June 13, 2007

Sometimes Life Unfolds Just A Few Feet In Front Of You

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:17 am by John Roney

Just yesterday, I woke up at about 9am after going to bed around 4am and got dressed to go running. I had been on the phone most of the night with some business friends in the States. Before I could make it out the door, Alicia, Stephen’s wife, asked if we could have a little meeting. I said, ‘of course’.

Then she explained to me that she wanted me to become Stephen’s ‘seminar director’. We talked about what this would mean. And while I was excited by the idea, there was something running through the back of my mind that was just not fitting together with this new plan and that was the new product I was planning to release in a few weeks. This product would have likely earned me a few thousand dollars a month and would have given me a base-income (which I could really use) to pay off debts ($63,000 of debt) and make sure I had enough money along the way.

Even though Stephen and Alicia cover my travel, I don’t actually earn anything while I’m on the road, except what my little online trading affiliate business produces. But of course, the learning is invaluable, and if I had the money, I would be paying Stephen just for letting me work with him so much. It is a good arrangement.

Anyway, the idea was that I would launch this membership and it would take care of the monthly expenses and debt payments I had. The Lord is sometimes quite amusing the way he works, and a few times yesterday I found myself stopping to laugh at the situation. I just recently placed a couple of ads to sell my car (back in Virginia) because it was just too expensive when I looked at the total cost over the next seven years of the loan. I compared this total amount with saving the money and investing it over the long-term and this was just too high of a price to pay for a car I rarely drive any more.

I am also moving out of my apartment in Northern Virginia for the same reason. If you look at the money I’ve paid and the time I’ve lived there over the past few months, each night’s stay winds up costing me more than a thousand dollars a night. Not okay. =) So I’m making this change as well to reduce my unnecessary expenses and be a wiser steward of the money the Lord gives me.

Hopefully this will allow me to reinvest more of the money I earn from affiliate commissions back into growing the same business. And then I pray that the work I do with Stephen and Alicia will continue to be right for my strengths and that I will do an excellent job for them and it will become a financial blessing of its own. But above all, I’m trying to give up my plans for God’s plans. My plans never seem to work, and God’s plans are always better from all my experience, so I do my best to stop trying to get my way and just let Him get His. =)

June 6, 2007

Singapore May 2007 – Feeding A Million Children

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:14 am by John Roney

I had the privilege of working with Stephen and Alicia Pierce and our whole team on the Feed a Million children project fundraiser.

Special thanks here to Roy & Michslle Phay for building the websites, Annie Turner, Jamie Keibler and Osman for helping with the web work, Heather Richey for eBay help, Ally Sullivan for graphics and copywriters Jesse Forrest, David Garfinkel & Ken Dare for helping pull together the copy; the world internet summit team for their help at the event and publicity help from Grace Zhou and Danny Chaplin of Chaplin PR and media appearance by Singapore TV celebrity,Kim Ng. Plus extra special thanks to all those who mailed their lists, told friends, downloaded a report, or donated to the project. We appreciate your help and could not have done this without you. =)

These are the numbers we were tracking from our condo war room.

The whole wall of numbers.

Getting closer. It’s now 2:15 in the morning and I am sleeping for an hour and a half before waking up to check the numbers.

The Victory – Good Work Everyone! One Million Children Fed.

Below is the victory party. Stephen & Alicia Pierce and little David Cavanaugh.

The Singapore Team w/ Brett McFall & Tom Hua.

We did it gang. =)

And the Trophy. =) -John Roney

June 5, 2007

The Life And Ministry Of The Apostle Paul

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:55 pm by John Roney

Paul had received a lot of bad press over the last 2000 years. But he is quite possibly one of the most authentic Christian leaders the world has ever seen. The Apostle Paul:

  1. Paul was born a Roman Citizen (from Tarsus, present day Turkey).
  2. As a Roman Citizen, Paul had the right to speak in public, the right to travel throughout the Roman world.
  3. Paul has the right to not be imprisoned without a trial.
  4. Paul was born in Tarsus as a Jew and was raised in Jerusalem.
  5. Paul was a Pharisee, and the son of a Pharisee. Pharisees were the people who were the strict religious followers who were very well educated on both traditional schooling and biblical backing.
  6. Paul studied under Gamaliel who was one of the eminent Jewish teachers at the time.
  7. Paul had been taught to hold his convictions with absolute passion. Paul was trained since a child to be zealous about God.

    “I persecuted the followers of this way (meaning Christianity) to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison.” Acts 22:4

Paul was at first passionate about persecuting the early Christians. “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.” Acts 26:9-10

So What Difference Does All This Make To Our Lives?

Think about Winston Churchill for a minute. He stated, when looking on the experiences of WWII, that all of his previous life and experiences had merely been preparation for his service during the war.

The Bible teaches that everything that happens in our lives is a preparation for what is to come. Look at the life of Joseph. He was thrown into prison, sold into slavery by his brothers, but then became 2nd in command over the nation of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28 KJV). This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible to be sure, one that is filled with hope and promise.

There are countless people throughout history that have been prepared in interesting, strange or even downright confusing ways for what was to come. If your life is in pieces, looking like a jig-saw puzzle, the only way that God can piece it back together for you is when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

God knows what He’s doing. There have been so many times in my life where I have looked around and just asked, “why?” But the Lord has always had a plan for the confusion and the heartache in my life, and he has turned it all to good, even when I didn’t believe it would happen and the situation was bleak.

God wants us to trust Him. He has a bigger plan going on than we can understand. God knows what He is doing in your life. If we really believe this, it will really change the way we see life. It can give us a sense of peace when we keep our eyes on this truth—that He has a plan for all He does. This understanding can quench our unbelief.

When Joseph was talking to his brothers in Egypt, after going through all the mess, after 13 years in prison, and after total confusion for what had happened in his life, said, “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

You can pray and ask God for this peace about the situations and difficulties in your life. Lord please give me the strength, understanding and trust to know that you are working out your perfect will in my life. Please equip me with the wisdom and faith to trust you and your perfect will for my life.

This article adapted from information from fantastic sermons by pastor Lon Solomon of McLean Bible Church: www.McLeanBibleChurch.org.

The author of this article is John W. Roney III. John is an author and publisher in the trading and investing markets who spends most of his time traveling internationally to serve at business development seminars. John has a passion for serving others and helping make people’s lives better. Other articles are available at www.JohnRoney.com.

June 3, 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – May 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:56 am by John Roney

Here are some pictures from Kuala Lumpur. Look for the two towers. At one point, there were the tallest buildings in the world. =)

-John W. Roney

 

 

 

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June 2, 2007

New Delhi, India May 07

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:32 pm by John Roney

Delhi is an interesting place. Many people, streets are filled with scooters (and a few cows).

The cows wander around the streets during the day and when the day is over, they go home.

There’s a certain feeling of limited spaces—must compete for room that I felt in Delhi—but that’s just a first impression without spending more than three days there.

Didn’t get the best pictures, only from the hotel room and conference room. Sorry.

New Construction Across from Hotel

 

Early Morning Picture of the City in the Distance

 

Stephen Preparing On Stage Next to the Ceremonial Meeting-Starting Lamp

 

One of the Parliament Notables there to kick off the event

The Taj Mahal was about 3 hours away—we’ll have to visit next time we’re there. =)

In Faithful Service,

John W. Roney

Singapore March 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:17 pm by John Roney

Singapore has definitely made the list of my two favorite cities. The first day I flew into Singapore was back in March. When I arrived it was about 3:30am, the weather was warm and humid (just the way I like it) and I was as excited as a kid who had never travelled outside his home town before.

I stayed up for the rest of the morning, going out running in the street outside our resort and then thoroughly enjoying the entire rest of the trip. =)

Didn’t bring a camera… have to get pictures next time.

In Faithful Service,

John W. Roney