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Bonvera and Tim Marks – The Shocking Truth

Guest Post with Clint Fix

One thing that remains constant is that things change. Sometimes people change and sometimes businesses change. When people look into Bonvera, they find out that Tim Marks has been involved with a couple different network marketing companies over the years. The problem arrises when people assume the reasons behind each step of the journey and fail to apply consistent thinking to Tim Marks’ transitions and the creation of Bonvera as they do any other career. For example, no one faults entrepreneurs that have founded multiple different successful companies over the course of their career. Sometimes markets change. Sometimes the entrepreneur sees an even bigger problem to solve in society. Likewise, No one faults the excellent employee that after some time with a company is looking for new challenges or grows unhappy with certain aspects of that particular company and moves on. The same standard needs to be brought to bear on the transitions that Tim Marks has made over his career. The question at hand is the reasoning and heart behind the transitions, as transitions themselves are neither good or bad.

In the following five part video interview, I, interview Tim Marks and ask probing questions into his background, the transitions through various companies and the reasoning behind each, and what his vision is with Bonvera and why he chose to launch it. We dive into what changed and why things changed. Tim and I also discuss loyalty, tool companies, scams, rumors, and common MLM problems. 

Check out the interview and leave your thoughts and/or questions in the comments below!

Cheers!

Clint Fix

Part 1: Bonvera: A Shocking Backstory – Quixtar/TEAM

Part 2: Bonvera: A Shocking Backstory – What? Selling Juice?!?!

Part 3: Bonvera: A Shocking Backstory – Vision: Some Kept It, Some Changed It

Part 4: Bonvera: A Shocking Backstory – Why Only Tim & Amy?

Part 5: Bonvera: A Shocking Backstory – Lessons Learned, Controls, Vision

 

Paul David Tripp on Rain and Drought

Hey gang, here is a great post from Paul David Tripp.  Everyone faces challenges.  For some believers, those challenges may cause them to question how the Lord is working in their lives.  If you are facing a time of rain and drought, consider the following message and see how even the most difficult time can be the doorway to greater blessing in your life.

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Do you like the rain?

On a sticky summer day, rain can be a welcomed break from the heat. Rain will water your backyard garden while it gives life to vital crops after a long drought. Rain will give your car a free wash, and it may even cancel your child’s sporting event that you didn’t want to go to!

But let’s be honest: for most normal people, we like to be inside when it rains.

Rain gets in the way of our comfort. It soaks our clothes and messes up our hair and gives us chills. I live in the heart of Philadelphia and walk most places – I’ve been surprised by rain too many times, and I rarely celebrate God’s goodness when I feel the puddle forming around my toes!

Today I want you to consider the spiritual metaphor of rain. There are many references in Scripture, and most often, they represent God’s blessing. For example: “I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:4).

On the other hand, when there is no rain, blessings seem few and far between: “The anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit” (Deuteronomy 11:17).

God’s rain will always yield fruit, but sometimes, he’ll send a cold and uncomfortable rain that you won’t want to dance in. He may send the rain of physical pain, to help you mature under trial. He may send the rain of an honest friend, to confront your sin. He may send the rain of situational difficulty, so you learn to rely on him alone for comfort.

God may also bless us with drought – yes, I said bless. He may withhold success from us, so that we find identity in him alone. He may allow our dream to die, to help us discover a vision for his kingdom instead. He may allow us to experience spiritual dehydration, only to produce a deeper thirst for relationship with him.

So the next time God showers you with a cold and uncomfortable rain, don’t run in anger for your umbrella. Consider the blessings that he has in store.

And the next time God allows you to experience drought, don’t question his love and faithfulness. His purpose is always to restore, and yield a harvest more bountiful than before.

God bless

Paul David Tripp

Faith-Based War Room Movie is #1 at the Box Office!

Hey gang!  This movie, by the creators of Fireproof, Courageous and Facing the Giants, has dominated the weekend box office, beating the rap mogul autobiography Straight Outta Compton.  Deadline.com reported:

3RD UPDATE, Sunday 8:10AM Final update: N.W.A.’s reign at the top of the box office charts has been thwarted by the Lord with Sony/Affirm’s faith-based title War Room taking No. 1 on both a 3-day and 4-day basis, with respective estimates of $9.24M and $12.1M. Through 10 days, the Kendrick Brothers film has made$27.5M.  Sony sees $9.35M for FSS and $12.3M for FSSM.

It shows that people are thirsting for quality faith-based entertainment in a fallen world.  I have watched the movie and thought it was fantastic.

Stonewall Jackson

Many great heroes of mine come from this incredible country we live in.  I would have to say one of the leaders I hold in the highest regard is General Stonewall Jackson.  Many folks don’t understand where he got his nickname; this video does a pretty good job of explaining it. I know in my life I have found when I feel God has called me to do something, He gives me the strength to do it – even when it may seem crazy to others.

A great movie that depicts Stonewall Jackson is Gods and Generals.  My favorite quote from the movie occurs when Stonewall Jackson and one of his captains are talking after the first battle.  The captain had noticed the strength of Stonewall Jackson during the battle and said to him,
“General , how is it you can keep so serene, stay so utterly insensible with a storm of shells and bullets raining about your head?”  To which Jackson replies (and this gives me chills,)
“Captain Smith, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.  God has fixed the time for my death.  I do not concern myself with that.  But to be always ready, whenever it may overtake me – that is the way all men should live. Then all men would be equally brave.”

Enjoy the video!

God bless, Tim Marks

RC Sproul: Is it a Sin to be Wealthy?

Hey gang!  Here is a blog entry from RC Sproul, a remarkable theologian, author and pastor.  In it, he tackles an important subject: whether it’s a sin to be wealthy, or not.  This is a very important question to have answered, particularly if your goal is to achieve financial freedom through building a business.  RC does a remarkable job breaking this issue down and helping us understand what God intends for us in regards to wealth.

God Bless,

Tim Marks

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015

Ask R.C.: Is It a Sin To Be Wealthy?

No. One can certainly get wealthy by sinning. One can certainly sin while being wealthy. But it is surely not a sin to be wealthy. Though few would be so crass as to express such a sentiment, it nevertheless often reveals itself, ironically among the wealthy. Wealth, remember, is a relative term. Most of us like to think of ourselves as somewhere safely in the middle. But I suspect 99% of you reading this are, in terms of wealth, in the 1% of the wealthiest humans to ever walk on this planet.

Wealth, like wine, is a blessing from God that can be misused, that can bring with it a bevy of temptations peculiar to it. One temptation common to many of God’s blessings is that we forget they are God’s blessings. That is, we lose sight of the giver of the gift in loving the gift. Every good gift, however, should be seen as a window through which we behold the grace and the beauty of the Giver. Wealth has this added danger- it can encourage us to lose sight of our dependence of God.

Which brings us to how to rightly respond to the gift of wealth. First, give thanks, knowing that it comes from the hand of God. Were we better able to recognize that we are all in the 1% we would begin to push back against the envy that crushes gratitude. We see wealth as wicked because we think it’s something other people have that we don’t. But to 99% of those who ever lived, we are the other people.

Second, recognize that we are but stewards of what God has given us. Better yet, recognize that you are the steward of what God has given you, and I am the steward of what God has given me. Sometimes we use the truth that we are stewards of what is God’s as a pretext to judge how others handle what God has given them. We think this one shouldn’t have such a big house but should be financing missions, and that one shouldn’t have such fine clothes but should be supporting the local soup kitchen. We pride ourselves into thinking we could steward the money God gave the other guy to care for than he does.

We can debate on the requirements God makes of His stewards, whether the tithe is still binding, to whom it should go, gross or net. What we must not do is add to God’s requirements. Nor subtract from them. That is, not only is it not a sin to enjoy the wealth God has given you, it is likely a sin to not enjoy it. God commands His people in Deuteronomy 14:26- “And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.”

Which means the key is gratitude, not how much or how little we have been given to steward. We need not repent of our wealth. We likely need to repent for our failure to recognize it, and give thanks to the Giver. Wealth is no more proof of greed than poverty is proof of laziness. Work hard. Remember your dependence. Give thanks. And enjoy.

Obamacare Sunk My Personal Doctor

Gang, this letter says it all.  It’s moments where you hear how wrong thinking has hurt people.  Here is an excerpt from the letter, for those of you who don’t want to squint:

“Dear Tim and Amy,

It is with deepest regret that I must inform you of the closure of my private family practice located at ********, Cape Coral, FL.

As many of you know, the Affordable Care Act (OBAMACARE) has enacted unprecedented rules and regulations that are deleteriously affecting your access to quality healthcare.  Most are aimed at forcing doctors to collect your personal health information and report it to the federal government or pay a substantial penalty.  Unfortunately, these new policies and regulations make the future operation of small medical practices financially unsustainable.”

 

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God Bless, Tim Marks

 

Ben Carson Offers Outspoken Views

Hey gang!  From time to time, I know I post things on  my blog that are likely hot-button political issues.  In sharing videos clips like the one below, I know that I do so at the risk of offending some people.  That is never my intent.  My goal is just to get people thinking about their own life, the lives of others, how they can help them and, in this case, help the future of our country.

I really wish that a guy like Ben Carson, a bestselling author and wildly successful surgeon by trade, could get into the Oval Office.  Out of all the Presidential candidates he is by far the most well read and educated on things that matter.  He understands business, politics, religion, and art.  Most importantly for the presidential office, he understands the true meaning of leadership, and that it is to serve others.  I really hope somehow he finds a way to battle the establishment politicians and make his way to the Oval Office.  I would encourage you to study him and make your own decisions politically, but if he ends up on the ballot he’s got my vote!  God Bless, Tim Marks

Check out this video on YouTube:

The Unjust Treatment of Kent Hovind

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Kent Hovind  or have followed his story, but I wanted to give you all an update and make you aware of the current injustice that he is experiencing.
From Forbes:
Kent E. Hovind (born January 15, 1953), an American young earth creationist, is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on science and the Bible. The amazing ability of Kent Hovind to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format makes this essential information accessible for youth and laypersons, as well as science professors. The goal of his creation seminars is to convince listeners to reject theories of evolution, geophysics, and cosmology in favor of the Genesis creation narrative from the Bible. As of 2012, this Creation Seminar has parts translated via subtitling in 37 languages.
While I do not agree with Kent on some doctrinal issues, we do agree on the majors.  As you will see in the video below, Kent has been the victim of unjust treatment in our legal system.  Let me be clear: he is most likely not without some amount of issue  (for example, not paying taxes, etc.)  While some people may say income tax is a farce, the courts will still put you in jail for not paying them, so I wisely choose to pay.
However, nothing warrants what this judge has done to Kent and continues to try to do to him.  If in fact the court documents have been altered, as argued in this video, that is a serious serious issue.
Please pray about how God may use you to help Kent Hovind through this situation.
God Bless, Tim Marks
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Below is an excerpt from a Forbes article on the Kent Hovind situation and what “structuring” is:

You will see reports that Kent Hovind is in prison for tax evasion. This is understandable. According to this recent Tax Court decision concerning Mrs. Hovind, neither he nor she were filing 1040s. That is not what he is in prison for. In 2006, a jury found Kent Hovind guilty on all counts of a fifty-eight count indictment. Twelve counts concerned failure to file quarterly payroll tax returns for Creation Science Evangelism (Mr. Hovind’s ministry which operated the Dinosaur Adventure Land theme park). Forty-five counts were for “structuring”. He or his wife made cash withdrawals from the bank in the amounts of $9,500 or $9,600 on forty-five separate occasions between the summer of 2001 and the summer of 2002. The 58th count said he had corruptly endeavored “to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws” . That particular offense reminds me of a crime that the city cops I hung around with in the seventies used to talk about. They called it “ B and A”, which stood for “being an _______”. In Hovind’s case it included filing complaints, making threats and paying his employees in cash and calling them missionaries.The Creation Hall of Fame has replaced its statement that Mr. Hovind was testing the constitutionality of the tax laws and was unable to find a righteous judge with a lengthy statement by Hovind that explains that he was not doing that. Here are some excerpts:“I have NEVER been a tax protester. America was founded by those type guys and we NEED them today, but I am NOT one.  The government, however, broke over 20 laws to put me in prison. This has been the history of man. See the story of Joseph, Job, Jesus, 6 million Jews in Hitler’s camps etc.  I DO NOT say the tax laws are unconstitutional nor did I break one to “prove a point” or “test the law.”Hovind appealed his conviction and sentence to the Eleventh Circuit, which upheld both, but he has not given up.

He has a letter from an anonymous sympathetic banker on his site that gives this analysis of the structuring charge:

By this twisted logic, if you deposit or withdrew $500 from your own bank account every week for 21 weeks, you could be arrested and charged with 21 counts of structuring because the amount went over $10,000.‘ You could be fined $5,250,000 and sentenced to 105 years in prison (even though you never had the $10,000 in your account at any one time and the money was not earned or spent illegally)!

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UPDATE:  Charges against Kent Hovind DROPPED!

He is out! Here is the link to the Kent Hovind official blog with all official updates:

KentHovindBlog.com

As well, check out this YouTube video!

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Hey Gang!  Here is video and a re-post of a blog article from Time Magazine that perfectly sums of the meaning of today.  As you enjoy time with your family, please take time to honor the ultimate sacrifice our fighting men and women have given so that we may enjoy our freedom.

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

by Tessa Berenson

This is the real meaning of the holiday.

It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation—but the day signifies much more than just a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.

It’s unclear exactly where the holiday originated—Charleston, S.C., Waterloo, N.Y., Columbus, Ga. and other towns all claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. The event in Charleston that may have precipitated the holiday offers poignant evidence of a country struggling to rebuild itself after a bloody war: 257 Union soldiers died in prison in Charleston during the Civil War and were buried in unmarked graves, and the town’s black residents organized a May Day ceremony in which they landscaped a burial ground to properly honor the soldiers.

In the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day celebrations were scattered and, perhaps unsurprisingly, took root differently in the North and South. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed. This ensured a three-day weekend and gave the day its current status as the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted fun.