Knowing Your Masters To Know The Master

This morning I read a book in the New Testament called 2 Peter and came across this statement in Chapter two verse 19:

“People are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” (NIV)

This sentence struck home as it made me reflect on the many masters I have had in my life.  Over the course of the last 27 years of my life, I was mastered by anger, fear, jealousy, greed, lust, money, and power. I knew that these masters were very harmful but I turned my back on my Christian beliefs after a personal relationship imploded in 1986. For 27 years, I was everything but a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fast forward to the past three years. Today I have a loving Christian wife and we have prioritized our lives to work towards serving only one master: Jesus.  Here are some specific actions I took to rid myself of destructive masters:

In 2015, Carrie and I found a great local church in New Jersey, led by pastor Christian Andrews. While Christian may not know it, his passion for Christian living and the power of his sermons awoke my spirit and restored me to my faith that I abandoned in 1988. God used Christian to get my life back on the right path. You see, my masters had been whispering in my ear for 25+ years that the pleasures of the flesh were more exciting than a commitment to Christ.

On April 14, 2017, Carrie and I moved to Royal Palm Beach Florida. We found a great church, that is 3 miles from our home called Christ Fellowship. We have made an effort to attend church every Sunday and we are planning to get involved in local groups and outreach programs. You see, my master called “time management” had been whispering in my ear that I didn’t need or have time for Church.

On Nov 13, 2017, I made a commitment that I would no longer make excuses for not starting my day praying and reading the Bible. Every morning since then, I start my day with a Jesus First strategy. Then I invest in my health and go to the gym.  Then I can start my day with both spiritual and physical energy. You see, my master called “work” had been whispering in my ear that I didn’t need or have time for investing in my Christianity.

It has been a slow process, and the work to restore my spiritually continues. I never realized just how harmful those other masters were to my entire being. The master (sin) that Jesus told us to avoid negatively influenced the way I viewed people, relationships, my work life, and the things of this world.

Who are your Masters? There is only One master that will give you true peace. I can confirm this truth from my own experience.  Worldly masters are hard to defeat but that God that we have the power to overcome the power of sin in our lives.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16 NIV

Thank you, Joe Pecoraro, my NPHS high school Physics teacher, for sharing the Gospel with me in 1977. That moment changed my life forever. I will always think of you as I reconnect with the spiritual gifts that I received through faith in Christ over 40 years ago.

God’s Spirit Within You – Christian Andrews

My pastor Christian Andrews kicked off a new sermon series this past Sunday. Would you invest a few minutes with me to watch his sermon from Sunday? I know that it will be a great investment of your time. Please watch this video and share it with your friends.

If you would like to join me at Park Church, please reach out to me at 732-672-2356.

Pasch Family Tree From Germany

I am researching my Pasch family roots from Germany and could use the help of anyone with additional information on the members of the family tree that I have logged on Ancestry.com.  Here is a brief summary of the people I would like to know more about:

Wilhelm and Auguste Pasch – Arrived NYC in 1872, they were 49 and 45 respectively.

Wilhelm was born in 1823 and his father was from Baden, Germany.

Auguste (Augusta) was born 1827 and her father was from Baden, Germany.

I do not know her maiden name, and I would love to get that on the Pasch family tree.

Wilhelm and Auguste has six children:

  •             Hermann 1849
  •             Caroline “Lena” 1852
  •             Mine Pasch 1857
  •             Frederick (Fritz) Pasch 1860  (My great grandfather) 
  •             William G. Pasch – 1863
  •             Johanna Pasch 1866

I would love to know more about Wilhelm and Auguste Pasch who brought their family over on May 11, 1872 on a ship from Hamburg.

Who their children married:

  • Herman Pasch married Amelia Bollenbacker and had 9 children
  • Caroline “Lena” married Johan G. Rilling and had 6 children
  • Frederick “Fritz” married Sarah Sweeney and had 3 children (my grandfather was one of the three)
  • William married Minnie Pascoe and had 1 child
  • Johanna married David C. Allen and had 7 children

I am using Ancestry.com and would appreciate any help with more details on six children of Wilhelm and Auguste Pasch who lived in New Jersey and more specifically in the North Plainfield area.

Email: brian@pcgmailer.com

Cell: 732.672.2356

Join Me Today – June 3rd for #ISG20 in Amersfoort

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Today Glenn and I will be speaking at the  Internet Sales 20-Group in Holland (#ISG20) hosted by Paul De Vries. The meeting will start at 1:00 PM in Amersfoort at the Van Der Valk Hotel. Paul will open up the meeting discussing his latest research and data on Internet Sales Processes.  Glenn will be speaking on how to build successful teams in the dealership.

Then I will be closing with two topics. The first is how to understand the role, metrics, and ROI of third party classified advertising websites. The second topic will be the 10 things any dealer must do when considering a change of website providers.
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This is going to be a great day of training and collaboration. If you would like to attend, contact Paul De Vries via email at: 
paul@pcgconsulting.nl

Our Book in Dutch

This week our best selling book on Internet Sales Process will be going to print in Dutch.  If you would like to order a copy visit: www.SellingCarsBook.com.

The book has been enhanced for the Dutch market with contributions from Paul De Vries, Leo Franzen, and Ersnt Gleijm. If you have a large quantity to order, contact Carrie Hemphill at 908-601-6475.

See you later today!

P.S. The Internet Sales 20 Group meeting in Holland is organized by Paul De Vries, and is not a PCG organized event.  PCG was invited to speak at this workshop, which Paul has been running for two years. Anyone concerned about the workshop’s name convention chosen by Paul, should contact Paul directly.

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