Happy New Year, Everyone!
For anyone who is receiving this newsletter for the first time, it's probably because in December we were connected on Facebook or Linked In, so if you don't enjoy this issue, you can "unsubscribe" at the bottom of this page.
Good News! My new book should be out within the next week or so. As soon as it's available, I'll post the news on my Facebook page, and also on my Facebook "Fan" page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Sappington-Communications/91714117735?ref=ts#!/pages/Steve-Sappington-Communications/91714117735#wall.
Also, when the book is ready, I'll have a link on my website that you can use to order a copy. For those of you who may not know, the title of the book is Today's WORD on Money, and the book is a 40-day study of the spiritual components of many of today's financial problems. Here's the website: www.todayswordonmoney.com.
Below is an excerpt from the book.
New Year's Day-Today's WORD on Money™: Your Best Year Yet!
As my friend Dan Stratton says, may this year be your best year yet. Not your best year ever, but your best year yet!
Today you may be watching parades or football games, thinking about a new exercise program, or enjoying time with family and friends. I encourage you to spend some time today asking yourself two things. Then write your answers down and put them into action every day this year.
1) What can I improve this year to bring more glory to God and to walk in more of the good things that God has planned for me? (Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11)
2) What habits or behaviors should I get rid of this year, so that I go from "glory to glory" and so that I don't cause someone else to sin?
I know--these are tough questions. But I think you'll agree that if you take the time today, and maybe even for the week, to do some soul searching, then this year could be your best year yet.
Let me share with you a few thought-provoking questions to get you started.
1) Should you eat or drink more of something and less or none of something else? (I recently read of a study which showed that simply eliminating soft drinks, even diet sodas, was one of the top 4 predictors of longevity in women!) For this question and the next two, my pastor has a great quote: "Christians should not have evangelical minds and pagan bodies."
2) Do you dress appropriately? Is your attire modest, or have you bought into Hollywood's lies? (It amazes me sometimes when even Christian women want men to respect them for their minds, and then they expose massive amounts of their bodies! Christian women, please don't cause your Christian brothers to stumble! Seek God's approval, not the approval of people.)
3) Men, ask yourselves this: are you avoiding everything that can cause you to stumble
sexually? If pornography is a temptation, have you installed whatever you need on your
computer to block what you shouldn't view? If not, get rid of your computer, don't stay at hotels with black boxes, get accountability partners, or do whatever it takes! My good friend Terry Ermoian has a ministry that can help. Go to www.settingcaptivesfree.com. Terry tells me that since our culture is so loose morally, it's hard for men to avoid the first look at an improperly dressed woman. But a committed Christian then quickly looks away and doesn't look a second time. God help us!
4) Do you invest in companies that profit from or support activities which are not in concert with your moral and Biblical values? (A Biblical advisor will have access to information that can help you answer that question.)
5) If you're married, do you pray with your spouse? I recently heard that Christian couples experience about the same divorce rate as non-Christian couples, approximately 50%. But for Christian couples who pray together, only 1 in 1000 get divorced!
If those 5 questions don't fire you up, then your wood is wet!
For those of you who are interested, I just received a great email with some tips for chronicling each passing year and ways to improve the coming year. If you don't use Facebook, email me at email@example.com, and I'll forward the email to you. If you have Facebook, here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&Če_id=10150117737116075#!/notes/steve-sappington/great-information-from-doug-phillips-of-vision-forum-inc-as-you-plan-for-2011/10150117737116075.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2011,