September 24, 2004

Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace


This Book walks you through the passion that starts when God connects your job, business, ministry, and life purpose into one package. Christian men and women entrepreneurs in the workplace, or their home business, bring a creative health to cash flow, co-workers, and customers. Marketplace ministry begins with a dream or hobby; a desire that God put in your heart – an entrepreneurial spirit that replaces the paycheck-to-paycheck mentality with a new optimism, financial health, and finally an ability to make others successful – A riveting book that will connect you with the favor God already has on your life and your ministry

On behalf of Harold and John, thanks for purchasing Releasing Kings and requesting this newsletter.  We’ll do our best to keep you informed of the latest developments.  We really believe God is opening a new door of prosperity and ministry for a generation of entrepreneurs that will expand His Kingdom.

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What’s Happening

Harold and I will be hosting doing a Marketplace ministry conference in Spokane December 27-29 at the Doubletree.  It will be a huge blessing.  We’re also developing some written testimonies and materials that can be used in local churches.  Pray with us for some pilot opportunities in the Tri-Cities.  Radio interviews and also continuing.  We really do believe that God is releasing Kings throughout the earth at a reformation / revival level.  A new, entrepreneurial anointing is available to God’s people.  One pastor in in South Carolina simply preached his way through the book and is planning an ordination service for the ministries he birthed in his own church.


Kings come in many varieties and in many different fields.  We’re going to chat about investing, but before we do, let’s list some examples in other areas of marketplace ministry (for balance).  When God gets us ramped up releasing Kings, we’ll all have household names of Christians from our generation to hold up as great examples of people who expanded the Kingdom of God and helped fill the earth with His glory.

*- Owning a business (RG LeTourneau)
*- Real Estate
*- Network marketing
* Investing

*The Military (Norman Schwarzkoph)
*Entertainment (Mel Gibson, The Passion)
*The Arts

A few days ago I was reading Ecc 11 in my morning devotions and Sue mentioned that evening the Lord has spoken to her about casting our bread on the water.  My ears perked right up and here is what else the Lord has been speaking from that chapter.

God’s advice on investing

Eccl 10:20  Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Investments start with being theologically tuned in to the fact that God doesn’t hate Kings or people with wealth.  If we believe God has a bias against wealth, we’ll subconsciously sabotage our own efforts to invest (negative faith for prosperity).  Said positively, God loves to be generous with His people.  Right now, He’s calling Kings into a place of ministry that requires wealth and influence.

Eccl 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.

This verse is correctly used by pastors to support generosity in giving.  I want to suggest that it also applies to Kings that make investments.  You wouldn’t expect to scatter your money out in some big lake and have it return.  God wants to bless Kings greatly.  One way is through investments – None of this is new, its older than Solomon.  Its sets in motion the personal promise of the Father to “return”… a 100 fold.

Notice too, that “you will find it again”.  When you cast your bread on the waters (Kings making investments) you have to look for a return.  May Christians invest or give and believe its carnal to expect a return.  “You will find it” if you look. Isaac had a one hundred-fold increase in one year (10,000%).  That’s my Biblical standard for a good annual investment goal.  We plant… God Blesses… and increase is the result.

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. Gen 26:12-13

Note: Did you know that insurance policies, stocks, mutual funds and pensions all provide a pool of money that is used to make returns of 50-200% per year?  They pay you 5-15% and keep the rest.  Most corporations won’t invest in anything with less than a 3 year payback.  33% is the lowest investment return they will consider.

2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

Making your investment (or giving) generous and diverse will protect you in whatever hard times the future may bring.  Seven is the perfect number.  Go one past that.  Its another way of emphasizing the need to cast your break upon the waters and start the sowing and reaping process.

3 If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

Fear is the biggest hindrance to taking an investment or business risk.  If we look only at the things that could go wrong, we’ll never make a move.  Many expect God to make their decisions for them or show them exactly which investment to make… and never hear anything and never do anything.  We use the term “Kings” because it helps communicate the initiative that God expects us to take.  He wants us to dream, investigate, and prayerfully decide… expecting the blessing of God to flow toward us.  God gives us faith and favor for a direction; we have to make a few decisions to move toward that direction.  God is looking for friends, brother, co-laborers, Kings to move with him out of their own free will – not robots controlled from the throne room.

5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

We don’t know all things.  We see through a glass darkly.  Acknowledging Jesus as Lord of All keeps our perspective balanced.  Our guidance isn’t just human wisdom, we depend on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  However, we’re not so spiritual that we can’t make a decision.  Business failures are reminders of our humanity not an indictment of our inherent rebellious, sinful nature.  Kings fail once in a while.  When they do, they get back up and do it the right way.  My favorite motivational axiom is, “”Anything worth doing well, is worth doing poorly 3 or 4 times until you get it right.”

6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

The first gem in this verse is that you have to sow your seed (take the leap).  We aren’t guaranteed which one will work out (investment counselors call this diversity in your portfolio).  Notice he talks about which ones succeed instead of which ones fail.  They “both will do equally well” instead of “both may fail”.  Get the picture?  The glass is half full.  In general God is saying He wants to bless you.  Now, you have to knock on some doors to see which ones open.

7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. 8 However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

Kings are invited to enjoy their life and ministry.  There are sacrifices, but its not all sacrifice.  Most of our Christian walk is a delightful joy, a thrill, a great adventure walking hand-in-hand with the Lord.

9 Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.

Be happy.  Notice the phrase, “follow the ways of your heart”.  Many Christians believe this is a formula for sinful behavior.  It can be if we’re immature and carnal, but most Kings I’ve met have been dealt with by God and broken.  They’ve seen enough of their dead works go south that they have no appetite to do something outside the leading of the Lord.  They know God has their best interests at heart and His ways bring the greatest blessing.

Faith for Your Pension

I’m not a “sky is falling” alarmist.  But my company lost their contract and I ended up out on the street without a retirement package.  The circumstance encouraged me to take responsibility for my own retirement future.  For those of you that don’t believe in retirement; I agree with you, but I’m still going into my golden years with a plan for abundance.  This article is interesting.  We shouldn’t be too optimistic about pensions or social security – I have more confidence in God’s ability to lead me through the investment maze.

9/16/04 article by Neil Cavuto (

Do you know the sad reality about the state of the nation’s pensions today? They’re promises, that’s all. Promises that are easily broken and, more often, easily re-jiggered.  What’s the moral of the story? Control your own fate. Invest your own money/ Take charge of your own life.  You may trust your company with your life. I’m saying just be careful trusting it with your money.  Here’s why: Companies go belly-up. No, not all of them, but enough of them to give you pause. Because when a company hits the skids, company bosses hit the books and desperately look for items to skim off those books. Items like pensions and their contributions to them.  It’s among the first areas the green eyeshade guys close the shade on. After all, pension needs aren’t “present” needs. They’re future needs. And the company figures it needs the money now, not later. So later, things go away. The company’s focused on just surviving today.  What’s the moral of the story? Like your company, but don’t bet on your company. And don’t put all your financial eggs in the company basket. Get some other baskets and some other eggs.  I know it’s tough, but you know what’s tougher? Being left high and dry when the company basket is empty and the eggs are smashed. It happened at Enron. Don’t let it happen to you.  Invest any way you can, wherever you can and with whatever dough you can — clearly and consistently. Don’t assume the government will be there for you.  There’s an agency that protects some of your pension, but it doesn’t protect all of your pension. And besides, it’s hurting. You should be hunting… like now.

Post script

Sue and I chose the investment route.  We didn’t have a good idea for a business (yet) or the time as bi-vocational pastors.  In a future article I will tell you our story and what we’ve learned.  It’s really good news.

Our Assignment

We’re in the process of putting together a study guide that will include some testimonies of kings.  Their successes, failures, vision, etc.  If you have a story that would bless others, let us know.  Jim Bryson, who helped edit Releasing Kings, is doing phone interviews with some Kings I know to get us started.  I’ve already done one on network marketing.  We’d love to interview and write up your story as well.



John & Harold

PS: don’t forget to look at the free reports – Especially the one on your heart’s desire.

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