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Implementation Example:

Homes for Hope with Matthew Baehr

Home for HOPE is a home built to fight global poverty.
Homes for HOPE works in partnership with the North American building industry to accelerate the end of global poverty in all its forms, for the glory of God.

To fight global poverty, a builder will identify a job to be a Homes for HOPE project. Trade partners, suppliers, and service providers choose to join the project by donating or discounting their time, talent, and resources, which maximizes the profit margin without compromising quality. Once the project is completed, the resulting donation is used to provide training, savings services, and loans to men and women living in poverty, gradually breaking the cycle of poverty.

Matt Baehr brings over 17 years of experience in the Non-Profit sector to his role as Executive Director of Homes for HOPE. He has a wealth of experience in fundraising, public speaking, event planning, writing, strategic planning, and leadership. Matt is an experienced networker who strives to build partnerships that glorify God. He loves people and making strategic connections that foster transcendent impact. What matters most to him is being an ambassador for Jesus Christ and to be used by God to make Jesus known. John 3:30

Contact Matthew Baehr at mbaehr@homes4hope.org

Jeff Rutt founded HOPE International in 1998 which employs Christ-centered microfinance to alleviate global poverty. In March of 2019, with his family’s blessing, Keystone Custom Homes donated 89% of its non-voting stock to the National Christian Foundation’s Charitable Trust. Jeff’s family retains 100% control of the company.

http://homes4hope.org/

Implementation Example: Matt Glover

He heard: “A new breed of business development

Matt Glover. Drummer. Worshipper. Evangelist. YWAM leader. Not a business person…yet.

Matt Glover is a YWAM Boston ministry leader (https://www.ywamboston.org/), worship leader Venture Church Sommerville (https://ventureboston.org/) and evangelist. We met worshipping together at Northfield 10 Days of Prayer a few years back. With a heart for John 17 unity for the Bride of Christ, he has been gathering pastors and ministry leaders Mondays to have YWAM leaders pray over them. For something new to come forth. To build together.

One day recently he and a team were prayer-walking the streets of Somerville MA. As he walked by some vacant commercial space, he heard the Lord’s heart “I am raising up a new breed of business… “ (paraphrase). A mutual friend (Michelle Charles) heard Matt share this phrase and knew he needed to connect with Gregg. Let’s welcome Matt Wed 3/10 8am Zoom call to share more about what happened and his testimony.

Interview: Joel Frazier

Joel Frazier loves Jesus! He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Laura Marie Frazier and their foster children. Joel attends a Vineyard church and serves with Firehouse School of Supernatural Ministry’s youth ministry.

At Global Family Prayer, an extension of 10 Days of prayer, Joel leads the Friday prayer hours from 18:00-20:00(Jerusalem time) and coordinates our weekly prayer ministry space.

Cor 3:6

Sanctuary Space is an extension of Cor 3:6 ministries. 

1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.2 Corinthians 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The overarching mission of equipping the body for works of ministry and building up the church is walked out through planting and watering. Through structural support and discipleship.
Sanctuary Space is the structural support portion of this mission. Building backyard structures for solitude, sanctuary, and hospitality.

Joel shares with us how God took him on a journey of providing a runway to help Christians provide hospitality to his neighbors, but also the lost, last and least, including the homeless. Many believers have a tough time with how to help the homeless beyond putting a dollar in their jar, or writing a check to the local soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

#1 Helping his neighbor build a prayer bench from pallet wood

(minute 42 in video/audio)

#2 Homeless family needed a van to live out of

(minute 51 in video/audio)

Responding to Holy Spirit “they need something” to someone in a Walmart parking lot, Joel embarked on realizing his vision of providing a “sanctuary” to those who needed it most – the homeless. His experiment taught him many things.

Conclusions:

  • Its all about equipping people in Christ, especially the young
  • People need an on-ramp / safe way to get comfortable with hospitality even with people they don’t know, or people who could potentially a safety threat, like someone who is homeless.
  • Its not the physical structure that’s important, its about the heart of helping people
  • Giving + Blessing = Enterprising
  • Parable of the talents not about money, about using our gifts to multiply for God

Interview: “Dean” of Entertainment, OMC 5-Fold

Having worked as an actor in Hollywood for over 10 years and currently as a communication/media consultant for college/sports teams, military personnel and entertainment executives…

Our guest shares his perspective on how the media mountain has been absorbed by the entertainment mountain and the implications of this for believers and culture. We’ll also explore how we (as believers) re-establish leadership, truth and entrepreneurialism in media, arts and entertainment and what business reforms we can catalyze in these areas.

Originally from California, our guest has lived in Bradenton, Florida for the past 18 years. He and his wife have been married since 2010 and they have two daughters (9) and (6).

I mentioned briefly last week that our guest spent a day with Charles and Esther Mully recently and found them to be quite extraordinary people. A friend of our guest co-produced the movie.

Discussion Topic

Harriet and Guerney Hunt co-lead our discussion today of “Mully” the movie about Charles and Esther Mully.

Watch the full documentary film here: Amazon Prime (free if subscriber) or Vudu (free with ads) or YouTube (Trust me – worth the 78 minute un time)

Harriet some months back after joining the New Breed Zoom calls, suggested: “Have you seen Mully the movie?” I said no. Harriet said that much of what I was talking about and my own testimony – in terms of doing business in a new way – trusting God – even for supernatural provision, rather than just in money – was echoed in Mully’s life journey and story.

Another cool tidbit is that Steve and Jacky Shenbaum (Gary Crawford’s son-in law and daughter – “Dean” of media Bradenton/Sarasota FL – who will be speaking next week) spent a day with Charles and Esther Mully and found them quite extraordinary human beings. A friend of Steve’s co-produced the movie.

Charles Mully is an amazing Christian man with an amazing calling. Growing up, he was abandoned by his alcoholic parents and became a “street boy”, effectively an orphan. He was told once by a gospel preacher “work hard and there is nothing impossible with God”. Later, he became a prominent entrepreneur and businessman in Kenya, starting with “Mully Ways” a taxi service, but then also a car shop, car parts, welding company, insurance brokerage, exclusive distributor of Total oil and gas in western Kenya, etc. He became one of the wealthiest men in Kenya. “The more you get, the more you want to have”, he said. And that “Money is more valuable than anything else you can think of. It is having the power in my hand”. He used to visit the World Trade Towers and up on the top floors, he thought to himself “this is my time” and that he was on top of the world “looking down at everyone else”.

BUT GOD – got a hold of Mully’s heart and convicted him to help the orphans, starting in the slums he grew up in. Charles said “Yes God. Use me.” and later “I will never ever do business again. I will never ever work for money”. Not just giving money from his income or wealth gained, but literally closing and selling his businesses and starting “Mully’s Christian Family” an orphanage. Effectively, he was re-deploying his business, management and administration skills for God’s Kingdom, but it was a type of “business” that helped house, train and feed the orphans. The orphans helped run the whole enterprise together as a “family” with their biological children. They trusted God in amazing ways! They didn’t always have money, but they had the favor of God! This included literally a transformation of a barren land into a productive lush land, where literally even the CLIMATE CHANGED. No joke.

So we use Mully as an amazing example of what is possible with God, the God of miracles, instead of the god of money. We can envisage what is possible in God though the life of this man and his family.

Guerney and Harriet Hunt

Also, let’s welcome Harriet and Guerney Hunt, who have led an extraordinary life of their own and how they embody the ONE NEW MAN in their marriage and in life. I have worked together with Guerney, Harriet and Grant Berry in Reconnecting Ministries/Messiah’s House as well as 10 Days of Prayer.

Guerney and Harriet will have been married 40 years on their anniversary in August 2021. Guerney works for IBM Research as a Research Staff Member in computer security. Harriet is a retired home school mom and a retired Semitic language TA from ATS. All five of their children have completed college and graduate degrees. Their two oldest children are married and between them, Guerney and Harriet have five grandchildren.

Guerney’s parents were divorced when he was five. He moved around a lot, spending about half his growing years in Tennessee and the other half in Michigan. He grew up with his mother and attributes his salvation to the prayers of his maternal grandparents. He is of African, native-American, and European descent. He met the Lord while an undergraduate at Michigan Technological University, where he majored in mathematics.

Guerney and Harriet met at Cornell University where Guerney was a graduate student in computer science and Harriet was an undergraduate in chemistry. Harriet grew up in a Conservative Jewish family in New York city. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science she went to Cornell, where she met the Lord.

Guerney and Harriet heard about the Mully movie through Focus on the Family. Harriet related to the movie on several levels. She had been to Kenya on a two-week mission’s trip in 2001 and seen several of the locations central to the Mully story. In addition, the story tied directly to what she was learning about ‘mishpat’ from her Hebrew professor. God’s design for creation is a society (mishpat) which has “his dynamic power embedded in it” and makes the world a “life giving and life sustaining place.” “In order for life to exist, it must be shared.” Mully’s story exemplifies this principle. As Mully followed the Lord in rescuing orphaned children, not only were their lives transformed, but so also was the environment.

Working Poor Dream

GameStop Part II

Gamestop:
52 week low:   $  2.57
52 week high:  $ 483 (2/27/21)
last Tuesday close: $ 90 (2/2/21)
this Tuesday close: $ 60 (2/9/21)

In the lead up to last week’s discussion on GameStop, I had this dream the morning of 2/2.

I was on a train looking out over city neighborhoods – could have been the outskirts of Chicago, or maybe NYC. As the train went by, I could clearly see families in multi-family homes, sitting out on their porches, gathered in their homes. The height of the buildings were 3 stories. It was row houses – not much land. It was a simple scene – nothing fancy. People were outside BBQing and hanging out with extended family. Densely populated neighborhoods. These folk didn’t have much, but they had a simple life and they had family together, friends and each other. Sense was that many ethnicities were represented, as well as many recent immigrants.

When I woke up from the dream, I felt the Holy Spirit was saying – the point about GameStop is that I care about the working poor and the working class (bottom 20%). These are the ones who matter. The Redditors vs. Wall Street Establishment is not the fight that matters. Itch for another fight. The fight for survival of the weak and the downtrodden – help train and equip the poor. Young ones, old ones, look to Your Maker. Instead of rallying to beat the man, rally to help the helpless, the downtrodden, the weak and infirmed, the heavy laden, those who need the most help. Invest in them. That’s the game. That’s the democratization of the economy.

“The righteous consider the cause of the poor” – Psalm 29:7

“The wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up” – Proverbs 13:22

“One who increases his wealth by interest of any kind, collects it for one who is gracious to the poor.” – Proverbs 28:8

“Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1‭-‬2

Other possible interpretation keys

  • Chicago = Milton Friedman’s poor
  • BBQ = Sacrifice to God
  • 3 Stories = 3rd Heaven

Exploration:

  • Let us explore together with creativity what this might look like
  • Imagineering

Questions that follow:

  • How could banking profit or remain solvent if they are helping the poor?
  • Would it work? Wouldn’t people just squat in houses and attempt to get free cars and other stuff?
  • How can the Church help? Not just in charitable donations, but in discipling people in a New Breed of thinking, in a new way of being – in Christ? To be entrepreneurial. To show people how to plant, cultivate and grow apple trees, not just hand out the apples.

Try me in these things, says God in His word.

You are the New Breed!

Roundtable Discussion: GameStop

52 week low:   $     2.57
52 week high:  $ 483.00 (last Wednesday)
Monday close: $ 225.00
Tuesday close:$   90.00 (down 60%)

What is going on with GameStop’s stock? And how have Robinhood, Reddit and WallStreetBets become such a big deal in the midst? Is this truly “Main Street” (the 99%) finally getting revenge on “Wall Street” (the 1%)?

We discuss what happened and the implications.

Part I: What exactly happened?

Let’s break down the market and regulatory mechanics, separating fact from fiction…

  • Who are the players: “Robinhood”, “Reddit”, “wallstreetbets”, and the “Shorts”
  • Secondary roles of Michael Burry/Scion, Steve Cohen/Point72, Citadel, Melvin Capital, Ryan Cohen/Chewy
  • Regulation surrounding retail trading, margin requirements, options
  • Role of clearinghouses such as the DTC and depository reserve requirements
  • Math of exponential customer and trading volume growth
  • How has “democratization” of trading changed the game? How has it not?  
  • What is the “gamification” of investing?
  • Is “shorting” stock good or bad for the market?
  • Definition of market manipulation – is it illegal?
  • Is a short-squeeze illegal?
  • What is “pump and dump”?
  • Role of Fed Reserve easing, easy money chasing returns, Fed buying bonds of all stripes

Part II: Sensationalism of the Story

  • Is this truly a modern day David vs. Goliath? Robinhood? With righteous intent?
  • A “Storming of the Bastille” moment? Proletariat take down of the Bourgeoisie? A revolution?
  • Are the “Wall Street” fat cats reaping what they have sown?
  • Or is this just another form of greed with different actors?
  • Bernie Sanders keeps saying Wall Street is rigged. Is it?
  • Are Wall Street insiders innocent of these charges?
  • “Occupy Wall Street” redux?
  • Is it all a sign of a “market top”? Are we in a bubble, that’s about to burst? Again?
watch min 3:55 sec re “fear and greed cannot be legislated away”

Part III: Implications for Believers

What Would Jesus Do?

“Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” – Rev 18:4

“So he called ten of his servants… and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.'” – Luke 19:13

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” – John 9:4

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.” – Proverbs 13:11 NLT

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” – James 4:13-17

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Tim 3:1-5

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matt 25:37… eating, drinking, giving in marriage – i.e., business as usual, ignorant of the times

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:8… persistent prayer, proclaiming the gospel in the end-times, trusting in God not lifting our soul to another

Even so, come, Lord Jesus! – John the Revelator

Implementation Interview

Gary Crawford, Bradenton/Sarasota FL area

Gary Crawford is an apostolic leader and elder in the east central Florida region, known regionally as the “Original Manatee County” comprising 8 counties surrounding the Bradenton / Sarasota area. They view their area as a type of Goshen styled “city of refuge” whereby the Church will be a beacon of light and hope as things become more difficult in the days ahead.

They have a 5-fold leadership and Kingdom unity movement known as the OMC which you can read more about here: https://www.oneomc.info/ Just this past week I was with Gary and the OMC team for their annual OMC leaders Summit: With “What then shall we do?” as the theme this year. It was held at the old OMC county seat known as Pine Level at the Pine Level Methodist Church, which has its own amazing history of revival around the early 1900s.

Also, Gary runs a multi-use commercial facility known as King’s Station that is like a Kingdom hub for the “7 spheres/mountains” in Bradenton Florida. Part of this center houses locally owned businesses, including his own BI-IT Consulting, which focuses on helping companies and nonprofits with administration and technology. Here’s an article in the local paper about it. And some of the interior pictures here

One of the subjects we will discuss tomorrow is, how do we unity communities and network them virtually? With Facebook and Twitter more and more censoring content, what must we do to build our own Kingdom social networks to facilitate transformation of communities and regions around the world. Answer? City Matters (https://www.citymatters.info/) which is a cloud based platform for organizing communities geographically or by affinity grouping.

Gary and his team have also prototyped many of the investment and banking ideas we have been discussing. You can read a paper we wrote about it together attached below called End Times Wealth Runway.Gary often states: “Wealth is it its place of Assignment” and he I’m sure will expand on that tomorrow morning.

Gary has been married to Ann 43 years, has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Implementation Interview

Jonathan Friz, founder 10 Days of Prayer.

Part time farmer, woodsman, marksman and entrepreneur hailing from Western Massachusetts. Full time man of provisional faith and trust in Jesus.

Jonathan features in the God’s Economy videos we made together back in 2014 and 2015. He has been active in learning how to trust God for his family of eight whilst sticking to biblical principles of Matt 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you”. This is the very essence of a life in Christ, but also that life coming forth in the New Breed of Business.

We also will discuss some of the vision and prototypes at the DL moody campus in Northfield as a type of New England Kingdom regional hub and ARK, continuing a discussion we had last year with Chris Lucey re JAMA in TX.

DL Moody Auditorium Northfield MA

4-in-1 ARK Concept

  • Prayer at center (e.g., Moody Chapel, Mt. Zion HOP, intercession, Tabernacle of David 24/7 worship and prayer)
  • Missions (e.g., Student Volunteer Movement, US Center for World Missions, Inherit The Nations)
  • Education (e.g., Moody girls and boys school, Training and Equipping for the NE Church, CS Lewis University)
  • Church Unity (e.g., summer campground gatherings, NE united nights of worship, 10 Days events)
  • Local Community (e.g., farming, commerce, housing, Trinity church Northfield)

Friz Family

Jonathan and Cassiani Friz: with their children, Gabriel, Sabbath, Evangeline, Johanna, Melchizedek, and Phineas.

The Friz family moved to New England in 2005 to attend Gordon-Conwell Seminary, never expecting that God would call them to stay and give their lives in the New England region. Jonathan is driven by a desire to see Jesus receive the answer to His prayer in John 17, “Let them be one as we are one.” To this end, he partners with believers in New England and around the nation, strengthening movements of prayer, unity, and spiritual awakening.  He’s the Founder of the 10 Days movement, seeking to draw city-wide churches into seasons of encountering the living God and loving one another. What is 10 Days of Prayer?

The Friz Family moved to Western Massachusetts in 2012 to establish a house of prayer in a region historically known for great revivals and mission movements. Cassi is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and works to bring healing and wholeness through wise food and delicious counsel. They are blessed with six amazing children!

Discussion Topic: Socialism

Dave Warn suggested we dedicate this next discussion to specifically review socialism (since most of our discussion last time focused on capitalism).

Discussion Questions:

  1. How has socialism become so popular in the USA again? With the Democratic Party turning hard to the left (and the emergence of Bernie Sanders as a young person’s populist). Especially with the next generation, under the kindler friendlier guise of “Democratic Socialism”?
  2. So, what is Democratic Socialism, how does it differ from historical socialism, communism, and marxism?
  3. Is there “socialism” in the bible? We examine “they held all things in common” in the early church and the book of Acts (Acts 2:44 & 4:32).
  4. Why is secular humanism (even atheism) so closely tied with socialism? And why has the Democratic party moving away from God (yet trying to retain some mentioning of God in the general elections). Witness the democratic conventions past several cycles.

Since we used Milton Friedman as somewhat of a foil as a “villain” in our discussion of capitalism, let’s now turn to him as a foil discussing socialism as a “sage”. As I mentioned last time, while I disagree with Friedman’s puritan Adam Smith philosophy, I I actually think Friedman was a brilliant mind (and debater) who had some great points especially about freedom. Here is one of them:

A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

Milton Friedman

Finally, how do we deal with socialism’s valid criticisms of the current capitalistic system? The wealthiest 1% vs. the 99%? The greed and corruption? The crony capitalism? The abuse of the poor?

If these are valid issues (sin in God’s sight), do we need to repent and course correct in the USA / Western Church?

And how does all this relate to God’s people being commanded to “come out of Babylon” in Revelation 18:4?