Living The Dream

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The Dream Job

Have you ever had that vivid dream / nightmare where you wake up,  get ready, and go to school?  At school you are in a class listening to your teacher and, suddenly, you look down and realize that you are only wearing your underwear?  The horror that fills your soul as you realize that everybody has known this all along, and nobody bothered to tell you. Well, my friends today I rolled out of bed and I went to my new job of teaching school from my office.  Here I teach kids in China online. While I was teaching I looked down and I realized that I was wearing only my underpants. The only difference – instead of feeling horrified, I got a sense of gratification knowing that I was on camera and no one else could see. It hit me, that I was literally living a childhood dream.

Working From Home

This is the dream of working from home. I know one freelancer who has actually named his business “The No-Pants Project.” Because working from home affords you the freedom to work in your pajamas, and wear whatever you want (or not wear whatever you want). My bed is ten feet away from my work space. In what other job can you wake up 10-15 minutes before you start your work?  Now, I am not only a freelance writer, but I also teach online; I at least need to comb my hair and look presentable in front of a camera.  However, the camera view is always from the waist up.  I also had another reason to be grateful I am working from home this week. Western New York is known for its abundance of snowfall. Over the weekend they were calling for a 12 to 18 inches of snow, and my car in the driveway was literally buried. On Monday morning I was not stressing out about getting out there and shoveling my driveway to get out to work on time. Not only do I get to wear my pajamas but I don’t have to go anywhere either.

Feeling blessed! Living the dream!
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Teaching English Online to Kids in China

If you have a passion for teaching, have experience with kids, and have a bachelor’s degree you can consider doing this as well.  If you have any questions about this please reach out to me and I can walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.  Also, if you sign up using my referral link here and use my referral code: JUSTI0137, I will make an extra $100 after you teach your first class.  I enjoy it immensely and can do this from anywhere where there is a stable internet connection.  To date, I have taught from a hotel bathroom, a basement, and my in-laws rec room.
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Why I Decided To Quit My Full-Time Job

Perhaps we could forget about Lauren Daigle long enough to read this post.   So I quit my full-time job and started working exclusively from home!  Some people will think we are crazy, but we felt it was the right thing to do.  If you do some research of the people in your life and find out who is the happiest, I am certain you will find that it is not the ones who worked 100 hours a week to make a six figure salary (or more).  This past year has been one of the most trying for me and my family. I had the best job I have ever had, and made more money than I ever did before, and we were more unhappy than ever.  This led us to begin talking about what was really important to us, and we realized that building a six figure income and having a successful career was not on the list.  My wife and I decided that the things that are most important to us are 1) God 2) Family 3) Ministry (and church) 4) Sources of Income (Work).  With my former job it was so demanding of my time and energy that the other three things on the list suffered greatly.

We really had to determine our “why?” before we could determine our what?  I encourage you to take account of where you are at.  Determine your “why” in life.  Why do you go to work every day?  I thought I was working for the benefit of my family, but they were more interested in spending time with me than me making as much money as I could.  These were our “whys” – Why we decided to make a change.

  • God

we are sold out followers of Jesus. He wants to have a relationship with us.  Relationships require time.  I need to spend more time with the first love of my life, and honestly I was losing sight of my most important relationship.

  • Family

My wife is the second most important person in the world to me (second to Jesus). She is worthy of my time, love and attention.  My kids are next in line.  Those three little babies would cry as I walked out the door (some of it a little over-dramatic for sure):  “Daddy, I don’t want you to leave.”  I’d see them briefly in the morning and then be gone until it was nearly time for bed.  That has changed.

  • Ministry

I was a missionary overseas for five years, and have never lost sight of the fact that we are to live with a missional focus. We have the call of God on our lives to preach the Gospel to the lost and teach God’s people the ways of God.  God has called us to travel to cities, states, and nations to preach and teach His word.  With my job being so demanding I was not free even on the weekends a lot of the times.  Now, we are free to travel and go wherever invitations lead us.

  • Source of Income

Now you may be thinking – that is all fine and dandy, but you still have to eat and pay your bills right? Being the people of faith that we are, we put our “idea” of leaving the daily grind through the fires of much prayer, deep thought, and prayerful counsel.  We are going to still be working to earn a living, just in a non-traditional way.  We consider ourselves “tent-making” missionaries like the Apostle Paul, who supplemented his needs by working with his hands wherever he went. We are free to travel, preach, spend more time with our family, but still be able to earn a living without begging for money.  How do we do that?  We have implemented a multiple streams of income approach.

  • A Minister

One of the main reasons we took this step of faith in our lives is to be more available to travel and minister as the Lord opens doors.  We are now available to come and minister at churches, lead outreaches, teach at Bible Schools, hold seminars, crusades, and revival meetings.  We do not view ministry as a money-making side gig, but it can sometimes come with a financial blessing.  When you are invited to minister at a church as a traveling evangelist it is customary for the church to give you an honorarium, or a love-offering.  This will help us make ends meet.  We are also able to receive support if the Lord was to put it on hearts to give.  Reach out to me directly if you want more details.

  • An English Teacher

I teach English as a second language online to Chinese kids with a company called VIP Kids. I am doing this 20-25 hours a week and it pays upwards to $20-22 an hour.  If you have a passion for teaching, have experience with kids, and have a bachelor’s degree you can consider doing this as well.  If you have any questions about this please reach out to me and I can walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.  Also if you sign up using my referral link here.  I will make an extra $100 after you teach your first class.  I enjoy it immensely and can do this from anywhere where there is a stable internet connection.  To date, I have taught from a hotel bathroom, a basement, and my in-laws rec room.

  • A Writer

I have written two books that can be found at ZCP, but I also am a freelance writer who writes for various clients and various genres.   One client I write for is an online Sports magazine.   I write different articles about sports. My sports articles can be viewed here . I also write for Christian magazines, and online platforms.  Pay can be anywhere from $8 a blog post to over $55 an article.  Super successful freelancers get hundreds per article.  I am not there yet, but who knows where it will take m?  I am about to take on a client at my college and write for the student newspaper as well.  For a limited time my two Theological non-fiction books can be bought directly from me (pdf versions) in a package deal for $7.00 (paypal only). Print versions and ebook versions can be purchased online here.

  • Paparazzi Jewelry

Alyssa started a jewelry business about two years ago and has fallen in love with it. With my work schedule and the demands of raising three small children she was not able to invest the time effort into it that she would have liked, but now she can do that.  Paparazzi has a fabulous line of fashion jewelry, and the best thing is it is all only $5.00.  She can do her sales at live events, house parties, nursing home shows, or online using Facebook live.  If anyone has any interest in learning how to become a paparazzi sales consultant please reach out to us, Alyssa is willing to take you under her wing and mentor you in the business.   Visit her website, and Facebook pages (2nd link)

  • Doula

Alyssa is a Doula. Alyssa has long had a passion for expecting mothers and helping them in their birth journey. She has taken the first step in fulfilling her passion by becoming a Doula.  With our new approach to life she is able to take on new clients.  For more information about this please visit her Facebook page and website.

  • Real Estate

We have been blessed to be able to acquire two rental properties – each has two apartments. These have been a great blessing and source of income for us as well.  They pay for themselves and give us a little extra each month.  Owning rental properties comes with a lot of perks, including tax benefits.  If you haven’t looked into it, I recommend it.

We are excited about our new adventure in life.  We look forward to having more time to invest in our family, more time to travel, more time to pursue our dreams, and more time to fulfill the call of God on our lives.  We are not wealthy by any means, but beleive the Lord is guiding us in our steps.  Drop us a line sometime, and please partner with us in prayer as we walk by faith in this new season of life.  More updates coming soon.

 

God Bless,

Justin and the Clan

Seed Sowers

Reading: Isaiah 32:20 “Happy are you who sows beside all waters…”

Title: “Seed Sowers”

Evangelism is the process of sharing the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, and pointing people to repentance from sin and a commitment to live their lives for Jesus.  When we talk about the subject of evangelism most of us freeze up in fear.  We would almost rather do anything else besides evangelize, but it is an important aspect of being a Christian.  We have to find a way to face our fear – I am not saying it will be easy, but it must be done.  The Lord wants us to be seed sowers.  When a farmer is planting his field of corn he takes handfuls of seed and scatters it all over the ground.  This is the way our lives should be.  We want to plant seeds of the Gospel into the hearts of our friends and family members.  This does not mean that you have to stand up and preach, but sometimes a simple “I will pray for you” is a seed that is planted.  There is so much joy that fills our heart when we are obedient to share the Good News with someone.

Ask the Lord today to show you how you can plant a seed in someone’s life.

 

Pastor Justin Steward

Book Launch Is Here!

Well I am sorry to leave you all in suspense (does anyone actually read this?).  This past week has had its share of crazy hiccups.  Since I wrote my last post my kids got sick – like the puking kind of sick.  Then I got the bug.  Then work decided to “blow up” – like coup d’état conspiracies mixed with high school drama.  I decided to ask one of my tenants in my rental property to move out for not paying rent, and another tenant called the police on yet another one of my tenants.  Oh, plus my homework (I am going back to school full-time), and nursing home services that I hold weekly.  However, the day has finally arrived.  My book made it to the online marketplace yesterday, and printed hard-copies are displayed at the Zion Christian Publishers bookstore just in time for next week’s Pastor’s convention.

I’d like to give a shout out to my brother in law Andrew Hamilton and Rebecca Vanderburgh who spent hours tirelessly perfecting the cover.  I am very happy with the way it turned out.  They both love design work, if you would like to contact them I could put you in touch with them.  Also, a big shout out to the Zion Fellowship formatting, printing, and binding team.  Hannah, Carla, Suzanne, and Pastor David all did an amazing job.   And the greatest thanks of all goes to the Lord Jesus Christ whose atoning death on Calvary and resurrection from the dead made evangelism “a thing.”  Without him we truly are nothing.  He rescued me from sin and darkness and I will forever be grateful for that.  I owe him my all.  There are some other special thanks and dedications inside the book, but you will have to get the book to see what else is inside.

I am having a special introductory sale of $10 each (plus shipping and handling), or for only $12.00 you can have a copy of this new book AND my first book called “The Messenger of God: Lessons from the Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.”  To take advantage of this offer you will need to order directly from me using the contact form (or email me at jms22782@hotmail.com).  Please make sure to leave your email address and I will send you an invoice through Paypal or Facebook.

The e-book version is still coming down the road, but no date has been pinned down for that release.  I really appreciate all your prayer and support through this project.  I trust that God will use this book to stir the flames of evangelism in the hearts of all his people.  I am available to come and speak at churches, hold outreaches, seminars, or teach at your Bible School.

That All may hear!

Rev. Justin Steward

Countdown to Book Launch – Day 2

The Covers were printed yesterday, and I am still waiting to hear when the books will be printed.

As I announced yesterday I am going to be releasing little snippets of the book here until the actual day of launch, and will be taking pre-orders for the book. I will have an e-book version and a print version available.  Price of the book is not yet determined.  If you would like to pre-order a copy please fill out the contact form on this site and let me know what type you would like (e-book or print), how many, and leave your email address and phone number.  I will be selling some here, on Facebook, and at Zion Christian Publishers for now.  I will be able to receive payments via paypal.

Here is a preview of the contents.

    1. Part I. Evangelism
      1. Section A – Introduction to Evangelism
        1. Chapter One – Introduction to Evangelism
        2. Chapter Two – Why Evangelize?
        3. Chapter Three – Who is to Evangelize?
        4. Chapter Four – The Ministry of the Evangelist
      2. Section B – Personal Evangelism.
        1. Chapter Five – Introduction to Personal Evangelism
        2. Chapter Six – Practical Tips in Personal Evangelism
        3. Chapter Seven – The Use of Gospel Tracts
        4. Chapter Eight – Methods – What Do I Say When Leading Someone to Christ?
        5. Chapter Nine – Dealing With Fear in Evangelism
        6. Chapter Ten – The Power to Be a Witness – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
      3. Section C – Planned Outreaches
        1. Chapter Eleven – Planned Outreaches
        2. Chapter Twelve– Follow-Up
        3. Chapter Thirteen – Mass Evangelism
        4. Chapter Fourteen – The Role of Prayer in Evangelism
        5. Chapter Fifteen – Tips on Witnessing to People of Other Religions and Other Faiths
        6. Chapter Sixteen – Apologetics
  1. Part II – The Vision of Zion
    1. Chapter Seventeen Understanding the Vision of Zion.
  2. Part III – The Role of Evangelism in Our Pursuit of the Vision of Zion
    1. Chapter Eighteen – How Does Evangelism Relate to the Vision of Zion?
    2. Chapter Nineteen – The Role of the Evangelist in the Vision of Zion
  3. Conclusion

Appendix……………………..………………………………………………….

Evangelism Survey………………………………………………………………

Course Outline……………………………………………………………………

Bibliography……………………………………………………………………..

Does that sound like a book you would like to read?  If so I  am taking pre-orders for the book. I will have an e-book version and a print version available.  Price of the book is not yet determined.  If you would like to pre-order a copy please fill out the contact form on this site and let me know what type you would like (e-book or print), how many, and leave your email address and phone number.  I will be selling some here, on Facebook, and at Zion Christian Publishers for now (other avenues are being explored).

Countdown to Book Launch – Post 1

Many of you would not know that I have been working on a book for the last seven years.  It has been an interesting roller coaster ride to say the least.  I may write about some of my experiences here eventually.  During the next week I am going to be giving little snippets of the book here until the actual day of launch, and will be taking pre-orders for the book. I will have an e-book version and a print version available.  Price of the book is not yet determined.  If you would like to pre-order a copy please fill out the contact form on this site and let me know what type you would like (e-book or print), how many, and leave your email address and phone number.  I will be selling some here, on Facebook, and at Zion Christian Publishers for now.  I will be able to receive payments via paypal.

Book covers are being printed today!  The coloring here is not completely accurate, but at least you can see what it will look like.

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Here is a little snippet from the Introduction….

Do we need another book on evangelism?  There have already been so many written, yet it is my belief that this book has something to offer the Body of Christ that others do not.  While there will be many things in this work that have already been said, perhaps it will be said in a different light, and I believe that there is a unique perspective that this book offers—the role of evangelism in our pursuit of the vision of Zion or in other words, God’s highest and best for our lives.

There can be a tendency, in some Christian circles, to major on certain aspects of the Christian life while neglecting other important truths.  In this work, I want to focus on two often opposing sides which are both based on important aspects of the Christian life. 

One side majors on the deeper life and the pursuit of holiness, but neglects evangelism.  Some in this camp can even come across as being critical of those who major on evangelism and begin to view them as though they are on a lower spiritual level (Outer Court).  The other side majors on evangelism while neglecting personal holiness and coming to maturity in Christ.  Those in this camp focus on evangelism, while neglecting the truths of growing up to maturity in Jesus Christ. They can be very critical of those who are pursuing the deeper life, even thinking of them as extreme or legalistic.  Such an approach produces many spiritual babies and very few spiritual fathers.       

In our Christian life, it is very important to strike the perfect balance of two seemingly opposite poles.  The Lord is a God of balance; in fact, He hates a false balance (c.f. Proverbs 11:1).  When Paul wrote to Timothy about “rightly dividing the Word of Truth,” he was talking about this subject of balance (2 Tim. 2:15).  He was saying that as a student of the Word of God, we need to see what all the Word of God has to say about a subject and divide it right down the middle, so that the right side is the exact same size as the left side.   It is with this balance in mind that this work is being written.  I want to show that God is after both things—evangelism and the deeper life of holiness (maturity in Christ).  It has never been about just one or the other, but it has always been about both.  Therefore, the major purpose of this book is not only to discuss evangelism, but also to show the great need for the vision of holiness and maturity (the vision of Zion).  I also seek to reveal how important it is to set this deeper vision before all new believers.  Finally, the last section of the book is dedicated to showing how these two important truths are married together in perfect harmony; you need both, you cannot have one without the other! The main message I seek to convey is that you cannot attain spiritual perfection, holiness, and go on to Zion if you are neglecting your own active, personal involvement in evangelism!

Does that sound like a book you would like to read?  If so I  am taking pre-orders for the book. I will have an e-book version and a print version available.  Price of the book is not yet determined.  If you would like to pre-order a copy please fill out the contact form on this site and let me know what type you would like (e-book or print), how many, and leave your email address and phone number.  I will be selling some here, on Facebook, and at Zion Christian Publishers for now (other avenues are being explored).

 

Dead Sea versus the Sea of Galilee

Have you been in a rut in your Christian walk? Do you feel stagnant and lifeless? The answer may be found by comparing these two bodies of water—the Dead Sea, and the Sea of Galilee. The Dead Sea is so named because there is no life that can be sustained in its waters. It is full of minerals, but zero fish, and no life. The reason for this is because there is no outlet. Water flows into the Dead Sea, but no water flows out of it. Conversely, the Sea of Galilee is filled with fish and life. It has water flowing in, as well as water flowing out through the Jordan River. It cleanses itself of excess minerals and salt by flowing out. Because there is flowing in and out, the Sea of Galilee sustains much marine life. Many Christians continually receive great teaching from the Word of God. Their lives are like the Jordan River that has been flowing into the Dead Sea. If Christians do not have an outflow of life to others, they become stagnant and dead. The remedy to feeling stuck in a rut, becoming stagnant and lifeless is to find an outlet through which we can flow. Witnessing to others brings life and refreshment to our own souls. It is good for us, just like exercise and fresh air. Furthermore, there is an inner cleansing that comes into our life as we actively engage in evangelism. We become more conscious of the fact that people are watching us; this should cause us to walk more circumspectly and ultimately, victoriously over fear and sin. Having an outflow can bring a deep change into our lives and cause us to become more holy.