Inspired Solutions for Today’s Problems

Inspired Solutions for Today’s Problems

It’s time for the Church, the Body of Christ, to take center-stage, because there’s no other institution on Earth that’s equipped to solve the complexity and magnitude of today’s problems. Unfortunately, we have preached about going to heaven rather than ruling here on Earth. We have preached church instead of kingdom; that’s why a fellow Christian will tell you, “My church is better than your church” or “my pastor is more anointed than yours”, but it’s not possible to possess our inheritance or influence the nations, with this mindset. Only a revelation of God’s Kingdom, and a total submission to the King, will result in the power (John 14: 21) it takes to “subdue the ungodly kingdoms” of this earth.

When we understand the order of the kingdom, we will better understand specific parts of the kingdom like the ministry of angels (they are the army of the kingdom of God), and the anointed offices of kings and priests. Jesus teaches, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24: 14).

Why haven’t we heard more about the kingdom being demonstrated, preached, and established in the world? I believe it’s because of tradition, “Thus have ye made the commandment (Word) of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15: 6), and because many pastors have failed to embrace the greater revelation of the Holy Spirit, by choosing instead to stay with their denominational dogma. This is largely the product of the Church leadership and their traditional ways of thinking.

Because many churches or denominations have not been taught about the kingdom, many of the children of God have taken their “light of the world” no further than the four walls of a church building. Talented and gifted marketplace leaders have found few or limited opportunities for their gifts in the local church, and consequently, the kings have shown no strong sense of duty to support the kingdom’s mission or programs.

However, God is training up leaders (priests) who will fully embrace their kingdom authority to properly empower and educate the kings for marketplace influence, so they can effectively rule and reign over this Earth through the King, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!

Creative Capitalism- God Teaches Us to Profit

Creative Capitalism- God Teaches Us to Profit

Capitalism is defined as “an economic or political system that encourages private investment, ownership (of both assets and wealth), and the motivation of profit.” Capitalism, like money, is amoral (not immoral); it’s neither good nor evil of itself, nor does it have a conscience of its own. I believe capitalism provides a structure and the means for creative entrepreneurship to generate wealth and to thrive. Its core value or priority is not to heal social ills or to improve the plight of the oppressed (Silvoso 2007). The Church (the Body of Christ) must supply that.

It is important to realize that capitalism is not an anti-Judeo-Christian principle. In the New Testament we see an illustration of capitalism in Luke 19: 11–27 when the master gives his servants different amounts of money to increase primarily through trading for a profit, (the bible calls this stewardship). As we see here, as well as other places in Scripture, this way of profiting fits our definition of capitalism. So, capitalism is a just and biblically based system. The problem comes when people pervert the purpose of profit, which often takes the form of greed, especially in Western culture, and brings resentment toward capitalism and those companies that are honestly profitable (Silvoso 2007).

The growth of capitalism, void of any social conscience, places us on a dangerous course. If we withdraw our faith or “the Judeo-Christian culture from where [capitalism first] drew its ethical compass, [we will] end up abdicating social responsibility… and doing what is legal while missing the higher moral standard.”
In today’s world, capitalism, more than any other economic system, encourages private investment, ownership, and profit. In this system, entrepreneurs and others in the marketplace are freely allowed to grow and increase; benefitting themselves and the people in the communities and nations they are called to serve.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!

Called To Influence the World

Called To Influence the World

Every vocation, including entrepreneurship, is a calling. The Holy Spirit calls kings to certain works just as He calls priests. Romans 11: 29 applies just as much to ministers in the marketplace as it does to ministers in the pulpit: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

The promotion of entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly more important around the world, especially in areas that are most vulnerable to systemic and generational poverty. I firmly believe that the growth of entrepreneurship is one answer to the economic erosion happening in many U.S. cities and communities that are heavily populated by minorities. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the number of entrepreneurs in a country and the standard of living that country enjoys. Therefore entrepreneurs have the moral obligation to accept their call, and to confront economic uncertainty by positively affecting the economic health of a nation.

Just as the gifts and genius of entrepreneurs are to move an economy forward, the God-given genius of all marketplace leaders is for the good of others. No matter the vocation— scientist, teacher, movie producer, actor, athlete, or homemaker— God calls each believer to influence and shape our culture with the superior principles and power of the kingdom of God. You were called for such a time as this.

On the other hand, pastors (priests) or spiritual leaders need to know that entrepreneurship and all marketplace callings are rooted in the spiritual realm, and that they have a spiritual responsibility to encourage everyone to answer their callings, and to use their gifts beyond the four walls of the church. Just as Dr. Winston was taught while working at IBM, pastors need to teach their congregations how to use their faith in the marketplace. Jesus performed most of His miracles not in the temple, but where people gathered to live everyday life.

God is deploying Christians into every sphere of influence in the marketplace, to bring these spheres under kingdom control and jurisdiction, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15). Just as Joseph’s gift preserved Egypt during a time of extreme famine, so should the gifts of God’s kingdom citizens— who are innovative and faithful to their calling— be used to do the same today.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!

Top 5 things to do in Chicago while attending the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

Top 5 things to do in Chicago while attending the 2017 Missions and Marketplace Conference

On Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the largest and most popular U.S. cities to visit. Renown for its bold architecture, beautiful lakefront beaches, diverse restaurants and history, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to fill your free time. Consider these five options, especially since the projected forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s while you’re in town for the conference.

1. Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Avenue — Conveniently located in “The Loop,” Millennium Park covers 24.5 acres and always features events and activities, many of them free! The Financial Times notes that Millennium Park is “a genuinely 21st century interactive park that could trigger a new way of thinking about public outdoor spaces.” You can also visit Buckingham Fountain and “The Bean,” a shiny sculpture made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together.

2. The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue — The name says it all! Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is one of the great avenues in all the world, featuring elite destinations for dining, entertainment, hospitality and dining, not to mention historic architecture. You want options? There are more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and dozens and dozens of attractions and entertainment options. The 13-block stretch runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south and to Oak Street to the north.

3. Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison — Visit the historic home of the Major League World Champion Chicago Cubs! If you come in early, you can watch the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, April 19th. Otherwise, the Cubs start a long road trip on April 21st. Still, even seeing the exterior of baseball’s second-oldest stadium and visiting “Wrigleyville” on the North Side are sure to yield some smiles and awesome pictures, especially near the iconic red marquee over the main entrance to the ball park.

4. The Museums — It would be impossible — and unfair! — to rank Chicago’s museums. Truly it depends on your interests and tastes because there’s something for everyone.

  • DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place — Founded in 1961, it is dedicated to the study and preservation of the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans. Among the 13,000 artifacts, books, photographs, art pieces and memorabilia is the desk of activist Ida B. Wells and the violin of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. It became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute in 2016.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue — Located in Grant Park, its one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., and boasts one of the most impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive — Located in Jackson Park, its the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, hosting more than 180 million visitors since 1933. Major permanent exhibits include a German submarine captured during World War II, a 3,500 square foot model railroad and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
  • The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive — One of the largest and oldest natural history museums in the world houses more than 24 million specimens and artifacts. One of the jewels of the Field Museum is “SUE,” the largest (13 feet tall) and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world. The Shedd Aquarium, at one time the largest indoor aquarium in the world, is next door.

5. 360 Chicago, 875 North Michigan Avenue — Take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center. 360 Chicago heralds “the best views of the Magnificent Mile,” featuring TILT, an attraction that allows visitors to get a 30 degree angle over Michigan Avenue. For those who love heights, Skydeck at Willis Tower also provides breathtaking views and experiences.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!

Wisdom is Shown by its Results

Wisdom is Shown by its Results

As Matthew 11:19 says, “God’s wisdom…is shown to be true by its results” (Good News Translation). God strategically positions us in the marketplace to not only bring His compassion but also, through our work performance, demonstrate His wisdom and ultimately His influence.

In these last of the “Last Days,” according to the Scriptures, we will experience an outpouring of God’s wisdom and witness explosive inventions that can only be compared with God’s original Creation. And this outpouring will come through the Church, the Body of Christ. It will not be the intellectual, technological, or scientific wisdom taught at universities. It will be the wisdom that only the Holy Spirit teaches. It’s the wisdom that established Daniel to counsel the Babylonian government, and Joseph to bring forth the most powerful economy the world had ever seen, which brought them both to prominence and marketplace leadership.

In the Faith and the Marketplace book, you will learn how to apply your faith in the marketplace to achieve “ten times better” results or performance in whatever your field or endeavor. This success can happen in the life of every believer once they find their place of grace (purpose) and understand kingdom principles.

Every Christian serving in the marketplace needs a teacher, someone to bring an understanding of “how to” apply the Scriptures in their everyday situations. In the Faith and the Marketplace book, you will see clearly that this “divine partnership” of kings (those working in the marketplace) and priests (clergy and five-fold ministry) in these last days is not an option. If the Church is to preserve humanity, destroy poverty at its roots, and turn society from its path of self-destruction this partnership is a requirement. Revelation 1:6 states, “”And hath made us (the church) kings and priests unto God…”

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.

Leaders Winning God’s Way

Leaders Winning God’s Way

If marketplace leaders (kings) are to optimize their performance and have amazing results in their given assignments and professions, they’ll need someone graced with spiritual acumen and discernment to teach and speak the words of the kingdom into their lives, and to impart to them the divine guidance and wisdom required for them to succeed. This someone (a priest) is anointed by God to be a part of that marketplace leader’s arsenal to WIN IN THE MARKETPLACE.

This priest receives “inside information” from God to assist leaders in making right decisions that will result in the highest and supreme good for their businesses, schools, industries, communities, and nations.

Even non-Christians understand the principle of a spiritual advisor.  For example, several multi-national companies hire Vedic astrologers to make predictions in the stock market and in new business ventures, and to offer astro-tips in financial management. Why? They are seeking information and solutions on a supernatural level to give them a competitive advantage to win in the marketplace.

My point is, even those who don’t know Jesus Christ understand that we don’t live and conduct business in just a natural environment, but also a spiritual one. They even realize that the realm of the spirit is more powerful than our physical world, and actually controls the realm of the natural. Like divine wisdom, supernatural wealth, THE BLESSING, and God’s favor, the anointing of the priest is a covenant gift to kingdom marketplace leaders. The priest is to help kings succeed in business or marketplace matters, mainly by taking them beyond the boundary of the natural or the intellect.

Examples of the priest’s service to the king are shared throughout the Bible: Melchizedek, the “priest of the Most High God,” who reminded Abraham to tithe after Abraham had slaughtered the enemy and took the spoils; Nathan, the prophet, who the Lord sent to King David to speak with him about his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, and to call him to repentance, “Thou art the man”; or the Levite priest who spoke prophetically to King Jehoshaphat, and all of Israel, giving them inside information to the outcome of an impossible-to-win battle. He told them how they were to fight it, declaring “the battle is not yours, but God’s.” In each case, it involved a realm above this natural, physical world— the world of the spirit.

For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass! Register today for $149 per person or $99 per person for groups of five or more.