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2020 a year of Vision and Clarity and…

December 28, 2019

So, here we are at the end of not only another year, but another decade! And you have, no doubt, heard that this coming year (2020) will be the year of clarity and perfect vision. Let ME be clear right here and now. I am in complete agreement that it will be just such a year, but who hasn’t already heard that by now? (Raise you hand right here … or not.)

Are you a person who finds yourself wondering “what else” will 2020 be? Well, I have heard a couple of things via Holy Spirit about what 2020 will be and I’d like to release one of them to you now.

No hype. No fanfare. Just the facts ma’am (as Sgt. Joe Friday would say. — Yes, I realize that I’m dating myself and that many of you will NOT get the reference. Sorry.)

The LORD says that 2020 will be a year of “New Precedents.” Whoa! OK. So, what’s a ‘precedent’? Webster’s dictionary describes a precedent as: something done or said that may serve as an example or rule to authorize or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind.

In short, God is saying that what has served as your example or rule to authorize or justify you actions is no longer valid and that He is pushing the reset button for your future behaviors. In fact, God is setting NEW rules for not only your future behaviors, but for the situations you’re about to encounter in 2020.

He is going to SO come through for you that you will no longer have any valid reason to doubt Him about such matters going forward! When you come up on such-and-such situation you will have as your point of reference and example the new precedent He set for you in 2020.

Think about what I’m saying to you. What happened in 1986 or 2006 or even 2016 no longer holds validity for your decisions or behaviors going forward! He is setting New Precedents for your life and decisions and behaviors that will ensure your victory and success!

NOW, begin to look for it and to recognize it with new vision and new clarity! If you look with expectancy you will NOT miss it. It’s important that you take notice because this will become the “example and rule” for you going forward.

Whew! Are you ready for your New? It’s coming and it will not delay. So in the immortal words of Bishop T.D. Jakes, “Get ready! Get ready! Get ready!

Personal Asset Mapping for Kingdom Development

January 13, 2019

During the seven years I worked for the local United Way, I learned a great deal about community and neighborhood development. One of the most important lessons I learned was about “Asset Mapping.” Asset Mapping is a tool that relies on a core belief of asset-based community development; namely, that good things exist in communities and that those things can be highlighted and encouraged — these are assets suited to advancing those communities.

Said slightly differently, Asset Mapping assumes that before any outside entity arrives to “save the day” those individuals and families already have valuable assets that can be useful in solving the problems they face and building a better, stronger neighborhood or community. These assets need to be identified, valued, and put into useful service.

Here at the beginning of a new year, it’s important that we do some personal asset mapping. By that I mean taking a personal inventory of what you already possess that can be useful in solving your problems, overcoming your challenges, and contributing to the well being of others.

It’s easy to undervalue or even dismiss completely those things which you already possess. Now, I’m not picking on you, for you’re not the only one and far from the first to feel that way.

I recall reading of Moses in the Old Testament. When he was facing the Red Sea in front of him and Pharaoh’s fast approaching army behind him, he felt like he was in a “no win” situation.

But just then God asks him a question, “What’s that in your hand?” Moses may have felt like answering, “This old thing? I know you’re not talking about this old staff that I’ve had for 40 years!”

But that was exactly what God was talking about. With a bit of direction from God and the backing of Holy Spirit, Moses used that which he already possessed and saved a nation!

I don’t know if God is calling you to save a nation, but I do believe that He is issuing a clarion call to you that it is time to take a personal inventory and that you shouldn’t be shy about valuing what He has gifted you to be and do.

So go ahead in the next few days and take an inventory … a personal inventory.  Do a little internal asset mapping.  Allow Holy Spirit to reveal to you everything that God had given you already, and the strengths and skills you already possess! He has a tremendous work for you to do, but you’ll need to know and understand that He has given you tools already and NOW is the time to use them. After all, we’re not just developing a neighborhood. We’re working on a Kingdom!

Who told you that it’s too late?

September 3, 2018

Who told you that it’s too late? They lied.

As I am writing this, the calendar has just turned over to September, the ninth month and much is being said about that fact. Some are saying that nine is the number of birthing. Others add that we have entered the third trimester of the year and that there are symbolic parallels with those of a woman’s third trimester of pregnancy. Now, I’m good with all of that and I too am excited about what God is bringing to manifestation/birth in this season, but I’d like to address another message today.

It’s a message that may only be broadcasting on the “station” between your ears, but it’s a really strong signal and the volume seems to be getting louder.  This message says, “It’s too late!”

It’s too late for what, you might ask. But I think you may already know. The message goes on to elaborate that it’s too late for that dream you’ve been holding onto; it’s too late for the ministry you’d hope to launch; it’s too late to start the business you have been envisioning; it’s too late to have the relationship you have imagined; it’s too late in fact, to do anything except what you’ve been doing. The “seed” is dead and it is simply too late for anything to develop from it.

It’s too late. The year’s already coming to a close. It’s too late. We’re nearing the end of another decade. It’s too late, you just had another birthday. It’s too late. Too many people are already doing what you wanted to do. It’s too late. The market is saturated. It’s too late. I missed God on the thing and there’s no chance now.

I want to share a scripture with you and then a couple of quick stories that may just shift your thinking about the clocks and calendars that you’ve been giving so much authority in your life.  First, let’s take a look at 1 Peter 1:23-25

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

I want to point out here that, first of all, YOU as a born again believer, are born of incorruptible seed. This scripture tells us that the incorruptible seed is the Word of God. I don’t know if you just heard me, but I said that the Word of God is incorruptible seed. So if you have received a Word, a true and actual Word from God … that Seed is viable!

While I’m here, let me also tell you that your physical age is an illegitimate authority when it comes up against a Word that God has spoken into your life. Some have said, I’m 40; I’m 50; I’m 60; I’m 70 … It’s too late.


I’m reminded right here of the call of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. We find it in Jeremiah 1:4-8.

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

God essentially says to Jeremiah, “Shut up. You don’t even KNOW how old you are! I knew you before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb.”

Stop! Stop today giving the clock and the calendar authority in your life that they do not deserve!

Now let me get to my stories. In 2005 scientists in Israel successfully germinated and grew a seed that they had found during excavations of Herod’s palace. The seeds were approximately 2,000 years old! The seeds were those of a date plant (I think that’s really funny that it was a “date” plant, but I digress.)

May I tell you that more than a decade later the plant has grown to over 10 feet tall and has pollinated and produced dates (fruit)? I think that is amazing, but the seeds were “only” 2,000 years old.

But hold on for my second story! More recently scientists from Russia published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reporting the germination and growth of seeds carbon dated at approximately 32,000 years old! Yes. I said 32,000 years old.

And you were saying that you are how old? You were saying that your dream, your vision, your Word from God is how old? But you’ve given up on it because you believed that the “seed” was dead, non-viable.

I dare say that NO ONE reading this is 2,000 years old (not to mention 32K years old)! How dare you give up on the incorruptible seed that is the Word of God that He spoke into your life!

Allow me to close very simply by saying “It’s NOT over!” It is NOT too late! NOW is the time for birthing, for manifesting! Now is the appointed time and what you’re working with is INCORRUPTIBLE SEED! If it is properly placed, watered, and cultivated, it WILL grow and it WILL produce fruit!!! So what are you waiting for? Grab that “seed” and get busy! You’re going to see a harvest that you thought would never come because God’s word is incorruptible seed and your faith will bring manifestation in this season!


Teaching Priest

Are YOU prepared for the Next Outpouring?

August 21, 2018

So you have a “situation” and you really need a divine intervention. Great! You’re in the perfect place for an outpouring of God’s Abundance. But, are you prepared? 🙂


Don’t Discard Your Blessing!

August 17, 2018

I didn’t really pay attention … until I paid attention. But I’m really glad that I didn’t discard my blessing.

The Mindful Author

September 19, 2017

God is the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) He is the Author of the story of our life, so why not co-operate with Him? Let Him write. He is an author who never overlooks any detail of the story.

As the character in the story, you are only experiencing it in the moment. You do not know what the next chapter holds and for that matter, you may not fully appreciate what has happened in the story up to this present point. But as we reflect upon our story (and that of others) we see the detailed hand of the Author at work. What could have gone one way went another, in our favor, because He was mindful to take care of the details of our story.

The car accident that could have killed you or left you paralyzed didn’t. The surgery that could have left you dead on the operating table didn’t. The stroke that could have left you a vegetable didn’t. The brain tumor that could have rendered you unaware of your own name didn’t. And even when tragedy struck, tragedy for which you thought you were totally unprepared, you find yourself revisiting the previous chapter of your story.  And there it is, in the details, the careful and mindful pen of the Author at work preparing you for what was coming in the “next chapter” that is now your current situation!

He is mindful and He has a plan for your story. It’s a plan for your wellbeing and not for calamity. It’s a plan with a future and a hope! (Jeremiah 29:11)

Like the runner whose coach keeps pushing even when she believes that he can do no better and that she has no strength left, a “second Wind” comes on, a new insight and a new wisdom takes hold. That runner finds herself reinvigorated and crossing the finish line in victory! Remember that I not only said He is the Author, He is the Finisher. He won’t leave your story half written and He won’t miss any detail necessary to completing the story.

Trust Him with your story. Trust Him to be mindful of every detail, every situation, every feeling, every thought that you’re experiencing. He knows and He cares. He is literally IN the story of your life WITH you. 🙂

Of Mindset and Meaning…

May 12, 2017

Have you ever considered that the way you think about things affects the meaning you derive (or assign) from that thing? Let’s talk about mindset and meaning.