5 Reasons to Study Scripture

This blog post was adapted from a Sunday School lesson that I prepared for the Harvard Avenue College/Career Ministry on Sunday, August 25, 2013 to begin a semester-long study entitled “Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World.” If you’re a young adult in the Siloam Springs area, join us Sunday mornings at 9:15a as we continue this study.

Key Text: 2 Timothy 3:12-17

Paul knew the persecutions that would be faced by those who lived a godly life in a godless culture. By the time he is writing to Timothy, he has been stoned, shipwrecked, snakebitten, jailed, beaten, left for dead, spat upon, cursed, jailed again, and condemned to die. Though our society isn’t as hostile to Christianity as Paul’s was, we will still face degrees of persecution as believers. Paul recognized that there was one thing that had helped him face his persecutions and would help Timothy face his: Scripture: the only unchanging truth in a changing world.  Read more of this post

The Entrepreneurial Race Part 4: Getting Sponsors

BTCC Final Round Brands Hatch 20th October 2012

This is the fourth post in the “Entrepreneurial Race” series. Click here to read Part 1: Getting to the Track (funding options), Part 2: Picking a Pit Crew  (selecting a Board of Advisors), and Part 3: On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! (launching).

Race cars have a lot of stickers on them. Each one represents a sponsor that has paid to have their logo placed on the vehicle with the expectation it will be seen in person, online, on TV, in a magazine, and in other images of the vehicle. The sponsorships help the race teams to pay their drivers and pit crews as well as cover fuel, tire, and maintenance costs for the race car.

Most entrepreneurs need to enlist their own sponsors at some point in their startup lifecycle. In order to get “stickers” on their startups to cover costs and accelerate growth, the founders must go out and pitch their businesses to potential investors [for more on four different funding options, check out Part 1 of this series].  Read more of this post

4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Starting a Business [Guest Post]

[Guest post courtesy of James Smith, co-founder of James+James. Scroll to the bottom to learn more about James and James+James.]

Twenty-two months ago I was unemployed. Today, I’m blessed with co-owning a furniture manufacturing company called James+James. Currently, James+James has over 17 full-time employees and has sold products in over 30 states and it’s still growing! My college friend James and I started the business in my garage and it has been one heck of a ride so far.

I was honored when Lawson asked me to pen a post about what I believe has been the main contributing factors to our continued growth. While I look forward to writing more in the future about our specific online and social strategies, I thought it best to start at a higher, less tactical level. With that in mind, here are four important tips to keep in mind when starting a business:  Read more of this post

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