A new program on Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM)

“Outspoken: A Sisterhood of Faith,” hosted by Jeanne Hester, Ann Barrovecchio, Lauren Smack and Brittany Hollis

The four-woman cast of “Outspoken” on Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries TV.

television helps women realize they are not going through the challenges of motherhood and sisterhood alone.

Outspoken: A Sisterhood of Faith” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on FISM.TV. The May 25 program will address the topic of “New Motherhood Realities.” The four female hosts discuss what came as a surprise to them during their first year of motherhood and what they wish someone would have told them when they became moms for the first time.

Hosted by Jeanne Hester, Ann Barrovecchio, Lauren Smack and Brittany Hollis, the women discuss what came as a surprise to them during their first year of motherhood and what they wish someone would have told them when they became moms for the first time.

The “Outspoken” television show and podcast was established out of a desire to speak godly truth in love to unite mothers into a sisterhood of faith. “Outspoken” was also created to help women encourage and support each other through the immense joys and difficulties of motherhood.

Helping to lead the FISM.TV team is Senior Producer Krunti Hester and “Outspoken” producer Aubrey Sloan. Nationally syndicated host and biblical investing authority Dan Celia leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries.

FISM.TV is available 24/7 on avenues such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Viewers can also watch from any device online.

The station, headquartered in Philadelphia, is a post-cable television network of new, edgy, and informative Christian television programming. includes programs such as the daily, three-hour nationally syndicated radio and TV program “Financial Issues with Dan Celia,” airing 9 a.m. to noon ET, as well as “MXTV,” “New Life Live,” “Pathway to Victory,” “The 700 Club,” “Stand in the Gap TV,” “Way of the Master,” “Wretched” and “Good Guys Doing Good!” (coming soon).

Connect with “Outspoken” group of women through Instagram.

By Pierce Brantley
Special to Inside The Pew

“Jesus, have pity on us!” they cried. Ten lepers, forced to distance themselves from the social settings of Samaria and Galilee, called out to Jesus as he traveled along the region’s outer border (Luke 17:11-14). They were quarantined. But Jesus still heard their voices echo through the Samarian Hills.

He healed each of them. But only one of the sick, when he saw he was healed, came back and praised God. The Bible pierce brantley author or callingsays the man threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

As our world and workplaces bunker down, this story of Jesus’ kindness hits me hard.

Jesus had places to go

Jesus had things to do.

Jesus likely didn’t have time to stop his business trip and talk to these unwell men.

HEAVEN’S PRIORITIES

Jesus, like us, also had priorities. He was called, first and foremost, to the chosen people of Israel. But for Jesus, his daily priorities and his eternal calling co-existed. For him, there wasn’t a mental separation between his daily, called work and the turmoil that people experienced around him.

We see evidence of this in the fourth chapter of Luke:

…and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.

He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 4:17-21

Jesus took as his main job the same job God has always had:

  1. Proclaim good news to the poor.
  2. Proclaim liberty to the captives.
  3. Bring recovery of sight to the blind.
  4. Liberate those who are oppressed.
  5. Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

WORK IN WORRYING TIMES

God is doing a big work in the world. He is accomplishing a great task. The work that Jesus did, God’s Spirit is still  Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work by pierce brantleydoing—only now he does them through a calling: a specific partnership with willing Christians (see John 14:12). This special calling-led work is unending, so long as the earth persists. And it’s beautifully applicable to every situation and age; especially for times when life feels uncertain.

Which is important. Calling gives us focus in fearful times. Calling helps orient our hearts when storms feel certain. Calling, through our work with Christ, is an anchor. Moreover, the call of God on our lives doesn’t change when COVID-19 spreads, working from home becomes the new norm, or our job situations evolve.

THE FIVE FRUITS OF CALLING

Partnering with Christ can also be a point of witness — if you know the work to which you are called as a Christian. The question then is, what is the specific work God has for you when times are tumultuous? To start, we model the same mission Jesus had in Luke 4:16–21.

Proclaim good news to the poor

The good news of the gospel doesn’t go grey during hard times. In fact, it may be the only good news available right now. Don’t let the cries of the disenfranchised — either the literal sick or the homebound, stop you from sharing the light and life of Jesus. If you’re working from home, begin to engage your mind and spirit to think about how you can show the love of Jesus when you’re not directly in the room.

Proclaim liberty to the captives

Many of us may feel like captives, right? But our freedom in Christ has little to do with where we can go. Demonstrate faith and inner freedom — even when the world doesn’t want to leave their house. Spend time with God so that the joy of the spirit will be evident in everything you do.

Bring recovery of sight to the blind

Fear can blind us. It can debilitate us to the point where we only see a dark outcome. But much of this has to do with what we dwell on and what we do with our time. Through your actions, help people see the truth of God’s word when other sources may be creating a fearful atmosphere. Demonstrate the reality of heaven by speaking loving truth over the people you know.

Liberate those who are oppressed

The sick man who came back to Jesus was a Samaritan. He was not only sick, but also a societal outcast. Forget gathering with no more than fifty people, he wasn’t even allowed within the city walls. During times like these, those who feel marginalized are moved to even farther edges of the social sphere. Make a point to encourage those you know who may struggle with mental health. Where you’re able, take on some of their load at work or help buffer difficult situations for them.

Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

In the story of the lepers, only one of the sick came back to thank Jesus. I can’t help but wonder if he were the first to call out to him as well. Right now, in the midst of crazy news and on-edge people, the Lord’s favor is ready and available to any who want to receive it. We can kick-start that process by being present to those around us. When we do this, and we stay in a prayerful posture, we are positioned to show God’s loving kindness to those who are hurting.

A HIGHER CALLING

As I wrote about in Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work, these are the five fruits of calling. If these five things are happening in and around you, then the fire and passion of God are working through you and you’re building the kingdom — even when other “kingdoms” seem to be in disarray.

So get excited. Christ has come. His work is finished. The veil between labor and love is torn. Now there is no separation between the presence of God and the indwelling of his power within you. You are set in the saddle. The reins of righteous living are in your hands. Through resurrection your work is made new in his life.

 

Pierce Brantley is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and businessman. He has successfully launched, run, and sold his own company, served as an executive for a top-ten PR firm in Dallas, and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies. Today he puts that same intense motivation into teaching men how to lead themselves and their families well. On May 1, he releases Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work from David C Cook. In his book, Brantley shares a transformative guide with actionable steps to inspire men to redefine the unique purpose of their work and discover what it means to have a fulfilling, “called” career. Pierce and his wife, Kristie, live in Dallas, TX.

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew

Magnolia, Texas – Darjean Jones Wines, a small boutique wine company owned and operated by scientist Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones, will be the choice of characters in Tyler Perry’s newest movie, “Nobody’s Fool,” which will be released on Friday, Nov. 2.

As the movie hits theaters next month, audiences are encouraged to experience Darjean Jones Wines for themselves by attending a special event from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Star Cinema Grill, 8920 Fry Road, in Cypress, Texas. Jones will host a private movie screening that will include dinner and a glass of her rosé, which is featured in the movie. Tickets are $60 and available on Eventbrite.

“Nobody’s Fool” stars Tiffany Haddish, who is just released from prison and reunites with her sister (Tika Sumpter) only to find the man her sister has been dating online may not be what he seems. Bottles of Darjean Jones Wines can be seen in scenes of the movie as the wine of choice for its characters. The brand’s inclusion is part of a continuing trend by movie producers to include wine as part of its characters’ lifestyles, further making them relatable to audiences.

“I’m honored that Darjean Jones Wines appears in Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool.” I identified deeply with the determination of the strong, female executive character,” said Jones, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Jones, a native of Opelousas, La., and is the second Black woman to receive a doctorate degree in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis.

Darjean Jones Wines has received more than two dozen awards, including gold medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Since launching in 2010, the company’s portfolio has grown to include a Russian River Valley Viognier, a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Pathologiē a Proprietary Red, a Napa Valley Cabernet Franc and a Napa Valley Merlot. This year, Jones introduced her latest addition, a 2017 Rosé of Tempranillo.

“I’ve poured so much of myself into my wines that success is the only option. I hope people truly experience ‘joie de vivre’ – joy of living when they open our bottles,” Jones said.

A portfolio selection will also be served on Nov. 7 at the James Beard House in New York City for the event, “Savoring Jamaica.”

As an award-winning wine brand, the placement is an important step in building more awareness about black-owned wine companies, like Darjean Jones Wines, in the U.S. and abroad which is currently less than 10%.

Darjean Jones Wines are available through their distributor, Delectatio, and online wine store. Learn more at www.darjeanjoneswines.com and follow @darjeanjoneswines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Major General Michael J. Diamond, US Army (retired)
Special to Inside The Pew

In order to be a complete leader, those in charge must possess certain character traits. Workers need leaders whom they can admire and respect. It should be no surprise that many of these foundational traits can be developed through religious teachings.

We will look at my five most important character traits; integrity, work ethic, discipline, courage, and decisiveness. Imichael-diamond-the-diamond-process have found in client organizations that subordinates crave a leader that has at a minimum these five elements. They are also very dismissive if their positional leader does not have and exhibit all these traits. Without them they tend to not be as supportive and go that extra mile when crunch time comes into play, e.g. putting in overtime, weekends, working late to meet a deadline. Character does matter to subordinates while their positional leaders tend to discount it because they are in fact the boss.

With each of these character traits, we will look at a biblical connection and how that carries over to today’s leaders.

  1. Integrity – “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (Proverbs 11:3). “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22). “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the lord but also in the eyes of men” (2 Corinthians 8:21).
  2. Decisiveness – “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that,the-diamond-process purpose must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6– 8). “Part of decisiveness is a) praying for knowledge and wisdom (Ephesians 5: 15– 17), b) seeking counsel from others (Proverbs 15:22); and c) submitting to the Llord’s will (Proverbs 19:21).
  3. Work ethic – Colossians 3:23, “whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart.” Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works”.
  4. Discipline –  Titus 1:7– 9 “For an overseer, as God’s steward must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine, and also rebuke those who contradict it.”
  5. Courage –  Joshua is a great example of leadership as Moses instructed him to courageously lead his people into the Promised Land.

Although it did not make the top 5, there is one overarching theme to all these and that is the concept of humility. Humility supplants all and enables people to lead others much more effectively. It is this potential to build longer, lasting relationships that causes subordinates to want to follow others who are humble yet very gifted leaders of people. These 5 traits have served me well in my leadership experiences as well as the many that I have served with and mentored throughout my career. It will pay huge dividends for all of us in this day and time if we learn and continue to strive to live up to these to our subordinates.

Photos: Top, Major General Michael J. Diamond; middle, book cover, “The Diamond Process: How to Fix  Your Organization and Lead People More Effectively.”

Major General Michael J. Diamond, US Army (retired) is author of The Diamond Process: How to Fix Your Organization and Lead People More Effectively. Diamond served a combined 35 years on active duty and in the Reserves. He brings this wealth of experience in military, manufacturing, retail, consulting, IT and many other sectors to help improve performance in organizations. His new book is co–authored by his son, Capt. Christopher R. Harding, presents the Diamond Process Model referenced above. The book is available on DiamondStrategyGroup.comAmazon and other fine booksellers.