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ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
1. Materialism
2. Pride
3. Self-centeredness
4. Laziness
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
6. Envy
7. Gluttony
8. Lying

Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when…
they had neglected their time with God (81 percent)
and when they were physically tired (57 percent).
Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising
situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).

 
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Prices Rising Throughout corporate America the ability to hike prices is on the upswing. After years of price resistance, consumers seem willing to accept some price increases. Everything from airlines and meat packers to hotels, paper makers and drug companies are pushing up prices. (Business Week 5/8/00)


 
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Insider Fraud Executives don’t realize that most computer fraud is committed by employees trying to extract inside information from the corporate systems, not by outside hackers, says KPMG International. (CFO 6/01/01)


 
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Did you know there’s a company called “The Alibi Agency.” This London based agency’s slogan is: “We serve those who stray.” Here’s what’s on their web site: “With the pressures of modern life many of us have occasion to stray from our long term partners & dally with a brief sexual relationship with a third party, this is often a short term affair, inconsequential to our long term plans & relationships, but with modern communications, and media, it has become increasingly difficult to be able to carry on such a temporary dalliance, without risk of detection.. The Alibi Agency was established to provide a way out of this situation, we offer a Service which can help to protect your loved ones from undue anxiety, & help ensure the stability of a long term relationship by offering secure and professional handling of "Alibi’s" for you.. For instance:- we can provide you with invitations to corporate events, to cover your absence, we will provide telephone answering so that if someone tries to contact you, our receptionists will handle the call in the manner which was pre-arranged with you, as maybe a hotel receptionist, or a golf club secretary, she will offer to call your room, or have you paged, giving recognition to the fact that you are actually resident in the facility..” It goes on but you get the...

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The Gartner Group reports 60% to 80% of corporate computer crimes are committed by inside hackers. (Foster Letter 7/10/01)



 
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Culture War Invades Corporate America: The culture war over homosexuality has moved into the workplace. Millions of employees are being commanded to not just tolerate homosexual behavior, but to respect and even promote it reports the 1/4 issue of Christianity Today. At least 300 of the Fortune 500 companies have included sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. Heterosexual employees who balk at such rules are punished, sometimes severely. John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute says Christians shouldn’t discriminate in terms of sexual orientation, but neither should they be forced to deny their faith. (Christianity Today 1/04)


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Mompreneurs: Today, upwards of 430,000 people in the U.S. alone (more than are employed worldwide by GE and Procter & Gamble combined) earn a full or part-time living on eBay selling everything from fashion to farm equipment, with the highest-sellers grossing up to $1 million a month. Of the estimated 48% of these sellers who are women, many are “mompreneurs,” corporate stopouts who have found a way to tap into an international market place from their kitchen tables and finesse a saner work-life balance at the same time. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the eBay mompreneurs comes as more highly educated women are choosing to stay at home with young children. The percentage of working women with children under the age of one dropped from a record 59% in ‘98 to 55% in ‘02, after rising steadily for 30 years. (BW Online 6/7/04)

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Troubling Moral Climate: Americans are troubled by our moral climate, according to the Gallup Poll’s “morality meter” 59% are somewhat (29%) or very (30%) dissatisfied with the U.S. moral and ethical climate — which includes a wide range of issues: sexual and violent content in television and movies, racial prejudice, rampant divorce, corporate scandals, gay rights (pro and con), plagiarism in schools and mor...

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Personal Surfing: The 5th annual Web@Work survey reports workers say they spend an hour or two each week surfing for their own interests. IT workers estimate the real number at slightly more than 6 hours weekly. Over 20% of workers say they use streaming software to listen to music or they store music or other content on work computers, but IT managers estimate 10% of their corporate data storage is consumed by employees personal files. (Gazette 6/21/04)

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Remember! Here are some things you can do to boost your memory from corporate productivity specialist Abby Marks-Beale: Ask, "Why am I reading this?" and "What do I need it for?" If you know the specific answers, you will read more intently keeping you more focused on what you need. Intend to remember. Tell your brain you want to remember what you are reading. Think how you might use the material and create ways you can remember, like writing notes, highlighting, summarizing aloud, etc. Stop trying to memorize—use repetition-over-time instead.. Your working memory is limited to a few days so if you need to remember something, build in ways to review, discuss, or be exposed to the topic on a regular basis. Have a good system for finding it, later. Use your time and memory power to create a good system for locating the material when you need it. Make notes for future reference. Effectively highlight or write notes in the margins before filing it so when you go back you can avoid re-reading its entirety. (Monday Morning Insight 7/19/04)
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