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The story of Wrong Turn Ranch

Among the many “Christianese” terms we are accustomed to using and hearing, one we often use is the word “repent.” This word is derived from the Greek “metanoia” which literally means “to change one's mind or purpose.”

Now, like the Marine who's been sitting in a Mexican jail nearly 200 days after making a wrong turn, most of us have made wrong turns ourselves – bad choices – throughout our lives. We've compromised, told lies (even li'l white ones), lowered our standard, and associated with people who corrupted us. We've sinned, broken laws, cheated and experienced the consequences for having done many things.

I sure have!

This afternoon, I visited a young man in a Texas jail. A great guy who really loves the Lord, he commented that he had been kept so busy serving as a Trustee, maybe he hadn't been spending enough time with God. Though I appreciated what he meant, on the way home, I couldn't stop thinking about what he said. Suddenly – after many years of traveling the same stretch of highway - I saw the sign over a ranch gate that read “Wrong Turn Ranch,” I knew I had to write this message for the benefit of someone.

Hopefully, MANY someone's.

Most Christians would agree to entertaining thoughts of having not prayed enough, read the Bible enough, tithing enough, or attending church services often enough. We even use these as a standard for measuring our faith against that of others and can get downright prideful about it.

Here's a newsflash: “Enough” can NEVER be enough. God isn't keeping score any way. The ONLY thing required of any of us – the ONLY job description we have – is to love one another.


If you want to show God how much you love Him, it won't be by reciting memorized verses, listening to a minister drone on and on 52 Sunday's a year, turning the lights on before, and locking the doors after, every church service, or knowing the words to all the hymns in the book. For that matter, you could never write enough zeroes on your checks either!

But you can love others, can't you?

Most of us can start by learning to love OURSELVES. For many, that's a pretyy tall order in itself. A great place to start is with forgiveness, even of ourselves.

Folks, we are to be Followers of Jesus. He came as our example. Did He do anything we're doing within our denominational camps? Would He even attend services there, or would He be out loving someone and doing good? When it comes to our traditions and dogmas, I say, “keep the meat and spit out those bones!” We aren't called “Churchians,” after all. Despite the denominational labels with which we associate, we are His disciples. His brothers. Children of God.

Back to the Texas jail: At one point, this young man, talking to me through a sheet of glass on a phone, had a revelation. “Wait a minute... you were sitting at home and God told you to come and visit me? You didn't have anything else to do out this direction?”

“That's right! Coming here today wasn't even on my calendar,” I laughed. “I drove 90 minutes so God could show you how much He loves you... and I'll drive 90 minutes back home.”

“Man,” he sighed, “I needed to see a friendly face today SO BAD...and God knew that.”

His countenance had changed before my eyes.

It's all about love, folks. Nothing else. To love one another is to show our love for God. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Please don't fall for Religion over Relationship. For many Christ-Followers, now would be a great time to repent.

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work

LET'S TALK! WRITE: miketummillo@me.com. 

House Churches in Erath County, Texas

Did you know there is a network of House Churches in Erath County? There are actually three homes meeting in Stephenville, one in Huckabay and three in Hico. I've even heard there was a group meeting in DeLeon and who knows how many groups are meeting I am simply not aware of!

According to The Barna Research Group (George Barna), the largest group of Christians meeting in North America are the Roman Catholics. The second-largest would be those who are affiliated with House Church groups and the third are those within the Southern Baptist Convention. What I find most interesting is how many people I have met over the years who are Members of one church but part of a House Church as well. 

Our own Stephenville House Church - we call it Ekklesia Stephenville - has been meeting at September Song Bed & Breakfast, Clinton @ Vanderbilt, for nearly 12 years and we've had many people join us for an evening who were long-time Members of another church in Erath County. For the most part, they needed healing ministry or counseling... personal attention they couldn't receive from a larger church body. Often, they only needed to talk and cry rather than hear a sermon. 

After over 15 years of House Church involvement, I feel qualified to say, if there was anything wrong with the majority of House Churches it's this: They try too hard to establish a "mini-church." When we read about Paul's experience with the Church at Lydia's house (Acts 16:11 and 16:40), what do we see? We see how Paul, Silas and Timothy recognized Lydia was a worshiper of God when they met her at the river, baptized her and her family, stayed at her house, wound up in jail, were released, returned to encourage Lydia's family and left.

Question: what did the Church at Lydia's house do? They had no Bible. They had no preacher, no memorized prayers. I'll bet they raised each other's kids, helped each other cook, plant and harvest, herd sheep, sang together, played games with the kids, testified of God's goodness, prayed together... in short, they shared their lives.

The Bible refers to this as "The Church." No buildings, no ministers, no worship team, no pews, no stained-glass, just folks who loved God, sharing their lives. By the way, the Bible uses the word "Ekklesia" (called out ones, from which "church" is derived) to describe three groups of people: (1) an angry mob, (2) a town council and (3) a group of Believers in Jesus.

Don't misunderstand, because two or three gathered in His Name is all it takes, those two or three can be "Church" whether seated in a restaurant, gathered at a friend's house for burgers, or seated in a pew in a cathedral. We are never NOT The Church. What does it mean to do anything "in His Name"? It means to do what we do in accordance with His teachings; in His image and likeness. After all, Jesus said "I came as an example." He didn't come to establish a manmade religion. 

Face it, folks, you already ARE The Church. Nothing is more frustrating to a Christian than to attempt to compartmentalize his/her life by trying to separating the spiritual from the secular. Are we not ALWAYS Christians? If you would like to establish a Church in your home, workplace, or any place, or if you'd like to plug-in to one of the groups already meeting around town, let's talk. Contact MikeTummillo@me.com.


To anyone who is considering hosting a Disaster Readiness workshop - or if you have friends or family who haven't grasped the importance of Self Reliance - here's what others have said about these 1/2 day sessions...

"My husband and I attended Mike's Disaster Readiness seminar this past weekend (Sept 13, 2014)  and were filled with God's confirming presence that we were on the right track to prepare for disasters not only for our family but to help others. My husband was concerned that I was "going off the deep end" in preparing but decided to attend this seminar with me. I had been talking about this with him for about 4 years but only after attending THIS seminar and speaking with Mike, he was full of FAITH to prepare our family for disasters, blackouts, etc. We thank God for Mike and his steadfastness in reaching out to everyone via emails. Because of yesterday's seminar, we are proceeding with gusto and much prayer over our preparations! God bless you as you prepare your family in these turbulent times.  - Gill and Preet S., Arlington, TX 

"I recently attended the Ferris Disaster Readiness workshop.  Michael Tummillo gives practical, helpful information and inexpensive tips of preparedness to help with any disaster we might face.  I'm so thankful to have met him and to have attended my second workshop - I feel that we have the tools now to put a plan in place and be better prepared for any event that might come our way. Thank you!" - Denise H., Waxahachie, TX

"I want to thank you for all that you have done to inspire and encourage me. It means a whole lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation!" - Sunny C., Mesquite, TX 

"Wow, I thought I was prepared as I have a brother living next door who is a "survivalist" and although he has much of the items needed, he is not truly prepared.  There was so much information in this class that I will now be sharing with him... he needs a lot more to be prepared for a disaster or even a simple power outage.... so interesting too!  All I can say is Get Ready!" - Mary R., Whitney, TX

Let me hear from you, if only to receive the PrepareToday! eMail messages.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo


How to turn YOUR Community Upside Down.

Acts 17:5-8 says, " But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king - Jesus.” And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things..."

Is your church turning YOUR community "upside down"? As individuals who love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, are you being equipped to make an impact on the people and places who live in "your world" on a daily basis?

If not, why not? Many Christians spend up to 70% of their lives in the workplace. Because of some unwritten law decreeing we must keep the secular from the scared, the "Church and State wall of Separation" we hear so much about exists, in reality, only in our minds. It's a deception. It's a LIE! It certainly cannot be found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any other founding document of this nation. 

So, not only do we find rank and file Christ followers intimidated to share their faith at work, but we find Business Owners and Plant Manager who are apprehensive about hiring a Workplace Chaplain or permitting Bible Studies, lapel crosses, or Scripture verses on the facility. In my own ministry, I have received Certified Letters from lawyers representing companies demanding I stay off their property. Twice! I have been referred to as "a lawsuit waiting to happen." I've even had Employees report to their Supervisors how I "made" them take part in a prayer. In reality, sadly, I have learned to ALWAYS give the people in a group the opportunity to NOT have to listen to me or pray when I feel led to do so. They are given the option to leave, but this individual chose to stay.

As a Workplace Chaplain for nearly a decade - and unofficially, for years before that - here are a few of my recommendations to anyone who believes God is calling them to help Him build His Kingdom:

1) Pastors: DO NOT consider workplace evangelism as a bolt-on program of your church; it deserves SO much more than a 3-week topic of sermons or a special class. They, too, are ministers. Surveys reveal up to 97% of Christians say they have NEVER heard a sermon relating Biblical principles to their work life! Help is available. Just ask! Let your people GROW! 

2) Business Owners: the law is on your side and so is God! Have a Bible Study! Have a morning Prayer Session! Hire a Workplace Chaplain! If you want to see an increase in loyalty, a boost in morale, a reduction in absenteeism and "presenteeism" (they're there physically but NOT mentally), a reduction in crime, let your people GO!

3) Employees: Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31: "Whether you eat or drink, or WHATEVER YOU DO, do it all to the glory of God." Because the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8;11), what are you bringing to work besides skills, knowledge and abilities? You're bringing Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory! Yes, YOU can offer your coworkers HOPE! Sure, you have a job to do - and you should honor God by doing it with EXCELLENCE. However, your secret ambition should NOT be the trading of time for money, or climbing the corporate ladder (promotion comes from above). You don't have to have water cooler baptisms and give break room sermons. You don't even have to "close the deal" and lead people in the Sinner's Prayer. But ALL of us can shed the love of God from our hearts, lend a listening ear, give advice (when requested), and let His light shine through us. Let your people KNOW!

You see, the #1 way we can express our love to God is by loving His people. ALL people! When folks notice your strong work ethic, your concern for them as an individual, your terrific attitude, that "thing" that makes you different, they will be drawn to you. Once you have their attention, THAT is where discipleship happens. Your mission isn't to pack the pews at your church. Your #1 goal should be to advance God's Kingdom, NOT to build a denomination. 

WARNING: The world you will turn upside down may not beat a path to your church building. They may not start attending any institutional church at all. In fact, they may begin to see the WORKPLACE as their church. Yes, I've seen that happen before! If that's where their "family" is, and that's where they're being spiritually fed, don't be surprised. In short, we want them to beat a path to God; THAT is when "Kingdom" starts happening, followed by evidence that things are changing in the world you call "WORK." When those who have experienced God's love through you in the workplace start sharing that love with spouses and kids,  a mighty ripple effect takes place... and YOU started it! That's what happens when a "living Stone" hits the "water" of the Sea of Humanity.

There's nothing like a workplace that's filled with love and concern for one another. YOU can be either a Thermometer Employee - simply reading the temperature of the environment - or a Thermostat Employee, one who CHANGES the environment. Every day, you are surrounded by opportunities to offer comfort, hope and acceptance to those who dwell upon God's world. Don't let another day go by! Remember, every day is "BRING YOUR JESUS TO WORK DAY!"

Let me know if I can help you! 

Every blessing, Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Are you performing for God? If so, STOP IT!

Chances are, you are one of the many who was raised to "jump through hoops" in order to appease your parents, or anyone else for that matter. As humans, we often feel pressured to conform and to excel in school, sports... anything we lay our hands to. Our shelves, walls and scrapbooks may be covered with awards, ribbons and trophies, decades after the accomplishment. 

Throughout the centuries, many millions who have decided to follow Jesus were also trained to jump through just as many hoops in their spiritual lives as well. It's called "Religion," man's feeble attempt at reaching God; an effort to gain His favor. And it isn't limited to the Christian faith either. The word religion is actually defined as "a return to bondage" (re = return to; ligare = bondage). 

Jesus had very little good to say about the most religious people of His day. He referred to them as "white washed tombs" and a "brood of vipers." He said they were making their converts "twice as much a son of hell as you are." He also declared that "pure religion" was accomplished through caring for widows and orphans. (If that's the litmus test, we got trouble.)

Sadly, many who have been raised in this way are missing the joyful liberty that comes with knowing God on an intimate level. While many know their denominational doctrine and are downright professional in their religion, what multitudes are lacking is a deeper, "epignosis," knowledge of God, for that is the only way we can ever develop a deeper relationship with Him - the kindest person in the universe. 

Look at it this way: how could my wife and I share an ever-deepening knowledge of one another if all we ever said to each other were memorized sentences and engaged in the same conversations just one day each week? For many, that sums up their relationship with the one they refer to as "God." Sadly, because so many people had awful relationships with their earthly fathers, they struggle to make themselves refer to, or even envision, God as their Heavenly Father.

I'm convinced far too many would agree with the statement, "Christianity is about (A) going to church and (B) trying to "be good." If that's your definition, you've confirmed my suspicions. My radical prescription, believe it or not, would be to STOP attending church for 2 months and, when you pray, do not utter one memorized prayer while using the same language you would use with your best friend. If that's difficult for you, cheer up! That only means you might be launching out into deeper waters in your relationship with the Father. 

He's real, you know... get to know Him. 

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," (2 Peter 3:18).

Ever blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 

Imagine a world surrendered

I am convinced an economic collapse is headed our way. It's undeniable. The world's central bankers are trying desperately to start a war and the players are being positioned even at this moment. The DHS has equipped law enforcement, every news report involving a shooting "grows legs" and draws attention to itself, fueling the fire for a national gun grab. I could go on and on with their easily-recognizable schemes, reported every night on TV.

It's all been orchestrated on the world stage. The ISIS militants who invaded Iraq - our politicians, too - are making all kinds of noise about an attack against America's shores and U.S. interests, not to mention in Europe and England, too. So, it looks like there's a False Flag on the drawing board. By the way, the situation in Iraq isn't about Iraq; it's about Kurdistan - a nation that wants to be our nation's 51st State - and the military bases the U.S. and Israel want to build there so they can later bombard Syria. Meanwhile, we'll use puppets. I'm convinced; the historical precedent has already been established. Nothing new under the sun.

It's all about positioning, gang.

That's enough about the geo-political situation. It looks grim and that's all we need to know. What I DO want to talk about is the Kingdom of God in the midst of all this. 

For starters, we have a King. His Name is Jesus and He is the Anointed One - the "Christ" - the anointed Head on the Body that includes you and me. Jesus is the King of kings and WE are those kings. Scripture tells us "The government will be on His shoulders." Are "shoulders" not found on The Body"? WE are those shoulders. WE will, ultimately, rule, whether here on Earth or on one of the billions of billions of planets throughout the billions of galaxies. We are, as they say, "In training for reigning." So, we have a King. All kings are born, not elected, not appointed. They are not Prime Ministers or Presidents. There's a huge difference. 

Next, our King has a Kingdom of which He said, "The Kingdom of God does not come with observation." In other words, you can't see it. He added, "The Kingdom of God is within you." The word "kingdom" comes from the Greek "basilea" which means "dominion." So, the dominion of God is within you. Think about that for a minute. If "the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you," THAT is His how God exercises His dominion - by His Spirit in you and me. Our body is the temple of God. He doesn't live in manmade buildings or manmade anything at all. Awesome! What are we going to do with that? DOMINATE!

God wants ALL people living in His Kingdom. EVERYONE! How are they going to get there, or even KNOW about this Kingdom, unless those who have EXPERIENCED the Kingdom share about it, just as Jesus modeled? Remember, He and is disciples went about preaching on the Kingdom of God. They didn't share about Christianity. They didn't tell folks about a Christian concert. They didn't spread leaflets about a denomination. NO! They told people about The Kingdom, something we hear so little about today. What's in the Kingdom? Righteousness, peace and joy, according to Scripture; three things everyone on the planet is seeking while being sucked into the sin-conscious, lack of peace and psuedo-joy religion which the world, the Church and the devil have been offering them for 2,000 years, simply because we've strayed from the example the Lord already showed us.

God desires to meet ALL your needs in the Kingdom and Jesus is our example of just how to do that. When Jesus needed, say, loaves and fishes to feed thousands for lunch, He reached into the Kingdom pantry and there they were. When He needed working limbs or seeing eyes, He reached in and grabbed what was required to bless somebody. If Jesus said He came as an example, doesn't that me we, too, can reach into that same pantry for whatever might be needed to advance the Kingdom? Sounds logical to me. A woman in Africa may be starving, holding her dying baby, her husband killed by terrorists. She attends an outdoor evangelism event and is told she's going to Hell without Jesus. So, she responds to the altar call. Next morning, her baby's dead. How much better if she had learned of the Kingdom that night, put her faith in the King whose Kingdom had come "near her," trusted Him to provide and experienced a miraculous gift of food? What would she do? She would tell everyone about this invisible King, thereby advancing His Kingdom. Trust me, I have experienced miraculous groceries and money, even my tuition to Bible College being paid. Our King is amazing!

God wants to work with you, through you, to advance His Kingdom. He doesn't need anything but your availability in order to accomplish that. He doesn't care about your past, your talents, your tattoos and piercings, your injuries and scars, your socio-economic status. All He needs is a willing heart.

As things on planet Earth grow gloriously darker, that light within you is going to shine brighter. Your peace, your joy, your calming effect will draw others like a moth to a flame. People who have tried everything else - sex, drugs, alcohol, careers, compromising relationships - are going to realize how those things have failed to satisfy and will wonder, literally, what's gotten into YOU! 

Better yet, WHO has gotten into you.

That being said, at a time when so many are physically "prepping" - myself included - let's remember to prep SPIRITUALLY, too. YOU are the Ark of the New Covenant and God is going to bring people into your life two by two who haven't met the King and know nothing about His Kingdom.

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world and ALL who dwell in it." God loves the world SO MUCH, He sent Jesus in order to wash away all our sins, choosing not to hold them against us. The world has been blessed by the fact I am not God because I would be cleaning house, eliminating anyone who rubbed me the wrong way! Can any of us even begin to fathom the depth of such a love and so much grace? All I know is life on this planet is not "it" for any of us. We don't belong here and we aren't even from here. God isn't mad at any of us, He loves us and He has an incredible plan for us all.

Like Moses with his staff, why not submit everything you have to serving your King today? That includes your divorces, bankruptcies, infidelities, perversions, fear, worries, habits and addictions... the Father can do much more with your stuff surrendered than you can by holding on tightly.

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


 Do you have a job? 

If you have a job, you have been blessed with a ministry. You have been given an opportunity every single day to rub shoulders with people who are hurting. You can change a life, encourage a fellow human, listen to a hurting co-worker, customer or vendor, and share someone's burdens. Because you spend as much as 70% of your life in the workplace, you've become part of a family. You've been given the opportunity to shine light in an ever-darkening world. You can spread joy in a low-joy environment. You can give hope to those who are hopeless. In short, you can set the tone around that place!

Are you taking advantage of the mission field God has placed you in? The best part is, you're getting paid by the secular world to do this Kingdom work! Some of the best ways you can honor God in the workplace include: 
- Arriving early, leaving late, and getting "caught" working really hard in-between.
- Be excellent at what you do. Learn the product and procedures.
- Call people by their names! Trust me on that one.
- Go to the restroom BEFORE clocking in.
- Look like a pro! Hair combed, face made-up or shaved, clothes clean and pressed, and look rested.
- Become the person a visitor would assume was in charge by the way you carry yourself.
- Watch what you post on social media and mind your reputation around town.
- Save your Christianese, prayer and counseling for breaks, lunch or after you clock out. If you aren't doing your duties when you're clocked-in, frankly, that's stealing.

By doing things like this, not only will you get noticed, thereby increasing your odds of getting bonuses and promotions, but you just might make others wonder what it is that's different about you. That's when you can tell them you're living your life for your King Jesus.

Do you have a job? If so, Jesus is your REAL boss. Who do you think opened that door for employment in the first place? It's high-time those who follow Jesus boldly start combining the sacred with the secular and stop being The Church on Sunday only.

Be content with your wages and do everything as unto God. It's likely His blessings will overtake you. Remember, the call to do anything is, in reality, the call to prepare. Are YOU prepared for Him to promote you?

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Last night, our Church gathered for our Wednesday 'Love Feast' (grilled chicken, YUM!) - something we've been doing nearly 11 years. We celebrated the birthday of a new "member" and, because we met at the newly acquired home of another member, we broke into groups and did a "House Blessing" including the surrounding buildings on his huge piece of property.

The previous owner was rumored to have been involved in all sorts of criminal activity and has spent some time behind bars as a result. I once moved into an old mobile home that was loaded with stray cats and I had to chase them out and clean quite thoroughly before I could take up residence. Same principal applied last night. Where demonic activity takes place in a building or on the grounds - even if that activity took place 200 years ago - as Followers of Jesus, He has given us all the authority we need over all the power of the devil to evict whatever spirits had been legally invited there by the past owner. Armed with that knowledge, and with the Power of the Holy Spirit, we exercised that authority last night, praying, reading Scripture aloud and anointing every door and window with oil. 

Over the years, I have taken part in many House Blessings, usually because of some sort of strange activity that had been experienced by the owners. On one occasion, it was distorted faces staring back at the family through the mirrors. In another instance, it was "shadow people" tormenting a family. Black horses seen leaping over a child's bed. Crows lining up on the wires. Chairs rocking by themselves. Strange sicknesses experienced by the family. Houses built on Indian graveyards. Sleeplessness experienced by the residents and strange noises at night. We've seen it all!

In some homes, evil has been welcomed into the home through crimes that have taken place there. I once moved into a home where two girls had been stabbed at  a party there (there was still blood on the walls) and I was called to the home of four female roommates, two of whom had been raped in the living room at knife-point just before I was called. At other times, demonic entities are welcomed through the making and use of drugs, addiction to alcohol, pornography, sexual abuse, witchcraft and satanism, even the music played there and the things we entertain ourselves with on electronic devices, or books and magazines. 

Who knows what went on in any structure in the way of conversation? Illegal activity, marital infidelity, scheming, conspiring, lying, cheating... what went on in your house before you moved in?

What's been happening there SINCE you've been there?

Evil happenings can take place in the nicest neighborhoods as well as broken down shacks. A family's societal status makes no difference to Satan. Truth is, I've taken part in blessing quite a few business facilities, too, places where employees spend up to 70% of their lives. It's no different than decades of staff members walking in and out of the building with dirty feet. Sooner or later, most business owners will have the carpet shampooed and the walls painted. Guess what? Demons are not impressed by a paint job. They may go dormant, but that doesn't mean they're gone.

Many years ago, I felt led to write and post an article online: "House Blessings - Bless yours NOW!" Over the years, I have received some wonderful comments regarding that article. Here are a few:

In November of 2006, a Health Inspector named Steven A. wrote, “Great blessing ceremony. I shall be honored to use it. Peace be with you! May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit grant you many blessings!”

A woman named Michele wrote, October 2009, “Thank you for allowing God to work through you. I have been asked to pray in a friends home and you have provided, through Jesus Christ, the words.”

In December of 2010, a man wrote, “Hey! thank you! I intend to do this in this new year. When our family was younger we used to pray over & thru our home & we were experiencing God's blessings and miracles all the time. Now the kids are adults and they are in their own world & just struggling by. Well, I've had it with the DEVIL! IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK WHAT HES STOLEN FROM US!! Praise the Lord. Thank you.”

The Subject line read “Grateful” when a minister named Kimberlyn D. wrote in April 2011, “I was asked to bless two homes and have had no training on doing this. I know that you follow what the Lord tells you. I am one of those people that like to do things by instruction and demonstration. I truly thank you for your wisdom and knowledge and especially understanding. So before I do to these homes, I'm going to bless my own. Again thank you sooo much!”

A woman named Rebecca S. wrote (Feb 2013): “I have been feeling God's pull to bless my home lately. Did not know where to go or whom to speak with. Years of religion have taught me that a priest was the only one that could bless my home. But your statement saying "it is your home", the light bulb went off. We are a few months behind on the mortgage and issues with some renovations. I want to feel peace in my house - comfort and God's love. Thank you for guiding me so I can take back my home.”

On my birthday in 2013, I was extremely blessed when Tina wrote, “I love everything that you said in the article. It was a Bible sermon in itself. It gives us a few reminders we tend to let life help us forget.”

It isn't only the blessing of a home or business that folks greatly appreciate; it's the resulting effect afterward. Restored peace. Health. No more things going bump in the night.

Have you blessed YOUR home or business yet?

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


Get excited, people… 
the BEGINNING is near!

On more than a few occasions, I've been accused of being a "Doom 'n gloomer" because of my commitment to disaster readiness. If that's true, I'll take that as a compliment because Jesus, all the prophets, even Paul Revere, issued warnings of rough seas ahead to anyone who might listen. In my case, it's not about being a "Catastrophist." Like Noah and Joseph, I'm all about warning folks to prepare for disaster and showing them what they can do to get ready for when that day comes in hopes of becoming more self-reliant and returning to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible. The coming disaster may be a tornado, a wildfire, an earthquake, but it could also be a water main break, a long-term power outage, the loss of a job, or the death of a family's bread-winner. 

Truth is, because Scripture tells us, referring to Jesus, "the government will be upon His shoulders," because WE are His Body, I'm interpreting that verse to say the government will be upon you and me, The Church; His Body. Since the word "Kingdom" comes from the Greek "basilea" which means "dominion," and since God had given Adam dominion over all things, I can't help but believe that, despite the worst Mother Nature, terrorists, the economy, or World War III can throw at us, ultimately, we who have been equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit can, therefore, serve as the calming effect on society during the worst of conditions. 

As Leonard Ravenhill said, "the days are getting gloriously darker." Sometimes, it doesn't take much light to illuminate a dreary situation. People who are looking for hope, for joy, for peace and security and, when they meet those who know the Lord, will have found just what they needed when they find you. Right? 

WARNING: Do NOT offer them Christianity. Do NOT offer them church meetings. Do NOT offer them religion. Jesus taught love. Start by offering them that! 

Here are some verses and encouraging thoughts - right off the top of my head - that have often served me well when I've quoted them, encouraging myself, shining light in my own dark situations. I pray they will bless you, too:

Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 
No weapon forged against you will prosper.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
The righteous are as bold as a lion. 
The people who know their God will be strong and do great exploits. 
I've never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.
Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress.
I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


I had a dream...

Last night, I dreamed I was looking at a conference room, all glass, long oak table in the center. I did not recognize a single person in the room. They were all dressed quite casually. No suits or ties. Regular folks. Suddenly, an Asian man in his 40s - a goatee, glasses, uncombed hair, a sweater with his sleeved rolled up - barged into the room, shouting, "OK, listen to me...I'm a Bear fan, a Catholic and I'm a Republican!" After a moment of stunned silence, one by one, the others in the room - men and women, people of all races - responded in kind, professing their own affiliations with various religious groups, political parties and allegiance to different NFL football teams. Once everyone had made their statements, the Asian man said, "So, we can find so many things to disagree upon. Let's agree to disagree and direct our energies on the mutual problem at hand so we can work together, shall we?" Everyone nodded in agreement, many of them smiling. 

That's all I can remember, however, as I shared this dream with my wife this morning, I was reminded Ronald Reagan's famous "alien" speech. CLICK HERE (29 sec) http://youtu.be/Ag44dRO8LEA

It reminded me of another dream I had many years ago. A small band of Christians dressed in the armor of the crusades was charging to attack a group they had agreed to be heretics. As they were charging on foot, I zeroed-in on two of the soldiers. One shouted to the other, "I hear they believe in speaking in tongues!" The other questioned, "Who doesn't?" The other was stunned and said, "Well, I don't, that's who!" The two stopped running and started arguing. Other soldiers stopped their charge as well and gradually encircled the two to listen as they argued on theology, doctrine and dogmas. In time, everyone was shouting and the army began choosing sides among their own ranks, dividing in to smaller armies. When those armies had gathered, they, too, began debating points of doctrine and they sided with others who, they felt, were more like them. This multitude of small armies - some as small as six men - were enraged against the others and an angry chorus of shouts and screams went up as everyone argued their position, no one really listening, no one really wanting to hear what the others had to say. The soldiers were so angry, they wanted to start hacking away at each other with their swords and axes, but no one really knew who their enemy was. You see, they were all dressed alike, chests and shields emblazoned with the cross of Christ.

As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. When is the motivation of our hearts going to be more about love for our fellow man and less about religious do's and don'ts? 

I've received $50 cash in love offerings over the past two days - quite a rarity actually - from folks whose religious affiliations I am not aware of, one of which left their return address off the envelope, thereby giving anonymously, the other including a note that said she needed to do some seed-sowing. I was excited for them, not for me. It's so refreshing to meet people who "get it," who understand reaping and sowing. They understand God's Kingdom economy. Among the many groups our own church supports, one is Missionary Aviation, another is Gospel for Asia and another is a Mennonite group in the Philippines. You see, we don't care which man-made group they're affiliated with. What we do know is that we recognize the fruit of what they stand for and we can relate. As a Chaplain with an Austin-based Christian relief group, at our annual banquet, the Mennonites were recognized for all the work they're dong to re-build homes after floods and storms. Many have left their own homes and are living out of campers for months at a time. We gave them a well-deserved ovation.

You see, we who claim to follow Christ have many mutual enemies. Prejudice, arrogance and pride top the list. Religion ranks way up there, too. Incidentally, that's the same enemy who caused Cain to kill Abel, all because he didn't like the way he worshipped God. 


The brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God; these days, THAT is what I'm all about. Once a door-knocking "soul-winner," I'd rather have people WANT to talk to me because they feel loved and accepted by me, drawn by the love of Christ within me, than to manipulate them into repeating a prayer just to get me off their patio. When they feel loved and accepted, from that point on, God gets the increase. They either CHOOSE to change their lives by changing their minds (repent), or they fail because they CHOOSE to fail. Some come back later, realizing they blew a golden opportunity when I first offered it. Love, fellowship, acceptance, guidance... these things are hard to find for most people. Even in the Church.

Let's change our minds about our mission, if we even have one. Let's purpose in our hearts that our cause will now become the cause of Christ, NOT the cause of our denomination or institutional church. Frankly, that cause isn't working. The commandment is simple: In Matthew 22: 37-39, Jesus said, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ "

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work



It's time to launch an offensive!

I love football. The most exciting game I ever saw was also a game I played in, unbelievably, nearly 40 years ago. I was a linebacker on my high school team and scored our team's only touchdown toward the end of the first half. I had blitzed the quarterback and stripped the ball from the running back in the end zone. Walked in standing up. As a result, we were down 21-7 at halftime but wound up kicking the winning field goal with three seconds on the clock. It was epic!

So, I don't mind when the team I'm rooting for has its defense on the field. Sure,an offense can score three ways, but a defense can score SIX ways: (1) returning fumbles, 2) returning interceptions, 3) returning punts, 4) returning kickoffs, 5) a safety and 6) blocking a field goal and running those back for a touchdown.

Sigh. Pardon me while I re-live my Glory Daze. 

In church circles, it's more common than not for the faithful to play defense after the enemy attacks us first. That's NOT a good thing. "Please pray for so-n-so. He had a car wreck today and he's in the Emergency Room!" We often hear, "Please pray for me and my spouse. Our marriage is under attack." Then there's, "Pray, people! We need rain!" or "Pray for grandma. She's real sick."

Why do we react, rather than ACT offensively? Even when I pray with fervent passion for my kids and grandkids, my friends and loved ones, I have to be careful I'm praying out of FAITH and not fear. Remember, what Job said? "That thing I feared most has come upon me," (Job 3:25).

Didn't Jesus say (Matthew 16:18), "...the gates of Hell will not prevail against it [The Church}"? That sounds like a Church on an offensive, doesn't it?

In Matthew 11:12, He said, "From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." That sounds like an offensive move, too, right?

In general, the Body of Christ has become hearers, not doers, of God's Word. We've become a lazy, spectator religion, content to leave the ministry to the paid professionals, having bridled them with all the trappings of any other non-profit corporation, leaving them grossly handicapped to accomplish the massive task for which we are ALL responsible. It's a failed system, but the answer is obvious. 

See, WE have been equipped to do the work of the ministry. We have been given all authority over the power of the devil AND we have received the power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11). I don't believe we could ask for anything more in order to accomplish the Great Commission (Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel...") and do the work of the ministry which we all have. I reckon too many who claim to Follow the example of Christ have mistakenly filed soul-winning and discipleship under the category of "God's Sovereignty." Wasn't God sovereign enough to have prevented Jesus from being tested by Satan in the wilderness? Wasn't He sovereign enough to ALLOW that?

Napoleon said, "The object of war is victory and the object of victory is occupation." What we are doing looks much more like an army on bivouac, enjoying a li'l R&R, than we do a fearful fighting force that causes demons to tremble.

Pray offensively. Do strategically-offensive Kingdom building. if all you have are, say, two divorces, three kids at home and two minimum wage jobs, grow where you're planted. Build the Kingdom there! God asked Moses, "What do you have in your hand?" If Moses had replied, "A computer," God would've said "Give it to me!" Whatever Moses had said - no matter how any of us would've responded - Father requires that we give it to Him, to the cause of Jesus Christ. 

In 1 Corinthians 10:21, Paul wrote, "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

It's your move. Daniel 11:32 tells us "the people who know their God will be strong and do great exploits." 

Do you know your God?

It's your world. Let's get busy!

Who's God placed under YOUR charge? A helpful tool for praying offensively is called "The Hand Prayer." If you're interested, shoot me an eMail to miketummillo@me.com and type "HAND" in Your Subject Bar.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


Does your life have meaning?

Pastor Rick Warren's book entitled "The Purpose-driven life" was a best-seller for one very simple and obvious reason: People want to know their reason for being. We want to know why we're getting up in the morning. It's one of life's greatest questions, asked of the long-bearded guru seated high atop a mountain.

"What is the meaning of life?" More specifically, "What is the meaning of MY life?"

I recall meeting with a young lady in her 20's who said, "Everybody thinks of me as a happy person. Truth is, I'm miserable." She admitted to sleeping most of the day on her days off, a sure sign of depression. When she wasn't sleeping, she was drinking alcohol.

Like so many people, she was wearing a mask to help her cope with her responsibilities. 

Or to run from them.

Part of my duties as a Workplace Chaplain is directed toward the Residents in nursing homes. Sadly, for too many of these elderly people, the next big event on their agenda is their own funeral. In fact, in all my years of ministry to the elderly, I can count on one hand those who've displayed a sense of purpose for the final season of their lives.

What is the meaning of YOUR life? Like so many elderly Residents in nursing homes, many ordinarily vibrant, productive people are living their lives in anticipation of that next big "thing" that will, hopefully, make them happy; a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday gathering, a visit, a TV program. Was that REALLY all you were created for? Is that all you got out of bed for this morning?

Contrary to what so many people believe, mankind didn't crawl out of a primordial soup and we are NOT at the whim of whatever this thing called "life" decides to throw at us. No, we were created by God with a specific purpose. Just ask Moses, who got started at age 80! My contention is that we will not lead a life of meaning UNTIL we are fleshing out that purpose. 

We spend up to 70% of our lives in the workplace, exchanging our time for money. Though many seek fulfillment by spending their money on the best life has to offer them, Jesus said (Luke 12:15), "one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 

In 1 John 2:16 we read, "All that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions - is not from the Father but is from the world."

So, if money won't buy happiness, how are we supposed to achieve it?

For starters, there's a HUGE chasm of difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is an emotion, rising and falling with our moods, our bank balance and our circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), evidence of God's Spirit dwelling within us. The apostle Paul was in prison when he said, "Rejoice in the Lord always!" and James admonished the church to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience," (James 1:1-3). The Common English Bible puts it like this: "Think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy."

An astounding few of us are raised in joyful surroundings. To make matters worse, our schooling and life in the workplace are, in general, very low-joy environments. Even when there can be found a great deal of happiness, don't be fooled; happiness is not joy. Too often, it's masking something deeper. As a result of our low-joy experiences, we humans attempt to fill the void with pseudo-joy experiences such as compromising relationships, addictions, even religious routine...stuff that, ultimately, leads to corruption and destruction and does nothing to result in emotional or spiritual maturity.

As Rick Warren said in his book, "God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others." 

You read that correctly: God ALLOWS it, just as He ALLOWED Jesus to be tempted by the devil in the wilderness and just as He has ALLOWED many martyrs to suffer over the generations. As Paul discovered when God ALLOWED him to suffer, "His grace was sufficient."

Proverbs 8:35 says, “Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” I contend God is more concerned with the development of Christ-like character in His people than He is in our comfort. Why would we strive to get so comfortable any way? We aren't from here and don't belong here.

My advice, dear one, is this: Don't let your pain be in vain. Turn it on the devil and use it as a building block, a cornerstone upon which you can build God's Kingdom. Use your trials and experiences with God's grace to encourage, edify, undergird and comfort as many people as possible while there's breath in your body. Do not go quietly! Someone out there needs to know God isn't mad at them and wants to work with them and through them to help others. Your experience with God – your testimony – could be the very impetus they've been needing.

So, no matter how old you are, no matter your gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, if you're looking for meaning in your life - a real sense of purpose - you've got to SURRENDER that life while you can. God can do so much MORE with our lives than we can ever dream of. If we want something we don't have, we have to do something we aren't doing. We can start with a quality choice. HERE'S A HINT: We can start by loving that which God loves and allowing Hm to love them THROUGH us.

REPEAT AFTER ME: “My availability...gives God the opportunity...to do miracles...through me!”

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


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18,500 Christian Couples in Texas can't be wrong!


Since Jan 1, 2014, over 18,500 Texas couples have taken part in a twogether in Texas workshop.

Michael Tummillo, an ordained non-denominational minister, has been a part of the twogether in Texas team since 2010 and uses Gary Chapman's "5 Love Languages" as the course curriculum.

If you're engaged to be married, you owe it to your relationship to take part in this course.

If  you're married and would rate your marriage anywhere from a dismal "1" to a perfect "10," imagine if this course could bring that 1 up to a 3, or that 10 up to an 11? I will always remember the couple I spoke with where he graded their marriage as a 10  while she sheepishly whispered, "It's about a two."

If you're a Business Owner, trouble at home among your staff ultimately impacts things at work.

If you're a Pastor and would like to offer this program to your congregation, let's talk!

Remember, our nation is only as strong as The Church and The Church is only as strong as its families. How strong is YOUR church?

Interested? Hit "REPLY" and type "I DO" in your Subject Bar. Please provide your contact information.

Here's what Texans are saying:

George G., Austin: "I really want to thank you for getting us all together for the seminar this weekend. Katie and I were both blessed by it. We also were surprised by the number of our old friends that were there. Please include us in future get togethers. Once again thank you for blessing us."

Maegan S., Burleson: "It's nice to reconnect! We learned that we both have a different love language and how it's important to speak the right one to each other! We were truly blessed by this class and definitely recommend it!"

Tara R., Dublin: "This little workshop was fun and enlightening! Mike is a great speaker and teacher, so he made it enjoyable while also very informative. The whole atmosphere was uplifting and we had a great time participating and interacting with the other couples. We met some wonderful people who shared stories and very interesting insights from their marriages. My favorite part of the workshop was the survey where we learned our primary love languages. My husband and I compared notes and learned some things about each other that will help us to improve our already happy marriage. We have already started intentionally applying what we learned with great results! It was so simple, free, easy, and fun... yet we learned a few things that I hope we never forget! Thanks Mike!"

Tiffany, G., Leander: “The Five Love Language's workshop we had was so much fun! Great speaker and funny! Thank you Michael Tummillo and Barbara for coming to Austin and spending time with us. It was a great three hour investment in our marriage!”

Gerri W., Georgetown: “[We] have discovered things about ourselves that has drawn us closer together as a couple. It's also drawn us closer to our Heavenly Father! Great job!”

Walt C., Austin: "My wife...and I found Mike's "Five Love Languages" workshop to be extremely beneficial.  The points made will help to improve every marriage, especially the good ones! The session was very informal and no one was asked to reveal any personal "secrets" or issues.  It was just great information presented informally, plus, it was very entertaining."

Hey, please FORWARD this message to all your married, or soon-to-be married friends as well as your Church leadership.

Let's talk soon!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


To the Unknown God

When the apostle Paul addressed the men of Athens, he said, "...as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you..." (Acts 17:23).

As the years go by, I am continually amazed at the few people of all religions and denominations I meet who actually seem to KNOW the one they refer to as "God." He remains, in essence, "The Unknown God."

For starters, He IS knowable. Worth knowing, too, for He is the kindest person you'll ever have the privilege of knowing. Yet, many who are affiliated with Christendom only seem to know ABOUT their God. They may exhibit a downright professionalism regarding everything from Scripture memory to liturgies, memorized prayer and hymns, too, having their denominational traditions down to an art. 

Here IS a 5-part litmus test we can use to determine whether we know our God:

1) If one claims to know God, the One who loved the world enough to send His only Son to die for it, shouldn't we love the things He loves? 

If that isn't the case, do we really know Him? 1 John 4:6-7 says, "We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."

2) Can we love, or come to know, someone we rarely speak with? 

Prayer - which I define as two-way conversation with the Father - has become quite optional among many who claim to be Christ Followers. A person who knows God doesn't wait to be in a church service to speak with Him. They talk to God everywhere and anywhere, all the time, quite assured of the fact that He is always with them, and listen at least as much as they talk. 1 John 1:6-7 says, "If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus is Son cleanses us from all sin."

3) Are we introducing Him to others? 

When we know someone wonderful, don't we desire that EVERYBODY have the chance to get to know that individual? In general, people who fall in love cannot wait to introduce their new love-interest to all their friends and family. Where the one God and Father of us all is concerned, are we doing that? Are we giving others the opportunity to know the Father many didn't know they had?

4) Do we have a Relationship with the Father, or merely another world Religion? 

Do we REALLY love Him? "I love those who love Me, and those who seek me diligently find Me," (Proverbs 8:17).

5) Are you experiencing any level of God's power in your faith walk? 

You should be! Daniel 11:32 says, " the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." Father is looking for those who know Him to make themselves readily available to be used to His glory at a moment's notice.  

It boils down to one question we can all ask ourselves: "Do I love what God loves?" 

In closing, if you didn't score very well on the litmus test, be of good cheer! This is NOT a contest. Every one of us is a decision away from growing "in the grace and KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," (2 Peter 3:18). Again, it's all about RELATIONSHIP! I hope you make that choice today, allowing the UNKNOWN GOD to become well-known to yourself and to those you meet.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


YAWN. It's just a rattlesnake.

I recently had an encounter with a rattlesnake at my in-law's farm. It was coiled just inside the door of a dark storage room. I walked in and walked right past it. Neither of us noticed the other one. It was my wife, following behind me, who noticed it. That's when it started rattling. I wound up killing it with a hoe, the snake hissing wildly even without a head, and I was so glad it was me and not my wife or my mother-in-law, had I not been there.

On another occasion, about 8 years ago, a rat snake got into our house. I wound up driving it out the door but, when it was in the yard, it struck at me. Though it wasn't a rattler, it still had teeth and, hey... it was STILL a snake! The oddest thing happened when it lunged at me. I slapped it in the head, dislocated its jaw and knocked it unconscious! I couldn't do that again in a million years!

Well, I have learned to try and see the spiritual side of things that happen in the natural realm because, I believe, there is a spiritual side to most of our earthly experiences. For example, the many wars on earth tells me there is a great war in the heavenly realm. Also, while many men are making babies they neglect to nurture and father, in the church, we are making many spiritual babies while lacking the fathering spirit needed to disciple these new converts. The result, vast Christian spiritual immaturity, even from those who have attended church for many decades, repeating the same mistakes every year.

So, yesterday, while riding my lawn tractor, I asked the Lord if there was anything more to these snake incidents. The Spirit revealed to me how, in accordance with Luke 10:19, "I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you." 

I knew this reminder was not meant only for me, but for all those who have chosen to Follow the ways of Christ. Additional affirmations from Scripture began to flood my mind. For example:
- The righteous are as bold as a lion.
- Fear not, for I am with you.
- God has not given us a Spirit of Fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
- Be anxious for nothing.
- No weapon forged against you will prosper.
- Great is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
- When Satan comes in, LIKE A FLOOD, God lifts up a standard against him. (note the change in punctuation).
- Do not be afraid.
- God has given His angels charge over you.
- If God is for us, who can be against us?

Jesus is our Redeemer, well able to turn even the most dismal situation into a stepping stone; "Beauty for ashes," it's called. Satan always overplays his hand. When we fall, we fall forward!

It could be something as drastic as a nuclear strike, an EMP, a tornado, or a societal collapse, but it might be a job loss, a divorce, or a sickness, we are engaged in a spiritual war and have been well-equipped to expect to see the victory already won at the cross.

Worst case scenario? I get murdered by a bullet (I've already had 10 guns pointed at me over the years; MP's on a Navy base, Dallas cops and two cops in Mexico), or killed by a rattlesnake bite. I find it interesting how, after God made Adam from the DUST of the earth (Genesis 2:7), in Genesis 3:14, he tells the serpent he would crawl on its belly and "eat DUST all the days of your life." I have to wonder, was God telling the devil his curse would be in longing to try and destroy mankind? Just sayin'...

So what? In case you haven't noticed, life on planet earth is NOT that big of a deal. All I know is I'm not going anywhere till God says it's time. Neither are YOU!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work




Have you ever heard of HAARP? It stands for the "High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program."  The HAARP program operates a major sub-arctic facility, named the HAARP Research Station, on a U.S. Air Force-owned site in Alaska. Believe it or not, there is increasing evidence HAARP is capable of changing the weather, even using it against enemies to bring severe weather and even earthquakes and tsunamis. 

But that's another story. Google it or watch videos on YouTube and you might be amazed. 

As I am known to say, as it is in the natural realm, so it is in the spirit realm. Scripture tells us, "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds." Ephesian 6 reminds us our battles are spiritual, NOT against human beings. Jesus said He gave us all power and authority over all the powers of the devil.

If we can fight the demonic forces bent on killing, stealing and destroying, can we not, also, do as Jesus did and speak peace to storms Satan might use to devastate a community? I am convinced of this.

Jesus, who said He came as our example, said, "Greater things than I do will you do also BECAUSE I go to the Father," (John 14:12). HE said that, not me. He gave us all the power and authority that HE had when He walked this planet. He is the King of kings and WE are those kings! We don't hear that often enough. He said "The Kingdom of God [the dominion of God] is within you."

Remember, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead LIVES IN YOU," (Romans 8:11). For what purpose, if not to engage in spiritual warfare? To what end if not to show the world what Jesus was like? Believe me, nothing gets an unbeliever's attention like a good ol' fashioned miracle!

All that being said, I was wondering if anyone has a testimony regarding an incident where they exercised their God-given authority over nature and what the results might have been. I'll go first...

-A company I worked for evacuated to the stairwell and bathrooms because of a tornado warning. I felt compelled to go outside and command peace to the storm. The sky was green and dark and windy right above our building. I had made every group of sheltered-in-place coworkers believe I was with another group so I could slip away and shout at the devil. No tornado struck, not even a drop of rain.

-Our town was under a tornado warning. The skies were ominous. I went into the yard and read Scripture having to do with weather. When the hail eventually came, neighbors suffered great damage to their homes and cars. Our home suffered no damage at all.

-A monstrous storm was headed toward Arlington, Texas, where my wife and I had many friends and relatives. The TV was on in the living room while we were remodeling another room. I felt the Spirit leading me to pray. I ignored Him; I was busy. Again, I felt urged to intercede. Again, I had stuff to do. Finally, upon a third nudge, I put down my hammer and told my wife we needed to pray. She followed me outside to the lawn chairs and, as we crossed the living room, we couldn't help but see the huge orange blob, the massive storm bearing down upon Arlington. From the lawn chairs, far off in the distance, we could see lightning flashing repeatedly as we interceded. I will never forget walking back indoors to see the amazed weatherman pointing toward the now-miniscule, orange, powerless blob over Arlington. 

As storms were headed toward other towns we were made aware of, we have prayed with the same results. Recently, a funnel cloud was forming on-camera as we watched the TV weather report. We prayed with righteous indignation and the cloud's tail went back up. The tornado warning was canceled.

A few years ago, the night before Easter, while sitting on the porch with my sister and brother-in-law, stuffing candy into plastic eggs, we were talking about the storm that was due that night, threatening to rain-out my grandchildren's egg hunt. Grrrrrr. I not only declared a sunny day, but because we needed rain, I specifically called for how much I would allow over our house. The rain came that night but the sun was shining by the time the kids showed up, just as we requested.

Just today, my neighbor told me about a mutual friend who called requesting prayer because bad weather - including a hurricane - was predicted on the east coast, making a beeline for the small Virginia town where she was working. Though they were 1500 miles away, they prayed and all was well.

Last week, on Easter Sunday, I was going to preach in a chapel in Whitney, Texas - a building which, last Easter, had been struck by lightning and burned down the night before. So, we prayed against rain for our chapel meeting. We wound up with glorious weather but received some harmless hail and over an hour's worth of much-needed heavy rain about an hour after we arrived at home.

Folks, I wasn't raised believing this stuff was possible. Going to church and being a Christian had nothing to do with any of this! My faith came with my understanding that we serve a God who wants to do things with and through those who believe. As I've seen such miraculous things take place, my faith has increased. These days, I have no doubt God's Army has been on bivouac far too long and it's time to go to war; time to get in the game.

We have the same authority over the weather that Jesus used (Matthew 28:18-20 and John 14:12), and many Followers of Jesus have exercised their faith and have seen similar things happen to their weather conditions. However, wisdom should be used when exercising authority over the weather. Paul never rebuked the storm he was caught in even though it was threatening the lives of many people (Acts 27). We must be led of the Lord. If we rebuke the rain so that we can have a picnic, we may be working against a million farmers who have been praying for rain, so check your motivations, (James 4:3).

Yes, there are times when an area needs rain desperately and, I agree, it rains on the just and the unjust. I get that, but sometimes we are moved with compassion, just as Jesus was, and we are compelled to engage in "Weather Warfare."

One more thing: I'm a Chaplain with a Christian disaster relief team. Serving in this way has exposed me to some of the most horrible and, at the same time, beautiful experiences I've ever been part of. Many lives have been impacted through our efforts. Nevertheless, I am 100% certain that, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, by the power made available to us, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, droughts, ice storms, snow, hurricanes can and will become toothless enemies.

I guarantee this: if we do nothing, NOTHING will happen. I believe it's time for the supernatural to become natural to us all.

When lives and property are endangered, let's give 'em Heaven, Church! Death and life are in the power of YOUR tongue (Prov. 18:21). So, let's get after it, as the Spirit leads, of course. We can get busy praying BEFORE, or get busy with clean-up and crisis ministry AFTERWARD.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


The Insanity of Christianity

Insanity has been defined as “doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.” Words to that effect.

Many people are conducting their personal lives in that same way. I am convinced that, in every aspect of our society, a great question to ask would be: “How's that worked in the past?” Better yet, “Is that working NOW?”

Anything that is NOT working should be dropped from the program immediately, or drastic changes should be implemented in hopes of producing a different outcome. The way we handle relationships, businesses, governments and, the concern of this article, churches, is included.

I speak to so many people for whom “planting a church” or “buying a building” seems to be the epitome of Christianity. It's as if to plant a flag on a mountain top and proclaim to the world, “We've arrived!” I hope that, as you keep reading, you'll find you never left.

Let's consider that 80% of the church worldwide does NOT “do church” the way we do it in the USA. There, churches are growing under persecution. Pastors don't spend more than a few nights in the same house, congregants practice self-baptism for fear of jeopardizing their pastor's life. They pack into sweltering barns for 8-hour services. They meet in rice fields, caves, in the dark of night and mouth the words of hymns for fear of divulging their position by singing aloud. They head out early and come home late, meeting from place to place and ending the day having gained hundreds of converts for discipling.

Here are some facts regarding the American church – our non-profit corporations where some of the main concerns involve construction and remodeling projects, land acquisition, playground equipment and overhead costs:

 - The average tenure for a Southern Baptist pastor is just over two years, according to Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

- It costs $50,000 to $100,000 per year to support an American missionary family Includes language study, cultural learning, travel, furlough time and costs, children’s education and a generally higher standard of living than nationals. In contrast, the cost of supporting a NATIONAL missionary is between $1,000 to $10,000 per year in most developing countries. Local missionaries are already actively sharing their faith but could be more effective with additional training materials and tools.

- Approximately 80% of all churches in North America have reached a plateau or are shrinking.  The vast majority of a church's growth comes from “transfer growth” - people who move from church to church. Very little growth can be attributed to either making converts or disciples (only about 1 to 3%)

- The average American 501c3 non-profit church spends as much as 64% of its budget on staff salaries. It will spend as much as 30% of its offerings on building maintenance. Research shows churches spend between 82-96% of financial resources on maintaining themselves. 

- In 2001 (last date I could find in my research), the total cost of Christian outreach worldwide averaged $330,000 for each newly baptized person. 

- The cost PER BAPTISM in the United States tops $1.5 million.

- Approx 4000 new churches open their doors annually while 7,000 close their doors.

- According to the book “Exit Interviews,” 53,000 people leave churches every week and never come back. 

I have often been asked why it is I don't conduct a traditional form of worship service, why I don't rent a building or what my issues might be with the institutional church. My response is simple: I don't see this anywhere in Scripture. Though I don't consider that style of worship to be “evil” or “bad,” and certainly don't doubt the sincerity and love of God for those who are affiliated in this way, I don't see the logic behind doing something that is so costly and yet so ineffective. Truth is, if most institutional churches were a secular business, they would have filed bankruptcy long ago. 

Been there. Done that. Much prefer to listen to the Holy Spirit and do as He leads me. I am so convicted of the importance of building the Kingdom of God, I am certain that if the Spirit leads me to pastor a denominational church, He knows I would do it. 

I'd likely ultimately be fired, but I'd do it.

These days, I am so much more a fan of Simple Church – two or three gathered in Jesus' Name, sharing “Christ in us, the hope of glory,” everywhere we find ourselves, especially the place we spend up to 70% of our lives, the workplace. I have been part of a House Church group for nearly 11 years and have seen many lives transformed, the litmus test for whether or not we should remain plugged-into any so-called “church.” My advice? Ask yourself, “Are lives being radically changed there?” Respond accordingly.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


Don't wait until Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus!

As you rise from your toasty warm bed each day, try and use that moment to remember you have a risen Savior. Your God is alive! 

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, that should give you great hope that all dead things are not beyond the scope of His resurrection power. Obviously, your own deceased loved ones are included in that hope, but in the here and now, a resurrection might be necessary for a dead relationship or a dead spiritual life. Perhaps your concern is a dying church. Maybe it's a loved one who is killing themselves with drugs, cigarettes and liquor. Some might have the faith to pray for a dying nation or a dead economy.

Jesus said, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying," (John 11:25). You know what that verse says to me? It says life on planet earth is not IT for us! It tells me we are merely passing through, wearing these earth suits while attempting to follow the Lord's directive of making disciples while we're here. 

How's that coming along, by the way?

Remember, Romans 8:11 reminds us, "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you."

That's phenomenal power, folks! What are you going to do with that power as you ascend from the blankets and sheets tomorrow? If your plan doesn't extend beyond trading your time for money, you're missing out. If your own daily ascension is nothing more than another joyless opportunity to pay bills, or another day closer to a weekend, it may be time to renew your mind as to what the bloody cross was all about. 

In regard to the children, I recently spoke with a little Hispanic girl who was coloring an Easter Bunny. I asked her if she believed in the Easter Bunny. She nodded "yes." I asked her if she believed in Santa. She nodded again. When I asked if she believed in Jesus, she just stared at me. I looked at her mother and encouraged her not to neglect her daughter's spiritual training. She lowered her eyes and agreed.

So, Happy Resurrection Day! With a few weeks remaining before we put on Easter bonnets, eat Jelly Beans and paint eggs, let's purpose in our hearts to make THIS Easter the best Easter by celebrating His Resurrection every day, before and after. You might even write down this verse (Galatians 2:20), put it by your alarm clock and recite it every morning as you roll out of bed: "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

While you're writing verses, why not jot down this one for those times you may be feeling unloved: 1John 4:10 says: "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to this earth]to be the propitiation [atoning sacrifice; appeasement] for our sins." 

By the way, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart, too!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


NOAH: Is this a movie with a message?

Russell Crowe is starring in movie entitled "NOAH." When I read the story about how Crowe wanted to have an audience with the Pope (I was glad he even desired to do so), I started thinking about the actor's last name.

Crowe. Hmmm.

I began thinking about the crow mentioned in the Biblical account of Noah's flood. As you will recall, after ten months at sea, Noah sends a crow out from the ark to see if the water was gone. Genesis 8:7 doesn’t reveal what happened to the crow, but it tells us how Noah later released a dove. It’s not hard to understand why the Bible doesn't dwell on the crow, since it probably found itself something to nibble on when it finally did find some dry land - a fish, a crab, something left behind as waters receded.

When there was no sign of the crow, Noah wisely sent a dove out to check the water levels. Since it didn’t find any solid ground on which to land, the dove returned to the ark. Noah waited seven more days, and sent the dove out again. This time the dove returned with an olive leaf in its beak, revealing to Noah that the water was receding below the level of trees and bushes. I'm sure this instilled great hope in Noah and his family, the world's only human inhabitants at that moment.

When we look at the dove and the crow as symbols of human nature, the crow displays a bit of selfishness; when it found something to its liking, it flew the coop. The dove, on the other hand, returned to the ark and symbolizes the human desire to return home. That, of course, symbolizes our longing to return home, ultimately Heaven.

If God uses Crowe's upcoming movie as a way of waking people up to the need for Disaster or Spiritual Preparation, that would be in keeping with His character. Some of us will be most like the crow; they won't 'get it' and will watch the movie for its entertainment value only, succumbing to the media hype, while others who watch the film will ponder heavenly things of God, their own mortality, things of a spiritual nature, and may find themselves longing for home (Heaven, that is, or a relationship with their Creator while they're here on earth).

I don't mind that the word "God" is never spoken in the movie (though "Creator" is) or that the film doesn't track with the Genesis account line for line (if anyone insists on that, read the Bible). My opinion is this: the same God who can speak through donkeys and burning bushes can also speak through movies, bumper stickers, t-shirts and billboards. He will meet us wherever we are including an actor's last name or the words written by a one-finger typist. 

Personally, I'd rather watch a film about Noah than another shoot 'em up, obscene comedy or disaster flick. 

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


 How to Mount a Workplace Offensive 

Many Americans – Employers, Employees and the Unemployed – are in great fear over our current economic situation. My prayer is that the following message will increase your faith and renew your sense of hope.

As a Workplace Chaplain who meets with many working people all around the Great State of Texas, it’s apparent to me that God is stirring the hearts of His people with a strategic assignment to establish The Kingdom in the Marketplace. His calling to these Workplace Witnesses is a "ministry assignment" every bit as significant as the preaching that comes from any pulpit. 

God's calling on King Cyrus (ruler of Persia – modern Iran - 560-530 BC), as seen in Isaiah 45, provides us with a clear overview of His desire to release supernatural wisdom, direction and provision to those who are sovereignly called to stand in the Marketplace for such a time as this.  

If you have a job, YOU have a ministry there.

“Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the armor of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut…,” (Isaiah 45:1-2)

The story goes like this: This chapter foretells of the great rescue of the Jews from Persia and how God used a foreign king named Cyrus, who was born in Persia, to demolish the great empire of Babylonia. Babylon was an enormous, fortified city if there ever was one. It had 100 gates, all made of bronze, and was impenetrable. Flaming arrows and battering rams would be of no effect and everybody knew it. 

Cyrus wasn’t burdened with the facts. He trusted in the God of Israel and that was that.

Get this: Cyrus believed God’s promise despite the fact that he was a heathen. This reminds me of the Syrophoenician woman who asked Jesus to cast the devil out of her daughter or the Roman centurion who displayed such great faith. Hmmm. Heathens and pagans calling on God. Imagine that!

Without faith, it is impossible to please God who is, apparently, not as concerned about the same things that hinder so many Christians today. Even Adolph Hitler utilized the Biblical Year of Jubilee in order to get Germany out from under its hyperinflation problems. Like gravity and reaping and sowing, these God-ordained principles seem to work no matter who is willing to apply them.

Yes, Cyrus believed God and he acted upon his beliefs.

It’s called “faith.” 

Here’s how Cyrus took Babylon: He had his men divert the river that acted as a moat surrounding the city so his troops could walk through shallow water to the gate. Then, because some drunk left a gate open the night before, Cyrus and his men walked right in. The city was conquered without much of a fight. 

Cyrus had a passion for the just treatment of people. This allowed him to take over the great Babylon, not only because God was drawn by his heart but also, in part, because the citizens of Babylon were sick and tired of being treated so poorly by their government. Afterward, Cyrus the Great became a mighty ruler and brought down many unjust governments. 

Could YOU use a Cyrus in YOUR life right now?

Here are two things we need to bear in mind: 1) God saw the plight of His captive people and heard their cries - just as He does today and 2) God used an unlikely, foreign hero to do it (and he foretold of this hundreds of years prior). This reminds us that even when there seems like there’s no answer, God can use unlikely situations, or people, to carry out His rescue plan. 

America has been “Cyrus the Great” to many nations over its brief history. Somehow, the cavalry comes just in the knick o’ time. Many Americans saw President Obama as their hero (poor fellow; what pressure!). Maybe you’ve been praying for a political hero to save you from your circumstances. Maybe you’re believing for a spouse, more money, or a career to make things better for you. If any of this describes you, my experience with God assures me of three things. May I remind you…
1) Almighty God hears your prayers,
2) Almighty God has your best interests at heart, and
3) Almighty God will cause ALL things to work together for your good.

My advice? If you’ve placed your hope in anyone, or any THING, but King Jesus to deliver you from your current bondage, re-think your plan. Question your own motives. If the heartbeat of the mission is all about advancing His Kingdom cause, logic tells us Jesus WILL accomplish His Divine purposes in your life if only you’ll let Him (stop getting in His way) and focus on His purposes (take your eyes off your own issues and focus on the hurting world around you).

A final thought…

You can resign yourself to waiting on your Deliverer to set you free, or join ranks as one of His troops in an instant and mount an offensive right where you work.

Yes, Jesus WILL get His way, even in the workplace, the place we spend up to 70% of our lives. Guess who the King wants engaged in the struggle right alongside of Him? YOU!

If you’re already stationed in a low-joy workplace, the next question you must ask yourself is this: “Am I ready?” 

Remember this: the call to serve God is REALLY the call to PREPARE to do so. 

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


When kings go to war.

2 Samuel 11:1 says, "In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites," while he stayed home and fooled around with Bathsheba.

Here we are, a couple of weeks from Passover, and many theologians and preachers are saying something "BIG" could happen around this time in regard to the "Blood Moons." In John 2:13, Jesus went to the temple at Passover and drove out the money changers. My research has revealed LOTS of historical stuff has happened at Passover throughout history after a Blood Moon appearance. For example, based upon NASA's website, between the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, we see these Blood Moons coming on the first day of Passover and Tabernacles in 2014 and 2015. What's that all about? Why would God "bracket" these two years? The last time this happened was in 1967 after the 6-Day War when Israel re-captured Jerusalem. For the next two years, there were Blood Moons. After WW2 and the holocaust, Israel became a nation in 1948 followed by two years of Blood Moons at both ends of these feasts. Wow! Yes, a blind man can see historical replication being established throughout history regarding Passover and Blood Moons. 

No, I am NOT predicting anything.

I'm just sayin'.

With all that's going on regarding the Ukraine, that Malaysian airliner, missing nukes, high-ranking U.S. military officers getting sacked, we're hearing many rumors of wars. If we experience any kind of a situation where the Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF), supplies will disappear within hours. Transportaion of goods will cease. Stores will run out of food in no time. Besides, money won't do anybody any good either. 

NOW is a good time to either be storing foods, or have a crop growing in your field; at the very least, in buckets on your patio. Last year, people couldn't use their EBT (Food Stamp) cards at Walmart and there was plenty of pushing and shoving over that minor incident. How will the masses react when the Stuff REALLY Hits The Fan? Perhaps it's a good time to start gardening, exchanging cash for gold and silver perhaps?

It's not only theologians, but many economists also believe tough times are soon coming upon us. 

I'm no dummy. I realize, just like the 10 virgins, some will wisely prepare while others won't. We should learn from examples such as Noah, the world's first "Prepper" (Hey, God's even given us a movie starring Russell Crowe to get our attention, being released in a few weeks. Hellooooo!).

Am I talking about the end of the world? Don't be silly. However, I MIGHT be talking about the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT! For example, a job loss changes everything. So does an illness. Are you prepared for that? An ice storm can be a nightmare. A broken water main, too. And a broken leg. Flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, a fertilizer plant explosion, an act of terrorism... it doesn't HAVE to be a thermonuclear war. Could it be a Coronal Mass Ejection on the sun that leads to an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP)? How about a suitcase bomb or a hijacked plane fitted with a nuke CAUSING an EMP?

Bottom line is this: We must ALL answer the question "Am I a Disaster Ready Christian?" As one who has served at disaster sites as a Chaplain, you can NOT count on the government to do much more than to send soldiers out to clean the streets before Obama comes through for a Photo Opp (I'm NOT exaggerating!). Can you count on The Church? Not when they've been devastated, too, and folks, including ministers, are focused on tending to their own families.

Spring might be the season when kings go to war, but let's bear in mind when Scripture refers to Jesus as "King of kings," WE are those kings...and Spring is almost HERE!

WE must go to war with weapons that are "not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds," (2 Cor 10:4). It's called Intercessory Prayer! (When was the last time you attended a Prayer Meeting at church?) It's called exercising the Power of the Tongue!

WE have been given authority by Jesus Himself to do, as He said, "Greater things than I do...because I go to the Father," (John 14:12). 

Let's do it!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


Seeds planted, bearing fruit!

Today, at the Salvation Army where I've ministered each Tuesday the past 9 weeks, I approached a kitchen Volunteer who looked quite sad. I asked what was wrong and she hugged me, crying. She said her husband was in the hospital at that moment, something about his heart port malfunctioning, and might require surgery. We prayed. Exactly 1 hour later, she came bursting out of the kitchen, looking at her wrist watch, shouting, "Where's Brother Mike?" With tears in her eyes and a big smile across her face, she said her husband just called her: NO SURGERY NECESSARY! She told me the port had somehow re-positioned itself and the surface of his skin was now lying flat, just as it should be. She told her husband we had prayed an hour earlier and she believed Jesus healed him.

Testimonies are increasing there. One man needed a vehicle; we prayed and he got one, a terrific deal (now, he wants a wife). Three weeks ago, a woman was having severe pain in her teeth and she told me how, as I was praying over the meal that day and announced that God was healing someone's tooth, her pain subsided. Three weeks later, today, she still has no pain and is eating just fine. 

I am FULLY expecting to hear more testimonies from those who eat lunch there. I've read somewhere how signs and wonders SHOULD follow the preaching of the Word. 

What a blessing this ministry has been to me! This might be the closest I come to ministry in the 3rd world where miracles are so prevalent. 

What's up with the American church? It's like a giant Nazareth, way too familiar with Mary's kid, Jesus, resulting in very few experiencing healing from His hand. As Paul wrote regarding the last days (2 Timothy 3:5), there would be, "a form of godliness but denying the power thereof." He added, "from such people stay away!" 

Sounds to me like he's saying the SUPER-natural should be more natural. Thoughts?

Prayer support appreciated!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


You can't afford NOT to!

"How can anyone afford precious metals at these prices?"

If I've heard that question once, I've heard it a hundred times. Many who hear the words "gold" and "silver" automatically count themselves out, believing the ownership of these precious metals is simply out of their league.


A Texas associate of mine who is an expert in precious metals once told me how often the average person he speaks with simply doesn't "get" why it is they should be exchanging their USDollars (called "fiat currency") for gold and silver. "It's outside the realm of what they've been programmed to do," he said. After decades of trading their time for paper and ink, the very idea of trading paper and ink for anything is simply unfathomable. Forgive me if I come across as if I'm talking down to anyone. I'm not; I'm merely trying to help clear the air on this EXTREMELY important topic.

The best and simplest thing most of us can and SHOULD do right now in preparation for the future is to get our hands on "Junk Silver," often referred to as "Poor Man's Gold." Junk Silver is defined as silver coins dated pre-'65: dimes and quarters are best. 

We should ALL be doing this, mainly because: 
1) because the dollar is losing its buying power. A $100 bill today can buy about $12 worth of stuff from 1959. What a rip-off! 
(2) SO many nations have lost their desire to use the USDollar as the world's reserve currency. Many nations are already positioned to do just that, something that will adversely impact every one of us. If the Saudis choose to move away from the petro-dollar, Americans will soon be paying over $10/gallon for gas! What will THAT do to the average American household's budget? 
(3) When hyperinflation strikes, it's instantaneous. There is no time to prepare. (In reality, that time is NOW!)
(4) After an economic collapse (due to an EMP, WWIII, or anything that renders the USDollar as worthless), if Americans resorted to bartering, your Pre-'65 silver coins would only grow in value.

If you were to contact a silver expert today and request, say, $500 worth of junk silver dimes, the "face value" of these coins would be about $30. That means, if all these dimes having "TEN CENTS" engraved on them were spread out on a table, they would add up to $30. However, because of the value of their SILVER content (coins from 1965 and newer aren't made of silver and will be deemed, therefore, as worthless after a financial collapse), as of today (March 7, 2104), 14 dimes, face valued at $1.40, are currently worth about $20 and will only INCREASE IN VALUE as the value of silver increases.

Get it?

Same with gold. A gram of gold is worth about $67 right now through Karatbars, however, as the value of gold increases - some say it's headed to $3,000 per ounce or greater - that gram of gold will be worth much more in the days ahead. Anyone who really follows gold will recognize how, even when gold seemingly takes a tumble in value,   that tumble always takes place further uphill than the last tumble. 

Do you see how critical it is to start moving in the direction of Precious Metals every chance you get?

In closing, while "prepping" generally includes food, water, ammo and survival, you would be wise to start EXCHANGING those dwindling dollars for some precious metals while you still can. They may only be acceptable within a very short window of time.

Tom Barret, GoldenArtTreasures, said, "My suggestions is to use "junk" silver (pre-1965 US coins, preferably dimes and quarters) for this purpose. You can easily purchase this in any of the many coin stores in your area. Just "shop" it by phone to compare prices..." 

Folks, the economy is a shambles. We are so badly in debt, if the Fed took every penny from every one of us every day, we STILL couldn't balance the books.

Get silver! Get gold! Get ready! Many people scored big after a financial disaster hit because they had POSITIONED themselves to succeed. Be that guy!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Ministry to the Poor: Good enough for Jesus

Over the years, the Lord has led me to minister to more poor folks off the streets than to any other people group. Even when I minister in nursing homes, most of those whom I meet there – Employees and Residents alike – probably qualify as “poor.” I've had many poor people stay within my own home in the past and I've ministered to many others on the highways and byways and in prisons as well.

Ministry to the poor may not seem to be for everybody at first glance – it sure wasn't my plan for my own life - but with a little preparation, many of us could find ourselves up to our elbows in this ministry, just as Jesus showed us by His compassionate example.

He said, “The poor you will have with you always.” In Luke 4:18-19, sometimes referred to as the Lord's Mission Statement, His opening line is: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor...”

Jesus repeatedly reached out to the poor as well as to women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and tax collectors. He made it clear that ALL people – regardless of social class – needed to repent. He once encouraged a rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor (Matt 19:16-30; Luke 18:18-30; Mk 10:17-31). He was even quoted as saying, “when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed,” (Luke 14:13).

Just today, I led a Bible Study in which everyone in attendance but one was either in a wheelchair or using a walker. I felt for these people because I once walked with a cane to compensate for the pain I experienced from an “incurable” spinal disease from which God healed me.

Following are four things I want to encourage you to pray about and consider before launching out to serve the poor.

    1) Training

    The most productive way to get started helping the homeless is to join forces with a well-established operation such as the Salvation Army in Brownwood. I've been leading a devotional there on Tuesday's and praying with those who have lunch there, usually more than 90 people each time. I've learned a great deal simply by watching and talking with the Volunteers there. This ministry there began when ten from my church volunteered to assist with their annual Thanksgiving luncheon, thereby establishing a relationship before I was approached to functioned from their pulpit.

    2) Respect

    One of the best ways to help a homeless person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest, shake their hand and recognize their value as an individual, you will give them a sense of dignity they rarely experience. Talk to their children, re-fill their glasses, bring them a hot meal. By doing this, you will gain their trust.

    It's wise to exercise caution and take measures to ensure your personal safety when ministering to the homeless. Set your paramteres going in as to what you will and will not do: no financial gifts to individuals, no time spent alone with anybody, no car rides, etc. Use wisdom. By identifying with the real person behind the face on the streets, your ministry will be much more effective and rewarding.

    3) Give

    Giving is another great way to help, however, unless the Lord directs you, don't give money directly to a homeless person. Cash gifts are often used to buy drugs and alcohol. Instead, make your donations directly to the ministry. The Salvation Army can always use your financial help, and most of their donations actually go toward assistance, NOT to salaries and overhead costs. Many shelters and soup kitchens also welcome contributions of food, clothing and other supplies.

    4) Pray

    Lastly, prayer is one of the easiest and most positive ways you can help the homeless. I have the folks fill our Prayer Cards eveery Tuesday. I pray over these and even call those who leave their numbers on back.

    Because of the harshness of their lives, many homeless people are crushed in spiritl it simply isn't normal to live outdoors all the time and it wears them out. But Psalm 34:17-18 says, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." God can use your intercession to bring deliverance and healing to broken lives.

Surprisingly, many people on the streets are fearful, injured or ill, and stressed. In today's economy, an increasing number are what might be considered to be 'normal' folks, desiring to work but unable to find jobs. On one occasion, I met a young man who had fallen off his roof and became a paraplegic. His wife and baby lived with him in a shelter and his car had been repossessed from the hospital parking lot when he was there. I recently met a man who said he was an engineer, waiting to start work in two weeks but had run out of finances and food. On several occasions, I've met people who've been eating at the Salvation Army for many years simply because they're on a fixed income and are trying to save money.

Is a ministry to the poor part of your outreach as a church? Is it part of your ministry as an individual? I recommend all of us pray for a Christ-like compassion and the measure of grace we will need to reach out to poor people with wisdom and compassion.

There are over 300 verses in the Holy Bible having to do with “the poor.” Here are four:

Ps. 10:14. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan... O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed.

Is 41:17. The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

Luke 6:20-21. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours in the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

James 2:5. Did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Pray and obey.

DID YOU KNOW... if everyone who reads this were to share it with TWO PEOPLE right now, in one month, everybody in the USA with a computer will have received it (and will, hopefully, have read it)? Go on! Share with two people RIGHT NOW!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work
A tiny little god

I meet lots of people and I'm privileged to minister the love and grace of God to many people every week, online and in-person. Sadly, when I hear people speak about, and even pray to, the lover of our souls, Jesus Christ, I can't get over how small many Christians make Him out to be. They even say things such as, "I am not worthy" when they pray, their mouths revealing what they actually think of their status in God's eyes. 

Frankly, folks, if you are praying and believing God for something you could actually do without His help - like dazzle a potential employer at a job interview or take medicine to relieve a cold - you don't need God for that. 

If you're trusting Almighty God - the One who made Heaven and earth and who knit you together in your mother's womb - to merely guide the hand of a surgeon rather than create a brand new organ - that God is too tiny. Think bigger! 

If the Jesus in your mind is ONLY capable of doing little things like getting you home safely rather than translating you home in record time in the midst of rush hour traffic, He's simply too small. 

I heard a joke once where the preacher assembled the congregation to pray for rain. He asked them sternly, "Where are your umbrellas?"


Why don't we trust Christ in us for bigger things? Do we REALLY believe He dwells within us? And if He's in there, do we truly believe - as a result of our low self-esteem - He can do any great things by working through and with us? 

Therein lies the rub. 

"It's not you, Jesus. It's me."

I believe Jesus would say something like this to Christians all over the planet: "I know what you did. I'm aware of those skeletons in your closet. I know about your lackluster prayer life and inconsistent spiritual disciplines. I know about your sorrows and your shame, the things you believe separate me from you - when nothing ever will. I dare you to trust that I love you just the way you are, NOT how you think you're SUPPOSED to be. Because you will never be the way you believe you're supposed to be. That explains the cross. The work is finished. I need you to embrace the truth that you mean EVERYTHING to me. Yes, YOU! You're NOT unworthy! You're NOT inferior! You're NOT inadequate! You're accepted! You matter to me. In fact, everything you do matters to me. I love you and I'm NOT mad at you. So, stop jumping through hoops. Don't try to 'measure up.' I don't require anything from you... but YOU."

I shared a message like this today to a soup kitchen full of about 80 people at the Salvation Army before they lined up for chow. Some said 'amen.' Some nodded in approval. Afterward, they clapped, something the Director has told me they never do. I hope the message blesses you, too.

DID YOU KNOW... if everyone who reads this were to share it with TWO PEOPLE right now, in one month, everybody in the USA with a computer will have received it (and will, hopefully, have read it)? Go on! Share with two people RIGHT NOW!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work
Seeking FIRST His Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to "see first His Kingdom..." I will always remember the day the penny dropped regarding this Scripture. I think they call it a "rhema" word - straight from the Spirit of God, as opposed to a "logos" word - the written word. In that moment, I realized my life to that point had been all about building my OWN kingdom rather than focusing on the Lord's Kingdom. My plans, my strategies, my schemes, even those I convinced myself were being done "in Jesus' Name" were nothing more than my own attempts at achieving something grande while appeasing my own conscience. 

"I'll honor you, Lord! I'll make money and tithe more to the church... I promise! Just BLESS IT, Lord!"

Time and time again, I meet Christians who set out to do something good and have asked God to "bless it." In the process, I've discovered there's a huge chasm of difference between a "God thing" and a "good thing." Over the years, I've tried my hand at scores of "good things" that proved to be nothing but a waste of time, energy and finances. I reasoned to myself, "Why wouldn't God want me to prosper by engaging in this?" So, I stepped out and started, only to fall flat on my face.

Have YOU ever done that?

Have you reached the point of adjusting your focus so that anything you do is done with the sole purpose of advancing God's Kingdom? It's actually a matter of the heart, the one thing we may be able to hide from one another, but we certainly can't hide our motivation from our Creator. 

Several times in the Gospel of John, Jesus said "I can do nothing on My own, only what the Father is doing" in words to that effect. Wait a minute! Our King Jesus - the One who said He came as an example - said He could do nothing aside from what God would have Him do? Gulp! He goes on to say (John 15:5) "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me, and I in them, bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."

I have concluded we are in for a lifetime of frustration and trial and error when we do not include ourselves in God's plan but, rather, try to include HIM in OURS. Whether those potential plans include a job, a career, a relationship, a ministry, why not simply sit tight, pray and ask Him to shut doors only He can close and open doors He wants opened rather than trying to "make" something happen that will only cause emotional stress and, quite possibly, cause our faith to waiver when that "thing" fails?

Two examples just sprang to mind:
A young man I know was destined to serve decades worth of prison time. To everyone's surprise, he was released in just 2 years and I marvel as I watch what the Father is doing in him and with his life. He recently described to me a list of goals he had for himself and told me how only one - the re-establishment of his relationship with his two children - has taken place. I am certain that, as he grows in his relationship with the Lord and submits to whatever the Father would have for him, he will find himself living a very satisfying, spiritually fulfilling life as God's purposes prevail through his existence. Truth is, he may look back at that list of goals one day and find NONE of what he was planning ever came to pass.

I've learned that lesson firsthand. In my own life, striving and scratching to become "somebody" in the Advertising business for many years, I most assuredly NEVER planned I'd ever have a worldwide on-line ministry that has reached millions for a decade and a half. NEVER! Heck, I HATE computers and I only type with one finger! In addition, I have always cringed at the notion of speaking in front of groups, however, because I now have something to say - and because I've embraced the fact this life isn't about me and my likes and dislikes - my availability has allowed the Spirit to bless multitudes of people through live events. I NEVER saw that one coming! As a result, I have discovered my reason for living as well as an unspeakable joy and a peace that passes all understanding.

There's a country song that includes the words, "If you wanna hear God laugh, tell Him your plans." I must have cracked Him up regularly. 

Interestingly, while Proverbs 19:21 says, "You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail," Jeremiah 29:11 assures us, "For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope."

Because I am 100% certain that our steps have been ordered, I am also confident that where God guides, He provides. "The human mind plans the way,
but the Lord directs the steps," (Proverbs 16:9).

One final thought: One sunny day, while I was traveling a hilly road winding through the beautiful scenery toward Collinsville, Texas, the Lord gave me a vision of a hillside dotted with tiny white castles, all of them flying the exact same white Christian flag with a red cross on a blue field. The Spirit revealed these castles represented churches, tiny kingdoms built by men, 'Ichabods' from which God's glory had departed, that were destined to fall. 

Could it be even some ministries are engaged in doing a good thing and not a God thing?

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Divine opportunity through tragedy

Life on planet earth is not "it" for us. We're sojourners here. Strangers. Aliens, just passing through. Problem is, we tend to get very comfortable here and start believing we have every right to expect everything to be "just so" in our lives... our health, our relationships, our security, often without much effort on our parts.

As a Chaplain who serves in workplaces and as part of a disaster relief team, I've seen many people who've survived tragedies. From an F5 tornado strike to lives stricken with cancer, death and destruction at the hand of one catatstrophe or another, a tragedy is a tragedy, large or small. 

Aside from natural disasters like tornadoes and wildfires, there are accidental disasters, car wrecks and swimming pool drownings. There’s illness, abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, sorrow, injuries, disappointment, heartache, crime and death.

Perhaps you’re one who has asked the question, “Why me?”

This age-old question goes back thousands of years: "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Job wanted to know the answer, too. So did the writers of the Psalams. Why has the world experienced the genocides of so many people, the 9/11 attack, movie theater and school shootings and, most recently, the slaughter in Syria?

Jesus suffered, too, and He promised (John 16:33), "In this life you will have many troubles, but," He added, "be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world."

Paul wrote (Romans 8:18), "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

You see, no matter what tragedies we suffer, no matter how much pain we've experienced while walking around in these earth suits, if life on earth really is not "it" - and Jesus knew this for, as Scripture says, "For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross" - what comes later will not include pain, tears, fear, trauma, none of the horrors of this planet. As with Jesus, who said He came as our example, we are destined to experience unimaginable joy and peace. But not now, not when, as Jesus said, "He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." 

This one thing I know: Satan ALWAYS shoots himself in the foot. Yes, the one who kills, steals and destroys always overplays his hand. Beauty rises up out of ashes all throughout history, from the Black Death to Chernobyl, great things have resulted afterward, often as a direct result. 

As I reflect on my own personal tragedies - an incurable spinal disease, divorce, separation from my children, poverty, loneliness, betrayal, etc...I can honestly say my relationship and trust in God would never have developed as it did had He NOT guided me through all that. That allows me to actually thank God for all those tragedies. The list goes on and on as to the miraculous things Jesus did on my behalf when I rejected all thoughts of suicide and ran into His arms rather than AWAY from Him. I'm NOT referring to "church" here; I'm talking about a 24/7 RELATIONSHIP with a person we call "Jesus." My world has been transformed and, as a result, God has used my experiences to do the same in the lives of multitudes. My health has been restored. I married an angel! We have ten wonderful grandkids, a worldwide ministry... too many blessings to mention. Like Job, after losing it all, God restored to him so much more than he had.

The verse that always races through my head is from Hebrews 11:6, "God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." When I was suffering through the darkest hour of my soul, the one thing I did right - the one thing I feel compelled to pass along to anybody who might be suffering in any way - is this: PRESS IN! As with any relationship, we can CHOOSE to get angry with God for what has happened to us, or draw closer to Him and learn His ways. He's ALWAYS teaching; we must ALWAYS be in learning mode!

If you don't know Jesus, or maybe you've been hurt in some way - even by folks who said they were Christians - I encourage you to seek after a relationship with Him and REJECT every imposter with which you might feel tempted to fill that void. Drugs, alcohol, compromising relationships All carry with them their own set of negative consequences and only serve to dig the hole deeper.

Ues, press into a deeper relationship with the Lover of your soul, Jesus Christ! I used to spend hours – as many as 17 hours straight - surrounded by Bible translations and commentaries, Greek Lexicons and Hebrew dictionaries, devouring everything I could regarding this person we refer to as "Lord." He's as real as you are, folks. I pray that, like me, you'll soon discover (A) God isn't angry with you (B) He loves you more than you can imagine and (C) He has an INCREDIBLE plan for your life if you'll submit yourself to His purposes.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Let's talk about Church

I'm of the opinion (and it's my BLOG) that, in general, the average church has become a Preaching/Teaching Hall, a white-washed tomb, an Ichabod from which God's glory has departed. Far too many Christians are in go-to-church mode and have little grasp of the concept of BEING the Church. Their definition of "being a Christian" can be summed up in two phrases: "GOING to church" and "BEING good."

Whereas Jesus said, "I've come that you would have life more abundantly," too many church institutions seem to prefer MEETINGS more abundantly with minimal fruit for their efforts.

Listen, if it were possible for a minister to preach 52 life-changing sermons each year, where are all the lives that are being changed? I daresay, if you do NOT see lives being changed in your church, LEAVE THAT CHURCH! An encounter with Christ - like an encounter with a milk truck - should leave us forever changed.

It's estimated that American churches spend over $1.5 MILLION just to manufacture a single baptized convert! Any corporation with a track-record like that - and most churches ARE corporations - should file bankruptcy and try something else. Speaking of finances, research reveals churches spend between 82 - 96% of their financial resources just to maintain themselves, 64% of the budget going to staff salaries, mostly administrative and janitorial, NOT ministerial.

Staggeringly, 53,000 people leave their churches EVERY WEEK. Is the stress of all this taking its toll on the Pastors? With suicides within that demographic on the rise, did you know 60% of all seminary graduates will leave the ministry within the first 5 years?

If you wonder why so many churches close their doors every year, I submit to you the reason is simply this: we've lost our focus on family. 

Don't you love family get-togethers? I'm especially fond of those warm, fuzzy moments when the adults sit around to have serious conversation while marching the kids off to another room with one or two adults. Ah, just like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Family Reunion... NOT!! If your church is gathering to hear one person expound on Scripture each week, not only are you in danger of burning that person out, but the weekly babysitters are endangered as well. Isn't it possible to hold an adult Bible Study, a good ol' fashion Prayer Meeting, or even a time of Worship on some other day rather than becoming mini-Church so you can cram everything you can into one gathering? The truth is, the formula isn't working.  

Every year, approximately 4,000 new churches open their doors while approximately 7,000 close their doors for the last time. Why duplicate failure? Just as we've heard regarding the definition of insanity, we can NOT keep doing the same thing over and over and expect anything different than all those churches with FOR SALE signs out front. 

There's very little conversion growth among America's Christian denominations, somewhere between 1 and 3%. Those churches that ARE growing can attribute their growth to TRANSFER growth rather than conversions. This is accomplished by better marketing, more popular Guest Speakers and Singers, and shinier new facilities. Those poor churches that can't compete become, simply, unmarketable.

According to the George Barna book "Revolution," between 2000-2005, 20 million people, of all denominations, left the typical North American local churchSo, where are they going? Agreeing with other researchers, Barna has confirmed that many are going to house churches, in a spiritual quest of a more relevant relationship with God.

Over the years, many people I've spoken with say they had to leave the institutional church in order to find God! Barna wrote: “The new Revolution differs in that its primary impetus is not salvation among the unrepentant but the personal renewal and recommitment of believers. The dominant catalyst is people’s desperation for a genuine relationship with God. The renewal of that relationship spurs believers to participate in spreading the gospel. Rather than relying on a relative handful of inspired preachers to promote a national revival, the emerging Revolution is truly a grassroots explosion of commitment to God that will refine the Church and result in a natural and widespread immersion in outreach."

It's something to think about. Barna goes on to say: "Everywhere there is a tendency to substitute the work of organizations for individual effort. Human wisdom tends to consolidation, to centralization, to the building up of great churches and institutions. Multitudes leave to institutions and organizations the work of benevolence; they excuse themselves from contact with the world, and their hearts grow cold. They become self-absorbed and unimpressible. Love for God and man dies out of the soul."

It's true; complicated things DO tend to break down having so many working parts while simple things tend to last longer. Simple Church is a term being used to describe "two or three gathered in Jesus' Name," whether that's in a restaurant, a hotel banquet room, a neighbor's den, or a park gazebo. Simple! Personally, I've met with people in apartment clubhouses, a real estate office, conference rooms, cafeterias, vacant rooms in nursing homes, and many other 'unusual' places. It was The Church meeting in all those diverse places; those places were not The Church. See the difference? WE, the people, are The Church. In all these places, the Gospel of Jesus Christ gave people hope, peace, and a purpose for living. Miracles have happened there!

Simple Church includes the many who meet in homes. These house churches are the best way to reach the growing number of unchurched and once-church people. Are you interested in learning more about this growing trend? If you are more interested in  BEING The Church than in GOING to church, this might be just what you've been looking for. 

Incidentally, Barna has determined that, if all the people affiliated with a house church were gathered under one umbrella, they would be the 2nd largest Christian group behind the Catholics and above the Southern Baptists.

Barna's "Revolution" was released in 2005. On Page 49, he says, "Within twenty years, the local church will lose 50% of its adherents to alternative forms."

Did he prophesy? Could he be correct? After all, there is nothing new under the sun. Are disgruntled, disillusioned church-attenders desiring a more "Book of Acts" style of the faith where smaller groups of close friends and family gather around a meal and share life - not merely a church service - together?

If this interests you, let's talk! You might pray about gathering with like-minded others and see what God does. If you need help, I'll see what I can do.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Taking the Pressure off your Prayer Life

Prayer is simply defined as a conversation with God. Unfortunately, the examples we’ve been exposed to concerning prayer usually include images with which many people simply aren’t comfortable. Whether it’s Charlton Heston’s Moses shouting flowery language towards Heaven, or a minister whose prayers are long and filled with thee’s and thou’s, a tremendous amount of Christian people will “pass” when it comes time to pray, generally out of a feeling of inadequacy.

I recall taking a college-age lady named Kim along with me to pray for a man named Richard in the hospital. Her prayer went something like this: “Lord…y’know…Richard’s a good guy and…like…he really deserves to be healed so…y’know…gosh…thank you for healing him, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!”

Richard began crying so hard we had to leave the room. Later, when I saw him, healthy and smiling, he testified of the power of God that hit him in his wheel chair “when that girl, Kim, prayed.” I’m NOT kidding when I tell you Richard underwent a COMPLETE personality change - for the better!

God’s looking at the heart. I imagine there are many people who cannot pray at all - in the American Christian Evangelical sense – whose heartfelt prayers carry much weight: the deaf mute, the palsy victim, the brain damaged, even the unchurched.


Many people don’t really know what to pray for when they do pray. Here’s something that was taught by D.L. Moody to his disciples. I’ve taught it to many people as well. I refer to it as “The Hand Prayer.” Teach your kids and disciples!

Simply hold your hands in front of you, palm to palm as if praying.

Your thumb, being the closest digit to your mouth, reminds you to pray for those CLOSEST to you; spouse, family, friends, coworkers, roommates, church family, etc.

The pointer finger reminds you to pray for those in your community who point the way; ministers, educators, counselors, therapists.

The middle finger stands tallest of all, reminding you to pray for those in position of Leadership; Media, Education, Government, Medicine, Military, Entertainment and so on.

The ring finger is your weakest finger and reminds you to pray for the weakest among us; the newborn, the elderly, the sick, the newly divorced, the children of broken homes, the newly unemployed, etc. Physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally.

Finally, the pinky – least significant of all – reminds you to pray for your OWN needs.


Matt 5:44, Jesus said, “… love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

In Matthew 6:6, He said, “…when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” See, it’s OK to talk to God alone. Just the two of you. He adds in verse 7: “…. don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” Whenever I read that, I see the difference between RELATIONSHIP and Religion. Who would say the same things repeatedly to, say, a spouse?

Matthew 14:23 shows us that Jesus practiced what He preached, “After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.”

In Mark 11:25, He emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. ”

In John 17:21, Jesus prayed for the Unity of the Body, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” In Acts 1:14, we read, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.”

I LOVE the following excerpts found in Acts 4:23-31: As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other Believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God"O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

I can’t help but notice that they never prayed against their enemies. They didn’t bind any demons. They only asked for boldness in preaching and that signs and wonders would follow.

Imagine that!


There are many other verses having to do with prayer and, from these, we can learn an awful lot ABOUT prayer. One favorite verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which simply says, “Pray without ceasing.”

Obviously, though we must use our mouths and brains for other matters throughout the day, prayer can also be silently done, from the Spirit. As one who has received the gift of tongues, I often pray while holding my cell phone to my head so as not to appear out of my mind while sitting in traffic. You can pray in the shower, while seated on the commode…Susanna Wesley had eight kids (one of which was John Wesley, founder of the Methodists). Whenever she needed quiet time to talk to God, she would pull her apron up over her head in the middle of the kitchen. Her children knew that when mama had her apron over her head they were not to bother her and quiet down.

Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t have any “quiet time” with God complete with scented candles, cappuccino and soft instrumental music.

Healing Evangelist, John G. Lake was a man of prayer. He had such an incredible healing ministry, that according to statistics, the U.S. Government declared his city, Spokane, Washington, to be the healthiest city in America – 100,000 confirmed miracles within six years. He spent time on his knees praying but also liked to walk and pray. He claimed this was his favorite way of communing with God. He taught his disciples to “run and pray, and pray as you run.”

So, go ahead and pray right where you are. Under your breath or without moving those lips. Talk to God. He’s ONLY looking at your heart any way. Like me, as you get to know Him, I'm certain you’ll find He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! A wonderful Father. An awesome Counselor, too.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work
Why go to church when you can be a "Go To" Church?

For over ten years, our church has been gathering in a local Bed & Breakfast, right across the street from our home. Notice I didn't say we were "going to church" across the street. No, our church has been meeting there... BIG difference! This week, we're meeting someplace else.

Our fellowship is convinced the Biblical references to "church" have nothing to do with buildings or denominations, though these references DO include them. We believe such references pertain to groups of people. Case in point, Acts 19. You may recall the story: Paul is in Ephesus and, because of his preaching on the Kingdom of God, a silversmith who produced shrines to the goddess Diana became enraged at Paul's message. The silversmith gathered other craftsmen to himself and turned them against Paul and his disciples and their anger grows. 

The original language refers to this angry mob as the "ekklesia."* Oddly enough, that's the same word we have translated as "Church" in English. Later in the chapter, Paul is dragged before the town council to settle this dispute. Here we see, in the original language, ANOTHER use of the Greek word "ekklesia." Again, the word we have translated as "Church," being used for the town council. Of course, throughout the New Testament, we see a gathering of Believers in Jesus defined as "ekklesia," too, never once used to describe a "house of worship" or a particular denomination.

*NOTE: STRONG'S #1577 defines EKKLESIA, in part... "the called people, or those called out or assembled in the public affairs of a free state, the body of free citizens called together by a herald…"

WE are The Church. It isn't a place we GO TO; it is what we ARE. Can we agree on that? If so, why is it when so many of us hear the word "church," we picture a steepled building with stained-glass windows and rows of pews? It's in our DNA; our programming.

I prefer being a "go to" church rather than merely "going to" church. I like being with a group who is mobile enough to pile in our vehicles at the drop of a hat so we can visit a nursing home to pray for someone, or talk someone out of committing suicide. Once we went to a farm and prayed over a horse. We've gone to hospitals, blessed homes and businesses. We've spontaneously gone to trim grass and make repairs at a mobile home a couple had just moved into. Another time, we planned in advance to bring our painting supplies and help a man and his pregnant wife paint the house they were moving into. Recently, we met in a nearby town at a vacant Real Estate office in order to accommodate some friends who live there. It was GREAT!

I am fond of reminding people THEY are The Church; "two or three gathered in My Name," as Jesus said. We are The Church whether we are at home, at work, at a restaurant, in someone's living room, even seated in a pew in a cathedral. Fact is, we are never NOT The Church. "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God."

We enjoy being a "Go To" church. In the years we've been meeting, the local cops have called on us to assist people on several occasions as have local hotel managers and the crisis pregnancy group. We can assist them because we have no overhead costs or salaries to pay and are in a better position to help. Maybe we're just easier to get hold of in the wee hours. Even people who needed ministry, though they are Members of other churches in town, have made their way to receive prayer from our group. Over the years, folks have driven from several hours away - even states away - in order to receive healing ministry.

We don't ask anyone to forsake the assembly they belong to. Heavens no! At times, we've had people in our group who continued their affiliation with an institutional church they belonged to. No problem! We've even coordinated visits to other churches in town and have taken the pastors to lunch. And we pray for them.

Are you part of a church that's making a difference in your community, or is it merely a preaching center, a spectator event? Are lives being changed within your ranks, or does there seem to be satisfaction through maintaining the status quo meeting after meeting?

Is your church a "go to" church, or not?

If you would like to discuss this matter, especially if you'd like help in getting to the next level, let's talk!

Watch the video below to see how God is creating more "go to" churches! 

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


What's that in your hand there?

John Wesley famously said, "You have nothing to do but to save souls."

To all my Christian Facebook "friends" who really want to live a life that counts for something, I want to encourage you to use the tools God has given you. That includes your computer.

When God first spoke with Moses, listening to the old man's excuses, the Father asked, "What's that you have in your hand?" It was his shepherd's rod and God, in so many words, said, "GIVE IT TO ME!" I believe God is asking us the same question. What's that we have in our hands? If we give it to Him, He can do so much more with it than we could ever imagine. See, whatever gift we have, it came from Him in the first place. Not merely so we could accumultae more stuff, but for the purpose of advancing His Kingdom. Resources, talents, looks, abilities... it's all started with God. 

If anything we have came from Satan, God will gladly use that, too, but we have to give it to Him first. Sickness, divorce, poverty… He's an expert at making beauty out of ashes and promises us "ALL things work together for good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes."

That's YOU!

"Let's see, two bankruptcies, two bad marriages, an "incurable" spinal disease, I type with one finger, an aversion to technology, a pre-owned dinosaur computer... can you do anything with THAT pile of rubble, Lord?"

If all you have at your disposal is a Facebook account, give it to God. Allow Jesus to be "lord" (owner) of it. I guarantee that you'll be amazed at what He does with whatever you surrender to Him. I've had an online ministry for 15 years and the testimonies of lives that were touched are legion. You may not be a writer; you may be a "poster" - one who posts inspirational messages. Trust me, someone out there needs to read what you've posted! But if you don't post….

Here's my guarantee: I guarantee if you do nothing, nothing will benefit anybody else. I guarantee that if you do SOME thing, some ONE has an opportunity to be touched by the Holy Spirit.

Let's give 'em Heaven! God can EVEN use Facebook! What else do you have?

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


Repeat after me: 

“I am dead. Jesus lives.”

Today I received what I have long-described as a Very Hevvy Revvy, a revelation from God that hit me like a lightning bolt before I even got out of bed. I nudged my wife and started sharing it with her before the alarm even went off.

If you've already embraced this revelation, good for you! Pass this message along because I guarantee you, most who follow Christ have not.

The verse that came to me was Galatians 2:20 where Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Catch that? He said, “I myself no longer live.” Hmmm. So, Paul is saying the “me” I call myself – the one who can't do anything right, who gets sick, who carries addictions and family curses around within his body – that guy is dead? So, logic tells me that, if I'm dead and Jesus lives through me, either Jesus is getting sick and manifesting all manner of bad stuff through me, or I am not living this truth out in my life. Rather than exercise our faith, we live in bondage to prescriptions and addictive habits and carry the family jewels as if they had any real value. In some cases, we seem to cling to our right to be sickly and hopeless.

In Acts 17:28, while talking to the religious pagans in Athens, folks who even had a shrine to “the unknown god,” just in case they skipped a god in worship. Paul told them about the God they worshipped without knowing it and said, “In Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’”

Get it? We're God's children. We belong to “our Father which art in Heaven,” as the prayer goes.

Speaking of which, when we recite that prayer – some refer to it as “the Lord's Prayer or “the Our Father” - the words we voice include the line “on earth as it is in Heaven.” Question: Is there any sickness or pain in Heaven? No! So, why on earth are we sick or in pain? I believe it's because we've surrendered that aspect of our mind to the enemy. It IS a battle for our minds, after all.

Try and wrap that mind around this: I have heard that there have been cases of people struggling with Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD, now referred to as DID, Disassociative Identity Disorder) who, while they bore a sickness or some sort of condition as Personality A, completely lost that affliction when they switched over to Personality B. Amazing!

With that in mind, if we, as Followers of Jesus, are filled with the same Spirit who raised Him from the dead, and if it's true that, as Paul said, “in Him we live and move and exist,” why can't we purpose in our hearts to allow HIM to manifest through us to the point that we no longer struggle with alcoholism, depression, addiction, allergies, high blood pressure, pain... whatever ails us?

Jesus doesn't have carry those ailments and afflictions. It stands to reason, if the Conqueror lives through you, you are MORE than a Conqueror through Him by allowing Him to be the Lord (Owner) of those things... right?

This morning, just before taking my diabetes medicine - a habit I plan to kick - I recited my new mantra: “It's not I who live but Christ living through me!” When I checked my blood, my numbers were great (105). Would they have been anyway? I'm choosing to give God the glory, choosing to believe that I am truly decreasing so that HE can increase. I was bought by the Blood of Jesus so I will serve Him to the point of surrendering control.

That's my desire any way.

Speaking of blood, I contend that we have a brand new DNA and whatever generational curse your family has been passing along through your ancestry can now be considered null and void. Sadly, we keep that thing alive with our own words, saying things such as, “It runs in my family” or “that's the (Italian, Irish, German... whatever) coming out in me.” Truth is, the blood coursing through your veins is the blood of your Father, Almighty God, the same blood that flowed from Immanuel's veins.

We were, indeed, healed by the stripes of Jesus, but as with any gift anybody wants to give us, we have to appropriate that gift; we gotta take it, claim it, treat it like it's REALLY ours!

Or it isn't.

One final thought: Are you studying God's Word? Trying to live this life without God's Word transforming you and renewing your mind is like attempting to run the vacuum cleaner without plugging it in. We cannot expect to be radically changed by osmosis merely by church attendance or a Scriptural Verse of the Day. If that were so, we'd see more fruit of that turning communities upside down.

Spend time alone with your Father. We seem to make time for OTHER important meetings, none of which holds a candle to that one. We make time for exercise, TV shows, movie showings, sporting events, dates... we can do this. We must.

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work




There's a popular teaching in Christendom these days. It's referred to as "The 7 Mountains of Societal Influence." As the teaching goes, there are seven areas of American life upon which we, as Followers of Christ, have been placed. They include Family, Religion, Education, Government, Media, Business, and Arts & Entertainment. These, as the teaching goes, are the "mountains" in our society upon which we, The Church, are to do warfare every day as we advance God's Kingdom within our personal realms of influence. 

Recently, the Spirit showed me how an EIGHTH mountain has appeared, an ever-growing mountain, and He reminded me of the literal mountain that rose up out of the sea near Pakistan after a 7.8 earthquake last September (http://youtu.be/Vk_90WvYyXk). As above, so below! In an effort to live prophetically, my eyes are open to prophetic signs in the natural realm as a means by which God is showing us something He is doing by the Spirit.

From where I stand, the last days Omega Army of the Lord has more tattoos than teeth. They are survivors, people who have learned to be resourceful when all the comforts of life in these United States have abandoned them. They have addictions. They struggle with depression. They tell me they've been rejected by institutional Christianity, many of whom feed and clothe them in an effort to appease their own consciences, but who don't REALLY love them. 

After speaking at a Salvation Army lunch yesterday - the 4th of a 7-part "revival," as it's being called - I went about visiting with people in the chow line and at their tables. Several welled-up with tears as they spoke to me, including men. The facility's Director described to me how she's beginning to hear more and more of the 'regulars' refer to that facility as "Church." As I met with people, I heard several testimonies yesterday from those who've had their prayers answered since this revival began.

Newsflash: The Eighth Mountain is NOT relegated to soup kitchens or beneath freeway overpasses. In today's economy, there are an increasing number of the so-called "working poor." Many of the folks we work alongside every day are well below the poverty line. They need Jesus, too. They need hope, love and acceptance. They need YOU! They are in jails, in hospital beds, in nursing homes as well as on the assembly lines or behind cash registers.

Who will go for Him? How many desire to be sent as Apostles (meaning "sent ones") into that mission field? The laborers are far too few as the need continues to grow.

Please pray about it.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


Embracing an Excellent Spirit.

There are many voices in the air; many spirits, most of which do NOT declare the lordship of Jesus Christ at all. Yet, multitudes have embraced them within the Body of Christ.

I'm referring to Spirits of Poverty, Lack, Depression, Filth, Unclean spirits and more. These demons have no place in our lives.

Numbers 14:24 tells us Caleb and Joshua were of "another spirit," one that was different from that of the others who were wandering in the wilderness with them. The word spirit in this passage is ruwach. One of the meanings of this Hebrew word is "mind."

In short, Joshua and Caleb were of another mind. I like that.

These two didn't focus on what they were up against. They declared, "Not only are we able, but we are well able!" (Numbers 13:30). They went forward to possess the land God had promised them. They were empowered by their knowledge that He was true to His Word.

The other people on the wilderness journey had no hope of transition. These days, many who claim to be Followers of Christ are just like this, claiming to have come out of darkness (Egypt), but never appearing to have entered into His marvelous light (the land of milk and honey), God's Kingdom existence. After God delivers us from whatever our “Egypt” happens to be, we must renew our minds in order to enter into the fullness of salvation, incidentally, a word meaning much more than “forgiven sins.” It is soteria in the Greek, and it means "welfare, safety, deliverance and health."

I understand people will have challenges in life, but we must consider the vicious cycle of the spirit of poverty. It's like a boa constrictor because it slowly squeezes the provision out of a person's life. It will allow much to go out and nothing to come in.

In my ministry, I meet with so many impoverished people who seem to be sabotaging their own lives. Not only are they in bondage to addictions like smoking, drinking and drugs, but they eat foods that promote an unhealthy lifestyle. Depression is rampant among them and families are as dysfunctional as one can imagine. Too many seem to have no grasp of basic things like personal hygiene, keeping a clean house, paying bills on time, obeying the law and maintaining their cars, the neglect of which will always lead to more costly expenses.

Sadly, most of these people profess to be Believers in Jesus, often church-going, Scripture-quoting folk, but their lives reveal very little that would cause others to desire the relationship with Jesus these individual profess to have found. If we are to 'know them by their fruit,' truth is, many exhibit very little fruit at all.

Far too many poor people have embraced a “hustling” lifestyle. They've grown accustomed to bare refrigerators and empty gas tanks. They've grown comfortable pawning things or begging for a few hand-outs to buy this or that. Paying bills on time, carrying insurance, taking care of their teeth, so many basics are neglected until everything about them screams “I am poor, praise God!”

Lots of ministers will say Jesus was poor. Perhaps He was. If so, it's strange He had a Treasurer named Judas. He certainly spent lots of His time and ministry with those who were poor. But He understood His mission. He bore in mind that the dusty, smelly streets of Israel were not “IT” for Him.

Consider this: Jesus, who said He came as our example, revealed to us all that something unimaginably greater lies beyond life on planet earth BECAUSE of what He did for us on the cross. That should so thrill us all that to refrain from sharing that message with as many people as possible would be uncomfortably impossible. As one who has lived a previously poor lifestyle and who has experienced a pit-to-palace existence, I am here to tell you, Jesus can change things. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, (Hebrews 11:6)

If your faith boils down to church attendance and futile attempts at “being good,” aim higher. God tends to expand the realm of influence of anyone who is faithful with the little they happen to have on hand. He provides seeds to the sower. Are you sowing? 

Over the years, God has reached millions through the online ministry He's given me, not to mention those I've actually spoken to in the flesh. Prior to that, at best, I was practicing Religion and warming a pew. At worst, life was all about ME and whatever comforts I could glean from my human existence.

Is it time to embrace a Spirit of Excellence in YOUR life? Let me know if I can help you!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

Deep Freeze in the Deep South reveals lack of readiness.

The Deep Freeze in the Deep South made me wonder... this was just a temporary “emergency” caused by just three inches of snow that everyone knew would soon pass. So, if three inches of snow can create this much chaos in one of our major cities, what would a full-blown economic collapse look like?

I couldn't help but wonder.

Most folks have no idea how fragile our way of life is.  In the event of a major natural disaster, an EMP blast, or a complete economic meltdown, our lives would change very rapidly, and most people are totally unprepared for that.

A car hits a transformer and blocks are cast into sudden darkness for hours.

A water main breaks and, in an instant, there's no water pressure for thousands.

It doesn't have to be a suitcase nuke or an astroid or earthquake.

Check out this CNN report…“I’m eight months’ pregnant and have my 3-year-old with me,” Atlanta-area resident Katie Norman Horne said on SnowedOutAtlanta, a Facebook page set up to help stranded motorists. “We’ve been in the car for over 12 hours. We are fine on gas but is anyone near on the road and might happen to have any food or some water?” In Atlanta, 940 accidents were confirmed, with more than 100 of them involving injuries, the Georgia public safety commissioner said. In Alabama, at least five people died Tuesday in weather-related traffic accidents. The governor deployed 350 National Guard troops to help motorists.

This winter has been colder than expected and has created a shortage in propane heating fuel in more than 30 states. How bad would things get if the disaster lasted longer? According to a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled “When Trucks Stop, America Stops," life would get “apocalyptic” quite rapidly. Here's a Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours

• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease. • Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable. • Service stations will begin to run out of fuel. • Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages. • U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within one day

• Food shortages will begin to develop. • Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the gas pumps. • Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery, assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.

Within two to three days

• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic. • Supplies of essentials, such as bottled water, powdered milk, and canned meat, at major retailers will disappear. • ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process transactions. • Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks. • Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas. • Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.

Within a week

• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care. • Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks

• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks

• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest. Most importantly, the lack of national, regional and personal preparedness will result in the loss of human lives. 

Sadly, most Americans have made absolutely no preparations for a major crisis. Apparently,

they just have complete and total faith that the system will always be able to take care of 


Speaking as a Chaplain affiliated with a disaster relief team based in Austin, Texas, they've 

been deceived.

I encourage every individual, every family, every church, every school, every community to make Disaster Readiness a priority. To neglect such a responsibility is simply inexcusable.

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work


Get-to-the-point Preaching

I am a Wordsmith. Always have been. Before Jesus came along, I was a copywriter for major market advertising agencies. These days, I get an occasional request to write articles for a Christian magazine in Texas. Just as I am a writer, I am also a talker. As a result, I can easily preach for an hour. I'm not proud of that because I am 100% aware of the fact that most of the words I speak are absolutely blessing no one at all. I get that.

Like most of us, I have heard hundreds, maybe thousands of "life-changing" sermons. If I think really heard, I MIGHT be able to recall a comment from this preacher or that one. But the one sermon I recall vividly was the one spoken by a very pleasant, joyful young man from Africa who was about to leave our church and return to his homeland. The pastor handed him the microphone. I can recall almost every word of his 11 minute address. His first words were shouted: "Who has bewitched you, America?!!" He instantly had our undivided attention. He went on to discuss the weirdness and witchcraft that was creeping into American churches, something he, as an African, would notice while the average American waded in with willing participation. Good stuff.

My own journey down into the "abbreviated message" mode came when I was invited to speak at an outdoor youth conference in Texas on a hot July day. There were many bands and speakers on stage way into the night. Max Lucado spoke at 2PM. I was scheduled for 4PM when the Stage Manager approached me with a handsome, grey-haired politician in tow. He was running for Governor and had asked for "a few minutes" to speak. He would be cutting into you-know-who's time. 

My mind was screaming, "Thanks a lot, bud! I know who I'm NOT voting for!" See, I had not only driven about 2 hours to get to this blessed event, but I had left my family reunion to do so. Finally, because the politician rambled on and on, by the time the Stage Manager approached me, I had a full 13 minutes remaining in which to convey my message. The Stage Manager dared to ask me, "Do you still wanna do this?"

You bet I did! I felt God's power. I felt His presence. I said some things that made an impact and, in my spirit, I KNOW that to be the case. Comments I received afterward as I headed to the parking lot from people back stage and in the crowd were evidence of that. When I left the stage, meeting me at the bottom of the steps was that Stage Manager, He looked stunned. "You still have two minutes left if you want it..." I responded, "Nah, I'm done."

In recent years, I've participated in an event called "The Tipping Point" in Austin and San Antonio in which many ministers are invited to share a 15-minute message. That, too, has been a tremendous exercise for us all.

Currently, I am engaged in a 7-week series at a Salvation Army about 90 minutes from home. My devotional message starts at 11:45 and ends with a blessing over the meal at noon. This week, after I spoke, I said to the Director, "Man, fifteen minutes goes by fast!" She chuckled and responded, "That's because you only spoke for TEN!" As I walked the crowd afterward, I was handed 24 written requests for prayer, prayed for several at their seats, and anointed the head of two woman who were ill. I even felt led to help one young man in the group who needed gas for his truck. He'd just landed a job but lacked the fuel to get there. I ministered and prayed with him at the pump.

"Relationship before function" is a great rule o' thumb for The Church. Those who attend are already aware we are preachers because we're the ones behind the pulpit; that's a given. But what if we briefly shared something that encouraged and blessed them and spared them the agony of a cold room, a sore bottom, a nodding head, TRUSTING the Holy Spirit's ability to do so much more with 15 minutes than WE could if we spoke forever? After that short message, we can spend time with the congregation, praying together, breaking bread, praising God, fortifying our relationships. Don't we want our "ministry" to actually "minister" to those who attend? Let's trust the One outside of time - the One who CREATED time itself - to use our time to bless His Body, The Church.

As an old preacher said many times, "Blessed are the short-wnded, for they shall be invited back."

We're all familiar with a famous car insurance company's slogan: "15 minutes can save you 15% or more on your car insurance." How about we who are ordained share with the ordinary the slogan, "15 minutes can save you... PERIOD!" Such brevity might actually encourage Spectators to become Spartans for Christ.

I'm just sayin'.

Please share this with any Ministers you know.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

Getting Older and getting BETTER!

I am entering my eighth year as a Workplace Chaplain. Because my ministry is to the Employees of a Nursing Home and Assisted Living chain, I am often asked to speak with elderly people, facilitate Bible studies for them, pray with them, and offer them Biblical counseling. Over the years, I have been privileged to meet some amazing old saints, people who really knew Jesus and shined like a beacon among all the Residents there. They weren't religious; they were lovers of Jesus and shared His love with other Residents as well as Staff! 

These individuals were gracious, charming, peace-filled, had great faith, and could, literally, change the environment just by entering a room, even if by wheelchair. They led Bible Studies, held prayer meetings, they were Intercessors, comforters and listeners to anyone who was carrying a burden. They weren't cantankerous, grumpy or mean-spirited at all. I can recall several whose dimming eyes were among the most beautiful I can remember ever looking into.

Whenever I served at a memorial service for any of these people, I couldn't help but notice the attendance was greater and there were many more kind words spoken and many more heart-felt tears as well. 


Because so many of us are either approaching retirement, or know so many more aging people, I wanted to encourage you with this message.

There is this promise of 2 Cor. 4:16 for those whose bodies aren't serving them as they once did:  "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Characteristics of a Beautiful Old Age

The following Scriptures will help you to get a thorough understanding of just what an exciting and productive old age looks like:

1 Timothy 5:5-10: Here is the example of a widow alone who faces widowhood and loneliness. However, this woman trusts in God, uses the promises of the Bible, and has a ministry of intercession. A widow who is "well reported for good works" is making the most out of old age.

Acts 11:36-43: This is the story of Dorcas, "full of good works", given to hospitality, who "washed the feet of the saints", made garments, relieved the afflicted with her nursing skills, and was a producer of divine good. She had mastered the details of life.

Titusy 2:1,2: Here is a discussion of the characteristics of godly elderly men. They are to be healthy minded, alert, sharp, with Christlike character, masters of the details of life ("temperate"), "sound in faith", having spiritual health because of doctrine, being free from mental attitude sins such as bitterness, envy, hostility, having a strong mental attitude and godly love.

Titus 2:3: This verse lists the characteristics of godly older women. Their shining inner beauty reflects the glory of God. They are not false accusers or guilty of maligning, evil speaking, or gossips, and they are not vindictive. They are also temperate and able to teach good things to the younger women. They had skill and wisdom and had the willing attention of younger women. They taught the young women to be healthy minded, emotionally stable, to have sound judgment, to be poised, in control of themselves, thoughtful, to be free from carnality ("chaste"), to be morally good, and to respond to their husbands.

From these illustrations we can conclude there is plenty to do in old age and that old age really CAN be our golden years, not necessarily in reliving the "good old days", but in actively enjoying the present and the future.

Are YOUR best days yet ahead of you? They can be!

Please share this article with anyone you know who is approaching, or living in, their Golden Years. You might also forward to anyone you know who own, works with or cares for elderly people.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


A Return to the New Testament Mission Field 

No, it’s not Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria. It’s not a leper colony in a third world nation or even the poorest side of town. 

It’s the one place most western Christians spend the majority of their time: The Workplace.

It’s estimated, in the U.S.A., 71% of all American employees are unchurched... nearly 3 out of every 4 people with whom one might share an elevator! If The Church were to actually minister to all the needs of its hurting attendees, the fact remains ¾ of our nation’s workforce is STILL being overlooked.

Logically, we should do three things:

1) Equip and mobilize those who journey into the Corporate world for up to 70% of their lives - most of whom are itching for some purpose (explaining why Warren’s “Purpose-Driven Life” was such a hit) – training and releasing them as Workplace Apostles.

2) Make training available to retired ministers who wish to re-enter the workforce as Workplace Chaplains. 

3) Encourage Christian entrepreneurs to start businesses with a hidden agenda: to advance the cause of Christ.

Is Corporate America catching the vision? Yes, many are. One widely-reported comment comes from Austaco, a large Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchisee corporation in Texas, which credits its Workplace Chaplaincy program for reducing its annual turnover from 300% to 125%. Moreover, in the trucking industry, where 100% turnover in drivers is not unusual, Allied Holdings has a turnover of 4%, partly, they claim, due to their employee care programs like the Workplace Chaplaincy.

There may be as many as 20,000 Workplace Chaplains serving American business today. According to the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries, there were fewer than 50 workplace ministries in 1992; today there are roughly 1,200. Reflective of that trend is my own ministry, The Church @ Work (TCAW), which offers businesses the services of career Workplace Chaplains who combine their own secular workplace experience with ministry training.


Ministry in the workplace isn't new. In fact, 45 of Jesus’ 52 parables were about work, while 39 of 40 divine encounters in the Book of Acts occurred in workplace settings. 

Workplace examples can be found throughout Scripture. The word “work” is mentioned more than 800 times and the Hebrew word “avodah” is the root from which we get both “work” and “worship”.

The workplace is a mission field, and although church leaders encourage their congregations to go out and reach it, rarely is training provided. Sadly, just as the Christian world is a spiritual ghetto into which most people never stray, so the majority of Christians seem to have an aversion to mixing sacred with secular – or they've been scared by that “Separation of Church 'n State” deception.

While Pastors say God called them into the ministry, what about the pew-sitters? Are they called to anything? The Church should be on a mission to disciple those who punch a clock. Let's define work the way God defines it... the essence of work, which is worship and Kingdom building... it’s not merely a place you go to earn a paycheck. We MUST realize that we are ALL in the ministry, not just the professionals.

Jack Munday oversees workplace ministry at the Billy Graham Training Center. They started the Christian Executive Leadership Forum in 2003 which works with business leaders on biblical leadership.

The first century church started in the workplace,” Munday said. “We needed to provide encouragement and engage leadership in business. We call it the sacred/secular divide.”

Retired ministers, or perhaps those who've left the Institutional Church for the rapidly-growing Simple Church expression, should consider this Kingdom opportunity in the workplace. 

Let's strike while the iron's hot.  

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

Are you involved with a Cult?
I am addressing this topic as one who's had personal experience. 

Not only was I involved in a 90-day close encounter with a "church" Barbara Walters on "20/20" referred to as "the fastest growing cult in America," but I have assisted others in getting out of that same cult. I have blogged on the subject and have given presentations on the topic of cults. I once attended a seminar on cults and the other members of the audience were so intrigued by my questions and personal testimony, after the seminar, I had more people asking questions of me than the speaker had asking her. Maybe you, too, will find this interesting. For some, this may serve as a Red Flag.

When God turned Moses' rod into a serpent, the Egyptian magicians did the same. Satan is still counterfeiting the things of God and church assemblies are no exception.

I've been the Singles Pastor of a 3,000-Member non-denominational church, the Assistant Pastor of a 300-Member non-denominational church, the Assistant Pastor of a 100-Member Baptist church and, for over 10 years, have affiliated myself with a House Church group that has seen many miracles take place and lives dramatically changed. We encourage our Members to be like the Bereans who "examined the scriptures every day" to see whether the things Paul and Silas were teaching them lined up with Scripture. Not only that, but let's look at what the original language says as well as various Bible translations. Fact is, if anyone were to embrace a particular doctrine they were comfortable with when they joined us, even after examining the Scriptures, that's fine; it's where they're at this very moment and we respect that. We can't expect a baby to know how to run, right? Our goal as a Church is to flesh-out the "one another" verses of Scripture; to show them the love of Jesus, NOT to make anyone in our own image. Let's ask questions and seek the answers together. Our job #1 is to love one another, no matter what they believe. After all, God loved us - me in particular - even when I believed some really goofy spiritual stuff!

Multitudes of church-attenders are leaving the traditional church these days. Across America, Canada and the UK, last I heard, over 53,000 Christians weekly were turning to other religions or irreligion. For perspective, that's about how many soldiers died in the Vietnam War.

Are you told not to question what is being taught because the leaders are honest and want the best for you so you must trust them? Has someone else's beliefs replaced your own choices in any aspect of life? Have you checked your brain at the door, absorbing whatever comes from your group's leaders without question? Folks, the Holy Spirit is your teacher and He lovingly moves each of us along at our own pace in pursuit of truth. Our responsibility is to love one another, no matter what we believe.
Are you told not to ask questions about why anyone left the group, but are expected to accept the answers the leaders give you such as: they fell into sin, they didn’t receive correction, they weren’t teachable, or they had a bad heart and didn’t want to be disciples? Openness and transparency are important; spiritual leadership is about training, NOT controlling. Nowhere in Scripture does God give any human dominion over any other. 
Are you told that you must be with their church or group to be saved and not by Jesus Christ? Anything other than salvation through Jesus Christ is a lie.
Are you being told there is no other church that practices truth, or they will go to hell for even attending that church? A church that recognizes itself as merely one part of the entire Body of Christ will do things such as visit other local churches in support, attend their special programs, and financially support other ministries and pray for the local churches. Such church groups will even minister to Members of other congregations who visit them in need of deliverance and healing. Look for that kind of openness to the Spirit's leading in your group.
Are you made to feel your failures, that your performance is not up to par for the Bible's standard? If so, have you been made comfortable enough to share those feelings? Have you ever been shamed or seen anyone shunned?
Are you being rebuked for things such as the way you say hello or how you respond to being asked to do something, or are you feeling so loved and accepted you are willing to learn from the example of others?
Do they sometimes use people as examples of what you should be doing? There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Big difference between speaking the truth in love and making you feel "lower than a snake's belly."
Do they call those who leave the group "fall aways", "backsliders" and "enemies," or  "dogs returning to their vomit," using the examples of Korah or Judas?
Do they recommend for you to be around THEIR people expecting you to be at all the group activities? If not, are your spirituality and dedication questioned? We should trust that everyone is exactly where Father wants them to be at any given moment. Our steps really are ordered by the Lord.
Do they defend all they do even though it can be harmful or wrong? Or are they open to correction and teachable, recognizing the Holy Spirit can work through anyone He chooses?
Do they operate by humility or are they arrogant and demand you to obey? Or is it done subtly by manipulating you into obeying with statements such as, "real Christians obey their leaders" or "if you were following Jesus you would see what I’m saying is right; true disciples did not question Jesus"?
Beware the "love bomb." When I walked in late to that cult's service on that first visit, about 100 people literally stopped the service to bombard us with handshakes, hugs, and comments such as "We prayed you would be here today." Watch out for people telling you how talented you are and saying you can really go places (true as that may be, flattery goes a long way in cults).
An instant bonding of friendship without your knowing who they are or them really knowing you, they instantly act like your best friend. My "discipler" called me or dropped by every day to tell me he was thinking about me, that he loved me, or to pray for me. 
When you ask questions about their history or the group, they are vague in their answers or avoid answering them (not answering or postponing it makes it go away).  I prayed God would reveal to me if I was in the right place. I even said as I prayed, "Lord, this feels too much like Amway!" In time, we were visited by two ministers who heard we'd gotten involved. What impressed me most was how far they traveled, solely out of their concern. I did my due diligence, contacting a local Christian radio station and was mailed a ton of information on that group. I even called my Discipler to warn him but he wouldn't hear of it. No one in a cult would admit to being so gullible. Yet, contrary to what many believe, most cult Members are VERY intelligent people; they're seeking truth, often disillusioned with traditional religions or Christian denominations.
Are you required to attend studies, required to win souls, required to do anything that will indoctrinate you into "Group Think" and "Group Speak"? Again, is the motivation simply LOVE by introducing others to Christ in you?
Are they emphasizing their church and who they are, more than Jesus and the Kingdom of God? Do they teach that one can only be a Christian by joining them (exclusive spirituality appeals to our pride and works well these days)?
Cults will always divide the family unit instead of bringing them together. They will even make you choose between God and their group. They use scriptures such as "Jesus came to bring a sword, not peace" or "one must give up brothers, sisters, wife and house for the kingdom" and be a true follower Children often become the most hurt because of strict rules enforced on them. Religious systems that are not balanced can be socially and psychologically disastrous for innocent children who are part of such groups.
If you feel uncomfortable about joining a group after visiting, tell them you're simply not interested and do not put up with their badgering and phone calls. Tell them you want time to think about what they are teaching before you become committed to their group. If they pressure you for attendance or continuing in their studies then you know this is not something good. When an attorney from our previous church heard we were wanting to leave, he wrote the cult group a letter and they dropped communications immediately. Seems the group had been sued many times. That attorney's concern for us - people he'd never even met - really impressed me.
If you are already a member of a group that meets the criteria spelled-out here, leave sooner rather than later because it doesn’t get easier to leave later on, especially if you've introduced friends and relatives to the group.
You have every right  to ask questions, lots of them, in fact. After leaving that group, I have been invited twice by friends to listen to speakers in their neighborhood in separate towns. I was raising my hand, asking questions, and one could feel the tangible spiritual clash in the room between the Presenter and myself. No one else joined on either night.                    
What is the history of their founders as well as those the group looks up to for spiritual teaching. What books influenced them or what do they read?
What is their doctrine and basic beliefs? 
Can you review their revenues? Are they open about how they spend their money? Are people's finances monitored and do they review who gives what and how much?
Give yourself some time if you're seeking to know God or looking for a church; He will give you warnings and lead you. I often say, if you cannot observe lives being radically changed as a result of being part of that group, don't join! Don’t ignore the warning signs or spiritual checks on how they conduct themselves no matter how friendly the people are. Love and emotional attachments are an old ruse to have you accepted without any strings attached. This doesn’t last long. Ask what they do in their spare time. Many times one's talent and creativity is smothered as all their time goes toward the group or church. 
Ron Rhodes writes in his book "The Culting of America," "It is a common myth that unbelievers join Cults." Percentages show that those who join these aberrant groups formerly attended Christian Churches.
Dr. Paul Martin of Wellspring Retreat (where cultists adjust from their harmful experiences) writes, "Twenty-five percent formerly attended evangelical, fundamental churches. Over 40 % had backgrounds in large, more liberal Protestant denominations."
Lately the International Churches of Christ probably have the greatest percentage of Church converts. Their main goal is to go into the Christian Churches and remove people. This was the group we had joined.
There are 2 categories of cults: one is doctrinally the other is sociologically.
1. Almost all cults tend to deny the Apostles creed. They have tendency to pronounce other groups as apostate; they alone have the truth.
3. They devalue or deny the deity of Christ.
4. They have extra sources of biblical revelation. They may use God's Word with something else to interpret it
5. They have salvation by works - either denying God's grace or adding performance. It will not always be easy to spot. 
6. They will deny a major doctrine. Cult-like groups take a minor doctrine and make it a major. Ex: you must speak in tongues to be saved.
The following are basic patterns, or characteristics, found in almost all cults that one can easily identify.
Add - Cults add to the Word of God by having additional writings they call Scripture, or by saying that only the Bible is God's Word but you cannot understand it without their interpretation from their own teachers or books. The Bible may be discouraged to be read alone.
Subtract - Cults subtract from the Person of Jesus by saying he is something less than Eternal Deity, or they will add their own teacher as deity. 
Multiply - Every false religion includes "works" as part of their system of salvation. They also usually specify what works must be performed at a certain level for acceptance to their group and God.
Divide - Cults have people choose by dividing a person's loyalty. It's God through their leadership by claiming to be the only Spokesman or group for God. They also require obedience to their leadership to be in right standing with God. They do not tolerate another’s differing opinions and it is looked upon as being divisive or of the enemy.
Mediators- They will always have others involved for one's salvation. For the International Churches of Christ I was a part of, it was my Discipler.

I hope this information will help you to either spot the cults, or discern whether or not you've joined one. If you find you are becoming cultish, talk about it, ask questions in an open and honest fashion. Seek guidance and grace from Father to help you avoid these tendencies to desire control and legalism.

Remember this: Nowhere in Scripture does the Lord give any man dominion over any other man.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work


The following message is one over which I have prayed long and hard and for quite a while. I feel it's time I released it to people such as yourself so you may do likewise. Though I believe we are ALL ministers of reconciliation, according to God's Word, I recognize why this particular message MUST be directed toward those who lead a traditional church congregation.

My name is Michael Tummillo, a non-denominational minister in Texas. I have been a Member of a group called The Black Robe Regiment (BRR) the past four years. Though some have believed this group of ministers disbanded after the Revolutionary War, truth is, 'the Regiment' is alive and well!

Though I encourage ALL ministers of ALL denominations to join our ranks, I'm writing this message in no official capacity; I wasn't instructed to do so by BRR leadership and I'm writing solely as a concerned American citizen and a Minister of the Gospel of the Kingdom. 

My concern is this: The government plans to press into service any Ministers they can recruit as part of their Clergy Response Teams (CRT) to deploy during Martial Law situations, due to their perceived community influence. I've heard they are looking for 26,000 Ministers. Before you are approached and asked to be utilized in this manner, playing any role in the suspension of the Constitutional Rights of our Fellow Americans, do you believe anyone can make quality decisions without quality details? To aid you in your decision, I'd like for you to watch the following brief YouTube video on this topic. Afterward, I hope you'll pray and seek the Lord as to what He would have you do in case such an event takes place.
CLICK HERE (2 min 1 sec) http://youtu.be/SRIDNQNsUss

Another concern regarding these Clergy Response Teams is that, because so many ministries have a 501(c)3 non-profit status, they might have no choice but to assist, even as Constitutional Rights are suspended, else these Ministers lose that status. Would that have an effect on donations and how much would that weigh on one's decision regarding joining the CRT? The question we have to ask ourselves is: "Do I want to be part of that?" I believe this is why, 15 years ago, as I prayed about applying for my own 501(c)3, I felt led by the Spirit NOT to pursue that route. Today, in retrospect, it's clear to me how being a religious non-profit simply would have positioned me much too intimately with the government and I prefer NOT to surrender my liberty to anyone, thank you. 

But the choice is yours. My convictions are not required to be anybody else's.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." - First Amendment to the US Constitution, remember that document?

Do you see what's happening here, friends?
In order to convince American citizens to surrender their firearms to the government during a time of Martial Law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is enlisting the assistance of America's clergy. According to the DHS, they want us to tell our congregations that, according to Romans 13, they must surrender their firearms when the government asks them to do so. You may not be pro-gun. If possible, can you 
Pastor Chuck Baldwin eloquently addresses the Romans 13 question here: http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070810.html
Allow me to address the Romans 13 issue briefly and bluntly: According to Romans 13, every citizen is only bound to obey our governing officials to the degree that the governing officials do not violate the duty of the citizen to obey the "higher powers" which, for Americans, are God and the U.S. Constitution. In other words, no Christian can be ordered to disobey God, and no American citizen can be ordered to disobey the U.S. Constitution. Properly understood, Romans 13 teaches that each and every governing official (including the President of the United States and all those under him) must submit to the U.S. Constitution.
Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the Constitution states, "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution."
So, what does the Constitution say about disarming American citizens? The Second Amendment could not be clearer: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
I repeat: "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED." [Emphasis MINE]
Therefore, any attempt to disarm the American people must be viewed as an act of tyranny and MUST be resisted.
The right to keep and bear arms is rooted deep in our nation's history. It was the attempted gun confiscation of the cache of the colonists' weapons in Concord, Massachusetts, that lit the fuse for America's fight for independence.
America's founders were clear on this subject. George Washington called our firearms "the people's liberty teeth." Thomas Jefferson, said, "No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Patrick Henry said, "The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." Samuel Adams said, "The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
What did Jesus Christ tell His followers on this subject? He said (Luke 11:21), "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace." In other words, in order for a man's goods to be "in peace" it was necessary that he be ARMED. Now, I don't know about you, but I'll take the Words of Jesus over the word of the DHS all day long!
Jesus also told his disciples (Luke 22:36), "[H]e that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Upon hearing these words, Simon Peter responded by saying, "Lord, behold, here are two swords." (vs. 38) That means at least two of Jesus' disciples were armed with swords (the 1st Century equivalent of a handgun, used for personal protection). Did Jesus rebuke them or ask them to surrender their swords? NO! He merely said, "It is enough."
Even after Simon Peter used his sword to cut off the ear of Malchus as soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus merely told him to "put up thy sword." But notice, He did not say to him, "give up they sword.” He merely told him it wasn't time to use it, because it was in the plan and providence of God that Jesus be taken to Pilate, that He might be crucified for our sins.
I cannot be convinced that the Bible teaches pacifism. It doesn't.
While you're praying about this, pray about joining The Black Robe Regiment, too. You may prefer to join "unofficially" while upholding the Constitution and serving your congregation in accordance with 

the heritage of the men of the BRR who've gone before us.

Following is the official video of The Black Robe Regiment with David Barton. Enjoy! 

Please FORWARD this message to every Member of the clergy you know. Thank you! I receive no compensation for this, nor do I write as an agent or representative of any organization but my own, The Church @ Work.

Every blessing to you as you work in your corner of the vineyard,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

Why so worried?

Time and time again, I speak with individuals who express to me how worried they are about this or that. They might go so far as to seek out as much information as they can about an issue, only fueling the fires of anxiety. Even people who seem filled with faith will confess their tendency to wring their hands over matters completely out of their control. They go from being Prayer Warriors to Prayer WORRIERS.

Why do we worry? Truth is, we never have enough information to warrant worrying about anything. Think about that. Without any details at all, our mind runs amok with a million different possible scenarios, none of which are based on any facts at all. I've even read that over 90% of that which we CHOOSE to worry about has no factual basis and never comes to pass. Imagine that! What an incredible waste of emotional energy!

What do these Scriptures tell us about worrying?

Matthew 6:27-29
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Translation: Worrying accomplishes NOTHING!
Proverbs 12:25 
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 
Translation: Worry is a mental burden that can even lead to illness.
Matthew 6:30 
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Translation: Worry is a tremendous waste of energy. Next time you feel pulled in that direction, pray about the issue. It will increase your faith and trust in God.
Matthew 6:25 
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:31-33 
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
1 Peter 5:7 
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
Translation: With faith in God, we realize there's really NOTHING to worry about.

One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Philippians 4:6. Great advice! It says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Remember, we who follow Christ walk by faith, not by sight... or details, rumors or substantiated facts, for that matter. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith this way: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." 

We've all heard the old adage, "An idle mind is the devil's playground." Truth is, Satan and his minions are in an all-out war to capture our imaginations; they really do want your mind. How can we focus on the things of God and the cause of Christ when the focus of our attention has been trained to worrying about something... anything at all? 

Let's make up our minds to GIVE our minds over to Jesus, trying our best to RENEW our mind by filling it with God's Word, casting down those thoughts that don't originate from Him, and trying our best to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Good luck with that while living in this cesspool called "Earth" where our minds are bombarded with ungodliness. 

But it CAN be done! It MUST be done!

Try turning each ungodly encounter into an opportunity to pray and see how Satan deals with THAT!

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

Make Jesus the Lord of your Workplace TODAY!

Yes, all around the planet, today is "Take Your Jesus to Work Day." Truth is, that describes EVERY day. Our  challenge is to truly surrender our work day to Him, allowing Him to actually BE the "Lord" of the workplace. The word "lord" actually means "Owner" and, I gotta ask, "Is Jesus the Owner of your workplace? Your department? You?" 

Has anyone there ever prayerfully consulted Jesus regarding your business and marketing plans, hirings and firings and training programs? Have you done so lately? Have you ever sought His will regarding whether or not to hire a Workplace Chaplain or start a Bible Study after work, or are you motivated by fear and the lie commonly referred to as "The wall of separation of Church and State," found nowhere in our Constitution or any other founding legal documents, incidentally?

Maybe you don't run the organization. No matter. As a child of God, you wield an incredible amount of spiritual power that allows you to set the tone as to how that company will operate. It may take time, but you are a thermostat, NOT a thermometer, fully equipped to claim that facility for God's Kingdom. Remember to arrive early, leave late and work hard in-between. Set an example of excellence, treating customers, coworkers and vendors as you would like to be treated yourself. Expect favor with God and with mankind while you're there. Pray under your breath while saving your "ministry moments" for breaks, lunchtime, before and after work. Pray daily for Divine Appointments and the Holy Spirit will arrange them. 

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and all who dwell in it." You see, Jesus is already the Lord of all things. Sadly, too few of us have surrendered to Him that special place in every aspect of our own lives. Does He own our past, or are we harboring some secret, some pain that has become all too familiar and comfortable to us, so much so we can't imagine life without it? Is He Lord of our present as well as our future... our habits, attitudes, relationships and finances, too?

Make a verbal declaration; life and death are in the power of the tongue, remember? Declare Jesus is the Lord of your workplace right now. Do it again tomorrow.

Before I was a Workplace Chaplain, a business owner asked if I'd come and bless her facility where homosexuality was running amok. Along with several others, we met her there one evening and prayed, declaring Jesus was Lord of that place. Shortly afterward, the lesbian Administrator resigned followed by the other gay employees. A new Administrator was hired, a godly man, I became the Workplace Chaplain, and the entire atmosphere changed. I've worked for several organizations where similar things took place, changing the environment completely. 

Welcome Jesus to take His rightful place in your workplace. Make Him your silent partner today... and get ready to receive His directives.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work

I was a Temple Prostitute!

Throughout the ages, many cultic and occultic groups have included temple prostitutes as part of their sacred acts of worship to, well... whoever/whatever they were worshipping. Sexual acts were performed with and by these Holy Hookers - men as well as women - perhaps as a fertility rite.

That being said, put your mind at ease! When I say I was a Temple Prostitute, here's what I'm talking about... 

All my Christian life, I have been in 'performance mode,' jumping through hoops in an effort to appease the God I worshipped - none of which He required of me, by the way. I was doing non-biblical and extra-biblical things, especially within the edifice we referred to as "The Church." Though, obviously, I wasn't doing sexual acts, I WAS using my body to carry out what I believed to be my "temple duties." In some cases, I was volunteering for this or that. In other cases, I was designing church bulletins. At other times, I was mowing the lawns, washing the floors and cleaning the bathrooms. On Saturday's, I was canvassing neighborhoods, praying and passing out Gospel tracts. As time went on, I was teaching and preaching from the pulpit, doing all kinds of pastoral duties like baptisms, weddings and funerals. Bear in mind, none of these are evil things to be doing. far from it! It all boiled down to the motivation of my heart as one who chose to follow Jesus.

In my mind, I was climbing the ladder of Christian success. Are we supposed to ascend from Usher to Deacon to Associate Pastor to Pastor to Prophet to Apostle to... God? After all, that's the way we're trained, going from the low-man to top dog, right? Even where God's grace is concerned, I believe we have the hardest time wrapping our minds around that concept because we live in a world that rewards us for our good deeds. Whether it's a cookie, a blue ribbon, a gold star, a medal, a trophy, or a pat on the back, we're always seeking approval and recognition and it makes its way into every aspect of life, including our spirituality.

As a Follower of Christ, we have been made worthy of our great reward because of what was accomplished by Jesus on the cross. It has NOTHING to do with how pious, devout and self-righteous we attempt to be or how much we keep ourselves engaged in temple servitude, nor does it have anything to do with how "good" we are  between church services (sadly, for many Christians, the two things that define our faith are (1) Church attendance and (2) being good.) We are righteous and holy, justified and sanctified but ONLY because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We can never attain such a status on our own, so, if that's you,  stop trying! 

On the other hand, if our motivation is to advance God's Kingdom, as it should be, we will pray for, look for and take advantage of every Divine Opportunity that presents itself throughout the day, NOT to score points with God, but in order to set captives free, to share the love of Christ, perhaps to be used to do a miracle in someone's life or speak an encouraging word to a weary soul or bring peace into a difficult situation or joy where there has been none. You are delivering the Kingdom of God, bringing Light into darkness. 

All those years, the REAL temple with which I should have been concerning myself was actually MYSELF (2 Cor 6:16). Scripture plainly states that WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We can see in black and white that God no longer lives in buildings made with human hands (Acts 17:24) though we persist on referring to church buildings as "the House of God." No, under the New Covenant, WE are the House of God. Jesus told the Pharisees "the Kingdom of God [the basilea, or 'dominion' of God] is within you," (Luke 17:21).

When Corrie Ten Boom wrote her classic "Tramp for the Lord," she was definitely NOT referring to herself as a Temple Prostitute. I encourage everyone who claims to be a Follower of Jesus to check your heart's motivation as to why it is you do what you do for the Lord. Religion is man's attempt to reach God; the word literally means "a return to bondage." Newsflash: Jesus came to set us FREE! He even defined "pure religion" as caring for widows and orphans, NOT planting pansies beneath the church marquee. 

If we can adjust our thinking just a bit, focusing more on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man, I believe we'll be onto something at that point. As it is, the world has grown weary and hateful of those haughty, self-righteous, finger-pointing, unloving folks who call themselves "Christians" - many of whom go by that same title while judging others who also go by that very same moniker! Meanwhile, masses of non-Christians have an admiration for the goodness and love of man of compassion we call "Jesus Christ."

Something isn't right. What we're doing simply isn't working or we'd see lots more fruit from our efforts. In my life, it was my own perception of what it meant to please the Lord when, truth is, according to Hebrews 11:6, "without faith, it is impossible to please God." I wasn't making anyone jealous for what I'd supposedly found in Jesus. All they saw was another "holier than thou" Christian. 


The Word for the day? REPENT! Literally, that means "to change one's mind." My prayer is that, while you may continue doing everything you've been doing, you'll do so for an entirely different reason, and with a LOT more freedom and peace.

Every blessing,
Michael Tummillo

Founder, The Church @ Work 


The BIG New Year Message

Here's my big New Year message. It's been rolling around in my head all afternoon. I'm guessing it's for someone out there. Ready?

I am 100% convinced that our Father in Heaven wants you to remember this: He is not angry with you. NOTHING will separate you from His love. 

He has an incredible plan for your life and He will use even what seems like the WORST situations to your benefit. 

He loves you more than you could ever imagine and thinks of you as His favorite child. Yes, YOU! How could that not be true when you are the righteousness of God in Christ? 

Get that? Because of the cross, God sees you differently than all the accusing tongues and fingers. 

This year, expect that He will uphold you, sustain you, deliver you from the enemy. When you appear to fall, you will fall FORWARD. 

Don't ever attempt to get comfortable here on earth. After all, you aren't from here and don't belong here. He is your rock, your fortress and your deliverer. Stay hidden in Him! 

Soldier in God's Army, your bivouac is over. The battle requires your violent participation. The hour is coming when no one can work, so work while it's light! 

God is bringing you Divine appointments that will allow you to share His love with others. THAT will advance His Kingdom and THAT is what we should be all about any way. 

Remember, everything that was available for Jesus' ministry is available for YOU! Jesus said, "Greater things than I do will you do also BECAUSE I go to the Father." 

Well, He went! Now, the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). Phenomenal power is available to us all. Use it!

Expect God's blessings to overtake you this year. Ask for Wisdom and He will give it abundantly.

Remember, it is unwise to expect the stuff of earth to make you happy. Joy is fruit of the Spirit - evidence of God's presence in the worst of times - while happiness rises and falls 

with bank balances and circumstances.

Amen… was that for YOU? God bless you!

Have a Happy New Year!
Michael Tummillo
Founder, The Church @ Work