A Model for Reforming the Global Economy

This article comes from Dr. Elijah Morgan in his book "The Economic Pendulum." 

THE CENTRAL ELEMENT TO A STRONG ECONOMY

It is time—indeed, it is past time—for us to rediscover the importance of the household as the central element for the health and success of both the economy and the church and to restore it to its rightful and indispensable place. The evidence of history leaves little doubt as to the critical importance of small businesses to the health and vitality of a nation’s economy, at least in countries where the economy is essentially decentralized and free-market forces are allowed to operate with minimal governmental restriction and regulation.

In the United States, for example, over 25 million small businesses employ over half of the private workforce in the nation, create 70% or more of all new jobs, 40% of new high-tech jobs, and account for over half of private gross domestic product annually. Over 50% of all new technologies and innovations come from small businesses. Not only do small businesses create the vast majority of new jobs, but they are also the gateway through which most people begin their working careers. Small businesses are the primary providers of opportunities for women and minorities to achieve financial success and independence. In the United States today, over half of all adults either are self-employed or work for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

A healthy economy depends on the presence of healthy, vital small businesses. When small businesses suffer, the economy suffers.

According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA), a small business is one that is independently owned and operated, exerts little influence in its industry, and employs fewer than 500 people. Large businesses, while presenting a significant competitive challenge to small businesses, especially those in the same or similar industry, are at the same time dependent on small businesses for a number of things. For one example, small businesses supply components needed by large companies, such as the manufacture of automobile parts used by the “Big 3”automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Many large companies choose to outsource certain business or administrative functions to small businesses, such as billing, advertising and marketing, payroll and accounting, bookkeeping, administration of health care benefits, etc. While a small business may exert little influence in its industry compared to large businesses in the same industry, at least in individual economic and monetary terms, its social, cultural, and even moral impact in its community and business sphere of influence can be very great indeed.

FAMILY VALUES THAT BECOME BUSINESS VALUES

One reason for this is that most small businesses are also family-owned businesses that operate according to the same principles and values of the families that own them. Many of these enterprises have been in business for decades, their success and longevity due to the effective transmission and perpetuation of these family values from one generation to the next. The positive impact of family values on small businesses and their communities is so marked that studies have been undertaken to identify these values, measure the extent of their influence, and explain the reasons for their effectiveness. One such study, conducted as a research project through the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, examined the longevity of Spanish family-owned businesses. Their research identified 14 key values that drove the success and longevity of these firms—and which undoubtedly also reflect the values of family-owned businesses anywhere in the world: respect, quality, excellence, entrepreneurship, humility, hard work, reputation, stewardship, social responsibility, accountability, prudence, loyalty, honesty, and profitability. In fact, these findings were compared with findings from earlier studies that looked at family-owned businesses in France, Italy, and Finland, to provide a true cross-cultural analysis. One reason this was done was to prevent cultural bias from skewing the results. Identified values from all of these studies were compared, and although the lists naturally varied somewhat in the specific values cited, allowing for different terms that define similar concepts and other terms that bear close relationship with each other, the lists were remarkably similar.

The three values that emerged as most important for the longevity of these family-owned businesses were quality, honesty, and hard work.

REFORMING A GLOBAL ECONOMY

These values, which are recognized factors in the long term success and viability of small family-owned businesses (households), are the same values one would expect to find in ancient Israel under the full operation of the sabbatical, Jubilee, and other domestic provisions codified in the Mosaic Law: a nation of entrepreneurs (self-employed) working their own land or business (private property), prospering through honesty, excellence, quality, and hard work, always laying the foundation for the success of the next generation through accountability (to God and each other), social responsibility (care for the poor) and good stewardship (before God) of their land or other resources.

Could it be that one reason the economies of the West lost their way is because the Church of Jesus Christ lost its way? Is our current abandonment of economic focus on the “households”of small family owned businesses in favor of centralized government control a reflection of the church’s abandonment of its original identity as a family household of faith in favor of the hierarchical institutionalization that came into its own at the time of Constantine? The best hope for reforming the global economic system to focus on households and on social and economic justice for all is for the church to recapture and re-embrace the family/ household mindset and structure it had at the beginning; a mindset where believers saw themselves—and lived accordingly—as a community of faith and the family of God.

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The Intention of the Father's Heart

This article comes from our CEO and Founder Vishal Jetnarayan in his book 'Designed to Hear God.'  Download your digital copy when you subscribe.

FRIENDSHIP

Everyone needs a friend—someone with whom we share affection and esteem, someone we are interested in and desire goodwill towards, someone we favor and who we can be cheerful, comforting, and amicable towards. But while most of us seek friendships with others, we are not always naturally inclined to desire a friendship with God, and this is for various reasons. To begin with, we don’t necessarily seek His ways. If we did, then the world around us would be a much more pleasant environment. At other times, we approach God the same way we approach some relationships in our lives— using control, manipulation, or self-interests. We attempt to exploit God, while lacking understanding of His affection for us. Nevertheless, it has always been the intent of our heavenly Father to be our friend.

Many people relate to God from fear of being punished or struck dead rather than loving and worshiping Him as a friend. Fortunately, there were men in the days of old who were able to go beyond the law and who became known as friends of God.

Before there was the law, Abraham was visited by God, and he had a relationship with God. The Bible says that God did not hide what He was doing from Abraham (see Gen. 18:17), but communicated His thoughts to him. The driving force behind Abraham’s relationship with God was that he was obedient to the Father and followed His voice (see Rom. 4; Gal. 3; James 2:23). But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend (Isaiah 41:8). Moses, another great leader, was able to establish a friendship with God that would change God’s heart from destroying the nation of Israel (see Exod. 32:10-15). So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11a). And then, there was the king who was known as a man after God’s own heart. David had a very special relationship with the Lord (see 1 Sam. 13:14). During most days, before he would finally be placed on the throne, he was on the run for his life from his jealous father-in-law, King Saul; and it was during these times that he grew much closer to the Lord. Throughout the Psalms, we read about his experiences and of his friendship with God.

WE ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet (Psalm 8:4-6). In this Scripture, we learn that God is “mindful”of man. In other words, He remembers us; He mentions us; He thinks of us. We are important to Him. He considers us, remembers us, and calls on us to come to this everlasting friendship that He will not walk away from. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (see Prov. 18:24).

In all of mankind, no matter who you are, there is that innate response to want to have a relationship with a “being”higher than man. But indeed, we are no longer on a search for Him because He has come in the flesh (see 1 Tim. 3:16), and His name is Jesus Christ. We don’t have to labor to have a relationship with Him, for His friendship is freely offered to us. He confirmed this friendship when He declared: No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:15). We are considered His friends, people who He is fond of, who are dear to His heart.

His friendship is not demanding but is a matter of mutual affection. I long for Him and He longs for me. As we desire to take on His characteristics, vision, and purpose, His friendship with us will lovingly convict, correct, instruct, and change our lives.

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Dynamic Covenant Series - 3 New Micro65 Books Coming Soon!

We are excited about this new series of Micro65 books coming out by Dr. Stephen Everett Spring of 2015.  More info coming soon!

First Fruit Music Website

First Fruit Music Website

First Fruit Music Website

It was a joy to work Quinton & Kimberley Moodley from Durban South Africa to build a website for them!  Here's a little note from them about what they do at First Fruit Music.

"We write music through meditation on the scriptures, by constant prayer, continual praise, practical aspects of our lives such as our personal experiences, and also through earnest studying of the word of God.
All of our writers are accountable to a Spiritual father who gives oversight and nourishes us through grace and word impartation. Whatever God gives to us, we give freely. We stand fast in the rule that Gods revelation should not be merchandised. We are merely stewards of His anointing and revelation."  
 

Dr. Sagie Book Signing & Bible Mnemonics App

Dr. Sagie's launched two books at the Apostolic Leadership Summit at the Gate in Sandton Johannesburg last weekend.  He has book launches in Durban & Cape Town later this month.  We are excited for his future projects coming out later this year!

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Do you Like studying the bible?  If so, you are going to want to purchase this app from itunes. Bible Mnemonics is a compilation of more than 20 years of work by Dr. S Y Govender, to enable students of the Word, to memorize scriptures. The word mnemonic is derived from an Ancient Greek word which means "memory". A Bible Mnemonic is the art of memorizing the Word of God. It is a learning technique that enables the student to bring scriptures to remembrance.

Ehad & 318 Son - New Micro65 Books

Dr. Sagie Govender is the senior minister of Antioch Christian Tabernacle and founder and presiding apostle of ABC Ministries. Antioch Christian Tabernacle is the local church and ABC Ministries is the resource center that resources pastors globally. Make sure you check all of Dr. Sagie's free resources on his website and keep coming back here for new upcoming books, which can be described as ground-breaking and insightful.

Dr. Sagie's new Micro65 book, Ehad, will be exclusively released February 2015 at The Gate Apostolic Leadership Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa along with The 318 Son.  Ehad: The Culture of Oneness, is an in-depth study that reveals the four demands of oneness that is imperative to attaining sonship.  If you are not going to be at the Gate Conference to get this book, pre-order now and we will ship it as soon as it is available in our worldwide distribution in March 2015.

In the meantime, grab a copy of his first Micro65 book, The 318 Son: Household of Abraham. In the Bible, “318” is prophetic of sons born and trained in one’s house, and are to be understood as adopted sons  who have the power  to defeat the four “kings” of negativity, a devil-centered mindset, poverty, and desolation.  Sons of the house—the “318s”—are no longer bound by these four enemies because they are overcomers, and the key to their victory is their obedience to their Father.

Birth of The Holy Nation by Corbett Gaulden

We are excited about this new book coming out by Corbett Gaulden in Spring 2015.  You can follow this author on his  website!

Birth of The Holy Nation Preview:

Even the most casual of students of the Bible know about the patriarchs, whose stories comprise the majority of the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament. And many others who are not as familiar with either the Bible or the term “patriarch” have at least heard the names Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

These three flawed and ordinary men occupy honored places of significance in God’s redemptive plan for humanity through the ages. Yet many Christians have little more than a superficial acquaintance with these figures, and therefore little understanding of their timeless importance.

In Birth of The Holy Nation, (in two volumes), Dr. Corbett Gaulden provides an in-depth analysis and examination of the biblical patriarchs and reveals their critical role in fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham, the first patriarch, to make of him a great nation that would be a blessing to the whole world. While this is a story that has been told before, Dr. Gaulden approaches it from a unique perspective, by revealing how God chose to carry out His master plan of human redemption across many generations through the basic yet complex (and some might say fragile) “fabric” of the human father-son relationship, which (ideally) reflects the heavenly FATHER-SON relationship between God the Father and Jesus.

New Website! E. Letz Design

We are proud to partner with Erin at E. Letz Design to come up with a website and logo to fit her new business!  Be sure to check out her website!

"E. Letz Design was formed upon Erin’s natural ability to draw the uniqueness from each individual and collaboratively design a space that is thoughtful, warm, inviting, and inspiring. With her keen eye and attention to every detail, Erin's finished spaces exhibit a harmonious blend of intertwined elements, marked by an extraordinary understanding of balance, visual texture, rhythm, and color. 

It's in the careful blending of elements masculine and feminine, classical and modern, weathered and refined, grounded and whimsical that E. Letz Design specializes.  Insisting on a foundation of quality craftsmanship, E. Letz Design happily marries form and function, layering elements together to create well-curated environments that are as exceptional as the people who inhabit them.  Her innate ability to understand, discover a unique style, and bring it to life has clients repeatedly saying, “Wow, you really get me.”

With solid experience in renovation and an exceptional understanding of materials and their possibilities, E. Letz Design has worked alongside talented builders and wonderful clients to conceptualize environments from the ground-up, as well as re-invent spaces, in both residential and commercial applications."

New Micro65 Book: The 318 Son

We have a new Micro65 book coming out in the next few weeks.  "The 318 Son", Household of Abraham by Dr. Sagie Govender.

Book Synopsis:

As the family of God, the Church is a dynamic entity structured on the Fatherhood of God in heaven and on sonship on the earth—male and female sons who bear His image. The local church is the quarry that shapes the sons of God to fit into the Corporate Church, which is His dwelling place. The local church, in turn, mirrors the heavenly relationship of Father (God) and Son (Jesus) on the earth.

The number “318” refers to a specific kind of son prefigured in the 318 “servants” of Abram who were born in his house. It also prefigures the Corporate Son, the Church. Abram used his 318 servants to defeat four kings and rescue his nephew Lot.

In the Bible, “318” is prophetic of sons born and trained in one’s house, and are to be understood as adopted sons who have the power to deliver those “wrapped” (the meaning of Lot’s name) in the paralysis of a sectarian spirit, and to defeat the four “kings” of negativity, a devil-centered mindset, poverty, and desolation.

Sons of the house—the “318s”—are no longer bound by these four enemies because they are overcomers, and the key to their victory is their obedience to their Father.

The Clay Monkey Website

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We are so excited to show you a new website we just put together for Kim at The Clay Monkey!  Kim is a fabulous local artist here in Chambersburg PA.  Kim is special to eGen because she is the creator of our amazing eGen mugs!  Stop by the office and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of our custom mugs made by The Clay Monkey!  Be sure to check check out her website and buy a custom clay piece for your collection.

Meet Kim Bard... Chief Monkey at The Clay Monkey

Meet Kim Bard... Chief Monkey at The Clay Monkey

Beginnings of The Clay Monkey.....
Pottery was introduced to me in 2008 when I took a 4-month beginner’s pottery class offered at my church, thinking it would be something fun to try. I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the class. Then in the fall of 2010, I decided to go back to school and obtain my master’s degree. Also that same fall, an opportunity for past pottery students at the church was offered for us to participate once a week in a relaxed and informal class where we could receive instruction or just hone our skills on the pottery wheel and with other techniques.