Carrying the Authority of Jesus (Mt 10:26-42)

March 20, 2009

Matt. 10:26-39

Will you carry your cross and follow Him?

Will you carry your cross and follow Him?

We have been looking at the disciple relationship which Jesus began teaching here. Remember, these are the words that Jesus had given to those disciples whom He most trusted who had agreed to give up everything to follow Him. Jesus promises the small few Believers who are truly willing to follow Him (not just those who believe in Him and will get to Heaven some day) that they will be transformed into His image and be His representatives on this earth.

In this section, Jesus teaches that the values of a disciple and his perspectives of life must change. There is no longer any room for fear as one follows Christ because the trust and faith in Him should imbue the disciple with a peace. Read the rest of this entry »


Kingdom Calling vs. Financial Advisors: Building Glass Ceilings

March 19, 2009

My years as a traditional financial advisor, before I questioned the status quo and began focusing on stewardship, taught me a lot. One of the most salient things I gleaned in those years was that fact that your standard financial advisor can’t, over time, really help you out-perform the market. But they may well help you under-perform the market. In fact that outcome is far more likely.

Do you feel like you're not going to make your dreams a reality?

Do you feel like you're not going to make your dreams a reality?

I also realized that when you’ve acquired “enough” assets to reach your current “goals,” financial advisors will routinely encourage you to be less efficient moving forward. They won’t tell you this, of course, but that’s typically what their recommended course of action “says.” So one of the great products that a relationship with a financial advisor can offer you – is a shiny new glass ceiling for you, your money and your dreams. Read the rest of this entry »


The Life of a Disciple (Mt 10:24-25)

March 19, 2009

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:24-25)

Powerful transformation can occur within you when you yield to being discipled

Powerful transformation can occur within you when you yield to being discipled

We’re continuing the discussion from yesterday that began here about how to be His disciple. Far too many of us desire to be true disciples of Christ, but either don’t know to, or don’t follow through to put ourselves in actual discipling relationships. A follower of Christ Jesus should position himself or herself rightly in spiritual relationships. There are teachers of the Kingdom of Heaven and they need to be received as such. We can’t receive them until we honor and relate to them accordingly.

There is something unseen that happens in a relationship such as this. Read the rest of this entry »


Kingdom Calling vs. Financial Advisors: Forfeiting Your Power

March 18, 2009

I feel sorry for most of the common people I hear about who have lost wealth, lost their way, or both in the financial storm we’re currently weathering.

You are your best ally

You are your best ally

“Why cry for those whose fault it is?” I’ve been asked. Certainly these people were at fault.

One can throw blame upon many right now, and that’s not my goal. What’s more important is what has been lost. And I’m not talking about money. That’s easy enough to get back. The worst thing that happened to those who followed the direction of a financial advisor to their present state, is their forfeit of power and self-direction.

This forfeit occurred the first time money and trust were handed to a financial advisor. Which is why the FA/client model is such a bad idea. It teaches you to follow others and their direction, not you and yours. Read the rest of this entry »


Depend on God (Mt 10:17-23)

March 18, 2009

17″But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19″But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20″For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:17-20)

Do you depend on God as fully as a child depends on his father?

Do you depend on God as fully as a child depends on his father?

We spoke yesterday about the need to be innocent as the dove in our dependence on God as we move through Jesus’ teaching on how to go out into the world which we started here. This scripture is really a great relief! He tells us that we do not need to worry about what to say when we find ourselves in a critical situation representing our Messiah. The Holy Spirit will step in and speak for us. Read the rest of this entry »


Kingdom Calling vs. Financial Advisors: Trying to Predict the Future

March 17, 2009

Kingdom Calling cannot and does not try to predict the future.

Trying to predict the financial future can be misleading

Trying to predict the financial future can be misleading

If you’re working with a financial advisor that does, it’s probably time for you to question your direction.

Instead, Kingdom Calling tries to plan for every contingency while focusing on maximizing the efficiency of your plan. By doing so, we are able, in most cases, to grow your wealth far beyond what any financial advisor considers possible.

Kingdom Calling focuses on Cash Flow and Velocity, as opposed to Hoarding. In doing so, we employ the same effective growth strategy employed by the wealthy and most successful financial firms (those who practice sound principles), while simultaneously staying true to the word of God.

Financial planning is really quite simple: plug-in an assumed rate of return, inflation percentage, number of years until your retirement or goal, and an assumed amount of money you will “need” at that time. Then leather-bind the 200 page plan so it looks weighty, important and worth the price.

The problem with this method? Read the rest of this entry »


Sheep, Wolf, Serpent, or Dove? (Mt 10:11-15)

March 17, 2009

Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.  15″Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city
.” (Matthew 10:11-15)

Innocent as a dove

Innocent as a dove

God’s sending of His Messiah was the greatest blessing that God had given the world since it turned against Him. Through Jesus we can have Life! He offers us true peace as we discussed yesterday. But this comes with a catch. God is restoring the world back to Him through us as His servants and as much is given to us, much is expected. Read the rest of this entry »