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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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John Stanko

John Stanko

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011. John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.

Posts By John Stanko

February 19, 2016 |

Holding Up God

If you are like most people, you want to know if your ideas and actions are sanctioned by the Lord. Therefore, you may seek a sign of confirmation before you act, and that whole process is called putting out … Read More

February 10, 2016 |

Lessons in Courage

Has fear ever prevented you from doing something you wanted to do? Has fear been an excuse not to do something that you needed to do? If you are human, then the answer to both those questions is a … Read More

February 1, 2016 |

Black History Month Challenge

I am challenging all my friends, especially my Caucasian friends, to read or listen to ONE book in February that will contribute to racial reconciliation. In the past, I have read the speeches and sermons of Dr. King, the … Read More

January 25, 2016 |

Two Key Keys

Have you ever thought or said, “If only I knew that God wanted me to do this or that,” or “If only God would direct me to do something, then I would certainly do it!”? While it sounds logical and … Read More

January 18, 2016 |

A Big Book and a Sharp Pencil

I have been writing about Daniel the last few months, but now it’s time to move on. Let’s study a woman of purpose for a change; what do you say? Is that a good thing? I think it is, … Read More

January 13, 2016 |

Purpose Faith

What if you had to lead a team of people and not one of them was like you in any way?  What’s more, what if you were in a land that was not your home, with an adopted language, culture … Read More

January 6, 2016 |

The Year Behind, A Year Ahead

Happy New Year! I always hate to see the holidays end, and this year is no exception. Mine started early with a trip to New York, America’s Christmas capital, and ended with time at home finishing up three book manuscripts … Read More

December 22, 2015 |

Daylight on the Night Shift

I receive many requests every year asking how to find purpose. Many say they have “no idea” what their purpose is and ask me for help. While I respond as best I can, after all these years I know that … Read More

December 15, 2015 |

Down But Not Out

I love London. One year while I was there, I went to see Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Music Hall. What a wonderful way to enjoy a timeless masterpiece of music and Scripture in the city where it was … Read More

December 7, 2015 |

Stop-to-Do List

I have had a weekly one-hour radio show on a local AM Christian station called Wake Up to Purpose since September of 2012. It has been a joy to do, even though I had to get up at 5:30, get … Read More

December 2, 2015 |

Extravagant Faith

Have you ever made a commitment to do something by a certain deadline and had no idea how to do it?  How did it turn out?  If you’re like most, it probably turned out better than you expected.  You … Read More

November 30, 2015 |

Came Out Smelling Like a Rose

I have been on many safaris in Africa and it is always special to see a lion, male or female. In South Africa once, I was put into a cage with five or six lion cubs, and they were … Read More

November 18, 2015 |

Purpose Is Not Enough

I find myself meeting with people every week to talk about life purpose.   am always thrilled when I see the concept of purpose break through in someone’s thinking. Furthermore, I have met with about 3,500 people one-on-one in the last … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Daniel Was What He Didn’t Eat

Let’s move on to compile another purpose profile, and this time I will focus on the life of Daniel. Daniel and Joseph are two “super heroes” of the Old Testament. They are almost too good to be real! They were … Read More

November 2, 2015 |

Peter’s Purpose Profile

I’ve found that God is often more comfortable with our humanity than we are. What do I mean by this?   We let our failures and what we can’t do keep us from doing what we can do. This wasn’t the … Read More

October 29, 2015 |

Your Purpose Legacy

Let’s finish up this week with our purpose lessons from our study of Nehemiah. Last week, we looked at the tendency for enemies to appear when you start to pursue and fulfill purpose. External opposition is serious, but it may … Read More

October 22, 2015 |

Your Purpose Enemies

I returned from Kenya last Friday. It was a quick trip of only eight days, but it was highly productive as you can read from my report, complete with pictures. For now, I want to continue our purpose profile of … Read More

October 19, 2015 |

Purpose Clarity

Nehemiah prayed and fasted to clarify his passion and direction forward. Then his big break came. One day he was serving the king and the king noticed that Nehemiah was sad. Let’s read the rest in Nehemiah’s own words.

The … Read More

October 7, 2015 |

Purpose Tears

Last week, we continued our purpose profile series with a lesson from the purposeful life of Nehemiah. The first point we made last week was

  1. You don’t know your purpose because you don’t ask enough questions – and keep … Read More
September 29, 2015 |

Quality Questions

This week we continue our purpose profiles as we look at the life of Nehemiah. There are some exciting and helpful purpose lessons ahead in the next few weeks as we study this man’s life.  (You may wish to read … Read More

September 21, 2015 |

Purpose Comes Looking for You

I received more feedback from last week’s Memo than any other I have written. I urge you to read the Memos from the last two weeks, for this week we continue our purpose profiles of Esther and Mordecai.  The point … Read More

September 17, 2015 |

God Remembers

This week I will share with you one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible!  I know that this story will encourage you and help you in your PurposeQuest. While this week’s profile is from the life of Esther, … Read More

September 16, 2015 |

Mind Your Business

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes”

– Psalm 37:7.

Today’s verse contains three commands for you to follow. … Read More

September 15, 2015 |

Dark Nights

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning”

– Psalm 30:5.

There are seasons of life where things don’t go well. … Read More

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