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Becoming a Skilled Worker

How God used an unknown man in building the Temple

February 11, 2016 • Benham Brothers

• God gave Moses the command to build a tabernacle for His presence. • This would require "skillful workmen." • It had to be made "exactly" according to God's plan or He wouldn't accept it. • Not everyone made the cut. • Our role as workers is to become skillful workman - honing our craft to bring God glory. • Imagine the guys who landed the curtain job for the temple - they had learned to make curtains in Egypt! • Being faithful with where God places you and giving our very best is the secret to growing in skill. • These guys ministered "as" curtain makers - they were ministers! • Ex 36:1 - Bezalel and Ohaliab were filled with the Spirit to work on the temple - to do "blue collar" work. • The reward for completing your job? The presence of God!

Partnering with God at Work

How God leads when you surrender to Him • September 19, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* When you partner with God in your work He takes responsibility for the results. * That principle has literally led us in our business. * Watch how He works: * vs 20 - He becomes our guide, our teacher. * vs 21 - When you start down a direction you will hear His voice - “This is the way, walk in it!” * This is how God directs you - as you move forward, He guides. * When you’re consciously aware of God in your decision making He will guide you through your conscience. * vs 22 - He guides you through REPENTANCE! * When you repent watch what He does for your business. * vs 23 - He gives you rain for the seed and bread from the yield of the ground. * He gives you the raw product you need and then He blesses your process as you make the product into something that feeds others. * Isaiah 31:1 - Whoa to those who refuse to partner with God!

Faith at Work

The role of faith in success at work • September 19, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* These verses sound like a contradiction: * vs 8 - you’re saved through FAITH… * vs 10 - you’re created for good WORKS…. * The solution: * We’re created for good works, but we cannot start there. * We start with faith and then our work is born out of our faith. * Not the other way around - we can never “do” enough to earn salvation. * Faith in God motivates us to work with God. * Our motivation is love for our adoptive Father. * In this way we live inside-out. * Living inside-out makes you fireproof - you’ll never burn out. * When people say, “How do we integrate our faith into our work?” the answer is, “Your faith should motivate your work.” * **** It doesn’t “integrate,” it “instigates!”**** * The reason we’re the best workers is because we have a relationship with the God who created all things.

A Good Salesperson

A two part grid to persuade people to buy • August 15, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* Salespeople know how to persuade others to buy their product or service. * This is why we don’t trust them. * This verse shows us that persuasion can actually be a good thing. * How? * When it is used with wisdom. * A wise person uses wise words to help people make a wise decision. * The best salesperson does this - they persuade you to do the right thing. * This means two things: * 1) Their product / service is something that’s good for you. * A good salesperson would never sell anything that isn’t beneficial to the person buying it. * 2) The time is right for you to buy it. * A good salesperson will only sell if the person can afford it and it’s the right time. * vs 24 - a good salesperson uses pleasant words because his #1 goal is to help the person he’s talking to. * vs 29 - a bad salesperson is covetous and greedy. * He sees people not as people but as dollar signs. * He wants to cash a check more than help a human. * vs 19:22 - “it’s better to be poor than a liar.”