Category Archives: Kingdom of God

GOD is shaking nations like never before. Are you prepared?

Many believers are getting ready for the Rapture and many see increased persecution of Christians imminent. Whilst both may be right, God is still in control and He is working out His plans and purposes. With increased shaking and persecution come opportunities for us to be the salt and light in the marketplace. For those “in step with the Holy Spirit, they will be like the men of Issachar able to discern the times and know what to do.

Governments have reached beyond God’s appointed boundaries. They have displaced the roles of families, free enterprise, church, non profits and volunteerism.  Governments have tried to play God and are not up to the task.

Most nations are in so much debt there is no way out. They are struggling to pay the interest at near zero interest rates. Stock Market collapses are imminent

With near zero interest rates retirees are struggling to survive as they spend their savings. Housing prices are inflated as people buy investment homes for future retirement income. Share prices are similarly inflated as people chase dividends.

The big banks exposure to derivative contracts is horrendous. Goldman Sachs total assets in 2014 was a shade over 105 billion dollars but their total exposure to Derivatives is more than 48 trillion dollars, i.e. 460 times greater than their total assets. The Derivatives bubble is like the “sword of Damocles” hanging over the global economy by a thread day after day, month after month. At some point the thread is going to break and all hell will break loose. A financial crisis far greater than what was experienced in 2008 is coming and can’t be too far off – sometime in 2016/2017.

Isaiah said: ” …unto us a Son is given (Jesus): and the government shall be upon His shoulders and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, mighty God …

Jesus has a body on the earth and His body has to see itself as the administrator of heaven on earth. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit through whom Jesus can implement His plans and purposes on this earth.

The Hebrew word for worship is also the word for work, our work should be our worship, if it is done excellently, as unto the Lord.

God wants to build businesses that will effect change… for profit, for purpose, forever – even in the midst of shaking.

Consider joining the International Christian Chamber of Commerce and/or Kingdom Business Network if you sense you are one of these change agents. . Check out both websites to see what is right for you. I am on the Board of ICCC Australia and look after business development in NSW for KBN so if you want to discuss either contact me – ron@bakb.com.au

A pastor who understands the importance of marketplace ministry

The “light turns on” for Pastor Fred Hartley when he realizes marketplace ministry is as important as his own ministry.

Pastors need to train their members to live out their call from God to be ministers in the marketplace.

Pastor Fred Hartley  decided to do something about it. Check out the video

What are the most important needs of our planet you can meet?

Scott & Julie Brusaw of Sandpoint, Idaho want to make the world a better place. Scott is now using all of the training he had received to make this a reality. He first got a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In his first job he was the only engineer in the company so had to learn to do everything on his own – hardware, firmware, software ….  In this company he eventually became the Director of Research & Development (also served on the Board of Directors), he gained valuable experience in in just about every aspect of electrical engineering: embedded systems (microprocessors), digital and analog systems, solar energy, wireless communications, power supplies, local area networks, user interface software, etc. In 1994, Scott received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio  and learnt about Solar Roadways technology. He also served as a member of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), writing specifications for the future of computer controlled television systems for hospitals. Scott has also been involved with teaching electronics and microprocessors at ITT Technical College in Spokane Valley. He then built a state-of-the-art electronics laboratory on his property in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Like Scott you need to make sure you are equipped and trained to be the best you can be in the field you select in which to serve God and your community.

Global Marketplace Exchange

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I attended a three day Global Marketplace Exchange Conference (GME) in Melbourne last week. About 160 people were in attendance, all with a passion to see God’s plan for nations, in particular Australia, realized. In attendance were business, civic and professional leaders along with Pastors, Ministers and Christian Organisation leaders.
GME is to be a platform to promote the Kingdom of God influence throughout the domains of the marketplace. It was a first in bringing Church and Marketplace people together for this purpose. Check out the website www.riveroflifeconference.org/content/GME_Collaborative_Conference_2015.pdf
Conference objectives included:
1. Formation of relationships in the marketplace from different backgrounds and traditions.
2. Multiply influence through cooperation, convergence and multiplication through synergy.
3. Mentoring of emerging leaders.
4. Exchanging Kingdom insights.
5. Incubating Kingdom objectives in the domains.
6. Cross fertilization of ideas and sharing of experiences and success stories.
7. Discovering ministries and sharing resources.
8. Encouraging referrals
9. Develop training and equipping opportunities to take the Great Commission into the marketplace.
An area of Church ministry that is of critical importance to the marketplace is the training and equipping of the saints to serve Jesus well in their daily occupations. Of particular importance is the discipling of young people from school and campus to the workforce. In this regard the training materials produced by the International Christian Chamber of Commerce are exemplary particularly the Transformed Working Life Series.

If any business or church leaders are interested in putting on a Build a Kingdom Business training seminar or learning more about the ICCC training resources then please contact me by email at ron@bakb.com.au.

International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)

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I recently attended an ICCC Conference in Athens entitled Possessing The Land – It’s Time! We believe that it is a new season for ICCC when the Lord is calling us to possess the land. The manna (wilderness) season is over. It’s time to possess the land as did the Israelite’s but there are many battles ahead and one dimension of this for us is to identify the personal and collective Jericho’s of our time! We have to advance through Godly strategy and wisdom by His grace!

The ICCC International Board are convinced that our calling to business and the working life has great significance at this time in history. The Lord says to us through Ezekiel 12:28

“None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done!”

  • To possess your promised land, you must begin to see yourself as God sees you.
  • To possess our promised land our thinking and believing must be, we are well able, for the Lord is with us.
  • To possess your promised land you must “tread upon it” but guided constantly by the Holy Spirit and meditating on God’s Word.
  • To possess the land , we must sanctify ourselves – it’s not about you; it’s ALL about Him
  • To possess the land we must hear from God and discover His strategy for crossing over, and for taking Jericho.
  • To possess the land we must fully obey the instructions of our Lord. When we listen, God speaks. When we obey, God acts! We must take a step of faith – driven by love!

If you want to receive strategy for how to possess your land can I suggest you consider joining ICCC. Check out the website www.iccc.net or contact me on ron@bakb.com.au

Improve productivity by hiring people with disabilities

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Retired Walgreens Senior Vice President Randy Lewis and his son, Austin. Lewis is the author of the new book, “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement.

The book isn’t only exceptional reading for business leaders who want their companies to become more efficient and profitable, but it also provides nuggets of wisdom and real life lessons for people who have the desire to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with those around them: friends, neighbours and co-workers.

During a speech in front of 5,000 Walgreen’s store managers at a conference in Las Vegas, he shared that “nearly 70 percent of individuals with disabilities and 95 percent of people with severe cognitive disabilities, like his son Austin, would never hold down a job.” This is not because people with disabilities cannot do the work, it’s because many employers fail to realize that hiring people with disabilities will actually increase the overall performance among all of their employees.

In the book, Lewis details how, with the inspiration from Austin, and the encouragement of his wife and strong support from the team at Walgreens, the company’s distribution centres not only met their first hiring goal of having 10 percent of its workforce being people with disabilities by 2011 — with some centres having 40 to 50 percent of their employees being those with disabilities — but they also witnessed increased productivity at the distribution centres that had hired people with disabilities.

Lewis also highlights in his book that there any many types of disabilities, especially in regard to employment, but what people need to keep in mind, be it at work or in public, is that people are people, regardless of whether their disability is visible to the world or not. “When hiring people with disabilities people ask me: what kind of disabilities can you hire? Or what kind of disabilities can you not employ? That’s always a common question.” Lewis said that what he and others discovered is that every disability is a spectrum. “We haven’t found a disability we can’t employ; we just can’t employ everybody on the entire spectrum. Just like with people ‘without disabilities,’ we can’t employ everybody on the spectrum of the typically able,” he noted. “I think the biggest thing that people overlook is that they’re people. They see their disability, they’re afraid about making a mistake; they’re afraid about using the right words. They feel uncomfortable and they fail to see the person,” he shared. “By the way, if you make a mistake with the right intent, with love, it doesn’t matter, people see that. They see the intent.” “Leaders need to love. If they don’t love, then they’ll never gain the trust. Here’s the deal: worthiness. Worthiness — that’s what Austin taught me; that everyone is worthy,” Lewis emphasized

Lewis reminds us not to forget this important truth.  “Work is what sustains us and love fulfills us“.

“So if the book helps to remind somebody that, oh by the way, I’m infinitely important in this universe. And, by the way, so is everybody else. Then my job is done,” Lewis said.

“Use every opportunity to help others see meaning in their work. They will be transformed from brick layers to cathedral builders”.

“An important lesson for employers is TLC, T is for teach, L is for love and C is for challenge. If you only remember one of the three, remember love.” said Lewis. He also adamantly believes that there’s a longing inside people to make a difference in the world, because everyone has value. We are worthy, that’s the good news of faith. I’m part of something bigger and I’m loved and I’m worthy,” he explained. “I’m one person and everybody’s an infinitely important and worthy person too.” Recognizing that people have intrinsic value to God and his Christian faith are two things that Lewis is not afraid to share, because it has provided strength for his family, and enabled him to impact the world by helping employers see that people with disabilities, once given the opportunity, can become valuable employees. “God has gotten a lot bigger as I’ve gotten older. Fear has kept me quiet in the past when I should have spoken up. It has kept me still when I should I should have acted. “There were times when I was afraid, and that’s when faith came in, and knowing that I was not alone,” he said. “Throughout this process, I was not alone.” Lewis noted that some people believe that what’s been achieved at Walgreens was a monumental and difficult task, but he said that not taking action, when he could have, bothered him much more than any potential failure.. Lewis also highlights in his book that there any many types of disabilities, especially in regard to employment, but what people need to keep in mind, be it at work or in public, is that people are people, regardless of whether their disability is visible to the world or not.