My nephew just graduated. Go conquer the world, Jean Paul
For almost 20 years Denver Advertising has been helping businesses start, grow and maintain. Most of the time, the conversation comes up as to how do I still support my family, myself or others during the rough times or heck even during the good times. And the conversation comes up often with our clients. For me and my company, we rely on God. There have been times where He has directed me to give a ton away and others where he directs me to lock down the hatches, no big steak dinners for a season and others where He instructs me to enjoy the fruit of my labor. I’ve learned that every season is good when you are plugged into God. At the end of this race, I want to make sure I ran hard but more importantly I ran the right race.
I love what Alister Begg says below (truthforlife.org):
There is grain for sale in Egypt.
Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity and leading them to treasure up the grain from the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was grain in store for him.
Believer, though all things are apparently against you, rest assured that God has made a reservation on your behalf; in the roll of your griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow He will deliver you, and somewhere He will provide for you. Your rescue may come from a very unexpected source, but help will definitely come in your extremity, and you will magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed you, ravens will; and if the earth does not yield wheat, heaven will drop manna.
Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if He pleases and can make the source of distress a channel of delight. The grain in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them generously to His people. Joseph was abundantly ready to help his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in His faithful care for His brethren.
Our responsibility is to go after the help that is provided for us: We must not sit still in despondency, but stir ourselves. Prayer will bring us quickly into the presence of our royal Brother. Once before His throne we have only to ask and receive. His stores are not exhausted; there is still grain: His heart is not hard; He will give the grain to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from Your fullness and receive grace for grace.
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What a perfect day to shoot pictures. Trying to get twenty people to all smile at the same time is tough and I only have a limited amount of jokes to keep them smiling. Denver Advertising will be down in Denver to photograph a doctors staff.
If you know me by now, it’s all about the Q on the weekends. I think I have half our neighborhood signed up for the “eat free on Saturdays” from Mike’s backyard. Owning an ad agency in Denver, Colorado has it’s advantages. One, I get to work with some awesome clients like Lehres Fireplace and patio (http://www.lehrerfireplacepatio.com/). That’s important if you are a BBQ lover because they have the coolest grills in the universe. Yes, the pink pig is truly the way to go if you are into hot pink grills, but recently I picked up a Bradley Smoker, that I will put against any smoker around. Here is the neat part with both those products. You turn them on and then put your meat in and walk away for 6 hours, go ride your bike, play with the kids, whatever…. But you comeback looking like you slaved all day long. It’s amazing.
This past weekend, I started playing around with jalapenos. Wow! Got a little of my daughters pink sugar and Baaammm baby!
All I gotta say is the grill is always on and looking for a few takers.
At Denver Advertising (sign company division), one of the most fun, rewarding projects is creating something you touch and feel, like a sign. It’s exciting to make signs, especially since we live in Denver, Colorado and we get to drive by our designs and see them. I brought my buddy in from Colorado Lifestyles who does amazing work in landscaping. So if you are looking for a sign for you business or just a sign design, let us know.
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I love Chuck Swindol. At Denver Advertising, we have many clients that have achieved success and go awry. They have accomplished their goals. Be careful when you have met your goals. I agree with Chuck, it can be as dangerous as not meeting your goals and being obsessed about achieving them. Here is a little excerpt from Chuck:
Beware of Heights!
by Charles R. Swindoll
1 Corinthians 10:31
While cleaning out my study at home last Monday, I came across a book I had read several years ago. It’s one of those volumes that stays with you—resourceful, insightful, and timeless. One particular line about halfway through the book jumped off the page: “A time to be careful is when one reaches his goals. . . . It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.”
In other words, vulnerability accompanies achievement. After the long haul, energy drained, dreams realized, enthusiasm peaked, desire accomplished—watch out!
Maybe that is the best explanation for the rarity of repeating champions. Back in the mid-1980s, the Chicago Bears cleaned everyone’s plow. They won it all. The Windy City had waited so long, many were sure their team had what it took to do a repeat performance. How wrong they were! Before the taste of victory became stale, the erosion of self-destruction was underway.
What happens in sports can happen as readily in a ministry. During the difficult years, the watchword is survival, and the battle cry is sacrifice. Hard times bind people together. Goals are set. Prayers are offered. Every week is a new adventure in faith. By and by, the pieces fall into place, and the goals are finally reached. It is there—on the perilous pinnacle of accomplishment—that the adversary lurks with his corrupting influence.
The same can happen to an individual. My thoughts return to the man whose heart followed hard after God. Jesse’s youngest son preferred the rugged solitude of the wilderness . . . but Jehovah’s plan was that he occupy the throne of Israel. Years of hardship and humiliation under Saul’s incessant assault preceded his promotion. Even when he became the king, the thirty-year-old monarch conducted himself with unselfish, untarnished integrity. The nation flourished because David’s magnificent obsession was the glory of God.
Then came that infamous day in early spring—the morning David chose to sleep in rather than accompany his men to battle. Who knows why? Could it be that his impressive record of successes made him soft? Only a brief spell of passionate indulgence, yet it changed everything. His peace vanished. His character blasted irretrievably. His family life destroyed.
Alas, he was not the last to fall prey to the peril of past victories. The paths of history are strewn with the litter of heroes who forgot to walk carefully along the narrow ledges of the heights. How have the mighty fallen!
Resting on your laurels is a synonym for flirting with disaster. Write that reminder down where you can see it frequently.