The Power of A Compelling Witness

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When you’re carrying the weight of the world, you never know who’s watching. You might be changing their life. You recall Jack Phillips, the cake artist in Colorado? Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, who politely declined to design a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage? Jack’s life since that fateful day has been no cake walk. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sought to force Jack to comply or to leave the wedding business altogether. Jack stood firm… losing nearly 40% of his business and over half of his staff. Jack’s six-year legal battle was accompanied by hate mail, nasty phone calls, and death threats. At times, rendering his place-of-business unsafe. In… Read more »

2018’s Hottest T-Shirt Contest?

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The Kentucky Supreme Court could rule on this case any day. Does anyone care? Hands On Originals, founded in 1985, is a t-shirt printing company in Lexington, Kentucky. Blaine Adamson, a key designer, became owner/partner in 2008. The company was bleeding red, over $500,000 in debt. Blaine cried out to God one sleepless December night. He’d done everything he could. Tried every marketing strategy he knew. Without God’s help, the company would fold. On January 1, they were hit with orders. Had one of their best years ever. Business continued to boom. It was like God had turned on His faucet. In December 2011, Blaine paid off all of the company’s… Read more »

Color Me… What???

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Lawsuits take many years to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Few are even considered by the highest court in the land. Most parties who prevail in such lawsuits are able to finally breathe a sigh of relief. Or so you would think. Not Jack Phillips. As owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, he had declined to use his artistry to create a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission attempted to force him to do so. After six long years of litigation, in a 7-2 ruling on June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the Commission’s ruling against Phillips. Concluding it was neither tolerant nor respectful of Phillips’ religious… Read more »

When Destiny Comes Into Laser Focus

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Normally, I write about Christian business owners called to impact the marketplace for Christ. Today, I feel compelled to write about a leader in government service… … who discovered God’s palpable Presence — and his own God-given destiny — at a time that should have ended his life. The son of a Baptist preacher, Bernie Webber struggled with commitment to his faith. His father hoped he might enter the ministry at some point. God had other plans. Bernie joined the U.S. Coast Guard. A quiet, humble man known for his integrity. All that changed on February 18, 1952. He was still a quiet, humble man. He was still a man… Read more »

Expecting Victory in Every Valley!

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Earlier this month, Father Shenan Boquet posted an opinion piece in Life Site News online. It is one Christians observation of growing darkness in our culture. And his stirring exhortation that Christian’s develop and exercise authentic Kingdom Power. Consider these excerpts (full article available at https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/st.-michael-the-archangel-pray-for-us): “… every day Christians are being confronted with ever more extreme moral innovations in the face of which silence or reasonable “dialogue” no longer seems an option… I am far from the only one to note that our culture’s rejection of the old moral consensus is rapidly escalating, and that to even politely resist the new status quo is to make oneself a target of… Read more »

Don’t Play With Fire!

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We all remember one or both of our parents exhorting us with this urgent warning. “Don’t play with fire!” We may not have always heeded it… but we certainly heard it. Amen? Why the warning? Because of the expected consequence. If you play with fire, you’re likely to get burned. Kelvin Cochran took this warning to heart. He took fire so seriously, he decided at the age of five that he wanted to grow up to be a firefighter. Kelvin was born into extreme poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana. That’s where he… First became a firefighter. Worked his way up through the ranks. Became Fire Chief in 1999. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_J._Cochran It wasn’t… Read more »

i61… Highway to Heaven?

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She is a business owner. Not just any business owner. She’s from the United Kingdom. But which one? See if you can guess. Her business logo looks like an interstate highway sign. i61. Leading to an out-of-this-world destination. Her logo’s inspiration? “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives… to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… to comfort all who mourn…”  (Isaiah 61:1-2) Her name is Deborah. She is my Forever Sister. I met her in church last Sunday. In Central… Read more »

The Power of WE

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As business owners and leaders, we spend much of our time thinking strategically. About how to best position our companies for success. Asking questions like… What is our competitive advantage? How can we best leverage that advantage on behalf of our key stakeholders — i.e., customers, employees, shareholders, and others? What opportunities and threats exist in the economy in general, and in our specific industry? How can we continuously improve our people, products and processes to leverage those forces for our benefit? Christian business owners take this thinking and reasoning to the highest possible level when we consider our Ultimate Objective: Spiritual Impact. What is the greatest Spiritual Advantage we bring… Read more »

Nothing Fake About This News

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Breaking News… The most intense persecution of independent faith groups in decades… Religious freedom… has… reached the worst level… seen since the… 1960s… https://www.christianpost.com/news/china-trying-to-rewrite-the-bible-force-churches-sing-communist-anthems-227664/ The… government’s new regulations restricting religious freedom… revealed that the plan has taken persecution of Christians … to a whole new level – as the revised mandate works to actively guide religion to adapt to socialist society… Religious … sites will be forced by … new regulations to accept the guidance, supervision and inspection of relevant departments of the … government regarding the management of personnel, finances, assets, accounting, security, fire protection, protection of relics, health and disease prevent[ion]…  The plan proposes cultivating and implementing… socialist… Read more »

Caught In The Vortex!

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The next tropical storm is moving through the Gulf. Threatening to become a hurricane in the next two days. I’m in Florida, but inland. So I expect nothing more than lots of rain. But still… I feel like I’m caught in a vortex of another kind. I drove 900 miles over the weekend to get home to Central Florida. Mostly, for a three-day training, so I can become certified to use an amazing new transformational tool I know will be a GREAT BLESSING to my clients and potential clients. I just finished one day of the 3-day certification. One LONG day! My head is swimming. Picture that. 🙂 I would… Read more »