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Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement)…

Acts 4:36


When people think about you, what are some characteristics that you believe come to their mind? If we’re really honest, you and I do care about our reputation. But the message we often hear today is, “Don’t worry what people think about you, just be yourself.” And while it’s okay to be rejected by others for the right reasons, there are many who believe they have a license to have a bad reputation because they’re just ‘being their self’.


But did you know that God cares about your reputation? Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” And Luke 2:52 makes it a point to say that Jesus increased “in favor with God and man.”


Joseph was such an encourager that his friends began to call him Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement.” So how are you known among your peers? When they think of you, are there impressions generally positive or negative?


Gaining and keeping a good reputation takes time and effort. You have to invest relationally in people and be intentional in being someone whom they consider trustworthy. But that investment will pay huge dividends in the form of vibrant, sanctifying relationships!


Build your reputation as someone who is exceptionally trustworthy.

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Did you know?
By | October 1, 2016

You might not be aware of it, but PowerPoint Ministries has been accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 2011. The ECFA is an independent body that holds organizations and churches to their Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™.

Drawn directly from Scripture, these standards help ensure all member organizations adhere to the highest level of financial responsibility and stewardship. And PowerPoint is proud to say that we have always adhered to these high standards.

ECFA Standards 1 through 6 focus on ministries: their commitment to evangelical Christianity; an independent board of directors; financial oversight; complying with all laws for donated resources; providing financial records on request; and compensation for its leader. Pastor Graham receives no compensation from PowerPoint.

Standard 7 is broken down into five parts that deal with stewardship:

7.1 requires accurate descriptions of the ministry’s financial condition; up-to-date information on projects; and avoiding anything that creates a false impression.

7.2 concerns donors’ expectations and intent, and requires that gifts from a specific appeal be used for that purpose. Appeals can’t create unrealistic expectations of what the gift will accomplish.

7.3 requires that donors receive timely acknowledgments of gifts.

7.4 mandates the ministry to act in its donors’ best interest. For example, the organization must make every effort to avoid accepting a gift that places a hardship on the donor.

7.5 says that an organization can’t base compensation for consultants or staff on a percentage of contributions.

For more information about the ECFA, please visit today.



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