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Gift Giving IS Good Business

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NIV

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:25 KJV

Giving is “Good” Business

As I was sitting in church last wednesday, I was urged to give a special offering for the purpose of a Christmas giving. I totally support what our church does, buying gifts for children that have none, and I think that it is a good thing to do with time and resources.

Ordinarily, I am quick to give, with a joyful heart. So I was greatly surprised when I heard the Lord tell me to give-and my INSTANT response was- Nah-DON’T do it, it ISN’T “good” business. I hastened, and THREW the money in the basket! I was not about to let the devil rob me from my opportunity to give, when the Lord had ASKED me too!

This response of “giving isn’t GOOD business”- left me to wonder-when on earth did I become “SO IMPORTANT” to myself that gift-giving became about dollars and sense and NOT about the blessing, and the heart?

“It is BECAUSE I give that I KNOW that I have MORE than enough for ME.”

Gift Giving Returns to YOU

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29

When we give gifts-do they BOOMERANG back to us? Do we get “STUFF” in return? No, of course not. Does God see what we do? ABSOLUTELY! Giving gifts, opens our hearts toward giving, and in return, we begin to think toward abundance. This is the GREATEST benefit of giving- our ability to receive an abundant-type thought mentality.“It is BECAUSE I give that I KNOW that I have MORE than enough.”

I believe that when the resistance to giving came to me, I had trained my mind to think in terms of return on my investment or ROI. The enemy was attempting to convince me that if I “gave away” “my” money, I wouldn’t be making a sound investment, like I do with my time or investments. After all, it is easy to give-when we KNOW we will get a return + some. Thankfully, I knew enough of the Word to know two things… #1 YOU CAN NOT “GIVE AWAY” WHAT FIRST DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU and #2 IT’S NOT “MY” MONEY! (Could it be these are the SAME thing?!)

#1 YOU CAN NOT “GIVE AWAY” WHAT FIRST DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU

Last year a wrote an article on “stewardship” that goes more in depth as to our relationship with money, and how it is NOT ours to keep to ourselves. http://wholeheartedministries.com/hot-topics/stewardship scripture says,

The silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts.” Hag. 2:8

#2 IT’S NOT “MY” MONEY!

When you begin to understand that all our resources come  ALL from  God, the moment we get to thinking it is “ours”, we put ourselves into a position of stinginess. MINE MINE MINE, should be the worst four-letter-word in the dictionary! This season, I would URGE you to give to others. I would URGE you to comfort the lost, broken-hearted, and empty. Give-not just to get-but to create a habit of thinking abundantly all the time, about ALL things!

God Bless you friends as you give abundantly this season,

Love always your friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

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SILENT NO MORE… IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT!

“It is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” – David, a “man after God’s own heart- a STRONG man”.  1 Sam 17:47

The Battle is the LORDS… SPEAK!

This time of year especially is notorious for silence. Not just the “Silent Night, HOLY Night” variety- but the “Better-NOT-say-anything-to-cousin-Johnny-because-he-just-got-a-divorce” silence. Or the “Uncle-Tommy-just-got-‘off-the-wagon’- you-better-leave-him-alone” variety.
How many family members do you know that sit around in silence, screaming from within-but are determined to say NOTHING outloud. It can be like trying to talk to a brick wall!

Yesterday, as I was driving along, I was reminded of this Word… “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” Mark 3:27 I

then heard the Lord tell me, “We are not men and women of strength when we remain silent.” How does a strong man become overtaken? BY BEING BOUND, GAGGED, and SILENCED. We ARE STRONG MEN AND WOMEN WHEN WE SPEAK OUT!

What a Word!

REAL MEN and WOMEN SPEAK OUT

There is a common misconception that we win our battles “by silence”. Stuffing our challenges deep… deeper… DEEPER STILL. The “ask-but-do-not-tell policy”. Today, I am delivering this Word to you to inform you that: THE OPPOSITE OF BEING BOUND, IS TO AS STRONG MEN-SPEAK OUT! Speak out in FAITH, speak out in LOVE, speak out in BELIEF. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor 13:2

The common misconception of a “Strong man”

When you think about a “strong man”- what has society taught you  is their most notable asset? Their ability to be tight-lipped and stoic, “unphased”!

  1. In society, the “strong man” is the man that can take the hits and keep on being hit-with no corresponding action.
  2. In society, the “strong man” doesn’t cry, doesn’t lament, never complains/asks for a different situation, doesn’t communicate.
  3. In society, the “strong man” bullies his way in by force and TAKES what does not belong to him-without even a word.

IT IS A WEAK AND FEARFUL MAN WHO CONTINUES TO TAKE THE HIT, AND SAYS NOTHING ABOUT IT. No prayer, no sacrifice, no giving… NOTHING. A STRONG MAN speaks out to GOD and SAYS and does what the Lord  would have him to do!

SOCIETY IS WRONG- JESUS WAS A STRONG MAN!

Jesus was A STRONG man AND Jesus consistantly used the Word-HIS WORDS-to express to others, through communication of problems AND resolve, HOW we SHOULD live. EVEN if it hurt those whom He loved. He was quoted as saying, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

WHAT HE DID:

1. JESUS- A STRONG MAN: Took the hit of sin and WAS HIMSELF THE CORRESPONDING ACTION. “[I am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev 1:18

Jesus showed us that He WAS a MAN OF STRENGTH, when He voluntarily died on the cross for us. He became THE corresponding response to sin, by being made the perfect sacrifice. IT IS A WEAK AND FEARFUL MAN WHO CONTINUES TO TAKE THE HIT, AND SAYS NOTHING ABOUT IT. No prayer, no sacrifice, no giving… NOTHING. A STRONG MAN speaks out to GOD and SAYS and does what the Lord  would have him to do!

A MAN OF STRENGTH SACRIFICES IN LOVE, FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNLOVEABLE.

WHAT HE SAID:

2. JESUS- STRONG MAN: Jesus BECAME EMOTIONAL TO THE POINT OF DEATH.They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:32-36

Jesus showed that He was a man of STRENGTH, in the fact that regardless of the pressure and the burden of His responsibilities, HE COMMUNICATED WITH THE FATHER OF HIS EMOTIONS, HIS FEELINGS, HIS DESIRES. JESUS, A MAN OF STRENGTH became “deeply distressed and troubled”. He DID NOT “stuff it”.

JESUS DIDN’T JUST TAKE HIS SITUATION “LIKE A MAN” HE TOOK IT LIKE GOD, BY COMMUNICATING IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE THROUGH EXPRESSING , SPEAKING AND SHOWING HIS FEELINGS. WHEN THE “CHIPS WERE DOWN”,  HE CRIED OUT  VOCALLY FOR THE REPLENISHMENT OF STRENGTH.

WHAT HE WAS:

3. JESUS- THE STRONG MAN: Jesus DID NOT TAKE BY FORCE, He GAVE in LOVE. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3-10

Jesus when preaching on the Mount, described to His followers a perfect picture of a MAN OR WOMAN OF STRENGTH:

A person who understands their lowliness of position in Him, a person who is compassionate for the sake of others, a person who is nothing without God, a person who desires to draw nearer unto Him, a person who shows others forgiveness and mercy, a person who walks in faith, a person who shares peace with others, and a person who is willing to go through the fire… to bring GOD GLORY.

JESUS WHEN PREACHING ON THE MOUNT, DESCRIBED TO HIS FOLLOWERS A PERFECT PICTURE OF A MAN OR WOMAN OF STRENGTH.

The call today is to COMMUNICATE.

REAL MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD SPEAK OUT IN FAITH

The call today is to COMMUNICATE. Communicate with God first and ask Him exactly HOW to speak to your spouse, your loved ones, even your employer. Anyone who you feel you are at odds with. EXPRESS to Him your concerns, trials, and tribulations. Then go to those in your life who have been trying to FORCE you out of “your house”. (Mark 3:27) Trust that the Lord will make clear to you the next steps and action. BE STRONG, BE COURAGEOUS. IT’S YOUR HOUSE- NO ONE CAN TAKE IT FROM YOU, IF YOU DO NOT LET THEM!

FINAL THOUGHT,

BEING IN FAITH AND BEING FOUND STRONG REQUIRE VOCALIZATION AND ACTION

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matt 10:32-42

I love that LAST line, “THAT person will certainly not lose their reward”. Who is THAT person? “THE PERSON WHO ACKNOWLEDGES ME BEFORE OTHERS”. The devil will tell you to “SHUT UP, SIT DOWN, BE QUIET-JUST TAKE IT”. When we are STRONG MEN, like Jesus, we “CRY OUT, STAND UP, SPEAK OUT-AND JUST GIVE IT UP TO GOD!”

God Bless you friends as you walk as men and women of strength-

Love Always,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

NEW! Jessica has started a NEW Blog about her life as a mom, sharing with others her challenges and victories in parenthood/life. You can read these blogs at http://www.onewholemom.blogspot.com

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Christians Who Have DOMINATED in the Marketplace: MOTHER TERESA

Mother Teresa: A FRESH Perspective

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matt 6:33 NLT

Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3:11

Defining the word “MARKETPLACE”

By now I certainly hope we all know what a Christian is. A true “Christian” is NOT a religion, a true “Christian” is a follower of Christ. One who has studied the life of Christ, been saved by their confession and now practices the faith. THINKING, BELIEVING and DOING WHAT CHRIST DID. A “Christian”, has assumed his place as a Son or Daughter of God by His adoption, and has received “the mind of Christ”. So what then is “the marketplace”? Who are “Christian’s IN the marketplace”? Today we are going to learn about Mother Teresa THE marketplace DOMINATOR in the treatment and education of humanity. She was truly a “Christian in the marketplace”, because SHE SERVED AND WORKED AT THE LEVEL AND WITH REAL PEOPLE.

MARKETPLACE: A marketplace is the space, actual or metaphorical, in which a market operates.

When you think of a modern day person who personifies the ethical and benevolent treatment of humanity, most minds will think toward MOTHER TERESA as THE example. She was THE BEST at what she did. She DOMINATED the Marketplace for Jesus by… BEING THE VERY VERY BEST AT WHAT SHE DID. Mother Teresa is an EXCELT example of a Christian in “the marketplace” she didn’t just “DO” helping the poor- she dominated all aspects and confronted ALL organizations in the area of benevolence and BECAME THE go-to figurehead for the ethical and moral treatment of mankind. SHE MADE HER BUSINESS THE BUSINESS OF HELPING OUT THE POOR AND THE DYING. “A beautiful death,” she said, “is for people who lived like animals to die like angels—loved and wanted.” Who needs “riches” when you have “resources”?

So today, as we learn about Mother Teresa’s DOMINATING of HER marketplace (the development of educating society on the whole of the conditions of the poorest of the poor and providing worldwide education), let us think with a new and unadulterated view about our current jobs, or opportunities. Have you looked at your position in this world with a fresh perspective? Do you know that fresh and salt water can not bubble from the same spring? IF YOU NEED SOMETHING NEW TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE, IT IS TIME TO INVEST IN A NEW PERSPECTIVE. It is time to develop YOU. YOU inc.!

So what does YOU inc. look like?

YOU inc.!

If you are ever going to BECOME the Christian in the marketplace that God has intended you to become-it is going to come from you BEGINNING TO SEE YOURSELF AS IN CHARGE OF YOUR OWN LIFE. Even though “God is the head of our lives”, it is THROUGH OUR CHOOSING TO FOLLOW HIM, THAT WE GIVE HIM THAT PLACE. We are NOT robots, and through our free will, we have now CHOSEN to follow after God (because He first loved us-we can now love and serve others WHICH IS THE ONLY TRUE WAY TO SUCCESS).

So what does YOU inc. look like? Is it in your Mission Statement to follow after God? Is it in your Purpose to do the will of your Father? Have you prayed to Him for the Vision for your life? To Reveal to YOU inc. your purpose? Or are you just “letting the chips fall where they may”. Has your job and employee status taken over YOU inc.? Have you been bullied into becoming Badge # 342789 for a living? Men and women of greatness treat whatever they are doing AS THE CURRENT ROLE of YOU inc. and NOT their identity!

If YOU inc. has been lost along the way-no worries, you can reclaim YOU inc., simply pray to God for a FRESH PERSPECTIVE and NEW REVELATION. YOU belong to GOD- NOT your boss! Choose to make God #1 TODAY, and then let Him develop you into what HE desires… a whole and completed YOU!

“I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.”

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

By the 1970s, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary and book Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children’s and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools.

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Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (gonxhe meaning “rosebud” in Albanian) was born on 26 August 1910, in Üsküb, Ottoman Empire (now Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia). Although she was born on 26 August, she considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her “true birthday.” She was the youngest of the children of a family from Shkodër, Albania, born to Nikollë and Drana Bojaxhiu. Her father, who was involved in Albanian politics, died in 1919 when she was eight years old. After her father’s death, her mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. Her father’s origin was possibly from Prizren, Kosovo while her mother’s origin was possibly from a village near Gjakova, Kosovo.

According to a biography by Joan Graff Clucas, in her early years Agnes was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal, and by age 12 was convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life. Her final resolution was taken on August 15, 1928, while praying at the shrine of the Black Madonna of Letnice, where she often went on pilgrimage.

She left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary. She never again saw her mother or sister.

Agnes initially went to the Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland to learn English, the language the Sisters of Loreto used to teach school children in India.She arrived in India in 1929, and began her novitiate inDarjeeling, near the Himalayan mountains, where she learnt Bengali and taught at the St. Teresa’s School, a schoolhouse close to her convent. She took her first religious vows as a nun on 24 May 1931. At that time she chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries, but because one nun in the convent had already chosen that name, Agnesi opted for the Spanish spelling Teresa.

She took her solemn vows on 14 May 1937, while serving as a teacher at the Loreto convent school in Entally, eastern Calcutta.Teresa served there for almost twenty years and in 1944 was appointed headmistress.

Although Teresa enjoyed teaching at the school, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta. The Bengal famine of 1943 brought misery and death to the city; and the outbreak of Hindu/Muslim violence in August 1946 plunged the city into despair and horror.

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On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as “the call within the call” while traveling by train to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat. “I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.”
This except taken from “Mother Teresa”, thanks to wikipedia.com

YOU inc. can Be EXACTLY who you want to be… choose to FOLLOW GOD and be exactly WHO GOD wants you to be!

So WHO is YOU inc.?

Today, I am not going to tell you who you are in Christ– today, I am going to let you sit and ponder God and His Grace and Mercy. Today, I would like it if you could look yourself in the mirror and search from deep within the desire that the Lord has placed on your heart. Are you liked in benevolence to a Mother Teresa? Are you perhaps anointed in business like John D. Rockefeller? Are you creative and envisioning like R.G. LeTourneau? IF SO… THEN BELIEVE GOD THAT THIS IS Y-O-U-R CALLING and BEGIN TO INAUGURATE THESE GIFTING’S AND BOLDNESS OF FAITH IN YOUR LIFE… The world NEEDS to hear from YOU inc.!

God Bless YOU my friends as you go out and DOMINATE the marketplace for Jesus today!

Love Always, Your friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

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OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES: CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE DOMINATED IN THE MARKETPLACE:

The Rise and Fall of the Economy Rests on the Shoulders of US… NOT the Government-SO- Time to STEP UP

John D. Rockefeller

R.G. LeTourneau

Mother Teresa

Christians Who Have DOMINATED in the Marketplace: ROBERT GILMOUR LETOURNEAU

Preconceived Notions will KEEP You From the Promised Land

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17

“We have the mind of Christ.” 1 Cor 2:16

As long as we “think” things have to “be” a certain way- we are limiting God’s ability to do GREAT THINGS.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery… TODAY is a gift and that is why we call it the Present.

I am sure that you have heard the above statement before. The whole quote reads: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” It was written by Alice Morse Earle in the year 1902. Today, in prayer the thought came to me: “Preconceived notions will keep you from The Promised Land.” What a concept, what a truth!

As long as we “think” things have to “be” a certain way- we are limiting God’s ability to do GREAT THINGS. Since we have been talking recently about CHRISTIAN MARKETPLACE DOMINATORS, I think it is necessary to recognize and understand that none of the men or women in which we talk about had ever been though their circumstances EVER before- they had NO game plan or playbook to draw from-other than the Word of God. It was in THIS reality- the I-have-never-been-in-this-situation-before-but-God-will-show-me-a-new-way reality, that they locked into the “I CAN DO” Spirit, and they didn’t just become “successful” they  OBLITERATED their competition. They SURPASSED all previous notions and ideas- THEY CREATED A NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS-THAT NO PRECONCEIVED IDEA HAD EVER THOUGHT OF.

Where would we be today as a Nation, if we would have “just ignored the incident” and held on to a preconceived notion that America had not changed at all?

America Will NEVER Be the Same

After the September 11 attack to America in 2001, America PERMANENTLY changed. Our policies, our families, our memories, our ideas, our Government-even our travel. Where would we be today as a Nation, if we would have “just ignored the incident” and held on to a preconceived notion that America had not changed at all? I tell you where we would be! We would be severely handicapped, prideful, and ignorant! Things permanently changed, and thankfully-rather than bury our heads in the sand “remembering the good ole days”, we adapted to a new way of doing things. Many people began to walk in a new confidence, a new faith, a new determination, a new pride, and a new kind of grief-a grief of compassion over complete strangers. What is America’s “Promise Land”? A land full of HOPE, COMPASSION and UNDERSTANDING. I believe we came closer to this after 2001, due to the fact that the administration at the time-gave up on any and all preconceived notions, and began to “usher in a new era”.


R.G. LeTourneau’s machines represented nearly 70 percent of the earthmoving equipment and Engineering vehicles used during World War II, and he was responsible for nearly 300 patents.

R.G. LeTourneau…”God’s Businessman”…

Robert Gilmour LeTourneau (November 30, 1888–June 1, 1969), born in Richford, Vermont, was a prolific inventor of earth moving machinery. His machines represented nearly 70 percent of the earthmoving equipment and Engineering vehicles used during World War II, and he was responsible for nearly 300 patents. With the help of his wife, the former Evelyn Peterson (1900-1987), he founded what became a private, Christian university, LeTourneau University, in Longview, Texas, and was known as a devoted Christian and generous philanthropist to Christian causes, including to a camp and conference grounds that carry his name, “LeTourneau Christian Center.” He was sometimes called, “God’s businessman.”

Traditional education held little interest for R.G. LeTourneau, and in 1902, at the age of fourteen, he left school, with the blessing, but concern, of his Christian parents. He moved from Vermont to Duluth, Minnesota, then to Portland,Oregon, where he began to work as an apprentice ironmonger at the East Portland Iron Works. While learning the foundry and machinist trades, he studied mechanics from an International Correspondence Schools course that had been given to him, though he never completed any course assignments. He later moved to San Francisco, where he was employed at the Yerba Buena Power Plant and learned welding skills and became familiar with the application of electricity. In 1909, he moved toStockton, California. During this time, LeTourneau worked at a number of jobs including wood cutter, farm hand, miner and carpenter’s laborer, acquiring a sound knowledge of the manual trades that would prove invaluable in later life.

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Letourneau held many respected positions throughout his life as a Christian layman, including as a leader in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, president of the Christian Business Men’s Committee (CBMC) and president of the Gideons International. Being a man of great Christian commitment and dedication, for 30 years he flew thousands of miles each week to maintain Christian speaking engagements around the United States and overseas.

LeTourneau was a firm believer in the effectiveness of practical instruction combined with classroom studies; and, in 1946, he purchased an unused military hospital, accompanying land and buildings in Longview. There he established the LeTourneau Technical Institute at the site of the former Harmon General Hospital to provide sound technical and mechanical training, traditional college courses, and training for missionary technicians, based on the philosophy of combining work, education and Christian testimony. The LeTourneau Technical Institute became a college in its own right, in 1961, and eventually gained “university” status to become LeTourneau University. Today, the university is a busy and growing institution, offering degrees in engineering, aeronautical sciences and liberal arts, along with a strong Christian influence, including three times weekly compulsory chapel attendance for students.

Throughout his career, he was the recipient of more than 30 awards and honors related to engineering, manufacturing and the development of heavy equipment. In 1936, he was presented with the “Appreciation of Service Achievement 1931-1935,” by Six Companies Incorporated for supplying earthmoving equipment to the “Boulder Dam” project. Recognition of service to the earthmoving industry later came from many other contractors in the industry, and, in February 1958, LeTourneau was presented with the “Beavers Award” at the third-annual awards dinner of the Beavers, an association of leaders in the heavy construction industry. In presenting the award to LeTourneau, Beaver president George H. Atkinson, of the highly respected U.S. contractors, Guy F. Atkinson Company, of San Francisco, said, “There is hardly any place in the vast industry that has not benefited through the products of Mr. LeTourneau’s inventive genius.”

In 1953, LeTourneau began a development project in the country of Liberia, West Africa, with the diverse goals of colonization, land development, agricultural development, livestock introduction, evangelism and philanthropic activities. In 1954, a colonization project with similar objectives to those in Liberia was established in the country of Peru, South America.

He was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in 1956.

LeTourneau Could Not Have Come Up With 300 Patents By Thinking About “The Way Things USED to Be” He DOMINATED His Field With the MIND OF CHRIST

Just about EVERY earth moving vehicle you see today was originally developed by R.G. LeTourneau. If the ENTIRE mover wasn’t invented by him-some system ON IT was. How do we operate in the marketplace like LeTourneau or Rockefeller? WE FOLLOW GOD AND HIS INSTRUCTION, AND WE ELIMINATE ALL PREVIOUS NOTIONS. PREVIOUS NOTIONS WILL K E E P US FROM THE PROMISED LAND.
May God continue to bless you with witty inventions and new and creative ideas!


Your Friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

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Christians Who Have DOMINATED in the Marketplace: JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” – Jesus the Christ

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Proverbs 8:17 & 18

John D. Rockefeller’s Kykuit Estate (One of his many homes), Mt. Pleasant, New York

Yesterday the Economy Failed You, TODAY the Economy is YOURS for the Taking

Yesterday, I made some pretty bold statements, “Blaming the Government for our “failing” economy is not reality. We all have the choice of what we can or can not do with our own 24 hour day. The Government’s prime derivative is to “relegate and manage”, NOT to distribute and build. Distributing and building is left up to the entrepreneur. Government policies that lower or raise taxes in order to “help” people get jobs- are only policies intended to HELP/enable jobs… NOT TO CREATE THEM. Government in it’s very nature is NOT intended for business purposes-we need to understand this.”

I also wrote: “It is time for Christian’s to DOMINATE the marketplace, not just be IN it. As you have learned, you spend MORE TIME WORKING THAN ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU DO. Are you in a position to where you feel like you can be the Christ follower God intended you to be while you are working? Or do you suppress your faith JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO “KEEP” your job??” (read the complete article here)

What kind of person would I be, if I DIDN’T give you some fuel for the fire? Some ammunition to “go to guns” with, in regards to OVERTAKING the “dismal” state of the economy? Today, I would like to encourage you with our first CHRISTIAN MARKETPLACE DOMINATOR: John D. Rockefeller.

Before yesterday’s article… the economy and the Government were to blame for the dismal economic state. Today however, we are boldly walking in the knowledge that this world needs A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN to not just “work” in the marketplace but to… DOMINATE in it.

How many crack-heads, pimps, drug dealers, thieves, prostitutes, strippers, and murderers would there be if THE GOD OF JACOB, ISAAC, and JOSEPH was in THE leadership position in today’s modern economy and business? YOU ARE HIS REPRESENTATION IN THE FLESH. No, we ARE NOT GOD… but WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES. What He does… WE DO! Therefore, if YOU are in the office-HE is in the office! Question-Would men have to “slum it” in the strip club-if their bosses were Holy Spirit Filled-Tongue Talking Ministers of the Gospel? IT IS TIME  REVOLUTIONIZE THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY… IT IS TIME TO DOMINATE IT FOR JESUS!!!

John D. Rockefeller portrait, circa 1885

John D. Rockefeller… Man of Many MANY Dimes…

John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy. In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and aggressively ran it until he officially retired in 1897. Standard Oil began as an Ohio partnership formed by John D. Rockefeller, his brother William Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, Jabez Bostwick, chemist Samuel Andrews, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller’s wealth soared, and he became the world’s richest man and first American worth more than a billion dollars. Adjusting for inflation, he is often regarded as the richest person in history.

Rockefeller spent the last 40 years of his life in retirement. His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy with foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research.

His foundations pioneered the development of medical research, and were instrumental in the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever. He is also the founder of both the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University. He was a devoted Northern Baptist and supported many church-based institutions throughout his life. Rockefeller adhered to total abstinence from alcohol and tobacco throughout his life.

When he was a boy, his family moved to Moravia, New York and, in 1851, to Owego, where he attended Owego Academy. In 1853, his family moved to Strongsville, a suburb of Cleveland. In September 1855, when Rockefeller was sixteen, he got his first job as an assistant bookkeeper, working for a small produce commission firm called Hewitt & Tuttle. He worked long hours and delighted, as he later recalled, in “all the methods and systems of the office”. He was particularly adept at calculating transportation costs, which served him well later in his career. The full salary for his first three months’ work was $50 (50 cents a day). From the beginning, he donated about 6% of his earnings to charity, which increased to 10% by the age of twenty, when he tithed to his Baptist church.

Rockefeller became well known in his later life for the practice of giving dimes (which was quite a bit of change) to adults and nickels to children wherever he went. He even gave dimes as a playful gesture to wealthy men, such as tire mogul Harvey Firestone.

This Christmas, let’s do something OUTRAGEOUS. Let’s give a gift to someone that NO ONE expected!

This Christmas, Let’s Do Something OUTRAGEOUS

There is no doubt that John D. Rockefeller was an outrageous human being. He was a tithing, money giving, monopoly making, dominating, over-the-top innovator. JDR make a permanent impact in this world.

Jesus made a permanent impact too. He dominated in this earth-healing, faith, teaching, representing, knowledge-He came and left a PERMANENT MARK. Jesus is the ULTIMATE MARKETPLACE DOMINATOR. His market and economy is the Spirit AND the Flesh. In the Spirit, He offers us COMPLETE HEALING. In the flesh, He offers us COMPLETE HEALING. Those who walk imitating Christ have this same ability, IN the name and BY the Blood of Jesus.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – Jesus 1 John 14:12

This Christmas, let’s do something OUTRAGEOUS. Let’s give a gift to someone that NO ONE expected! Let’s preach from a place NO ONE can believe a person could be found preaching from. Let’s lay hands on the sick AND WATCH PEOPLE GET WELL. Let us be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God so that ALL men will be drawn UNTO Him. Let’s go where NO Christian has EVER gone before!

If your kid is expecting underwear, it is time to DOMINATE HOPE and SHOW CHRIST in his/her life-and buy OR make-that perfect gift that would mean so much to them!

Johnny Doesn’t NEED Anything, but He WANTS A Lot!

Last year my husband and I decided THIS Christmas would be different. THIS Christmas we are going to do something OUTRAGEOUS, we aren’t going to BUY our 5 kids ANYTHING they NEED. We are going to get them what they WANT. Sounds outrageous doesn’t it? Doing something to “knock someone’s socks off”! There are plenty of gifts and surprises that you can plan-in cash-when you pray and obey the Spirit.

If your kid is expecting underwear, it is time to DOMINATE HOPE and SHOW CHRIST in his/her life-and buy OR make-that gift that would mean so much to them. GET your kids hopes UP for 2011! Let’s ROCK this economy in 2011! Shop smart eBay, Craigslist, sales and specials. It is time to BE YOUR KIDS “SANTA”. The KEY to changing the world’s economic climate is to DOMINATE and BECOME purveyors of HOPE AND BLESSINGS.

I have a dream: I dream of men and women of God who can show their children that ALL their needs are met according to HIS riches in glory- and Jesus WANTS to give them the very BEST. OUTRAGEOUSNESS for Jesus!

May God bless you THIS Christmas, and KNOCK your socks off! We are BLESSED to be a BLESSING in HIM!

Your Friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

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