Pastor G’s Introduction to the Daniel Fast Study

Let’s get it in CMBC virtual family!

Are you excited about the quickly approaching new year? Are you wanting 2016 to be your breakout year? If so, there’s only one way for believers to achieve such lofty expectations. Jesus said to his disciples that some miracles only happen through 1.) Fasting and 2.) Praying.

That’s why Pastor G and Christ Missionary Baptist Church and our TLC virtual ministry family are offering you an opportunity to learn more about our corporate Daniel Fast. Using our virtual platform we want to share this vital opportunity to renew, refresh and return to a closer walk with Christ as we head into 2016. Here’s how you can participate.

  • Watch the introductory video
  • Enter your email and signup for the regular video updates and free downloads
  • Join in the dialogue and discussion on Facebook, twitter, and on google+

It’s that simple!

Be sure to share this study with family and friends so together you can bring the new year in on a blessed note. I’ll see you during the study and pray you join the corporate fast on December 1st.

Pastor G, the CMBC and TLC Virtual Ministry Team

Interruptions Part 2

life interruptedIn part 1 of my series on interruptions I asked the question, “How do you handle interruptions in the midst of living for a higher calling?” The bible helps us to understand how to approach seasons in our lives where people challenge our motivation and even challenge what we fell called to pursue. It’s especially difficult to navigate these moments when the people who are challenging us are those who we “think” love us.

So, I wanted to help those who are fighting these very voices right now. I want you to be able to see in Acts 4 how to answer the question, “What comes out of you when your motives are questioned and you’re encouraged to operate like everyone else?”

Note that the bible says in Acts 4 verse 5-7:
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

So, don’t get it twisted. It’s clear by the very words of Jesus Christ that you should expect interruptions. Don’t be amazed and stall thinking “Why is this happening to me?” There will undoubtedly be times in your life, when you feel most secure in God’s directions when people who you would think know better will make it their jobs to find reasons to shut down what God is doing through you. These are people who don’t understand how God is moving. Jesus himself said this in Luke 21:12-19:
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.”

[I LOVE THIS STUFF] Watch this folks, here’s the good news:
14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

In other words, Pastor G is trying to give you a reason to make up your mind TODAY not to worry TOMORROW about what people are going to do or say to try and interrupt where God is leading you. You don’t even have to wreck your brain over how to win the argument with ’em. You don’t have to construct a Facebook reply or a tweet. All you have to do is trust that when folks close to you seek to challenge God’s outcomes pray for them and STAND FIRM. Why, because in the end GOD WINS! And guess what, as long as you’re on His team you win too.

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john Girton square photoJohn E. Girton, Jr. (aka Pastor G) is a success coach and motivational speaker who brings empowerment and entrepreneurial expertise to every audience. Pastor G shares life lessons and biblical jewels to help people reach their full potential.

As a former instructor of Journalism and Telecommunications at Ball State University and Tennessee State University and a business owner for the past 20+ years, Pastor G remains on the cutting edge of technology and is seen weekly on his Ustream channel and at the virtual ministry he and his wife founded in 2008 www.thelovingchurch.org and johngirtonspeaks.com.

Why Pastor G Started Success/Life Coaching

John E. Girton, Jr., speaking

John E. Girton, Jr., speaking at an IHMFC, Inc. event

It’s been interesting for me to hear people ask me what I’m doing now. I get that question almost two to three times a week. People will stop me on the street, email me, hit me up on Facebook and even old clients are interested in knowing what I’ve been up to lately. I’m sure most of them have been wondering how I’ve been able to survive without their $15 branding packages, free consultation and $5 WordPress CMS website designs I’ve provided them over the past four years. I can imagine some are thinking it will only be a matter of time before I have to go back to giving my services away to pay a couple of bills.

Well, after watching my accounts receivable skyrocket, I decided to let over twenty of my clients go and simplify my business to include what people really valued from my time, effort and energy. Here’s how I came to this conclusion. I’ve been watching my recommendations on LinkedIn and noticed something interesting. I noticed what I was selling didn’t match what people wanted of value from me. I was selling graphic design and marketing services. But, honestly that’s not what people really wanted from me.

It was like a bolder knocking me over. I thought about it and I pondered what I experienced during almost every client consultation. In the midst of designing a logo, I spent more time sharing my experiences in business to motivate my clients. I used my real world experiences to guide them while at the same time creating their website. I began to consider that maybe the struggle I was experiencing had less to do with the market and more to do with what I was marketing. So, I considered what my life might be like if I spent my time doing for others what they really wanted me to do for them. I considered what my life might look like if I were doing what I loved, what came natural and what others loved for me to do. My next step was to make a decision to change.

So, that’s what I did. Instead of pushing marketing services that were starving my bottom line, I took a leap of faith, I took a risk and began the transition of pushing the services that gave me the most joy and fulfillment…motivational speaking and success coaching. That’s were I find my “sweet spot!” That’s where I excel! That’s where my passion and my purpose come together. It doesn’t matter if I’m one-on-one or in front of a group, speaking and motivating others works for me and works for those who I’ve been called to serve.

Has it been all up hill? Absolutely not! I’ve been working the switch for about three months now. It took at least a month and a half to get rid of clients who weren’t paying and were dragging me into the red. It took a few more weeks to update the johngirtonspeaks.com website and to order new business cards. And there are still weeks that I have no idea how I’m going to earn a living. But, the good news is that I love getting up everyday because before I go to bed I know I will have empowered someone. Unlike a few months before, I now know that what I have to offer is what others really want from me. They value my perspective, my expertise and my years of collective entrepreneurial wisdom. And that’s what I’m committed to providing because now my success is my clients success.

Is Hating Black People Justified?

Central Canal and Indianapolis skyline

Central Canal and Indianapolis skyline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indiana State Capitol at the end of Market St,...

Indiana State Capitol at the end of Market St, Indianapolis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s an email Pastor G received in response to our Youth Violence Prevention Strategic Planning Initiative designed to prevent youth violence and increase opportunity for young people in Indianapolis.

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“This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of stupidity coming from the poverty pimps in the racist black hustle industry. We already know what the problem is…black illegitimacy, lower IQ and ability, anti-intellectualism, impulse control, low future time orientation, a failed black culture, and shitty black parenting. Let’s finally cut our losses and end the government daddy gravy train of EBT/SNAP/WIC and see how hard they will work once they get hungry. I WANT MY MONEY BACK! Eliminate their Section-8, AFDC, TANF, cash assistance, heat assistance, welfare fraud scams, government jobs, free school lunch, SSI, CHIP, Medicaid, Obamabucks, Obamaphone, slavery reparations, Pigford scams, disability and free college tuition and see how quickly these lazy punks learn to obey laws, pay attention in class, use birth control, and become civilized humans. Oh, and don’t forget to strengthen the Second Amendment laws, so the rest of us law-abiding tax payers can defend ourmselves when they start rioting (again). Please reconsider this nonsense. It makes you look stupid. We owe black people NOTHING. You marginalize yourselves. ”

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I’d love to know your thoughts on this response.

Empowered to empower

I’m excited to share this first post with everyone. Ok especially hopeful that my friends and close partners in the New Media Mission take a constructive look at my blog in order that I might learn, grow and get better at this.

I have two blogs now. This one is dedicated to empowering others through the gifts that God has blessed me with. I wish I could take credit for how my life has turned out. But the truth is that there’s no way I could have imagined making it to where I am today.

Why have I chosen to empower? Because I have no choice! I empower others with the blessings that I’ve received. These very blessings have encouraged and sustained me when I had no way of knowing what step to take or which way to turn. Creativity became my therapy and nursed me through law suits, garnishments and depression.

I empower because I’m empowered! I’ve been re-energized and mandated to share my blessing with others groaping for something to hope in and hang on to. That’s why I’m still here. That’s why I’m not going anywhere until I’ve made all the divine appointments God has placed ok my schedule.

Maybe that’s why you’re reading this right now. You and I just might have an appointent with emowerment.

PEACE

JG