I wanted to quickly let you know about a new project I’m working on.
Business in God’s Image Free Course Limited to 50 People for FREE
At the moment it’s called Business in His Image Ministry Combo Course, and the goal is help those believers who have families that are struggling in their finances how to start a Biblically based business to earn extra income on the side to advance the kingdom, pay their bills, fund churchoutreach/mission, and aid the poor.
NEWS for Authors, Truth Seekers, Hip-Hoppers, Starving Ministers, Apostolic Fathers, and More!
Hey! What’s up?
My name is RicardoButlerfounder and CEO of RicardoEquipsArtisticLeaders(R.E.A.L.) LLC. And as of today, the writing of this blog article (July 1st 2013), I have been out of prison for EIGHT (8) YEARS! And the Lord has done some amazing things to me, in me, through me, and as me in this world and in the lived of others.
I am very grateful for what the Lord has done and I will continue to follow the Spirit of My Father, which is in heaven. With that said, I wanted to quickly let you know about some new projects we are working on …
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:11-24, KJV).
“God said, “The Man has become like one of us, capable of knowing everything, ranging from good to evil. What if he now should reach out and take fruit from the Tree-of-Life and eat, and live forever? Never—this cannot happen!” So God expelled them from the Garden of Eden and sent them to work the ground, the same dirt out of which they’d been made. He threw them out of the garden and stationed angel-cherubim and a revolving sword of fire east of it, guarding the path to the Tree-of-Life.” (The Message).
I’m sorry you guys, I’m just the type of guy that looks for the good in everything. And in this particular devotional I am going to minister and proclaim the Gospel (GOOD NEWS) of the Kingdom of God and the King, not teach just on business.
Jesus died on the Cross for three reasons (actually there are millions of reasons but three reasons) that are very personal too me. They are:
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:20-21, KJV).
“The Man, known as Adam, named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. God made leather clothing for Adam and his wife and dressed them.” (The Message).
It took me a while to get in the Spirit and see how the principle of these two verses could be applied to life, especially in a business setting. And it was not that it was so hard to figure something out or get revelation from God, it was more an issue of what to pick out of the many various ways to take these two Scriptural principles.
I could have taken it in a number of directions. So I had to discuss with God and say, “Do I take it this way? Do I take it this other way? Do You want me to share this particular principle now or later? I know there are other stronger principles elsewhere in Your Word that could be better for this devotional.” So that is what was going on with these two verses.
In this video we start with the introduction to our free business videos that lead to the Webinar courses. I cover in here the difference between Christians who love (lust) for money and rich Christians who are right with God.
I also talk about false ministers who overcharge you with watered down truth vs. real leaders of God that SHOULD be getting double more for all their hard work with giving you pure truth though they might be “too humble” to ask for it, even if his/her family is suffering financial.
This is your boy Ricardo Butler aka ReAsOn DiSciPLe the Apostolic Poet and Master Constructor. I would first and foremost like to thank you for your consideration to guest post here on Ricardo Equips Artistic Leaders (R.E.A.L.) where I am called to Equip Five Fold Artiststo Impact and Influence the Hip-Hop Ministry, Industry, and Culture!
The Lord has led me to seek out Davidical (creative) artists such as yourself in the realm of arts, media, entertainment, music, comedy, and even sports that has anything to promote for the Father’s Kingdom, His KingJesus Christ and His Son’s Bride—the Church.
This is not a worldly website where you give five or one mic and then disrespect other people and their projects. The Apostle Paul said,
“For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority [apostolic authority],which the Lord hath GIVEN us [the apostles] FOR EDIFICATION [LOVE which BUILDS UP (1 Cor. 8:1)],and NOT for your destruction [the devil and his false ministers DESTROY], I should not be ashamed.” (2nd Corinthians 10:8).
Then Paul said it AGAIN,
“Therefore [for THIS reason] I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power [authority as an apostle] which the Lord hath GIVEN me [Paul the MASTER BUILDER/MASTER LOVER] TO EDIFICATION [LOVE which BUILDS], and NOT to destruction [NOT TO TEAR YOU DOWN].” (2nd Corinthians 13:10).
I love you guys and gals too much, plus I’m trying to build up the Davidical Arts (what you all call Holy Hip-Hop) for the Kingdom. My goal is only to help you guys become better in your calling, whether it be in ministry or in business. Why? Because the music industry belongs to God! PERIOD!
I will not make my judgments on what you believe or teach. That’s not my business that is between you and the Lord. Plus I do not have the right or authority granted from you personally as an artist to speak into your life unless you ask for it. I also do not care what your denominational bent is as well. None of that is my purpose. Whatever you submit MUST be edifying; it must build up. If it doesn’t build then I will NOT post it!
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (Genesis 3:1-3, KJV).
“The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” (Genesis 3:1-3, KJV).
We are going to look at this from two sides so that we learn how to deal with this situation. We are going to use Satan as an example of a bad employee and then we are going to view him as a bad customer.
I believe I already mentioned this in an earlier devotional, that there is a difference between God’s vineyard and God’s field. Remember the wheat/tares parable? It says that he planted a vineyard and also how the field is the world. The vineyard or GARDEN is always symbolic for the church. The field is ALWAYS symbolic of the world. Satan was a beast OF THE FIELD and therefore we will view him as a custumer who comes into your business (GARDEN or vineyard).
As a musicministry, have you or your team ever wrestled with the decision to sale your music or to provide free music? Have you as a record label struggled with the issue of charging for booking events or have you just caved into the “love offering”, “honorarium,” and “donation” trap of musicministries and start-up local Christian record labels?
You’re not alone.
NO MAN Can Serve Two Masters
Serve two Masters?
As a Christian Hip-Hop artist and founder of the former Seed of Faith Tour 2007, MIC Assembly Davidical Arts Network and artist, promoter, producer of Dead To Flesh Records, I know plenty of artists who have asked themselves the question, “God how can I keep doing this music thing; meeting all these needs and my needs are not being met? My kids are at home starving while I am out doing these free shows; even after I have to take days off from work to do this.”
Does this sound all too familiar? Of course it does. I hear it all the time. And I know you hear it all the time with your peers. This is not new, nor is it just a struggle with the musicministry and the group trying to form a Christian record label. This is a struggle all through the Church among ministers. The cry is the same even back in the Old Testament where the Scriptures say,
“And then he prayed, ‘God, I’m asking for two things before I die; don’t refuse me—banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’ If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God.’” (Proverbs 10:7-9, The Message).
We want to do what God has called us to do, but we don’t want to have to worry about our family having enough to eat while we are out on the road.
There is this HUGE struggle in the Holy Hip-Hopcommunity! There are two extremes happening here. It’s not just in holy hip-hop, it all over the body of Christ. And it’s mostly because of a misunderstanding of what the Word of God actually teaches, and not to mention how it has been portrayed by televangelists, super star preachers, and the mega-churches.
But I believe the BIGGEST problem is fear. And that fear is being produced by a faulty belief from one’s own weakness in this area. I should know. I had this fear.
There is a Scripture that says,
“Two things have I required of Thee; deny me them not before I die: remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty [Heb: ‘To be destitute:--lack, needy, poor, make self poor, poor man’] nor riches [Heb: ‘make SELF rich (usually through selfish gain and not by godly increase)’]; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 10:7-9).
The Message puts there verses as:
“And then he prayed, ‘God, I’m asking for two things before I die; don’t refuse me—banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’ If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God.’”
“Two things have I asked of You [O Lord]; deny them not to me before I die: remove far from me falsehood and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal, and so profane the name of my God.”
This Scripture is a WISE prayer for anybody in the Body of Christ. Why? Because it brings balance! There is a temptation on both ends. For the Christian we have a fear of losing our salvation if we get too rich. But at the same time we have a temptation to steal and envy the rich man because maybe we are lacking by choice or have been afraid to increase God’s way.
There are FOUR possibilities when it comes to wealth and poverty. Here are the four possibilities. But only one of them is God’s way to prosper.
I heard it somewhere that in Japan they create from 100 to 250 year business plans!
I’ve been working on my business plans and goals ALL DAY for just the year of 2013.
I finally got what I wanted down and still I am not finished. All I got is a handwritten (organized) mess.
I’ve got my four training courses; one for each quarter: 1. Business Start-Up Course, 2. Five Fold Leadership Course, 3. Creative Writing/Teaching Course, and 4. Music Ministry/Business Course.
Level 1 courses are Free, Level 2 courses are $60, and Level 3 courses are $100. There are 28 Sessions per course that will be held in each quarter for 3 months; given on Tuesdays and Fridays of each month.
I have scheduled 240 Blog posts (Monday thru Friday). 20 Per month. 4 For whatever the theme is for the month (Ex: Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, etc). 4 to add extra content to whatever the course is for the month. 4 to add extra content in promotion of book release of the month. And 4 for marketing and promotional use.
I have scheduled 4 digital media messages in the form of Videos or Podcast (or both). One per four weeks. The subjects determined by either the course, theme, or book of the month.
I have scheduled the release on Amazon Kindle and Lulu.com 12 eBooks. 1 Per month. The rough-draft titles so far are …
Jan: Five Fold Davidical Hip-Hop Leader
Feb: 7 Beneficial Ways to Stay on God’s Good Side
Mar: Restoring Father’s to the Head of the Household
Apr: From the Bus Stop to the Altar
May: Five Fold Fatherhood
Jun: 27 Ways to Unify the Church
Jul: Done Unto His Image
Aug: Function in all 4 Temperaments 4 a Well Balanced Life
Sept: True Religion is Real Ministry
Oct: 12 Simple But Powerful Ways to Beat a Demon
Nov: The Jurisdiction of Joseph
Dec: The Top 15 Types of People to Best Reach with the Gospel
And to top it off, I am opening up my “Ricardo Equips Mentorship Program,” where I will take only 10 Students. 7 students for training and equipping in the industries of music ministry/business, creative writing/teaching/speaking, and Ministry (Five Fold) Leadership.
And the other 3 students for Entrepreneurship/Business mentorship, which includes training and equipping in the industries of music ministry/business, creative writing/teaching/speaking, and Ministry (Five Fold) Leadership.
For pricing for the 7 students and pricing for the 3 students contact me for more info at Ricardo@ricardoequips.com.
Grammatical errors are left in intentionally to let people know that a real human named Ricardo Butler is really writing his own content!
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