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David Green shares his life story and founding Hobby Lobby, a Christian arts and crafts chain that truly embodies business and ministry together. He shares insights from the journey and Godly wisdom worth noting.

Growing Up

David was one of six children. He learned these simple yet profound principals from his parents, who were pastors and farmers:

Provider. God always provided for our family’s needs.

Tithing. My parents loved to tithe – they would record each vegetable harvested so that they could tithe (first fruits) on everything

Wife of Character. David met his wife Barbara at the local five and dime. He grew up Pentecostal tradition and Barbara Baptist.

Beginnings

Work. Before starting Hobby Lobby, David worked at TG&Y, a five and dime variety store chain started during the great depression. Their motto was “[We] have what people want at a price they can afford to pay”, and they sold: “Turtles, Girdles and Yoyos”

Ministry. As a “merchant”, David’s mom would periodically ask him: “but what are you doing for the Lord?” David figured out that he could be just as called, just as anointed to minister as a merchant as his 5 brothers and sisters who were pastors.

Creativity. The arts and craft business started with a fad of people decorating their walls with little canvas and frames of painted barns, windmills and such.

Start-up Loan. Went to the bank to borrow $600. $450 of which was for a miter to make frames. Salesman went out with samples and sold $4000 worth of product, but they had no money to build inventory. Went to bank again and said, if you can extend credit 60 days we can pay you back with the payables on these sales, assuming it would take 30 days. “I didn’t know that people wouldn’t pay in 30 days when you gave them 30 days”

Family Labor. Started in the garage. Boys were 7 and 9 years old and David payed them 7 cents an hour. Barbara worked for the first 5 labors free.

1st Hobby Lobby 300 sq ft storefront, 300 manufacturing space. Oklahoma.

2nd store opened 1975 and David left his “job” at TG&Y where he was earning $26,000 per year. Somehow, they were able to get by with David taking a reduced $13,000 salary out of the young company.

Administrative Gift. David considers his wife a “Proverbs 31” woman. Barbara never would spend more money than they had as a family, yet always provided for the kids, including making their clothes, with whatever they had. She trusted in the Lord in this special way.

Nearly Went Bust

Foreclosure. In the mid-1980s, there was an oil bust. The bank was threatening to foreclose. Couldn’t order new merchandise because they hadn’t yet paid for the other merchandise.

Repentance from Self-Reliance. God taught David how to trust and rely on God instead of himself. Even as he “always said the right things” giving God the credit through his lips, but he doubts it was in his heart. In fact he recalls God saying: “OK, your so smart you can have [the company] by yourself”. And I did have it myself. Yes, he gave me life, breath, etc. but as far as Him blessing our company, that wasn’t me. Thankful for this time.

Humility. David would crawl under his desk and cry out to God for help. “Where are we going to go from here?”

Family Decision. Significant family meeting at that time, letting everyone know we might lose everything. My oldest son said, “Dad, we’re not relying on you, we’re relying on God” My son taught me something that day.

Giving

Gleaning. In the beginning they sold beads to make necklaces. Thank God for the hippies! They would line up their beads on the floor to make necklaces and we knew they were stealing some of them. But we did the math and figured it would still work even if they stole 30% of the beads!

Faith. Attended a conference with missionaries going all over the world handing out Christian literature. Gave a small amount. But on the flight home God said: “I want you to give $30,000”. David didn’t have $30,000, so he consulted with Barbara and said “how can we do this?”. So they came up with an idea. They had $7500 at the time, and wrote out 3 additional post-dated checks – one for each month, trusting God that they would have $7500 each month somehow.

Giving 50%. David started by paying the tithe. Then more than tithes. God caught him one day and said “You can’t out give God”. Discussed with the family how can we outgive God? Son gave a plan. Give the largest amount they had ever given. Then they added that amount same to itself and continued. Every 6 months they increased their giving in that way. Not doubled, added the same amount. They looked at those numbers out in time and said, no way is this possible. But then they did it for over 20 years! They were even ahead of that eventually, and decided well the government allows up to 50% to be deducted for tax purposes, let’s aim for that. So that’s where God has us today. (I believe the Green’s has given away $500m plus)

Contentment. How do you give away 50%? We have some cars and a house and we’re good. We give to give.

Give to Get is all about greed. We aren’t about that. We do give based on a need. We do respond to God’s calling in obedience.

Meet monthly to give. They have 300 requests each month. Don’t want to give shallow across the board. But want only to go deep with a few.

Wealth. Bill struggled and couldn’t sleep. 2nd hardest time in his life. Would wealth, even billions cause trouble to his children, others? Advisors were saying break it up into twigs, branches, leafs, but didn’t make sense to David. So, they have given 100% of the stock in the company away to a “stewardship trust”. Can’t be touched. The wealth is protected. We/kids are stewards. They legally are only stewards. “God owns everything” scripture (Psalm 24:1). Family gets what they earn, but that’s it. Keep the tree and reap the fruit. Also use a donor advised fund.

Two Ground Rules for giving. God’s word and man’s soul. The only things that are eternal.

Growth

Now have 50+ stores and 36,000 employees. 10 million square foot distribution facility in Oklahoma City. One brick at a time.

No long-term debt.

$15 minimum wage policy instituted few years ago. Now $15.70 per hour. That’s good, but if they get saved, that’s great.

God

HL employs 6 chaplins to serve leadership and the people. Pray at meetings.

Witness. Meeting of new employees – 50 managers accept Jesus who were training to be VPs. We preach the gospel at work.

Lawsuits. At any given time fighting 70 lawsuits. David figures he can take one more lawsuit to risk preaching the gospel at work.

Not just money. Blessings from God for his parents were children and health. Not just money for money.

Family harder than Business. Doing things better for God. God first, family next, the business being successful third. Strong marriage as platform for God to raise up the kids and family.

Two life goals. One: Raise up and sustain family. Not just the kids, but the grand-kids and the great-grand kids to serve the Lord. Two: Share the good news of Jesus.

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20190722_204648211467181933587778.jpg7-22-19 Faneuil Hall

On July 22, a remnant from across New England and America gathered to worship the Lord and hear God’s statesmen Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce speak at Faneuil Hall (“the womb of the Revolution”) in a type of “sons of liberty” revival presenting the state of the Church in America, America’s prophetic destiny, and America’s present peril. Key directives were given.

Chuck Pierce

  • Pilgrims covenanted with God 400 years ago
  • Recognize the oppression we are under in America as Covenant people
  • 400 years biblical parallel to time Israel enslaved in Egypt
  • The Church needs to understand its oppression and cry out to God
  • So that God will respond: “Let My People Go!”

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Word for America

1. Recognize the oppression you are under

  • 400 years since Mayflower Compact liken to 400 years Israel enslaved in Egypt
  • Not sure Church recognizes its oppression
  • God’s people need to cry out like Exodus 2, so that God can confirm Covenant and deliver His people
  • 400 years ago slavery entered the land
  • 350 years First nations people mistreatment
  • misuse of liberty for sin, self, etc.

2. Need to Cry out to God – Need to get louder

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  • God has been preparing deliverers
  • Moses in preparation 40 years
  • Moses first tried to deliver his people in his own strength
  • 40 years later became God’s supernatural instrument of deliverance
  • But he wasn’t brought forth until the people’s cries were heard
  • Then God acknowledged His Covenant with them
  • Need to sound the trumpet like “Horton Hears a Who!”
  • Need to rally more people and make some noise

3. Deliverance – spiritual warfare required

  • “I’ve been working on [deliverers] preparing them to enter into this new move of God”
  • “I am going to call them afresh. Moses had to turn aside to the burning bush so God could move him in the next dimension”
  • “For 40 years I have have been putting deep down within them the cry for freedom”
  • God’s going to start rallying or He’s going to start separating
  • “Need to recognize that [the evil] in the heavens invaded earth and now carries the voice that controls this nation”
  • God is raising up 12 region mobilization like Moses had Israel go out of Egypt in 12 armies
  • “You must be willing to gather together”
  • America needs to rally with a different spirit
  • “Let My People Go!”
  • Like here in Faneuil Hall 240 years ago
  • 1 Corinthians 8 – Where Paul is dealing with liberty
  • God will start remolding his covenant with this nation

Liberty and Union Now and Forever

  • God showed Chuck in 1986 that in 2020 America’s freedom is threatened
  • This is in his books: Future War of the Church; Time to Triumph
  • If American cannot keep shifting, America’s government will end up looking like China’s
  • Don’t be under delusion – this will happen if we don’t awaken
  • There has been a recovery of some semblance of a voice of freedom over these past few years
  • That came not because it was political, but because it was Covenant
  • Because God realigned us with Israel
  • We are on the right path of Covenant and the Word of God
  • This will keep us on course with Covenant over the next year

Word for New England

“God is looking at New England.”

“This gathering initiates something toward new England. We have to stay very focused here through September 2020. We have to strain every nerve to press through. That’s what unity looks like, you have to strain every nerve to tolerate some people.

I am here to announce, through September 2020, the eye of God will not be taken off of New England”

Word for Connecticut

“Connecticut has the strongest root [God] is trying to recover in New England.

Even though Connecticut probably doesn’t yet realize that their root is so strong, if they would come alive and stay together in that state and worship for the year ahead, the root would come alive and produce in a whole new way.”

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Dutch Sheets

  • Faneuil is a derivative of the Hebrew word Penuel
  • That is where God wrestled the fallen nature out of Jacob and he became Israel
  • God can use any flawed person and shape them into his instrument
  • Like Abraham, Issac and Jacob – deceivers, liars, adulterers
  • God tucked his dream inside Jacob’s dream
  • Jacob at Bethel said “I’ll serve you God if you make me wealthy”
  • 20 years later at Penuel he was transformed into Israel so God could get his dream back

  • God tucked his covenant dream inside the founding fathers’ dream for America that met right here in Faneuil Hall
  • But the American dream became distorted, twisted
  • We took our liberty and added licence to do whatever we wanted that would benefit ourselves
  • Yes, God has blessed America; Yes, God has strengthened America – but if that’s all we want, we have missed God’s dream
  • But God has not given up on His dream
  • God has not given up on America
  • He is going to get His dream back because of Covenant

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Dutch and Jon Hamill prayer

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Jon and Jolene Hamill

Jon Hamill background on “The Turnaround”

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“Restore the Continental Congress” Word

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Jolene Hamill Word

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