Exciting April 2017 News

c71afdcf-18c4-4ec2-813b-5525fb6148f6An exciting month—the weekend of April 17th I was in Buffalo, New York to speak at an Iron Sharpens Iron Conference. Still fighting a cold, I arrived to discover that the opening plenary speaker was stuck at the Atlanta Airport and would not make it in that evening. Needless to say, we had to make a couple of adjustments. I agreed to open the conference and allow him enough time to get in to close.

The next morning it was obvious that he was not going to make it. The re-routing would have landed him too late to speak. The team there asked if I would also do the close and it was an honor to accept the invitation. So, on that day I opened the conference, conducted a workshop on The Six Structural Elements Of Effective Churches for Senior Pastors and also brought the closing plenary session. I was exhausted but in a very good way.

I opened the conference with Cindy’s incredible story of miraculous healing and ended with our illustration on The Secret To Life. It was very well received and a natural lead-in to the seminar sessions that followed as well as my closing message. I suggested that putting God between us and our circumstances is what we must all do and explained how the upcoming workshops would assist them in carrying that out. I also promised to put an exclamation point on the day with my closing remarks.

In the final session I unpacked some practical ideas on how to have a more intimate relationship with the Lord, the key to putting Him at the forefront. We closed with a prayer over all of the pastors and an altar call. There were about 20 men who made first time commitments—It was an awesome time!

As I headed home to Temecula I had a major physical melt down as my cold flared back up—I refused to let it get me down, however. A couple of days later Cindy, me and our dog, Beau, jumped in our car and set out for Colorado Springs to visit with our daughter and her family for a few weeks. Though Cindy needed to be on oxygen most of the time we truly enjoyed being with Kristen, Mark, Hunter, Colton and little Kyleigh—our five year old granddaughter.

While in Colorado, I also had two days of strategic meetings with Dwight Johnson, Pat McGuire, our producer and my friend Jim Grassi from Men’s Ministry Catalyst out of Post Falls, ID. The purpose of our gathering was to develop ideas on how our ministries might work more closely together moving forward. Jim’s ministry is 36 years old and has had a tremendous impact during that time. We were excited to discover that our working together could be a 2+2=10 kind of equation.

I also had a great time meeting with my friend and Pastor Steve Holt from The Road @ Chapel Hill Church. Chapel Hill Baptist and The Road just merged and it looks like they have an exciting future together. Steve invited me to speak there on my next trip back there in August. Looking forward to my time there at the end of summer.

On our final day Pat McGuire had me come into the studio to produce a half hour TV show interview with Gordon Klingenschmitt on the subject, The Death Of Consensus. It was based upon my last TargetPoint article. If you missed it you can go to http://www.otm.co under the Blog dropdown menu. Just select TargetPoint articles. This turned out to be a powerful show dealing with where we find ourselves today regarding Christianity in America—I encourage you to read the article and stay tuned for a link to the program coming soon.

At the end of this month Cindy and I will be traveling to Eureka, CA to conduct a couples event for my friend, Pastor Jeff Kessenich. Please pray for our trip and that God will show up in a powerful way.

Finally, we still need your financial help at this time critical time. We are getting ready to enter into an agreement with our marketing firm that could take us to a new and exciting level with this ministry. We are in need of raising about 600.00 per month over the next six months to make this a reality. Please pray about helping us.

Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support for Cindy and me and what God is doing through On Target Ministries.

May God richly bless you as we continue to partner together for the souls of men,

Vince

The Death Of Consensus

hqdefaultImagine this—throughout human history there has existed two streams, the stream of good and the stream of evil. One might say light vs. dark—or God vs. anti God. A well known pastor once concluded that these two streams have been running in opposite directions throughout history at a slow enough speed to allow you and me to have a foot in both of them. I think you get the idea here—this is where so many of us who call ourselves followers of Christ tend to live.

Today we are finding that these streams are no longer slowly meandering. Rather, they are now moving so rapidly on opposite courses that if you try to have a foot in each—you will be torn apart. In other words, the light is becoming brighter and more obvious at the same time as the darkness is becoming more intense. In my lifetime I have never seen this much polarization in our nation. I am convinced that it is going to get substantially worse at a faster pace than we can imagine.

Consider the following list of controversial beliefs in our culture today:

  • Homosexuality is the moral equivalent of heterosexuality and should be celebrated
  • A developing fetus in the womb is not a human being…you can destroy it if you choose
  • Without a single shred of evidence to support the theory of evolution…you accept it as fact
  • With incontrovertible evidence to support that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead…you deny it
  • It is more important to give people who are down-and-out a handout instead of a hand up
  • Mankind is causing global warming and it will inevitably lead to our demise. Though the evidence is inconclusive, those who are skeptical are ignorant
  • We should have open borders and all people should be allowed to enter our country…no restrictions
  • The US constitution should be a fluid document and we should be changing it to better suit the times we live in
  • Racism is the worst it has ever been in our country and the police and white privilege are mostly to blame
  • Socialism is preferable to Capitalism and the government has the answers to most of our problems
  • Islam is a religion of peace
  • All religions are equal and any who claim to possess the “truth” should be condemned as intolerant

If you could use only one word to describe someone who believes in 90 percent of this, what would it be?

I am suggesting this exercise because I think it is time for those of us who are truly Bible believing Christians to get our heads out of the sand. These and many other issues we are facing today are defining the battleground. Consensus on these ideological positions is no longer possible. The enemy of our soul is alive and well among us.

We have allowed our voices to be silenced by those who cleverly define Biblical/moral values as political…they are NOT! We cannot allow this to continue, but I fear we do not know how to stop it. We are awkward and intimidated in our response to a pervasive anti-God culture. So, what does all this mean? What can we take away from this?

Before I suggest what we need to do, let me tell you what we need to avoid. We do not need more Christian apologetics and worldview experts to help us define the problem. While the information is helpful and stirs a lot of emotions, it fails to get to the heart of what is necessary. We also do not need, nor can we tolerate, reluctance on the part of our pastors and leaders to call out sin and anti-Christian sentiment from our political leaders and institutions. Finally, we do not need more Christians getting angry and trying to argue our way through this quagmire. It only pushes people further away.

One of the greatest challenges we face in advancing the message of Jesus Christ in our world today comes from our inability to transition from anger and disgust to love and grace.

Ok, so what is the answer, Vince? Good question! I want to offer my best counsel here with a caveat—I am only a man. I am not God. Please take what I am about to share in a prayerful and measured way.

If you have been following my TargetPoint articles for some time you may recall back in November of 2008 I felt strongly that God gave me a word. In fact there were five words—MY PEOPLE ARE NOT PREPARED! I remember not completely understanding at that time what that meant. It was only a short time later that we experienced one of the worst financial meltdowns in recent history.

I remember how many of God’s people were devastated. Marriages and families were in crisis. We recognized later that very little of this had to do with our circumstances. In fact, all the circumstances did was shine a light on the lack of substance that was there all along. Someone once said, trials in life do not make a person…they reveal them.

Born out of intense personal experience and some hard knocks, I have come to understand what many of you have heard me share as, THE SECRET TO LIFE. If you have watched me speak, you may recall the hand illustration I use to suggest how we place God between ourselves and our circumstances. It is only then that we are able to see our world through His eyes—this is key.

It is not easy, however. I must admit that I am vulnerable to being sucked into the twenty-four hour news cycle with its unending array of hot news flashes. It is obvious that so much of this is embellished to persuade our views and increase ratings. DEAR ONES PLEASE HEAR ME—THERE IS NO WAY FOR ME TO TAKE MY EYES OFF ALL OF THIS UNLESS I PUT MY LORD IN FRONT.

So here is what I want you to consider as a takeaway; in order for us to truly put God between us and our current circumstances…to address where we are today in our world and be in a position to truly make a difference, we need to draw near to Him (James 4:8). There is no other way. God’s word calls us to love Him and each other—the two greatest commandments. Can you imagine how different our world would look if we could accomplish this?

Here are some ideas I would ask you to consider:

  • Stop being a news junkie—you are being manipulated and brainwashed—there is no more objectivity
  • Spend the time you use taking in information from the TV, internet and newspapers and add it up—then determine to use that time to meet with God—reading His word, praying, praising and listening.
  • Bottom line, quit doing 360’s looking for answers—simply lift your head straight up to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings
  • Surround yourself with people who are like minded for encouragement and prayer support—we so desperately need that
  • Start or join a weekly support/accountability group—for men, women or as couples

Consider the giant Sequoia or Redwood Tree, one of the largest living organisms on the planet. They are enormous and strong, but did you know that just one Sequoia or Redwood is incapable of standing on its own? Their very shallow root structure, underground and unseen, is intertwined with their fellow giants. They literally hold each other up.

Dear friends, please understand that the winds of the world are blowing with more force today than at any time in recent history…if you try to go it alone—you will be blown over.

If you are able to do these few simple things I know that God, by His Spirit, will equip you to better navigate and ultimately become the man or woman He intended. It will not be by posturing, arguing or political maneuvering—it will be by His Spirit.

On a personal note, three years ago God impressed upon me the need to spend more time with Him. He told me I was not taking my responsibility as a minister of His word seriously enough. I will never forget that encounter. Since then I have been spending 2-3 hours every morning reading His word, praying, praising and listening. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.

BY THE WAY, GOD HATES CONSENSUS!

April Exciting News 2017

sdrm-mf-graduation-jan2017-133March was a great ministry month. As we are getting settled here in Temecula we are experiencing God opening up more doors. On the 11th Cindy and I drove to Scottsdale, Arizona for a men’s event we conducted for our friend Pastor Jeff Ruby and Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church. They had a wonderful turn out and we were able to minister a powerful session on Understanding Accountability. I also brought a brief message on a new topic just developed dealing with A Man And His Friends. We had a great time and the men were blessed.

On the 24th I had the privilege of speaking for Promise Keepers New Zealand. They were able to feed a live Skype video to over 50 locations and thousands of men throughout that nation. My topic had to do with overcoming trials and included Cindy’s story of amazing healing and all the lessons God taught us through that challenging time. Here is a link to the actual video they showed. https://vimeo.com/209647122

Here are a few of the actual comments they received:

Powerful message on Trials to Triumphs from Vince D’Acchioli. It was authentic, gritty, and inspirational with spiritual depth. Highly recommended!!  –Justin St. Vincent

This event from Vince was superb. I think that he has hit an area where people get very vulnerable, and his message of not only submitting to God, but looking for what He may teach was powerful and very well communicated.  –Nathan – Inglewood 

There was some quality discussion in my group that really brought out some hidden things.  –Geoff Wiklund

Thanks for the life-changing treat today, with Vince and the PK team  –Jack Ponting

My final event was at our wonderful home church, Sunridge Community. I had the privilege of speaking to about 65 guys who showed up for a basketball tournament. Our Pastor, Britt Sipe, asked me to lead in a brief devotional time before the grunting, pushing and shoving got started. I shared on the two most important life lessons I have encountered over the years and ended with The Secret To Life. If you want to hear that secret you will find it at the end of the video linked earlier.

In all it was a great month and now we are preparing for our next big opportunity to minister in Buffalo, New York this next weekend. This is our major event for April and brings me to the Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) Conference for my friend Scott Haima. They have asked me to be the closing plenary speaker as well as conduct a seminar for pastors. They are expecting upwards of 700 men to attend and these events are always very special for me.

Also this month, I will be meeting with several key ministry leaders from around the country in Colorado to talk about discovering ways to work together in an effective way to advance our ministries. It’s the old question, what can we do together better than any of us can do alone. This meeting will be taking place on the 19th and 20th in Colorado Springs where Cindy and I are planning to spend a couple of weeks visiting our kids and doing some studio work.

I am working with our producer and board member, Pat McGuire, to produce 30 or so 2-3 minute video blogs that will be distributed through our website and a number of social media channels. We think this may be a great future for us as we try to increase the number of people who might ask us to minister to them on a daily or weekly basis. They would be considered devotionals with a powerful point related in a light, and sometimes humorous, way. Let me know what you think about that. People who know me think it might fit with my strange personality.

Finally, please pray for these up-coming events. Also consider helping us financially. All of the media production we are doing have significant costs. Pat has been very gracious and at times gone over and above in his dedication to getting this stuff out but we need to honor him with what his creativity deserves. We need you to help us in a pay it forward kind of way. This is the idea that what you give helps make these ministry resources available for those who cannot afford them.

Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support for Cindy and me and what God is doing through On Target Ministries.

May God richly bless you as we continue to partner together for the souls of men,

Attributes Of A Godly Friend

180712_10150097376353598_5937223_nDedicated to the life and memory of Dr. Dan Erickson, my friend 
Vince D’Acchioli

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.  
                                                           ― William Shakespeare

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend, Dan Erickson. Were it not for his unconditional love, incredible wisdom, gentle challenges and persistent encouragement, I would not have had the ministry success I experience today. His words to me and probably everyone he ever encountered, you’re the best, reverberate in my soul often and always will.

As you read these five attributes of a friend I know you will be blessed. If you knew Dan you will also see him powerfully as they are unpacked. I pray this blesses you and becomes a challenge toward becoming a better friend.

slide03One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a 
brother.   Proverbs 18:24 (NIV)

The first attribute is Commitment. A Godly friend is there for you no matter the circumstances. They are willing to get up a 3 AM and meet you to talk and work through emergencies. They follow through on their promises. When they tell you they will pray about something—they actually pray. Dan was this kind of friend to so many of us. When he knew I had a struggle he would not only pray and offer wisdom, but he would also pick up the phone and want a report on how I was doing. He did not forget.

slide05Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.  Proverbs 27:5-6 (NIV)

At a time in my ministry where my own pride was threatening to suffocate what God wanted to pour through me Dan not only recognized it but did something about it. I will never forget the occasion when he gently whispered to me, Vince, you know you must descend before you can ascend. I knew what he meant—and he knew I understood what he meant. Humility is what God is looking for in all of us. Dan not only modeled it—he encouraged others to do the same. The occasion I refer to here was a game changer for me and one I will never forget.

slide07Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

Ok, so if you knew Dan you are saying—no brainer dude—this epitomizes the man. Not only was he famous for the, you’re the best encouragements, he also helped you become better in practical ways. I have witnessed first hand this man humbly taking a back seat and give up the platform because he thought it would be better for someone else.

slide09My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.   John 15:12-13 (NIV)

You ever have someone in your life that you just know would take a bullet for you? Of course you might expect that from a parent or perhaps your grandparents—but a friend? There was no doubt in my mind that Dan was this kind of friend. When you would hang out with him you just knew he had you’re back.

slide11As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

In Dan’s case it is only fitting that I conclude with this one. Dan was one of the early leaders in the Promise Keeper ministry and was instrumental in brining denominational leaders to the movement. In those days we all remember the phrase taken from our verse…as iron sharpens iron. Dan lived this verse. He believed in the concept that we help each other to grow and that with God’s help and the support of Godly friends, there is nothing we cannot overcome and no limits to what we can accomplish.

Though the loss of my dear friend prompted this message I want you to know that when I recorded this exact program a couple of years ago I actually put it together with Dan as one of my role models. As I conclude I would be remiss if I did not consider what our dear brother would want you to take away from all of this. It would certainly not be a heightened sense of sorrow for him—he is with our Lord now and wearing the crowns brought about by the very attributes he allowed God to work into his life.

Rather, Dan would want each of us to ponder these special qualities and ask ourselves two important questions—one a scale of 1-5:

How would I rate my closest friend(s)?

How would I rate myself as a friend?

Thank you Dan…you truly were and still are, THE BEST.

GROWING NEW VINES (Finally in Temecula)

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February was a month that will never be forgotten by the D’Acchioli’s. It was the month of transition that we have been anticipating now for over a year. Our home, and the headquarters for On Target Ministries for 25 years in Colorado, finally sold. It was my job to drive back to Colorado from Temecula in order to pack and go through the final closing before heading back to our new home here in California.

To say it was bittersweet would be the understatement of the century. I found myself over several days of packing and cleaning becoming very emotional. Cindy, though not with me for this trip, was experiencing the same thing. I would go from room to room and experience such profound and special memories. At times I would break into tears—not of sadness—but of joy and appreciation for all that God has allowed us to experience in this wonderful home.

What made this special occasion even more exciting was finally meeting the new owners. Cindy and I have been praying for over a year now for God to send just the right family. People who would appreciate some of our memories and look forward to God bringing them some new ones. After signing the final papers I had the opportunity to meet the new owners and take them on a special tour of their new home.

This was such a special time as mom and dad along with four of their five girls were there. The children ranged from two who were in college down to 12 years in age. None of the girls had seen the house yet but were told what rooms they would be in. The excitement on their faces was so special to see. When I told them that Dr. Jim and Shirley Dobson had actually been in their new dining room for dinner they were so blessed. It turns out they are believers and really appreciated the ministry that had gone on there.

As I was leaving I indicated that twenty-five years ago I prayed over this property and established four spiritual pillars. I asked them if they would like to hear more about that and their eyes lit up with excitement. When I finished sharing about the pillars and how they were selected they indicated that they would be praying over them moving forward. Needless to say, I was so thrilled. It was a spiritual confirmation that helped bring closure and a sense of joy to this very impactful move.

So, here we are in Temecula. It now looks like we will be renting our daughter Kim’s home as they set out on a new journey of their own. They are moving to Illinois for a big promotion for Jason. Parker, our oldest grandson will be staying behind and just got accepted to Cal Baptist University. We will have the pleasure of seeing him on many weekends. It is amazing to see how God has orchestrated all of this and we actually end up in a home that Cindy and I just love while at the same time helping our kids.

Cindy and I are truly excited about new doors of opportunity that God is already opening for us personally and for our ministry. We have gone through some pruning indeed but are now seeing some new vines taking shape. My involvement with our new church, Sunridge Community and the San Diego Rescue Mission are but two highlights in a longer list of potential ministry for OTM.

In line with this may we ask you to please pray for our upcoming ministry events. I am going to Scottsdale next week for La Casa De Cristo Church’s men’s event and also conducting a Skype conference call for Promise Keepers, New Zealand on the 24th. After that I am off to Buffalo New York for a major conference for Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) where I will be bringing a plenary session and special workshop for pastors and leaders.

We are also prepping for our startup OTI weekly meetings here in Temecula and at the rescue mission starting soon. The mission will have about 150 men every week and may be live-streamed for other missions around the country that may wish to participate. Very exciting.

Finally, also pray that the necessary funding comes in for our final product to support the new Men On Target curriculum. Pat McGuire is already working on our manual for this powerful series and we believe it is going to be a very important component, particularly in the mission’s and prison environments.

Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support for Cindy and me and what God is doing through On Target Ministries.

Becoming the man God intended,

Exciting News Entering 2017 In Temecula

sdrm-mf-graduation-jan2017-127January was such an exciting month. So many things happening here in Temecula. Needless to say, there are still a lot of challenges ahead of us as we seek to get settled in. Cindy and I are now looking at renting for at least six months and maybe a year. We may actually be renting our daughter’s home for a while as they may be transitioning to the Chicago area for an incredible promotion for Jason. We are so proud of him.

I will be back in the Spring’s probably from about the 11th through about the 23rd of February to finish packing up our home and move our furniture into storage. The home actually closes on the 21st. That is a big praise report. While there I am looking forward to connecting with family and some old friends.

On the ministry front—I cannot remember a time in recent history where I have been more optimistic and excited. Our church, Sunridge Community, has asked me to begin our OTI here and make it available for the entire valley to be launched with my speaking on Fathers Day. In addition they are talking to us about doing a Couples On Target Saturday event followed by a 6-week follow up series around Mothers day. They have also graciously donated a beautiful office for me to use.

sdrm-mf-graduation-jan2017-137-mLast week Cindy and I went to the San Diego Rescue Mission where I spoke to their graduation class. Hundreds gathered for this event and God really showed up. I was able to share a great word of encouragement for the graduates as they move on with their lives and discover God’s great vision and plan that lies before them. Cindy and I got to be on the platform and were able to shake the hand of every one of these precious men and women whom God has healed.

The Mission has also asked me to consider doing a live OTI there every Wednesday morning for about 150 men in their program. John Ashmen, who is the head of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), has suggested that his organization may want to partner with us to make the Wednesday teachings available by LiveStream for other missions through the country who may want to participate.

You may recall that I had the privilege of bringing a keynote message to their convention a few months back where over 1000 leaders gathered in Jacksonville, Florida. I truly love what this group is doing around our nation. As a result of that event there are now a growing number of missions who have adopted our new curriculum for their men’s programs.

One of the things we have learned from our experience rolling out the new curriculum to missions and prisons is the need for a hard copy manual to put in the hands of our participants. Toward that end our producer, Pat McGuire, has designed a wonderful two-part manual that we can produce and make available through print-on-demand. Our current handouts are available on line for each session but must be downloaded individually. The new workbooks will be much better and facilitate students having a resource they can keep with them and use in their devotional time.

This is an area you may want to pray about helping us. We need to raise about 5,000.00 to cover the development cost. If you wish to contribute toward this effort please indicate that along with your donation and we will make sure it is designated toward that project. This is the final piece in the completion of our new Men On Target two-year curriculum.

As you can see, a lot to be thankful for and we are praising God for how He is opening new doors. Here are some areas where we can still use some prayer:

  • Pray that God brings clear direction and peace with regard to our decisions about our temporary living quarters—rent—buy?
  • Pray that doors continue to open here and around the country for expanded ministry opportunity
  • Pray that our OTI efforts at the mission and Sunridge Community Church go well
  • Pray the necessary funding comes in this month to complete workbook production

Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support for Cindy and me and what God is doing through On Target Ministries.

Vince

The End Of Another Year—The Beginning Of A New And Exciting Season For On Target Ministries And The D’Acchioli’s

 

god-is-doing-a-new-thingCindy and I want to begin by wishing all of you a very happy and blessed New Year filled with joy and great expectation of what God is going to do. Here is an excerpt from Oswald Chambers I just read—I pray it blesses you:

You shall not go out with haste, … for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isa 52:12

As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.
 -Oswald Chambers

Here is an update on our move to Temecula and home sale in Colorado. We are finally under contract and expect to close on our Colorado property February 22nd. That is reason for praise indeed. It has been a longer time then we were anticipating, made more difficult by the challenge of being apart from Cindy for these many months. She has been staying in Temecula at our daughter Kim’s home and feeling great again at sea level.

We decided that I would stay in Colorado for Christmas this year with Kris and Mark and grandkids and she would stay in California with Kim and family so we could be with both! I left right after Christmas and drove with our dog Beau to Temecula. I arrived on December 27th and am now here for good. It is so great to finally be together again. Kim and Jason have graciously extended an invitation to stay with them while we find a home to rent or buy.

On the ministry front there is much going on. We finished up our video curriculum series and also spent some time in the studio last month taping several new series and TV programs. Our internet marketing is going well and we are anticipating some great results soon. We have had around 1,000 people subscribe to our online daily devotional series over the last several months. The feedback so far has been wonderful.

I am in conversations with local leaders to begin our On Target Institute here in the Temecula Valley soon. There does not appear to be anything quite like that here. Our new church home will be Sunridge Community Church and our pastor is a wonderful man who we have come to know and love, Britt Sipe. Britt and I have been talking about using their facility to host our weekly meetings and get back up on LiveStream. If you would like to know more about the ministry at Sunridge please click here.

This month I also have the privilege of speaking at the graduation ceremony for The San Diego Rescue mission and my friend Herb Johnson. Cindy and I were there last year and it was an emotional event that really blessed us. I am looking forward to sharing The Secret To Life with this year’s graduates.

I am also finalizing a chapter that will be included in a new book coming out in a few months from the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM). As one of the original founding members it is an honor to be asked to contribute. My chapter will be addressed to the “Senior Pastor” and deal with the importance of his role in the effective discipleship of his men. More on this as it develops.

As you continue to hold us up in prayer please ask God to help us find just the right home and continue to open up ministry opportunities for us here in California. Also pray for our 2017 calendar to fill up with events throughout North America.

This is an exciting but challenging time for all of us. As we face the many uncertainties before us let us lift each other up, believing God, taking Him at His Word, being courageous and steadfast in our convictions. Let us move forward this New Year allowing Him to prepare us to be able to stand on the front lines of the battle for our families and our nation!

Finally, Cindy and I want you to know how thankful we are for the generous year-end gifts that come from so many of our faithful partners. Your contributions are so appreciated especially during this challenging time of transition.

Advancing His kingdom together,

Vince

180 Degree Emotional Swings

2newimg_3644180 degree emotional swings. While our spiritual compass is firmly fixed upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus—our emotions are all over the map. I find myself going from extreme joy to heart wrenching sadness and this may be one of the most challenging newsletters I have ever written. Let me explain:

I received news yesterday that my brother, Ron is in very serious condition as he is battling a rare immune system disease. Needless to say this has become the center of our concerns and the intense focus of our prayers at this time.

At the same time, it looks like we have an offer in hand for the purchase of our home. While we still need to come to terms with the details as they are negotiated, it is good news never-the-less. Whether the sale goes through or not we have made the decision that I need to move to California sometime in January. If the house does not sell Cindy and I will have to seek out temporary living arrangements until it does.

Because of all that is happening it has become impossible to outline a schedule for the next month or two. My brother is in San Jose, California. I am scheduled to fly to Temecula to be with Cindy over the holidays and will leave the 18th of this month and come back to Colorado Jan 3rd. All of this of course is subject to what is happening with Ron and his family. Please pray for me to be everywhere the Lord wants me to be and at the right time.

I have two important assignments here in Colorado Springs next week, also subject to change. I have been asked to preside over a memorial service for one of my closest friends, Bruce Larsen, whose wife has gone home to be with the Lord. I am also speaking at the Men With A Purpose (MWAP) Christmas Luncheon on the 8th. There will be around 200 in attendance and many are some of my closest friends in this community. It will be kind of a farewell address and Christmas devotional all rolled together.

img_0162On the extreme joy side, I just returned from a ministry trip to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where I spoke at a men’s gathering and three church services for Beulah Alliance Church. This is one of the largest congregations in Canada. There were close to 400 men at the breakfast on Saturday morning where I talked about the importance of an intimate relationship with our Lord. Over 30 men gave their hearts to Jesus. It was an overwhelming experience and you could feel the presence of the Lord in that auditorium.

The weekend services ministered to thousands across two campuses and the feedback from many was amazing. I spoke on the topic, Facing The Unexpected as the concluding message in a series their Pastor started titled, Insomnia…What Keeps You Up At Night? I shared Cindy’s story and all that God taught us as we navigated our deep trial back in 2010. You can watch the message here. Cindy opened the service with prayer through my cellphone, which was so very special as they had our picture up on the big screens.

As you can see there is a lot happening and still so much to see God unpack in these days and weeks ahead.

This year, because of all the uncertainty and extra costs associated with relocating the ministry, we have some very challenging financial needs. December is the month where many ministries depend on special year-end giving to get into the new season. For as long as we have been in ministry we have been so blessed by your generous December gifts.

Please pray for us, Ron and his family, and also God’s will to come through regarding the sale of our home and the details of our new home in Temecula.

Also, please pray about helping us with a very special year-end gift at this time.

Cindy and I want you to know how deeply blessed we are to have your prayers and financial support—you are dearly loved,

Vince

November 2016 Exciting News & Move Update

prisonquotewebAs I write to you today Cindy and I are in Temecula. I drove her back here last week and am planning to fly back to Colorado this Wednesday November 9th. Cindy is back settled in at our daughter’s home here and will begin looking for a home to rent or buy as I wind things down back in Colorado. I have a few speaking assignments to finish and am planning on moving out to be with Cindy before the end of the year. Please continue to pray for our home to sell and the Lord help us settle into our new home and responsibilities.

Last Saturday I had the privilege of speaking to the Centerpoint Church men’s breakfast here in Murrieta where our daughter’s family attends. This is one if the largest churches in this area and they brought their two campuses together for this event. It was a great gathering and I brought a message on developing an intimate relationship with Jesus. There were 10-15 men who gave their heart to the Lord and many others who made commitments to get closer to Him in the spirit of (James 4:8). I am looking forward to working more closely with their men’s ministry team in the future.

Next week I speak for my friend Bill Anderson at his annual Leadership Development Council (LDC) in Colorado Springs at the beautiful Hideaway. Then, on Thanksgiving weekend I will be in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for a weekend with Beulah Alliance Church. This is one of the largest churches in Canada and they are expecting over 500 men at the Saturday event. I will also have the privilege of speaking at all of their weekend services that are broadcast to multiple campuses.

On Monday the 5th of December I will be attending my last CEO breakfast in the Spring’s and then on the 8th I have been asked by my friend Dwight Johnson to bring the message for the Men With A Purpose Christmas Banquet. This unique gathering of men has been a real blessing for our community and on this occasion the wives are invited—it will be festive for sure. Cindy and I have fond memories of addressing this gathering in San Diego years ago and brought a special message on marriage. If you are in the Colorado Springs area and would like to attend please contact me for more information.

As of this writing I am planning to move out to Temecula sometime after the 10th of December providing we can secure a temporary place to rent or stay until we sell our home and decide where to settle in.

Cindy and I want to encourage you to please pray for us during this time. As you may suspect, this Christmas will be a little different. One of the more special things we love to do is decorate and entertain during the holidays and while this year will be special as we celebrate with family—it is not the same when you are between homes.

It is also going to continue to be trying financially as we cannot afford to rent in Temecula and carry our home in Colorado at the same time. In addition, we also need some strong year-end gifts to come in as most ministries like ours really count on them to get through the December season. Please consider these points of prayer and also helping financially as you are able. I have included the information from last month regarding some creative ways you may want to pray about giving. Please also be on the lookout over this next week as I am sending a special brief video announcement outlining the exciting His Kingdom Funding program that will help us with our effort to reach out to rescue missions and prisons.

Here are a couple of creative ways you can help us;

Save this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1275142 and go to it for all your Amazon purchases. It takes you to your sign in page and changes nothing on your end but Amazon contributes a percentage of every sale to On Target.

Also, you can sign up a credit card through His Kingdom Funding and it will round up every sale to the next dollar. The contribution then goes to On Target minus a 10% administration fee. Click here http://ontarget.hiskingdomfunding.com/ and be sure to watch the videos for instructions.

Cindy and I love you dearly and pray God’s richest blessings upon you and your family.

Helping men become all that God intended,

Vince

Vote Your Conscience? Really?

homer-simpson-690x382All night long my sleep was interrupted with more and more ideas to ad to my already monstrous list of wrongs I perceived were done to me by a contractor I had hired.  The more I thought about it the angrier I became.  I was livid. You see, I have discovered there are two sides to my brain, the Italian side and the Christian side. One says wackem and the other says love him. Seriously though—we do go back and forth between the flesh and the spirit, do we not?

Well, the next morning as I began my private time with God, I prayed, Lord, search me today, as I always do every day.  I then opened to my first reading assignment in my read through the Bible in a year program and this is the verse I read:

Jeremiah [12:1] LORD, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. Now let me bring you this complaint: 

It was an amazing epiphany for me.  I got down on my knees and asked God to please forgive me for allowing a spirit of self-righteousness, bitterness and anger to invade my heart and sear my conscience.  Please forgive me for not living what You have given me to teach others.  Help me, Lord to truly become the man You intended.

I realized that any injustice, if it exists, is not for me to discern.  My only assignment is to bring it before Him.  He helped me understand that what this man and I were dealing with is not the issue—the issue has to do with how much He loved both of us and expects our response to always be going to Him first. Crawling up in His lap. Gaining His perspective. To close the story—I did write this man and instead of expecting anything from him in return—God gave me the power to forgive and ask for forgiveness from him.

Ok, so what does all this have to do with our title? Almost daily I hear people saying vote your conscience when it comes to the upcoming election. It begs the question, what is conscience and what are the implications here. As followers of Jesus we understand the Biblical perspective of man being made up of three parts, body, soul and spirit.

In 1 Timothy 1:5 Paul says, The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience… 

T. M. Moore, writing in the Christian Worldview Journal describes conscience this way: The mind, heart, and conscience are three components of the soul: all must be shaped and brought into the effort of learning and living according to the teachings of sound doctrine.

What is the conscience? In the soul the conscience is that immaterial component that develops and stores our values, priorities, and default choices. Another way of thinking of the conscience is as the will. In the soul a continuous dialog is underway between the mind – what we think – the heart – how we feel – and the conscience – our most basic convictions. The conscience functions as a kind of referee in the soul, bringing together the thoughts of our minds and the affections of our hearts in a harmonious and truthful way, so that love can issue from all our learning. Thus, it is very important that the conscience be in proper working order – what Paul describes as a “good” conscience, one that pleases God and serves men (Acts 24:16).

Please notice the phrase; Thus, it is very important that the conscience be in proper working order. My friend, have you examined your conscience. It is clear from my personal illustration that even those of us who are seemingly mature Christians who have followed the Lord for many years are prone to having our conscience seared.

So, as we ready ourselves to enter that voting process this time may I suggest a few ideas to consider? Here are a series of questions you may want to take before God:

  • What role may self-righteousness, bitterness and anger be playing right now as it relates to the condition of my heart? Remember, what we think affects how we feel, (our heart) and that impacts our convictions.
  • Lord, am I truly seeking You and Your perspective on the matters before me or have I made up my mind without You?
  • If I examine the time I spend watching and absorbing news VS seeking you in prayer, how would it stack up?
  • To what extent have I allowed my convictions to be shaped by others as opposed to my own Spirit-led discovery?
  • Am I finding it difficult to realize the good God may be seeing in the midst of all of the turmoil and confusion?
  • Am I finding it difficult to be at peace knowing that God is not anxious about this or any election?

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV)  Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared…

Titus 1:15 (NIV)  To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.

Some people say they will follow their conscience…many of us have dead consciences. Your conscience is no longer a safe guide. You’ve deadened it.  —Billy Graham