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Love Kats aren’t pussys

March14

so…

I’m all about being a “love Kat“. I give freely of myself, just not for free. and, I’m more comfortable around people that always know precisely how and where I stand.

…wait… are you asking yourself, “what the hell is a love Kat?” well… read the following, then go look for additional posts:

Words to live by…

Being a Love Kat: Definition #4

love Kat tip #12

in any event, I have a history of lighting-up Christians that think they deserve to walk in the light of some Ministry or another.

many peoples views, and also attitudes towards, for, and about Ministries, need to be another “Burning Platform”.

Here are some examples of that:

holding ministries Accountable

ministries mean Business

pillaging ministries for Prophet - well, that elicited a call from a local mega-church Pastor and an inquiry from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

missed-opportunitiesfrom whence our Inspiration?  – okay… wow… that post raised not a few eye brows. it also shook things up rather nicely around these parts.

yup, I love a nice twist on words; word-play, if you will – the entrendre (go look it up. do it!).

this is all about me being the Heterodox. go look that up as well. it’s all over this blog.

and, one of your all-time favorites with millions of views…

I Love You This Much by brian patrick cork  - talk about missed opportunities. Souly Business is  drenched in irony. however, I am eternally grateful, I’m certain of it.

NOTE: the above picture IS NOT Rowdy. I pulled the image from the internet. however it helped launch, from whence our Inspiration into viral sensation, and for good reason. so apropos.

this very morning I answered an email to one of my Brothers, thusly…

“So… Nothing has changed.

What you must be willing to do is look someone in the eye and say to them, “I want to make a living in ministry. But, I can’t seem to generate the business-side of the equation to justify it. So, I need someone to believe that this concept of video testimony is a compelling way to spread the Gospel. If you do then please fuel my efforts financially and shore-up my resolve. God has not made me strong enough to do this myself. I need your help”.

That takes balls, and conviction.

What I know, Todd, is that men want to help one another. But, they have to be willing to ask before other are able to give. Just waiting for everyone else to do it all for you will keep the process shrouded in mystery.

You need to come back under my coaching and stop screwing around with this. We do this on my terms. Or, just go get a job, save up your money, and go into ministry when you can actually afford to do it. I said something similar to Bryan [REDACTED] years ago. He could never talk to me again other than send me letters every now and then asking for money. I still don’t know what he does to earn other people’s largesse… However, I actually believe what you do has merit. You are gifted at helping people tell compelling stories. So, quit being a pussy.

brian patrick cork

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there was then another email (there are three more) from the same hapless fellow that generated this response from me…

“Some time ago, TIME magazine published the results of a survey that asked over a thousand adults about their belief regarding prayer and illness. The survey found that eighty-two percent (82%) of participants believe in the healing power of personal prayer, and seventy-three percent (73%) believe praying for someone else can help cure that person’s illness. When asked about God’s role in healing, seventy-seven percent (77%) said they believe God some times intervenes to cure people who have a serious illness.

While you may not be sick, what you are trying to do is solve a pandemic problem. We need to get people aligned with evangelism and the Great Commission on a modern platform. That makes you potentially part of the solution.

So… How is this need not being amplified and addressed with raised arms and voices? The answer is that, ironically, you have information, ability and skill, but, you are still part of the problem. You do a great and thorough job telling many of us how North Point and other churches are wrong (worse, “crappy”) for not recognizing your genius and opening their coffers up to you. But, they continue to grow and be ever more relevant. Didn’t North Point recently raise millions of dollars recently on a cash-call?

You have lots of creative ideas. But, what would happen if you invested all that energy into genuine action? That might inspire someone to write you a check. What are you doing to earn it?

What are you going to do differently, today?”

all that said… lift me up over ROI Ministry. I’m convinced we can be part of the Solution. I am trying very so hard to be a Love Kat.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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the price of admission does not always equal success

March5

This Startup Is Charging $3,000 For Its Database of the World’s Most… - venturebeat.com

“Imagine having access to a rolodex of two million of the wealthiest people in the world: bankers, private equity folk, and venture capitalists.”

Brian Patrick CorkThis fascinates me, today. However, once published I will ask to be placed on the “do not call list”.

While you want to earn the privilege of being in such a database, few of us will want to be accessed and bothered by people that want things from us. I’m wondering if those investors that put up $60m have thought this through.

I kind of doubt they would want to be contacted by the strangers that have to buy this list themselves. If you are in that database you probably already know many of the other people involved and could call from your $3000 a day jet.

Ayn Rand would smack the people on this list with her desk copy of, Atlas Shrugged. thi smight be a good example of some people pushing others on to a “burning platform”.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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desire

February19

I’m going to really push some thinking forward as I share something of a personal journey with you. let’s reference one of my more recent posts as a baring-point:

rules today that pave The Road for tomorrow, but also, why change need not be arbitrary.

are you your own “Burning Platform”? do you create your own Kobayashi Maru? you genuinely need to explore that.

it helps to start  looking around yourself. what are the influences that drive behavior?

some organizations, like the Army, refer to this as “situational awareness”. more on that later.

this includes looking at yourself, and the stuff around you.

people can be stuff. so, maybe it’s a relational thing. feel free to make it a physical thing.

but, to be clear, the desire to be different is where change begins.

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

that desire leads to understanding yourself which then connects you to change, or a change event. change can’t happen without fierce desire that may find its root in your heart and can spread throughout your gut, mind and soul.

to be candid, I’ll submit, and based on my experience with so many things that include being a “human bean”, dad, husband, athlete, coach (on several levels), business man, ordained change-agent, etc., the odds of making a lasting and possibly radical change in your life are stacked against you. it’s a harsh reality, but when even life is at stake most people refuse, won’t or can’t budge from what often proves to be the deadliest place on earth: the comfort zone. just think about your relationship with your spouse, money, and career-path, for examples.

I’m reasonably certain that only one-out-of-ten people are ready, willing or able to act on the desire for something new, and more importantly different, which can radically change behavior, and with it, their lives.

try this… think in terms of the physical (body), mental (mind), spiritual (soul) and emotional (heart). then ask yourself questions around those aspects of yourself that might include:

  • what motivates you to be different?
  • why do you want to be different (there is probably a difference)?
  • what goals will mean the most to you once you’ve accomplished them?
  • how do you want to change your life in those areas?
  • what gives you meaning purpose and power?

TRANSPARENCY: I’m not certain “power” belongs with all this. but, the word came (or found me) to me. so, perhaps there is meaning for it here beyond my own immediate reasoning.

so… looking at Mr. Huxley’s words, and my interpretation of their meaning, I think that if you want new or better results, you must change your behavior. do it!

more later. next, we’ll tackle awareness.

today, I am listening to, Fall At Your Feet by the venerable Crowded House.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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rules today that pave The Road for tomorrow

February18

desire

awareness

meaning

choice

love

change

giving

gratitude

reciprocity

I say it probably starts with awareness, and refine that with self-awareness. then you get to invoke change from within that gets reflected outward. that requires a desire for change that is drawn from choice. that brings meaning to why we should feel gratitude around doing things we love, for people that we value. if you believe that giving as much as you take, if not more, then finally reciprocity finds itself in the formula for success at life.

everything else is a burning platform.

“We all need a road that we can find that gives us love and peace of mind” - Songwriter Randy Thorderson

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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