No Gossip Challenge

Gossip: Idle talk which foolishly or maliciously spreads rumors or facts. The effects of gossiping are divisive and destructive.[1]

No GossipChallenge

Matthew 12: 36-37, But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.[2]

Proverbs 20:19, He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: Therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.[3]

Proverbs 25:9-11, Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; And discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, And thine infamy turn not away. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.[4]

We are issuing a “No Gossip Challenge” to churches, pastors, and individuals. There may be a debate as to what constitutes gossip. The above definition and verses provides a good start. Gossip is having a conversation with anyone where you talk about someone or something (i.e. a ministry) where that someone or something is not present. It does not matter if what is being said is true and accurate or not. If the person is not present during the conversation, then it is most likely gossip. We are instructed in Matthew 12 not to have idle words as there will be an accountability before God for these words. We are also instructed in Proverbs 20 to not to deal with or listen to those who would be talebearers. The hearer of gossip is just as guilty in the sin of gossip as the talebearer. In Proverbs 25, we are instructed to not bring anyone else in a conversation that has nothing to do with the conversation. We also learn in Proverbs 25 that words should be “fit,” that is, they “fit” the right thing. If the words we speak are not fitting right, then they should not be said.

The challenge is this:

For 10 days:

  1. Do not talk or listen to any conversation where the person or ministry is not present.
  2. Do not begin any conversation with statements such as: Did you hear…? I heard… Did you know…? Would you pray about a situation involving person or ministry name here? I am concerned about person or ministry name here. I can’t believe what person or ministry name here did.

Take the next ten days and make this a reality.

Remember, no conversation about someone or using their name without the person being in your presence.

We would love for you to then share what you have learned or any comments you may have. Come back and share in the comments on the blogs. Share your experience on Facebook on the Hold Fast the Ministry page or on your own page using #GossipChallenge.

We are up for the #GossipChallenge. Are you?

[1] Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.

[2] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Mt 12:36–37). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Pr 20:19). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Pr 25:9–11). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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Pastors Check Out How To Get This Four Book Set

Dear Pastor,

I would like to get a copy of each of our books in your hands and in the hands of the members of your church.  I know that these books will be a blessing and help to you and your ministry.  I am making a way for you to purchase all four, including shipping, for $35.  I believe that once you see these books you will want to get these books in the hands of your people.  Following the links below will take you to the Amazon pages where the retail price is given.  By clicking here, you can pay $35 through our PayPal account in order to receive this special offer for all four books.  If you are interested in also having a Kindle version of the book, you can find them here as listed:  Biblical Principles and Practicals for Everyday,  The Business of Ministry, Prepared to Bless Biblical Principles for Being Prepared, and Prepared to Bless Practical Preparedness for the Home.

Biblical Principles and Practicals for Everyday is a daily Bible study that teaches absolute truths by going through the Bible starting in Genesis.  Day one begins with the beginning and proceeds 366 days to the book of Revelation. This devotional book can be started at any time; you don’t have to find what day it is on a calendar.  We have also included at reading plan that will help someone read through the Bible in 90 days or in one year. This book will help your people to know what they believe and why.

Some may call this a devotional book but that would depend on your definition of a devotional. What are we devoted to? Are we devoted to the tasks of reading the Scriptures and a lesson? Or, are we devoted to the person the Lord Jesus Christ? The idea of a devotional should be starting our day with the purpose of being devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. What we read in the Scriptures should lead us to a day of devotion instead of treating the act of reading the Bible as the completion of doing our devotions. We need to be careful to not to check off our daily list of completing our devotions in the morning after reading. We can check off devotions from our list at the end of the day when our day was devoted to HIM. Most devotionals are so titled to give us verses to read then a story to teach us what the verses mean. This book is going to give verses and explanations of those verses. However, the intention of the daily process is much more. The intention for this book is to help lead you to green pastures with encouragement to eat, which will then require doing something with the truths. This book is to help teach the reader to also learn to receive the most out of the green pastures. This is not something you should rush through reading then check off your list of to do’s in your spiritual walk for today. “I read the page for the day. I am now ready to move on to the next spiritual thing to do on my list.” Each day you will begin with a biblical principle. A Biblical principle is an absolute truth from God that can never change. These principles are universal and eternal truths for all times. These truths are absolutes that never change based upon time, culture or fluctuation of opinion. All truth is God’s truth no matter if man tries to steal the credit for himself. If it is true, it was never about the man who presented it but the God who established it because of His perfect nature. A biblical principle is never someone’s view or opinion on Scripture. Best aspect of this book is that you can begin at any time of year! No dates included. Start on Day 1 at any time to study line upon line and precept upon precept. A daily Bible reading guide is also included each day to read through the Bible in a year using either a Genesis-Revelation plan or chronologically. A 90-day reading plan is also included in the first 90 days.

The Business of Ministry is designed to help the church leadership as well as the member in the pew to understand clearly the business of the ministry. The strength of any endeavor is in its foundation. The church should not be any exception. Starting a church should include a true biblical understanding of a church as well as organizing the business aspects of the church correctly. A church has a unique role in the world. It is first a ministry in that it ministers to the needs of its members and those outside the church by proclaiming the Gospel through preaching, teaching, and organizing various outreach efforts for and in the community. However, it is also a business. Churches must maintain the business of church or they may not have a church with which to minister. In this book, we examine the foundational documents that every church should have in order to protect themselves and their members. We discuss the differences between the legal and spiritual items necessary for a church to function. We then explore the areas where biblical principles need to be followed yet where there are many practical ways to function in the day to day business of the church without violating any biblical principles.


Prepared to Bless: Biblical Principles for Being Preparedness is designed to teach biblical principles Christians should do in meeting the needs of others. In the last several decades, we have watched as many disasters affected Christians around the world. Early on, only the extremely organized mainline denominations seemed to have a sense of what to do in the event of an emergency anywhere in the world. Plans were not previously in place to assist missionaries on the field, help churches in disaster zones or pass on information to other Christians so they would be able to help. Those that did have plans had difficulty with logistics and communicating information. However, over the years, as more and more tragedies have occurred, churches and Christian organizations have improved their action plans. Today, many mission boards have established plans for their missionaries to supply needs for the missionary and to those to whom they minister as well as plans to disseminate information to supporters. Yet, some still seem to not understand the importance of emergency preparedness. We believe it is because they do not understand the “why.” Written as a Bible study, this book explains the biblical principles behind emergency preparedness for those who seek to be the hands used of God in times of crisis.

Prepared to Bless: Practical Preparedness for the Home is written to give very practical help to families so they can be a blessing to others when difficulties come. The goal for this book is to bring to the attention of the reader, regardless of their religious or political beliefs, their opinions about society, or their views regarding end-times or “doomsday,” the importance of being prepared for an emergency for the benefit of their family and others. As I researched and studied, I became more resolved that several books had to be completed. God’s Word reveals a plan and many principles that we should and must follow. In Prepared to Bless: Biblical Principles for Preparedness, we examined Scripture to see not only principles but also examples of Bible heroes preparing for trials to come. It is not a lack of faith to prepare for a coming trial. We also saw that being prepared is a great blessing to our family, to our neighbors or to a stranger. In Prepared to Bless: Practical Preparedness for the Home, our goal is to help the reader determine and establish reasonable and attainable preparedness measures for themselves and their family. If you have watched any of the doomsday or prepping shows on television, then you have seen people depicted as focusing on one disaster or another. Our approach is not to focus on a specific event. Most preppers and survivalists agree that families should focus on self-reliance and general preparedness in the event of an emergency. We believe that there are basic preparedness principles and practices that can have a family prepared for a variety of disaster possibilities. There is not a “one size fits all” plan when it comes to preparedness measures. Each family has unique situations and family members for which they must prepare. We help the reader see the difference between basic, minimal, moderate, and extreme preparedness. Charts, lists, and product suggestions are included to help the reader better determine what they need and to what extent they want to prepare themselves and their family.

We do ask that you only use this deal for Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries and also one set per ministry.  We also ask that the shipping address be the church or ministry address.  If you would like to order more at full price, you can either go to Amazon to pay full retail by clicking the links above or go to our web store at by clicking here to order more copies for those in your church for a lower price.


Happy 25th Anniversary to My Love

What a great day 25 years ago today.  I married my best friend, the love of my life.   God gave me a wonderful young lady with great spiritual discernment.  There or those who find someone special and think to themselves I can see myself living with them for the rest of their lives. I remember the day when I realized I can’t live without her.  Words are hard to express my thoughts and feelings when I am around her.  After 25 years I find myself looking at her and having all the same feelings.  I remember seeing her walk down the aisle. Brides are beautiful, Melissa surpassed all beauty with her smile and soft voice.  From the very first day we began a life of excitement and adventures.  As in any life there are ups and downs, that is why the vows we took that day are more special today and ever.  No matter what we have gone through, Melissa has always been by my side.  I decided many years ago I could not live without her, now even more I can’t imagine a day without her.  Thank you Melissa for marrying me.  I love You.

  1. Artist Series at PCC
  2. Dating outing at PCC
  3. Wedding Party
  4. My Beautiful Bride
  5. On our way together
  6. Cake we never got to eat.

Are You Playing Church?


Are you playing church? This is a theme I have heard preached my whole life. When I would hear this message, I would think to myself: Am I serious about what I am doing? As long as the answer came back that I was dead serious about it, then I was okay.

As a child, I played many board games – Monopoly, Sorry, checkers, chess, the game of Life. I remember that these games were played with the utmost of seriousness, at least in our family that was true. Landing on Boardwalk and Park Place with hotels on it became real serious. Having a stack of Monopoly money was the end all beat all in seriousness. Knocking someone out and saying “Sorry” was all the excitement. What was greater than winning the Game of Life by beating everyone else to Millionaire Acres? Winning was everything.

But as I grew up, I learned that Monopoly money won’t work in the store. Life is not about winning at the expense of everyone else losing. Being serious about church and ministry is no guarantee that you are not playing church.

Stop what you are doing and look around.

Are you in competition with others in a race to be the most spiritual?

Do you see yourself ahead of others in the Christian walk? Do you become upset when someone else gets their way in church and you don’t? Do you see yourself as being rich in goods and in need of nothing? Do you and your church have great facilities and programs with something for everyone?

Be careful. You might just be playing church, believing you are winning at church.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: