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Affluent Christian Investor | December 4, 2023

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AboutJohn Stanko, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

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

November 17, 2016 |

Your Mind War

The last two weeks, we have looked at several references to deer in the Old Testament, and looked at their characteristics that were to be part of a believer’s faith repertoire. The first reference was about speed and agility … 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

September 14, 2015 |

Faith Victories

“The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!”

– Psalm 21:1.

God gave David strength and it gave David great joy. Yet this strength was for a purpose, and … Read More

September 11, 2015 |

The Word of God

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

– Psalm 119:11.

The Bible is not to be studied as any other book, for it is a living book that will … Read More

September 10, 2015 |

The Humble Will Be Exalted!

“The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground”

– Psalm 147:6.

God loves and cares for the humble, those people who are not proud and who recognize their need for the Lord. The humble … Read More

September 9, 2015 |

The Kingdom of God

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations”

– Psalm 145:13.

Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God. Another phrase for the Kingdom is God’s government, which means Jesus taught that people everywhere … Read More

September 8, 2015 |

Dangers of Idolatry

“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them … Read More

September 4, 2015 |

God Over Nature

“Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”

– Psalm 124:8.

The psalmists repeatedly referred back to God’s natural acts of creation to describe and frame God’s majesty and power. Thus, they regularly mention the … Read More

September 3, 2015 |

Simple Things Still Need to be Said

“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord”

– Psalm 117:1-2.

Today’s two verses are the only … Read More

September 2, 2015 |

Don’t Grow Weary

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike”

– Psalm 115:12-13.

The Lord … Read More

September 1, 2015 |

Grumbling is Unproductive… and Contagious

“Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord”

– Psalm 106:24-25.

The Israelites were a nasty, unruly lot as they left Egypt and … Read More

August 31, 2015 |

Procrastination: Read About it Now, Not Later

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night”

– Psalm 90:4.

This verse should cause you to think of its equivalent in the New … Read More

August 28, 2015 |

Acting on What You Hear

“I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah”

August 27, 2015 |

What Followers Owe to Leaders and What They Don’t.

“You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron”

– Psalm 77:20.

God was the One leading in the wilderness, but He did so through His appointed leaders, Moses and Aaron. God is … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

How to Cope When You Don’t Have Customers

“We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be”

– Psalm 74:9.

One time I was in a tough place financially, and the phone rang for … Read More

August 25, 2015 |

It’s Not Just About You: Team/Body Thinking

“Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me”

– Psalm 69:6.

The psalmist was … Read More

August 24, 2015 |

Don’t Cloister Yourself

“I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords”

– Psalm 57:4.

Many of the psalms express the psalmists’ struggles … Read More

August 21, 2015 |

Journaling to Prevent Forgetting Life Lessons

“You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you”

– Psalm 50:17.

The rebuke in today’s verse was aimed at people who lived by and studied God’s word. Yet God laid the charge against them that they … Read More

August 20, 2015 |

How History’s Greatest Leader Dealt With Storms

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters;the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks … Read More

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