17
Oct

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Recently, while a friend and I chatted, our conversation veered WAAAAAY off-course… and ended up on the subject of compassion. Along the way, we reminisced about our respective childhoods and upbringings, specifically noting the culture of those times. We discussed those nostalgic and “throw-back” social media memories – whether saddle shoes and sock hops, flower power …

3
Oct

“Frugal” Doesn’t Equal “No Fun” – “Frugal” Actually Gives Life MEANING!

Have you noticed, some perfectly normal words have gotten a “bad” reputation? Words like “comfortable” – honestly, what’s WRONG with being comfortable?! Most of us LIVE to be “comfortable!” And, how about “fine”?! Put it together with almost anything, and it becomes elevated: fine wine, fine features, fine fabrics. But all ALONE, it’s a terse …

26
Sep

In A Dark World…Shine YOUR Light!

No matter where we turn, these days we can easily feel overwhelmed with news of one disaster after another… hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes. The images of total devastation, despair and dejection, might leave us feeling depressed and hopeless – wondering what we can do, amid all the darkness. One suggestion? Shine a light! At first, this might …

19
Sep

“Grace Under Fire”…Either You Got It, Or NEED It!

We throw around a lot of cliché phrases: “YOLO”… “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”… “Man cannot live by bread alone”… and, an old favorite… “grace under fire.” First, don’t EVEN get me started on the whole idea of “clichés”; they’ve withstood the test of time and trials – that’s WHY they’ve …

12
Sep

Will Your Legacy Be “Legendary”…Or Non-Existent?!

This past weekend, we celebrated Grandparents Day… admittedly, one of the “newer” holidays, only recognized since the late 1970s. However, it DID make me think about the whole idea of the legacy my grandparents left me! My Mama, Nana and Granny made SURE we learned good manners, proper respect and how to represent our family …

6
Sep

What IS A “Servant’s Heart”?

Frequently – sometimes too often – we’re asked to “step-up”… “serve”… “give of yourself.” And, we’re probably AMONG them! But today, I’m stepping a bit outside of my “writer” role and speaking from a “personal” place. As mentioned last week, I’m actually FROM the Gulf Coast and have LIVED through disasters, so it IS personal for me! …

29
Aug

Can ANY Bystander Be An “Innocent Bystander”?!

Just last week, we talked about exactly how far WE – or OTHERS – would willing go to aid someone in need. And, just as we pondered this question, Mother Nature raised her voice… in a BIG way, with Hurricane Harvey! In the past few days, not only have we seen countless photos, videos and …

22
Aug

What Would YOU Risk To “Make A Difference”?!

While I prefer to keep the focus on the vital work we do at King’s Ransom Foundation – and God – this week let me take a brief detour to highlight something we may not consider, when discussing humanitarian efforts. You see, this past week reminded me of a time, when just doing my job, ALSO involved …

15
Aug

If 1(000) Is GOOD…MORE Are BETTER!

We’ve all heard the saying, “If one is good, MORE is better”… and, in this case, we couldn’t agree MORE! If you follow us on social media, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or PikMobile, then you’ve had the opportunity to see the modern-day MIRACLES you made possible in Santa Pancha, Nicaragua – so, why should we stop NOW?! The …

8
Aug

Which Apostle Are YOU?!

When we last visited, you had a chance to gain a little more insight into WHO the Apostles actually were – as people. And, we left you with a little “teaser” about how their individual characteristics may actually relate to YOU! So, let me ask you… are you a “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke” or “John”? Believe …

25
Jul

“But, What Can Just ONE Person Do?!?”

Frequently we talk about “making a difference” and how we can impact the world. And, if you HONESTLY think about that idea of “changing the world,” it can be overwhelming… especially if you consider doing it alone! When you let that sink in, ANY rational person might think, “What can just ONE person REALLY do?” …

1
Aug

Dinner For 5000+…NOW?! What Do YOU Do?

As we continue to catalog the abundance of blessings, flowing through Nicaragua last week – all evidence of His power working through thousands like you – let’s continue our discussion about “perspective.” And, add another “p” word into the mix… PROVISION! Remember that elephant and those “big picture” perspective thoughts? Just as this parable began thousands of …

18
Jul

What “Elephant” Do YOU See?

At some point, most children hear the ancient parable of blind men describing an elephant. But, in case you’ve either forgotten this little tale – or never heard it – let’s briefly recap: “A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to their town, but none of them were …

11
Jul

“Upon This Rock”…We Build OUR Foundation

“Hang in there”… “Keeps going and going and going”… “Think different”… “The relentless pursuit of perfection”… “Just do it”… “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”… “Built tough”… slogans, inspirational mottoes, corporate creeds and even promises. And these represent just the tip of the “cliché” iceberg! But, have you ever given any thought …

4
Jul

“Happiness”…What A Remarkable Thing To Celebrate!

Happy Independence Day! And while we DO realize this holiday is not celebrated worldwide, we did want to take advantage of this opportunity to use it as a handy springboard. Here, in the United States, at some point in school nearly every child must face those dreaded “memorization” assignments. YOU remember the ones: the Gettysburg …

27
Jun

What A “Waste”

We all have different ways of “unwinding”… for some, a leisurely walk fills the bill or an endorphin-pumping workout at the gym; for others, it may be getting lost in a novel or finding an outlet in cooking. I even have friends who clean like mad fiends! But, for me, it’s escaping into a great …

20
Jun

“1000+” Words…AND A “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Chance For YOU!

An old adage wisely notes: “One picture is worth 1000 words” – and we wholeheartedly agree! But, as emotional, feeling, caring human beings, we also like to hear those words sometimes. “Good job!”… “You are AMAZING!”… “WOW! You blow me away!”… “I’d be absolutely LOST without you!” Admit it – you liked hearing every one …

13
Jun

“Waste Not, Want Not” Applies To MORE Than Those “Distasteful” Veggies!

Coded into our very DNA, we have certain instincts… survival, shelter, food, safety. And for parents, these kick into overdrive, when our children are involved. That said, most parents want MORE than these “bare minimums” for our kids – to provide a better existence, an better lifestyle. And, my parents were no exception. However, they …

24
May

World Transformation Starts With Unity At Home

Last week, we began a rather “big picture” discussion about the power of unity – specifically, what a united couple can accomplish through their marriage. And while we tend to think more “globally” at King’s Ransom, we actually SEE the daily miracles performed by just two people… fused by a common vision or goal! Just successfully …

1
May

Clean Water…Check; Homes…Almost-Checked; Next…SUSTAINABILITY For LIFE in Nicaragua!

As we begin a new month, King’s Ransom Foundation will kick-off May with a fresh new project, designed to lift the families of Nicaragua out of their poverty cycle… permanently! Working with Food for the Poor and the American Nicaraguan Foundation, we have fixed our sights on establishing bio-intensive orchards for over 100 families, living …

25
Apr

Giving – Like Love – Is Contagious…And Here’s The Proof!

When most people talk about “getting a vision” for their lives, it usually comes in terms of something they can do to make their OWN lives more comfortable or fulfilling. And, honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. But this past weekend in Los Angeles, a group of professionals got a taste of something BIGGER, RICHER. …

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 …