18
Apr

SUPER-SIZE Your Impact – With Just A LITTLE Downsizing

Every day, I talk with people who say they want to make a real difference in the world, but their current financial situation has limited how much they can give. I think – on some level – everyone wants to have a bigger impact on the world…especially those who love to give. And the King’s …

11
Apr

The Finish Line Is IN SIGHT…Thanks To YOU!

There are few things in life more satisfying than setting a big goal… then ACHIEVING it. If you’ve ever done it, you know the thrill of charging across the finish line. And, thanks to you, our King’s Ransom family is about to experience that thrill! When we started our 1,000 Homes campaign in January 2015, …

9
Mar

Let’s Give “Predictable” A Better Reputation!

I don’t know if this happens where you live, but some places I’ve lived my utility bills were never the same two months in a row. One month, my electric bill was $115, the next almost $200 and the month after? $140… honestly, how do you build a budget around THAT? Over time, my wife …

28
Feb

Are YOU Willing To Be The Hands & Feet Of God?

International missions represent a big part of what we do here, at King’s Ransom Foundation. While our goal is to impact the lives of the poorest of the world’s poor, we’ve found this work has an equally powerful impact on the people who support it. In January, a team of King’s Ransom donors went down …

21
Feb

If ONE Is Good…Imagine How Much Better MORE Would Be!

When I first talk to a donor, one of the questions I like to ask is, “How did you hear about King’s Ransom?” Until recently, their responses were pretty consistent. Most of our donors heard about us from Dani Johnson, an AMAZING spokesperson for our organization (you may remember the exclusive free webinar she hosted …

15
Feb

Do You Know Where Your Giving Goes?

We have such an amazing donor family, here at King’s Ransom Foundation – remarkable, generous people who love the poor. Many of them found us, after hearing about one (or more) of our projects and then give to it tenaciously… as if the people they serve were a part of their own family. We also …

7
Feb

You Are A Leader…Do You Know Who Your Followers Are?

Did you know, you are a shepherd? Most shepherds don’t even recognize it! They look to their local clergy as their shepherd (“pastor” is the Latin word for shepherd) and their role is the dutiful sheep. WRONG! We might not have a title or degrees behind our names, but we stand in a position of leadership – …

31
Jan

Some Things CAN’T Be Fixed With A Bowl Of Ice Cream

If you’ve ever had to move across the country, you understand. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of filling up a moving truck and running out of room – before you run out of boxes. It’s one thing if you’re just moving across town and can make multiple trips back and forth, but if you’re …

25
Jan

“Profit-Motive” Does NOT Motivate Anymore!

Why do you go to work? If you own a business, why did you start your business? For most people, the answer is obvious: to earn money, so they can pay for their needs in life. Nothing wrong with that. But what happens, when you go beyond funding the needs of your daily operations? The …

18
Jan

In A “Life Slump”? What Would The Coach Say?

Recently, I was enjoying lunch with a friend, when he began to share some things in his home life he found frustrating. They weren’t major problems – just the kind of things most families deal with from time-to-time – but they irritated him to a point where he was seeing his life, filtered through anger. …

11
Jan

Put Some “Why” Behind The Things You Do

Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why do you go to work? Why do you earn money? Where do you find fulfillment?   Don’t worry… this is not an interrogation or pop quiz! There are no wrong answers. This is not an assessment of your character, but a mirror of your …

3
Jan

Launch Into 2017 With Some Good Advice From Jesus’ Mom

I hope you had a refreshing and reinvigorating holiday season. There’s much to do this year, and we don’t even know everything God has planned for us, yet. So, let’s get into it. When you think about Mary, the mother of Jesus, what comes to mind? The manger scene, riding into Bethlehem on a donkey, …

6
Dec

Instead Of A Gift That’ll End Up At Goodwill…Give REAL “Good Will!”

I still remember it…1980: The year of the necktie. No one in my family can explain why it happened, but that year everyone gave Grandpa a necktie for Christmas. It seems silly now, especially since Grandpa didn’t even wear ties to work at the restaurant. What’s more, he was in the process of selling the …

29
Nov

25 Things You Can Do To Put A Little Sparkle Back In Christmas

The Christmas season brings a time of intense emotions. The rich aromas of peppermint, pine and nutmeg swirl around us, calling to mind simpler times and happy Christmas memories. Bing Crosby croons “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and suddenly, you’re at your grandparents’ house again… watching and anticipating. For some, Christmas can …

1
Nov

It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like…Tuesday?!

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. The biggest spending weekend of the year commences as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are put away. For some businesses, that weekend is “make or break” – it determines whether they are profitable for the year or not – so it’s kind of a big deal. Prodigious holiday …

25
Oct

Not Just Well…Whole

It seems like I’ve been hearing a lot more talk lately about “wellness.” Maybe it’s just me and my circle of friends, but most of the Facebook posts I see that aren’t about politics (!) are about some aspect of wellness, whether it’s organic recipes, exercises, or naturopathic remedies. I have even started seeing more …

18
Oct

Did You See What Happened Monday In San Antonio?

Last weekend, nearly 1,000 people were gathered at a business seminar in San Antonio with King’s Ransom Foundation CEO Dani Johnson. On Monday afternoon, as Dani was explaining principles for growing a small business, she brought a young girl up on stage and interviewed her. The young girl, named Reece, had started a business packaging …

11
Oct

What Does The Bible Really Say About Poverty?

One of the great things about God is that He gives us everything we need to know about life…in writing! There’s no need to guess or wonder, and the only agenda it promotes is God’s agenda, which always keeps everyone’s best interest at heart. Of all the topics Our Father covers in Scripture, the one …

10
Oct

Update From Our Partners In Haiti

Here at King’s Ransom, we are grateful for our partners in Haiti, Hosean International Ministries. The Luciens are precious ministers of the Gospel who have been serving Haiti for many years, and we have been partnering with them since the 2010 earthquake. As you can imagine, the devastation in Haiti is catastrophic. Here is their update after …

3
Oct

Super-Power Words That We Often Misunderstand

Some of the most misunderstood words in the English language are the ones we use all the time in Christianity. Granted, language is a living organism, and words change their meaning gradually. For example, what do you think of when you use the word, perfect? Today, we understand that word to mean “flawless,” “sinless,” or …

27
Sep

How Can I Know God Will Answer My Prayers?

We get prayer requests every day here at King’s Ransom, and we take them all seriously, as if we had written them ourselves. We are so honored to stand in prayer with you. In some of these prayer requests, there is a real sense of urgency. They need real help from God – sometimes in …

20
Sep

Why Is King’s Ransom Calling Me?

866-590-3499. It shows up periodically on your caller ID. Looks like a telemarketer, but it’s not. It’s a thank you call, and maybe a word of encouragement. Why We Call One of the highlights of my day is getting on the phone and visiting with our donors. These calls have four purposes: To Say Thank …

13
Sep

One Simple Hack To Increase Your Impact

Some people are driven to achieve goals in life. They set a target and go after it with all their might. Others just want to help people and be a blessing wherever they can. Still others want to be as effective and efficient with their actions as they can. Then there are the folks who …

29
Aug

Golf Tournament To Build 100 Homes In Nicaragua

Do you love to play golf? Our donors come from every walk of life – from accountants to farmers, carpenters to attorneys, and ministers to business owners. One thing we’ve found that links many of them together (besides their love for the poor) is their love of golf (and Frisbee Golf!). That’s why we’re hosting …

25
Aug

Your Opportunity To Change History

Did you hear what happened in San Diego? Did you hear about the announcement Dani Johnson made from the stage at Spiritual Equipping Live in the Marketplace? If you’ve been a part of the King’s Ransom family for any length of time, you’ve heard about the work we’re doing together in Nicaragua, building 1,000 homes …

16
Aug

Things All Humans Need To Survive

When you work in global missions, you quickly become aware that the word “need” means different things to different people. Some people “need” coffee, while others need a place to sleep. We laugh at this, but think about it. The degree to which a person’s perceived needs are met determines their level of contentment and …

10
Aug

Agents of Reconciliation

We need each other. That’s why The Greatest Success Book Ever Written works so hard to reinforce the messages of love, unity, honor, and teamwork. Jesus said we were part of a vine. Paul said we were members of one body. Second Corinthians 5:18 says, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us …

1
Aug

How To Get Unstuck

Do you ever feel…stuck? Maybe you go through your day wishing… Your house could be a little more tidy. Your car could be a little nicer. Your body felt a little healthier. Your kids could be a little more obedient. Your spouse could be a little more…something. Your job could be a little more rewarding. …

27
Jul

How To Eat Mud

What is the most horrible thing you’ve ever had to eat? Brussels Sprouts? Mushrooms? Soggy cereal? Sauerkraut? Maybe you were an adventurous soul who ate a worm on a dare (or maybe something worse). Here’s a question: Have you ever eaten dried mud? Why not? Some soil can actually be good for you…minerals and all that. …

20
Jul

Do You Know This Woman?

The morning sun is straining to peek out from behind the silent volcano called San Cristobal and already the humidity is oppressive in the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua. Delivery trucks dash through the narrow streets as shopkeepers open their storefronts under the shining metal roof of the Mercado Central. Church bells echo down the stucco …

6
Jul

The Lesson Ella Taught Me

I used to think I was pretty smart. I thought I had a pretty good grasp of what the Bible said. I was born in a Christian home and I’ve been in some form of ministry for most of my adult life, but my understanding of faith was pretty shallow until I began to learn …

13
Jul

How To Use Your Superpower

Have you ever wished you could be a superhero? Well, go grab a cape, because as it turns out…you ARE a superhero with an amazing superpower. Maybe you can’t bend steel with your bare hands, throw a freight train, or fly, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a superpower. Not at all. In fact, your …

29
Jun

The “1,000 Homes” Project Takes A Huge Leap Forward

When I play Monopoly® with my kids, it’s fun to get a card that rockets me around the board, like “Advance To Go.” I can bypass all their high-rent properties, collect $200, and get on with winning the game. It’s a great feeling. It’s the same feeling in the real world when you have a …

22
Jun

Who Are God’s Heroes?

For the last several weeks, America has been watching the NBA playoffs and championship series. Millions of people have been cheering for players they consider heroes, like LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Like we do with so many other sporting events throughout the year, we watch in fascination as they do amazing, athletic things on …

15
Jun

The Power of Prayer

There are few topics in the marketplace of ideas as controversial as prayer. Even among believers, there is wide disagreement about the purpose of prayer, the function of prayer, and even the language of prayer. It’s possibly the single greatest point of division and conflict between Christians. Still, there has never been a greater need …

8
Jun

Our Race Against The Clock

No parent should ever have to go through this. I recently got word that one of my former colleagues had suffered the loss of his 16-year-old son. It was sudden, unexpected, and tragic on every level. Although I didn’t know him well, I knew that he was very proud of his sons and I was …

2
Jun

Goal Setting And Global Transformation

I don’t know about you, but I don’t just wake up every morning and decide I’m going to change the world. Maybe some mornings, but not every morning. If I want to do something bigger than tying my shoes, I need a plan, and the first thing I add to my plan is the goal: …

25
May

It’s A Matter Of Trust

If there is one consistent theme I see emerging in this election cycle, it’s the issue of trust. People don’t trust the government, big corporations, or famous people. In an age of 24-hour news and social exposure, people have grown weary of seeing self-serving individuals in positions of authority making themselves rich at the expense …