The Power Of Partnership by James Merritt

THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP
Dr. James Merritt
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
12-5-99

INTRODUCTION

1. In 1948 two brothers, by the names of Richard and Maurice
McDonald, converted their barbeque drive-in with carhops, into the
world's first McDonald's limited-menu self-service drive-in in San
Bernardino, California. One restaurant serving one community.

2. In 1954 a man by the name of Ray Kroc mortgaged his home
and invested his entire life's savings to become the exclusive
distributor of a five-spindled milkshake maker called the Multimixer.
He heard about this McDonald's hamburger stand in California that
was running eight Multimixers at one time. So he packed up his car
and headed west.

3. Ray Kroc said he had never seen so many people served so
quickly in all of his life. He walked into the restaurant, met these
two brothers and offered them one simple idea. Why don't you
open up more than one restaurant? Because he was convinced he
could sell eight of his Multimixers to everyone of them. They said,
"Who could we get to open them for us?" Ray Kroc answered,
"What about me?"

4. In 1955 Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise in Des
Plaines, Illinois. And, as they say, the rest is history. Today there
are 24,500 McDonald's in 116 countries, selling more hamburgers
than any other restaurant on planet earth, and Ronald McDonald,
along with Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse, is one of the three most
well known figures in all of the world.

5. How did this happen? Because Ray Kroc understood a principle
that is found in the Bible, whether he realized it or not, and the
principle is this one: "Two are better than one." (Eccl. 4:9) There
is an unbelievable power in partnership that goes beyond addition
to multiplication. You know, not even the Lone Ranger faced life
alone--he had Tonto!

6. You may have heard the old story about the Lone Ranger and
Tonto riding across the dese ...


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