How does a Harvard-educated entrepreneur end up founding a cutting-edge, marketplace ministry? I guess, like everyone else whose mid-life spiritual transformation drives them from corporate power to Kingdom PURPOSE. His name is Jesus! “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Meet Chuck Proudfit. See this link for a great overview of his background and ministry journey (highlighted below).  http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/november/cutting-edge-of-marketplace-ministries.html Chuck started working at Procter & Gamble fresh out of Harvard. How many entrepreneurs start a laser-printing business in their sophomore year and sell it to Harvard when they… Read more »

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Her email appeared in my inbox last Sunday night. No subject line. A name I didn’t recognize. How many such emails have I deleted, Lord, in these days of hackers sending viruses to crash the hard drives of the unsuspecting? It is only by Your grace that I opened this one, Lord. A Very Special Delivery! And I will be eternally grateful.  She had picked up my book, Victory in The Valley, at a Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in a major city hundreds of miles from where I live. I have no idea how it got there, Lord. I only know it was another Very Special Delivery… by Your hand. She had received a… Read more »

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I had asked the Lord yesterday what He wanted me to share today in this post about Kingdom POWER. Why was I not surprised when, just moments later, He answered my question?  🙂 I had been in a meeting with a Forever Sister-in-Christ. One I was meeting face-to-face for the first time, after she had seen me speak last week. She invited me to speak to a group she founded over two years ago. A group that gathers women together and encourages them to “Dare to Share” their testimonies about what God has done for them. She even quoted the Scripture that had inspired her to start this group: “For the… Read more »

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Sometimes the rising tide of persecution doesn’t just lap at distant shores. It laps at shores close enough to get our own feet wet. Like it did for me… seven years ago. I was chief executive at the heathcare organization I had co-founded. Like a for-profit business, it provided patients with a vast array of primary and specialized medical care at the highest standards of quality and professionalism. But with a profound difference. The Name and Presence of its real Founder — Jesus Christ. A faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving uninsured, financially-struggling families. Treating the whole person — body, mind, emotions and spirit. Supported by the whole community — physicians and… Read more »

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What if it seemed like everyone was saying you’ll never amount to anything? Everyone… except the Lord. Who would you believe? David Steward believed the Lord… and by His Grace, went on to found World Wide Technology (WWT) in 1990. Forbes lists WWT as the 30th largest, privately-held corporation in America. Through its global presence, WWT brings in an estimated $9.2 billion in annual revenue.  https://www.forbes.com/companies/world-wide-technology/ Not bad for an African-American man raised in a very segregated community in Missouri… Amen? Against the odds, David went to college. His high school basketball coach and others told him he was not cut out for college ball. Through sheer determination, he made the… Read more »

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I was told to expect 250. Far fewer came. More than I could count on two hands… but not much more. The precise number You had hand-picked to be there, Lord. The perfect number. The event organizer came to me as we were about to start. Concern and disappointment lined her face. I couldn’t help but think… If only one person on the planet — past, present or future — needed Your sacrifice on the Cross, You would have given Yourself gladly. Even for one. So we lifted it all to You… and I began to speak. Because You had called each of us there by name. On that particular… Read more »

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We have all heard that often-quoted “truism” — “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.” In other words, the secret to success lies in aligning yourself with those who have POWER. And if you can actually partner with them… so much the better. Right? In this case, nothing could be more RIGHT! You’ll be inspired if you watch this 10-minute video! I sure was!  http://www.giantsforgod.com/stanley-tam-us-plastic/. The article there is also worth a look… and a Wow. Some of the high points are captured below: Stanley Tam, founder of US Plastics Corporation met his future business partner in 1933, shortly after graduating from high school. He was selling products door-to-door… Read more »

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Two days ago — late February 5, 2018 — California Superior Judge David R. Lampe handed down a ruling declaring, “A wedding cake is not just a cake in a Free Speech analysis. It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage.” As a result, reported in today’s Washington Post, California’s anti-discrimination law (which applies to many other goods and services) does not apply to this baker. Sound familiar? It is similar to the reasoning of Jack Phillips, the Colorado “cake artist” awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Jack has argued that the free speech… Read more »

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Oops! Those who follow this blog already know… I missed my Kingdom POWER blog on Friday, 2/2. Long story.  I do plan to catch up. But meanwhile, here is today’s Kingdom PURPOSE blog… … which blows my mind!  🙂 This successful businessman became an international mentor to businesspeople hoping to transform their workplaces into inspiring and impactful marketplace ministries. Os Hillman is Founder and President of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose mission is to help men and women discover and fulfill God’s completed purposes through their work and to view their work as ministry. Formerly the owner of an advertising agency, Os is now an internationally-recognized speaker on the subject… Read more »

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On Monday, we met R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Detroit… Their mission — in their words, “highest priority” — is to honor God in all that they do as a company and as individuals. They articulate strong values in nine aspects of business, yet place their ultimate trust for success on Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  http://www.rggrharris.com/about-us/mission-statement. Which served them well… when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in an unprecedented move, sued in 2014. EEOC had adopted a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) in December 2012. According to EEOC, “the SEP includes ‘coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

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