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THE GOOD BOOK ON BUSINESS

How to Excel at Distributor Sales

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“The Good Book on Business is a masterful work by Dave Kahle that uses the Bible and its main characters to reveal how the Bible really IS a book about people in business. Dave provides helpful case studies of modern businesses to learn to apply the principles found in the Bible for modern life. This book is educational, inspiring and will help anyone who wants to learn about business see it from a whole new light—the Bible.”       Os Hillman, author, TGIF Today God Is First

 

Have you ever thought your business was meant to be much more than just a means to make money?

Biblical businesses are God’s first choice as the means to bless mankind, build character, and develop faith.  They hold the solution for much of what ails our economy and our culture. 

Join Dave Kahle as he explores what the Bible has to say about businesses and your role in leading a kingdom oriented business.  You’ll uncover Biblical truths that you may have never seen before. Your views on business will never be the same.  

Find your place in the movement and unlock the full potential of your business. 

Author bio:
Dave Kahle has been a Bible teacher, elder, house church leader, short-term missionary, and Christian executive roundtable leader.  For 30 years, he has been one of the world’s leading authorities on sales and sales systems.  In that regards, he has spoken in 47 states and eleven countries and has authored 12 books, which have been translated into eight languages and are available in 20 plus countries.


 

“I have been an intentional Christian business owner and leader for the past 13+ years, but I have to say that Dave introduced me to some ideas in this book that I have never encountered. I am blown away by his concepts and the Scriptural support he provides for each! Before I even finished this book, I knew that I was committed to reading it again…soon. I can’t wait to begin implementing some of his ideas! This is absolutely a must-read for any Christian in the business world (and even for those who are not, but should consider it!).”
Chris Patton, President/CEO

“Dave Kahle has really nailed it. There are many books written on the topic of faith in the marketplace, and the importance of living faith out at work. But this book is different. Dave unpacks Scripture in a fresh and powerful way. Whether it is helping the reader to understand the origin of business and enterprise in the Bible, or exactly what it means to be a “Biblical business” and follow God’s design for enterprise, and the responsibility and blessing that comes as being a Christian in business, Dave really brings it all home in this great work. I encourage every pastor, every educator, every business person to read this book- you will gain a greater understanding of the purpose and design for Business in the Kingdom of God.”
Ray Hilbert, Founder – Truth@Work

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The Good Book – Table of Contents
Chapter One:  Introduction

Chapter Two: In the Beginning
Chapter Three:  What’s a Biblical business?
Biblical Business Profile: EC Group
Chapter Four:  Abraham – A Biblical business on steroids
Chapter Five:  Rewards and punishments
Biblical Business Profile: Howell Plumbing Supply
Chapter Six:  Relationships within Biblical Businesses
Chapter Seven:  Spiritual Significance
Biblical Business Profile : VFP
Chapter Eight:   What Jesus taught about business

Chapter Nine: Other New Testament teachings on business
Biblical Business Profile:  Performance Systematix, Inc.
Chapter Ten:  A consolidated view
Chapter Eleven:  Implications on families.
Biblical Business Profile –HomeCoders

Chapter Twelve: Implications on the economy and the culture
Chapter Thirteen: Implications on the church
Biblical Business Profile: Innotech
Chapter Fourteen: A way forward
Chapter Fifteen: Final thoughts
End notes

 

God did not create man only to worship him, he made man to work with him, and thus relate to him!

Excerpt from The Good Book on Business
Chapter Two
In the Beginning

It’s the early moments of creation.  God is busy at work, creating the universe, and has just created his most complex entity: Man.  Or, more specifically, the man Adam.  He is a special creature, made in the image and likeness of God himself, and placed at the very top of the created world.

How will God relate to Adam and his progeny?  Will he create some special organization, like a church, and command Adam to worship him? Will he give Adam a family and expect that in the myriad decisions of raising children and getting along with his spouse that Adam will seek him out for wisdom and guidance and thereby seek a relationship with God? What will God do with Adam?  For what purpose did God create him?

He will give Adam a job, first a life-time purpose, and then a specific task that contributes to that purpose.   Then, within the context of that job, God will work with Adam, speak to him, relate to him, and work together with him.

God created work, and, by extension business, as the venue in which God would speak with man, relate to man, and work with man.

God created work, and, by extension business, as the venue in which God would speak with man, relate to man, and work with man.

Let’s take a look:

Genesis 2:15
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (NIV)

Here is Adam’s life purpose – to work the Garden of Eden, and take care of it. While the charge is specifically given to Adam, he was the first of the human race and set the precedent for the generations that were to come.  In God’s great plan, working and taking care of creation – not just the Garden of Eden — will provide the context for every person’s life purpose.  Every man and every woman will have a life-purpose that fits within that charge.

Then, notice what God did next:

Genesis 2:19
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

He gave Adam a specific task that fit within the general purpose. It is as if he said to Adam, “Adam, your life’s purpose will be to care for and work my creation.  That will keep you continually engaged forever, as there will be a never-ending set of tasks that will need to be done.  So, let’s begin.  Your first job is to name the animals.  I’ll help.  I’ll bring them to you, and you name them.”

The task of naming the animals resulted in Adam imposing his sense of organization on creation, and required a significant amount of creativity.  Whereas before there was a degree of incoherence to creation – one could not even speak about the animals – now there was a higher level of organization.   

Notice that…

1.  Adam’s life purpose was given to him by God – and it was to ‘work.’
2.  Adam’s specific task – him immediate work – was given to him by God.
3.  The job given to him required him to use his creativity and resulted in a more organized environment — man’s unique imprint on creation.
4.  God worked with Adam to complete the job.

We know that God made man in his own image.  There are multiple ways that characteristics of humans mimic those of God. But the first way mentioned in the Bible has to do with work. One of the characteristics of God is that he is a worker.  The Bible opens with the story of him working.  We see him working at creating the universe, and then resting from his work.

Genesis 2:2,3
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Since work is so important to God, when he made man, he made him to be a worker.  Notice that before he created Eve, before there were spouses and families, before there was ‘church,’ there was work.  God gave Adam a job before he gave him a spouse.

And, God chose to interact with man in the completion of the task that he gave to him.  God worked with Adam to complete the task.  His initial venue for relating to mankind was on the job!

It is as if God said to Adam, “Adam, if you want to talk to me, and get to know me, the way to do that is to work with me.  Let’s work together.”

So work becomes a foundational building block, not only of the rationale for man’s existence, but the venue in which God will relate to mankind. In these two passages, we see four fundamental precedents set. 

1.  Man’s purpose – both lifetime as well as specific – will be found within the context of work.
2.  God will give man, and, as we will see later, each individual man, a specific charge within the larger context of ‘working and caring for creation.’
3.  Man’s work will require him to use his gifts of creativity to create an ever more organized outcome.
4.  God will work with and interact with mankind within the context of his work. 

God did not create man only to worship him, he made man to work with him, and thus relate to him!

The primary purpose of man’s existence is to do work and to do it with God.  At this point in the creation story, there are no businesses, as there are no other people.  But, as the Bible story unfolds and the world becomes populated, we see the emergence of businesses as one of the primary ways work is done. 

These precedents set in the first moments of creation describe how God has worked with mankind throughout the ages.  It doesn’t matter if He is speaking to a people group, like Israel or the church, or if He is directing an individual, like Moses, Joshua, David, Paul and Lydia.  He gives man a charge: It always fits into the fundamental job of “keeping and working God’s creation.”  Typically it is a more specific task.  Then, he works with man in the completion of that task. 

We see that same pattern — the pattern that he established in the very beginning – repeated over and over again in the pages of scripture. Moses was given the charge to lead the people out of Egypt, and then God worked with him to do it.  Joshua was given the charge to take the Promised Land from the inhabitants, and God worked with him to do it. David was given the charge to unite Israel into a unified kingdom, and God worked with him to do it. The list goes on and on with examples too numerous to include here. 

Even in the New Testament, John was given the charge to prepare the way for Christ; Jesus himself was given the charge to usher in the Kingdom of God and enabled to do so by the power of his father.  Paul was given the charge to take the kingdom to the gentiles, and provided with the power of the Holy Spirit to do it. 

The pattern is repeated so often that it is impossible to miss it. It’s a fundamental way that God works with mankind. The Apostle Paul makes it perfectly clear in his letter to the Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Work, and by extension, business, is so important to God, that he has created ‘works’  for each of us to do, and he prepared them way in advance of our being ready to do them. Just as he gave Adam the task of naming the animals, and then worked with him on that task, so he gives each of us tasks to do, and works with us to do them. It’s how he designed his creation to operate.

While we are familiar with these grand movements of God and the great stories that describe them, we have missed some of the underlying truths:  That the primary way God works with man is through business.  We’ve never seen that, because we have never looked for it.  The religious establishment, because it chooses to view business as a necessary evil, has had no reason to attempt to uncover the Biblical view of business, or the incredibly important role it plays in God’s master plan.

If we can look at these Bible verses objectively, without the perspective taught be the religious establishment, it’s clear that man was created by God for work, and by extension, for business!

What others are saying about The Good Book on Business

“The Good Book on Business is a masterful work by Dave Kahle that uses the Bible and its main characters to reveal how the Bible really IS a book about people in business. Dave provides helpful case studies of modern businesses to learn to apply the principles found in the Bible for modern life. This book is educational, inspiring and will help anyone who wants to learn about business see it from a whole new light—the Bible.”                                      Os Hillman, author, TGIF Today God Is First

“Dave has done a fantastic job of exposing the biblical significance of business. As a business owner, this book is both inspiring and challenging. A great read for any business person!”
Jerrod Murr  http://myparadigmshift.org/

“Dave Kahle’s book The Good Book is a very interesting read. I never paid attention about how God uses the description of a household in terms of a business in the Bible. As a business owner myself, it was astounding to understand how much God really wants to bless our life’s work. Dave describes a powerful way of experiencing, building and see business success God’s way. In my case it took away the pressure to perform but instead let God lead. I recommend this book to every business owner to learn what God really has to say about building your business successfully.”
Isabel Hundt – World-Visionary, International Speaker, Author, Vision & Transformation Coach

“God has given Dave Kahle a paradigm-shifting revelation on the topic of work. The Good Book on Business is a must read for any Christian in business!”
Jim Lange, Business Owner and author of Calming the Storm Within: How to Find Peace in This Chaotic World

“In a world that is often divided into either/or, Dave Kahle does a fantastic job of breaking down the false division that so often exists between ministry and business.  Rather than seeing business as a means to an end (a way to fund ministry), The Good Book helps you see a biblically-run business AS ministry–a network of relationships engaged in fulfilling God’s purposes in the world.  

Whether you own a business or work in one, The Good Book on Business will help you develop a more wholistic biblical view and approach to the world of commerce.  Read it and reap!”
Nick Twomey, Teaching Pastor/Discipleship  Catalyst – Kensington Community Church

“I have been an intentional Christian business owner and leader for the past 13+ years, but I have to say that Dave introduced me to some ideas in this book that I have never encountered. I am blown away by his concepts and the Scriptural support he provides for each! Before I even finished this book, I knew that I was committed to reading it again…soon. I can’t wait to begin implementing some of his ideas! This is absolutely a must-read for any Christian in the business world (and even for those who are not, but should consider it!).”
Chris Patton, President/CEO  Mike Patton Auto Family                                                                                                                                 christianfaithatwork.com

“Dave Kahle has really nailed it. There are many books written on the topic of faith in the marketplace, and the importance of living faith out at work. But this book is different. Dave unpacks Scripture in a fresh and powerful way. Whether it is helping the reader to understand the origin of business and enterprise in the Bible, or exactly what it means to be a “Biblical business” and follow God’s design for enterprise, and the responsibility and blessing that comes as being a Christian in business, Dave really brings it all home in this great work. I encourage every pastor, every educator, every business person to read this book- you will gain a greater understanding of the purpose and design for Business in the Kingdom of God.”
Ray Hilbert, Founder Truth@Work

“In his book, The Good Book on Business, Dave Kahle has made some profound observations of parallels within a modern day “Biblical Business” and the historical “household” we find in The Bible.  Working regularly with business leaders, a phrase often shared is “you want to grow your faith, start your own business.”  When one reads this book, you begin to truly appreciate why a “biblical business” has such an impact on one’s personal faith as well as members of one’s “household”.  A “biblical household” has always been God’s primarily chosen vehicle to “expand his Kingdom and bless his people.”  As Kahle states early on in the book, the ideas and concepts revealed within will likely come into conflict with existing paradigms and practices of “religious” systems.  My encouragement is that you wrestle with these concepts as growth normally occurs in the tension between two opposing viewpoints.  Dave Kahle and his work have challenged my thinking over the past several years for the good of His Kingdom and my prayers are that this book may do the same for others.”
Chris Arnold, President, Chris Arnold Associates