Power Over Unseen Enemies

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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?¬† ūüôā 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 »

His Not-So-Silent Business Partner

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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 »

The Company We Keep

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Sometimes, I have no clue about what I’m going to write until I sit down at my computer. Like today, when I am to write about Kingdom POWER… and consider what we can learn from Christian business owners who are seeking to reflect His Light in the marketplace. This morning, as I prayed about Kingdom POWER, a Scripture came to mind:¬†“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and… Read more »

Fire-Up Friday!

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I heard from a dear brother-in-Christ today. Friday — the day I post about lessons we can learn from godly, courageous leaders and resources we can access. To help us mobilize Kingdom POWER as we face our increasingly challenging, post-Christian culture. Maybe I should call this Fire-Up Friday.¬†Because, as a result of what my dear brother suggested, I’m fired up!¬†¬†Maybe you will be, too. My brother is the leader of an international ministry. A man after God’s own heart, who walks with Him in the cool of the day. As a trusted friend. There’s more… In the Lord’s Army, he would be considered a five-star general. But today, he was… Read more »

The Power of Storm Preparation

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Storms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are natural… like the hurricanes that hit my Florida home last fall. Others are supernatural… like those that are revealed whenever our Religious Liberty is challenged. My Friday posts center around lessons and/or resources we can all access to strengten our Kingdom POWER in the face of religious persecution. Today’s content cites a valuable publication for businesses promoting creative expression. Creative professionals — photographers, cake artists, promotional printers, florists and other artists — who have declined to create messages that conflict with their faith. The publication, Create Freely, is a FREE download available at the website of its developer, the Alliance Defending… Read more »

Becoming FEAR-LESS!

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Most of us are beginning our New Year as we always do — determining our priorities for the coming year and establishing our goals and plans to bring those priorities to fruition. It’s a time of considering possibilities and harnessing opportunities to become more effective and impactful. And it occurs to me… How can we possibly accomplish all (or any) of that without courage? What is courage?¬†“The mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.”¬†¬† https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courage¬† Are there any truly worthy goals or plans in life that do not require us to do or be this? Look at your life. Your personal wellness and effectiveness…. Read more »

TGIF… in More Ways than One

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It’s Kingdom POWER day. And how I’m feeling reminds me of one of the deepest Truths about Kingdom POWER… “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”¬†(2 Corinthians 12:9) That intestinal bug I was exposed to 10 days ago finally caught up with me. I have literally spent the entire day in the bathroom. Don’t worry… I won’t go into any details. But I did want to post a short word. So I’m thanking the Lord for my iPad (which I’m using from my bed.) And for His whisper that even my less-than-ideal physical state today is significant. Because I am significant. To HIM…. Read more »

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

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Efforts to remove Christian references from both public and private arenas seem to occur with increasing frequency. Such attempts at censorship can occur to both business owners and employees. Positional power may or may not be present to help Christians regain any “voice” they may lose to censorship. So, if Kingdom POWER is what we need, what can the rest of us learn from the challenges brought against those who face censorship… and the paths they have taken to successfully confront those challenges? Like this example from Kentucky… Cedar Springs Christian Stores sought to run an ad in the Knoxville News Sentinel about an upcoming sale. When the ad failed… Read more »

Giving Lady Justice a Chance

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Many of the attacks on religious liberty begin (or end up) in the legal arena. Where aggressors are often well-funded, in many cases by tax dollars. Ironically, from many taxpayers who would disagree with such use of their money, if they knew its purpose. Even the threat of this legal action instills fear in many Christians, and keeps them more timid than we are called and equipped to be.¬†“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”¬†(2 Timothy 1:7) Today’s Kingdom POWER post focuses on one particularly valuable legal resource that can help bolster our power in the courtroom… First Liberty… Read more »

Igniting – and Surviving – a Refining Fire

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On Kingdom POWER Friday, we seek to glean lessons from battle-tested business leaders who are seeking to impact the marketplace for Christ. Monday’s profile introduced Chic-fil-A (http://championsofdestiny.com/wheres-the-beef-not-here/). Today, I note the 2012 firestorm it faced. (See https://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/chickfila.asp for documentation of the following events). Chic-fil-A is run by devout Christians.¬†Its president, Dan Cathy, affirmed — in interviews with the Baptist Press, the Biblical Recorder and the Ken Coleman talk show — that its marriage-related donations and programs support the traditional family unit.¬†In the wake of his comments, critics contended that Chic-fil-A has¬†an anti-gay bias. As Paul Carpenter wrote, in the Morning Call: “Chic-fil-A became a target for a boycott… because… Cathy… Read more »