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The Covenant of God

This week I’ve seen two rainbows.  I love to think that God is giving me reminders of His covenant with us.  I looked it up to make sure I got this right, but here’s what Genesis says:

 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Isn’t that fun that God keeps reminding us that He thinks about us?  This morning we are going to hold the second Entrepreneur Bootcamp and  many of the people that have moved to Redding are going to be a part of this fire and passion to help people find jobs by helping to create new businesses.  If anyone was watching the news last night, you’ll all agree this is a very important topic right now.  We’ve even been given a few prophecies about the coming of new innovations, creativity and wisdom that is about to come.  Very exciting, what is God about to do in this city?

We are excited to be here for such a time as this.

I’ve been reading about Ezra again, and how he was so consumed by sorrow upon hearing of his fellow people’s sins of marrying foreign women.  Today it sounds so strange, but bottom line was that it was a command of God not to marry foreign women because they would bring their false gods and idols and cause the people to sin and that’s exactly what happened.  I don’t know if everyone was just looking the other way, became desensitized, or there were no leaders around to just say, “Hey! knock it off!”  Actually I think it was the leaders that “led” the way down that path.

But Ezra wept and prayed and wouldn’t eat all day, he was so grieved.  The people around him began to grieve as well and they began confessing what they had done without anyone prompting them to.  They all wanted to get clean right away and did whatever Ezra said and within days had made many of the changes he told them to.

So, does that mean it’s possible for one man to change a nation?  Hmmm, something to think about.  What if God so touched our hearts that when we saw sin we were so grieved that we wept bitterly and prayed and fasted and it changed the people around us without us even saying anything?  I know I definitely want to keep my heart from becoming calloused.  I pray that I will be sensitive to the things of God.  That when I see compromise in the marketplace I won’t look the other way.  That I won’t be ok with anything that grieves God.

God’s telling me He remembers me by showing me rainbows, I want to let him know back, I care about You God.

Hope you have an amazing week and spot lots of rainbows and think about God and His covenant.

 

Blessings,

 

Robbie

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A Time to Rest

Hebrews 4:  

9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for those who enter God’s rest also rest from their own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

 

Greetings friends of the marketplace!

Well, we finally put our 2nd bootcamp to rest and by all accounts, it sounds like it was favorably received.  There were many hours of work that went into this and we are so grateful for all the prayers and hard work, so much of it volunteered to make this a success. So, now what?  There are many more mountains to climb and adventures to be had.

For me?  I’m ready to take a break.  I believe that every good plan comes from a time of deep fellowship with the Lord.  So, that’s what I’m all about.  I’d like to take several weeks and spend them praying/worshipping and RESTING!  and then asking of the Lord, the next direction.

What that looks like is that I won’t be there to “woman” the prayer station.  I believe God told me He could take care of that just fine, and was very happy to have me come and spend more time with Him.

Mike and I will be out of town until the 23rd of October and hopefully God will show us an exciting new array of adventures to be had.  We’ve already seen our children inspired in a new direction as many of you have heard, and are off to grow Onramp, a new online business to help entrepreneurs.  Very excited for that to happen.

While we are gone, Amber will be here with Christian to “woman” the ship and keep things running.  I hope you’ll say hello if you’re in the neighborhood!

Of course if there are people out there who want to keep those fires burning and have a passion to keep the Friday prayer going, you can certainly use the office to offer up those prayers!

Otherwise, I’ll check in with all of you in a couple weeks.

Blessings!

Robbie

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Marketplace Miracles – Wow Wow Waffles

Wow!  What an encouraging new entrepreneur story of our friends that used the gifts God put in their hands to start a family business.  For those of you that think “I want to start a business, but I don’t know what to do!”, watch this video and see how they did it.  And then go to the Farmer’s market and taste for yourself.  Wow! What a marketplace miracle. Warning, you may become extremely hungry when you watch this.

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Our Story Behind Marketplace Miracles

Many people have asked us why we do what we do. Here is Mike’s explanation of what we think it is:

My wife Robbie and I were visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Incline Village on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada, one of my favorite places to vacation.  Our daughter Amber and her husband had just moved into their new condo and they had a spare bedroom that we could stay in.  I’m always very tired when I go to the mountains because of the skiing and the altitude difference.  So that night I was sleeping hard.

On the way down to Tahoe, Robbie read out loud to our son Christian and I, the story of Amy Simple McPherson and the miracles that happened in their lives.  Robbie was just finishing ministry school and I was very actively pursuing a company I had started called Vy.   We were starting to come to grips with the reality that there really are miracles today and wondered what our contribution would be to that.

When I went to sleep that night I wasn’t focused on anything other than my family and skiing and having a vacation home in Tahoe!  When I’m skiing I go to another place, where it’s physical, fresh air, and I can make choices that don’t affect anyone but me.  A lot of times God wakes me up in the night to speak to me, but this time He was using that period just before you wake up where you are semi conscious, it’s quiet, no sound or distractions, and I was wanting to sleep a little longer and not wake up. But, I knew His familiar voice, and because of the topic I knew it must be God wanting to get my attention on something.  I tried to stay focused and just relax.  I didn’t know where it was going so I didn’t get excited, I just kind of flowed with it.

There were 3 distinct things that He was impressing upon me.

  1. The first and probably most important was that He said, “I’m about to release some miracles in the marketplace for people that are looking for them.  And I want you to create a receptacle or a repository of all the miracle stories that are going to happen.  The mental image I had was that it was like a giant bowl, and  as God released miracles in businesses, we were supposed to capture, record and place them in this receptacle, so that there was history and evidence of how He’s currently moving in the marketplace.
  2. The second one was that there was supposed to be a book about this phenomena and the book was going to be targeted mainly about the marketplace people and it was talking about how the supernatural came, the miracles that resulted and the testimonies that were on the receiving end.  I really felt like it had to come from Bethel Church in Redding because:
    1. They’ve taken so much ground and have been the forerunners on modern day supernatural signs and wonders.
    2. God really wanted to use the megaphone that he had created at Bethel Church because of their following and their network of churches that are fellowshipping with them.
  3. The third one was that He had uniquely qualified me and raised me to help develop content that would be taught and used to engage, empower and release marketplace ministers.  It didn’t really feel like it was to start a school, it was more to take the existing people in the marketplace and help them with content.  It could be in any medium; it could be writing, dvds, cds, workbooks, conference related and live.   I didn’t argue with the Lord on this one, because I always felt like I had something to contribute there.  Out of the three this one made the most sense, but still I was super reluctant to  just say yes in my spirit because I was spending full time running Vy and I hadn’t really established any relationships with anyone at Bethel.  It almost felt like I was supposed to carry this and maybe discuss it with other guys and maybe let someone else run this whole thing and I would be a contributor.  That’s what I wanted in my mind, but God just wouldn’t let me shake it.  I tried to shake it off and I remember kind of being anxious as I was becoming more and more conscious…realizing this wasn’t a dream. I had just been given a download from God that was very real and I knew I had to take it seriously.

I remembered thinking at that point that “I don’t want to do this”  because of what it would mean.  If the miracles were captured and the book was written, there would be a speaking role, and someone (me?) was going to have to travel and talk about what happened and I didn’t want it.   I remember distinctively arguing with God at that moment saying, “Lord, I’ll help, but let it be a younger man.  Is there somebody that I can take under my wing?  Someone that has the energy and desire to do this?”   But God wasn’t letting me off the hook.  I don’t think He was saying it absolutely had to be me, but He didn’t give me permission to delegate it.

This caused me a lot of sadness or disappointment because I really didn’t have a passion for this but it was almost like God was saying, “I want this to be done.”

I thought, “Well, I’ll just get up, get some coffee and try to sort this out and see if I feel any different or better about what this is all about.”  I’d kind of made my mind up I wasn’t going to tell Robbie because she puts more weight in this stuff than I do.   I knew she would not only want me to record it but also to pursue it, and I just didn’t have the passion or the energy to really go after this.  I kind of went over in my mind …should I tell her?  Or not?  Finally I was convicted to at least tell her.

At first I cautioned her that she wasn’t supposed to read too much into this and I really wasn’t sure what it meant, as in “don’t overreact!”   I finally walked her through it and true to form, she wanted more details than I wanted to give!   I kind of remember saying to God, “If you want this then I’ll do it, but it feels outside my reach right now.”   And “why me?”  I was not plugged into Bethel at all so how could I be on the receiving end of these miracles?  And besides, I’m not seeing evidence that You’re actually releasing miracles in the marketplace right now.

I felt like Noah when God said “Hey, I’m going to do something crazy here, and you are a player in this thing and I want you to do something that’s really unnatural and almost impossible but I want you to do it.”   Noah had to withstand some of the scrutiny and probably ridicule in terms of “why are you building this boat and why are you getting these animals and what are you going to do when there’s no sign of rain?”   That’s how I felt at this moment. I knew I was going to have to face some of that scrutiny.

And that was that.  I’d kind of tucked this dream away to think about later.

Fast forward to July of 2011.   Robbie and I started Frank Consulting last fall, and have met many people from Bethel and the city of Redding.  We started Entrepreneur Bootcamps in April of 2011 and believe we are to try and help create jobs in Redding and bootcamps is one of the ways we can help.

We started to hear rumors and threads of potential miracle stories and Robbie started getting excited about interviewing entrepreneurs and finding out how they got started and what their secret to success was and one of the questions she started asking was “Where have you seen miracles?”  So Robbie was the first one to say, “You know we really should get a video recording of these things and post them on our website and when she said that it became obvious this was to be the fullfilment of our assignment that God gave me in that dream.  This summer we bought a video camera and we started interviewing, recording and posting marketplace miracle stories, check out all the ones we have completed to date here.  I think there’s plenty of evidence starting to emerge that God is doing what He said He would do; which is to release more miracles in the marketplace and we’re doing our part in capturing them on the website.

We’ve just learned over the years that when God gives us an assignment, we don’t always get to know how it’s going to happen, but we do know that when we are obedient, great things happen and He gets glorified.

So, that’s the story behind why we do what we do.

Hope you enjoy this explanation and hope you enjoy the videos.

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Something Has Shifted In The Atmosphere!

Mike and I attended a luncheon at the business forum at Simpson University on Monday and heard Pat Williams give a very motivational speech on leadership excellence.   Mike also had a chance to meet our current mayor, Missey MacArthur.  She told Mike that she was so inspired by what we are doing with the bootcamp and the angel investment fund, etc. that she wants to know how she can personally help; and she’s telling everyone she knows about what we are doing.

Mike also met the editor of the Record Searchlight, the local Redding Newspaper, Silas Lyons.  He mentioned he had heard Mike speak at a function a couple of weeks ago.  He told us that he his job is to watch and scan everything that is going on in the Northstate area and one of his key areas of interest is in the area of innovation.  He actually sits on a committee of the newspaper’s parent company, Scrips Communication.  He then went on to tell us that “SOMETHING HAS SHIFTED” in the atmosphere around Redding this summer in regards to innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and business development in the Redding area.  It sounded like he couldn’t quite put his finger on what had happened, or who made it happen, but there is some shift that he was excited about.

That may not seem like a big deal to some, but to us major excitement!

For all of us who are involved in job creation and transforming the economics of Redding, we all know why it’s going on and whose hand is behind this and we just want to Praise God for doing the impossible!

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Bethel Church draws entrepreneurs to Redding

Frank Consulting in the Redding paper: Why Bethel Church is such a draw for entrepreneurs

This article was originally published on Redding.com and Written By David Benda

Maybe the Shasta EDC and city of Redding should give Bethel Church a commission for the AirCover Integrated Solutions deal.

The drone aircraft manufacturer will land in Redding sometime within the next three months, eventually housing eight to 10 research and development jobs with an annual average salary of $90,000.

OK, chief technology officer John Swope didn’t uproot his family and choose to move his firm to Redding solely because of the Christian church off College View Drive.

But Swope told me Bethel, which he plans to attend with his family, helped seal the deal. The Swopes moved from Davis to Redding last weekend.

Swope, a former design engineer for Hewlett-Packard, describes the spiritual vibe he feels here.

It’s another example of the spiritual and economic pull of the church.

A year ago in this space I wrote about the Bethel Effect, how business people over the last several years have mentioned the church’s positive impact on their bottom line. They include real estate agents, RV parks, apartment managers, retail stores.

Time to amend the Bethel Effect to the Bethel Economy, also known as Redding’s own economic stimulus. Don’t forget, the city just agreed to lease the Convention Center, which was on the verge of closing, to the church.

Swope was introduced Wednesday during an EDC-sanctioned event that brought together innovative companies, investment bankers and community leaders at the Shasta Builders Exchange.

Some on the panel of experts who spoke had Bethel connections.

There was John Wiese, who three years ago co-founded Zenius Solutions, a technical software licensing company. Wiese moved to Redding from the Silicon Valley after his children started attending Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry.

Wiese also gushed about the virtues of the north state and the genuine people who live here.

Also at Wednesday’s gathering was Mike Frank, a business power broker who has helped build such companies as IHOP, Mutual of Omaha, Disney, and Frito-Lay.

Frank moved to Redding from Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, about two years ago.

It was Frank’s wife, Robbie — she wanted to attend Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry — who put Redding on the map for them.

Intrigued by Shasta County’s depressed economy and eager to get it off life support, Frank started his Entrepreneur Boot Camp, which gives startups the practical skills and advice to launch a company.

Zack Perkins, whose melon meter app can thump out the perfect watermelon, graduated from Frank’s first boot camp. Perkins taught science at Bethel School before he launched Let There Be Light Innovations.

During his presentation Wednesday, Frank introduced an investment banker who recently moved from Portland, Ore. because he’s bullish on the north state.

Speaking with him afterward, Frank told me the banker also is a Bethel Church member.

So can this Bethel Economy sustain itself?

Stay tuned.

Economic forecast

University of the Pacific Eberhardt School of Business released its “California & Metro Forecast.”

While the business forecasting center didn’t break down Shasta County, the numbers suggest we’re still at the bottom of a long uphill climb.

The center reports the Golden State is in the early stages of a five-year recovery.

The state’s unemployment will decrease, but remain above 10 percent through 2013. Shasta County’s jobless rate typically trends three or four points above the state average.

Some good news.

Construction is expected to create 216,000 jobs over the next four years, which would make up nearly 16 percent of the state’s total nonfarm job growth and is anticipated to be the fastest growing sector in 2013.

However, the increase in construction jobs will be just over half the jobs lost since the peak in 2006.

Meanwhile, state and local government employment will continue to fall through the end of this year, while professional science and technology jobs will increase.