It’s a Sin Thing, Not a Skin Thing… Thoughts About Trayvon Martin

Derrion Albert.
Martel Barlett.
Luis Garcia.
Cynthia Cole.
Adolfo Guijardo-Soria.
Salvador Sanchez.
Aniya Crockett.

These are just a few of the 74 young people who were murdered in Chicago in the 11 months between September 2009 and August 2010 (more than 78% by gunshot). [Source: www.truestaris.com]

Also in Chicago, more than 530 people under the age of 21 have been killed since 2008 and many more have been shot or have otherwise suffered violence—often at the hands of their peers and particularly in the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Nearly 80 percent of youth homicides occurred in 22 black or Latino communities on the city’s South, Southwest and West sides—even though just one-third of the city’s population resided in those communities. [Source: The Chicago Reporter].

I wonder is God any more angry, hurt, or vengeful when violence against one of His children happens at the hands of someone who looks like them versus someone who doesn’t. I wonder is He any more outraged when someone from the same culture or ethnicity murders an innocent teen versus someone from a different culture or ethnicity.

It’s interesting the things we as Christians have selective outrage about. I know a lot of local outrage was expressed in several cities where it seems like violence has gotten out of control over the past few years. But the national outrage was nowhere close to what it has been for Trayvon. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be there for him, but what about all the other victims who preceded him.

This may not be a popular stance I’m about to present, but the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the hundreds of other senseless deaths of our youth (and adults) highlight a much deeper and widespread problem than racism or poverty or injustice. It really highlights the sin culture in this country as our core problem. Everything else are just symptoms of this central root.

Our society drinks the blood of excessive violence, sex, and debauchery everyday through personal indulgences, movies, music, TV, and video games, but then we are surprised / shocked / outraged when we see reality perpetuating entertainment perpetuating reality. This sick cycle won’t stop until we stop it!

The root of racism is hatred, which is birthed from sin. Therefore, racism is really a sin thing, much more than it is a skin thing (satan will use any scheme to divide us: racism, sexism, classism, ageism, etc. Don’t get tricked into participating with his schemes). It would then lead to the truth that Christians need to be focused on grace-based solutions, not just race-based solutions. Simply changing laws, rules, and regulations will only produce short-term, peripheral change. Laws may provide a deterrent before and punishment after the fact, but they can’t prevent murder. The only thing that can prevent murder is the love of God, i.e. people who understand how much God loves them, which then compels them to love everyone else no matter what they look like. (oh, and every murder is a “hate crime” if we’re using God’s laws to judge the action versus just our own, but I digress…)

It’s interesting that the Civil Rights movement was led by men and women of God who were looking to transform the soul of America, not just laws and bathroom signs. They understood the spiritual foundation had to precede social action, otherwise social action lacks sustainable change and lasting effectiveness. Jesus came to bring complete heart transformation, not just behavior modification or racial understanding (Galatians 3:26-28).

The Bible clearly spells out for Christians how we can collectively transform the culture into one that is healthy and viable versus broken and hurting. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is speaking to Kingdom citizens, not unbelievers: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

You might read that Scripture and be thinking that we can’t spend all our time praying without going and doing something against oppression or injustice. Well, the beautiful thing about seeking God’s face through prayer is that He reveals His will and provides answers to our problems. He will tell us what we need to do to strategically and systematically change the systems of oppression and injustice. Without His input man-made ideas and solutions will have minimal impact.

Many people are angry at Mr. Zimmerman and want justice served against him. He will have his day in court (before a judge or public opinion). However, God’s judgment starts with the family of God (1 Peter 4:17). And part of His judgment against the church for the condition of this country and the world will be how much we prayed versus how much we protested (or did other things to distract us from the most important things). If you protest more than you pray, your efforts will be limited in the grand scheme of things.

It’s OK to protest, but you better pray in advance, during, and after, so that when the protests are over, people slip back into normalcy, and the media has all gone home (until the next news making event), you will have some divine answers that will transform hearts and minds, not just man-made solutions that have little long-term effect.

I pray for Trayvon’s family that God will bring healing, peace, and restoration.

I pray for all the family’s across this country that have needlessly and senselessly lost a young person.

And I pray for God’s church to wake up the responsibility we have to this country and the world to seek His face for His answers and stop making up our own as we go along.

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

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Back to the Future

I am so excited to launch my new web site and blog at PaulWilsonJr.com. I am taking my business and my brand back to where I started a few years ago after I wrote my book Dream B.I.G. in 3D. Just like Michael J. Fox in the 80s classic movie Back to the Future, I am sort of going backwards to move forward. At that time I was really focusing on helping people discover their purpose through the dream God placed in their heart. Since then I had broadened my message and services to include some other things, but I realize that I need to go back to what I know God originally gave me to do. And that is as I am helping people discover their purpose, I am supposed to also help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset for Christ. I talk about this more in-depth in this video. As such, you will begin to see more of my multi-media offerings, products, and services geared toward these two areas.

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to merge my new blog and this one together. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for making the new site more helpful to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to engaging with you to help you develop an entrepreneurial mind for Christ!

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Kingdom Business University – FREE Teleconference

Kingdom Business University is a virtual learning experience to equip pastors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to maximize your purpose, passion, and profits from a biblical perspective. We train you on how to develop and implement practical systems in the areas of entrepreneurship, social media, branding (marketing), leadership development, personal development, and other related content.

Week 1: Social Media (Part 1)

Week 2: Social Media (Part 2)

Week 3: Developing Your Brand

Week 4: How to Create Multiple Streams of Income

Week 5: Multimedia Strategies

Week 6: Marketing & Advertising

Week 7: Building Your Virtual Back Office

Week 8: The Spiritual Entrepreneur

Click here for *FREE* registration and call-in information…

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

A Billion Dollar Biblical Business

Check out this video Chick-fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy, who built a billion dollar business on Biblical principles. This is a powerful and practical example of Matthew 6:33 in business, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

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What’s your billion dollar idea?

Thrive on purpose!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Compete vs Complete by Patrice Tsague

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6

by Patrice Tsague

How competitive are you? Do you know how to compete in the kingdom? Do you understand that being a part of the kingdom is about completing others rather than competing with others? “I’m of Paul and another says I’m of Apollos” was the debate that went on among the Corinthians as they argued over who was their favorite apostle. I can imagine the debates, “Which apostle is more eloquent, who hears from God the best, who is the best teacher and of course who has the greatest anointing?” To that argument the Apostle Paul responds, “This attitude is carnal and not of God. None of us is more important than the other. Our focus should be to complete each other rather than compete with each other. God will reward each of us individually, according to each person’s labor and there is enough to go around.

Without question there is competition in the marketplace, not just between profit making enterprises but also in the not for profit sector, including churches. Our economic policy even encourages competition so there cannot be a monopoly, which is bad for consumers. Our anti-monopoly laws are designed to ensure that one company cannot have complete control over one sector of the market and charge whatever price it wants for its products, because customers would have no choice but to buy from that company. In a monopoly, customers would have to settle for mediocre products and services. Although the concept of competition has been abused and many have employed unethical and even sometimes illegal practices to top the competition or gain market dominance, competition can be a good thing. There are several benefits to competition:

  1. It gives customers a choice.
  2. It helps us do our best.
  3. It challenges our faith.
  4. It provides better prices for the customer.
  5. It removes those who are not called from the marketplace.

With so many benefits of competition, the problem is not with competition but with the attitude of those of us who are competing. Within a competitive environment we must cultivate an attitude of completion rather than competition. A person with a competitive attitude believes that there is not enough to go around and views the opponent as an enemy who must be brought down. While someone with a spirit of completion believes there is more than enough and sees the opponent as a fellow comrade in service of customers or a potential soul to be won for Christ.

What are the key differences between someone with a competitive spirit and someone with a spirit of completion?

How do you deal with competitors who do not share your values and who employ ungodly methods to harm you? Remember the words of Jesus, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Are you competitive or are you a completer? Seek God’s wisdom today on how to be a completer in the market place for the advancement of the kingdom of God on the earth.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

The Unemployed Need New (Entrepreneurial) Alternatives

In the past few weeks the U.S. government has seemed to have taken its eyes off the unemployment plight of millions as it focuses more on the federal budget and national debt ceiling. While their attention has seemingly been drawn away during this time, the economy gained 75% fewer jobs between April and May.

I really don’t think the “experts” in the government or the private sector have a clue as to what to do to get the economy going again. I believe this problem is spiritual in nature that has produced the bad economic fruit that we’re eating right now; which means it will take divine intervention to get us out of this hole. God wants to get reintegrated as a priority back into the financial and economic affairs of this country, and not just as an afterthought to pray to Him to get us out of this mess.

There is an alternative to get people “working” again that addresses the spiritual and economic needs of people. It’s called S.E.E.D.S. for HOPE which provides biblically-based entrepreneurship training. More money, time, and energy needs to be invested into helping people build small and micro-businesses through entrepreneurship training, but it must be done in a way that honors God and not the “almighty” dollar. I believe innovative ideas, new markets, and financial opportunities will open up for Christian entrepreneurs when we reposition God on the throne of our lives and businesses.

Click here to learn more about S.E.E.D.S. for HOPE. Please join me in this quest to bring spiritually empowered economic development “soulutions” to our families and communities.

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Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Dream B.I.G. in 3D Teaches Christians How to Maximize Your Purpose in the Marketplace

The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Unfortunately, work challenges don’t just impact a person’s bank account. They also affects one’s confidence and clarity concerning their identity, purpose, and direction. My book Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life! equips people with powerful inspiration and practical instructions to develop, discover, and drive to their God-given purpose, especially as it relates to your employment or entrepreneurship. Learn more at learn more at www.dreambigin3d.com.

If you are unemployed and looking for a new job or are sick of your current one, make sure you’re using the right search criteria for your next work opportunity – that is criteria based on God’s purpose for your life.

Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Biblical Entrepreneurship Course Takes Business to a Higher Level

Reflecting Christ sometimes can be difficult, but operating like him to build a successful business venture definitely presents some unique challenges. This video highlights Patrice Tsague, a Christian business man, training believers to build kingdom businesses through his ministry known as the Nehemiah Project.

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Is your church experiencing financial problems due to the unemployment crisis? Click here to learn more about how you can bring Biblical Entrepreneurship training to your church.

Thrive on Purspose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Power of Prayer for Entrepreneurs by Patrice Tsague

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” ~ James 5:16

by Patrice Tsague

Have you faced situations in your business that money and intellect could not resolve? Do you understand the power of prayer? Have you had your back against the wall?

Entrepreneurs are known for taking great risks or for facing situations that seem impossible. In those cases, many entrepreneurs tend to worry or make the situation worse by taking matters into their own hands. As Biblical Entrepreneurs we have no greater weapon than the power of prayer. Prayer is an open communication with God that demonstrates our vulnerability and our complete dependence upon Him. It is a complete submission to His will for our lives. When we are faced with impossible situations prayer is often the only weapon that is cost-effective, accessible and works every time. There are many examples in scripture of individuals who demonstrated their dependence upon God through prayer.

Solomon, faced with succeeding his father as the third king of Israel, felt inadequate to handle the new responsibility. So, Solomon turned to prayer. God came through and made him the wisest and richest man who ever lived.

“Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” I Kings 3:79

Moses, while leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, was being chased by the most powerful army of his time. He took a direction that led him to a dead end, with Pharaoh’s army at his back and the Red sea in front of him, Moses prayed to God. God gave Moses instructions that parted the red sea and enabled the Israelites to cross on dry land, while Pharaoh’s army drowned.

“And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” Exodus 14:15-16

Jesus, after ministering to a multitude of people, realized that He could not let them go away hungry. He inquired about feeding them but soon discovered that there was not enough food to go around. He turned to the Father and prayed for provision. God multiplied the food and Jesus was able to feed about 5,000 men, women and children, with food left over.

“And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Matthew 14:17-21

What business situations are you facing today? Is it a cash flow shortage, issues with staff, government issues, or customer problems? No matter the problem, you can turn to God in prayer and He will give you the wisdom to address it and turn what seems to be an impossible situation possible.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

aRIZe Conference for Ministers and Marketplace Leaders in Atlanta May 21

And of Zebulun he said: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, And Issachar in your tents!” ~ Deuteronomy 33:18

Issachar and Zebulun contain seeds of purpose that must be understood if we desire to usher in the Glory of God in the 21st Century. The relationship dynamics between these two tribes was a catalyst for Israels success and serves as a blueprint for a revival in the church and marketplace. As ministry and business leaders, we must understand that Issachar hold the keys to Zebulun’s success and Zebulun hold the keys to Issachar’s success.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore this powerful, but often misunderstood relationship between Issachar (Tribe of God’s Word) and Zebulun (Entrepreneur/Marketplace Tribe). Join Pastor Donald Jenkins and Paul Wilson as they explore ancient wisdom and 21st Century marketplace strategies to activate and empower purpose between the Church and Business community.

Discover:

  • How to answer the Entrepreneur Call for both ministry & marketplace leaders
  • Discover ancient wisdom to solve mans pursuit for God, his love for money and his purpose to serve humanity
  • The true meaning of a Creative Enterprise
  • How to release and activate the power of creativity in the ministry and marketplace 
  • How to unlock the power of Issachar and Zebulun in your ministry & business

…and much more

If you are a ministry leader and want to take your ministry to the next level, you need to understand the power of Zebulun in your midst, and if you are a business leader, knowing the value of Issachar is crucial to your success.

Registration cost includes lunch:

$30 per person before May 16th and $35 per person at the door

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1634939147


Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.