I saw this and was very blessed. These folks are truly Marketplace Ministers.
I just returned from a two week teaching and ministering trip to Poland and Ukraine. I went with a team of 4 marketplace leaders, ministers and teachers who are good friends of mine from the US and Denmark. John Garfield was our designated leader with the teaching theme of “Releasing Kings”, which is also the title of his very excellent book.
John uses biblical scripture to encourage and evoke your hearts desire for life to become a reality for you. A most amazing transition takes place in the hearts, minds and faces of believers when they realize they have God’s blessings to seek their hearts desire and that all things are possible with God. But the miracle making ingredient to the formula is to love people. John proved that when he taught by loving the people every chance he got. Most important however was that he really meant it. People sensed it and reacted positively.
Combining your Divine call, your hearts desire and your ministry gifting all into one Godly, supernatural package empowers one to accomplish feats that here to for never even entered their minds. I speak not of a New Age inner self realization of hidden energies and karma but of a Holy Spirit filled weapon of righteousness and love capable of doing all things in Christ Jesus.
The conference objective as well as the ultimate purpose for “Releasing Kings”, is to Have Fun. Make Money. Love People! That’s exactly what we did, except make money this time. We did however encourage the attendees to use their dreams, gifts and calling to accomplish those three objectives while teaching them the fundamentals of doing business by biblical Kingdom principles in their families, the Marketplace, and in their churches.
The response after a few days of teaching and praying for people resulted in nearly 40 new salvations and numerous people deciding for the first times in their lives to pursue their business dreams. We taught on attitude, business planning, sales, marketing, employee employer relations and finances required to start and run a successful business.
As usual while ministering to these success hungry saints, many signs and wonders of healing and deliverance followed those who believed just as the Mark wrote in his Gospel chapter 16, verses 15-18. I can testify that I even prayed a serious sinus infection attack off myself by confessing and believing that scripture while on my way back on a 13 hour plane ride to the USA.
I come back and recollect and marvel at the faith and willingness those people have to believe for a better life in Jesus. They have the faith to trust and try as the men of God teach and preach and great things are a result. Not because of the men of God for sure, but for the humility, honor and obedience they offer the teacher as God’s prophet and therefore they receive a prophets reward.
We anxiously look forward to our return to those lands and see once more what God has in store for those who love Him for “eye has not seen, ear has not heard nor heart know the things which God has prepared for those that love Him.
For more information on Releasing Kings go to http://www.releasing-kings.com and for pictures of our trip go to my Facebook Rich Forster.
Blessings……..Rich Forster Publisher KBJ
I have often been asked, and have asked myself, what the definition of SUCCESS was. As you might expect, the answers are as varied as the numerous business philosophies professed among the many self proclaimed authorities. With that I must be careful to say that this simple BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS was not my creation but rather a piece of my anonymous collection over the years. I hope it agrees with your spirit and inspires you as it does me.
BELIEVE while others are doubting.
PLAN while others are playing.
STUDY while others are sleeping.
DECIDE while others are delaying
PREPARE while others are daydreaming.
BEGIN while others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing.
SAVE while others are wasting.
LISTEN while others are talking.
SMILE while others are pouting.
COMMEND while others are criticizing.
PERSIST while others are quitting.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” Col. 3:17
Blessings…Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
Yes you! If your in the Lambs Book of Life. Revelation 22:5 says “And night will be no more. they will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever”.
In union with Jesus Christ our King, believers will not only worship as priests but also reign as kings over the new earth forever and ever. Have you ever thought of yourself as a king? If you were, how would you reign? Would it require more wisdom and experience than you have now? How about patience and leadership and compassion and discipline and shall I go on? I think being a king sounds like a cool deal but I also think there is a great deal of responsibility that goes along with it.
The question I am asking you today is, if the Lord Jesus came back today and you were already in the Lambs Book of Life (born again) John 3:3, would you be ready to assume the role He gives you to manage a kingdom? Probably not you say. So what do you need to do to prepare? You are going to prepare aren’t you? God desires you to help reign and rule the new Jerusalem (Heaven on earth) for eternity. That is crazy hard to believe for our natural minds.
Do you suppose by some strange coincidence that this time we are spending on earth doing our work and family things,trying to survive and prosper might just be a test to see how we manage our existing resources and our hearts and our finances etc? Could He be testing our hearts and minds and motive to see if we are up to the task? Could the marketplace be your testing zone? Are you following Kingdom principles in your daily life at work and at home?
The parables, kingdom principles and prophetic orders are many but allow me to leave you with this one scripture encouragement tonight. 1 Cor.2:9-10 “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”,” these things God has revealed to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God”.
Invite the Holy spirit this very day to fill you with the revelation of what He desires for you as preparation for your earthly assignment and trust for unbelievable plans in the future. It is so important for you to see into the invisible in order to believe for the impossible. That can only be accomplished with the Holy Spirit. Lead by the example of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and supernatural things will begin to happen. I am really excited for what you are about to Divinely experience and look forward to reigning with you forever!
Blessings…..Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
This old adage has been used by so many of us and so many times I doubt we could estimate an accurate count. These times can be accumulated verbally and mentally, but I suggest to you, this is more a mind game than verbal by far. The question to ask yourself is, am I teachable?
It helps to be desirous of knowledge to be teachable. For instance, I was so frustrated with our local grocery produce that at 62 years of age, I decided to grow my own tomatoes. Never have I grown anything but weeds in my yard. I wanted to be successful for sure so I began asking people I knew grew wonderful tomatoes for advice. With that advice and some trial, error and adjustments, my wife and I celebrated with our first tomatoe BLT last night and boy! was it ever good!
Without the good advice and commitment to follow from those experienced produce growers, I am quite sure I could not have had the same results that I enjoyed last night. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we have all the answers or that we can do it better than anyone else and then inevitably we still have excuses and blame for our failures. So you see that humility is a key ingredient to being teachable and the beginning of knowledge and favor, Pro.3:34.
This simple but impactual statement I just made can also make the difference in your career path and work assignment in the marketplace. It can make the difference of whether you are successful or not. Do you seek advice and good counsel from respected, successful mentors or do you just ready, fire aim? Pro:15:22 says that “Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established”. The advice you receive should be a further confirmation of your hearts desire and the reassurance you are on the right path. Pro.16:9 says that “a man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Without that Divine direction, failure is more likely than success. The Holy Spirit has many ways to communicate with you and one of them is through others of like mind who can confirm your passion and heart’s desires and eventually your calling.
The coolest part of this entire process is that God has Divinely ordained you for a purpose on earth and along with that assignment, has offered you all the natural and supernatural abilities you will need to be a phenomenal success. But there are rules to follow and discipline required to achieve the best results.
Throughout the history of the bible and it’s hero’s we admire, you see this anointing; Joseph overseeing Egypt’s welfare, Daniel a similar role, Noah building an ark in the middle of the desert, Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, the apostles with their healing and deliverance ministries, Paul managing the growth of the Church and John with his interpretation of Revelation. And I could go on and on.
That same special project is in your destiny but you have to be humble enough to accept it and then trust God to fill in your weaknesses and enhance your strengths. If you try and just do it your way as usual, you will never reach your supernatural potential, you will minimize your blessings and those destined for others through you and you will constantly wonder “could I have done more”?
The value of those referred to mentors can be just the confirmation to help you get on the right path for your Divine destiny. They can se a perspective of you that you may have never realized. Their discernment and knowledge can be just the edge you need to be in the timely season and perfect will of God, right on time. His time that is!
Lest we forget; seek the Lord with all your heart. Jer. 29:11-13, and you will find Him and His perfect will for you. So would you rather go on your highway or His?
Blessings….Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
My wife owns and operates a packaging and mailing business where customers come in daily for those types of needs. The environment often lends opportunity to listen to peoples daily issues and problems (whether you want to or not) and if possible, offer encouragement to them. But all too often, the business person uses this opportunity to complain about their working conditions, results, employers and employees. Sometimes they use this platform for the “blame game” for their inadequacies or failures to meet their expected standards all for their own justification. Ultimately and unfortunately for those who happen to be standing around in the line of verbal fire, this negative, complaining gossip leaves a very sour impression to them and an image of dis-loyalty to their company whether they are an owner or and employee.
Are you one of these kinds of business people? Can you think back to a possible occasion where you may have verbalized your discouragement or disagreement on an issue with your business associates or workplace environment that was really inappropriate for those nearby listeners? I know I have, and I would be surprised if you haven’t also. The nature of our flesh and body is survival. Sometimes that motive manifests itself itself in our mental state rather than the physical which is more difficult for us to recognize in ourselves because we are not bleeding or broken and feeling that pain. Worse however for us, is that the mind is the devils workshop and he battles for our minds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ( ) and all too often we allow him the victory. The way Christians speak and act in these workplace situations will always be judged and spoken about, especially by unbelievers and often will become the descriptive label for all the followers of Christ.
It is rather humorous for me to make this observation about puppies when I am not really a “dog person” but I do admire one very unique quality most every dog has that we humans could do well to learn from and that is “LOYALTY”. I have observed that their love for their caretaker is unconditional. They are patient, forgiving and understanding of all the circumstances around them and their only complaint is an occasional bark. They do their dog things consistently and dependably and for that they are rewarded by their owner is some fashion of appreciation that is good enough for them. You can discipline and correct them and apply some consequence for their miss-behaving and the next day they are back up in your lap loving on you ready to start all fresh again. Have you ever heard of someone divorcing or firing their puppy?
Well, I’m not suggesting you start acting like your favorite puppy exactly, but I do think this humorous but applicable example of life around us is an eye opener to a serious issue in the marketplace. I have all too often heard, “I won’t do business with a Christian again after the way I was treated by so-n-so”. Have you heard this yourself? This comment and perceived impression of Christian businesspeople can and must be corrected NOW! Otherwise the ability to evangelize and disciple people to the Lord Jesus will continue to be severely inhibited and negatively effected.
We can all make a significant start by taking the example of the puppy loyalty I wrote of above and that is to be unconditionally loyal, thankful and dedicated for our jobs and to our people we manage. When you are tempted to complain and gripe about your working conditions or employees, just recall that loving puppy who comes to mind that loves you regardless of your shortcomings and apply that approach to your job circumstance. Let me clarify that I am not endorsing any unlawful or immoral orders of course but the daily responsibilities of each of our work positions in the marketplace. And I will add that even a puppy needs discipline at times as do we!
Paul wrote in Eph.6:5-9; “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether is is a slave or free”.
“And masters,treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him”.
We would be interested in any feedback you would care to share with us and hopefully experiences where your efforts to improve your public actions especially in the workplace, had a positive effect on others that gave glory to God.
Blessings…..Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
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Although this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament final was contended by a perennial favorite Duke the sentimental favorite and first time ever in the finals competitor, was Butler University from Indianapolis, Indiana right where the final was being played. Without a doubt it was one of the best and most exciting final NCAA tournament games ever played. The veteran Duke Blue Devils came out victorious by only two points.
Regardless of the outcome and excitement of this great final game, what was an even more impressive was the way that Butler coach Brad Stevens led his young team on this once in a lifetime sojourn. If you actually watched this contest you may have caught a look at this 33 year old baby faced coach that could have just as easily passed for one of his players he looked so young. As I watched and studied this young challenger he reminded me a great deal of David as he prepared to fight Goliath, the Philistine giant in the Old Testament. He too was very young in age and appearance, quiet and handsome and a warrior.
Well there were two distinct leadership qualities I as well as many thousands of fans saw this young coach exemplify. One was very obvious to the observers and that was his calm, controlled demeanor. That calm, focused example was reflected in each one of his players as well. He had spent hours and hours with these young men drilling basketball technics and strategies into them while all the time, showing the calm, disciplined focus needed to perfect his craft and mentor others. Those young men one day will recall just how important that principle from basketball is in everyday life as we all are constantly facing confusing, scary and challenging circumstances. The ability to hold our thoughts captive, be patient and avoid confusion will help develope a quality decision making mind that will serve them well in years to come.
The other principle I recognized was one that was actually verbalized by his players. When asked what the players thought their coach’s strongest attribute was they responded that “coach always had a plan”. Then they said, “and then he always has a backup plan for that and another backup plan for that”, and everyone knows those plans backwards and forewards when called upon us to use them.
There is simple but great wisdom in understanding the value of a plan and just as importantly, putting the plans into action. There is an old cliche , “If you don’t know where you are going, you will never know when you get there” that explains in plumb dumb simple English the importance of a plan. This principle is just as important to an individual as a leader of many. After all, as an individual you lead yourself! But as a leader, you must have the confidence of the team in order to get the commitment from all participants and ultimately accomplish your goals and succeed.
Just as in a basketball game, you may not always win that particular game but you are developing yourself and improving for the next time. Life is no different. It is a marathon of opportunities in which you train, pace yourself, while all the time you are gaining invaluable experience that will pay dividends to you in the long run. Having a leader who is calm, disciplined, focused and with a definite plan towards success not only creates a favorable environment for success but fulfills one of the great responsibilities of a good leader and that is to be an example for developing future leaders. Mentoring those that have the calling and ability to lead others someday is also a responsibility that a good leader must accept.
These leadership skills are not inherited, they are learned and earned. Don’t accept the lie that you cannot be a good leader and instead continue to compare yourself to those more noted and famous leaders around you convincing yourself you can’t do that. You can become a good leader and you can start by taking these characteristics I have been mentioning above and begin to put them into your every day lifestyle. Start with a game plan for whatever it is you are challenged to accomplish, put a workable plan together to reach your goals. Then calmly but with focus, begin a disciplined attack on that objective. Be sure and have a backup plan in case your timing is off. Lastly, don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid that you won’t use the experience as a learning tool rather than an excuse for trying again.
Kingdom Business Journal and its writers are dedicated to helping you along this pathway and we freely offer our services to assist you as best we can. Remember “the essence of success is not always being number one, but to strive for excellence”.
Blessings….Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
I have concluded that to be a successful Marketplace Minister is “Almost Impossible”. While chatting with my pastor and teacher from a few years back this week, he convinced me that that average and even exceptional Christian person in the business world has decisions to make every day that require biblical principle understanding and discipline far beyond their understanding and practices. Then to top things off, the pressures we are all under can be overwhelming to say the least. Your personal condition can easily put you into a position where the fear of failure, hopelessness and despair can actually deceive you into compromising your christian standards.
Then we have to face the forever striving demonic influences urging us to follow the world’s unscrupulous business standards rather than our Creator’s direction for our decision making. In this day and age, we are so inundated with the world’s acceptance of winning at whatever the cost, whoever has the most is the best, only the strong survive and a plethora of similar cliches that we have become a society accepting of greed, deceit and entitlement rewards. “If it feels good, do it”, generally sums it all up. Pretty bleak picture eh?
About now you may be picturing someone in your mind that you feel fits this description to the tee. Well that is exactly the what the world would do also. All too often we judge others based on our own self approved standards assuming we are without sin. The question we need to ask ourselves is “what makes our own personal standard the gospel”? Are we handling daily business decisions with christian biblical principles or have we perfected a self application test of our own description and decided we have all the right answers? This precarious approach to your business and example you portray can become the very wedge of negativity that prevents one lost soul from desiring to be a follower of Christ. It can also be why your business is not being blessed.
Yes it is almost impossible to be the perfect witness for Christ in the Marketplace but I have some good news for you. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect nor hold you for ransom if your not. He expects you to strive for perfection which means diligently learn and understand His ways and precepts and then go live them to the very best of your ability. That is the kind of example that impresses the lost to something that has hope and promise for their earthly lives and eternal destiny.
The Marketplace holds the most potential opportunity to reach the lost than any one place left in the world but not without disciplers who know who they are in Christ and can share and demonstrate that truth for others in need. I encourage you this very day to study the word and how to apply it to your daily work responsibilities. The world renowned “Gandhi” once said, “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike their Leader”. What a sad refrain of us and embarrassment for our Lord. Today is the day for you to set your mind upon the fact that it is almost possible not impossible to be the Marketplace minister you were called to be and reach for the mark for the higher calling in Christ Jesus. Will you make an error once in a while? Yes, and actually be forgiven if necessary. What is important is that we learn from our mistakes and set about learning to correct it the biblical way so that our God gets the honor and glory He deserves.
Blessings….Rich Forster KBJ Publisher
Most of the men and women we minister to with KBJ are small business entrepreneurs and employees aspiring to be business owners. I have observed a situation I think is more prevalent than any of us would like to admit and one that you need to ask yourself before it is a problem for you. Because if it is a problem in your work or family, you must address it before it gets out of hand and creates a wedge in your relationships. Once again it falls under the title of communication. The need for honest, frequent communication is irreplaceable in all relationships but especially in family and work environments.
Here is the question. Are you and your mate in agreement regarding your career and livelihood? Are you both on the same page for your current and future plans as you can be today? Maybe your not in total agreement but compromised towards a mutual end. In either case, once you have decided your pathway, your commitment to work together towards those goals in every way possible is critical for your success.
Many wedges can arise making this agreement short lived but the worse one is the blatant misuse of your tongue. Male and female Christians alike seem ignorant to the scriptures that remind us that the power of the tongue has life and death. That holding a grudge between each other and talking about it especiallyh to others has the same effect.
God made of each a little bit different. Why will be a question for you to ask Him when the time is right. But with many couples or partners in business together the reality is each can have a different attitude and belief about the same thing the partner does. My wife for instance has struggled over the years living with an entrepreneur and dreamer with a overly positive attitude. She is a more pragmatic, calculating planner who like things more definitive like the monthly budget! Imagine that? She actually wants to know how much money to budget each month for household expenses. Oh, I’m in trouble now!!!!
My limited attempt to humor this subject in reality is a very sore subject with some of you reading this right now. You may be like me or my dear wife and know exactly what I’m talking about. The potential for this miss-communication or lack of can drive a serious negative wedge between you and your mate or business partner that can be devastating.
There is not an abundance of biblical scriptures addressing this specific issue but we can get pretty close. What you will see is that ultimately communicating, coming to some compromised agreement and honoring and respecting each other is the only way to make these types of situations the best they can be. I would include most importantly, praying for each other that the light of truth would always prevail in all that you do and say with each other. After all, it’s the truth that sets you free. Whether you win or loose, you do it together. No blame. No would of, could of, should of. Take the situations or circumstances on together, work on a solution, then invest yourselves totally to that end and ultimate success.
Most everyone I know has a competitive streak in them. For some, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Then for others, winning is perhaps at best a desire but definitely not the main objective of competition.
We most often associate competition in sports but in many facets of life one can feel the tingling sensation that is brought about as we strive to be the best. Unfortunately competition can sometimes draw the worst out of people as well when jealousy and pride rear their ugly heads to distort the good healthy, friendly spirit of the contest.
This week, as the Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada begin, the ultimate example of competition is witnessed by us all as athletes from around the world have but this one opportunity to prove their supremacy in each of the individual contests. It is always an exciting experience and the spectacle is full of beautiful pagentry to watch by us all. But you can bet for sure that the participants are experiencing physical and emotional feelings that very few people ever will. The pressure of this moment is a study of its own in psychological warefare and self confidence.
Business and sports are much alike in many ways but certainly the competitive aspect overshadows the other ways by far. From the small town corner groceries to the global tech and merchandise markets, competition energizes the participants, stimulates creativity and ultimately results in the greatest discoveries and inventions the mind can comprehend.
Watching the Olympics reminds me of a comment I heard many Olympics ago from and American cross country skiing competitor named Koch. He was the odds on favorite to win 2 or 3 gold medals for the USA and consequently had a great deal of press following him every step of the way as he finished each race. As circumstances sometimes happen, he finished the first race and didn’t medal. When interviewed and asked why he failed to win, he simply stated with a smile that he skiied the best he could that day but it just wasn’t good enough to win a medal. He none-the-less, was proud of his performance.
The next day another competition followed that Mr. Koch was favored to win and once again he failed to even medal. The press was getting hungry for a story of unfair circumstance or cheating by the opponents that kept our man from winning. But Mr. Koch explained once again that he felt he really gave it his best but just was out scored that day by someone better.
Finally the last competitive opportunity to win gold came about and the pressure was felt by the contestants and us viewers also. The news media was focused on the race and a grueling one it was. All throughout the heat, cameras stayed glued on Mr. Koch and his close competitors while multi-lingual dialog on their progress from the press corps was flowing from every news tent on property.
Finally the race was over. Mr. Koch finished but did not win the gold medal in the race and consequently none of his events. He continued to be inundated with questions as to why he failed to win gold when finally he stopped all inquiries with this one simple statement. He said, “I did the best I could every race I was in.” “The essence of competition isn’t always to be number one, but to strive for excellence.” That is what I did!
In Daniel 6:3, Daniel distinguished himself above governors and satraps because of an “excellent spirit was in him.” Jesus Himself urged us in Matthew 25:14-29 to recognize and use our talents and gifts or or loose them. He didn’t say you had to be number one or loose them. He expects us to develop them and use them for His honor and glory. Think of it as His way of using you for ministry.
So today I release you from an fear of failure and expectation, and say to you in Jesus name. “The essence of competition isn’t that you need to be number one, but to always strive for excellence in all you do and you will receive your just reward on earth and in heaven.
Blessings…..Rich Forster KBJ Publisher