March 23, 2009
The Kingdom life taking root
After training and sending off His disciples, which we discussed Friday, Jesus went to preach in the towns of Galilee. It’s interesting that John the Baptist and the disciples were key players in the ushering in of the Kingdom Jesus came to bring, and yet they didn’t really have a clue what God was doing.
Each was an important part of God’s plan, and He worked through them. John heralded the coming Kingdom and yet he did not know what it was. They could not see beyond their own simple understandings. Their world revolved around their own lives and their own deeply ingrained misconceptions. They believed that Jesus would come ahead of an army to kick Rome out of Israel and restore its sovereignty. They had no understanding of the new spiritual life that God wanted to breathe into His people and that He is very patient to bring about the ultimate conquering in order to foster this life within us. Read the rest of this entry »
March 20, 2009
If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may remember me asking the following questions:
Are you in control of your money?
1)Does a bank, or other financial institution want all of your money or just some of it?
2)When you make more money in the future, do they want that too?
3)Do they want to give your money back to you soon or a long time from now?
4)When they do give it back, do they want to give it back all at once or over a long period of time?
Do you remember, or know the answers? Read the rest of this entry »
March 3, 2009
The mystery and knowledge of the Kingdom is the most valuable of all our possessions. It is imperative for us as disciples of Jesus Christ to seek this and apply wise and faithful stewardship. It is a seed that starts off small, but, with stewardship, one capable of growing into the most powerful force in the world. The opportunity is wholly in you. Always focus first and foremost on stewarding His Kingdom reality within you.
Our future is determined now as we sow tiny seeds
If God needs us to forgo worldly pursuits or comforts, which will cost us as a natural man, we should learn not to hesitate. For even as we are in this world, we are not of this world. Never let money come between you and what God is calling you to do and be.
God blesses those who are faithful with a little. And through the management of the little, He imparts wisdom and skills to us so that we can handle a lot. He does this every time. The more that He has planned for you, the more difficult a process He will take you through in order to help you grow into being the person that He needs you to be. Let’s look at some examples of this discipline: Read the rest of this entry »
March 2, 2009
As we steward in each area of life, an amazing thing happens. The law of increase kicks in. The skill and discipline with which we manage each area multiplies the benefits we see in that area. Jesus taught often about this principle.
What blooms from a seed?
Scripture speaks about Sowing and Reaping (Gal 6:7-10, James 3:18). When a seed is sown into the ground, it takes some time for it to grow and become a tree. It takes even more time to become fruitful. But when it bears good fruit, it will produce more of its own kind and multiply. This produces many new seeds of the same kind which can then start this process of increase and duplication anew. A tree can become a forest; a seed can become a field of crop. But each grows of its own kind. Thus the Bible tells us that we will reap of what we sow.
Jesus gives the example of the mustard seed, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32 NIV)
He came and died on a cross leaving a few men to inherit His Holy Spirit. From these humble beginnings, this mustard seed of the Kingdom began and has been advancing ever since throughout the world. In this country, the Kingdom reality is growing quickly. We don’t really notice the growth in the number of Believers because people have grown tired of religion and are leaving the Church at a pace similar to those coming in. But the number of believers who are stepping into the Kingdom life is growing rapidly in this country.
In other countries, the growth is more easily seen. The number of believers is booming across the globe as revival breaks out in countries that have governments very hostile to the gospel and is quickly approaching the foretold time where every nation and tribe will have heard the good news. All this started with the small mustard seed of Jesus! Read the rest of this entry »
February 3, 2009
In the last few posts I’ve written about the two different sorts of knowing. That which comes from knowing something intellectually, and the other knowing, which comes from doing something.
We teach an entirely different set of principles at Kingdom Calling than most (secular and Christian) financial advisors. Sometimes the things we teach aren’t as romantic or as high flying as the options of others. Occasionally, clients will hear our plans and then decide to do what everyone else is doing. Several times, these same clients have returned, with the realization that what we had discussed would have worked much better. Other times, a client will hear what we are teaching and implement it, but may not see the power in this financial decision until these things actually take shape in their life. That knowledge and understanding come later through implementation and action. Read the rest of this entry »
January 20, 2009
Let’s continue our discussion on reading scripture:
Once you’ve gleaned the real meaning of the passages you’ve highlighted, I recommend asking the Lord for an application for your life. What is Holy Spirit telling you about this passage that can be applied to your daily life? What is He revealing that you can share with others here on this blog? You’ll be surprised at the insight and revelation He’ll give you.
Some of what will be revealed to you will be private to your life: direction for a new way to be, or a new thing to do, or not do in your life. Maybe He’ll bring up a person that you should reconnect with, apologize to, or encourage. As you follow this direction you’ll see profound change in your life. You’ll also find wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »
January 7, 2009
Is it possible that God made this world using universal laws or principles that govern everything around us? I believe so. Sometimes these principles are invisible and quite easy to miss. Yet they are so powerful that they govern nature, people, relationships….everything.
Harnessing the power of this wisdom can bring about unbelievable blessings into every area of our life. But is this well of wisdom one that you can simply come forth and drink from? Read the rest of this entry »
December 23, 2008
We’ve been discussing the 7 stages to get to proper financial stewardship. Today we’ll concern ourselves with stage 3: the Castle/Moat Blueprint.
Great castles of the middle ages had two things in common. To protect their glorious, high-rising structures, kings would dig a moat around them, and enclose them within an armor of high, strong walls. We at Kingdom Calling employ this same principle for our clients, and recommend anyone on the road to financial stewardship for God do the same.
Most people are focused on building pretty castle turrets, but they forget the walls and the moat that make the the castle turrets possible. A strong foundation to your plan is essential. We discuss every area of protection: insurance, legal arrangements such as wills & trusts, and corporate structures, and cash reserves. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have big holes in their protection when we first met. Often they have made decisions in a hurry, based on too little education, or based on price…often all three. It is often possible for you to have a far greater level of protection at a smaller cost, simply by educating yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
December 15, 2008
Being the steward of your finances, and by extension, your life, in a way that enables you to follow God’s calling, happens best by following a 7 stage process. Each step allows you to take the next, so at the end of the process you understand your path, and the way sound financial stewardship opens your life to it. Read the rest of this entry »