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The Latest in Evangelistic Trends: International Arms Trafficking!

Some time ago an article caught my eye about folks going to jail because they took computers outside of the U.S.  The problem was that, because of computer processor capabilities and the built-in cryptographic capabilities of common off-the-shelf software, it violated Export Administration Regulations.  The article went on to describe the maximum fines and penalties associated with the export of these items: $1,000,000 plus 10 years in jail for each criminal violation, or $500,000 plus a 3-year export ban for each civil violation. A few days later a colleague who works for an international ministry told me he had just sent software updates to their overseas field offices.  Click— the light went on.  I told him about the article I had just read which applied to the software technology he just sent overseas.  We were both shocked as we discussed the impact these regulations could have on similar international ministries.
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IT Needs A Facelift!

Technology touches every aspect of ministry today.  It’s also a major portion of ministry budgets.  In fact, it enables those in ministry to do more and to do it more effectively.  The surprising thing, though, is that most ministry teams are kind of scared of us!  Can we talk here?
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Handling IT Emergencies

Some networks live in a constant state of panic.  They go from one emergency to another, sometimes with little time to catch one’s breath.  Other networks seem to run without error, needing only to be restarted because of scheduled maintenance.  Regardless of where you are in the network stability continuum, emergencies can hit and you need to have a plan...  just in case.
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Transportation Alternatives

Many churches have vehicle fleets.  They facilitate ministry, neighborhood outreach, and are often overseen by a volunteer; so they're reasonably inexpensive.  But the hidden costs due to recent law changes and potential litigation suggest we might be wise stewards to rethink this facet of our ministry.
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MBS’ Genesis

The beginning of Ministry Business Services (MBS) was prayer.  At every step, God has been the One calling the shots.  Let me tell you how it all began.
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Integrity Under Fire

There are times when, as a Christian with an entrepreneurial heart, I must depend on my instincts to guide our ministry.  There are other times, however, when I must rely upon the guidance of wise counselors as I seek to honor the LORD.  This is a story about when wise counsel helped me choose a path which not only honored God, but which God Himself chose to honor.
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