A Book?

BookCoverPhotoHere it is January 2016, and I’m still trying to figure out where 2015 went. I mean it just flew by! I can say though, that it was a pretty good year. It was a year of some serious battles. At the beginning of 2015 during the 21 day fast, God prompted me to write a book. What!? I remember saying that in prayer close to the end of the fast. He didn’t just stop there. He proceeded to give me the outline of the book and the topics. I was to fast the following 3 days after this fast end. I did, and I received the rest of the chapter titles and I miraculously wrote the first 7 chapters! Ok, you didn’t get it. During this extra 3 day fast, in prayer I wrote the first 7 chapters of a 26 chapter book! I’ve never written a book or anything before, but it’s now January 2016 and I published my first self published book on December 23, 2015!

I had to endure all kinds of attacks from Satan, as he definitely did not want me to finish this book. I quit the radio show, and got off FACEBOOK for some time because I was in a dark place. I almost didn’t find my way back out. It was sexual attacks; masturbation issues. It was then feeling guilty and worthless issues. I couldn’t even find a job and so that played on my “manhood”. I felt abandoned by my “so called friends”. I reached out for help and no-one was there for me, despite the fact that I have always been there for them and others. I sank deeper and deeper. I went for a period not even speaking to my wife; like 7 days or so not a word to her.  I could hear her and The Holy Spirit shouting for me to snap out of it! I finally did and I was so tired. It felt as if I had been in the fight of my life. I guess I kind was because this was a very important task that God wanted me to do and Satan absolutely did not want me to succeed.

But, I did! God is more powerful and He snatched me out of that darkness and got me back on track to finish what He started! I am so much better now for having gone through that dark time. I can not take anything for granted or take the attacks from the enemy lightly. God has shown me that it’s a different ball game now as I have stepped out into fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. This is where the saying, “be careful what you ask for” becomes very real! As long as I let God fight my fights and I stay obedient to what he wants me to do, I will win and succeed every time!

Guess what? and so will you. This book was written for you. It’s just another tool to help empower and prepare you to get to your ultimate purpose that God has for you. This book can help get you to the purpose of these few questions:

Where are you with living your life on purpose?

Do you know what God’s purpose is for you?

Do you want to be more intentional with your growth as a man, husband, father, and leader?

Do you find yourself battling between what God wants for you and what society demands of you?

What I want to introduce to you today is a gift God gave me during that past years, 2015 21 day fast; that i mentioned a bit further back, where I was seeking answers to a simple question of my own: What am I supposed to be doing right now? I was asking this question because it seemed my life was going nowhere and that I was doing absolutely nothing for God’s kingdom. i just felt, well to be honest, like a loser. The more I studied, prayed, and pressed into Him during this particular fast, some thoughts and feelings began to change. I mages from my past began to form a larger picture. God began showing me what I would be doing in the upcoming months. I began writing down what God was sharing with me, and now I am able to share it all with you! I know this is just the beginning of a whole new journey that God put together and let it play out in His timing, and I’m only too excited to see what is next!

MY BRAND NEW BOOK:

The ABC’s of MAN ON PURPOSE

26 steps to become the man you are intended to be.

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I believe with all my heart that you will truly enjoy this book. I believe if you allow God to speak to you through the scriptures and the prayers in this book, you will be blessed with receiving the answers to your questions too!

TRUTHS – Transformation

Romans 12: 1 – 2 NIV
1 Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
This is the verse that I want to concentrate on, but I want to share another version I came across as I was preparing this teaching. It’s the Message version and it definitely doesn’t leave any room for questioning what is meant in the previous version.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life- and place it before God as an offering. Embrace what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention to God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to the level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
It really can’t get any plainer or simpler than that. This is the same teaching I shared on my blogtalkradio show: Real Life Man Talk yesterday night and so wanted to share it here in my blog. We are talking about “Transformation”. What is “Transformation” and how does one become transformed? Using simplest terms possible, “transformation” really means and involves “change”. Uh Oh, I said the “bad” word of life. So many people just don’t like “chan

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ge”. We may know that we need to change, but yet we try to fight change. No one grows or gets better without change. I looked up the meaning of “transformation” and the Greek word is metamorphoo – a. to change into another form b. From which comes the word “metamorphosis” c. used to describe a change of form (e.g., when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly) SO the idea or concept here, is for us as Christians to undergo a complete change – We who are caterpillars are to become butterflies. Transformation is something we allow to be done to us  – not something we do by our own power alone. We submit to God’s power and by His grace we are changed into another being thus becoming a “new creation in Christ”.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here!
This applies to those who call themselves disciples or followers of Christ. If one is truly  in a relationship with God, one can’t help but be transformed. We can not in our old ways adhere to the things of God – You can not serve two masters.
Matthew 6:24 NIV
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
One of the processes of transformation we talked about is: “the renewing of one’s mind”.
Renewing of one’s mind is a vital part of any transformation. Whether you are on a weight loss transformation, a health and fitness transformation, or a self improvement transformation, you need to first start with a “renewing of your mind” to reach your goal. You have to take out the “old” thoughts and practices and replace them with “new”, positive, uplifting spiritual thoughts and practices. It’s like “spring cleaning”, but more permanent. We have to rid ourselves of the things that take away our focus on our transformation, to set our hearts on the the things above. This is a progressive thing that takes time, but with God’s help very doable.
Colossians 3:1-2 NIV
1 Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
The Message
1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
This is telling us to set our minds on the things above, not on earthly things. The more you surround yourself with the things of God, then so will you become transformed. This teaching is the same with anything that you want to “become”. In my leadership training it works the same way. If I want to continue to grow and “become” a better leader I need to surround myself with things and people of leadership. That means I don’t spend time reading books that have no “growth value”. I surround myself with other “like-minded” people to learn from and share with. I invest in going to leadership conferences, again to continue learning and growing. God wants that and more from us. He not only wants the “doing”, He wants a relationship with us. In any relationship it takes effort to grow that relationship. You spend lots, and lots of time with that person to get to know them. You think about them during the day. That’s what God wants from us. The more we seek Him in prayer, and in His word, and talk about Him to others – a transformation takes place inside of us. We no longer want the things that have no value. Our wants and desires begin to line up with His will and purpose for our lives! We can’t change ourselves – we can change what we do to let God do the changing in us. With time the “caterpillars” become beautiful “butterflies” living to fulfill why you are here in the first place.
Romans 8:5 NIV
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
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May has come to an end, but not….

……without a few great things that have taken place. I want to share with you about some stuff that has been going on starting before May. Some of you who have been following my MAN ON PURPOSE blogtalk radio show, know that my first show aired on September 27, 2012 and I went off air in January, 2013. I put the radio show aside because I thought I needed to work and be more involved in using my John Maxwell leadership certification to make money facilitating mastermind groups and speaking at events. So I got me a $9.00 hr job at the call center for the company my wife works for and started putting together material for a local leadership event. I thought this made more sense, so that’s what I did. Of course, I never really got confirmation from God. So, yet again I spent money on new business cards, a 24×36 poster, invite cards, post cards, purchased 6 john Maxwell books to give away and whatever else was needed to make the event successful. I eventually put in my 2 weeks notice to concentrate on recruiting individuals to come to the event. I had quite a few important management and executive level individuals from my wife’s company she works for as well as individuals from a church we were attending. I even recruited a friend and fellow John Maxwell team member to come in from Georgia to assist. All in all we counted on about 40 to be in attendance.collegeMOP2

I guess God really had another plan for me. How could I have missed it by so much? The what, the why, and the how’s started setting in. You see, I allowed myself to be misled all because I needed to make money in the way I thought I needed to, and not allowing God to have a say in the decision. I finally get it, I told God afterwards.

I had no choice but to go on with the meeting. I didn’t want to though. I was embarrassed and I felt let down. You see, only four people showed up. Ugh!

But that’s ok, that was the wake up call I needed. That was in April. With the nudge from God and Carrie, I began preparing for my return to blogtalkradio in May. As I mentioned earlier, May has not been without some exciting happenings.

Since going back to producing the shows for MAN ON PURPOSE Radio on blogtalkradio my listens have really increased dramatically. Just for the month of May the show has had 3,477 listens, from just this one show! I was getting those number of listens in October, November, December and in January but with two shows. I also had ConnectionLeadership on Thursday nights hosted by myself until a friend of mine took over that show. I stopped all shows in January and was absent for three months. The results from September 2012 to May 2013 are a staggering 20,005 listens! With that said, I have received the opportunity to become part of the Salem Broadcasting Network starting July 1, 2013 which would make me a Nationally Syndicated Radio Host. I have also been offered the chance to air my own show on the LeSea Broadcasting Network with World Harvest Radio which airs in 190 countries worldwide which puts MAN ON PURPOSE in the International arena as well. All of this helps with becoming more credible in the radio industry. I am not here on my own idea or desire. This all has happened by God’s hand. I am blessed and grateful, as well as really enjoying the path that God is taking me. What better platform or way to reach so many men who need help in their daily routines in becoming a better man. My days consist of bible reading and studying, prayer, conversations with men, writing and preparation for the show on Wednesday nights as well as trying to complete my first book. I have come to realize that I am in full time ministry.

MAN ON PURPOSE needs your help. We need to start raising funds to continue this work. While the opportunities are an awesome chance to continue spreading the word to men worldwide, it all has a price and it takes money. So, please would you prayerfully consider helping MAN ON PURPOSE with any amount you can. Your support would go towards making MAN ON PURPOSE a non-profit 501c3 organization, paying for the required amounts to be able to stay on blogtalkradio.com, Salem Broadcasting Network, and LeSea Broadcasting Network.

Any support can be sent via paypal to: amanonpurpose@gmail.com 

NO SUPPORT AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL 

Thank you for your prayers for MAN ON PURPOSE and for your consideration and support.

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SEX, SEX, EVERYWHERE SEX…

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Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here. I have been working on some stuff for the blogtalkradio.com/manonpurpose show and thought I’d share some of that here. I was off air for a few months and just last Wednesday started the show back up. After that show I really felt led to put together a series talking about a huge issue that we are faced with, namely sex. This topic has been a huge mess in my life previously; to the point of severe addiction which caused my previous marriage of 12 years to be destroyed which also resulted in my relationship with my two boys to be ruined. During these years of infidelities I’ve hurt several people and lost good jobs all in the pursuit of…..? Of what? What is it that we are seeking that would cause us to gamble with so much? What causes a man to get up from the couch where he is sitting with his wife and drive a short distance down the street to a horse park and have sex with a complete stranger there? What causes a man to drive an hour and half to be with another woman that he met at a gas station? What causes a man to get involved with another man’s wife in his house during work hours using the company’s vehicle to drive back and forth every morning and afternoon and even in the evenings? What causes a man to invite into his house a strange man and have relations with him while his family is asleep right upstairs? What causes a man to sleep with one woman, leave her house go to another woman’s house sleep with her and then go to yet another woman’s place and sleep with her and go home to be with the wife and kids? How can a married man “who loves his wife”  have one affair after another affair with other married women anywhere, anytime? What causes a man to masturbate not two times but four or five times throughout the day at home or at his work place? What causes a man to be able to be on the internet for hours and hours feeding his lustful mind with hundreds and thousands of all kinds of sexual images? Where does it come from, I mean where, when, and how does it get to be that bad? I could sit here for hours writing about all the sexual things I’ve done and the damage it caused throughout the years. Yes, everything I’ve written here so far was all me. It was me, but why? What was the driving force behind these many sexual endeavors?

How was I able to do such things even if it could cost me everything? Well, eventually that is exactly what happened. I lost my wife, my kids, money and jobs and myself.  I even went as far as to commit illegal activities all at the expense of attaining what? What was I looking for? What are you looking for? Is “sex” the actual driving force? I’ve learned over the years the answer to that question. No, sex was not and I believe is not the driving force.

Like any other “addiction” there is always something that we use to fill a void. I believe that more often than not, the initial exposure comes from someone within the family or at least someone close to the family. Whether it’s the parents, an uncle, an aunt, or even a friend of the family we experience them doing “it” or someone does “it” to us and later that “it” becomes a crack for Satan to ease his way in, then as we have to live our own lives, we don’t even realize something is or has been missing. We are then re introduced to “it”, and we try “it” out and eventually are duped into believing that this is what we need to fill the void. It’s not even really a conscientious doing, it kinda just happens. We participate, or do “it”, “it” makes us feel good, “it” takes away the edge or helps us cope in our situations.This crazy cycle can and will go on for as long as we keep feeding it. The moment we realize what we are or have been doing is the moment we can begin the process of healing. But you have to first realize and come to grips with the fact that you do have an addiction issue. Once you’ve done that you’ll have to then dig deep and find your source. More on that next time.

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Change and Transform Through Encouragement

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Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Richard Rice, and I’m just a guy who has been blessed more recently with receiving my calling and the opportunity to walk in my purpose. After being in different ministry leadership roles throughout the years in our church, I was blessed in February 2011 to have become a Certified John Maxwell Founding Member, which allows me to teach, coach, and speak on John Maxwell’s leadership books. After facilitating a few MasterMind groups and teaching on such titles as, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and “Everyone Communicates Few Connect”, I felt I was supposed to start a men’s ministry and in April 2011 I founded Man On Purpose Ministries where we empower men to become the…

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……..just getting it off my chest.

So, it is now 2013. I have been sitting here this morning on the 1st day of the New Year and preparing for my Wednesday night blogtalkradio.com show, as well as sending out some more New Year Blessings. I’ve reached a point this morning where I have allowed myself to become upset. I have been thinking about all the guys I have met through out the years; some were closer than others, so I thought. When I was still living in Georgia, I would get together with guys and go have lunch or meet up at a cafe and just talk about MAN ON PURPOSE sharing the vision and also talking about what they may have going on in their lives. I opened myself to allow guys to share some of their issues or situations and offer back what I could to help them. I always walked away having learned something from them. I found this kind of interaction with guys to be very purposeful and helpful, as well as fulfilling. I sometimes prayed with them, but always for them. I felt that MAN ON PURPOSE was being supported.

Today, on this first day of the New Year I am questioning whether or not MAN ON PURPOSE even stands a chance of growing. I have let myself get upset because those individuals I opened myself up to don’t seem to have time for me anymore. I thought I had guys that I was accountable to and expected them to hold me to the highest because of the direction I am going in the ministry. I have always allowed men to speak into my life to help me with my Christian walk. Few have.

I did a little test this year. Last Christmas I sent almost everyone I knew and had a telephone number for a Merry Christmas and at New Year a Happy New Year blessing. This year I didn’t send any out at all, only a few at New Year. At Christmas I got 1 Christmas wish and only 3 or 4 New Year return wishes from the 40 or so I sent out. What I’m saying is it seems that unless I continue to initiate, the people I thought were my friends and accountability partners aren’t at all. I know that us moving here to Myrtle Beach, SC plays a part in not having as much contact as before. I’m coming to realize though just how much we are but a vapor. As long as you are there people pretend they like you and rush over to talk to you; but when you are gone you no longer are important. Is this the way it is supposed to be? I really don’t know. I wish someone would help me understand. I try to continually reach out to guys because that is what MAN ON PURPOSE is all about. I know God is here with me, but I still feel “kicked to the curb”. I don’t even know at this point what I can even do to change that. I will occasionally send texts out to guys I know saying Hey what’s going on with you? How you doing? We haven’t talked in awhile. The first thing they do is answer back with how busy they have been doing this and that. Funny, I saw you post on FB “just laying here on the couch watching”, whatever they may be watching or “stopped where ever and got a new jersey”, or “about to go and get something to eat” at where ever. The “busyness” list can keep going on and on. I’m wondering then what did I do that he doesn’t have 5 or 10 minutes to chat about what’s been going on? Then I tell myself that it can’t be just me because they do it with others as well; oh unless we are going to talk about football, video games, or food. I have had the opportunity to talk with a few new guys that I recently have met through FB by me reaching out to them. We have had some very good Spiritual and life changing conversations. The kind of conversations that one can do something with in life. I used to have those often. Everything I have been doing for the last couple of years has been given to me from God to do and to pass on to other men. I don’t know at this point where I’m going with MAN ON PURPOSE or how I’m going to get there. I am pressing into God for the answers. I do pray however, that I can meet and have a mentor to help me in areas that I need help in. I would think that those I left behind in Georgia would not have really been “left behind”. With the ease of today’s technology, one would think that a simple text message or a quick call wouldn’t be asking too much of guys. I am learning that for some even that is too much to ask.

All I am trying to say is that we have priorities. As Christian men we already know what those priorities are. God of course comes first, our wives second, family next and so on. But, we need not forget men interacting with each other, Where is that on your list of priorities? Where are you with your accountability? Are you “playing” more so that you have no time to check up on each other? Here’s the other thing, maybe it is that you no longer want to associate with an individual. Maybe you don’t want to chat anymore. That is fine; then tell that to the person. The more I deal with men, the more I’m finding out how much they are “scaredy cats” to be honest and up front. I see more and more why women have so much trouble with men. They just don’t make ’em like they used to.

Are you really “too” busy or are you making yourself busy?

Some of you guys will read this and be offended by the very thought of being “called out”. Oh well, I say. Others will read this and ask themselves where they can possibly improve.

What is the purpose of this writing you might ask? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s to make guys aware of the importance to keep contact with each other. Never to tell someone that they are “too busy” to reach out; because it only takes a minute or two to text “hey how are you doing”, and it makes one feel like they don’t matter. Never to take for granted someone God has placed in your life. that guy may serve a higher purpose that you might not be able to see or understand. This is a reminder to me as well to get better and stay better at reaching out to those men God has put in my path. To keep them lifted in prayer and to add value to them anyway I can.

My friends, and those I don’t personally know will you join me this year in keeping each other lifted in prayer and reaching out to those that God has placed in your life for a reason. Be there for one another and always be truthful and transparent with each other. Continue to grow as the Leaders we are called to be and strive to be better husbands to our wives and better fathers to our children. Let’s put aside our immature ways and become the man we are intended to be with purpose, on purpose!

So, Why are you here?

I was laying here in bed thinking about stuff. My thoughts led me to when I was born. I was thinking how much easier it would have been on July 10, 1966 when I was born, after i was slapped on my butt and then all cleaned up, someone would have told me right away what I was to become. I was even thinking maybe some sort of mark stamped or branded, or even tattooed on me would have helped. What about on my birth certificate? The nurse comes and asks my parents what my name is and then she asks, “What is he going to become”? and she writes that down under my name. My parents have to then raise me up to become that which has been written down on my birth certificate.
Oh, then I woke up and felt I needed to write on something about our purpose. My purpose, your purpose, our purpose here on this earth. In this life we have been given. What to say? How many of us are living life doing exactly that which we are created for? I mean a soda pop bottle was made to hold soda pop; I guess you could put lotion in the same bottle, but it wouldn’t be the same. It’s just like us isn’t it? Just because we are capable of doing something doesn’t mean we are meant to do that. How many people spend countless dollars investing in something they do for only a short while. How much time has been spent on something that was good for a moment?
I remember as I was growing up I had many interests. I was never guided into any of them. My parents never said, wow that’s great, let’s invest our time and money to help our son reach his goal or dream. I was criticized for some of my dreams and talents. I believe there were some times where I was told this or that was good. There was a time when my mom did get behind me on this one thing, but it was short lived. Because I had no direction and Imagefoundation as I got older I pursued many interests. Today I picked this up and did it until I was pretty good at it. Dropped that and went to the next thing and did that until I was pretty good at it. This went on for years. I never stuck with anything on a long term basis. So, there I was an adult and I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grow up. You become literally “jack of many trades, master of none”. I was so confused and frustrated. I’m not trying to brag, but you become good at many different things, but you don’t have a clue what you’re supposed to be doing in life. Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? Where am I going? When am I going to get there? Will I ever get there? These are the questions I asked myself in my later adult years. The range of the things I was good at was crazy. I mean it went from drawing comics, painting, building model cars, building bikes, doing stunts on bikes, working in general, road cycling, boxing, martial arts, dancing, bouncing, fast food, restaurants, retail, cars and motorcycles, security, pest control, car detailing, body builder, landscape, construction, maintenance, design, graphic design, military, manufacturing, fitness trainer, business owner, manager, hotel engineer, ministry leader, speaker, and currently blogtalkradio show host. I know I missed some, but you get what I mean. Nothing really fits together. Now, I do understand that God can cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Of course, I didn’t know that then.
So, here I am today not where I used to be, but I feel I’m not where I should be. I could also say, not where I want to be. What I mean is that I so want to be doing more for God’s Kingdom. I read and hear about other people doing so, so much. I mean I want God to use me in a mighty way. I feel like I’m wasting away by not doing more. I just don’t feel like God is using me right now.
Remember a few sentences back I mentioned there was a time my mom got behind me on something? What that was is she had introduced us to the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was raised in that and so she wanted to have us involved as well. At 13 I believe, I signed up for the Theocratic Ministry School. What that was is I learned how to research and prepare my own; what they call “talks” or basically a sermon. I would then present it at a service and get graded on different criteria. I loved it. I was the youngest at the time and I was told I was very good at it. My mom, I think loved seeing me up there on stage. She took a picture of me. This picture, without realizing it would come back around many years later with a huge purpose.
From the time I went to church for the first time in 2005 and then surrendered my life to Him in 2006 I wanted to know what my purpose is. The scripture that stuck with me first and my favorite is Jeremiah 29:11 – 13  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
In October 2011 I believe I was shown my purpose. I was sitting on my bed trying to find reasons why I’m not good enough to attend the John Maxwell Certification program I had signed up for in August. As I’m whining and feeling sorry for myself, a picture flashes in my head. It was like a flash of light. I saw that picture I had taken form my parents house some 3 or 4 years ago. I had it downstairs in a box. God told me to go get it. I did, and at that moment I realized what I’m supposed to be doing. The picture was of me giving one of my “talks” that my mom had taken. I knew at that moment I was to become a speaker and that I am good enough to get certified because that is what God wanted me to do.

John Maxwell Certification February 2011

John Maxwell Certification February 2011

So, I say it again, here I am today not where I used to be, but I feel I’m not where I should be. I could also say, not where I want to be. What I mean is that I so want to be doing more for God’s Kingdom. I read and hear about other people doing so, so much. I mean I want God to use me in a mighty way. I feel like I’m wasting away by not doing more. I just don’t feel like God is using me right now. Just because I may be feeling that way doesn’t mean that God isn’t doing exactly what He wants to do in me and with me right now. I am reminded of what Paul said in Philippians 1:6  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. I believe I have written this tonight for me, but for you also. I believe God needs you to know how important to seek Him to find out His plans and purpose for your life. What are you doing that glorifies Him and helps build His Kingdom here on earth? or Are you even doing anything that has to do with glorifying Him or building His Kingdom? or are you still pursuing what you want to do? Are you doing something that “puts bread on the table”? If that is the case, I have to tell you that is not enough. That is a misguided direction. God did not create you to just “put bread on the table” or to merely “make a living” or to just “pay the bills”. You are much, much more than that. God showed me my purpose just one year ago or so. I was 46 years old. I have so much yet to do. I was taken out of the Corporate environment as a Director of Engineer to follow what I’m here for. I have to totally and completely rely on God now for guidance and direction, daily. One day at a time. It is so hard sometimes, but I have to stay the course. I want to live out God’s purpose for me, I belong to Him. He created me, I didn’t create myself. I have no rights to “me”, God has the patent, the copyright and trade mark. I think we forget that sometimes. It’s funny, we expect a dog to obey us even though we didn’t create it and God created us and we don’t obey Him. What would you do if your dog started acting like a cat or a monkey? God created the dog to do exactly what a dog does nothing more and nothing less. Why then do we think it’s ok to act and do things against how we are created.
Genesis 5:1 says that When God created man, He created man in the likeness of God. Matthew 5:16 says In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. I could go on and on with scripture telling you how awesome you are. You are more awesome when you are doing what you are meant to do and be. I already told you that it isn’t always easy doing what God wants us to do, but he’s the builder and designer of us, I think He knows better how and what we are supposed to be doing. We have got to learn to change our thinking. We haven’t been taught the way we should have been taught and so our thinking is the same as everybody else’s unless we have begun allowing God to work in us. The world’s way is not the right way, I know that now. That’s why we have all these issues. Look at the addictions, the illnesses. People are living away from what they are created for and how they are to function. We have decided long, long ago that we want to be independent and do it “our way”. Our way has caused all the stuff going on now. Wanting to do everything “our way” has got us in a mess in every aspect of life. You can keep trying to do it “your way”, but I pray when you get tired and can go no more and you break down,  please return yourself back to your manufacturer (God). God will make you “right as rain”. We are all “refurbished”, and it’s fine. Life is about finding out what our purpose is in life and then walking it out. If you want to know what something is or how it is supposed to operate, look for the “operator’s manual” (bible) it has all the answers you need.
Today I am glad.  “I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be. I’m OK, and I’m on my way!” Joyce Meyer
I give you this scripture again: Jeremiah 29:11 – 13  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I pray that today you will take a look at the life you’ve been given and ask God to speak to your heart. Ask God if what you are doing is what He wants you to do and if you feel that He’s telling you it’s not, then ask Him for clarity, guidance, and direction as to what you are supposed to be doing. He will answer you. He will tell you when you “seek Him with all your heart”. I know this all too well

Man On Purpose Blog Talk Radio – NEW SHOW!

Man On Purpose Ministries Founder – Richard Rice

Hello Everybody,

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and so I figured I needed to, or was it Carrie, my wife who said I needed to? Anyway, I’m writing. Actually, I was up last night to the wee hours writing, was pretty much finished, clicked on something I guess I wasn’t supposed to and…………..everything I wrote GONE!! It seems like every time I do try and blog something is always happening. That wasn’t the first time I had to re write a blog either. So, I’m going to give it another go.

How are you guys doing? I hope all is well with everyone. it has to be right, I mean God IS in  control regardless of all the mess going on in the world today, right?

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to    those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Ok, I actually want to talk about what God has been doing in Man On Purpose Ministries more recently. As you all know by now I started a blogtalkradio show on September 27, 2012. Well, maybe you know, I don’t know, but you know now. It airs on Thursday nights at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It’s doing pretty well. The show has had 6,196 total listeners so far! These aren’t live listeners, they have been listening to the show from the archives, which is great. The last three or four shows have kinda diverted away from what I initially wanted to do with the show. Man On Purpose Blog Talk Radio was supposed to be more of a platform for men to share and discuss things that we have been dealing with. Things we are struggling with. I’m not really sure how it went from that to teaching and discussing leadership. I am a John Maxwell certified teacher, coach, and speaker and along with another JMT certified member we have been teaching on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and John Maxwell’s newest book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”.

Of course, I love teaching and talking about leadership, and it surely has a place among men. I believe though, that we really need to examine ourselves and deal with the issues. We have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that will hinder us from becoming all that God has for us if we don’t face them and work on removing them. I believe talking and bringing the “stuff” to surface is just the beginning. Men need to start somewhere and I believe Man On Purpose can help with that.

So, what I’ve decided to do to fill that void is to create another blogtalkradio show. This show will air on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This show will be entitled: “Real Life Man Talk”. It will be a platform for men to call in and share what’s on their mind. The callers can remain anonymous and just share what’s going on with them or ask questions or just whatever. There will be some nights where we will talk about a specific topic and have an expert guest on to share and give insight.

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As you can see from the banner, the Thursday night show will be called: “ConnectionLeadership” and the Wednesday night show, as mentioned earlier is : “Real Life Man Talk”. I believe between the two shows, we will be able to cover a large range of “man stuff”. I believe through men coming together and sharing it will have a huge impact on men’s lives. The goal is to break down the prideful, macho men stereotype that says we have to be a muscle wielding “tough guy” that isn’t supposed to cry or share our feelings. I’m not saying that we are supposed to walk around being babies either. We as men have to learn to have a balance and be in tune with our feelings and how to channel them.

I encourage you to tune in to one or both shows. I believe you, the listeners and participants are what make the shows. Men sharing and participating is what makes the difference in other mens’ lives. Together we can make a difference. There are many, many guys that need to hear from you, your victories and your failures.

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another . Proverbs 27:17

Thanks and God Bless!

For more info: blogtalkradio/manonpurpose

….”always remember where you come from”.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “always remember where you’ve come from”. Successful people who know and understand are usually the ones who have said this. I have heard professional sports players say this, some individuals in the business world have been heard saying this as well. Has anyone stopped to think about where this statement could have come from? I mean, it definitely is true, but how do we know that we have to “always remember where we’ve come from”?

Well, during my scripture reading the other morning I had 1 Corinthians 1: 1-17 to read. I liked this set of verses and so after reading my normal daily chapters of reading the Bible in One Year I decided to go back and read verses 18-31 which is actually part of tomorrow’s reading. Anyway, what I came across got me to thinking about this topic I’m writing about today.
 
This is what is written in verses 18 – 31 NIV:
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weaknessof God is stronger than man’s strength. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holinessand redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
 
Looking at verse 26 more closely, I believe this is equivalent to the statement,:”always remember where you come from”. So, I took a trip back in time to think about this, to think about where I was and what I was doing. Who were you, what were you doing before God got a hold of you and started changing you to become “a new creation in Christ”? (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I can truly and whole heartedly say that I am today who I am only through the power of God! Now remember, we are all a “work in progress”, no one has “arrived”; but as Joyce Meyer always says,: ” I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be. I’m okay and I’m on my way”. I know of and have read many stories about individuals who are today what they were not before and it is only God who can make that change in us, if we let Him.
 
There is another saying that comes to mind as I write this, “one mans junk is another mans treasure”. This so fits. I’m not really saying that we are necessarily “junk”, but look at verse 27. God takes that which is considered “junk” or “less than” or “lowly” and turns it into something “amazing” and “useful”, we are His treasure. These verses tell me that there is definitely hope for anyone who believes “less” of themselves. Be careful, because God will definitely use you for something marvelous.
So, those of you who have come from “lowly” places, whether from being homeless, the “hood” or from where ever you consider “the pits”, just remember that you are exactly the ones that God wants to use to grow His Kingdom, to share His word, and make disciples of men for HIS GLORY!

So why not ask Him who to vote for?

Hello everybody….my name is Richard Rice and I am founder of a ministry called MAN ON PURPOSE MINISTRIES. MAN ON PURPOSE MINISTRIES is about empowering men to become the man they are intended to be with purpose, on purpose. I am here today being a MAN ON PURPOSE. What I mean by that is this:Image

Just a few weeks ago my friend Mary posted on FB that she needed someone to design something for her. I responded to her and we arranged for a meet the next day. I was not prepared at all for what she laid on me. She began telling of a vision God had given her and about our responsibility to vote and how we are supposed to be seeking god first in our voting as well, etc. Now, this touched a nerve. So, being a MAN ON PURPOSE, I have to confess something to you. I am 46 years old, I served my country in the Army during Just Cause and Desert Storm, and I have been a Christian for almost 8 years now serving as Leader in different Ministries. In all these years I have never involved myself in politics and; I have never even voted! I know, I know….But I never felt God nudging or speaking to me in this area either; not saying that HE hadn’t t though. I left Mary that day thinking I’ll just design her something real quick and be done with it. How many of you know God’s plans are always higher than our own? I didn’t sleep at all that night. I had to first of all, repent for not stepping up as a leader and not asking God about voting all these years and Secondly, for not wanting to be obedient to him at that moment.

I began seeking God about this over the next few days and sleepless nights. The day Mary and I met was on Thursday, It wasn’t until that next week Tuesday was I sure that God wanted me to get involved. I began having visions at night and have had to get up and get into prayer quite often now.

I got together with Mary and not only did I design the graphics for godsvote.com but with her we went on WATC Channel 57 Atlanta Live on September 26, 2012 to talk about and promote godsvote.com as well as setting up a booth and talking about it at God Belongs In My City prayer walk at Centennial Olympic Park on September 29, 2012. I continue to promote godsvote.com on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. On October 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm I will also speak about godsvote.com on my BlogTalkRadio show.

I am here today with a simple message, godsvote.com.Image

I want to share this with all Christians who are like I was, not wanting to get involved because of this reason or that reason. it doesn’t matter! As Christians we have a higher obligation and responsibility to seek God in ALL matters, even voting. God has a plan, and He uses us to fulfill His plan. His ways are greater than our ways. When we start putting our 2 cents worth into the mix as why this or why that, and say Im not doing this or that, we directly interfere with what God has planned. The only way our country will ever see any relief from all this mess is by turning ourselves back to HIM. Are we really to put our faith in man. No man on this planet can fix this country’s issues. No SUPERMAN, no BATMAN, no IRONMAN, NO MAN PERIOD! godsvote.com is all about being responsible stewards over what has been given to us and seeking God first, and then voting according to what God places on your heart even if it goes against every fiber in your flesh!

Righteousness, not a great economy exalts a nation – being in right relationship with God is always issue #1. How do we stay in a righteous relationship with God? By being OBEDIENT…godsvote.com is all about OBEDIENCE.

So, I have a mission to share godsvote.com and then come November cast my vote on the individual God tells me to vote for. I pray that those of you who never have voted like me, or those who don’t vote on a consistent basis; that you will let God change your heart about it like He has mine; and for those who are set in your “voting ways” and “voting titles” that you will as

Proverbs 3:5,6 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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