What Would Jesus Occupy?

Last week Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council in Washington, wrote an op-ed piece on CNN.com, entitled My Take: Jesus was a Free Marketer Not an Occupier. While I agree with some of his points about how Jesus’ parable in Luke 19 relates to a free market economy, Jesus also emphatically confronted those with power and influence who were greedy and took advantage of the less fortunate. One example is the account of how he dealt with the cheating businessmen, also found in Luke 19.

So whose side does Jesus really stand on, the 1% or the 99%? I believe we can find a clue in Joshua 3:13-15. Joshua was about the lead the nation of Israel into a battle with Jericho when he has an interesting encounter with someone whose affiliation and intentions are not initially obvious…

“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” ~ Joshua 3:13-14

From this example, we can see that God has an  approach to our situations that exceeds our human understanding, perspectives, and agendas (Isaiah 55:8-9). I believe Jesus would probably have some choice words for “Free Marketers” and “Occupiers”. He would challenge the Free Marketers to make money, but not to serve it. Instead they should their money to serve God’s purposes, which would include “helping widows and orphans” (James 1:27).

He would also challenge the Occupiers to appreciate and maximize what they have, just like the little boy with the small lunch of two fish and five loaves of bread (Mark 6:41). Contentment and thankfulness create an environment for God’s grace to provide more than enough for you and those you want to impact (Philippians 4:19).

The truth is Jesus died for the in the 1% and the in the 99%. He cares more about both of our eternal destinies then our earthly differences. However, he will use our earthly differences as learning and growing opportunities to get us closer to realizing our eternal destinies.

What are your thoughts? Which side do you think Jesus stands on, the 1% or the 99%?

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

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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.

The Higher Calling of Your Work

Work as a transformational life force? Listen to how Goodwill CEO Doug Barr discusses the impact that the workplace – with the right environment and the right people – can have a major impact on the quality of one’s life.

Have you thought about how your work can be a transformational agent in someone’s life?

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.

Redeeming Capitalism

My latest article in Brotha Online Magazine, entitled “Redeeming Capitalism” is now available. Here is an excerpt…

For many people it is easy to blame capitalism for our current economic environment. The truth is capitalism is not evil and it’s not what caused this economic crisis. What caused this financial mess are the people who immorally and unethically used the free enterprise system for their own benefit without regard for who they would get hurt in the process. So don’t blame the system. Blame those who hijacked the system for their own devious pleasures.

Admittedly, capitalism is not a perfect economic system. However, even with all of its flaws, this competitive market system provides many benefits to those in our society. It creates an environment for innovation, productivity, creative expression, price/cost competition, collaborative solutions, and resource multiplication and distribution.

Unfortunately, like with most things in our society, people have taken something that can be used for good and used it for their own selfish vices. Misuse and abuse driven by greed has turned what should be used for constructive purposes into something destructive.

Moderation is something humans don’t do well without divine intervention. Over-indulgence is something we more easily gravitate towards. Fortunately there is hope for us. I believe capitalism can be redeemed by those with a Biblical worldview and a willingness to do business God’s way.

Click here to read the entire article

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.

Temp Employment Will Push More Into Entrepreneurship

In the future entrepreneurship will be “disguised” as temp work…

Whether by choice or by circumstance more and more workers are being pushed to the brink of entrepreneurship, but they don’t realize it. A report from The McKinsey Global Institute finds that in the next five years, more than half of employers expect to rely more on temporary, part-time and contract workers for a variety of duties.

For those who see this as a half-empty glass are frightful of this growing scaled-down, flexible workforce. But for those who see this as a half-full glass, this is an opportunity to launch a entrepreneurial venture. Corporations still need the work to get done, which creates ripe circumstances for enterprising individuals to create enterprises that can do the work at potentially a lower cost than a full-time employee.

There is a silver lining to this unemployment situation. It might just be found in your new business!

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.

Divine Inspiration for a Recession Recovery

God has given you creative potential to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). One way this is expressed is through faith-based entrepreneurship. This could be the answer to helping our country get out of this economic mess.

Part 1 – Using entrepreneurship inspired by God to spark an economic recovery

Part 2 – Interview with a Christian entrepreneur living out his faith through his business

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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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.

Fund the Fight Against Unemployment!


He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:10

The last few years have been extremely challenging for just about everyone. Loss seems to be the theme of the recession. Each of us knows at least one person who lost a job, a house, a family, self-confidence, and even hope. All of these losses have threatened the viability and sustainability of individuals, families, churches, and our communities.

God has given me a vision to bring renewal and restoration to our communities – spiritually, economically, and socially. There can be no restoration without all three of these factors working together. The S.E.E.D.S. for HOPE Fund, which stands for Spiritually Empowered Economic Development and Sustainability Soulutions, was established to provide faith-based training and development for the unemployed, underemployed, and misemployed in our churches and communities. Learn more about our specific initiatives at www.3hrive.com.

My goal is to raise $50,000 by June 1, 2011. This includes curriculum, training facilities, support services, travel, and administrative costs. Please consider donating any amount great or small to spreading the good news to our churches and communities. You can donate using the button below. Everyone who donates at least $50 will receive a free copy of my book, “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life!

Your donation will make a huge difference in accelerating the healing and restoration of many lives. Further, the eternal benefits attached to this vision are not only for those who will receive these services, but also for everyone enabling this vision to become a reality. And that prayerfully includes you.

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.

6 More Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community

Last week I wrote a post “7 Great Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community” The key thing to remember about all these ideas is that the pastor doesn’t have to do them all or lead every effort. It’s time to strategically engage the businesspeople and professionals in your church who would be more than happy to share their expertise with their fellow church members and the community.

Here are 6 more ideas…

  1. Conduct job search/career development workshops facilitated by HR experts from the church
  2. Connect with multiple churches to host a job fair
  3. Develop a listing of members with their trade/skill and publish a directory
  4. Generate revenue for a career services program by selling ads to the business owners (see #3)
  5. Faith-based business workshops
  6. Invite speakers from local jobs-related programs

What has your church done to help to economically empower your congregation and community?


If you weren’t aware 3hrive Marketplace Ministry provides these types of services for churches. 3hrive Marketplace Ministry equips Christian catalysts to find and fulfill their calling in the marketplace as an employee or entrepreneur, using practical tools built on biblical principles. We work with individuals, churches, and community groups to facilitate workshops and programs that inspire and equip people to activate their gifts, find their niche, and build God’s Kingdom through business and community-based ventures. Learn more at www.3hrive.com. Contact me today to learn more about how 3hrive can help your congregation and community thrive in the workplace.

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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.

Has the Church Done Enough to Respond to the Recession?

My initial answer to this question would have to be no. However, this is one of those times that I would like to be wrong. Unfortunately, I am not.

Based on a research survey that came out about a year ago from Barna, church budgets took a big hit probably due in large part to the fact that tithes and offerings given to churches dropped by a significant amount during the recession (click here to read the full research findings).

I’m sure during these past few years a lot of praying has been going on for God to rescue churches, organizations, and individuals from their financial crisis. But I wonder what else has been happening besides prayer, because Barna’s research also showed that very few churches on average intentionally developed a proactive response to the economic crisis for their members or communities. So in essence the church has not been in the position it should be to help the people who needed the most help. I know this research is a little dated, but I wonder how much has changed in a year.

I believe in stressful times such as these the church needs to be at the forefront of developing and delivering holistic solutions that impact every area of a person’s life. We shouldn’t be waiting on the government or anyone else to come to our rescue when this kind of tragedy strikes our members and communities. I know many churches have done an incredible job responding to this monumental challenge, but it hasn’t been enough. The Body of Christ needs to stand up and be seen, not just in word but in deed. We need to be in position to provide spiritual and practical resources that minister to the whole person.

My mission in 2011 is to empower individuals, churches, and communities with the mindset, skills, and resources they need to create their own jobs and stimulate their own economy through entrepreneurship. Starting Tuesday, January 4th at 8pm est I am launching a free 3-week webinar series, “Entrepreneurship vs Unemployment“, which will provide Spiritual Empowerment and Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) solutions to the unemployment crisis. These free webinars will include foundational teachings, fresh strategies, and practical steps to help you develop an effective workplace strategy for 2011, whether you are an employee or entrepreneur. During the webinar you will be able to ask questions and provide feedback on the topics discussed.

  1. Week 1 – “Position for Expansion: How to T.H.R.I.V.E. in Tough Times” (Update: Click here to watch Week 1 broadcast on demand)
  2. Week 2 – “The Business of Reconciliation: Advancing God’s Kingdom in the Marketplace” (Update: Click here to watch Week 2 broadcast on demand)
  3. Week 3 – “S.E.E.D. Soulutions: Spiritual Empowerment & Economic Development Strategies for 2011” (Update: Click here to watch Week 3 broadcast on demand)

The webinars will broadcast live only on www.3hrive.TV. If you are unable to experience it live, you will be able to watch it on-demand at your convenience.

I look forward to connecting with you online over the next few weeks to help you experience “Expansion and Elevation in ’11”!

Happy New You!
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.

The Only Place In the World That Has Never Had A Recession

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” ~ Isaiah 58:11

If you’re an entrepreneur who is searching for resources, relationships, or revenues to grow your business, there’s some great news for you… the Kingdom of God is the only place on earth that has never experienced a recession! God’s supply of blessings has never run dry and is not subject to the laws and constraints of the economic turbulence that has gripped this world.

This is not just a spiritual message. It’s also a practical reminder. The All-Knowing Creator of the Universe is able to dispense witty ideas and inventions to you that can produce revenues in any type of economy (Proverbs 8:12, Isaiah 48:17). So don’t allow the economic recession to also cause a faith recession in your mind.

In fact I believe this environment is perfect for God to demonstrate His incredible power and love by partnering with your faith to do something extraordinary and spectacular through your business. You thriving while others are barely surviving is a great testimony to unbelievers about the power of God.

Keep your focus on Him and He will teach your how to prosper know matter what is happening with others.

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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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.

It’s Your Time to T.H.R.I.V.E.!

The right perspective is a powerful antidote to a pessimistic attitude. If you have ever experienced a situation that seems almost impossible to overcome, though, you know how challenging it is sometimes to be optimistic.

Brotha Online Magazine Aug 2010

Many small business owners have experienced famine-like conditions over the past few years. However, they don’t realize that it’s possible to thrive in the midst of a famine. In the latest edition of Brotha Online Magazine, my article “It’s Your Time to T.H.R.I.V.E.!” discusses how to flourish and expand during an  economic famine. Here’s an excerpt…

“While our country has not experienced a literal famine, many businesses have experienced one financially. In the last few years opportunities and resources seem to have dried up like a cracked, sun-baked African plain in the summertime. The unemployment rate is the highest than it’s been in almost twenty years. And although more businesses are being launched than ever before, thousands of large and small businesses have had to lay off workers and even close their doors due to lack of customers and revenues.

There’s a powerful story in the Bible of a very wealthy businessman who faced these similarly harsh economic and agricultural conditions – but he still thrived in the midst of them. His name was Isaac. His story in Genesis 26 contains six powerful transferable principles that we can follow today that will help us to thrive personally and professionally, even in the midst of this economic famine.”

To read the full article, just go to www.brothaonline.com/kingbiz_as2010.html

You don’t have to settle for your current circumstances. It’s your time to thrive!

Lead B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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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.