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We live in the riches country in the WORLD, the most powerful nation on the face of the universe, but here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment, some are living on the streets, seniors are having to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, over 40 million AMERICANS do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?  The real deal is this, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us.  JESUS told us that the poor will always be with us.  Therefore, I ask you this one simple question, “DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?



When Jesus preached his SERMON ON THE MOUNT, he spoke these words, BLESSED are the poor, for yours is the KINGDOM OF GOD.  BLESSED are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  BLESSED are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  BLESSED are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the SON OF MAN’S sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that JESUS was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the POVERTY line.  In this view, the poor are seen as GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the WORLD TO COME.  And the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of GOD should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we don’t offer ourselves up as servants of CHRIST or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”



Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  But doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.



Let us live with the blessed assurance that God will never leave us are forsake us.  Those who believe can rest on God’s promises and enjoy the fruits of our labor knowing that we are truly a child of THE KING who can do all things but fail.  In our knowing and understanding of the WORLD, let us be mindful that, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”





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Every day I receive thousands of emails from our readers from all over the world.  I try to read most of them and sometimes a few of them really touches my heart and brings a tear to my eye.  This posting today is one of those emails that did just that.  I am posting it just as it was sent and I hope you experience some of the heartfelt joy I did from reading this email. Here it is.

Good morning, said the Lady, as she walked up to the man sitting on the ground. The man slowly looked up. This was a Lady that was clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.  She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. “Leave me alone,” he growled….To his amazement, the Lady continued standing.

She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.  “Are you hungry?” she asked.  “No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the President. Now go away.  “The Lady’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. “What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to leave me alone. Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked. “No problem here, officer,” the Lady answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”  The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”  “See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.” “This is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it.”

Finally, and with some difficulty, the Lady and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived…

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this man in trouble?”

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business.” Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The Lady turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled……. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”  “Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”  “And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”  “What business is that of yours?”  I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”  “Oh.”  The Lady smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?” “No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.” “Then perhaps a cup of coffee to go?” “Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice.”

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.  “That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.. “Jack, do you remember me?”  Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the Lady continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. “I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said. “Don’t thank me,” the Lady answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus…… He led me to you.”

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the Lady paused at the entrance before going their separate ways…. “Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And thank you for the coffee.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.  Remember, God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close.  If you need God to open some doors for you, bless someone today as God has blessed you in so many wonderful ways.


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This morning I speak truth to power to the occupiers of Wall Street from around the globe, know that you are not alone.  The Lord told me to tell you, to Rise and Shine, that your time has come.  The police may evict you physically from the parks, but they cannot evict the ideal that God has placed in your minds.  He said he would never leave you are for sake you.  You will be protected and he shall shine his light on the darkness of Wall StreetGreed can only last for a period of time.    People from everywhere are standing with you.  We all are the 99%, and we will be with you through the end.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Know that the children of Israel were facing a similar situation some 2000 years ago.  God sent his servant Moses to lead his people from bondage and the hands of Pharaoh and into the promise land.  Now some 2000 years later Pharaoh and his army on Wall Street have risen again.  Once again, God has heard your cries and felt your pain. What God did then, he surely will do again.

Therefore, I encourage you to stand strong; do not allow your faith to be broken by the enemy of darkness.   Now listen to the words of the Lord your God.  This is the message he wants you to take to heart today as you begin your new offensives.  “Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
God’s bright glory has risen for you.
The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
all people sunk in deep darkness,
But God rises on you,
his sunrise glory breaks over you.
Nations will come to your light,
kings to your sunburst brightness.
Look up! Look around!
Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you:
Your sons coming from great distances,
your daughters carried by their nannies.
When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles!
Your heart will swell and, yes, burst!
All those people returning by sea for the reunion,
a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations!
And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see,
young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah,
Pouring in from the south from Sheba,
loaded with gold and frankincense,
preaching the praises of God.
And yes, a great roundup
of flocks from the nomads in Kedar and Nebaioth,
Welcome gifts for worship at my altar
as I bathe my glorious Temple in splendor.

“What’s that we see in the distance,
a cloud on the horizon, like doves darkening the sky?
It’s ships from the distant islands,
the famous Tarshish ships
Returning your children from faraway places,
loaded with riches, with silver and gold,
And backed by the name of your God, The Holy of Israel,
showering you with splendor.
Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
and their kings assist you in the conduct of worship.
When I was angry I hit you hard.
It’s my desire now to be tender.
Your Jerusalem gates will always be open
—open house day and night!—
Receiving deliveries of wealth from all nations,
and their kings, the delivery boys!
Any nation or kingdom that doesn’t deliver will perish;
those nations will be totally wasted.
The rich woods of Lebanon will be delivered
—all that cypress and oak and pine—
To give a splendid elegance to my Sanctuary,
as I make my footstool glorious.
The descendants of your oppressor
will come bowing and scraping to you.
All who looked down at you in contempt
will lick your boots.
They’ll confer a title on you: City of God,
Zion of The Holy of Israel.
Not long ago you were despised refuse—
out-of-the-way, unvisited, ignored.
But now I’ve put you on your feet,
towering and grand forever, a joy to look at!
When you suck the milk of nations
and the breasts of royalty,
You’ll know that I, God, am your Savior,
your Redeemer, Champion of Jacob.
I’ll give you only the best—no more hand-me-downs!
Gold instead of bronze, silver instead of iron,
bronze instead of wood, iron instead of stones.
I’ll install Peace to run your country,
make Righteousness your boss.
There’ll be no more stories of crime in your land,
no more robberies, no more vandalism.
You’ll name your main street Salvation Way,
and install Praise Park at the center of town.
You’ll have no more need of the sun by day
nor the brightness of the moon at night.
God will be your eternal light,
your God will bathe you in splendor.
Your sun will never go down,
your moon will never fade.
I will be your eternal light.
Your days of grieving are over.
All your people will live right and well,
in permanent possession of the land.
They’re the green shoot that I planted,
planted with my own hands to display my glory.
The runt will become a great tribe,
the weakling become a strong nation.
I am God.
At the right time I’ll make it happen.”  (Isaiah 60:1-12 MSG)

I tell all you doubters, to listen up, “THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE OCCUPIERS OF WALL STREET TO RISE AND SHINE.   So there will be no mistake of what God’s message to you is, listen to his final words in this message once again, The runt will become a great tribe, the weakling become a strong nation. I am God.  At the right time I’ll make it happen.”

We bless this word to you, that it may reach deep into your minds and lift you to higher ground.  God’s word will never leave you are forsake you.  “Believe it and act on it.”  It is your weapon again the evil forces of darkness.  When you put on the whole armor of God, you can be assured that no weapon formed against you, shall ever prosper.

The seeds of prosperity, peace, love and power have been planted in fertile soil.  God’s command, “to Rise and Shine,” has reverberated around the world.  Now with time, the manifestation of your labor will germinate into its reality and you will stand victories at the top of the mountain holding high the crown of glory that God has already provided for you.  We encourage you to think GLOBALLY and work LOCALLY, allowing your voices to be heard like thunder all over the world.  I stand with you as your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!



So many of our churches have become polluted places of worship, and God is not pleased with what is going on.  Sin of all sorts is running rapidly throughout the body.  Our Priest, Bishops, Pastors and other Church officials, are engaging in sexual immorality with young children of both sexes and then doing everything to hide it from their members and the public at large.  Once such immoral activities are uncovered, and the leaders are asked to account for their actions a light is shined on the church and the membership has to pay out millions of dollars for lawsuits that are brought against the church leadership and sometimes the church itself.  This is truly a case to be made how the Priest, Bishops, and Pastors are keeping their members prosperity poor.

These sorts of immoral activities that are committed by our Priest, Bishops, Pastors and other Church officials defile the church and bring condemnation upon the entire body.  The body must learn how to stop condoning what they know is the truth concerning their leaders and start confronting them with the truth of how God intends for His Church to operate.

The one important thing that we all must realize is that these sort of immoral activities are not new within our churches.  For thousands of years our churches have had to deal with these sorts of activities among their regular members.  We all know of someone at some church that is dealing with these issues today.  Therefore, the question becomes how we confront the people that are committing these acts of sexual immorality and at the same time provide comfort to them as well as the victim of these immoral acts.

In Paul’s first letter to the church of Corinth, he wrote, “I also received a report of scandalous sex within your church family, a kind that wouldn’t be tolerated even outside the church: One of your men is sleeping with his stepmother. Moreover, you are so above it all that it does not even faze you! Shouldn’t this break your hearts? Shouldn’t it bring you to your knees in tears? Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with? (1 Corinthians 5:1-2 MSG)

A report had been delivered to Paul regarding sexual immorality going on among the believers in Corinth.  The Corinthian church had been unwilling to discipline this man.  Paul prefaced his pronouncement of knowledge of this situation by saying that the problem was so evil that even the pagans did not do it—quite an indictment on these believers.  Most of the believers knew about the sinful relationship already, but apparently they had been unwilling to admit it, so Paul described the sin point-blank:  He said a man in the church was living in sin with his father’s wife” (probably his stepmother).  Whether the man had seduced this woman away from his father, or whether the woman was divorced or widowed is unclear.  In any case, even the pagans would have shuddered at this, but the church members were trying to ignore the situation.

We know from our study of this situation that the problem of arrogance in the Corinthian church had spilled over to the point where they were tolerating flagrant sin.  Instead of being proud of themselves, they should have been mourning in sorrow and shame.  Then, they should have removed the man from the fellowship.  The church must discipline flagrant sin among its members such sins, left unchecked, can divide and paralyze a church.  This “removal” of the person was not meant to be vengeful but to help bring about a cure.

Today in our society, tolerance has become such a battle cry in the media and in political and educational circles that it has affected even the church.  It is very difficult for people to discipline sin in church members because everyone is trying to be accepting of others.  People say, “Who am I to judge?  I have sin in my life.”  So they want all sin excused, including their own.  We must not let modern-day low standards determine what is true and right for the church.

While those in the Corinthian church had failed to do anything about this man sin, Paul himself would tell them what had to be done.  Now listen to what the Bible tells us how Paul dealt with this situation.  It is a critical point, which we all as Church leaders need to think deeply about this matter.  Here is how Paul described what he would do, “I’ll tell you what I would do. Even though I am not there in person, consider me right there with you, because I can fully see what is going on. I am telling you that this is wrong. You must not simply look the other way and hope it goes away on its own. Bring it out in the open and deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master. Assemble the community I will be present in spirit with you, and our Master Jesus will be present in power. Hold this man’s conduct up to public scrutiny. Let him defend it if he can! However, if he cannot, then out with him! It will be totally devastating to him, of course, and embarrassing to you. But better devastation and embarrassment than damnation. You want him on his feet and forgiven before the Master on the Day of Judgment.  (1 Corinthians 5:3-5 MSG)

Was this punishment to harsh for the church to be handing out to one of their faithful members, or did Paul have it just right?  It is my belief that Paul had weighed the matter and had correctly passed judgment.  As an apostle and the spiritual father of the church of Corinth, Paul had the authority to deal with the matter and he understood the danger to the church if the sin were to remain undisciplined.  Paul told the church, in no uncertain terms to call a meeting of the whole congregation so they would witness and support the action.  As they met, Paul would be there in spirit, because he carried the authority as an apostle, and the power of the Lord Jesus would also be with them as they met.  The entire situation was under the mighty power of the Lord Jesus to deal with the man’s spirit and to bring him to repentance.

Paul explained the discipline that should be carried out.  Cast this man out of the church and into Satan’s hands.  This would mean excluding him from the fellowship of believers.  Without the spiritual support of Christians, this man would be left alone with his sin and Satan, and hopeful this emptiness would drive him to repentance.  The church could not literally give him to Satan, for only God can consign a person to eternal judgment.  It was meant to force him to see the consequences of sin by living in Satan’s sphere of influence, the world apart from Christ and the church.

That his sinful nature will be destroyed meant that the exclusion from the fellowship would help the man to face his sinful, selfish nature (flesh), repent, and return to the churchPaul wanted this sinner to experience the crucifixion of his sinful nature.  It may take such drastic measures to deal with the sinful nature, but how much more important for the man that he face this and repent in order that he would be saved in the end.  Paul hoped that this harsh disciplinary action might be of eternal benefit to the man.

The one thing that we notice concerning Paul harsh disciplinary action of the man, the woman was not mention as to any disciplinary action taken against her.  Therefore, we must assume that the omission of discipline for the woman implies that she was not a believer.  The church is responsible for disciplining only its members, not unbelievers.

Our Churches today need the spiritual determination to deal with sin such as these that affect the whole Church.  But excommunication as a form of discipline, and moving Priest, Bishops and Pastors from one church to another and not holding them accountable for their actions is a crime as well as a sin in itself again God and all of humanity.  When our spiritual leaders stand before us knowing in their hearts that the life that they are living is immoral and perverted and their teachings are sinful and shameful in nature, they should be condemned just as Paul condemned the man that was sleeping with his father’s wife.

This kind of activity harms the church, the community and all of humanity.  The church is not only spiritually damaged, but it and its members are financially damaged, because the tithes that they had been putting into the store house now has to be paid out for sexual immorality instead of helping to lift its members up out of poverty, and with the poverty rate at an all time high in this country, this is why we call it as it really is, “Pastors must stop keeping their members prosperity poor.”

In our next installment of “Pastors must stop keeping their members prosperity poor,” we will discuss with you, how forgiving the offender of sexual immorality should be dealt with.  I think all of you who wrote and requested additional teachings on this important subject.  There were hundreds of you who commented on (Part 1) of this continuing series.  For those of you who are reading this teaching for the first time, may I suggest to you on the right side of the home page to click on any month, then on the left side of the page under categories, stroll down to Pastors and click there.  In the center of the page look for the title, “Pastors must stop keeping their members prosperity poor.”

May I encourage each one of you to think globally and work locally?  I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.


Why do some people complain so much about not having the things they want, not being able to do what they want to do and always blaming others for the situation they are in?  The answer is simple.  They lack the will power to make the change.  You see, we are a source of power.  The energy it takes to operate our bodies and minds are contained within.  We were created from the beginning of time in the image of the greatest power source ever known to man.  That is we were created in the image of God.  And in the image of God, He created Himself within each one of us.  That makes us a very unique creature.  Therefore anything that we desire, we can simply will it to be and we shall have it.  Nothing is beyond our ability to have and be what we want to have and be.  We are the tower of power.  Having what we want is so simple, it can be down right frighten, and that is part of the reason that we experience so much lack in our lives because things that are simple we discard it as not being worthy of it’s pursuit.  We argue with our self and then loose the argument because we see it as being too simple.


The time has come that we must begin a new way of thinking.  We must change our old way and allow the simple things of life to enter in.  God wants us to be just like Him, if he didn’t, he would not have created us like Himself.  He would not have equipped us with the power to be a creative force.  We now must learn how to use that power to build the world that we want to live in and place within that world all the things that we desire to have from within our own unique minds.  We must turn our lack into plenty.  Our desire for change must become a burning desire.  So much so that we awaken each day experiencing something new, seeing  ourselves as being in control and not some other power being in control of us.  We must begin to treat our minds as the instrument of change, and when we do this consistently, a change will begin to come over us.


Let me use the example of a very wise man from the Bible.  His name is King Solomon.  He was known as a man with great wisdom.  Why?  Because he learned early on that there was a universal aspect of God, and he used his knowledge of God to influence his thought process in order to develop his own reality of wisdom.  Thought and knowledge are one and the same. Knowledge influences your thought process.  Therefore in order to have real power you must first gain knowledge of how things work in order to build and control your own world.  God told King Solomon to ask him for anything he wanted, and Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge.  God said to Solomon, “I grant you both,” because God knew Solomon was on to something great by asking him only for wisdom and knowledge.  King Solomon took what God had granted him and used it to become one of the wealthiest men of his time.


You to can do the same, once you learn to control your own thought process.  Gain the knowledge of the object of your pursuit, and allow your creative thought process to develop your reality of what you are trying to attract into your life.  Nothing you desire is beyond your control.  You have the power to have anything and everything you desire in life.  The thoughts that you express through your words shape your life. Change your thoughts and you can change your world.  You can build a brand new world, the one that you have dreamed of all your life.  You must stop allowing outside circumstances and situations to determine what you think.  Learn to shape your own thought process by the accumulative knowledge that you have obtained during your own life time.  Develop a new way of looking at the world and all it has to offer.  Bring into your new world your own reality of what your world is going to be. If you consciously choose the thoughts, phrases and words that you repeat in your mind, your life will start to change. You will begin creating new situations and circumstances. You will be using the power of attraction to effect the change you are seeking to make.

If you want your life to change, start right now from the place in life you find your self and begin to develop a positive attitude about the reality of your own world.  No body can do this for you; you must do it for your self.  No body can give you enough money to have the things you want in life are pay your mortgage, car note or any other expense in order for you to have and live the life style you desire.  Because sooner or latter that money will run out and you will be right back where you were before you received it asking for more.  No you must begin to effect the change within your own mind, gain the knowledge of a wealth building conscious in order to have the true desires of your heart.




Few things are more important to effective leadership than a vision.  Good leaders foresee something out there, vague as it might appear from the distance that others do not see.  Godly leaders who are followers of Christ must first have a vision of who God is and the future he holds for them.  They must also have a sense of what God has called them to do.

What is the focus of your life?  Are you a person of passion for the things of God, or is that passion just a sporadic experience for you?  If you had to describe the compelling treasure in your life, what would it look like?

It is crucial for a leader to know how to identify and cultivate a personal vision.  However, where do such visions originate?  Burt Nanus provides us with a good definition of the word vision, and Jesus demonstrates how to keep our vision in line with God’s purposes.

In his book Visionary Leadership, Burt Nanus defines a vision as “a realistic, credible, attractive future for your organization.  It is your articulation of a destination toward which your organization should aim, a future that is better, more successful, or more desirable for your organization than is the present.”  Nanus contends that the right vision “Is an idea so energizing that it in effect jump-starts the future by calling forth the skills, talents, and resources to make it happen.”

Over the course of his ministry, Jesus consistently cast an energizing vision of the coming kingdom of God.  He repeatedly described the character and conduct that would define
citizens of that kingdom.  The Lord’s vision was so compelling that the twelve disciples left everything to follow his lead.  Thousands of others also took their direction from him.

Yet, in spite of the Lord’s consistent message, the disciples had a hard time grasping the fact that ushering in the kingdom of God would require suffering.  When Jesus clearly explained his impending death, Peter rebuked him for making such an assertion.  He was probably shocked when the Lord abruptly turned the tables and said, “Get behind me, Satan!”  Peter’s problem was that he allowed his personal and self-centered agenda to box in God’s plan.  Ultimately, such self-serving visions are satanically inspired.

Leaders need to be sure their vision is consistent with God’s purposes.  Moreover, when cross currents threaten to sweep the vision into another channel, they must work to keep it heading in the right direction.  They cannot allow self-serving interests—their own or someone else’s—to distort their vision of the future and prevent God’s purposes from being fulfilled.


The ENS did a great job reporting about the opening of the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy. In my opinion, the most noteworthy part is when Dr. Jacques Diouf, the director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, pointed out the shameful contrast between what we waste and how relatively little it would take to eradicate world hunger. After pointing out the trillions spent yearly on militarism and the billions of dollars worth of food wasted, Dr. Diouf asked, “How can we explain to people of good sense and good faith that it was not possible to find US$30 billion a year to enable 862 million hungry people to enjoy the most fundamental of human rights: the right to food and thus the right to life?” Resources that could go towards feeding the hungry and eradicating poverty are spent on expensive and needlessly destructive endeavors such as the occupation of Iraq and the war on drugs like marijuana. I could never describe how intensely that upsets me.

Posted in Poverty News | Discuss at Hunger Forums • Poverty In Africa Sponsoring a Child Helps Provide Health Care, Education & Food. • Global Food Crisis Surging prices worldwide causing families to suffer. You can help! • Food for the Hungry Making a difference in hard places to overcome all forms of poverty! • Sponsor a Child A struggling child needs help today Are you ready to change a life? • Feed Hungry Children Childcare Worldwide feeds children in third-world countries. • World Help Children of the World Choir Help for Today Hope for Tomorrow • Real solutions to poverty Turn goodwill into effective action • Feed The Children Helping poor, hungry and famine- stricken children worldwide. • Living with Hunger Harrowing film about the reality of surviving with hunger in Ethiopia • Help Us Save Lives Please, help us Change the World One Child at a Time. Thanks! By Erin Fitzgerald Four children of different backgrounds stand in a line clasping hands and smiling. In this carefree scene filled with lush green grass and blooming flowers, these children don’t have to worry about equal opportunities in life. Their futures are shining brightly, and their dreams are well within their grasp. But this perfect society is only an illusion. A dream that 16-year-old Wilda Vasquez Ibanez, a sponsored youth, portrays in her mural titled “Right to Equality.” The reality is much harsher for children in impoverished countries. Here in Guatemala, where Wilda lives, some families can’t even afford to buy nutritional food, let alone help their children pursue an education. Their children’s futures are dim, shadowed by a lack of knowledge and a society where the poor often can’t break free of poverty. Wilda completed her “Right to Equality” painting as part of a contest organized by social organizations. Painting has helped her overcome her shyness, and she hopes to attend college. In the meantime, she wants people to learn from and understand one another through her paintings. “Age, color, gender and race are not important,” Wilda said. “We are all human and should receive the same opportunities.”

Visual messages serve as an important tool of communication in Latin America, where reading isn’t stressed as much as it is in the United States, said Vickie Coromac, Children International’s regional director for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. “Some of the adolescents in our program in Latin America found that a good way to reach others was using visual art,” Coromac said. “You retain an image better. It stays in your brain.” While impoverished families may still struggle to find work and send their children to school, sponsorship – and paintings like Wilda’s – give them a reason to dream. Wellington Gonzalez and Astrid Salazar of United International’s Guatemala City project office contributed this report to Children International’s web site.

Help Fight World Poverty • According to UNICEF, 30000+ children die each day due to poverty, or over 9.8 million children a year. • Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

• The death rate for children under the age of 5 is an unbelievable 210000 week, approx 11 million a year.

• 1 billion children, every 2nd child in the world is currently in poverty.

• 640 million children go without adequate shelter. • 400 million children do not have access to safe water.

• 270 million children have no access to health services.

• 1.4 million children die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

• 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized. 15 million children are orphaned yearly due to HIV/AIDS.

• Half the world’s population nearly three billion people live on less than two dollars a day. [Numbers are according to the World Bank.]

• There is nearly a billion people in the world that are unable to read a book or sign their names. [The State of the World’s Children, 1999, UNICEF]

• Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific. [World Resources Institute Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems, February 2001]

• 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 3 billion live on under two dollars a day. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 1.3 billion have no access to clean water. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 3 billion have no access to sanitation. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 2 billion have no access to electricity. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10] Poverty In Africa Sponsoring a Child Helps Provide Health Care, Education & Food. Global Food Crisis Surging prices worldwide causing families to suffer. You can help! Food for the Hungry Making a difference in hard places to overcome all forms of poverty! Sponsor a Child A struggling child needs help today Are you ready to change a life? Feed Hungry Children Childcare Worldwide feeds children in third-world countries. World Help Children of the World Choir Help for Today Hope for Tomorrow Real solutions to poverty Turn goodwill into effective action Feed The Children Helping poor, hungry and famine- stricken children worldwide. Living with Hunger Harrowing film about the reality of surviving with hunger in Ethiopia Help Us Save Lives Please, help us Change the World One Child at a Time. Thanks!

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES urge you to click on any one of the above links and see how you can help make a difference in the lives of one of God’s angels.  The Children are suffering, and these organizations need your help.   We all have a role to play in helping to eliminate poverty in America and through out the world.  You can help change the world by becoming a part of this great outreach world ministry and saying, “God here I am, send me.”

NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE A STAND! Just click on the CONTACT US link above and leave your email address and we will get back with you.  You are Divine, and as a Divine Servant of the Lord, you have been given talents that are needed in this Ministry to help take the gospel to the world as Jesus did and at the same time bring releif to those that are in the greatest need.

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES are taking the gospel to the world and changing the world one soul at a time.


Also, take a few more minutes and click on THE FIGHTING WORLD POVERTY link above and watch the video on Poverty in America and the one on World Poverty.

Now we wish each one of you who have read this message and act upon what God has led you to do in your hearts, peace, power, purpose and prosperity.

Your Servant in Christ

Pastor Davis Byars


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