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Entry for September 16, 2008

September 16, 2008


Two weeks ago, my 12 year old son got an infection on his chin that prevented him from strapping on his helmet during football practice. He attended, but couldn\’t participate in the hitting drills. He played on that weekend, but lost his starting position at center. 2 weeks later, he still can\’t figure out how to get his position back. The coach told him to \”try harder\” but that was the extent of his advice.

Have you ever tried to figure out how to improve your performance at work or get that promotion only to be given a nebulous answer that left you scratching your head? It\’s difficult to close a performance gap when you have no clue what to close it with.

If you\’re in that situation, here\’s my advice:

Go to your boss and describe the situation this way: \”I\’m at a certain level of performance and want to improve. The ideal situation I see looks like ____________. What can I do to get there?

If your boss gives you a vague answer, ask for a step-by-step explanation. After all, it\’s in your boss\’s best interest to have you perform to the standards they want – it\’s really a gift to them that you\’re indeed interested! Then, once you get the answer, develop your own plan to get there. Keep checking in – don\’t let things slide. If you\’re writing a self-assessment (such as the NSPS self-assessment) then make sure to keep a journal of accomplishment so your boss knows what you\’ve been up to!

If you\’re a manager or supervisor, here\’s my advice:

Let people know what you expect from them. Get up out of your chair, open up your office door, and get to know your people! For those employees who are motivated to make your department successful, hone their performance to a razor\’s edge by helping them fill that performance gap. For others who seem uninterested, you can use this process to help either develop them or to get the documentation to get rid of them. Use performance management as a tool for your personal, professional, and organizational success!

As for my son, he started again on Friday night due to the starter\’s absence. We\’ll see if the performance gap was filled. From my perspective on the sidelines, it all looked good to me!

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From: April Hunt
Subject: [BBW_Christians] Today\’s Scripture *September 15, 2008*
To: \”Pastor April Hunt\”
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2008, 9:23 PM

Today\’s Scripture *September 15, 2008*

1 Kings 2:3-4

Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ���If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.���

David stressed to Solomon the need to make God and His laws the center of personal life and government in order to preserve the Kingdom, as God had promised to do in 2 Samuel 17. This promise had two parts. One part was conditional and the other was unconditional.

God\’s conditional promise was that Davis and his descendants would remain in office as kings only when they honor and obey Him. When David\’s descendants failed to do this, they lost the throne as it says in 2 Kings 25. God\’s unconditional promise was that David\’s line would go forever. This was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ, a descendant of David whom was the Eternal Son of God as it says in Romans 1:3-4 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David���s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

David, whose life exemplified obedience, gave well-seasoned advice to his son, the next king. It would be up to Solomon to follow it.

Heavenly Father, we love You and adore You! Thank You for your promises to us in Your Living Word. May we live by Your Word.

When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart���s delight,
For I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven���s Armies. (Jeremiah 15:16) and in Jesus\’ Name, Amen.

Have a truly blessed week in Him!

Love April

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September News: Church visitors need a \”Greeters Ministry\”
From: Ministry Help (
Sent: Tue 9/16/08 1:28 AM
Reply-to: Ministry Help (

To: Ministry Help Subscriber (

A visitors comes to your church.

They walk in, they do not know anyone or what to expect yet, they have come to your congregation wanting to worship.

Sometimes they are looking for a church home, sometimes a place to come into contact with God.

What they really, really want is a friendly face, a warm handshake, and…well…a friend.

Your congregation is probably very friendly, but unless these guests are greeted and helped within the first few seconds in your building, they will not think of your church as a friendly one.

Here is a plan, step-by-step, \’do this, then do this, then do this.\’ Your plan for greeting guests and maintaining a greeters ministry is here. Ready to go by Sunday.

Don\’t wait. Check this out.

In Him,

–Curt Gunz

P.S. There will be visitors at church this Sunday, will you be ready? Summer is when people look for a church home (they want to get settled before school starts)


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