Tuesday, August 27, 2013

James Van Der Beek appeared to be disgusted by what MTV allowed on air during Cyrus’ performance, referring to her lewd display with a foam finger.

Ten Things I Will Teach My Daughter After Watching Miley Cyrus:

1) Sex may sale, but you don't have to hold the "For Sale Sign".

2) You want people to remember more about you, than what you were wearing.

3) Don't have your tongue out like that, unless you're at the Doctor's office.

4) Sex appeal has more to do with how you carry yourself than what you have on.

5) Don't try to be anybody other than yourself.

6) Surround yourself with real friends, who can give you advice, before doing something STUPID.

7) Grinding with a married man "ain't cute."

8) Taking your clothes off, at the end, should never be the expectation of anyone.

9) People will start to treat you like you carry yourself.

10) It never hurts to talk it over with your father.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The 10-90 Plan

The 10-90 Plan
Giving the ten to maximize the ninety
If you want to start a great heated discussion among a group of people just bring up the subject of tithing.  No greater argument has been argued in time than whether the tithe is still relevant and if it is really possible to live better on ninety percent of your income than one hundred percent.  It’s very easy to get caught up in a worldly view of the whole 10-90 debate.  As believers we must follow Gods plan no matter the general populous opinion of the day. Today I will seek not to give you my own personal view of the 10-90 debate, but to present you with a plan from God’s word to allow you to live in the blessings promised to you.
We must first begin with the acknowledgement that the word of God is presented to us for basic instruction. 2 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto good works.” Nothing can be added to the word of God and nothing can be taken away.  From Genesis to Revelation the word of God is complete and true.
So, what is a tithe and what is its purpose? The tithe very simply put is the ten percent of your increase (income) that is given back to God. The purpose of the tithe is to give God the first and best of what we earn. What does the word of God say about the tithe?

  • 1.     The tithe belongs to God (Numbers 18:23-28)
  • 2.     That the tithe should be given first (Deuteronomy 14:22-23)
  • 3.     The practice of tithing was done before it became a law (Genesis 14:20)
  • 4.     Tithing is a principal (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)
  • 5.     There are rewards for the paying of the tithe (Malachi 3:10-12)
  • 6.     The new testament Jews paid tithes (Luke18:12)
  • 7.     There are consequences of not paying tithes (Malachi 3:9)
In today’s economy and the given state of most household incomes ten percent seems a great amount to sacrifice.  But I assure you that it amounts to nothing compared the price of not giving it. We are not the first generation to experience famine in the land. The only difference is that we have exchanged the word famine for recession.  This present reality does not change the biblical requirement for Godly living.  The word of God gives us testimony after testimony of our faith siblings that prospered in times of famine and economic turmoil because they made a righteous commitment to give the required in a time of lack and uncertainty.
Isaac sowed in the famine and received a hundredfold in the very same year, “Then Isaac sowed in the land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him” (Gen. 26:12)
Jacob gave in a place of uncertainty “…and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” (Gen. 28:22)
Nehemiah and the people of Israel gave during a time of economic uncertainty and great trials (Neh. 13)
As a result of their giving at a time when it seemed as though they would have far less they received in great proportions.
God promises that if you give him back ten percent of ALL of your increase that he would indeed bless the remaining ninety percent. He felt so strongly about the principals of tithing that it’s one of the only places in the bible where God says that we should try (prove) Him. “….And try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10) This scripture alone should be evidence enough that it is possible to live greater on the ninety than on the one hundred. But God goes on in the following verses to talk about how just giving Him your best in the tithe will give you protection from your enemies, put a stop to the curse of lack, secure your income, give you popularity, and a delightful spirit. And all of this just because you gave a small portion back to Him of what you have earned.
The fact is that today the average Christian only gives a fraction of his income back to God. Majority only give a portion of the tithe. I submit to you that partial obedience is still disobedience and we should seek to change this mentality amongst believers.  The truth is that our faith siblings lived off far less than we currently do and gave almost half of what they received back to God. In the new testament church we even find the believers giving all that they had to the church so that it could be divided up amongst those in need. What we do not hear of is the believer suffering because they gave too much. 
“What would happen if we accept God’s gift of tithing when we accept God’s gift of money? If we give off the top, we claim our place as “givers” before we admit that we are “consumers.” That puts our priorities in order and establishes a framework of gratitude around the rest of our financial affairs.”
-Henry Morris
There is no scripture that even mentions a substitute program for tithing in the Old or New Testament. So, I encourage you to live by the plan and maximize the ninety.
The Challenge
 If you find that you are still struggling with the idea that God will maximize your ninety percent I challenge you to try it for ninety days and prove your case.  For the next ninety days give God the first ten percent of your income and keep a record of what happens in your life over these days.  I want to know if you decide to take this challenge. Let me know of your progress along the way. 

The Donkey and the Benz

The Donkey and the Benz
How would Jesus roll today?
Jesus may have been a King with no earthly castle, but He was not poor! I know that may come as a shock to some. It has been told in many religious circles that Jesus was basically broke, busted, and disgusted. But, I assure you that this was not the case. The bible tells us the truth of who Jesus really was – King of the Jews!
“…where is He who has been born King of the Jews?...” – Matthew 2:2
Though Jesus was born in a manger He was born royalty.  This is not the likely place we expect a king to be born, but it wasn’t Mary and Joseph’s intention for Him to be born there. They attempted to get a royal suite at the local inn, but due to the fact that everybody was in town, there was no room. Bottom line is; He wasn’t born in the open air suite because they His family could not afford the penthouse.
Shortly after His birth we hear of the wise men bringing Him a rather large trust fund. Financially, the household of Joseph was definitely not in a place of struggle or great need.
Fast forward to Jesus as an adult the scene of the great poverty controversy.
“ For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”  - 2 Corinthians 8:9
“And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” – Matthew 8:20
These verses have long served as the argument for Christ’s poverty. He had no money and nowhere to live; essentially making Him a broke beggar. However, if we examine the context of just these two verses alone we find that He indeed had.  2 Corinthians 8:9 tells us out right that He was rich! There is no guessing if we take the word just for what is written and dig no deeper. However, let’s look at the context of what Paul was saying to the church at Corinth.  If we go back to the beginning of the chapter, Paul is encouraging the church at Corinth to continue in the generosity they had began in giving to the churches in Macedonia.  He was reminding them that Jesus had given His all to see that the no one would lack in the ministry. He was not telling them that they should be poor for the sack of the gospel. If you continue reading on in the chapter he talks about how everything evens out and nobody lacks.
“ but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality.” -2 Corinthians 8:14
As for Matthew 8:20, in context, we find Jesus having a conversation with a “fan” of His ministry who presumed that the lifestyle of Jesus was one that he wanted to live.  Jesus was in essence telling the young scribe that “in this town”, we are not welcome. In other words, if you are going to follow God, there will come a time in which everyone will not accept you or your calling and reject your message.
Jesus obviously did not appear to have lack when speaking to the people.  The bible tells us,
“…the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.” – Ecclesiastes 9:16
If the argument were true that Jesus was poor then surely nobody would have followed Him, including the disciples. 
It is true that Jesus gave up the comfort of His home to pursue His itinerate ministry. We see it all the time with the present day itinerate pastor or evangelist. They spend a great majority of their time living in hotels or the homes of the member or pastors they are visiting.  We do not count them as being poor based on this fact alone, so why then do we say that because Jesus lived this way that He was poor?
The itinerate ministry of Jesus required great resources that no poor person could afford. Let’s consider the fact that Jesus had to feed, cloth, provide shelter, and travel accommodations for Himself and his entire staff.  Not to mention that his staff had families back home that they were responsible for.
A present day Jesus would fund His ministry through offerings and love gifts provided by the hosting church. In Jesus’ day the people where very hospitable to passing travelers and were obligated to provide shelter those who found themselves in need. We also find out from scripture that a great portion of the financial needs for the ministry were provided by some rich women who believed in the message of the Messiah.
Jesus had a great ministry full of pomp and circumstance, swag and style, but yet He was meek and humble. His ministry was unlike any that came before it. He was one hundred percent King, but yet he moved in the midst of the common people. They could not comprehend it in His day and we still struggle to explain it in ours.  The difference is that for our lack of comprehension we have decided to resolve that Jesus was poor.  This resolution has kept the average Christian in a place of lack and unnecessary struggle.
If Jesus wasn’t poor and didn’t require us to be poor why then do we choose to live in lack? I encourage you to change your view of how Jesus lived and in turn change the way you live.
“And He said to them, When I sent you out … did you lack anything? They answered, Nothing!”
-Luke 22:35

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Monday, November 28, 2011

4 Critical Leadership Principles

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at Daimler Truck. I was training their staff on leadership. Below are 4 Key Principles I shared with them:

  1. People aren't difficult, they are just different: This is a difficult concept for people to grasp. I have worked with several people in my life who were hard to work with. The more I read, lead and teach on leadership, I realize when you analyze people's personality types, generational and cultural differences, along with the external pressures affecting them, there are various reasons people can appear "difficult."  The leadership key is to learn how to embrace their differences and  work with them even though they differ from you. Remember, you aren't perfect either!
  2. People do what's allowed (forget what's written): When I worked in Corporate America, I noticed even though we had to be at work at 7:30am, people would stroll into work well after 8am. Why, because they could get away with it. The leadership principle is that we have to be firm on what we want people to do and stop making exceptions.
  3. He who angers you, controls you. (I know that hurts to hear....but it's true). I used to work with an individual that would constantly get under my skin. I realized that every time I would get upset, he would look good and I would look like an idiot. As hard as it may be for you to hear this, if you are working with someone that is constantly getting you upset, that person has a lot of control over you. If you are going to move forward, you have to stop allowing that person to get to you and recognize that you have to be the bigger person.
  4. What gets rewarded, gets repeated. This concept is very evident with children. If they do something well, they expect you to clap. Adults are the same way. When they do something well, they also want to hear, "good job" or "thanks". We forget sometimes that people want to be rewarded the same as children.
I hope these type provided some additional insight. Please post your thoughts.