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BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE CHURCH

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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PERFORMING FROM IDENTITY V.S. FOR IDENTITY

Throughout history, the arts have wielded immense power in shaping and transforming culture—from the Psalms of King David to the plays of Shakespeare and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien; the impact of these artists is undeniable! Over the centuries, cities such as Rome, Istanbul, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles have emerged as influential hubs for actors, painters, writers, and musicians not only to hone their craft but also to fulfill their dream of making a name for themselves. Many are drawn to these influential cities with underlying motivations, seeking to escape their pasts, reinvent their identities, or obtain the affirmation they may have never received, especially from paternal figures.

This insatiable hunger for affirmation and identity has plagued humanity from the beginning of time. Even more so now, there exists a generation of creatives performing
for identity rather than
from identity because true identity can only come from a personal relationship with our Creator. From this place of identity flows inspired works like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Mozart’s symphonies, and even the recent TV series, “The Chosen.”

Now, you may be wondering: Why do we see many influential creatives who don’t know Jesus, yet they have a great impact? I propose it’s because the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), meaning believers and unbelievers alike have the capacity for creativity. We were all created in the image of God, and therefore, we all have the ability to tap into the divine. However, the evidence of our relationship with Jesus and where we find our identity will be seen in the fruit of our lives. It’s no wonder then that we often see darkness and evil being released through the entertainment industry. The created work is simply a reflection of the heart condition of the creators.

Consider, for a moment, the transformative potential strategic prayer and an intentional community of believers could have in a place like Hollywood! I recently sat down for a conversation with Karen Covell, the founding director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) in Los Angeles, CA to discuss exactly this – God’s heart for the entertainment industry and the mission field that Hollywood represents. When sharing about the importance of Believers coming to Hollywood, Karen made a profound statement, “Hollywood is not Sodom and Gomorrah, it’s Nineveh. It’s not some evil place where Believers are going to fall apart. It can be redeemed! We have to remember that places are dark when there is no light but wherever a Christian shows up, there’s light!” 

Many Christians view Hollywood as an influential industry with a destructive agenda, permeating our daily lives with toxic content often laden with immorality and violence. Our reaction is to point accusing fingers at creatives and industry leaders who may have never experienced the love of Jesus, cautioning our loved ones to stay away. However, when we look at the life of Jesus, we find a starkly different example – He frequently shared meals with tax collectors and sinners. During our interview, Karen offered a refreshing perspective: “Content won’t change until the hearts of the people creating it change.” Rather than resorting to accusations, it is incumbent on us to identify the true source of such depravity and evil.

The truth is that there is a spiritual battle at hand and the roots of our struggle is not against Hollywood but against a realm that most people cannot see. The apostle Paul gave us insight into this battle in Ephesians, where he wrote, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The word ruler in this passage is the Greek word
arche, which means beginnings or origins, principalities and rulers. There is a principality named
arche that is in charge of redefining the foundations of all truth. It is trying to redefine the origin of life saying that we came from apes, it questions whether a fetus is a human being and even causes people to question their gender. These lies have permeated the entertainment industry and require a prayer strategy to combat them. Yet we serve a God that is bigger than any principality or ruler and if it’s not good, then it’s not the end! 

With all this in mind, here are 5 ways to pray for Hollywood and see the light of Jesus shine through the darkness:

  1. Adopt an artist/creative/producer: Begin to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you specific things to pray and prophesy over this individual. If you’d like to take it a step further, the Hollywood Prayer Network has an intercessor’s network where you can apply to pray for an entertainment professional. Follow this link to apply:
    https://hollywoodprayernetwork.org/prayer.
  2. Pray for the truth of God to be released through the Holy Spirit, and that angels reinforce this truth to set them free.
  3. Pray for creatives everywhere to have supernatural encounters, and especially pray for entertainment leaders.
  4. Pray that evil agendas would be thwarted and that the Lord would confuse the plans of the enemy.
  5. Pray that God would raise up believers of strong moral character and faith throughout all corners of the entertainment industry. 

Share in the comments the name of a creative that the Lord has put on your heart to begin praying for. I’d love to agree with you in prayer.

This post, "BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE CHURCH." is an excerpt (part or whole) from Kris Vallotton's website, "https://www.krisvallotton.com/."

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Little Pests

 


In ancient literature, wild animals were often used to
represent problems that could separate lovers. For example, Egyptian love songs
used crocodiles to picture a threat to romantic love. In Israel, crocodiles
were not common, but foxes were
.[1]

 

 

Song of Solomon 2:

15 Catch
the foxes for us. The little foxes, that ruin the vineyards while our vineyards
are in blossom.”

 

 

The lover here gives verse to the idea that the little foxes
are the sneaky pests that avoid detection and will sneak in to ruin the good
thing that is growing. In our relationships, it can be the littlest things that
sneak in to ruin the love between us.

 

Gossip, resentment, jealousy, and pride usually start small
but can have an escalating influence over us.

 

In order to have a healthy marriage, friendship, work team
or church we must look for and prevent the little foxes from destroying the
big, beautiful love and shared vision. Little foxes can even eat away at your
connection to Jesus, the true vine of the vineyard.

 

If you have ever had bed bugs or cockroaches, you know that
you have to do something big to eliminate these tiny pests. The worst thing you
can do is ignore an infestation and hope that it will go away.

 

We must declare war on our little foxes.

 

And don’t let the bed bugs bite…

 

 

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Media Erase Links Between Dead Journalists and Hamas; Suggest Israel ‘Targeting Reporters’

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Much attention has been given to figures published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that suggest the ongoing Israel-Hamas war has led to the “deadliest month for journalists since CPJ began gathering data in 1992.”

According to the CPJ, at least 57 journalists and media workers are among the more than 14,000 who have reportedly died since Hamas terrorists rampaged through southern Israel on October 7, with the CPJ describing that day as the deadliest for journalists with six media workers killed.

As of November 26, the CPJ said a total of 50 Palestinian journalists, 4 Israeli journalists, and 3 Lebanese journalists have been killed, in addition to 19 who were reportedly arrested, 11 who were reported injured and 3 who were reported missing.

“Journalists in Gaza face particularly high risks as they try to cover the conflict during the Israeli ground assault, including devastating Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, supply shortages and extensive power outages,” the CPJ added in its report.

As it should, the CPJ notes the media organizations and affiliated bodies that the dead journalists worked for. In the case of many Palestinians listed, this included mentioning the fact that they were employed by outlets like Al-Aqsa TV and Quds News Network, which are affiliated with Hamas.

Yet, when it came to the media covering the CPJ’s findings, the connection between the dead journalists and Hamas has been erased, and the details of how they died were made deliberately vague so as to suggest they were killed in the line of duty.

The Guardian, for example, reported how the “spiralling death toll over a six-week period compares with the 42 journalists killed worldwide in the whole of 2022, including 15 who died covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, widely considered a highly dangerous conflict for news media.”

It also quotes at length the committee’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Sherif Mansour’s criticism that the “Israeli army has refused to take any responsibility for the killings” and references the CPJ’s “urgent plea to Israel and its Western allies to reform the rules of engagement deployed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to prohibit the use of lethal force against journalists bearing press insignia.”

Yet, even as the outlet stated that it is unclear how many of the journalists were actually covering the conflict at the time of their deaths, The Guardian still failed to mention the terror connections of any of those included in the list — despite the CPJ clearly noting such affiliations.

Meanwhile, ABC News appeared to suggest that the high journalist death toll is a result of the Israeli military being negligent — if not deliberate — during its strikes in the Gaza Strip:

Israeli officials say they are not targeting civilians in Gaza, doing everything they can to minimize civilian casualties and that their goal is solely to eradicate Hamas. Israel has also said that Hamas is intentionally positioning itself near journalists in an attempt to avoid strikes.

However, Israeli airstrikes going on since the beginning of the conflict have targeted hospitals, schools, refugee camps and ambulances, according to nonprofits like the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and UNICEF, sparking wide international outrage and calls for a cease-fire. Israeli officials maintain they are against a cease-fire until all of the 239 hostages believed to be held by Hamas have been released.”

Sadly, ABC News completely omits the salient and well-documented fact that it is proven that Hamas embeds its terror resources within civilian infrastructure, which is what the IDF targets — not schools and hospitals.

Looking through the list of journalists killed during the war, it is noticeable just how many were killed along with family members as a result of Israeli airstrikes in the vicinity of their homes. They were clearly not killed in the course of carrying out media activities. Rather, tragically like thousands of other Palestinians, they are victims of Hamas’ propensity for using the population of Gaza as human shields.

Likewise, the 4 Israeli journalists were murdered by Hamas as part of the October 7 massacre, either when terrorists invaded their homes or attacked the Nova music festival. They were murdered not because they were journalists but because they were Israelis targeted during Hamas’ brutal rampage through southern Israel.

The likelihood that journalists have died in their own homes and not on the job hasn’t stopped the Daily Beast and VOA News from parroting claims the IDF has targeted journalists and media organizations during the war, despite this being a flimsy assertion.

Disturbingly, the Daily Beast even printed the baseless allegation from pro-Hezbollah propaganda network Al Mayadeen that its TV crew was deliberately targeted “owing to the channel’s pro-Palestinian sympathies and its support for Iran’s regional military alliance.”

While an addendum at the bottom of the CPJ’s report claims that “multiple sources have found no evidence to date that any journalist was engaged in militant activity,” it’s frankly absurd that the CPJ includes Hamas-linked media employees in its running tally of journalists killed during the ongoing war. Should they even be considered to be professional media workers if they are effectively in the employ of a terrorist organization?

This became an issue in 2013 when the now-defunct Newseum media museum in Washington DC withdrew two Al Aqsa TV employees from its memorial to fallen journalists after it became clear that the two were also Hamas operatives, blurring the line between journalists and activists.

Absurdly, mainstream media organizations continue to blindly cite the CPJ tally while failing to note the connections to terror groups while the CPJ appears to define journalists as simply anyone driving a car with the letters TV taped to the vehicle.

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Media Create False Moral Equivalence Between Released Hostages and Palestinian Prisoners

During the tense four days that have passed since the start of the Israel-Hamas truce on November 24, media have created a false moral equivalence between the release of Israeli hostages held by the terrorist group and Palestinian prisoners who have been jailed in Israel. Such coverage, which implicitly equates Israel to Hamas and validates the latter’s strategy, may have far-reaching ramifications on the continuation of the war.

In order to achieve that distorted equation between innocent women and children who were abducted from their homes and prisoners who have been charged with acts of violence or terror, media have used three parallel strategies: Sanitizing the Palestinian prisoners, referring to the Israeli hostages as “prisoners” and creating textual and visual symmetry regarding the joyful family reunions of each side.

AP and Reuters Set the Narrative

The Associated Press has managed to incorporate the first two strategies in one headline: “Palestinian families rejoice over release of minors and women in wartime prisoner swap.”

The rest of AP’s story, while including some background on the released Palestinian “minors and women” (but none on the Israeli “prisoners”) carries an empathetic tone that borders on justification for Hamas’ kidnappings. For example, it quotes an official referring to “prisoner exchanges” as “the only hope” for prisoners’ families, without mentioning that she works for a group with terror links:

“These kinds of prisoner exchanges are often the only hope families have to see their sons or fathers released before many years go by,” said Amira Khader, international advocacy officer at Addameer, a group supporting Palestinian prisoners. “It’s what they live for, it’s like a miracle from God.”

Related Reading: Addameer: Why Are Media Ignoring Palestinian NGO’s Fight to Free Terrorists?

The story ends with an emotional quote from a released Palestinian prisoner, who was jailed in Israel for throwing stones:

It was his first glimpse of the world after a year in prison for throwing stones in the northern town of Qalqilya. He was freed even though he had eight months of his sentence left to serve.He turned toward his father, wrapping him into a hug. “Look, I’m almost bigger than you now,” he said.

The hurling of rocks can kill, and it has killed Israelis in the past. It is most certainly not a harmless pastime activity as some media have intimated. The story also does not detail the various charges against most of the released Palestinians, which range from attempted murder and violent assault to terror affiliations.

The same distorted patterns appear in Reuters coverage. A mind-boggling headline refers to Israel and Hamas “prisoners,” including a four-year-old whose parents were brutally murdered in front of her eyes before she was kidnapped to Gaza.

An earlier version of the story included a video featuring a split-screen showing 9-year-old Emily Hand, an Israeli girl released from Hamas captivity, reunited with her father, next to the family reunion of released Palestinian bomber Israa Jaabis:

A textual symmetry followed the visual one: After detailing Hand’s family’s plight, the story ends with a quote from Shorouk Dwayyat. Nowhere does it mention that Dwayyat is a PFLP member who tried to stab Israelis to death:

In comments to Al Jazeera TV from her home, freed prisoner Shorouk Dwayyat, who had served half of her 16-year prison term, said she felt joy mixed with pain. “I feel like I am in a dream, but I hope that the war on Gaza will stop as soon as possible.”

When one of the world’s largest news agencies fails to mention such details, instead presenting terrorists on the same moral level as a 9-year-old who’s been abducted from her home, it violates journalistic and human values alike.

US, UK Media Sanitize and Equate

The New York Times also featured Israa Jaabis, sanitizing her attempted murder by passively blaming her vehicle:

She was arrested that year after her car exploded at a checkpoint near Jerusalem in the West Bank, leaving her disfigured and an Israeli police officer seriously injured.

National Public Radio didn’t even bother checking the facts. It simply published a photo gallery presenting the release of Israeli hostages amid pictures of Palestinians celebrating their prisoners’ release.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, included the following paragraph about the Palestinian prisoners release after a description and photos of the family reunions of freed Israeli children:

Videos posted on social media showed similarly joyful scenes in the West Bank, where Palestinian women and children freed by Israel were reunited with their families. A bus carrying Red Cross staff and the prisoners as part of the second day’s releases arrived to a crowd of supporters holding flags in the occupied West Bank early Sunday.

But the “similarly joyful scenes” were not similar at all. As German magazine Bild has pointed out: “The Israelis celebrate the return of the hostages, the Palestinians the release of prisoners. The difference couldn’t be greater: Israeli parents peacefully hug their released children. Palestinian ex-prisoners are cheered at terror marches”.

The Washington Post also does not say a word about why the Palestinian women and “children” (most of whom were minors) were arrested in the first place.

Israel spokesperson Mark Regev confronted a Sky News anchor about this issue, exposing the fact she was not even aware of the charges against the released Palestinians:

Some media have created an abysmal narrative that whitewashes terrorists by comparing them to innocent toddlers.

Some have minimized the kidnappings that took place on October 7 by equating the suffering of Israeli hostages to that of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

And by doing so, they have created a false moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas. They have also implicitly validated Hamas’ strategy of kidnapping Israelis and undermined Israel’s justification to continue fighting against the terror organization.

In a week that may be decisive for the course of the war as the agreed-upon truce between Israel and Hamas comes to an end, media have a responsibility to report the facts, not to create them.

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The Media’s Real-Time Effort to Discredit The IDF

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Rachel O’Donoghue

Born in London, England, Rachel O’Donoghue moved to Israel in April 2021 after spending five years working at various national newspaper titles in the UK.
She studied law at the University of Law, London, and gained a master’s degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Kent.

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Israel at War: The Media Battlefield – Briefing #9

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HonestReporting has been working around the clock to identify and respond to the worst media bias since the appalling events of October 7 and the subsequent launch of Israeli military action against Hamas.

You can already see many of the posts that we’ve published on our website but here’s a roundup of just some of the issues and media outlets that we’ve flagged on social media over the past several days that didn’t make it into full articles.

Make sure to follow us on X/Twitter to get all of our content in real time during this period.

TAKE ACTION NOW: You can make a difference. We’ve included contact details on many of the examples of media bias below. Please send your considered comments to the media and hold them accountable.

AP’s ‘Wartime Prisoner Swap’

Open AP Customer Zone & select Editorial and News from the dropdown options: https://customerzone.ap.org/cz/s/contactsupport

Reuters and Sky News Adopt Palestinian Terminology

Contact Reuters Customer Support: https://liaison.reuters.com/contact-us

Contact: [email protected]

Reuters’ Split Screen of Moral Equivalence

Contact Reuters Customer Support: https://liaison.reuters.com/contact-us

New York Times and CNN Whitewash Palestinian Terrorists

Contact: [email protected]

(Note: CNN has removed its online feedback form, thereby denying its audience an easy way to contact the network. CNN can still be contacted at the following number: 1-404-827-1500)

Defense Analyst Can’t Find Jerusalem

Contact The Sunday Times: [email protected]

BBC ‘Forgets’ Why Palestinians Were Imprisoned

Follow the BBC’s complaints procedure: https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints/make-a-complaint/#/Complaint

New York Times Still Calling the Obvious Into Question

Contact: [email protected]

ABC News Australia Diminishes the Enormity of October 7

Fill in ABC News Australia’s complaint form: https://www.abc.net.au/contact/complain.htm

New York Times ‘Forgets’ NGO’s Terror Affiliation

Contact: [email protected]

AP Suggests Terrorist Orgs ‘Drawn Into the War’

Open AP Customer Zone & select Editorial and News from the dropdown options: https://customerzone.ap.org/cz/s/contactsupport

LA Times Claims Shalit Kidnapping Due to Gaza Beach Incident

Contact the Readers’ Representative: https://form.jotform.com/93047569731162

New York Times Turns Hezbollah Aggression Into Tit-For-Tat

Contact: [email protected]

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Media Erase Links Between Dead Journalists and Hamas; Suggest Israel ‘Targeting Reporters’

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Much attention has been given to figures published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that suggest the ongoing Israel-Hamas war has led to the “deadliest month for journalists since CPJ began gathering data in 1992.”

According to the CPJ, at least 57 journalists and media workers are among the more than 14,000 who have reportedly died since Hamas terrorists rampaged through southern Israel on October 7, with the CPJ describing that day as the deadliest for journalists with six media workers killed.

As of November 26, the CPJ said a total of 50 Palestinian journalists, 4 Israeli journalists, and 3 Lebanese journalists have been killed, in addition to 19 who were reportedly arrested, 11 who were reported injured and 3 who were reported missing.

“Journalists in Gaza face particularly high risks as they try to cover the conflict during the Israeli ground assault, including devastating Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, supply shortages and extensive power outages,” the CPJ added in its report.

As it should, the CPJ notes the media organizations and affiliated bodies that the dead journalists worked for. In the case of many Palestinians listed, this included mentioning the fact that they were employed by outlets like Al-Aqsa TV and Quds News Network, which are affiliated with Hamas.

Yet, when it came to the media covering the CPJ’s findings, the connection between the dead journalists and Hamas has been erased, and the details of how they died were made deliberately vague so as to suggest they were killed in the line of duty.

The Guardian, for example, reported how the “spiralling death toll over a six-week period compares with the 42 journalists killed worldwide in the whole of 2022, including 15 who died covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, widely considered a highly dangerous conflict for news media.”

It also quotes at length the committee’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Sherif Mansour’s criticism that the “Israeli army has refused to take any responsibility for the killings” and references the CPJ’s “urgent plea to Israel and its Western allies to reform the rules of engagement deployed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to prohibit the use of lethal force against journalists bearing press insignia.”

Yet, even as the outlet stated that it is unclear how many of the journalists were actually covering the conflict at the time of their deaths, The Guardian still failed to mention the terror connections of any of those included in the list — despite the CPJ clearly noting such affiliations.

Meanwhile, ABC News appeared to suggest that the high journalist death toll is a result of the Israeli military being negligent — if not deliberate — during its strikes in the Gaza Strip:

Israeli officials say they are not targeting civilians in Gaza, doing everything they can to minimize civilian casualties and that their goal is solely to eradicate Hamas. Israel has also said that Hamas is intentionally positioning itself near journalists in an attempt to avoid strikes.

However, Israeli airstrikes going on since the beginning of the conflict have targeted hospitals, schools, refugee camps and ambulances, according to nonprofits like the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and UNICEF, sparking wide international outrage and calls for a cease-fire. Israeli officials maintain they are against a cease-fire until all of the 239 hostages believed to be held by Hamas have been released.”

Sadly, ABC News completely omits the salient and well-documented fact that it is proven that Hamas embeds its terror resources within civilian infrastructure, which is what the IDF targets — not schools and hospitals.

Looking through the list of journalists killed during the war, it is noticeable just how many were killed along with family members as a result of Israeli airstrikes in the vicinity of their homes. They were clearly not killed in the course of carrying out media activities. Rather, tragically like thousands of other Palestinians, they are victims of Hamas’ propensity for using the population of Gaza as human shields.

Likewise, the 4 Israeli journalists were murdered by Hamas as part of the October 7 massacre, either when terrorists invaded their homes or attacked the Nova music festival. They were murdered not because they were journalists but because they were Israelis targeted during Hamas’ brutal rampage through southern Israel.

The likelihood that journalists have died in their own homes and not on the job hasn’t stopped the Daily Beast and VOA News from parroting claims the IDF has targeted journalists and media organizations during the war, despite this being a flimsy assertion.

Disturbingly, the Daily Beast even printed the baseless allegation from pro-Hezbollah propaganda network Al Mayadeen that its TV crew was deliberately targeted “owing to the channel’s pro-Palestinian sympathies and its support for Iran’s regional military alliance.”

While an addendum at the bottom of the CPJ’s report claims that “multiple sources have found no evidence to date that any journalist was engaged in militant activity,” it’s frankly absurd that the CPJ includes Hamas-linked media employees in its running tally of journalists killed during the ongoing war. Should they even be considered to be professional media workers if they are effectively in the employ of a terrorist organization?

This became an issue in 2013 when the now-defunct Newseum media museum in Washington DC withdrew two Al Aqsa TV employees from its memorial to fallen journalists after it became clear that the two were also Hamas operatives, blurring the line between journalists and activists.

Absurdly, mainstream media organizations continue to blindly cite the CPJ tally while failing to note the connections to terror groups while the CPJ appears to define journalists as simply anyone driving a car with the letters TV taped to the vehicle.

Found this article informative? Follow the HonestReporting page on Facebook to read more articles debunking news bias and smears, as well as others explaining Israel’s history, politics, and international affairs. Click here to learn more!

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Small Things That Make Big Differences

 

 

 

Watch this video on the game of Jenga.

 

Do your life choices sometimes feel like this? One small
move can change everything. One mistake can cost you the game. On the other
hand, little choices we make now can also lead to great wins in the future.

 

Jenga illustrates the important principle that small things
can make big differences.

 

In his book ‘Tipping Point’, Malcolm Gladwell said,

 

“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an
immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the
right place—it can be tipped
.”
[1]

 

Do you want to prevent catastrophic failure in your life? Do
you want to live in a wise way that increases your likelihood for best
outcomes? Then start thinking about the little things that make big
differences.

 

 

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UNLOCKING THE SECRET TO LASTING TRANSFORMATION

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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By Kris Vallotton

15 Nov, 2023

Do you trust your government to always or at least sometimes act in the best interests of the people?

In a 2023 study by Pew Research Center, public trust in government in the United States has reached an all-time low of 20%, a significant drop from the 80% it used to be in the 1960s.

These statistics are unsurprising, given the current governmental and political landscape we traverse on a daily basis. It’s not uncommon to witness news stories with headlines accusing leaders of moral failings, embezzlement, or dishonesty. Leaders and politicians often say one thing but do another, leaving us questioning the integrity of our systems.

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THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF HAVING A WEALTH MENTALITY

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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I recently hosted a LIVE Q&A on the topic of financial stewardship on my social accounts. The synergy and curiosity on the subject of wealth specifically prompted me to share this blog post originally written on March 9, 2016. I hope this blog encourages and inspires you!

Have you ever found yourself staring at your financial situation, yearning for a change? You crave a different reality but feel ensnared by a repeating pattern. You may even have the tools and knowledge to improve your finances, yet you find yourself stuck in a relentless cycle.


I’m not here to discuss uncontrollable financial crises or the devastation caused by others’ mistakes. I’ve weathered those storms myself. What I’m here to explore is a transformation of your mindset—a journey to cultivate a wealth mentality, a new belief system that will reshape the way you approach your life and finances. 


I grew up American poor (not African poor), so I understand how poor people think. Our people despised wealthy folks; we voted democrat, railed against big business, and blamed Uncle Sam for our condition.


We were little, powerless people, lost in the sea of humanity; paddling hard, but getting nowhere. The winds of financial adversity pounded our tiny boat. If that wasn’t bad enough, cruise ships passed us in haste, leaving us to contend with their wake, further reminding us of the inconsiderate ways of the wealthy.

ROYAL FAMILY

I got saved at 18 and became a part of a glorious church. I was a prince in a royal family – at least that’s what I thought we were. I was even taught that the Son of God became the Son of Man so that the sons of men could become sons of God!

Yet I soon discovered that God’s noble people also despised wealth. Despite the fact that we all yearned for a heavenly kingdom with gold streets and pearl gates, and we knew our Heavenly Father was rich beyond comprehension, still we gravitated towards poverty like a tick on a dogs be-hind!

We created doctrines to enshrine poverty as if it were the pinnacle of spiritual enlightenment, the Mount Rushmore of Christianity. We made Jesus poor, forgetting that He was the architect of heaven and Creator of the earth. He isn’t just wealthy, He is all powerful! He demonstrated control over the weather, the sea, and over all creation. Fish, trees, and angels obey Him. Demons fear Him, and kings can’t control Him.

MORE THAN ENOUGH

That’s right – Jesus is/was neither poor nor powerless. If He needs money, fish bring it to Him, and if He needs a room to have dinner with His guys, it is prepared for Him supernaturally. If He needs to feed thousands of people at a moment’s notice, He simply multiplies a boy’s lunch – and He always makes more than enough, not because He is wasteful, but because He is extravagant! He is also famous for His wine making. If fact He only needs water to instantly distill the most expensive wine on the planet.

Question: How did Mary know that Jesus could make wine unless they were enjoying it at home?

Man, I’ve heard so many sermons about money being THE root of ALL evil. It seems funny now, but it took me thirty years to actually read what the verse really said: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

Wow! The “LOVE” of money is actually “A” root, not “THE” root, of “ALL SORTS,” not “EVERY” sort of evil.

GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS

So you may ask, “What did God instruct these rich people to do?” Good question. What do you think? Sell everything you have and give it to the poor? No! Give all your money away and live in poverty? No! Don’t have any extra money in savings or else you are not trusting God? No!

Are you ready? Here it is: “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Did you get that? God supplies us with things not just so we will survive, but to “enjoy.”

4 THINGS PAUL TEACHES RICH PEOPLE

Here are 4 things Paul teaches rich people:

  1. Rich people must not trust their money, but trust in God.
  2. They mustn’t think they are better than everyone else because they are wealthy.
  3. They have to be generous and share.
  4. They are to store up treasure in heaven, which is where true wealth flows from.

“Wealth is not a sign of your relationship with God!” you shout insistently. Well that’s true…unless it isn’t! Wait – think about it, God made Abraham rich, so his wealth was definitely a sign of his friendship with God. Oh, there was also Isaac, Jacob, David, Esther, and especially Solomon (and many more).

Yeah, but it gets even better. Moses wrote; “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18

CONFIRMING THE COVENANT

God said He was giving His people “power to make wealth” for the purpose of “confirming His covenant” with them!

Therefore, it is true that sometimes God makes people wealthy to confirm His relationship with them. So not all wealthy people know God, but the ones He made wealthy know Him. Of course, being broke doesn’t get you a place in heaven either. But being poor usually means that many are working for someone who probably doesn’t think like them, borrowing from some institution that has money (to which they become their slave), and/or praying for God to have some rich person help them (who they have a case against)!

Personally, I have 4 kids and 10 grandkids, so I am praying the Deuteronomy 8 prayer over my family! You can join me in praying this over your family too: “God bless my family with the power to make the kind of wealth that adds no sorrow to it, and confirms Your covenant with us! Amen.”

This post, "THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF HAVING A WEALTH MENTALITY." is an excerpt (part or whole) from Kris Vallotton's website, "https://www.krisvallotton.com/."

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