Patriotism

This video is here. Politics in any nation cannot be understood or debated without an awareness of the plan that God has for that particular people and nation. Patriotism is an appreciation for that national destiny. It’s true that patriotism without God becomes...

Hearing God

The Video is here. One of the things that always impressed me during my pastoral years is how well people could hear God. I was never ahead of them. If something went right, they all knew. If something went wrong, I didn’t have to explain it or fix it… they all knew...

Massive Transformational Purpose (MTP)

The video is here. A friend, Larry Nault, put me onto a secular book that is worth reading… Exponential Organizations. The premise of the book is that we live in an information age now. Change is no longer linear; it’s logarithmic. Predicting what the future will be...

Maria Lalik – Life and Business Coach

Maria Lalik (Life and Business Coach) Personal Name: Maria Lalik (la.mariah@yahoo.co.uk) Web Site: http://desiretodestiny.pl/ Education: Masters in Child Development, Certified Coach Business: Life & Success Coach, Translator, Entrepreneur Hobbies: Traveling,...

Larry Tyler – Business Mentor

Larry Tyler Personal Name: Larry Tyler, larry@upyourbusiness.biz 828-349-6019, 828-371-3436 Education: BA in Business Management, MBA Family: Wife – Vickie, 2 grown children Business: Up Your Business LLC, www.upyourbusiness.biz Hobbies: golf, hiking, photography,...

David Tinney

David Tinney (Mentor to Ukraine) Personal Name: David Tinney (57) [david.tinney@gmail.com] Web Site: www.davidtinney.org Education: High school and computer tech classes Family: Wife Judy and 3 grown children Businesses: Adventure Travel Services...

John Garfield – Releasing Kings

John Garfield – Releasing Kings Personal Name: John Garfield (www.releasingkings.com), johnsgarfield@gmailcom Education: BS Chemical Engineering, BA Theology via a local church Family: Wife Sue (nurse), 4 grown children, and 6 grandchildren Business: Imparting the...

Jeff Ericson

Jeff Ericson Jeff Ericson – Camano Island Coffee Roasters Jeff and Jody Ericson Personal Name: Jeff Ericson (49), jeff@camanoislandcoffee.com, Web Site: www.camanoislandcoffee.com Education: Theology degree Family: Jodi and children: Destiny and Brandon Businesses:...

Steven Hostetler – Chavano Family of Farms

Steven Hostetler Steven Hostetler – Shavano Family of Farms Steven and Marsha Hostetler Personal Name: Steven Hostetler (38) stevenhostetler3@yahoo.com Web Site: http://troyerpoultry.com/ Education: 8th grade Family: wife Marsha and 5 children ages 1-12 Businesses:...

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis (Life and Business Coach) Video Introduction Personal Name: Beverly Lewis, 53, BeverlySpeaks.com, Slingshotsuccess.com Video Introduction: Beverly on you tube Education: University of FL, Ornamental Horticulture (that’s come in real handy) Family:...

Doug Meadows

Doug Meadows David Douglas Diamonds and Jewelry Doug & Mary at their annual Ladies Night Out event Chocolate & Diamonds, who could go wrong? “Making Men HEROES!” Personal Name: Doug (49) & Mary Meadows (770-578-0598) Web Sites: www.daviddouglas.com (David...

Wayne Thomas – Business Mentor

Wayne Thomas (Business Mentor) Marlene and Wayne Thomas   Personal Name: Wayne Thomas, wthomas@thomasintlgroup.com (727) 741-8496 Education: BS Business Administration   Major:Accounting  CPA, CMA Dr. of Ministry,  Licensed and Ordained Minister of the Gospel...

Manage Your Destiny

Fundamentals – The difference between servant and King is like a structure with a foundation that starts with our heart’s desire. When things go against us in life it’s wise to reassess that foundation. We all “labor to enter into rest.” The sweet spot in life is when...

Kings – Learning To Fly In 2010

Leaving the nest – The implication of learning to fly is “leaving the nest.” Some of us birds do it naturally, others wait until the nest is “thorned” by mother, and a few just get thrown out by God himself! I’m suggesting that maturity is a process and what was once...

From Spiritual Covering to Practical Mentoring

Fathers – I believe in fathers, both spiritual and natural. My own father’s discipline was a source of comfort and strength. Memories of my childhood and the things he taught me on the ranch are precious; you can read the story in a prior newsletter, Kings and...

After Your Heart is Released…

The Lights Come On – One of my personal delights is observing the process of seeing hearts released into a Kingly realm. During the conference in Ukraine we saw God’s people grasp permission from the Father to dream. For the first time, they looked into their own...

Learn to “Make a Way”

Last week we ended with this paragraph – ‘As Kings, we are experiencing many breakthroughs in this pioneering phase. Strongholds are crumbling and great victories are being won. If you happen to catch a defeat, take a second breath, and pray your way through the...

Lose a Battle, Win the War

Roger Webb went home to be with the Lord on Friday. He was a friend with cancer that we’ve been praying for over the last year. Whenever we have a setback it’s natural to evaluate what happened, open up our Bible and our heart and ask the Lord what we could have done...

To Prosper – Or Not?

Systematic Theology – Sound doctrine is no more or less that a correct understanding of God that allows us to naturally gravitate toward his will and Favor. Over time we’ve seen mainstream Christianity reject various streams over theological issues. We threw the baby...

Signs Point to Something

Lakeland – In America we often look around the world and see God doing great things everywhere but home. That’s why “revivals” in Toronto and Lakeland are exciting. God visits us and an outpouring of the miraculous refreshes the church like a cool drink of water on a...

The Lord Our Provider Part 1

Update – Last week in Adding the Miraculous I shared the story of taking Roger Webb to Redding, California for prayer for cancer. We since had a healing evangelist in town who went to Roger’s home and ministered to him personally. We have seen progress but we are...

Adding the Miraculous

So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders. 4 The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. ...

The Connection Between Prophecy and Poverty

Prophets or Profits – Those of us in the prophetic movement usually associate revelation of coming events with an inside track that results in God’s favor. We hear testimonies of God revealing special information about the future that resulted in making a great...

Wilderness, Warfare, or Wisdom

Problems – We all face problems and complications in our lives. Spiritual, relational, financial, health, and vocational are just some of the areas where we target victories and occasionally experience setbacks. It’s important to see “trouble” from a Biblical...

Like a Child

Getting excited – I’ve been tracking a couple of business startups in Africa. Jayston is starting a grocery store in Liberia. He’s a pastor in Monrovia and we use his business plan as an example on our Teacher’s guide page. Dereck lives in Uganda. He and Nyasha are...

Graduating Kings

Local Church – As a pastor, I was a student of church growth literature. I still watch what’s happening in that world today. Recently, George Barna and Frank Viola wrote Pagan Christianity? It concludes that many of our normal local church practices are unbiblical and...

It’s Blessed to Give

Sound Doctrine – Last week we shared a great newsletter with a doctrinal emphasis (The Harder I Try, The Worse It Gets). The more scripturally sound we are, the more likely we’ll have a favored relationship with Jesus and inherit our land. I do think positive thinking...

The harder I try, the worse it gets

Definitions – Dualism is a term that originated in Greek philosophy (Plato) and was adopted into Christianity by Augustine after the time of Christ. Dualism is a worldview that holds spiritual and natural entities as separate. Typically, dualism views the spirit world...

Reversing a Poverty Mentality

“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it (greed) laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid (fear) of you, because you are a hard man (ignorance). You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ Luke...

Learning to Celebrate Exploits

A Pill for Everything – I like to watch football on TV – except for one thing – commercials. Drug companies have ads for everything. If dad has ED, mom has PMS, the kids have ADHD, and the in-law has OCD, we are fortunate to know that somebody has a pill that will...

Finding Your Path of Life

Dreams – I really enjoyed making an Excel file out of my list of dreams. I listed my heart’s desire for Sue, Releasing Kings, our business/investments, the ranch, and our kids. This week I went a step farther and created another column to list as many goals or next...

Getting Excited

Stoicism – When Jewish people got good or bad news they would kill the fatted calf or rip their clothes and cover themselves with ashes. We don’t identify with big emotional swings in the west. We like our heroes to be John Wayne – calm and collected. The reason is...

Send Out the Spies in 08

I usually get a batch of new years prophetic declarations around the 1st of every year. For some reason not much came this year? Here’s what the Lord has been emphasizing in my heart. “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites....

You Give Them Something To Eat

Imagine you are one of Jesus disciples (shouldn’t be hard – we’re all disciples!) and He’s just wrapped up a conference late in the afternoon for about 5000 people. Somebody, trying to be helpful, suggests sending them home so they can find a place to stay and...

The Dream Manager

Leadership is making the dreams of others come true – The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly is a secular story about a company that decided to help its employees identify and realize their dreams. Their goal was to reduce turnover and increase corporate profits. I’m sure...

Christmas – Dreams Come True

The best Gifts – Yesterday our daughter, Heather, and her husband, Jason, gave us our fourth grandchild – Christopher (Christ bearer) Alan (rock). It will be a special Christmas with most of the kids and grand kids present. Proverbs 17:6 says “children’s children are...

Managing Your Spritual Risk

Expectations – Most of life’s wounds have roots in sincere expectations about the future that were dashed on the rocks in a storm. We’ve all been there. Kings must have the ability to land on their feet when things don’t go their way. First let’s examine the concept...

No Holding Back

Pessimism – Two toddlers filled with natural curiosity approach a dog for the first time. The dog is the dog allows himself to be hugged by the first child and playfully licks the little boys face… he giggles with delight. The second dog has never been around children...

The Language of Kings

Last week we summarized what happened in Sylvan Lake Revival of the Heart. I’m always a little surprised at what God does at these conferences… I had to add a few bullets to the archived newsletter on the link. Let me share a story to illustrate the nature of the...

Revival of the Heart

Sylvan Lake – This weekend we finished up a Releasing Kings conference at Sunnyside Christian retreat Center. Some drove 10 hours for the conference. It’s been a few months since our last event and I had forgotten how much fun it is to see God release His people into...

Counting It All Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-5  NKJV Are you in the heat of the...

Friends of God

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear...

Real Meekness Inherits the Earth

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 KJV We describe Kings as bold, competitive, prosperous, fun loving, and life changing. Most of us come from a tradition in which meekness means yielding our personal rights and expectations to God. We...

Learning To Multiply Your Seed

“What’s God saying to Kings?” was the question I asked John Laney at breakfast yesterday. This newsletter is the result of that conversation. We get to hear amazing stories of Kings impacting this earth for the Kingdom. It’s fun to try and get a grasp of what makes...

Mixing Wisdom and Spirituality

Paul and Pam Hunter – This week I want to introduce you to Paul and Pam. They are on their way to Uganda via Next Generation Ministries to Release a generation of Kings that will change the nation. You’ll really enjoy their interview. He’s going to have an opportunity...

Plans of the Heart

Doug Meadows – Our books and newsletters and conferences give us the privilege of seeing God move in marketplace ministry all over the world and meeting the Kings that help it all happen. They are not organized by one hierarchy (except the King of Kings). They just...

Learning To Lift Your Eyes

Breakthroughs – Kings in the marketplace face all kinds of resistance – both natural and spiritual. They are accustomed to seeing all kinds of breakthroughs as well. When we run into a barrier, we eventually realize it’s not a wall. It’s the next step in a staircase...

Faith – You Are What You Eat

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt 4:4 KJV But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Jn 4:32 KJV “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of...

Get the Key to Open Your Door

Opening Doors – The Lord woke me up with a phrase a few nights back, “I will open doors that no man can shut.” After staggering out of bed to the computer I found the verses. These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no...

A Personal Note

I spent part of the Labor Day weekend reading Desire to Destiny. Writing a book is a little too much like having a baby… You don’t want to sign up for the next one right away. I got into chapter 21 about goals and ran into this: 4. For people who got lost on the way;...

Not So Divine Delays

It’s Going Around – The personal experiences and seasons you have in God is very often share by your friends. We’re not islands. We’re in a season in which Kings have sown in faith and many are contending for a harvest; some specific result they’ve been working...

Passion

He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. Isa 59:17 NIV Much of what we write pertains to the theology and motivation of Kings to rise up in the...

When We Put the Kingdom First

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things...

Fathering An Adventurous Heart

Roger is a friend in his 40’s that was diagnosed with colon cancer and given a couple years to live. He invited me to pray with him a couple of times and at last count he had been into the local healing rooms (a prayer ministry) 14 times. His healing is very...

Building Strong Bones

My summer vacation – Work has been hectic the last 3 months. Normally I go back to Montana and spend a couple weeks with my brother in late June. This year I found a quiet spot in our engineering schedule and squeezed out three days plus a weekend in July. It...

A Business With a Calling

Sneak Preview – Desire to Destiny will be available in early August. This latest book is about seven steps of maturity that mark the spiritual progression of Kings from salvation through world changers. It’s a great follow-up to Releasing Kings. We put the first...

Prophecy, Wisdom, and Work

In our last newsletter we gave some practical tips for Adding Substance to Your Dream. Prophecy, Wisdom, and Work are three key ingredients that must be understood and kept in balance to make your dream come true. Let’s clarify the definitions before we look at the...

Adding Substance To Your Dream

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Heb 11:1  KJV At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (I Kings 3:5) Dream Again – Most of us have or...

People – the Currency of Transformation

When Giving Isn’t Enough – The history of pouring money into needy nations like Africa isn’t great, as we discussed in a prior newsletter (Give a Fish or Make a Fisherman). Over 400 Billion has already been spent and we don’t have much to show for it. Recently the G-8...

The “E” in Gospel is for Entrepreneur

Generosity – The G-8 conference in Germany representing the 8 wealthiest nations in the world recently committed 60 Billion to fight aids and malaria in Africa. Bill Gates has a similar amount at his disposal directed toward similar objectives. Although these are not...

Spiritual Warfare and Your Heart’s Desire

Over the last couple of years I’ve had a profound shift in the way I relate to God.  I’ve gone from a tradition of focusing on my sinful frailty (and preaching it to others) to a realization that I was created in God’s image and my heart is good.  I can trust the...

Spiritual Warfare Is “In Season”

I’ve gotten several stories regarding political leaders in third world countries inviting entrepreneurs to their nation to help develop the economy. Amazing doors are being opened and the magnitude of the opportunity for Kingly ministry is unprecedented. At the same...

What To Do With Delays

I have yet to meet a Christian that hasn’t experienced a delay in plans, schedule and dreams. When our hopes are deferred the experience gives rise to a sickening feeling in our hearts. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life....

Kings Find a Way

What Poverty Feels like – We’ve all felt lack at some point. It’s frustrating! We get mad at others for not helping; mad at ourselves for bad decisions; and mad at God for not showing us an answer. Poverty is a sense of being powerless over your own situation; unloved...

All By Itself The Soil Produces Pt 2

Last week we discussed ways the Kingdom grows “all by itself.” If we’re really going to “change the world” we have to leverage our activities so we operate beyond our human strength. He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the...

All By Itself The Soil Produces

What the Kingdom is really like – I’ve been fascinated this week to learn how the Kingdom grows. It’s a lot easier than we usually think. He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or...

Eyes on the Prize

Giants in the land – About three plus weeks ago an acquaintance from work was diagnosed with colon cancer that spread to his other internal organs (lungs, liver, etc). Roger is a 41 year old Christian, married father of two beautiful girls (8 and 10). The doctors...

Prospering Through Adversity

Winds of prosperity are blowing – Stories of prosperity are coming in. It’s great to anticipate it prophetically (which is also happening). But, I especially enjoy the experience of God’s movement in tangible ways. Increase is coming to those that have sowed and they...

Viral Missions

Ideas Change the world – I learned a new term at the 3/07 IBI Business Retreat (Viral Marketing – defined below). At our last conference Huntington, WV I met Mark Charles and have since spent an hour on the phone so now you can read Mark’s Interview. Somewhere between...

Impacting Your Land

Story #1 –  Duane Smith and John Laney had lunch with me last week. Duane was in Kakinada India last summer (06) for a crusade and pastors conference. He mentioned that one of the world’s largest gas reserves had been discovered in the bay (A quick google search...

Emancipation

(wikipedia) The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence; also, the state of being thus set free; liberation; as, the emancipation of slaves; the emancipation of minors; the emancipation of a person...

Sowing for a Harvest

Sowing – We’ve shared on learning to multiply in a prior newsletter and made it a session in the conferences. Most of us have read 2Cor 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Cor...

Turning Delays into Deliverance

See  Not-So-Spiritual Warfare if you missed it. Delays and setbacks are part of everyone’s real-world experience. They can be disheartening and rob our initiative. Yet, when the breakthrough comes it’s like a “tree of life.” Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a...

Entrepreneurial Women

Woman’s Lights – I’m not real big on the feminist movement and I’m glad it’s died down a little. However, I’m acutely aware and celebrating the way God is liberating women in the marketplace and releasing them as Kings. Religion may have played a role in holding them...

Not-So-Spiritual Warfare

Bumps in the road – “Spiritual warfare” rings up images of angels and demons flying in formation through the heavens and engaging in World War 1 style dogfights. I certainly don’t discount unseen warfare; at times it does feel like we’re a little ignorant of devices....

Sustaining Revival Pt 2

Personal Revival – Last week we wrote about revival in the marketplace. It touched a very positive nerve based on the emails we got back. There is a lot of confusion about how to “ask for” or “start” a revival. We don’t even know who is responsible to get it going...

Sustaining Revival In The Marketplace

Fleeting Revivals – The Church has historically seen remarkable revivals that brought about new experiences and new doctrine that have brought us into a closer relationship with the God of scripture. I was saved in the charismatic renewal in the early 70’s and visited...

Write Your Own Ticket

If I could add the most important ingredient that would help God’s people become Kings it would be “initiative.” We theologically underestimate the role God wants us to play in implementing our heart’s desire and deciding what voluntary role we could present to Jesus...

Plan a Valuable Product

Making Money – One of your first spiritual assignments as a King is to make money. Here’s the simple reason that I learned from my thirteen years as a pastor. Ministry costs money – nothing happens without money. If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck it’s likely that...

Calgary

The Third Speaker – Davis and Susan Harris put together a conference in their church last weekend. The teaching and response were great, but somehow it went far beyond that. I honestly can’t get into words everything we experienced. The one thing that surprised me is...

Goals – Are Spiritual

Why have Goals? – Only a few percent of people have a journal with written goals they update daily or at least periodically. Some view goals as an expression of selfish carnality. Others worry about being too “driven.” One of the strongest incentives for goals is...

3rd World Missions – Starfish Style

Duane Smith (real estate agent) and Howard Ferris (civil engineer) have both organized crusades and conferences that started with email contacts. Here’s what is absolutely amazing. They are normal people just like you and I that have taken a Kingly initiative in third...

What’s My Passion

Last week, after a class, a really nice lady was convinced for the first time that God was interested in granting her the desires of her heart. She was a little frustrated because she really didn’t have a passion she could point to. I suggested she read Releasing...

Creativity – From Idea to Realty

I’m fascinated by the creative process and have been after Bob Bartow for an interview for months. He is an artist with a business called “Creative Images” – a rare combination of creative genius and King. You’ll enjoy his interview and his graphic arts. They are...

Women With A Passion

I met Dawnya Sasse and Dianne Norman at the conference in Yakima. They are both entrepreneurial and both have wonderful husbands who have been wise enough to encourage their dream. Their aptitude for Kingly pursuits is not really something new. It’s been the norm for...

Permission Slips

Full-Time Ministry –  Brian and Dawnya have a story that is shared by many. They both were saved, prophetically gifted, and felt called to ministry… in their case it was youth ministry. They spent 8 years knocking on that door and finally gave it up and started a dry...

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Spouse

Philippines – Our web site has been drawing requests from pastors in other countries for conferences and crusades. Duane Smith is a real estate agent that got a couple of them, did the follow-up, and arranged for Pastor’s conferences and open air crusades for...

Guidance – Obedience vs. Initiative

Yakima – The conference in Yakima was everything we’d hoped for… passion, changed lives and lots of laughter. Seeing the video clip Howard and Leslie Ferris brought back from Pakistan brought tears of appreciation to every eye… “civil engineer and wife lead 55,000...

Postive Mental Attitude

We’re in Yakima, WA this coming weekend November 10-11 for a Releasing Kings Conference. Friday night is a dinner (Sea Galley @ 6-8 PM) with the local Full Gospel Businessmen. Saturday morning the meeting is 9AM-1PM at Shiloh Christian Center (112 N Pierce Ave). John...

Work -Breakfast of Champions

We work hard with our own hands. 1 Cor 4:12 NIV She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Prov 31:27 NIV we worked night and day 2 Thess 3:8 NIV Work is Fun – The newsletter is a day late because I spent the week with...

Exploits-for-Everyone

Our Tradition – There is a new sound in the Kingdom and Kings are beginning to experience a new kind of breakthrough. It’s financial! Our prior model for outreach ministry (or missions) has been centered around Jesus’ instructions to the disciples in Matt 10. Healing,...

Pass the Open View Test

Howard – This past week I had the opportunity to interview another great example of a King moving in the Kingdom. The formal version will be up next week and I’ll link to it and tell you more about Howard’s exploits. He is an engineer that has been using his vacation...

Kings – Have Long Term Vision

David Harris – This week I’d like you to meet David and Susan Harris. David works for a financial services company in Calgary, has experience in personal coaching, and is writing his own marketplace ministry book. I think you’ll enjoy his interview. If you’re in the...

Kings – Have God’s Favor

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Gen 6:8-9 Scott Prindle – is a pastor is Driggs, Idaho, a small community right next to the Tetons...

Why Step Out of the Boat?

Why Kings Are Different – We’ve had a season of interviews that provides an opportunity to meet another batch of Kings out there doing exploits. Mike Dana and John Klien are two recent examples and there are 3 or 4 more we’ll feature in future weeks. They are...

Trusting God… a lot more

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied...

Opportunity Is Knocking

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 NIV Here I am! I stand at the door and...

Meet the King of Kings

In Releasing Kings we described Kings as bold, creative, competitive, prosperous, gregarious, and visionary. Most of us recognize that description in a few people, say 10%, instead of 90% as the book claims. I really believe what God is doing in the larger body of...

Awaken the Dawn

Initiative – Last week we talked about  Moving the Hand of God by moving on things He’s already put in our hearts. God is teaching us how to take initiative – a key ingredient in the mentality of a King. In the past we’ve been fearful of presumption (birthing an...

Hearing the Right Voice

Signs – I can’t help but see a parallel in the Middle East conflict with what Kings are personally experiencing. It’s really a war of ideas. At a spiritual level, God is inviting us to come out from under the law and find a place in our relationship that allows us to...

Kingly Couples

A bold new topic – Last week there was a phrase in the newsletter that touched a resonant nerve, ” Mrs. Christian is not too keen on change right now, but that’s because she takes care of the bills.” Others wrote back from a similar experience: Mrs. Queen is a little...

To JOB or not to JOB

To JOB or not to JOB That’s the Question Working for Wages – The thesis of our book is that it’s spiritual and healthy to be entrepreneurial. That’s the track God puts us on to multiply finances and ministry. Having a good education and a job is a practical foundation...

Kings – You’re a Treasure Pt3

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matt 13:44 NIV Treasures – The traditional view on this parable is that the Kingdom is the Treasure and...

Kings – and the Gospel of the Kingdom Pt2

After writing Releasing Kings and rethinking much of my Christian life, I’m excited about the message of the Gospel. The “Good News” I used to share was a traditional message similar to the 4 spiritual laws. That is: 1.We are all sinners (for all have sinned and fall...

Kings – When Will Thy Kingdom Come?

Painted with a broad brush – Last year when we went to the Netherlands a well-meaning couple emailed me a half dozen times asking if I was “Kingdom Now.” I did my best to explain that we don’t emphasize covering or crave authority over people or pastors. I went on to...

Making a Plan for Your Heritage

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, NIV We interviewed John Laney this week and I’ve tried to capture some of the essentials of his “life message.” John is a...

Learning to Multiply

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them,  Be fruitful, and multiply , and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion… Gen 1:27-28 KJV This week...

Learning to Receive

One of my greatest delights is to meet Kings, see what makes them tick, and get a glimpse of the fruit in their lives. Here’s a couple of examples: Duane – I mentioned Duane’s trip to India last week. This week he received a letter from Anil, the host pastor. It’s...

Becoming “You” (Mt 6)

The single greatest key to Kingly Marketplace Ministry is finding out who you are and simply being yourself. Matthew 6 is all about “seeking first the Kingdom and His righteousness.” It sets off a dynamic where everything else is added quite naturally. Here’s the...

How Do I Become a Marketplace Ministry?

Last week we talked about how a pastor could start a Marketplace Ministry in his church. This week we want to view this topic at a grassroots level. I don’t want to leave you with the impression your pastor is responsible to find your ministry – you are. Most of us...

How Do We Start a Marketplace Ministry?

This week I received an email from a Pastor in Zambia that gets our newsletter (Making Kingly Disciples and Personal Initiative). It was one line that read, “Dear John, Greetings. I am a Zambian Pastor. I want to start a Marketplace Ministry. How do we do that?” I...

Personal Initiative in Disciples

If you missed last week’s newsletter (Making Kingly Disciples), please read it with this one. We summarized 5 books which are a little prone to point to areas of change for the church. Without discounting those ideas, I want to suggest the prophetic impetus behind the...

Making Kingly Disciples

There are 5 books out now that are causing a little stir in the States. Each points out an area of need in the way we make disciples. Megashift by James Rutz, 2005 – has a chapter on documented miracles that is exciting. Jim’s passion is the house church movement and...

Dreams Come True Part 1

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 NIV When we first wrote Releasing Kings the Lord showed us a generation of Kings taking their place in the Kingdom to make a difference. As time...

Back From the Future

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov 4:23 Your heart is a wellspring – One of the great keys to spiritual health is the condition of our heart. We usually think of that statement in the context of sin, but I want you to think of it...

What’s Your Next Move

The Question from God – I really enjoy meeting Kings and hearing their story. John Laney is a developer in a very prophetic package. He’s working in our city so I have lunch with him quite often. Last week, as we were eating, he looked across the table and said,...

Friends Break Fear

One of the realities of being entrepreneurial, pursuing the desires of your heart, and expanding the Kingdom is fear. It takes courage to step out and do something new. I have the opportunity to meet many people that are Kingly and courageous. These are not wild-eyed...

A Theology for Overcoming

Last week we “warned” people about the risks of being entrepreneurial and how we can get in over our heads. We ended by agreeing the the risk is worth it; God still calls people to be entrepreneurial and His will isn’t “risk free.” Everyone that says yes to the Lord...

Finding Truth on Disagreement Day

Our Releasing Kings feedback page (You Wrote Back) reads like we filter all the negative feed back out. Really we don’t. We just get a ton of positive feed back. So much so that I mentioned it to my friend, Jim Bryson, and he graciously mailed back an area of...

Converting Money into Ministry

In the last several weeks we’ve interviewed some Mighty Men that live the message in Releasing Kings and have great practical applications; Reagan Couch started a Full gospel Businessmen’s Chapter and Duane Smith is organizing a crusade and Pastor’s conference in...

How You Can Find Your Hearts Desire

In the last several weeks we’ve interviewed Reagan Couch and Lucas Vos. I’m not only hearing their message but seeing it in their lives. This week I want to introduce you to Duane Smith. He’s a real estate agent who’s interview has been posted for some time. We...

How to Break Poverty

Last week we emphasized an interview with Reagan Couch. We’re continuing with a several more “Mighty Men” and the themes God has given them. This week you’re invited to read our interview with Lucas and Kirsta Vos. These two delightful believers live in Arnhem,...

The Stuff of Mighty Men

…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.             Dan 11:32 KJV In this hour God is raising up mighty men that are doing exploits in His name. I keep meeting people that have great dreams and seize great initiatives. There is an...

Loving God From the Heart

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…  Matt 22:36-37 NIV The Schoolmaster – One of the themes that undergird a Kingly lifestyle is a willingness to pursue your heart’s desire. Most of us...