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Update from Howard – Sept 6

Dear Friends,

Trust you enjoyed a terrific Labor Day weekend.

God’s view of work: Labor Day certainly is a good time to reflect on our work and the Lord’s perspective of it. I’ll never forget that first time I learned that the very first thing that God did with Adam was to “Put him in the garden to cultivate and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). In the sinless environment of the garden of Eden, God instituted work for our benefit!

And if that’s not enough, do you know who is your real boss? Colossians 3:23-24 tell us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men . . . it is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Amazing! We actually work for Jesus Christ, not the person who hands out our paycheck. And because we work for Christ, our attitude toward work and those who are our superiors should reflect the Lord . . . I only wish I’d known that when I was serving in the Navy in Viet Nam under Lt. Commander Mac! My attitude wasn’t exactly the best…lol.

Calling all Coaches: We decided in March when we launched our half hour call-in radio program, MoneyWise, that we wanted to respond to everyone who called asking us a financial question. Unfortunately, we’re not able to have everyone on the program, so we follow-up by connecting all of them with a coach. We’ve been wonderfully blessed to have Sam and Sandy Register serve as the volunteer coordinator of our coaches. But they needed to resign so they could home school their three grandchildren . . . talk about blessed grandkids!

Soooooo, if you or someone you know would like to serve in this capacity, I’d be grateful is you could contact my assistant, Kelly, at klaughridge@compass1.org. Please pray with us that the Lord will bring us just the right person!

Business By The Book: About 8 years ago, the Lord prompted me to author a small group study and a DVD series based on Larry Burkett’s classic book, Business By The Book. Our president, Dave Rae, is now working on a complete refreshment and improvement of these materials. He convened a wonderful focus group of people involved in ministry to the business community last week to secure their input. The time was fantastic! The Lord’s hand is clearly on this project, and we hope to begin conducting pilot groups before the end of the year.

Your Money Counts audio book: Whew . . . finally finished recording the last chapter of the audio book for Your Money Counts. It’s our objective to have all of our written books in audio book format as well. So many people today prefer to listen rather than read, and we want to make it available to them. We’ll let you know when it’s been edited and it’s ready to download.

What should I invest my money today?: That’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. We’ve just assembled a small group of godly investors to work on helping to answer that question. We’re going to study and meditate on different passages from the Bible dealing with how to handle resources in times of financial upheaval. Then communicate weekly as we pray and fast for God’s direction. We’ll let you know what we’re learning . . .

Thankful for you!

Warmly in Christ,
Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.

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Update from Howard 8/30

Dear Friends,

What a difference a week makes! Week before last visited toasty Dallas and it’s 105o weather . . . this week in the mountains of western North Carolina at Blowing Rock and greeted with morning temperatures in the low 50s. The only constant: GREAT people involved with Compass!!!

Radio: Just received our monthly “radio log” that identifies the stations carrying our radio programs. Hey Howard is carried by approximately 1,101 stations and outlets—did I say approximately 🙂 . And the half hour MoneyWise call in program that Steve Moore and I host is now carried by 550—this is an increase of more than 100 over the past two months. These logs are on the www.compass1.org web site if you’d like to see the stations carrying the programs in your area.

If your local Christian station doesn’t carry the programs and you’d like to encourage them to do it, please give them a call and ask them. I believe with all my heart that God’s people need to hear what He says about money, especially with the world economy in such a challenging place. Also, we just added a terrific station in the Boston area because a local couple helped underwrite the cost. If you’d like to help do something similar in your area, please let us know.

Business By the Book: About 9 years ago the Lord had me work on a small group study and on a DVD series titled Business By The Book. It was partially based on Larry Burkett’s classic book of the same title. The next couple of days, Compass’ president, Dave Rae, and I will be meeting with a focus group of business people and leaders of ministries to the business community to refresh and improve these materials. I would appreciate you joining in prayer that the Lord would enable significant improvements. This will become one of our five core small group studies.

Who knew?: Talked yesterday to Yvonne Mitto, our key staff person in New England. Who could have guessed that New England would be hit with a large hurricane this season before Florida. Please pray for all the people who are trying to recover from this storm.

So grateful for the opportunity to share with you!

Warmly in Christ,
Howard

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Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.