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Whew! The Move Is Over!


I hate moving!

We have made the big move to our self-hosted blog site @ WordPress.Org.

There are many new features that will benefit you and me.

With all the neat and new plugins comes a big learning curve for me.

I have a lot to do to get the site not just to where it was at, but make it much better.

One of the first things on my heart was not to lose you my faithful subscribers and friends.

I performed what is called a subscriber migration process to my new site which will allow you to continue to receive my posts.

The procedure takes a few days.

We will see how it pans out.

Fear not, you will not lose me and I will not lose you.

Many blessings,

Jose Alvarez

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Ill Be Back!


Dear Blog gees!

I am doing the big switch from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org.

After four years and 1300 blog entries I am moving in with the “Big Boys” of blogging.

Though the names are similar they are different animals.

The Org version allows full control of my blog including paid ads and hundreds of plugins.

The learning curve on WordPress.org is not for beginners. Whew!

I might be off the “blogging air” for a few days, commencing tomorrow, Wednesday, but FEAR NOT….

“I’ll be back!”

Thursday or Friday look for us at the same Emergingusa.Org.

I don’t know if I’ll get to keep you my 800 plus subscribers. LOL! We’ll see!

Say a prayer for me! I need it!Ill-Be-Back

Blessings

Jose

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The Minimum Viable Product


I’ve struggled for years to write a book.

Now, the time has come, for God is speaking.

Entrepreneurs encourage when launching a new venture, to create the “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP).

Instead of committing years to a product which may fail, they encourage the dedication of a few months to create a MVP, put out limited copies on E Bay, for example, and modifying it according to customer feedback.

I will have this MVP done in two months, God willing!

 Released Into Your Calling! (A Book)

(Twenty Five Lessons in Forty Years of Ministry!)

  1. God Still Bring Water From A Rock!
  2. How to Hear the Voice of God?
  3. Freed From Cigarettes Without Trying!
  4. Freed From Drugs Without Rehab!
  5. How I Know That Hell is Real?
  6. How to Avoid Financial Disaster?
  7. What If You Are Single and Hate It?
  8. God Will Put You On the Shelf Before He Uses You!
  9. Beware That Family Idolatry Doesn’t Ruin Your Calling!
  10. How to Function In Spiritual Gifts?
  11. How did Selena Change My Life?
  12. Why did we give away everything?
  13. How Does God Create the Faith of Abraham?
  14. Why Did Dogs Bring Us Lunch?
  15. How to Get $10,000.00 When You Want a Diaper?
  16. How to Wash 17 Loads of Laundry Without Money?
  17. God Still Provides Meat In the Wilderness!
  18. Why Did God Heal a Boy With Leukemia?
  19. How did we make it to Africa without Money?
  20. God Still Heals Through Handkerchiefs!
  21. Witchcraft Unleashed!
  22. Toilets are the Biggest Faith Challenge on the Mission Field!
  23. How did we get a mortgage without a credit score?
  24. How to Develop a Ministry Team Out of a Meeting?
  25. How Did I Lose Forty Pounds?
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The Power of the Crowd Church


My comments are related to what I’ve learned from the book Bold by Peter Diamandis.

With the advent of social media the crowd model has emerged.

The crowd model was relatively evil, initially.

It was birthed and organized in social media.

The early crowds were used in flash mobs, protests, and riots.

Now the crowd is being leveraged for good.

What about the creation a crowd church within a community?

The church is notoriously known as being “ My local church minded”, isolated and competing with other churches in a community.

If the church is to remain relevant it must break out of this model.

The church can have a local church vision but must adopt that of the crowd church.

Crowd funding:

Enter web sites Kickstarter and Inidiegogo.

One submits products and projects with the potential that interested people will fund them.

What about crowd funding through the concept of the crowd church?

This is crowd funding for churches within a city, but as important, for the city itself through the crowd church.

According to Peter Diamandis there is 15 billion dollars in crowd funding.

By 2020 it will be 100 billion dollars.

What would occur in a community if the crowd church would fund more for it, than any other enterprise. Would revival break?

Crowd Sourcing:

Exploiting the skills and giftings of the crowd instead of the one person.

The apostle Paul calls itthe ministry of the body of Christ versus a one man show.

Crowd ministry:

The notion of having a huge prayer line where many wait for the “ ministers of the day” is dinasourish.

I am embarrassed to make people wait 45 minutes to get prayed for.

Is this unattractive to the church visitor?

Release your ministry team in full!

Let go of your ego.

If you are the main speaker and people still want you to pray that is fine.

But the same Holy Spirit which moves through you moves through the other ministers.

Crowd teachers:

I’ve disagreed with brining in special speakers to do conferences while never tapping into the gifted ministers within the church body.

Any successful enterprise, except the church, raises those from within their ranks.

What about your special speakers be those who serve in your church?

It will make your church more dynamic.

Crowd Churches:

The power of churches within a community collaborating together. This is not  a onetime event for churches, but a way of life for a community.

Crowd Collaboration:

As churches collaborate together the  exponential power of collaboration explodes.

Churches can meet each other’s needs across a city.

The crowd church can meet the needs of the community far beyond any social program.

What would occur in a community if its needs were being met more by the crowd church than any other  social entity?

Crowd events:

Churches working together to create city wide events. Not just a onetime event, but a way of life.

What if  events created by the crowd church impacted the community more than any other type of event?

Crowd sourcing:

Using the resources of the crowd. This is similar to open sources on the web.

This could come as bartering exchanges so that everything is free. What about the church providing crowd sourcing through the crowd church?

What is the impact?

This will lead churches within a community into exponential growth.

Exponential organization using social networks and automation.

Properly built  and attractive communities which will impact the city.

To finally create a sophisticated church interface which a local community can tap into at any time and any place.

This is the power of exponential growth, exponential funding and exponential results through the crowd church.

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The Feisty Jesus!


Stories from our ministry trip to NY in June 2014

We engaged a woman close to eighty in conversation
She was opinionated and feisty.
We were at odds even in our political views which she pulled out of a hesitant me.
She asked whom I had voted for in 2012
It was evident that she had desired the other one to win and shunned the candidates whom I had considered the lesser of political evils.
I said, “I think that the only hope is our coming back to God.”
At that she balked and laughed. “Oh religion!”, “You are not trying to push that on people?” “Let everyone live their lives!”
I told her that I was not. “Proselytizing, converting and debating does not work, “I replied.
So we sparred in a very cordial way.
Jesus’s spunkiness and feistiness were greater than hers.
I told her that I had been on drugs and drinking years back, which she had difficulty in believing.
She asked, ‘well how did you leave that behind?”
I told her that God had changed my desires.
“Oh don’t give God the credit, you did it yourself! “She snapped.
I looked at her and nicely replied, “I do give God the credit!”
She did not have much to say at this point.
All in all it was a delightful conversation, spiced with hearty jabs and anti-jabs.
Departing and shaking hands, the octarian looked at us saying “You are both very nice people.”
Though we were on opposing sides and though she did does not attribute the importance to Jesus which I do, what was present was the lovely Person of Jesus.
For many who are at odds with Christianity, the presence of Jesus is very attractive.
have met few who are not drawn to Him, though they may not realize it.
This Jesus had been the witty, spunky and feisty Jesus.
Jesus, the God and friend to all men and women.
He is the Jesus for all seasons.

Feisty

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No One Knew!


These are stories from our ministry trip to New York in June 2014!

Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
We are our way from Nyack NY to Miami.
God had proved the reality of the above verse.
But it was not always like this.
When the Lord called us to spend two months away from home and children it was scary.
Knowing that He would have to supply two separate set of bills was daunting.
No one except my wife knew that with less than two weeks before the trip, no money had come in.
No one knew that I was discouraged and frightened and was tempted to cancel the whole thing.
No one knew that it was until I got on my knees, and prayed that money came.
No one knew the apprehension that I had about going to the streets of America and share the love of Christ, after I heard hat religion is dead and that everyone is unreceptive towards God.
Don’t listen to the media! They don’t represent Americans.
I owed my accountant money for the taxes that we had filed before leaving.
No one knew how God miraculously covered our mortgage by someone whom we don’t know too well.
No one knew how large sums of money came in from people whom I have little contact with.
No one knew how almost one thousand dollars came in this Sunday in NY so that we could return back to Miami.
No one knew that when we arrived in Nyack and knew that God told us to go out to the streets I tried to make excuses not to do so.
No one knew that we had no idea where and how to start ministering the love of Christ outside the church walls.
Religion might be dead in America but not God.
We encountered an overwhelming hunger from so many for the love and kindness of God.

Everyone is hungry for relationships, to talk, to be listened to, to be shown an interest in, or to get a prayer from God.
For seven weeks ministry has not ceased as God brought us divine appointment after divine appointment.
We did not experience hostility or rejection. Those who were atheists, or into yoga or new age, were kind to us. So many ideas were exchanged.
With open arms we were welcomed by the body of Christ in Rockland County in NY.
We had opportunity to go to my wife’s 40th year high school reunion in CT, which was awesome.
My daughter Hannah visited us.
Our friends from Miami, Maria Passwaters and Joyce Jones flew in and got caught in the flow of the revival spirit hitting Rockland County.
Why do write all this?
It’s not to tout my horn, lol!
I am just a mortal like you.
I struggled with the same sins, deal with the same unbelief that everyone does.
But I think that I’ve learned to push into the dreams which God has given me.
I’ve learned to obey God at all costs.
I have learned that to be a spectator to someone else’s vision is suicide.
I have learned that allowing fear to overtake me to where my destiny is jeopardized creates chronic boredom.
I’ve learned how to laugh at myself and to be a fool for Chris rather than to be someone else’s wise man.
So many miss out on what Mary and I experience because they choose not to obey.
So many miss out on the amazing things that God has for them because they do not jump into the waters of God’s adventures.
So many will live and die missing what God had for them.
For many, Christianity is a spiritual spectator sport where people vicariously participate through the testimonies of the few who play.
God has called none to be an onlooker and everyone to play.
Don’t let this be you. Test and see that God is good, but do test.

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“Just Friggin Start!”


If you have a call to begin a You Tube Channel and have procrastinated, listen to the counsel of the experts at the “Playlist” You Tube Conference.

When You Tube commenced eight years ago, it was not what it is today.

It was much smaller, many less subscribers, and had fewer video tools.

Some of today’s big names were the pioneers of You Tube 6- 8 year back.

They persevered long without recognition.

Such are pioneers and trailblazers.

We, who start a channel today, have it easy, thanks to them.

Here’s what they say!

It takes hard work.

Stay the course.

Some of us have been at this 6-8 years.

Be patient.

Be yourself

Make it unique

Be true to yourself.

I am not going to wait for someone else to say it, I am going to start.

It can be lonely.

But when you connect with people, the whole thing goes beyond you. That is what motivates us.

I take one eight hour day and pull it in into one brief video.

Shut out the worrying and the critical comments, go forward, and be confident.

If some do not hate you, you are not causing an impact.

Pop out your story every day

And the greatest wisdom from a Christian You Tuber!

“Just Friggin Start!”

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