Thursday, April 30, 2009

Little Tait's Preemie Fund

y name is Tait Zimmerman Jr. and I am a little baby boy who, without the help of modern medicine, dedicated care and God's hand, would not be alive today! I was born 3 months before I should have been and am miraculously doing well today. I spent the first three months of my life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, cared for by some terrific doctors and nurses! Now my mommy and daddy have to get creative to pay the hospital, doctors and the whole team who took care of me. They have included a lot of information for you on this site about me, and our specific needs. Thank you for your consideration and support!

- Little Tait

Editor's Note: The Zimmerman's Story was featured on Vision Forum today covering details of Little Tait's early arrival, his difficult first 3 months, the milestones he met, and God's blessing on his parent's faithfulness to fight for his life along their courage to face an enabling government and say "No Thank You." An inspiring story.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Reclaiming A Right View of Christ and Our Brokeness

We have, since the day we were saved, heard that one of the battles of our day is for a right view of Christ and the Gospel. That the long-haired bearded effeminate Jesus was an attack on the gospel of devastating proportions. At first it seemed strange. How could that be so significant?

For over a decade now, we've seen first hand and mourned over the results of a corrupted and effeminate gospel. In essence, it's wreaked devastation on a generation, who will now go straight to hell unless we take dominion in this area and battle for what is true and right.

Why is it so effective? It edifies man's flesh, the flesh that is already in control of him, the flesh that is already his master. This devastating "gospel" says, "serve that master, it's your friend." But this sissified gospel is not as friendly and gentle as appearances would have men think. No playing around, it goes right to the heart of their unregenerate state and says, "It's not a significant condition in any way, shape or nor does it have a significant bearing on what your future will be like. Don't change anything. Embrace it."

This twisted view of Christianity has destroyed a sense of righteousness and morality. It's produced a people that have no sense of shame, no sense of honor, and no moral compass for that matter. And to be quite honest with you, this push to redefine what is true and right with a perverse perspective is an attack that infuriates me. (Part 4 produced an irresistible need to cheer)

Mr. Baucham is the man of the hour and preaches a message that untangles all that. In his sermon at the "True Church Conference 2009" Mr. Baucham sets the record straight. Praise the Lord for men that stand in the gap against leaders of popular opinion and error.

Each part is 10 minutes long. You may be saying to yourself, "I'll watch a bit now and a bit later" but honestly, once you get started you'll finish it all in one sitting.

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Sunday, April 26, 2009

How to Make A Wise Financial Decision

Another excellent "Money Life" program from Crown Financial Ministries.

You can make foolish decisions whether you have a lot or a little. I want to encourage every listener to be wise. Here are my insights on making a wise financial decision. It's a seven step process:

  1. Understand the big picture, circumstances, and context before making a decision

  2. Understand the real problem, what’s driving the problem

  3. Understand the consequences of choices, good and bad; it's a false assumption that more is always better, a second income doesn’t always add value to a family

  4. Understand God’s Word, Psalm 1:1 gives an example of a financial advisor in the world encouraging people to concentrate their investment money in one thing they know well, Ecclesiastes 11:2 tells us to diversify

  5. Seek wise counsel, worldly advisors are often wrong but never in doubt; Proverbs 22:4 says be humble, fear God, ask godly people for counsel

  6. Pray and fast, interact with God and ask for His counsel

  7. Make a decision, accept the consequences, don’t worry

I hope you’ve been encouraged to make wise financial decisions!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Adam McManus's Prayer at the San Antonio Tea Party

Heavenly Father,

We come to You today with heavy hearts. Our nation, founded on Biblical principles, has seemingly lost its way. We’ve forgotten who we are and Whose we are!

Thomas Jefferson said it well when he declared, “God who gave us life -- gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Lord, how true that is! Today, April 15th, 2009, we want to reaffirm our dependence on You for our next breath. May Americans everywhere remember afresh that our freedoms, our liberties flow from You our Creator.

In these United States, we should be free to use our God-given talents to serve You and our fellow man as we provide for ourselves and our families without government intrusion and burdensome taxation. We should be free to think, speak, write and worship as we wish, even if we don’t toe the politically correct line of a morally bankrupt pop culture.

Indeed, it is our prayer that the President and the Congress would recognize that they are not our Savior nor our Deliverer. That is Your role and Your role alone.

It was James Madison, our fourth President, who uttered this profound statement: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Father, the State is not God! It is the servant of the people. May we the people, gathered here tonight in San Antonio – each and every one of us -- recognize the awesome responsibility we have to speak up and demand that our representatives begin to exercise fiscal discipline and liberate us from oppressive taxation which penalizes our hard work and sacrifice.

And, we pray, that where we have not honored You with our thoughts, words and deeds, that You would please forgive us. And where we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, that You would pardon us.

It was at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when Benjamin Franklin painted the big picture. He said “God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

In Your Word, we read in Genesis 11:4 that the people of that time said,Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.” And because of that prideful motivation, You confused their languages, scattering them across the face of the earth.

Lord, we see such striking similarities today! Leaders who seek their own glory and not Your glory. Replace their pride with humility. Replace their lust for power with a servant’s heart. And replace their misguided politics with godly principles.

We want You to rebuild the house known as America. We cannot stand by and watch our leaders labor in vain any longer. We acknowledge our desperate need for Your aid.

May we be a light to the nations, reflecting Your righteousness and love.

We pray all of this in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Listen to Doug Phillips talk from Yesterday's San Antonio Tea Party

Adam McManus will be playing Doug Phillips talk, "Freedom At Risk" during the 5 o'clock hour of the Adam McManus Show on KSLR. Listen via the internet by going to and clicking "listen live" at the top of the page.

Businesses You Can Start For Under $1000 & The Value Of Mentorship

Money Life today broadcast for April 16th

Over 70 different kinds of businesses you can start up for under $1000

The world is changing. The likely hood of a person graduating from college and obtaining a job in their desired career field is very, very rare today. Whole industries are in flux and established careers are being lost. We've been there and done that multiple times. It's long been known that two incomes just aren't cutting it any more. And now when a family is facing a serious threat of having the inability of maintaining one job, what's a family to do? Very often families facing financial problems, face them in a defensive mode and they forget that they can go on the offensive and make some income. They fail to see that their skills and talents translate better into pursuing a family business.

We're excited to see more and more families pulling together in order to pool their creativity talents with vision for business. But often times the collective zeal is more than enough to cause a family to dive into too many great ideas at once with little wisdom. Sheer zeal can cloud out wisdom and families do not create a plan and strategy. Zeal or none, numbers are numbers and no amount of optimism can change that. Or just the opposite happens, too many great ideas with no long term perspective, because of inexperience in business and an ability to project, leads to indecision and follow through.

Today's Crown Financial podcast offers some excellent advice that coincides with what we have been taught over the years by our financial mentors. The podcast covers many things like
The importance of multiple income streams, starting out small, and just how critical it is to have a plan and strategy and much more. It's a great place to start, to do a brain storm, and get a family thinking in the right direction. But...

There is a critical need for business mentorship. A mentor is your lighthouse, is someone that has established success and lives a life that you'd want to duplicate.

New business owners even with their zeal, self-discipline and the wisdom they've accumulated from various places, are often derailed by unknowns do to their inexperience. With no business mentor, they become increasingly discouraged by failures they've experienced as they were confronted by the unforeseen obstacles they didn't know how to avoid. We've watched over the years as couples develop the end conclusion that they "just aren't cut out for business." It's not their cup of tea per say.

But we don't believe this is the truth. We've found it to be a lack of mentorship. Why? Because our mentors have shown us what they have failed to see and what the solution was to avoid it. If they had just known and kept going...would their family still be fragmented? Would they be living a "settle for" lifestyle?

It's one thing to have a plan and the best intentions to stick to that plan. People promise themselves to be flexible, dedicated, self-disciplined, willing to do what they never thought of doing before. But they do not put high priority on being in constant communication with a business mentor. In fact our public school experience taught us that the person that was valued was not that person that needed a tutor or personal instruction. But that is for another post.

Zeal aside, if you've never been in business, if your family heritage of is one of wisdom for the job market, what part of your knowledge translates over and is applicable to an entrepreneurial endeavor? There may be quite a bit but your foundation isn't one for business. On what do you base your scope and perspective? Someone that is a proven success or just random success principles you've collected and prefer? If you are your own guide you're planning to fail. Who do you have that can check your plan for you and validate that it is a sure success? In our day in age when success principles are everywhere, which do you apply when?

This is where mentorship becomes priceless. We have personally found that to be the case. What would you give for the peace of mind from having someone that walks beside you knows you, the context in which you are living and the unique challenges you are facing?

Once again, our family invites you to contact us if you are facing financial challenges but looking for a fresh start.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday Nights

On Tuesday nights our family attends what we call a "team meeting" with the local business owners some of whom Dad is mentoring. This evening was a little different than most. Dad scripted and preformed a skit and had the whole place rolling in laughter. It was hilarious. Besides that there was a great turn out and we're seeing blessings in business growth. All-in-all a very enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dear blog readers,
This is a test post. I am blogging from an iphone in order to connect the parallel universes of the web & the real world. I have journeyed out once again to observe real life forms & collect a data analysis. I will report back any significant findings. Until then, blessings from the real world.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Family Business - A Recipe for Disaster or a Blessing?

On Generations with Vision, by Kevin Swanson:

Failure is Your Friend

"Too often, the family economic vision turns into a nightmare. Some bright-eyed, visionary family purchases a 40-acre farm in Kentucky for $500,000 with $450,000 in debt, and then drives the thing into the ground within 2 years. Experienced business mentor and entrepreneurial guru, Jeff Moore joins us on this edition of Generations to talk about his experience with hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Everybody will fail, but some succeed! Don’t miss the wisdom of a seasoned veteran on how to fail and how to fall forward when you fail. This is basic stuff for anybody considering a family economy."

Note: Many of you aren't completely familiar with Mr. Moore's business background. I should explain that for the last 24 years, he and his wife have been stay at home business owners, and during that time, he has been a business mentor to other families attempting the same thing. This gives him a unique experience and understanding of small business success or failure.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New HiddenArms.Com Site has been revamped! It's now a flash based site created by our sister Dawn. She whipped it out in nothing flat. It runs "Oh so smooth..."Check it out. We love it.

Also, you've been listening to the hum about gun control and you've finally decided it's time to stock up on ammo, guns and firearm accessories. HiddenArms would like to invite anyone wanting to see a holster, feel a holster, and buy a holster, to the Mesquite, Tx gun show this Saturday. Stop by and see us.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Texas Will Lose Jobs Due To Federal Aid & Coping With Job Loss

By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN — Conservative activists, unable to persuade key lawmakers to shun stimulus money, say the Legislature’s acceptance of federal aid will cost Texas jobs.

The stimulus package will increase government spending and “crowd out” private investment, denying Texas between 130,000 and 170,000 jobs, according to a study unveiled today by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank.

“It would be more prudent to not use the stimulus funds, or certainly not to the degree that they are,” former Rep. Talmadge Heflin, R-Houston, said of legislative budget writers.

Heflin, a foundation official who in 2003 was head of the House Appropriations Committee, said he fears the House will spend more stimulus money than the Senate. For the two-year budget it passed last week, the Senate tapped $11 billion of stimulus funds.

“Both bodies will have missed great opportunities by not cutting back on spending,” Heflin said. “If they cut spending now, then if the recession continued, there would be less of a need to cut next session.”

Thirteen House Republicans, none members of Appropriations, joined several conservative groups and business associations at a Capitol news conference for release of a study by Adruin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, a Tallahassee, Fla.-based consulting firm. A principal is Arthur Laffer, an anti-tax economist known as the father of supply side economics.

“When government grows as a percentage of the private sector, … jobs are lost,” said Donna Arduin, an author of the study, which was commissioned by the foundation. She urged using stimulus money only to speed up construction projects, such as roads, that the state planned to build eventually.

The study urged “particular caution” about some lawmakers’ desire to accept $556 million offered to Texas, though the stimulus bill would condition that on Texas’ making several changes in its unemployment insurance program.

“Every time the federal government has added stimulus money for unemployment insurance, along with strings that require you to expand those programs, they’ve always been followed by state [employer] tax increases,” Arduin said.

Leaders of the Texas Business Association and the Texas chapter of the National Federation of Business spoke against the proposed changes in unemployment insurance, saying eventually they would saddle employers with higher taxes.

Rep. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills agreed, saying, “The right thing to do is to look out for the long term interests of Texas businesses.”

However, Ed Sills, spokesman for the state AFL-CIO, urged the state to take the federal unemployment benefits money so it can soften next year’s employer tax increase and help more jobless Texans.

Noting that Laffer in 2006 predicted there wouldn’t be a recession, Sills said, “Citing Laffer for advice on how to run the Texas economy is like relying on candy manufacturers to set dental policy.”

Coping With Job Loss

Coping with a job loss from Crown Financial Ministries on Vimeo.

A Crown Testimony: Carlos Villalba

A Crown Testimony: Carlos Villalba from Crown Financial Ministries on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Letter To Our Brother

Are You Ready To Go to Jail for the Gospel? Walter Hoye Is...

Friday April 3, 2009
From: Voddie Baucham Ministries

I have written a number of blogs about the black genocide movement called Planned Parenthood (see here, here, and here), and their many partners in the abortion world. I have also written and preached about our need to be prepared to go to jail for preaching the gospel here in America in the very near future. Well, that time is not just close; it is here. Walter Hoye is a pastor in Oakland, California who has stood up against abortion for years. Hoye has often shared Christ with women outside these clinics. Recently, the city crafted a law that some say was designed especially for him. According to a report by, “Oakland officials had enacted the law, which has been heavily criticized as curtailing free speech rights. The ordinance prohibits contact within eight feet of women entering abortion businesses without their consent.”

Hoye received a thirty-day sentence after he was tried and convicted for standing outside an abortion mill with a sign that read, “Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you.” Hoye could have taken an easier way out, but he refused.

Read the rest here.

Take a few moments to write this courageous pastor a note of encouragement: Walter B. Hoye II, PFN# BGR852, Santa Rita Jail 5325 Broder Boulevard, Dublin, California 94568-3309

Friday, April 03, 2009

Insights into 2009 Economic Trends

Insights into 2009 Economic Trends from Crown Financial Ministries on Vimeo.

Crazy Idea?

You probably think that starting a business right now is a crazy idea, but according to Entrepreneur magazine, a down economy is a great time to get certain businesses off the ground, particularly an online business. Here's why:

  1. Internet startups are cheap to launch. Costs for setting up a dynamic e-commerce site have dropped significantly, and could be as low as $3,000.

  2. You can set up shop in your house and tend to it nights and weekends and by email, so you don’t have to quit your day job. It’s possible to get up and running in less than a week.

  3. Even in a down economy, online sales are still growing at triple the rate of store sales. The recent spike in gas prices created millions of new online shoppers. Now that they’ve discovered how convenient it is, many are likely to stay online even though gas prices have fallen dramatically.

A word of caution, however—you still need a great product or service that folks want to buy, so plan carefully. Here are a couple of bonus tips: Give excellent customer service and offer discounts for bringing in new customers.

A lot of very successful companies today were launched during tough economic times: Burger King, FedEx and Microsoft, to name a few. They were once crazy ideas, too!

Seven-step solution to the economic crisis.

Seven-step solution to the economic crisis from Crown Financial Ministries on Vimeo.

Feed Me

Guess who's finally here. There's actually 4 little wrens in there. I had not heard a peep out of them and so I went to check to see if they hatched and sure enough there they were.