Rags to riches

Brad Stanton —  June 21, 2015 — Leave a comment

Andi Duli Rags to RichesAndi Duli came to the USA from Albania. He came with no English, no money and no connections, but was excited about the possibilities of a bright future here. He began learning English and delivered pizzas to make ends meet. Eventually he started college. After spending 3 years in college and not getting enough credits to advance beyond freshman status he knew he needed to find something better than delivering pizza.

He had $46 to his name but he still had the dream so he got started with a company that does health and nutrition. It is a company that teaches people everything they need to know to make money. No experience required. In the first 90 days he made over $28,000. In his first year made over $100,000. He kept working very hard and continued to build his business. Now he makes more in a month than most people make in a year.

He had to work very, very hard. He says if he can do it, anybody can. The man who had no money, connections and spoke little English made it big.

He says most people buy into the wrong plan. They are taught that they should work 40 hours a week and make $40,000 a year and after 40 years retire. He realized that there are opportunities out there that can bypass the system. You don’t have to be talented, but do have to be willing to work hard and not give up.

Interested in joining the same company? Email me and I’ll tell you how. brad@tlc33.com


summer_1100013185-1013intThey didn’t believe

Over 3000 years ago Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. They saw many miracles in Egypt before they left—the ten plagues. They were showered with gifts by the Egyptians as they left Egypt. At the Red Sea they saw the Egyptian army descending upon them. They doubted God. They didn’t really believe God was good. They didn’t believe that God really cared about them.

Then they saw the Red Sea swallow up their enemies as God protected them. They were able to go to the Promised Land. It was a land of wealth and abundance. There were houses already built and crops already planted. They could take the land, God promised, and live in houses they didn’t sweat and labor to build and eat crops they didn’t burden themselves to plant.

But they didn’t really believe God was good. They didn’t believe God cared about their finances, even though He showered them with gifts from the Egyptians.

Henry Ford said “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, either way you are right.” We can learn from super successful people like Ford. He helped the allies win World War 2. Most people thought it would be nearly impossible to design a factory to build heavy bomber aircraft at a rate of one a day. Germany had done it, perhaps, but they were far ahead of the US in the war effort.

Henry Ford designed an aircraft factory but it didn’t build one heavy bomber a day. It built one every 55 minutes. Hitler couldn’t believe it was possible. The massive output of bombers helped the allies defeat Germany.

So what Ford was saying was that if you believe you can, you will have the faith to do it. Jesus talked a lot about faith. Many atheists believe in the power of faith. East Germany had more Olympic gold medal winners per capita than any other country because they knew how to instill faith in their athletes.

So the Israelites stood looking at the Promised Land. They didn’t really believe God would make them rich like he said he would. Since they didn’t believe it, they didn’t get the blessings God had in store for them.

Do you believe God cares about you? He knows how many hairs are on your head. He cares about every detail in your life. Over and over the Bible says that he wants you to be happy. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace…Romans 15:13. Deuteronomy 16:14  1 Chronicles 15:16  2 Corinthians 2:3   Galatians 5:22   Colossians 1:12   Romans 12:12   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always…

The Bible also says God cares about your finances. Click here for more info.

Street kids

Brad Stanton —  June 12, 2015 — 3 Comments

feeding street kids in the PhilippinesI met Jericho for the first time at Christmas 2013. He was at the orphanage I visited in the Philippines. He was about eleven years old. His mother had dropped him off there a month before I arrived to visit. He didn’t have a father, and apparently his mother felt she just didn’t have the money to care for him. I watched him talking to my mother-in-law. I couldn’t understand the language he spoke, but it was obvious that he felt heartbroken and embarrassed that his mother had left him at the orphanage. I wished I could find his mother and help her find a job so that she could afford to keep him.

As I talked to some of the older orphans who spoke English, I realized how fortunate they were that the orphanage had been built. I had seen kids living on the streets there and it was a sad sight. I just can’t imagine how it would feel to be alone at such a young age. Children are sometimes abandoned and they have to learn how to find food. Some are so desperate that they fall into prostitution.

My mother-in-law (in the photo above) often feeds street kids who wander the neighborhood there. One boy comes to her house often. His father is in jail and his mother spends her time gambling. He sometimes doesn’t have anything to eat during the day so goes to her house and sometimes brings his friend who has no father or mother. Sometimes the meal she gives them is the only food they get all day.

There are children in Wichita, Kansas who don’t get enough to eat. Chances are there are children in your city in the same situation. Some kids have only one parent who might be so addicted that he/she spends all the family money on drugs. The kids can eat at school, but during the Christmas holiday they have nothing to eat. I have friends here who buy food and donate it to the social workers at the schools so that the kids can bring food home during the holidays.

Want to help street kids? There is so much that can be done. You can pray, donate or volunteer. We need people who are willing to spend some time on social media like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. to get the word out about this problem. Click here for more information.


sundown-at-the-bayA mayor of a city and his wife were driving down the street when they passed a gas station. The mayor saw a man who had dated his wife before they were married.

“Wow!” he said. “Just think, if you had married that man you would be spending your life with a gas station owner. You might be pumping gas now” he said grinning.

“No” his wife said. “If I had married him, he would be mayor.”

Maybe she was right.

Do you build up your loved ones? Do you encourage them and help them become the very best person they can be?

What would you ask your father/mother for if he/she was mayor of a city? What if he was governor of a state? What you ask for if your parent was president of the US?

What if your father was king of the universe? What would you ask him for?

If you really believe your father is the king of the universe, you can pray really big prayers. Jabez was called more honorable than his brothers because he prayed big prayers.

I Chronicles 4:Jabez was more honorable than his brothers… 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Jesus said faith is the key to answered prayer. In fact he said that about three dozen times. A few times he said that God’s will is important when you pray. Why did he mention that so seldom?

Matthew 21:21Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 9:22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

It took the apostles three years of full time study with Jesus to build their faith. Mountain moving faith is not built overnight. More verses about faith. http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/

I wrote a book about the power of prayer. In it I list some things the Bible says hinders prayers. Click here.

Miracles

Brad Stanton —  May 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

prayer changes thingsI have seen and heard of many, many miracles in my lifetime. One miracle that I’ll recount here is a miracle of healing for ….my car. Sounds silly right? But my car got fixed miraculously.
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I was driving a lady and her son to church one Sunday night in the mid 1980’s. In those days cars had carburetors. Someone had poured sugar into my gas tank because I crossed a picket line. My car would act like it was out of gas, then start going again. I’d lose power several times, but the engine always kept going. But the problem go worse and worse as the days went on. That evening on the way to church the car was really sputtering and it finally stopped. It wouldn’t start again. So we had to walk the rest of the way to church.
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At the end of the church service the lady asked the church to pray for my car, which they did. I went to my car, turned the key and it started beautifully and never gave me any trouble after that. It was a miracle. More miracles and information about the joy of prayer in my book: Keys to Powerful Prayer at www.getprayerpower.com