AuthorDino Katsiametis

#1 Ben Julianel – Ex-baseball player, husband, business owner and man of God talks to Dino about his struggles and finding the Lord.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” Colossians 3:23

Ex-baseball player, husband, business owner and man of God Ben Julianel talks to Dino about his personal struggles and the events that lead to finding the Lord. Every week, host Dino Katsiametis interviews Christian men that are leaders in the business world.  They discuss the different ways that they can improve the lives of the people in their community.  The mission is to facilitate an environment where men can help each other be the best version of themselves and mentor each other through the task of creating a world that God wishes for us.  One that is peaceful…one that is prosperous…and one that is so filled with unconditional hope and love that we can’t help, but wake up everyday feeling joyous.  Men who are empowered to be leaders can have an incredible impact on the women, children and families that surround them.

Here are just some of the questions that Dino asked Ben on the show:

  1. When did you find God?  Did you have an aha moment?  Was it some big epiphany where a light bulb went off or was it just kind of… always there?  Where i’m going with this is…  was it after a struggle, like did something happened that caused you hardship?

  1. Was there a book or person that was influential?

  2. What is your favorite verse and why?

  3. Fast forward now from that aha moment to present…  How has God changed your life.  Where are you today because of your struggle and how has that or can it be used to help other people?

  4. What advice can you give someone that might be going through a hard time right now?

  5. What does it mean to you, to be a God’s Man Of Influence?

Recommended Book:  The Purpose Driven Life

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There’s No Shame In Hitting Rock-bottom

shameI’ve had a lot of friends hit rock-bottom over the years.  In fact, I’ve hit rock-bottom financially a number of times and I absolutely know how it feels.  For a time, you feel worthless like you’ve let everyone down.  You also feel hopeless because you think you’ll never be able to recover.  Then you feel angry because of all the time you’ve lost.  Sometimes, you burn bridges, end marriages and lose friends.  It’s a horrible, horrible feeling compounded; I would imagine, if you add drugs and alcohol into the mix.  The common thread between all of these feelings is shame.

Shame is surprisingly difficult to get over.  It attaches to your ego and eats away at your sense of self.  Shame is so strong that it is considered the number 1 reason why people who get lost in the woods  die.  It is also; not surprisingly, a very common cause of suicide.  When you feel shame you isolate which is the exact wrong thing to do.  Isolation will slow down any forward progress toward recovery.

When I felt my deepest shame, I did two things which were very effective.  I surrendered myself to God and surrounded myself with a strong support structure of friends and family who believed in me regardless of my failure.  First, what I discovered by surrendering myself was that it became much easier to understand what God wanted.  I was able to read the scriptures with a clear and open heart and they began to make more sense than they ever had before.  Second, by surrounding myself with loved ones I was not given much of a chance to wallow in self pity or shame.  They all called me out and lifted me up at a time when it would’ve been difficult to do for myself.

I’m now very grateful for everything in my life, including and especially hitting what I considered rock-bottom.  Had I not hit rock-bottom I would not have surrendered to the Lord, I would not have made the decisions I have since then that led to a thriving business based on integrity and I would not have met many of the people I know now who help me to spread the Word. By the way, many of the people I’ve met had hit rock-bottom in dozens of ways and all have come through as thriving God’s Men of Influence.  This is why I can say,  there is no shame in hitting rock-bottom.  Remember, “The struggle strengthens.”


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The Word of the Lord

The word“Let the word of the Lord dwell in you richly”.- Colossians 3:16  This was something that was said on my show the other day by my guest James Perry the CEO of Alliance Portfolio and it has been bouncing around in my head ever since.  I really recommend you listen to the show because James did such a great job of analyzing what that means as well as dissecting other phrases living in the Word.  I want to share this one in particular because it touched us at God’s Men of Influence so deeply.

James started with the word “Let”.  What does the word let mean?  It means you have to be open to the word and willing to understand its lesson.  You can’t be resistant to it, you must let it in. Well what are you letting in?  You’re letting in the Word, which is the truth. Now, whose Word is it?  It’s the Word of the Lord that was spoken into creation.

It all made great sense and was very moving for me up until this point, but here’s the part that really made me want to share it with you. James talked next about what the word “dwell” means to him and he described it this way.  If you put a teabag in a cup of hot water for a second and then take it right out, the water is basically unchanged, but if you leave the teabag in the water for a few minutes and let it “dwell” there, pretty soon the water changes dramatically.  The water has a fragrance a taste and richness to it.  What a great way to look at it.

The thing that is most powerful to me about this is the idea that I can go back to the scriptures myself and breakdown each phrase in a similar way.  Think about the deeper understanding of the Word that we all have access to, merely by using this method of analysis.  I’m more excited than ever to pick up my Bible in the morning.

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The Virtue of Tithes and Offerings

Proverbs 11:24  One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want

TithesOne of the questions I ask on every show is “Do you Tithe?”  I’m happy to say that the answer every time has been yes and invariably starts a conversation that is fun and inspiring.  One of those conversations was with my guest Tony Lattimore.  Tony was emphatic about the true virtue of tithing, but admitted that it’s not always easy to do.  The story that made me really smile was when he said that his wife makes him Tithe 10% no matter what.  They were broke and he said “honey, I only made $50 in a personal training session?”  She replied immediately, “right…and $5.00 dollars goes to the church.”  So great!  (By the way, his wife has 8 children from a previous marriage and one with Tony)

The powerful thing is that Tony is absolutely convinced that tithing is one of the things that makes his success possible.  He has a thriving personal training business and along with giving 10% gross of everything the family makes, he, his wife and their 9 children are all intimately involved with their church.  Tony is a leader of the church and teaches a free training class to 80 plus members every Saturday.

While Tony’s story is not exactly typical, it is similar to how other families feel about tithing including mine.  This morning, I started to consider the true virtue of tithing.  What makes it so powerful?  There have been plenty of times it was difficult for me to see 10% of my income go out the door especially when my family could’ve really used it, but here’s the thing.  When I’m giving to others, it takes me out of my own head and reminds me that others need it much more than I do.  My family and I are incredibly blessed to be able to give what we can and the change in perspective almost immediately goes to work.  The day gets brighter and I begin to radiate that light rather than darkness of whatever my particular troubles were that day.   God changes my perspective by filling me with his light and it’s wonderful.

If you happen to be someone who doesn’t tithe because you feel as though you’re incapable or you just feel despair, I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s another chance to get closer to the Lord and it will change you forever.

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