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Using The Bible to Invest, Save & Spend Wisely

December 26th, 2013 - By Candace Smith
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There is a saying in the Bible: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”  (1 Timothy 6:10)

You may have heard your mom, dad, or grandma reprimand or educate you with it from time to time, but did you ever think to apply the quote to advance your business sense and financial wealth?  Financial pundit Sean Hyman has, for example, taking what he has deemed as the Biblical Money Code revealed in the Bible’s scriptures as a foundation for his investment success and education. Hyman is one of many who are enlightening others about how we can get out of debt and build wealth by way of the Word.

Read on for nine ways that we can all learn to invest and spend more wisely through the Bible, whether you are religious or not.

Everybody Say “Amen”! Word of Mouth Was Key to History Channel’s Successful Debut of “The Bible”

March 6th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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(AP Photo/History, Joe Alblas)

(AP Photo/History, Joe Alblas)

The Bible was a surprise ratings winner for the History Channel over the weekend, with 13.1 million people tuning in to watch the start of the miniseries, which will run a new part each Sunday through Easter (March 31). According to The Huffington Post, the show beat American Idol , which had its lowest ratings ever (13.3 million and 12.1 million on each of its episodes), and the premiere of Red Widow, a heavily-promoted new program on ABC that only had 7.1 million viewers. Coupled with The Walking Dead, cable programming trounced network television by Nielsen standards. The Bible could exceed the ratings of Hatfields & McCoys, last year’s History Channel miniseries blockbuster. That multi-part movie not only won in the ratings, it earned Emmy awards and was the most-watched program in the network’s history.

But more than that, The Bible has impressed with its use of special effects to tell the oft-told tales. In an age of IMAX, CGI, and 3D, audiences are always looking for just these sorts of bells and whistles. But they’re usually reserved for the big budgets associated with studio blockbusters showing at the local theater. On the other hand, The Bible managed to do this with a budget of about $22 million, a small sum by today’s standards. So if you’re working on something that requires special effects, be sure to do your research. You can get some good looking effects for much less these days, apparently.

Produced by Mark Burnett (who also created the reality show Survivor) and his wife Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), the film follows in a long line of religious films that find a large audience but don’t cost a ton to make. The key, according to Bloomberg, is reaching the audience. According to that article, Burnett tapped Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and other popular religious leaders to help spread the word about the coming miniseries.

“The market exists. You’ve just got to reach them through the venues that they are using,” Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, tells the outlet.

This isn’t just a business lesson for the entertainment industry. Every company out there should be using industry leaders, well-connected friends and family, and networking events to drive attention towards your noteworthy projects.

Social media was the icing on the cake for The Bible, which was trending on Twitter during its debut.

The History Channel says it will be selling DVDs starting in April and the film will be shown around the world. So follow-through is also critical. Don’t stop until the audience does.

And One More Thing: Fantasia Sets People And The Media Straight For Allegedly Twisting Her Words

January 4th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I guess we can add Fantasia to the list of celebrities who would be better off not on social media, a list that Chris Brown has been king of for more than a year now. We previously told you that the singer was catching hell from some people for comments she made on her Instagram about folks judging her unfairly for her private life. Still not sure what prompted her to all of a sudden talk about the topic, but when she brought up gay marriage and legal marijuana, all hell literally broke loose. Her words were interpreted as being anti-gay, and seeing as the backlash had actually crossed over into mainstream media, Fanny made it known on her Instagram yesterday that not only is she pissed, but that she feels like her words were twisted and misinterpreted. Here’s her thoughts, in a majority of caps lock, where she talks about the media’s attack on her:

Now im VERY UPSET!!!! BUT ITS COOL!! IM NOT THE SAME GIRL I USE TO BE. IVE BEEN HURT ENOUGH. IM A Grown Women thats been Hurt Enough now. FOOLISHNESS!!!! I APOLOGIZE TO ALL MY LOVES, ALLLL MY GAYS, QUEENS AND FAB FRIENDS WHO’S SEEING THIS NONSENSE RIGHT NOW. HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT THEY HAVE TRASHED ME SINCE THE DAY I STEPPED ON THE IDOL STAGE? HAVEN’T YOU ALSO NOTICED THAT I STILL HAVE NOT STOPPED. TO MY GAY MANAGER( IM OVER SEEING YOU WORK SO HARD) THOSE WHO NO ME NO I DONT JUDGE ANY 1 AND THAT I JUST WANT THEM TO STOP TRYING TO JUDGE ME. TO ALL THE BLOGGERS AND NEWS STATIONS GOD BLESS YOU TOO!! CAUSE YOU NEVER SUPPORT MY GOOD YOU JUST REPORT THE BAD. I DONT CARE WHO GETS MARRIED OR WHO YOU LAY WITH, HANG WITH OR WANT TO BE LIKE. ITS YOUR LIFE LIVE IT. NOW GO AHEAD TAKE THIS AND TURN IT AROUND BUT IM STILL HERE CAUSE GOD PUT ME HERE. CHECK MY SPELLING AND MY GRAMMER* whatever you need to do* This is sad and im done with all this Media stuff.

And she also posted again to let folks know what she ACTUALLY meant with her original statements, pointing out that she was tired of people trying to use the bible to come at her head when what is in the bible is NOT what’s going on in the world today.

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As has been said before, Fantasia should really just stick to promoting her new music (the image above is from her new single, “Lose to Win”) and do what she can to keep the focus off of her personal business. For some, Fanny can’t redeem herself in their eyes, but for her fans, they’re waiting on the new music. So do your supporters and yourself a favor Fanny, and don’t entertain those who continue to try to come for you because of who you’re with and what you do. The less that she reveals about herself, at this point, the better off she will be. Just make that money, honey, and keep it stepping….

The Devil Is a Lie: 7 Types of Hypocritical “Church Folk” Who Know They Need to Quit

July 26th, 2012 - By Toya Sharee
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I’m willing to bet that at some point in your life, you’ve crossed paths with someone who makes you feel like you’re going to hell with gasoline draws. It may be an over-zealous religious co-worker with post-it bible verses plastered all over her desktop or the auntie you have who makes you feel like a jezebel for living in sin with your boyfriend (although she met her ex-convict boyfriend in the club during her former days of fornication). There’s always someone ready to rep for Jesus and place judgment on how you choose to live your life. I’m all for faith and the freedom to worship as you please, but it becomes a problem when you try to force your beliefs on others.

Despite whatever opinions I may have about religion or what higher power I choose to serve, I know I’m not the only who has at least one person in their life that takes their faith a bit too far. By all means, this article isn’t for those that take their faith seriously and make every effort to walk in the way of Christ without offending others, but the hypocrites who only call on the Holy Ghost when it’s convenient. You know, those people that have a bible verse that applies to any dilemma you’re going through when sometimes all you need is a listening ear. Or the one who thinks if they just sit back and pray, Jesus will solve all of their problems with little to no effort on their part. I’m aware that many people consider themselves to be simply spreading the good word, but it never ceases to amaze me how people can take scriptures and belief systems and use them to alienate, manipulate others just so they can further their own selfish agenda or make themselves feel better about their own lives (and most of the time they aren’t as innocent as they appear). Most people can balance whatever good word they choose to follow with being respectful of others, but there’s always that one that does a little too much.

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