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2 Sow or Not 2 Sow: Board game merges God’s word, money matters

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Players engage in 2 Sow or Not 2 Sow board game.

By Michele Lawson
Special to Inside The Pew

Shevon Sampson is the founder of Sowers Reap International and the creator/designer of the Christian based board game 2 Sow Shavon Sampsonor Not 2 Sow.

“As a Mother and a Christian I been seeking ways to teach financial responsibility using the spiritual resources I have learned over the years,” Sampson said, “because, let’s face it, whether you are an adult or a child, talking finances is never exciting.”

A business woman who is a successful insurance and retirement consultant, Sampson often saw people struggling with the delicate balance of obtaining financial success, money management, and living a charitable lifestyle according to God’s plan.  As Christian adults, Sampson believes that it’s our obligation to work morally, be financially successful, and fiscally responsible so that we can provide for our biological family, church family and community. She will tell you, “By putting my faith in God’s ability to provide and by learning God’s will for me and my family in regards to making, saving, spending and giving money, my life has changed.”

Passionate about helping others change their life when it comes to finances, Sampson believes that you are never too young to learn about finances.

“We teach our children what God’s word says about every other aspect of their life so why not tell them what God says aboutPlayers engage in 2 Sow or Not 2 Sow board game. money matters?  They see mom and dad buying groceries, gas, clothing, giving at church and giving to others.  It is important that they understand that this is God’s will in action.”

That is the principle behind the conceptualized game 2 Sow or Not 2 Sow.  An interactive board game, 2 SOW OR NOT 2 SOW takes its players on an entertaining yet educational journey filled with life lessons, teachings about decision making and consequences and spiritual challenges.

What do others think about the project?  Sampson tells us, “Through hands-on research of playing a prototype of the game with people from all walks of life, we have found this to be an excellent game and teaching tool for children, teens, and adults.  Players enjoyed earning, budgeting, spending and investing all while learning the Bible’s message about money.”

To learn more about Sampson’s 2 Sow or Not 2 Sow, visit www.sowersreap.com or follow the company on Twitter @sowersreap and Facebook.

Michele Lawson, RHIT, is a freelance writer, brand manager, and public speaker who is passionate about helping other succeed in business. Previously trained at the University of Florida, Michele taught communication skills, diversity, professionalism, and effective job searching which included resume building and interviewing skills. Michele now helps others with professional development, social media marketing, and provides one-on-one coaching.

Love pens guide to help others walk in a spirit-filled life

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Natalia Love

By Natalia Love
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: Natalia Love is the author of “The ‘How to Love’ Manual” and a private practice pediatric physical therapist. “The ‘HowNatalia Love baptism to Love’ Manual” is a guide to walking the sacred path of love and relationship. It serves as an invitation to step into a new way of living love that is spirit-centered, love-inspired, and forgiving. And in her physical therapy practice, Love provides rehabilitation to beautiful children challenged by developmental delays and various pathologies such as stroke, brain injury, and genetic abnormalities.

Why did you create your business?

“The book was written as a result of a personal breakdown that led me into one of those dark nights of the soul. And as I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, God’s comforting presence grew, inspired me to write and literally saved me.

“My pediatric practice in physical therapy is what God has made me for and the love in my heart for our littlest ones, our children is truly a gift and a blessing to me. I try not to take it for granted.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“The best advice I can share with an entrepreneur is to fear the Lord. With great power comes great responsibility. We all will "The 'How To Love' Manual by Natalia Loverender an account before Him one day, and those of us who have been vested with much, will be responsible and held accountable for much and many. Therefore, we all must ask ourselves, are we doing the Lord’s business, or our own business? Does our business bring glory to God, or glory to the world and us? Is our life, personally and professionally in integrity with the Scriptures or with the world? It is always good to remember what the old proverb says, “The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I don’t know where to start… Will give some interesting tidbits about my life. I was born in communist Bulgaria. I grew up during the times of the Eastern European block and the subsequent harsh conditions during its collapse. I’ve had my tonsils surgically removed without anesthesia (example of harsh post-communist medical conditions). I was a child when Chernobyl, the devastating nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union happened, and was the first kid to be admitted to the thyroid hospital for surgery due to a thyroid involvement, which the doctors linked to the fallout radiation. My parents wanted to name me ‘Natalie’ but the government didn’t allow them because it was a western name. They settled for the Russian ‘Natalia.’  But they didn’t settle when it came about my baptism. They baptized me as a baby (Bulgaria practices Eastern Orthodox Christianity) in one of the underground churches left from Ottoman times. My father was not present because at the time he was working for National Security and was being afraid that someone will see him walking into the church and report him to the party. I left Bulgaria at the age of 22 never having seen a Bible in my life… there were none around.”

Follow The “How to Love” Manual on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-How-to-Love-Manual/310561518957350. Also follow Natalia’s writings at www.natalialove.org.

Five Feet Twenty has spiritual health of doctors, business leaders in mind

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By Jim Lange
Special to Inside The Pew

Jim Lange is founder of Five Feet Twenty, a business that serves business and ministry leaders. Five Feet Twenty serves its clients through:Lange_photo5

  • Books that help others to grow in their walk with Jesus (Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders and Calming The Storm Within: How to Find Peace in this Chaotic World – for more information and some free resources go to www.calmingthestormwithin.com);
  • A monthly magazine for Christian doctors and business owners that they provide to those they serve as a way to minister to them (to receive a free copy, go to www.5feet20.com/magazine);
  • Monthly Truth@Work roundtable meeting to help business and ministry leaders to grow their organizations in a Godly way while at the same time, helping them to grow personally and spiritually.

Why did you create your business?

“I began my business simply because the Lord led me to. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I’d be doing what I am doing now, but I feel like the most blessed person on the planet that I get to do what I do.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Matthew 6:33 and Psalm 62:1-2”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Don’t lose focus on what God has called you to do. Keep your eyes on Jesus!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“The name of my business (Five Feet Twenty) comes from my height. I am rather tall and get asked often how tall I am and I respond, “I’m five feet twenty.” That equates to six feet eight inches.”

Visit Lange’s blog at http://www.5feet20.com. Read more inspiring stories from Christian business owners at www.insidethepew.net and click the “business” header. To feature your business or to make a suggestion, email pewnews@aol.com.

Titles provide children a view of rescued Gulf Oil Spill pelicans

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By Lynda Deniger
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Lynda Deniger is president of HIS Publishing Company, a publisher of children’s books. The Abita Springs, La., resident will soon offer ebooks and Christian testimonials.Lynda_@_B&N-1 Deniger is the author of “Salty Seas and His Heroic Friends” and “Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill.”

Why did you create your business?

“I had written a children’s book manuscript in 1988 but kept telling myself I wasn’t a children’s author. I wouldn’t pursue publication until 2008 when I felt God impress me to self-publish. Once the process started I knew I wanted to perform the book for children. I got a mentor who taught me the art of storytelling and thousands of school children later, I found I really could entertain them and entice them to enjoy books and their stories.

When the Gulf Oil Spill happened, my characters ended up in the middle of it. Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill gives children a bird’s eye view of the event and how more than 2,000 pelicans were rescued, rehabilitated and released. It’s a realistic redemption story that provides valuable insight into the need for environmental stewardship.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Judges 18:9: ‘Arise… For we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good. Do not be too lazy to go; enter to possess the land.’ Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Walk in integrity in all you do. Seek God’s guidance for your business decisions and trust Him to direct your path. When you face obstacles, ask God for wisdom to handle it. Just believe that if He called you to step out in faith, He desires to bless you and the work of your hands.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I didn’t do kids. Didn’t have any; didn’t hang around them. Actually, I was afraid of them and didn’t know how to relate. I find it amazing that given my history with children that God would call me to write children’s books and bring them to life through my performances. But then again, I’ve been performing since I was three. God just changed the age of my audience. I find great delight in their awe and wonder about my books, especially when they ask for my autograph. Oh, to be a celebrity for God!”

Both books by Deniger are available at www.saltyseasandfriends.com. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

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The First Born Son Inc. helps restore individuals and families

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Ezechiel "Zeke" Bambolo

By Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo, Jr.
Special to Inside The Pew

Through The Firstborn Son, Inc., Bambolo and his staff delivers motivational talks to elementary, junior and senior high schools, college groups, family advocate groups, Ezechiel "Zeke" Bambolo churches, and corporations. The focus of their presentations is improving family dynamics across all of these demographics by introducing or enhancing the understanding of multi-generational family legacy.

Why did you create your business?

“Our culture is riddled and crippled by the promotion of individualistic pursuits. We have greatly lost the understanding and exhibition of true family unity (love, strength, commitment, purpose, perseverance, etc.) within the confines of traditional family. However, corporations have adopted the traits (family branding) which ought to make families powerful and are successfully piling billions of dollars in their bank accounts. In short, the principles work greatly if applied properly and purposefully to our traditional families.

We deliver speeches, but most importantly seminars which allow individuals and family to acquire strategies, purpose, motivation, and more, as well as implement them. By implementing these principles we are able to securely set a winning multi-generational legacy which is sustainable long after we are dead and gone from this Earth. OurThe Firstborn Son logo dependents are then able to eliminate destructive familial occurrences such as divorce, child abuse, domestic abuse, infidelity, alcoholism, self-centeredness, and many more.

Since studies show employees leave corporations more for personal reasons than for any other (financial, promotions, etc.), companies greatly impact turnover and other negative trends by investing in the personal lives of their employees. Companies will also realize increase revenue generation by improving the personal lives of their staff. A stable home life most frequently generates a long serving and productive employee rather than the contrary.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“We seek greatly to serve and restore our fellow man, even in the midst of doubt and failure, much like Jesus Christ restores Peter after the resurrection. As such, the scripture which most empowers us and also reminds us to introspectively look at ourselves is John 21:15-17, The Love Motivation.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Your greatest investment and ultimate road to success (professional, financial, spiritual) rest in the heart and souls of your people (employees or clients). Invest authentically!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“My life has been an amazing journey of a pretty healthy familial upbringing, lost it all to a tragic and treacherous African civil war, and received the mandate in my teenage years to restore the family to prominence. All of this has become the motivation for my current book, ‘The Firstborn Son: a Curse, a Gift, or a Calling.’”

Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo Jr., a resident of Seattle, Wash., is founder of The Firstborn Son Inc.. He is also a public speaker and author. Visit the his website, at www.firstbornson.com. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

Davis: How to stop living from paycheck to paycheck

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To avoid living paycheck to paycheck, set a budget.

By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside The Pew

According to the Wall Street Journal, 70 percent of people in North America live paycheck to paycheck. There are a few great timeless pieces of knowledge to avoid living To avoid living paycheck to paycheck, set a budget.this way.

1. Set clear written goals

According to Proverbs 13:16, “Wise people think before they act; fools don’t – and even brag about their foolishness” (NLT).

Keep your goals simple, but precise. If you have a savings goal, then it might look like this – $1,000 for my emergency fund by June 20.

The major keys to this goal is that there is a specific target ($1,000), a specific goal name (emergency fund), and a date to achieve it. First, keep your goals simple and to the point, then work out a way to achieve them. If you challenge yourself during the goal setting process, you will find that you can achieve a lot more than you thought in a shorter period of time.

2. Create a written budget

“And the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as heAhmad Davis hastens by’” Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)

A written budget is the key to gaining control over your finances and start telling your money what to do instead of wondering where it went. Once again, keep it simple. You can have a spreadsheet, a yellow pad, a piece of paper, or whatever makes you comfortable. Work these basic steps every month and you will see results:

  • Write a monthly budget before the month begins (October budget written before October)
  • Start with your expected income at the top
  •  Subtract out expenses by priority (giving, saving, food, housing, transportation, medical, clothing, creditors, debt snowball, entertainment, other)
  •  Spend all of your income down to zero
  • Walk out your budget to
  •  Make adjustments the next month to fit your life and habits better

3. Save money for the expected and the unexpected

“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” Proverbs 21:20 (NLT)

One of the keys to building wealth is the ability to delay gratification. Saving and investing are the foundation of this principle. Now saving is for short term things that may occur within 5 years, while investing is long term five years or more. The very first thing you must do is start saving for things that you know are coming like:

  • Car repairs/maintenance
  • Non-monthly bills
  • Non-monthly memberships

In order to save for the unexpected you should have an emergency fund. I recommend three to six months in a non-investment account that is easy to get to, but not under your pillow.

4. Get Out Of Debt

“Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another” Romans 13:8 (AMP)

Debt robs you of your ability to give, save, and invest. Every dollar in a loan payment is a dollar that could have brought you from broke to cash in the bank. Get out of debt as quickly as humanly possible, because you can slip into debt with credit cards, car notes, student loans, mortgage, and the like, but you have to be very intentional on getting out.

  •  Keep the process simple when killing debts.
  • Organize your debts from smallest to largest balance
  • Pay the minimum payment on all of the debts except the smallest
  • Send all extra monies to the smallest and pay it off quickly
  • Take the money you were using on the smallest debt and combine it with the next smallest debt to pay it off quickly
  • Repeat process until all of your debts are eliminated

Overall, the key to stop living paycheck to paycheck is to have cash in the bank. So work this process and I guarantee results.

Ahmad Davis is a coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit http://www.thebiblicalblueprint.com. To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at coach@thebiblicalblueprint.com.

The WIN motivates women to live their best lives

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By Paula Fellingham
Special to Inside The Pew

The Women’s Information Network (The WIN) is an online educational andimage003 social network and an on land global community of women in 152 countries. The WIN motto is: “We Are Women Helping Women Live Our Best Lives.”

Why did you create your business?

I created The WIN because there is a rising and awakening of the women of the world that is more fast moving and far reaching than anything ever before experienced in the history of the world. The women are ready and yearning for our help. Experts worldwide are ready to share solutions for the challenges in women’s lives and we give them the global platform to do that, online (e-TV for Women) and on land (1,000 Global Women’s Summits being presented right now).

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

John 13:34, “As I have loved you, love one another.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

Find your passion, learn how to monetize it, and share it with massive numbers of people.

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself
that you would like to add?

The WIN is the fastest-growing global women’s network in the world. We have “Women of The WIN” in 152 countries.

For more information, visit www.theWINonline.com . Want to have your business featured on our bi-monthly Pew Business Spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

 

4Soils’ Bible Heroes app benefits parents and children

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

There’s no two ways about it: children are spending more time than ever on mobile devices. To help rest the minds of parents, Lusi Chien has found a way to do so.

The Bible Heroes app was created with children and parents in mind. Based out of Stanford, Calif., the series of apps, created by Chien’s company, 4Soils, is based on the principles of making learning the Bible exciting. In return, children can relate to the great biblical tales.

“The Bible Heroes app is geared toward children, but the value of the app is a huge benefit to parents who crave apps which entertain, educate, and enrich their children’s minds,” said Chien, who is an MBA graduate student at Stanford University. “Our app is one of the only apps that seamlessly integrates story and activities to create a truly engaging and interactive experience for hours of great Bible instruction and fun!”

The Bible stories featured  the series are: David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion, Jonah and the Big Fish, Esther and the King, Noah and the Ark, Joseph and his multicolor dream coat, and the Christmas Story.

For holiday gift givers, the Bible Heroes app was recently released as a 7-in-1 Christmas bundle.  Features of the bundle ($9.99 USD) include:

  • 143 animated scenes that invite children to read or listen to biblically accurate accounts of all the Bible heroes. The stories come to life through vibrant illustration and touch animations. Each story features scriptures from the Bible and a closing lesson to reinforce key concepts.
  • 41 thrilling game levels which engage children in activities and games as they journey into the world of the Bible heroes for hours of endless fun!
  • 91 coloring pages for children to use their imagination and recolor all the Bible Heroes to their liking.

Chien said 4Soils relies on the input from parents, Christian educators, and youth pastors to help improve the app.

Dallas mother Felicia Pinkney said, “My children, ages 3 and 6, love hearing the Bible stories. The storytelling is engaging and easy to follow for kids of that age. The parent portal is a nice touch and helped me ask the right questions at the end of the story. The games are a great way to reinforce what they learned from the story.”

A parent in Vermont commented on the 4Soils Facebook page: “These stories are not being read to children enough, nor are children being encourage to read them as much as they need to be.”

The Bible Heroes app has also gained endorsements from the national Christian radio circuit, notably contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez. The seven-time Dove Award winner and host of “The Family and Friendly Morning Show with Doug Griffin” on 94 FM in Nashville, Tenn., said the apps allows parents to “build their child’s faith, at church, at home, or in the car – everywhere your iPhone or iPad goes.”

The app – available for download on the App Store – is compatible with iPhone and iPad. iOS4.3 or later is required for the apps to operate. Learn more about the production process behind the Bible Heroes app, visit the 4Soils blog.

To Christian entrepreneurs: Have patience, pray often

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By Tonya Whitaker
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Have you ever tried to sell something that you did not believe in 100 percent? People contend the best sellers are those who

can sell themselves out of a paper bag. But, what if these clever individuals lack the belief in the product? Are you less or more likely to purchase it? Business owner, I tell you today that you must be able to convey to your customers that you have a passion for your product. Forget about turning a buck so quickly, and get to the root of why God has called you to the world of entrepreneurship – to make someone else’s life better.

There are stories upon stories about entrepreneurs who have taken their desire to make a needed service into a profitable corporation. The one I enjoy reading is Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, an online shoe and apparel store.  Legend has it that the inspiration of Zappos.com, which is based in Henderson, Nev., came about because Hsieh could not find a pair of brown Airwalks in the mall. Hsieh wanted everyone to have the chance to purchase the best brands. Better yet, the brands are never out of stock. Hseih did not have a passion for shoes, but he does have a passion for providing customers with exceptional customer service. I can attest to the quality of the company’s customer service.

In the business world, patience is often overlooked. Everybody wants to be first. Do not confuse patience with dragging your feet. Patience involves devising a detailed map or steps to achieve a goal. If you don’t practice patience in business, mistakes occur or opportunities are missed. The Bible says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience” (Proverbs 19:11, NIV). Whenever you start to get in a rush to jump into a venture, think about your relationship with Christ. If you have ever brought a wayward child to Christ, you would understand. You plant seeds along the way, and the greatest reward is that person eventually accepts Christ in their heart. Just imagine if you would have thrown Christianity at them – would you have received the same end result? Plus, there is no timetable. You ask God to deliver the tools you need to make the gift He has given specifically to you to mature in time.

The calling to become an entrepreneur is not an easy one to us, but God placed it in your heart because He knows your abilities. Some of you might doubt yourself or others might attempt to channel their negative energy onto you, but God will make a way. I was one of those people who had no other choice but to let Him guide my steps. Prayer and mediation is a big part of what keeps me doing this entrepreneurial thing every day. Pray consistently. It is not the bank loan or the customers or clients that will keep you afloat, it is your devotion to the One who gave you the skill set to take the journey.

It is interesting how God places things in our hearts. The best advice is to never challenge His moves. The more you embrace and pray for Christ’s guidance in a business venture, the clearer the vision for you becomes. I always tell individuals who approach me about marketing, it the process is not one that takes place overnight. According to Entrepreneur magazine, the ideal strategic marketing takes at least six months. But the mindset is understandable. The world is the same way. But, as believers, we don’t have to replicate the world.

Contact Tonya via Twitter @twhitaker1974 or at admin@mediaspencer.org.