As we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am reminded of one of his most potent quotes:
"If a man hasn't discovered something to die for, he is not fit to live."
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It's amazing how many Christian entrepreneurs glory in their grind more than relying upon the grace of God. On this week's prayer call the focus was on the choices that we make to either work based on our own strength or work resting in the strength of God. And according to Mark 4:1-20, our choice and the corresponding harvest (or lack thereof) is based on the condition of our hearts.
You will definitely be blessed and challenged by this call (I know because I was challenged as I was in teaching it). Click below to listen to the call and download the teaching notes. You can also access the previous call and notes if you haven't done so already.
Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for the continuation of this series, #YourDreamMatters: From Dreaming to Thriving, this Sunday at 8:30 PM
This past Sunday on the Dream Catalyst Prayer was the first in the six-week teaching series #YourDreamMatters: From Dreaming to Thriving. Each week will have a different theme and the one for this week was The Dream Giver, which of course is God.
You can listen to the playback of the call as well as download the teaching notes to help you in your personal study.
I am committed to helping you connect the dots and close the gaps between what you see in your mind and what is produced in your life as it relates to your dream. These resources will be a great benefit to you.
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Did you know that your spiritual gifts were not just meant for church and could also be used in business? In reality, because we are the church and our spiritual gifts are always with us, they can be used in any environment as we are led by the Spirit of God. Many people miss out on their harvest because they put God and their spiritual gifts in a box and don't realize or embrace using them in the marketplace.
Darren Shearer, author of Marketing Like Jesus, recently recorded a great podcast discussing the 3 ways that you can use your spiritual gifts in business. He writes in his blog post:
"Certainly, we should offer our spiritual gifts in a way that helps our churches have outstanding services and excellent programs. I believe this is an essential part of transforming our communities.
Using your spiritual gifts in business is a great lesson that should be taught in more churches. You can listen to the entire podcast here: http://darrenshearer.com/episode-30-3-ways-use-spiritual-gifts-business/
What are you spiritual gifts? How do you use them in your business?
I'm excited to kick off the Dream Catalyst Weekly Prayer Call in 2015 with a special teaching series over the next 6 weeks entitled, #YourDreamMatters: From Dreaming to Thriving. I will be discussing how to make the successful transition from having a dream to living your dream according to God's purpose and plans for your life. It's great to have resolutions, but it's even more important to be resolved to pursue the heart of God and operate from His strategy for your life this year.
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Also, I will be posting the audio and notes each week a few days after each call so that you can track along with us.
Please join us and tell somebody about it too!
It's "that" time again. What is "that" time you ask? At the beginning of the year it is very common to see many coaches and trainers offering vision boarding workshops and seminars as a way to help people visualize their dreams and goals for the year. Vision boarding can be a very powerful tool if utilized as part of an overall process of transformation, but it definitely is not as a silver bullet for success. Just because you create a vision board doesn't mean you will accomplish that vision - even if you look at it every day all day.
Your vision boarding exercise will be a frustrating waste of time for the following three reasons:
I'm definitely a proponent of vision boards, but I'm not of a fan of getting people hyped up and started on something and then not equipping them with the tools they need to finish the process. If you don't have a God-directed plan, structured process, and committed team of people your implementation will be lacking and your vision will fail to come to pass.
If you're interested in taking the next step from vision boarding to Dream Mapping please contact me today at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 310-3017.
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We had an awesome time on this past Sunday on the Dream Catalyst Weekly Prayer Call. For many people fear is what keeps them from pursuing and fulfilling God's dream for their lives. All of us must learn how to effectively deal with fear in order to continue to progress in the things He assigned us to do.
During the call this week I shared 4 keys to conquering fear that will position you to move forward and render fear powerless in your life. Just click the link below to listen and enjoy!
I look forward to your comments below...
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God" ~ Leviticus 19:9-10
In a recent devotional Os Hillman, founder of Marketplace Leaders, wrote about the responsibility of helping take care of the poor. From a Biblical perspective those in business are supposed to play a pivotal role in this process, even more than the government or churches. He writes:
So how does God want us to care for the poor? Is it through government welfare programs, food stamps, or soup kitchens? God gives us his answer in the Old Testament story of Boaz, Ruth and Naomi. It was customary for farmers to not glean their entire fields in order to leave some of the crop for the poor to glean. This allowed the poor to come at the end of the day and work to receive their provision. This is how the widow Naomi was able to care for herself. Boaz allowed the poor in his community to come to his field at the end of the day to get the leftovers of the harvest.
Finally Hillman asks, "What are the gleanings in your business? Consider how you might serve the poor."
Have you ever thought about how your business can serve the poor? I would love to hear your thoughts below...
Don't believe the lie that your life doesn't matter or that God has no use for you. His dream for your life is connected to your purpose and people. Your dream matters more than you know! Join me at Prayer Assembly COGIC in Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, December 28th as I share this powerful message.
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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him would not perish, but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16
As we celebrate the birth of Christ in this season (and what should be the reason to celebrate all seasons), you must realize that your dream was not meant just for you. There are people who are closely connected to the obedience and fulfillment of your dream. God wants to bless the world through your dream.
The #1 motivating factor in all of this is the fact that God gave Jesus to the world because of love. Likewise, God is demonstrating love to the world through the dream that He gave to you to change lives and transform communities.
Please enjoy the playback from this week's Dream Catalyst Prayer Call. Also, in keeping with the Christmas spirit, during the prayer God revealed a great picture in how we should related to His Word as a security blanket as represented by Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Enjoy the recording and have a blessed Christmas!
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