Schlagwort-Archive: and

He Begged God To Bring Back His Dying Fiancé And Now He’s Living Each Day Like A Gift

Chris Blue's fiancé was battling bone marrow cancer and almost died on the operating table. He knew God had put her in his life for a reason and he asked her to marry him. And now he is taking a big risk and trying to live his dream. And his emotional version of 'The Track Of My Tears' wowed the judges and us. God bless this young couple!

https://youtu.be/_3Fpm_6Go_g

 

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

The Church is Your Family

The church – your local group of believers – will encourage and guide you as you grow spiritually.

Written by GodLife
Series: Look to Jesus
Tags: Church And Community, Family
When you became a follower of Jesus, you were “born again” (John 3:3). Can you imagine being a newborn baby just coming home, and your parents left you alone on the floor, giving you no food, milk, clean diapers, or love? That would be terrible!

The Church — Not a Building, But People
As a physical family makes sure you get fed and loved, the church – your local group of believers – will encourage and guide you as you grow spiritually.

One of the most important things your church does is remind you often of the main points of the gospel:

Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for your sins and rose again to show His power over death,
Everyone who has by faith received God’s free gift is forgiven of their sins and becomes God’s child,
Jesus lives in each believer today through His Holy Spirit, giving them power to live a God-pleasing life.
The Church is a Team
Not only do YOU need the church, but the church needs YOU! Imagine a soccer team where everyone wanted to be the goalkeeper. How ridiculous to have 11 goalies! God has designed the church with different roles — meaning, the team is not complete without you, and you are lacking without the team.

"But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body" (1 Corinthians 12:18-20).

Don’t Let the Wolves Get You
When a pack of wolves goes hunting, they try to separate young or weak animals from the herd, where they are easily captured and eaten. Satan looks for people to devour, just like wolves do (1 Peter 5:8). By spending time with other believers, you’ll grow strong in your faith. Then, you can resist the devil, and he’ll run away from you (James 4:7).

Look to Jesus
Do you meet with other believers regularly? If not, ask God to help you find a group of strong believers to meet with. He knows how desperately you need to be connected to other followers of Jesus, have a spiritual family and share this message with someone who needs to hear it. If you do not have a church family, ask God to lead you to one or to a Christian in your area.

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

God uses His power for His glory and our good.

God’s Power in Your Life: Power with Purpose
God uses His power for His glory and our good.

Written by Hope on 01/11/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Power, Purpose, Glory, Good, Goodness
We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose.

Romans 8:28
God has forgiven you; God has taught you; God has empowered you to do His work. But what is the purpose of His work in your life?

1. It’s For The Glory of God:
Have you ever wondered why you exist? What is your purpose here on earth?

Jesus tells us what He wants from us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind” and “Love others as much as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). Everything we do must be to bring honor to the Lord. He empowers you to bring Him glory in your home, in your community, and in the world.

In all of human history, God has been trying to reach out to people; and He empowers His followers to show others His greatness, His goodness, and His love:

“Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the Lord.
Day after day announce, ‘The Lord has saved us!’
Tell every nation on earth, ‘The Lord is wonderful and does marvelous things!
The Lord is great and deserves our greatest praise!
He is the only God worthy of our worship’” (I Chronicles 16:23-25).

Our purpose — your purpose as a Christian — is to praise the Lord, “so at the Name of Jesus, everyone will bow down. And to the glory of God the Father, everyone will openly agree, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord!’” (Philippians 2:10-11).

2. It’s The Path of The Righteous Man:
Psalm 23 rejoices in the comfort and provision that the Lord gives His people. It talks about how He leads us to victory in spite of the overwhelming odds, ensuring us of His eternal love, peace, and life. All these things are good! But why does He do them?

The Psalm explains, promising that the Lord “leads me along the right paths” (Psalm 23:3). The Lord is true to His Word! He has promised good for His people. When people witness this goodness, they can recognize that God is great. “For His Name’s sake” shows that God wants to uphold this reputation, this fame, for being so good.

As you experience God’s goodness, He empowers you to bring Him glory. And God is glorified by the goodness in your life.

Pray this week:

Dear Lord, empower me to experience Your goodness and to bring You glory! Amen

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

God’s Power in Your Life: Living God's Will
God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

Written by Hope on 18/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Life, Power
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.

II Timothy 3:16
Do you know that God is calling YOU to live out an extraordinary life by following His commandments and seeking His will for your life? After you have experienced the power of God’s forgiveness, you can allow His power to remake your life in His ways.

Here are ways you can learn to listen for His teachings:

1.Obey God’s Word
“What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12)! The Bible is full of stories that tell of God’s love and hopes for His people. Reading and studying it regularly will help you come to know Him better. When you have questions about what you should do, use God’s Word as “a lamp that gives light wherever you walk” (Psalm 119:105). The stories of the people featured in God’s Word often present great examples of how we should behave (or how not to behave!). No example is better than that of God the Son, Jesus Christ.

2. Jesus Was Called “Rabbi,” Which Means “Teacher”
How can we know that God wants us to learn? Well, while He lived on earth, Jesus took the title of teacher — He was famous for it: even when potential enemies met with him, they said, “‘Teacher, we know that you are honest. You teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.’” (Matthew 22:15-16). Jesus taught His followers, “If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.” (John 14:21). Learn what Jesus has to say, and learn to obey those instructions, depending on His power to make it possible for you to do so.

3. Let God Teach You
“I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8). God’s power is so great that He knows you: He knows who you really are; He knows your situation; He knows what you want and what you need! Tell Him what you need, and listen for His guidance. The Apostle Paul advised, “Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other” (Colossians 3:16). Ask trusted Christian friends, family, and leaders for godly support and prayer. Compare their advice with what you find in God’s Word (Acts 17:11) as you seek the power of God’s will in your life.

Pray this week:

O Lord, along with Psalm 25:4, I pray that You will show me the right path; and point out the road for me to follow. Amen.

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

How To Compete With Big Companies And Win

By Jabed Hasan | October 7, 2016

You’ve probably read about the story of Goliath of Gath.

He was a giant Philistine warrior who was defeated by the young boy David, the future king of Israel.

History has shown us time and time again that it’s possible to compete and win the big guys.

MySpace was once the biggest social media site in the world and the most visited in the United States. But it lost the social media battle to Facebook.

Today, MySpace is almost dead.

Yahoo was once the #1 search engine on the web. Google is now the undisputed search engine in the world.

Recently, Yahoo was sold to Verizon for $5 billion. Forbes called it the saddest deal in the tech history.

In fact, the story goes like this:

1998: YAHOO refused to acquire Google for $1 million.

2002: YAHOO realized its mistake and offered $3 billion. Google requested $5 billion. YAHOO refused.

2008: Microsoft offered 50B to acquire YAHOO. YAHOO rejected the offer.

2016: YAHOO has been acquired for $5 billion.

The current value of Google is around $545 billion.

No big company is safe.

You can compete and win.

Apple was once a garage shop that competed with the big guys like IBM and software giant Microsoft. It won!

Apple is the world’s most valuable brand today.

Some marketing and business strategies that will help your startup (David) compete and win your established and big competitors (Goliaths).

Free PDF Download: Get access to the free checklist that will show you how to compete with big companies and win.
Go Niche. Expand Later.
Your established competitors are BIG.

Your startup is small. That’s the truth.

Here comes the biggest mistake most startup founders make:

They want to act big.

You shouldn’t act big because your capital and resources aren’t as much as that of your competitors.

But there’s a smart way to crush your big competitors:

Focus. Specialize. Niche.

These are the keys.

When Facebook started out, they didn’t compete directly with MySpace.

They didn’t act big like MySpace. They can’t.

Facebook acted small. Very small.

Back when it launched, it focused on Harvard students.

It captured Harvard.

Then it moved to other campuses until it has captured every one of them.

It all started from somewhere.

Remember:

Focus. Specialize. Niche.

Amazon is the world’s biggest online retailer with 74.1% market share.

But that wasn’t how it started.

Amazon started as a bookstore.

Back in 1997, Barnes & Noble sued Amazon for claiming to be “the world’s biggest bookstore.”

Today, Amazon is the biggest online retailer.

That’s the power of starting from a niche. That’s the power of focus. That’s the power of specialization.

Selling a large number of different products will be a nightmare. You’ll be trying too hard to appear big when, in fact, you’re so small.

Save yourself the stress. You won’t win when you compete this way.

Compete smart.

Drop any product that doesn’t contribute to growth.

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company was struggling and almost at the edge of collapsing.

Apple had 20+ product lines at the time.

Jobs cut that number to 4.

So Apple focused on 4 great products:

A consumer desktop
A consumer notebook
A pro desktop
And A pro notebook
He was proved right.

Apple turned profitable and went to become the most valuable brand in the world under Jobs’ leadership. That’s the power of going niche and focus.

Scott Gerber, the founder of Sizzle It! wrote on the Entrepreneur Magazine:

“In 2004, my partners and I launched a typical “do everything” video production company.

After years of under-performing, I transformed the company into a single product specialist.

While the vast majority of video production companies still tout their large service rosters, Sizzle it! has carved out a niche as the only company that specializes in sizzle reels–stylized 3-to-5 minute product videos commonly used by PR and marketing professionals.

Result; Sizzle It! has emerged as a go-to company for sizzle reels and benefits from top keyword visibility on all major search engines.”
There are thousands of T-Shirt stores both online and offline. But Threadless is different.

Threadless is a user-generated T-Shirt and apparel website that determines its product line based on the results of online design competitions.

Though the management doesn’t disclose revenues, it was estimated that the company makes $30 million sales per year and a 30% profit margin.

In 2008, Threadless was featured on the cover of Inc. as “The Most Innovative Small Company in America.”

Being everything to everyone is impossible. You have to be one thing. Do one thing extremely well.

One thing the world could associate your startup with.

You can’t be all over the map claiming you do all things well. That will only hurt you more and give more power to the established companies.

Smaller is bigger in business. It’s highly focused. It gives you the chance to win against the bigger guys.

A niche is a targetable part of the market.

When you go niche, you’re a specialist providing a product or service that focuses on a specific need a group of individuals or companies have. Your big competitors shouldn’t be meeting that need.

If your big competitors are meeting that need, then it’s not a niche.

For example, Google is the world’s biggest search engine. It’s for everyone.

How about a search engine for kids?

That looks like a niche. This is just an example.

Creating a search engine for kids is a real challenge.

The point here is to differentiate yourself so small that your biggest competitors won’t feel like you’re taking the majority of their market share away.

Before they know it, you’ve already taken a big chunk that you’re almost ready to expand.

By then, they won’t see you as another small startup, but a real competitor.

Niche marketing is really easier.

Your positioning and branding will make attracting people easier.

People with similar interests behave the same way and are attracted to similar things. Your customers will be the one doing the majority of the marketing for you instead of the other way round.

Getting repeat business would also be easier because you can deliver a better product and service that’s based on the customer needs.

Build And Leverage Your Personal Brand
Your personal brand is how you sell when your product is completely unknown.

When you’ve worked hard to build a personal brand, it’ll lend trust and authority to any product and company you create.

For example, Ramit Sethi has worked hard for years to build his personal brand.

Today any product he creates sells fast.

It’s because people know him.

It’s because they trust him.

His online courses such as Earn1k, Zero To Launch, and the Fitelligent were all successful.

Building a personal brand is now more important than ever. It’s your key to driving growth for your small company.

In the early stages of your company, people are more interested in you than what your company has to offer them.

When you’ve built a personal brand, selling your product becomes easier.

It’ll also be easier to get other people on board to market your product.

It’s because you’ve built a relationship with them through your personal brand.

You may begin wondering what a personal brand is and why it’s really important?

Your personal brand is how others see you.

It’s important that people have a positive view of you.

In addition to that, the relationship you have with people is very important.

You should engage people on a personal level. That’s how you develop a great relationship with them.

Meet a lot of people.

Help a lot of people.

Share your knowledge and ideas with them.

The relationships you build through this will be valuable for your startup. It could mean going from point A to Point B.

It could mean getting that big client that will move your company up on the ladder.

You Have to Give to Receive
Are you ready to get massive customers for your company?

You have to give and help a lot of people.

Think about what you can offer others more than what you can get from them.

In his words, here’s how Sujan Patel is giving to promote his company:

“One of the first things I did was begin to host some dinners for marketers and entrepreneurs.

I simply wanted to get people together to share knowledge and ideas. I certainly had no intention of selling or pushing my products on them.

I made a point of holding these dinners in various locations around the world. The idea was that I would appear more successful than I was at the time, that I was jet-setting around the world for business meetings.

This was all part of the bigger building-a-brand-to-sell plan.”
So, start giving.

Start writing a lot of high-quality blog posts.

Start appearing on podcasts that will have you.

Start hosting dinners with professionals in your industries and those related.

Start offering one-on-one consultations with potential customers.

Start doing webinars. This can be highly rewarding for your startup.

Just continue helping people, and the selling part will naturally take care of itself.

When you create a lot of helpful contents online, people will start finding your website on search engines. This means another avenue to promote your company.

Content is the fuel of social media too.

Giving in the form of high-quality contents is a great way to gain an advantage over your established competitors.

When you apply this advice, you’ll find that your startup will succeed pretty much faster.

Have An Awesome Customer Service
Customer service is a brilliant way to compete with the big guys.

For example, Zappos built a billion-dollar empire on their ability to deliver an excellent customer service alone.

In fact, delivering an excellent customer service is Zappos main company values.

There are thousands of negative customer service stories on the web, but only a very few people (if they ever existed) can say a bad thing about Zappos.

Here’s one of the amazing statements coming directly from the CEO.

“We believe that the speed at which a customer receives an online purchase plays a very important role in how that customer thinks about shopping online again in the future, so at Zappos.com, we have put a lot of focus on making sure the items get delivered to our customers as quickly as possible.

In order to do that, we warehouse everything that we sell, and unlike most other online retailers, we don’t make an item available for sale unless it is physically present in our warehouse.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
Speed is one of the keys to delivering an excellent customer service.

STELLAservice conducted a response time report in 2011 and found that the average email response time for the to 100 Internet companies was 17 hours.

Frost reported that 41% of consumers surveyed listed being put on hold as their biggest frustration.

So make sure you don’t leave customers waiting.

No company is perfect. You’ll have some unsatisfied customers.

How you deal with tough customers can have a big negative or positive impact on your reputation.

Don’t be afraid to admit mistakes if the blame is on you.

And sometimes, the blame might be on the customer, but that doesn’t mean the customer is bad.

One unhappy customer can lead to 5 lost customers.

Even Amazon care about its customers.

“In 2007, an Amazon customer ordered a new PlayStation for his son for Christmas.

When the shipping company delivered the parcel, the customer was away and had a neighbor sign for the package.

The neighbor left the package outside the customer’s house (in which it soon disappeared).

When the customer realized what had happened, he was left in complete shock.

Even though Amazon was not to blame for this mistake, they were quick to resolve this by not only sending a new PlayStation in time for Christmas, but did not charge for the extra shipping.”
A recent survey found that 68% of consumers would react by telling family and friends about a bad experience by posting it on a social network.

And as each Facebook profile has an average of 229 friends, the reach of this experience can quickly reach thousands.

There is great value in ensuring you deliver a positive customer service.

RightNow Technologies 2011 Customer Experience Report found that 86% of U.S. adults are willing to pay more for a better customer experience and 73% of U.S. adults said a friendly customer service made them fall in love with a brand.

Not only will brands get happy, loyal customers but will see increased business.

Improving your customer service is the key to competing with the big companies.

Can’t wait to win your big competitors?

Start applying these tips today.  http://www.mountnow.com/compete-big-companies-win/#

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

Trust…Believe…And Act On The Word

So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his
voice, do not harden your hearts…
(Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV).
When God’s Word comes to you, the first and
important thing to do is to accept it. This
may sound too simple for some people, but the things
about God are so simple; He’s never complicated. If
He were to come to us in His complexity, no one will
even be saved. He’d remain a mystery. So, accept Him
in His simplicity, and accept all that He’s done for you.
That’s what it takes.
He’s called you to fellowship; accept it. He’s given
you eternal life; accept it. He’s made you righteous,
strong, vibrant, healthy, prosperous and influential;
accept it! If you don’t accept what He’s done for you,
given you, and made you—and live accordingly—you’ll
be a victim in life. There’re people who say, “If God
is real, let Him do something about my situation.”
He already did; so stop waiting. Find out what the
Word says about that situation; accept it, and live
accordingly.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of
the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.” The Gospel of Christ is a
message that works only for the one who believes. If
you don’t believe it, it won’t work, even though it’s
the power of God. Believe and accept that God has
blessed you. He’s not planning to do it, He’s done it
already: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians
1:3).
Even now, if there’s a situation in your life that you
want changed, you can receive a miracle by saying
“Yes” to the Word! Quit thinking, “Is there hope for
me?” Yes. Christ is your hope. His Word is the answer.
There have been many like you who were in similar
situations and had a transformation. If the Word could
produce results for them, it’ll do the same for you. Trust
the Word. Believe the Word. Act on the Word
Confession I delight in the Word of God, for it’s perfect; enriching and beautifying my life. The glorious life is mine as I acknowledge and receive every good thing that I have in Christ Jesus, walking in the light and reality of who I am in Christ. Righteousness, joy, peace, prosperity, health and strength are mine, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

25 Years of Learning and Laughing with Warren Buffett

Bill GatesfalseFollowingUnfollowBill Gates
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
I don’t remember the exact day I first met most of my friends, but with Warren Buffett I do. It was 25 years ago today: July 5, 1991.

I think the date stands out in my mind so clearly because it marked the beginning of a new and unexpected friendship for Melinda and me—one that has changed our lives for the better in every imaginable way.

Warren has helped us do two things that are impossible to overdo in one lifetime: learn more and laugh more.

Over the last quarter-century of our friendship, we’ve done a lot of both. Melinda and I often find ourselves recounting some gem of wisdom Warren shared with us, or, chuckling when we recall something funny he said or did.

To mark the anniversary of our friendship, I thought I would share some of my favorite memories of our time together. Warren and I also created a virtual reality film together at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Meeting, which you can watch on my blog.

 

An Awkward Start: At first glance, Warren and I may seem like a mismatch. I’m a technology nerd. He’s an investor who doesn’t use email. In fact, I never expected to be friends with him.

In 1991, when my mother called me to come out to our vacation home on Hood Canal to meet a group of friends, including Warren, I didn’t want to go. I told her I was too busy at work. Warren would be interesting, my mother insisted. But I wasn’t convinced. “Look, he just buys and sells pieces of paper. That’s not real value added. I don’t think we’d have much in common,” I told her. Eventually, she persuaded me to go. I agreed to stay for no more than two hours before getting back to work at Microsoft.

Then I met Warren. He started asking me some questions about the software business and why a small company like Microsoft could expect to compete with IBM and what were the skill sets and the pricing. These were amazingly good questions that nobody had ever asked. We were suddenly lost in conversation and hours and hours slipped by. He didn’t come across as a big shot investor. He had this modest way of talking about what he does. He was funny, but what impressed me most was how clearly he thought about the world. It was a deep friendship from our very first conversation.

Oreos for Breakfast: One thing that was surprising to learn about Warren is that he has basically stuck to eating what he liked when he was six years old. He did move past baby food, of course, but he mostly eats hamburgers, ice cream, and Coke. (That’s one reason it’s so fun to go out to dinner with him.) I remember one of the first times he stayed at our house and he opened up a package of Oreos to eat for breakfast. Our kids immediately demanded they have some too. He may set a poor example for young people, but it’s a diet that somehow works for him.

“We love what you’ve done with the dining room, Warren!” When Warren invited Melinda and me to stay at his house in Omaha for the first time, he gave us a tour. When we got to the dining room, we saw that there were no seats on the chairs. Warren was as surprised as we were. “What’s going on?” he said, examining his chairs. Eventually, he learned that the cushions had been removed months before to get reupholstered, but he had not noticed until then. (He must have been eating his Oreos and ice cream in the kitchen.) We’ve been laughing about that visit ever since.

 

Emotionally Invested: Warren earned a reputation as the “Oracle of Omaha” for his shrewd approach to investing in business. But he’s equally gifted at investing in people. I’m always amazed how he is able to draw people in and make it fun for them to learn from him. Even though he keeps up a hectic schedule, Warren finds time to nurture friendships like few other people I know. He picks up the phone and calls to say hello. He regularly sends articles he’s read in the mail that he thinks Melinda or I will find interesting.

I’ve learned many things from Warren over the last 25 years, but maybe the most important thing is what friendship is all about. It’s about being the kind of friend you wish you had yourself. Everyone should be lucky enough to have a friend who is as thoughtful and kind as Warren. He goes out of his way to make people feel good about themselves and share his joy about life.

To this day, every time I go to Omaha (which I try to do whenever I can), Warren still drives out to the airport to pick me up.

It’s a small gesture, but it means the world to me. I’m always impatient for the plane doors to open because I know Warren will be waiting with a new story or a joke and I’ll be learning and laughing with him all over again.

Thanks for your friendship, Warren. It’s been an amazing 25 years. I look forward to making many more memories with you in the years ahead.

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e