bdentzy Connect with God. Find Meaning. Be Fulfilled. 2017-08-11T16:39:14Z https://bdentzy.com/feed/atom/ Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[The craziness!]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=15009 2014-03-20T23:24:55Z 2014-03-20T23:24:55Z The craziness! is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[How to Really Love Your Child]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14947 2014-01-07T04:03:14Z 2014-01-07T04:01:04Z While many people believe that parents have little influence on children because so much of the child’s time is controlled by schools, neighbors, media, the church, and peers, the influence of parents actually outweighs everything else. Excerpt from How to Really Love Your Child by D. Ross Campbell, M.D. (affiliate link) Photo credit: Niklas Hellerstedt

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While many people believe that parents have little influence on children because so much of the child’s time is controlled by schools, neighbors, media, the church, and peers, the influence of parents actually outweighs everything else.

Excerpt from How to Really Love Your Child by D. Ross Campbell, M.D.
(affiliate link)

Photo credit: Niklas Hellerstedt

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Personal Instability]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14943 2014-01-05T20:46:59Z 2014-01-05T20:46:59Z Personal Instability is a post from bdentzy.

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Personal Instability is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Kings & Priests]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14941 2014-01-04T21:31:47Z 2014-01-04T21:31:47Z My new book arrived! Looking forward to a great (and short) read!

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My new book arrived! Looking forward to a great (and short) read!

Kings & Priests is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Christmas AWOL]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14933 2013-12-14T21:34:38Z 2013-12-14T21:34:37Z We’re getting our first Christmas decorations up (yes, we’re running behind). Can you tell me who’s missing?

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We’re getting our first Christmas decorations up (yes, we’re running behind). Can you tell me who’s missing?

Christmas AWOL is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Celebrating 80 Years]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14930 2013-12-14T17:24:34Z 2013-12-14T17:24:34Z Thanks to Michael and Rhonda for the great gag birthday card!

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Thanks to Michael and Rhonda for the great gag birthday card!

Celebrating 80 Years is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Will You Take The Encourager Challenge?]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14911 2014-01-20T04:50:52Z 2013-12-03T04:41:02Z The world is full of detractors and distractors and discouragers by you can make a world of difference by simply becoming an encourager. Take the challenge.

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I was really struggling with how to write this post. I wanted to make it seem epic – and it is epic – but in a pedestrian sort of way (I’m aware of the oxymoron). “How” you ask?

Well, here’s the deal: the world is full of detractors and distractors and discouragers. It’s almost as if we’re almost constantly surrounded by some undead version of life, constantly trying to suck us down to its level and force us into a depraved life of destruction.

As I ponder this, it bothers me more each day. It bothers me because sometimes I walk around like some angry zombie, looking for some life to destroy. It bothers me because I don’t believe life was supposed to be like this.

The Good News

There’s good news, though. Because taking and detracting and destroying are so pervasive, it’s really simple to stand out and make a real difference in the world.

Encourage People!

encourager's noteSeriously, encourage people. A lot. Become an encourager.

I’m not talking about some namby-pamby make-believe encouragement. Some version of “grace” that ignores reality. I’m talking about spending the time to get to know people – who they are, what they want in life, what they’re doing, what they like. And then encouraging them. Cheering them on. Encouraging them to do better.

Steve Grossman, Consumate Encourager

That reminds me of my friend Steve Grossman. He’s a self-proclaimed Encourager. The fact is, he’s such an encourager that he probably can’t help himself. But I so appreciate spending time with him because I always leave with a new level of clarity, my faith is strengthened, and my focus is more clearly on God and His ability and not my own.

Frankly, I’m not quite sure how he does it. I think it’s probably a spiritual gift. But it’s something I want to walk in more than I do.

I think the world would be a better place if more of were encouragers. And I think we can make that happen.

Some Tips on Encouraging

Here’s the Challenge

Let’s work on this together. Let’s commit to becoming encouragers. Let’s commit to finding one person to encourage every day (probably not the same person every day).

I’m not talking about “notches on a gun belt.” But I am talking about an intentional commitment to encourage at least one person every day for the next 30 days. Are you in?

Join me on Lift

If so, join me on Lift. I’m adding it as a habit I want to grow in. Will you add it to?

Photo credit: ckubber

 

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Could Vision Fundraising Work for Your Ministry?]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14887 2014-01-27T22:41:05Z 2013-11-26T12:35:42Z What if vision fundraising is the primary reason some ministries and charities struggle to secure funding? Would that make a difference in your ministry?

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Have you ever wondered why some ministries and charities seem to struggle to secure financing? I mean, sometimes people serving the most worthwhile causes always seem to struggle to fund the work God has given them. And, let’s be clear, I believe God’s guidance, presence, and provision are our lifeblood. I believe that God will provide the finances for the visions he gives us.

Sure, some people will teach tactics like, “get financing from organizations and not individuals” or “always wear a nice suit.” And those can work. Maybe. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I wonder if there’s a fundamental way that we can look at this differently. 

Frankly, I wonder if maybe ministries and charities focus on the wrong things in their communication. I wonder if maybe we should focus more on building relationships and sharing a vision of the future instead of only presenting the needs of the present.

Do you remember the 1980s?

I remember the 1908s when images of starving children in villages became “popular” (common). There was a real need and these images worked…for a time. There still is a real need. But these images also led to what’s called compassion fatigue, which decreased their effectiveness over time.

But what I don’t remember from those commercials in the 1980s was a lot of focus on a vision for the future. Sure, there were some success stories that were shared and maybe there was a little talk of the future. But I wonder if we really need to get bigger than that. I wonder if we need to focus even more on the future. On the vision.

This offhanded comment really surprised me

A couple weeks ago I was taking with David, the Base Director for YWAM Nashville as we were discussing some upcoming website migration work, marketing for some upcoming projects, and some of the challenges that face missionaries. As we were talking, he said, almost offhandedly, “People give to vision, not need.” (OK, that’s probably not an exact quote, but it captures what we were talking about.)

It’s almost always about something more than needs

People give to vision, not need.

Think about your ministry and your needs right now. I bet that your needs come directly from the vision God has given you. From the people and purposes you’re called to serve. So, knowing that your needs (yes, the needs are real) come from the vision, don’t you think you should think about vision fundraising?

Vision fundraising

No, I’m not saying we shouldn’t present needs. But I AM saying that maybe we need to always point towards the vision.

Ask yourself, “Do I spend enough time talking about the vision?”

Talking about the vision that many leaders struggle with. They feel like broken records. But, as Andy Stanley says, you should talk about the vision until YOU are tired of hearing about it. And then you’re just getting started.

charity water vision fundraisingCharity:water is one organization that does this well. They talk about the reality of now. They share videos and pictures of wells put in. And they sell (and I mean that in a good way) a picture of the future – generations of families in villages and regions with access to clean water.

So think about the vision you’re asking people to buy into. To invest in.

(Seriously, take a minute and think about it. Write it down if you need to.)

I’ll wait.

Do you have it? Good. Let’s move on.

What’s the reward?

Now ask yourself “what’s in it for them?”

In this case, the “them” is your partners and supporters. What is the vision you’re asking them to buy into. And what is the benefit to them?

Now, at this point, I suspect that a few people would say, “Well, doesn’t the Bible say we should give and expect nothing in return?”

Yes, it does. In so many words. But it also says we should do things, knowing there’s a reward (Matthew 10:42 & 19:29, for example).

I’m not talking about “Send me $50 and I’ll send you a hand-made stuffed doll.” That’s not a reward, it’s a trinket. Maybe a gift. Or a product to sell.

I’m talking about something MUCH bigger.

I’m talking about the reward that pulls us out of bed in the morning. About what connects them to the change God is making in the world. About the rewards of faithfulness. The eternal rewards of things like hearing, “well done, good and faithful servant…”

Those are rewards!

Those are the rewards we live for. And we don’t have the right to deprive people of those rewards.

Are you stealing their reward?

“How am I depriving someone else of a reward,” you may ask?

Frankly, not everybody gets it. Not everybody sees the needs we’re meeting in the context of eternity. Not everybody sees charity work for the future change it can bring. Frankly, many see it as short-term help for somebody right now. As an intervention, if you will.

But these things have long-term results. They make a difference in the world. And they make a difference in eternity.

And, as leaders, it’s our job to help people connect the dots. It’s our job to lead, and to lead well. It’s our job to help people frame their understanding of the world. And eternity.

Are you willing to frame it?

Are you willing to share your vision of the future? Are you willing to tell people clearly and plainly what they’re investing in? Are you willing to boldly give people emotional ownership in the the future? In eternity?

Photo credit: mike.m.carlino

If you are, what’s one thing you’re going to change starting today?

Could Vision Fundraising Work for Your Ministry? is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Arts and Crafts Night]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14905 2013-11-25T02:08:44Z 2013-11-25T02:08:44Z My artistic wife and daughter went to town :)

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My artistic wife and daughter went to town :)

Arts and Crafts Night is a post from bdentzy.

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Bryan Entzminger https://bdentzy.com <![CDATA[Birthday boy]]> https://bdentzy.com/?p=14879 2013-11-11T04:24:18Z 2013-11-10T00:26:21Z Birthday boy likes his gift :)

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Birthday boy likes his gift :)

Birthday boy is a post from bdentzy.

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