This week on Passion In Action TV we will interview Pastor J. Calvin Tibbs, author of the newly released "Massa's Back But Now He's Black?"
In this thought-provoking book the author makes a call to the people of the United States to see the present climate of political dissatisfaction and racial antagonism as a modern expression of the master/slave mentality of America's past.
The author sees government-sponsored assistance programs as disguised vehicles by which the assisted trade their liberties for aid and laments the partisanship of both the political Right and Left as having superseded religion and common sense which, the author feels, has substituted popularity for substance and caused a sharp decline in morality and the economy.
Pastor Tibbs, a native of Hampton, VA, is currently pastor of Kingdom Dominion Church
in Villa Rica, GA.
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Global Regime Change
This week we celebrate a hostile takeover. Now most people don't typically associate the birth of Jesus with a term usually referencing corporate business wheeling and dealing. However, the arrival of Jesus in Bethlehem was very much a divinely orchestrated power play to return control of the earth to its rightful shareholders.
Don't get it twisted. Although he showed up as sweet baby Jesus, he arrived in the earthly boardroom with an agenda of eternal proportions. He came to implement a regime change. He came to restore a Kingdom that was lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. He came to snatch back dominion from our common enemy and return it to those whom God had intended to have it in the first place. And although he may not have come with a sword-wielding, horse-riding army (that will be the next time), nevertheless he came with unquestionable power and authority.
The Government Shall Rest Upon His Shoulders
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7
Not only did Jesus come to reestablish his Kingdom on earth, he came to re-delegate the responsibility of running that Kingdom to us. As executors of his earthly estate, his expectation is that we will expand his Kingdom exponentially before he returns for his final eternal rule. Of course this Kingdom expansion is not about gaining more land, it's about growing his family through spiritually transformed lives.
Fortunately for us Jesus has already done the heavy lifting. His marvelous victory on the cross conquered ALL of our enemies and resulted in us becoming royal heirs of an infinite, immeasurable inheritance. He made us kings and priests unto God. He made us governmental ambassadors with divine rights. He gave us everything we need for life in godliness. He gave us every spiritual blessing. He gave us powerful weapons to claim our victory. And he gave us a comforter and counselor in the Holy Spirit to direct our decisions and empower us to manifest his promises.
Time for a Personal Regime Change
As wise investors, if you want to profit from this heaven-directed hostile takeover all you have to do is receive what Jesus has already done. You don't have to be in the 1%. You don't have to be rich or have the inside scoop on the IPO. You don't have to know the right people or work for the right company. All you have to do is receive the gift that's been freely given to you. And he promised that the profits you receive from that transaction will be exceedingly and abundantly far beyond all that you can ask think or imagine.
If Jesus is not the CEO of your life it's time for a personal regime change. You will know if he's your real CEO based on how you treat other people, the content of your thoughts, how you spend your time, how you apply your talents, and how you spend your money. If you don't acknowledge and obey him in all of your ways he's not the CEO. And although he was hostile in taking control of the earth back from the enemy, he won't be hostile in taking control of your life. He will only do that with your permission.
The greatest profit you can receive in your life is to allow Jesus to become your personal CEO. And now is the perfect time for a change.
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"... choose for yourselves today whom you will serve." ~ Joshua 24:15
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As the Presidential Election of 2012 draws closer there are so many choices to make: Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Democrats vs Republicans. Liberals vs Conservatives. These choices aren't as easy to make as they may seem on the surface when viewed from a Kingdom perspective.
Many Christians take sides with their favorite candidates for reasons that sometimes fall outside the bounds of how we should judge candidates based on Biblical criteria. God's agenda is often left out of the conversation by those who fight for their choice selections. And it's not as easy as looking at just one or two divisive issues, such as abortion or gay marriage. Other issues such as poverty, healthcare, justice, foreign policy, the environment, and others are those which God communicated His standards and expectations for us throughout the Bible.
A passage in Joshua 5 gives a small glimpse as to how God deals with human conflicts, such as political battles. General Joshua was preparing to lead the Hebrews into war against Jericho when an angel showed up on the scene. Joshua asked him whether he was a friend or foe. The angel's response was "Neither, but as commander of the Lord's army I have now come."
He then commanded Joshua to take off his sandals, because he was standing on holy ground. Joshua quickly complied (Joshua 5:13-15).
The lessons we can learn from this account is significant, because they demonstrate to us that God's agenda always comes first. The angel wasn't there to help Joshua's plan to destroy Jericho. He came to help Joshua fulfill God's plan
to get His children to their promise land, and Jericho was in the way. Joshua recognized this, and we also need to recognize the things God is trying to accomplish in the earth and who/what needs to get out of His way.
Another political Biblical example to consider is King Saul. The people wanted a king, but God didn't want them to have a king, because He knew where that would lead. However, He allowed them their choice, but they ultimately suffered for it.
So how does this relate to our politics today? I'm glad you asked. The responsible thing to do as a Christian is to view all candidates and issues from Biblical perspective, not from the biased perspective of a party agenda or platform. Any time you assume one political party has a corner on God's agenda then you're in error. And any time you relate to a political party or racial identity more than how you relate to being a Kingdom citizen you're headed down the wrong path. Jesus identified with his Jewish heritage, but he never let his ethnicity keep him from dealing with his own people in truth.
God is just as concerned about aborted babies as He is about people living in poverty. He is just as concerned about healthy families built on the Biblical definition of marriage as He is about people not being stuck in oppressive cycles and systems of welfare. He expects people not to be lazy and use the gifts and talents He gave them, but He also expects us to utilize a system of justice that is moral, ethical, and fair to all people not just those with money. He is just as concerned about wars and famine as He is with people getting equal access to the healthcare resources they need to live high-quality lives.
God is not a conservative. God is not a liberal (other than how He loves). God is not a capitalist. God is not a socialist. God is not a communist. God is God and no man-made political party or economic system can define Him.
The common denominator in all this is that God is passionate about all people and their well-being. And He's against anyone or any thing that hurts, oppresses, manipulates, or marginalizes any of those He created.
I'm not writing to tell you who to vote for. I'm writing to encourage you how
to vote. Christians should vote with a Kingdom-consciousness. With the Holy Spirit's leading, choose the candidates who most closely align with God's overall plan for this planet. So when election day comes, just make sure you're voting for God.What are you thoughts about how Christian should engage politics?
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Revelation 1:6 states, "And hath made us kings and priest unto God…" Dual Domination is a concept in which Christians learn strategies of how to dominate in both the ministry and the marketplace. No more are the days in which we are only good at the ministry or everyone has to go into full time ministry to fill successful. Dual Domination teaches how we can have joint ownership in both realms without anything being watered down. Kingdom Business U. Dual Domination Entrepreneurship Boot Camp focuses on the following areas:
- The real reasons for financial prosperity and economic empowerment
- In the Beginning God Created Entrepreneurs
- Biblically-based Entrepreneruship
- Using Technology for Global Evangelism
- Kings & Priests: How to be Dual Dominators in Business
- How to Teach Dual Domination
- And much more!!!
- Practical tools to turn your faith into finances
- Actionable strategies to grow your business or ministry
- Invaluable connections with like-minded Christian entrepreneurs and leaders
Paul Wilson, Jr., President of Kingdom Business University, is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Learn more about Paul at www.paulwilsonjr.com.
From the classroom to the boardroom, Alton Jamison, Kingdom Businss U. Chief Operations Officer, is the living embodiment of making it against all odds. Alton’s unique style of speaking, his personal story of triumph, and his innovative presentations separates him from the ordinary motivational speaker. His life models his teachings and he has been on a pursuit to making this world a better place for more than a decade. A former successful engineer in Corporate America, Alton is a now a full time professional speaker and entrepreneur. Prepare to be blown away and experience why Alton is one of the country’s most dynamic speakers. Learn more about Alton at www.altonjamison.com. Teaching specialties include strategic planning, social media, and marketplace ministry.
Rev. Perry L. Austin is the Founder and Overseer of W.O.W. Gospel Ministries, Kingdom Technology Alliance, and The Kingdom Culture Connection Movement (KCC Movement). He has been an effective leader for over 20 years within business and ministry. He has a passion for helping people increase their potential by empowering them with biblical principles; as well as concepts and precepts to increase their quality of life. Mr. Austin is a man of many talents and has been successful in many areas of business. Known as a “Team Builder” he has built businesses in the technology and healthcare industries. His first company was a small business called Shore Computers, a Dell authorized dealer, made $100,000 in their first year of business. He currently operates a small consulting firm, named AE Consultants, whose mission is to develop teams in the business marketing arena by helping leaders to focus on the people, not just the money.
I have received multiple questions about the "Business Pastor" title that I use on my web site and social media profiles. People are intrigued by this interesting combination of terms that on the surface may not seem like they fit together. However, if we dig a little deeper we will find these two terms should actually be used together more often.
Before I delve into exactly what a business pastor does, let's look at a few of the Biblical roles of a "church pastor", who is called by God to lead a group of people according to His will:
- Shepherd/Care (1 Peter 5:1-2)
- Pray (Ephesians 6:18)
- Disciple people into the character of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16)
- Preach/Teach the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
- Encourage and inspire (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
- Advise (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
There are definitely other roles that we can associate with the traditional pastoral role, but these particular functions are key to being a business pastor.
Now this term business pastor has a Biblical foundation if you consider that Peter called us a "royal priesthood"
in 2 Peter 1:9. So in reality we are both kings and priests, which represents both a secular and sacred calling. Hence, a business pastor isn't very strange after all (I go further in this teaching two of my other articles, Marketplace of Healing
and Kings & Priests in Business
The model of a religious leader providing spiritual support to a secular organization is nothing new (I really don't believe in the concept of the separation of sacred and secular, but I will use these terms for the sake of this discussion. That will be another post later :). Corporations, the U.S. military, and even the U.S. Senate have chaplains who serve them in various ways, including some of what I listed above.
Unfortunately, what isn't common are those who operate in a chaplain role for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Entrepreneurs face unique marketplace challenges, and it's often hard for them to find people and places where their personal issues and professional difficulties are understood and addressed relevant to their situation. If a person isn't an entrepreneur, it's typically hard for them to put themselves into the mindset of one.
This is where I come into the picture (and many others who may not yet know it). I am passionate about caring, praying, discipling, teaching, encouraging, and advising entrepreneurs to maximize their talents, pursue their calling, and find fulfillment so they can build extraordinary businesses. In addition to spiritual support, I also provide strategic consulting solutions built on Biblical principles to address the practical activities needed to grow a profitable business. So in short I assist entrepreneurs personally, spiritually, and professionally.
I don't have a church building, but I'm being the church by providing spiritual and professional support to entrepreneurs and business people who need to be pastored in the marketplace. Entrepreneurs need love and care too! And God has called me to do that for them. Do you need a business pastor? Are in a corporate job and would like a business pastor / chaplain for your company or department? I can do that for you. Let's talk.
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Many churches are still struggling to regain their financial footing in this economic recovery. This is largely due to the domino effect of many families still being challenged financially due to the unemployment and underemployment situation. Research from Barna Group revealed that the church is falling short in in terms of providing proactive
support to the economic crisis for their members or communities. Some of this is due to the financial pain churches are feeling. Some of it is that pastors and church leaders may not be aware of many of the practical things they can do – apart from just giving money – to those who are hurting financially.
Here are a few ideas your church can use to provide assistance and direction to your congregation and communities who are experiencing major financial challenge difficulties…
- Host Financial Peace classes
- Provide 1-on-1 financial counseling for families
- Provide 1-on-1 business coaching for entrepreneurs
- Distribute monthly e-newsletter from the church with financial tips
- Preach/teach marketplace-themed messages
- Host a budgeting workshop
- Create space for a barter system/network for goods and services
And here's one more. The KBU Christian Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
which begins August 13th in Villa Rica, GA and online (see info below). For many people entrepreneurship is the path to fulfilling their purpose and reaching their financial promise land. More importantly, we are teaching people how to do business God's way.
Also, we would love to come to your church to facilitate one of these boot camps for your congregation and community. Just contact us
to today to get more details.
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” ~ 1 Peter 2:9
Do you know who you really are in Christ? Do you realize the true authority and power that you have? There is more to you than you realize as an entrepreneur or business leader. God has more for you to do for His Kingdom than just grow your business. Here is a short excerpt from the article I wrote for the current issue of Brotha Magazine, Kings and Priests in Business:"So, how does this royal priesthood relate to business? How do entrepreneurs and business leaders live out their priestly royalty in the marketplace? From God’s perspective there is no longer a sacred versus secular divide. When you are in God’s family all that you do is to be considered sacred, whether you work in the kingdom as a pastor, CEO, teacher, lawyer, engineer, janitor, etc. As we continue to move forward in history, Christians in the marketplace are going to play an even greater role in the advancement of God’s kingdom than they have in the past. Did you know that 97% of Christians work in the secular world, not the church? Now join this truth with the fact that you will spend more time with the people you work with than a pastor ever will. Hopefully you can see that although you are operating in a secular environment, you have the opportunity to do something sacred every day while you are working. It is called evangelism and discipleship."Click here to read the entire article at Brotha Online Magazine. Also, as a special bonus I recorded a video teaching that accompanies the written article.
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Certain challenges are common to practically all entrepreneurs, such as finding new customers, generating consistent cash flow, differentiating your brand in the marketplace, communicating an effective marketing message that connects with your target market, delivering great customer service, maximizing technology, etc. And while all entrepreneurs must solve these issues in order to become successful and sustainable, I believe Christian entrepreneurs have a competitive advantage that can't be duplicated, replicated, or simulated by non-Christians. He's called the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things, and 1 John 4:4 let's us know that greater is the Spirit that lives in us than the spirit that's in the world. These scriptures don't just relate to the spiritual matters of our lives, but also the practical areas, including our businesses. The Holy Spirit can help us complete everything God created and called us to do... if we learn how to listen to him.
This is why we're very excited about the quickly approaching Christian Entrepreneurs Summer Boot Camp
. We'll be discussing spiritual and practical best practices to help you start and grow the business God put in your heart. If God gave you the business idea, He wants you to succeed doing it. That also means if He wants you to succeed, He already has the perfect plan for you to do so. This boot camp will help you incorporate a biblical foundation and actionable strategies into your business so that it will glorify God, produce sustainable profits, and impact the people He's already positioned you to reach.
If you want to take your business to a higher level - spiritually and financially - then join us Mondays, June 18th - July 23rd. Just go to kbubootcamp.eventbrite.com
or click on the image below to register for this boot camp. We look forward to seeing you there and helping you become the CEO God created you to be!