Your business should create opportunities for the poor


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This message is presented by Amos Johnson Jr, PhD. He is the Founder & Pastor of Church for Entrepreneurs. God has given him a calling to help Christian Entrepreneurs succeed at their calling. He believes a fulfilled life comes from clearly knowing what God has called you to do and doing it.

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Message summary & scripture references

God’s heart is to help people in this world who are financially poor. One of the ways He helps is through Christian entrepreneurs who create opportunities for the poor through their businesses. In today’s podcast, learn about this concept and learn how your business can be a part of God’s heart to help the poor.

Proverbs 19:17 NLT

[17] If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD- and he will repay you!

Leviticus 19:9-10 NLT

[9] “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop.
[10] It is the same with your grape crop-do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 23:22 NLT

[22] “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God.”

Deuteronomy 24:19-21 NLT

[19] “When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
[20] When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.
[21] When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.

Ruth 1:3-6 NLT

[3] Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons.
[4] The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later,
[5] both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.
[6] Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.

Ruth 2:1-3 NLT

[1] Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.
[2] One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.”
[3] So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.

Ruth 2:5-7 NLT

[5] Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”
[6] And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi.
[7] She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”

Ruth 2:15-18 NLT

[15] When Ruth went back to work again, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grain right among the sheaves without stopping her.
[16] And pull out some heads of barley from the bundles and drop them on purpose for her. Let her pick them up, and don’t give her a hard time!”
[17] So Ruth gathered barley there all day, and when she beat out the grain that evening, it filled an entire basket.
[18] She carried it back into town and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth also gave her the roasted grain that was left over from her meal.

Proverbs 11:24-25 NLT

[24] Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.
[25] The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

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