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Think Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Michael Hyatt… handling BUSINESS in the real world – with integrity.  They look to Jesus as their example and their messages bear that out.  In the different ways they influence others, teaching, writing, speaking, finance, humor, outreach, these guys are expanding the reach of the Kingdom.

Dave Ramsey, of The Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace University fame, teaches people God’s (and Grandma’s) ways of handling money.  He teaches people how to put scripture into practice so they get out of debt and never again become “slave to the lender.”  He and his team have developed a wonderful 13-week course that we’ve been going through for years now, both as students and as coordinators.  But he wasn’t satisfied with that.  He knew that if the material could be condensed, more people could be helped.  So they went back to the drawing board and created a brand new 9-week FPU!  I am so excited to get that going in Corona.

Jon Acuff is now a part of Dave Ramsey’s team, and is a popular blogger and speaker, author of Stuff Christians Like and Quitter (both I recommend).  His unique perceptions and voice help folks from both sides get a glimpse of Christendom – as it exists in our current culture.  And he does it in a “check this out, everybody” kind of way that doesn’t alienate pre-Christians.

And my newest “find,” Michael Hyatt, of Platform fame (well, that’s not really fair – he did run Thomas Nelson Publishers 🙂 has really excited me, in terms of building up, shining a spotlight on, and slapping new paint on my own platform.  I’m mostly trying to reach my praise team at The Refuge, but I run a couple other things as well.  His advice is really helping accomplish the goal of reaching an audience.

Now, if more Christians can put their faith out there and live up to the precepts in scripture, America would be in a lot better shape.  I’m keeping my eyes on Jesus and learning what the Word says about how to live, love my family and friends, conduct business, minister to my church, etc.  I know he will help me.  After all, I do remember James saying in chapter 1, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  How much does THAT rule?  God will do what He said He will do.  I love that about Him. Who do you know in the public spotlight that is making a difference FOR the Kingdom?

Withdraw Weekly

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Overall

Today was a great day. I can’t remember the last time we had a whole day to experience life as a family. Got some yard work done here and at Mom’s, met up with the other half of To Serve Mankind (and no, that wasn’t a short joke, Bryan), discovered Vallarta and their inexpensive produce – great for juicing, and watched some tv with Jen. Great day. Tomorrow will be our niece’s birthday party, financial training with Greg, baby garden planting and 1st run at multitrack recording with BOSE T1.  So goodnight.

Something’s Gotta Give

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Overall

My life has been crazy for far too long. I’m overweight with back pain and indigestion, I’m in a stressful job with all the responsibility and no authority, and my ministry is hindered for the same reason as my ministry… they are, in fact, the same thing… but not for long.

I’ve decided to make some radical changes to my life.

I’ve given 30 days notice to my employer and church.
I’m starting a 30 day juice fast (may go longer).
I’m starting my own business in order to minister in freedom at high levels of leadership at a new church.

My hope is that I will lose unnecessary weight, regain spiritual effectiveness and encouragement, and become more financially secure than ever before. I also desire to be pain free in my back and digestive tract. During this time, because I will need things to focus on, I will be completing long overdue projects such as: producing and sending out piano/vocal/drums demos of my original praise and worship music, publishing my own contemporary arrangements of hymns, and writing a book for young-ish Christians, to be e-published online at completion.

I know God is faithful and wants to give good gifts to His children (read, including me) so I have every expectation that my efforts will be prosperous. I plan to chronicle the adventure here, including all the temptations towards giving up the dreams I have and how I will overcome them each in turn. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that we can overcome temptation by God’s faithful help. So I’m confident. Welcome to my new life. It starts now!