal price
for his grilled chicken sandwich.
“I thought that [letting customers choose prices]
probably wouldn’t be the recommendation of a business
coach,” Self added, “but if the Lord is the coach, then
how could she go wrong?”
All told, Parris said Just Cookin’s revenues have
tripled since she adopted the “pay what it’s worth to you”
policy — and the benefits of handing control over to God
have been spiritual and well as financial.
“There’s just a happiness and peace around here,”
Christian-Owned Bridal Shop Under
Fire for Declining Lesbian Gown Fitting
By Heather Clark l Christian News
A Christian-owned bridal shop in Pennsylvania is under fire for declining
to schedule a gown fitting for two lesbian women.
According to reports, an unidentified woman called W.W. Bridal
Boutique in Bloomsburg recently to schedule a gown fitting for herself and her
lesbian partner. When the owner, Victoria Miller, declined by stating that the
business could not accommodate the request, the woman took to Facebook to
post about the matter.
“Unfortunately, she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us
because they currently do not service same-sex couples — it’s just not
something they do,” the unidentified woman said.
“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,” Miller told reporters
this week. “And providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage
would break God’s law.”
9 to 5: The New Window
By Mac Pier
Jesus probably spent more time in the
marketplace than anywhere else. Of His 132 public
appearances recorded in the New Testament, 122
were in the marketplace. Over 85 percent of the
parables Jesus told had a workplace context.
This fall, business leaders will join other
Christian leaders from every sector of society when
they convene at Movement Day in New York City for
the fifth consecutive year. The idea is to transform
cities through "Gospel Movements" by showing
marketplace leaders that their influence in the
workplace is a fundamental key to that transformation.
Since vast numbers of people spend the
majority of their waking time at work or work-related
events, it makes sense that Christians in the
workplace devote a significant amount of time
investing in workplace relationships with the ultimate
goal being sharing to introduce others to God and His
I believe that with the right attitude and
approach, Christians in the workplace have an
unprecedented opportunity to influence people from
all walks of life and in the process, see the Kingdom
of God advanced and their cities changed.
While many believe that the marketplace is a
key place to transform cities for Christ, many also do
not understand the call to let their faith lead them in
business—but that is beginning to change.
A friend of mine, Bob Doll, recently posed the
question: "Why is there not more transformation in the
marketplace?" His answer was, "because we haven't
taken seriously the concept of our calling in the
workplace. God has a holy calling for each of us."
Billy Graham has said the marketplace in this
century will be for the spread of the gospel what the
medical profession was last century. Do you work
heartily for the Lord as a marketplace person? We
now have a 9-5 window as opposed to the 10/40
window. We need to match our action and attitudes to
God's, and Movement Day seeks to do that very thing.
During the one-day event, there are multiple
tracks available. For example, in the Faith & Work
Interactive Track, marketplace leaders will gather with
other faith leaders from organizations such as Center
for Faith and Work with Redeemer City to City, Cru,
Theology of Work Project, The Navigators, New
Canaan Society and others from around the world to
hear from some of the greatest minds on urban
ministry, to share ideas and establish measurable
goals that will lead to lasting gospel movements in
their cities. It is not just about discussion, but
mobilizing Christian leaders to address some of the
crippling spiritual and social issues of our time.
While most conferences often focus on church
leaders, this congress goes beyond a single day to
convene and mobilize Christian leaders from not only
the church, but from business, government, nonprofits
and para-church ministries as well. It is conducted in
collaboration with Tim Keller as featured faculty and
co-hosted by American Bible Society and World
The goal is to encourage marketplace leaders
and inspire them as gospel city movement
practitioners, to understand there are opportunities for
them to apply their gifts and talents to help accelerate
a strategic gospel impact in their city.
7 Things Christians Should Know
About Faith in the Workplace
By Liberty Institute
Amid growing hostility toward religion, more
questions than ever before have arisen concerning what
kinds of religious expression are allowed in the
workplace—and to what extent. Adapted from a talk given
by Liberty Institute General Counsel Jeff Mateer, here are
seven things every business person should know about
faith in the workplace.
1. You cannot discriminate on the basis of religion.
This means religion cannot be used as a factor in hiring
decisions, promotions, treating employees unequally, or
2. You do not lose your religious-liberty rights by
engaging in business. The U.S. Supreme Court's
recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case quashes the
notion that Americans lose their religious rights by
engaging in business. The case affirmed that all
Americans—including business owners—have the rights
to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of
government compelling them to violate their beliefs.
Perhaps most importantly, the Supreme Court ruled that
courts are not permitted to question whether or not a
religious belief is reasonable, meaning that your sincerely
held religious beliefs are yours alone.
3. A business can be run on religious principles. An
employer does not discriminate on the basis of religion by
affirming the faith of its owners in business objectives,
and business owners are not required to abandon their
faith when setting principles and ethics for their company.
A businessperson of faith is free to run his or her
business according to the ethics they have learned via
4. You may engage in religious speech in the
workplace. Employers may talk to employees about
faith, so long as faith is not a requirement for continued
employment or advancement within the company.
Employers cannot, however, take adverse action against
an employee for disagreeing with their religious views.