Author: John Grunewald

When life is not so good… we can help!

There is the short saying, “Life is Good”. We all like it when life is good for us and we should be thankful. At the same time, we can never forget that others in this world are not experiencing the good life. Every February for the last 6 years or so has been packed with conferences, teaching, Winter Bible Seminar at Rhema USA and then the International Directors Meetings. The last couple of years this has extended into March. This year we added on some video podcasts and teaching sessions David Scholing and I did for The Church Building System. These videos are in the editing stage...

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February 2022 Update

Inside the verse in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”, is the Purpose and Plan for every person on earth. Amazing isn’t it? It is His direction for the past 2000 years. It is the reason we are on the earth.  Generally speaking, we all build the church and then each of us has a specific assignment and supply inside of this. What is beautiful is how these specific assignments crossover or overlap with other people’s specific assignments. It is where a partnership is found and formed to do even greater things. This...

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January 2022 Update

Wow! That was fast! 2021 I mean. You have changed lives with your gifts! So many people in so many places don’t have the availability of the Word of God like you and I might have with books, a local church, or a Bible School. All year, you helped to expand God’s Word to people you don’t even know and will never see. How do we do this together? Part of the Strategy When we go into a new nation with the idea of planting a new Bible School Campus, to start Church Planting Training, or translating books, we are looking for people who have a vision for their entire nation. We are not...

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The Holy Spirit will help you Have a Supernatural Year!

Would you like 2022 to be your best year – so far?  God can change and transform a life in more than one way. Giving my life to Christ in the summer of 1974 changed my life. In the summer of 1978 I was 21 years old and had been a christian for 4 years. I was growing in my relationship with God and growing in my knowledge of Him. I didn’t know much back then (and I still have a lot to learn).  During this time I was driving to go to lunch one day and without thinking much I pulled into where a little Christian Bookstore was located. I went in not knowing what I was...

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Filled with His Purposes

“One of the best ways to move beyond past pain is to have a future purpose.” – Tony Cooke  Many people have experienced pain this past 18+ months. We have lost family and friends like many others. People have lost jobs and got stuck inside which led to other kinds of pain. These things cannot be avoided in a fallen world. It certainly seems like we are in the last days of this dispensation – if not God is missing a great opportunity. 🙂 As we look for the return of Christ for the church we can and must still be filled with His purposes. This lost world we...

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Be a Pioneer

When our oldest child Zack was about 5 or 6 years old we were living in Terre Haute, Indiana. One night we were going to sit down to watch a movie and I asked Zack which Western he wanted to watch. He said, “I don’t really like Westerns, I like space movies”. That shocked me for a second, until I realized that Space movies were to him like Westerns were to me. I loved the pioneering aspect of the Wild West in the early days of America. Yes, I realize it wasn’t all good, but I am thinking of the pioneering spirit, the sense of adventure, and the risk it took to keep moving west. Space movies...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 4

Missed the first part of this series? Click below! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Feedback: God to Leader & Team We want God involved in everything we do. That is why we have a prayer life! We are speaking to him about certain things – whether that is personal or organizational – and He is speaking to us. Now, when it comes to an organization, God is primarily going to give the direction to the Leader and how to do that to the team. Here is an example. In the early 1980’s, God tucked a seed in our heart and it was one word – Europe. We had no other direction...

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July 2021 Update:

Where else? Recently when I was at the gym I saw an ad on ESPN about Where Else? Talking about where else – but in sports – could you see records broken and champions made. It was actually a good ad for them. It got me thinking about the Gospel and Building the Church on the earth and what happens to our investments in doing this. Where else can you give/invest and see people saved, healed, set free, and have their lives changed in so many good ways? There isn’t anywhere else that converts money into changed lives like building the church (People). Sometimes it is...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 3

Click here to read Part 2! Feedback > Leader to Team 1. Encouragement As leaders, we need to be encouraging our people. If we put them in a position to succeed, then let’s make sure to let them know that they are succeeding along the way. A simple “That was great!”, “Love the work you did”, “Good decision there”, can go a long way and is extremely necessary.  2. Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring Developing people is who we are as leaders. Jesus constantly was in the business of discipleship and developing those around him. Some of this can be done by giving the feedback...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 2

Read Part 1 here When it comes to building the church, it is important to have a culture of teamwork. If you’re the lonely leader at the top and all you’re doing is directing people to do things, that can only last so long. We’ve seen way too many people shoot way up and fall hard. What we want is consistent, continual growth from the time we start to the time we end.  One important aspect of how teams should function is what we call feedback. Why is feedback so important? Well, can a leader make consistently wise decisions for an organization without getting good consistent information?...

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