Money Isn’t What You Think It Is

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A financial revolution is underway. It is going to change your life. Understand it. Embrace it. Change the world. That is the theme of my work here. At the core of the financial revolution is the reality that the very nature of money itself is changing, mainly due to advances in technology.

The very nature of money is changing.

What does that mean? Well, first of all we had better be clear on what money is. A popular definition of money is that it is a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value. That’s not accurate. Those are functions of money, but they do not define money what money is. Therefore, the definition of money must be broken down and clarified.

First, there is the item that is used as money. Throughout history, there have been many items used, from gold and silver, to tobacco, to cowry shells, and now electronic digits.  If so many items can be used as money, then there must be a secondary definition that transcends the item used. There is.Read More

Is “Free Money” Coming Your Way?

Doug TjadenEconomics, FinTech, Money, Principles2 Comments

Who couldn’t use a little extra money? (well, cough, cough – maybe some of those billionaires in Silicon Valley) That aside, you need to know that the idea of giving out free money is gaining in popularity. In fact, it is a subject we are going to have to seriously wrestle with in the years to come. Why?

Technology and the “Robolution”

There is a real and growing concern that technology is going to automate millions more jobs that it creates. In his 2013 book, Too Different for Comfort, Louis-Vincent Gave highlighted the jobs and industries that are at the greatest risk of having a large portion of their workforce displaced by technology. He dubbed the trend “robolution.” His work isn’t some sci-fi work of fiction. It is a straight forward reality based analysis of the trends in place.

This is why CEOs in Silicon Valley are among the most vocal about creating a universal basic income. They know what is in their research and development labs. They know what is coming to market in the next five to ten years. They know the impact that it will have. So we’d better not just poo poo their voice and cry “No way! Welfare state!”

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The Future of Money is Up to Us – That is a big deal.

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I’m putting the finishing touches on my teaching on money. It’s a four lesson series – Biblical foundations, History of Money, Our Present System, and the Future of Money.  In ten years as a pastor, I gave a lot of practical messages on how to apply principles that I felt would help people in their lives. That was my focus. I also had the opportunity to speak around our country on the issue of money and monetary reform. Both were tremendous opportunities to share principles that could change people’s lives.

Yet, I sense that this new series on money is the most important work I have ever done. The changes coming to our world have the opportunity to unleash more good for the Kingdom of God than anything we have seen in generations, if not centuries. This realization is humbling. It is exciting. Most of all it is sobering.

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The Wait is Almost Over – Kingdom Money Teaching Series

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The last six months have been a grind. Spiritually, physically, mentally, professionally.  All of it. A year ago I felt moved to throw out everything I knew about money and monetary systems and look at it strictly from a biblical/Kingdom perspective. Little did I know where it would lead me.

First it led me to the Bible of course. Then to consider what I’ve learned over the last three years about financial technology. Oh yes, there’s Bancor.  Then, a very unexpected turn – to look at Genesis 1:1, which led me to quantum physics. Then to the first and second laws of thermodynamics.  Yep.  It’s all related to money.

The teaching series I have now outlined (and have begun recording) is as close to the foundation of biblical principles as you can get. I’m extremely humbled by what God has revealed and confirmed through other related teachings and relationships.

More than at any time in my life am I convinced that there is something here that, if understood and applied, can become the foundation for something revolutionary. The amount of opposition I have encountered over the last six months tells me there is something to it as well. Details aren’t important. Let’s just say I’m sobered, humbled, and resolute.

This teaching has been twenty years in the making. It goes all the way back to my experience with the dot-com bubble blowing up in my face which started me on this journey. I don’t know where it will end, however, it will definitely result in increased activity here. Along with a podcast. Look for that by August.

Thanks for being patient. God’s had me on a very slow and deliberate path while He strengthened existing relationships and brought new ones. He revealed new truths and dispelled errors in my thinking.  I’m excited about where it all is now, and where it is going to lead in the not-so-distant future.

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Stay tuned.

 

Exciting Developments Amidst the Struggle

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This is going to be a “get real” post just to keep everyone updated. Since I decided to return to my roots and focus on the subject of money and the changes that are coming, life has been interesting to say the least.

We all have busy lives. Too busy for most of us, but that’s a subject of another post. When you leave little margin, or what some people call “white space” in your life, a small convergence of unexpected events can quickly bring you to a state of overwhelm. I’ve lived on that edge for far too long, and recently it has caught up with me. Just being real… But I am taking steps to correct it (albeit they are baby steps).

So a little back story to put this update in context…

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Money Shapes Our Culture in More Ways Than You Can Imagine

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Money is the primary subject of what I will write and speak about going forward. Why? There are a host of reasons, not the least of which is that I’ve studied it for over 15 years. A major discovery during that time is that what the world perceives money is and what it should accomplish are grossly distorted.

Case in point. I have a good friend who is literally fighting for his life right now. But it’s for reasons you may not think. Yes, health is involved. But doctors have identified the root cause of his health issues and they are treatable. Insurance is an issue because the remedy for his health problems is outside of what the established medical community understands, and thus insurance won’t pay for it. But that’s another issue and not my point.

No. The issue is that by friend is unable to find anyone near his doctor who will let his wife and him stay with them for a few months while he gets the treatment he needs.  He is 33 years old. Both he and his wife are of good character. So, why is it that they are finding it nearly impossible to find someone to open their home to them?

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Your Money is Your Life

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It’s obvious to everyone by now. The Great American Reset is underway in all of its glory. I’ve taken a step back and looked at what is going on in the world and our nation, and have come to a conclusion.

The best way for me to serve you is to focus on a critical aspect of the coming Reset. That is, the massive changes coming to our monetary and financial systems. For fifteen years I have studied money from many different perspectives. Today, there are some very interesting developments in the Trump Administration related to this topic that I want to put on your radar.

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Restoring the Rule of Law

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Slowly but surely our nation lost the consistent application of the rule of law. Favored demographic groups (and the political class) became exempt or shielded from the law.
 
Judges were put in place to support this dual legal structure. This makes it very difficult to simply begin to consistently enforce the existing laws on the books, let alone new ones. Attempting to do so will bring cries of political retaliation because of the favor those groups curried from politicians. Judicial obstruction to applying the law is, and will become rampant.
 
Simply fully enforcing the law without warning after ignoring it for years is immoral. It does not recognize your responsibility in the matter and it can be viewed as entrapment. There is a way to do this however.
 
As a parent, I have allowed my children to occasionally step outside of the boundaries set in the home because of my own laziness or oversight. When that happens, I take responsibility. But the problem still has to be resolved.
 
First step is to acknowledge the mistake. Let the person affected know that you are responsible. Second step is to give them a grace period to readjust their behavior. They know that when the grace period is over, continuing to operate outside of the boundaries will bring appropriate consequences.
 
Maybe the President should involve Congress to do something similar. Cite specific laws that will be re-enforced for ALL (including and especially focused on government corruption). Give them an appropriate grace period to get their act together. Then, enforce the law consistently and fully.
 
Will some people “get away” with their crimes? Yes. But aren’t they already? We are attempting to fix a broken system that we were partially responsible for breaking. 
Our primary goal should be to restore civility under our Constitution’s rule of law, not to punish those who are abusing the law due to our laziness. I suspect that many of those who brought us to this point of lawlessness cannot reform their behavior and will end up continuing in their behavior with appropriate consequences. Those however, who want to change their ways and reform their behavior have a chance to do so.
 
A shock and awe campaign of enforcing “law and order” will produce resentment, backlash, and violence. I believe this is a more just, moral, and peaceful way to solve our problem with lawlessness in this nation.

A Paradigm Changing Teaching on Money

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It’s been an interesting few weeks. A friend of mine, Uli Kortsch (you will hear more about him as time goes on), spent the first part of December in Europe. There, he met a gentlemen from Israel named Arie who just so happens to be very good friends with the author that has greatly influenced my thinking about what money can and should be – Bernard Lietaer.  The next thing I know, I’m having a Skype call with Arie, and the direction it takes is interesting to say the least.

Arie and a group of developers in Israel have created a blockchain (Ethereum actually) based platform whereby you can create both a marketplace and currency to use within that marketplace. Now, those of you who have followed this blog through it’s on-and-off evolution over the last several years know that money and monetary system reform is at the very core of my passion. So to get involved with Arie and his group to help people understand that we can change the very nature of what our money is and the system it is used within… Well, let’s just say it helped make my Christmas more hopeful.

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The Future May Be Too Different For Comfort

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The Great American Reset is all about change.  Too Different for Comfort, by Louis-Vincent Gave brings us face to face with the reality of how technology is set to dramatically reshape the global economy. While he presents some challenging facts, it is far from a “doom and gloom” diatribe. Gave points out that we live in the age of “creative destruction.” Technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that many of the new jobs being created are completely restructuring the economic foundation of the country – and the world. That means many of the jobs being destroyed are not coming back in their same form. He calls this a “robolution” – a revolution of economics that is driven by robotics.

Gave quotes Ronald Reagan’s favorite economist, Frederic Bastiat, to make a very important point.  “There is what we see and what we don’t see.”

  • We see jobs being destroyed.
  • We also see jobs being created.
  • What don’t see the shift in the types of jobs being destroyed vs. those being created.

In his book, Gave breaks down jobs into 4 categories:Read More