Author: Patrick McBane Created: 6/11/2009 4:25 AM
Marketplace Solutions News


The Assignment – “Your mission should you choose to accept it…”

Who are you? No, I’m not talking about your first and last name, nor your title or position at work. Rather, I’m talking about who you are as a Christian and representative of our Lord where you work and spend the majority of your time? Too often, as Christ followers we forget who we are called to be and what that looks like day in and day out. Let’s take a moment and do a brief survey in scripture.

As believers (workplace / anyplace ministers) we are called to be:


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Missed it by That much!

I don’t know about you but there seems to be a lot of that going on these days. As leaders, mentors and transformational disciplers we need to recognize when we miss it. Beyond that when I do miss it I need to be able to look at myself and see where, why and how I missed it. Let me ask you a question ...

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Out of the Ordinary - Patrick McBane

God only has ordinary people. He uses us – ordinary people to do extraordinary things that cause us and those around us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the living God.

Think about this… where do we find the most difficulty and doubt when it comes to the things of God? My answer… around issues of Extraordinary faith. When faith is challenged what do we typically think about? - Ourselves. It’s in these moments that we need to think about God and His immeasurable greatness.

Do you receive and embrace God the same way in all His nature or just the parts you can understand?

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What can we Expect of a New Year

I believe that as we cross over into the New Year, we can expect good things. We know that God’s mercies are new every morning, and that His faithfulness is great. We can expect hills and valleys – difficulties and trials. And, as the Israelites knew, so we know that there will be battles ahead – spiritual warfare, and attacks of the enemy. Yet I believe we can take to ourselves the assurance that our future is...

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Lead Where You Are!

Most of our leadership styles are geared toward getting you from here to there. What if getting you from here to there took on a different perspective? Most of us are frustrated with the fact that we can’t get there from here. Or so it may seem.
Getting there may require that we learn how to cultivate here first. The best way to cultivate here is to BE present and to cultivate God’s presence. If you don’t like where you are and you’ve found yourself running to somewhere else just to avoid a present reality – that’s not getting you anywhere.

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The Call to Influence!

All of us at some level have heard of or been talking about ‘Spheres of Cultural Influence’ or the‘7 Mountains of Cultural Influence’.  If you haven’t heard of these recent terms then I encourage you to do some research.  Here’s a video teaching link from Lance Wallnau that should help considerably.

Even early on when I launched Marketplace Solutions almost 6 years ago we talked about spheres of influence and the marketplace being made up of a combination of business, government and education.  So, why am I talking about these now?  Primarily because they continue to be a significant part of our Christian landscape and dialogue; and secondly and more to the point – I believe most of us are not sure where to start engaging when it comes to our own sphere of influence.

Here’s the bottom line

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Harvest Time!

What if you knew that there was a place where you could cultivate a rich relationship with God and fulfill divine purpose and potential simultaneously? There is and it's in His Harvest field.

"The harvest is plentiful, but... the laborers are few. Therefore, ask the Lord..." Luke 10:2

Here is your assignment!...

Remove the Limitations

The biggest limitation God has is our own thinking. He is more hindered by stinking thinking than anything else. If someone is having a problem experiencing God's presence it is not because God has gone anywhere. It is because people have gone somewhere other than to Him. God does not change. Only man is prone to change. God wants to transform our thinking in such a way that we can believe Him for anything, everything, anytime and anywhere!

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 A Tire Shop waiting room turns into a Sanctuary

It all happened in the waiting room of a Tire Shop. It started by over hearing the owner on the phone with a customer. Their conversation was more than just about tires or an oil change. The owner clearly said, – “I’ll be praying for you.”

Were the words – “I’ll be praying for you” – just some subliminal messaging that created the atmosphere for the next two encounters or was this a demonstration of exercising authority and jurisdiction in a sphere of influence?

I argue that it was the latter. The way of the Kingdom is in large part the realm of permissions. In other words – what we allow and what we refuse or stop. Is there a precedent for this scripturally? Take a look –

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A key part of transformational leadership is demonstrating and constantly communicating vision. Not vision as in foresight, but vision as in a clearly articulated picture of a desired future. 

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Inside – Out
Have you noticed how fear has become a predominant emotion in many over the last few years? 
When I think of fear I realize there are two distinct types of fear that are at play –
One; the Fear of man and, Two - the Fear of God. Fear of man creates a prison. It’s a virtual lock down that moves from the inside out. First, something enters into our view finder that creates a thought process that has the capacity to immobilize us. It causes us to retreat not advance. It causes us to focus on our circumstance rather than the process. 

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