A Proverb a Day Creates Champions with Neil Kennedy

A Proverb a Day Creates Champions with Neil Kennedy

Neil Kennedy, author and founder of FiveStar Man, has written the book "The Daily Champion" to help men commit to a habit of reading the Proverbs. This will plant a seed towards a champion's mental ability, discernment, and wisdom. Listen to find out how you can be a Proverbs' man to see a positive change in your life.

29 Minutes • 3 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Neil Kennedy

 

Neil Kennedy, author and founder of FivestarMan, has written the book The Daily Champion to help men commit to a habit of reading the Proverbs. This will plant a seed towards a champion's mental ability, discernment, and wisdom.

Listen to find out how you can be a Proverbs man to see a positive change in your life.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: There's an old saying that says an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I want to tell you this: I think if you can read a Proverb a day, you're on your way to a good day. I don't know if that rhymes or makes sense, but a Proverb a day really influences life. There was a time in my life that I pastored and I taught at ORU. During that time, what I found is that I would bring Proverbs into classes. It seemed to make a lot of sense. I told my students then and I say it now just about every day that one of the best business books I've ever read and that I highly recommend is the book of Proverbs. I feel that there's just great business instruction from first day to the 31st day. I have a guest with me now that I'm so excited to introduce to you. His name is Neil Kennedy. He's written, for lack of a better word, we'll just call it a daily devotional, but it's called The Daily Champion. It's written to highlight 365 daily Proverbs. And you may say, well, how you do that because there's only 31 days and 31 Proverbs. Well, he repeats it throughout the book, and I'm excited about that. So, I'm holding in my hands a book that has 365 Proverb devotions in it, in order, 1 through 31 and then it’s starts back over 1 through 31. So obviously, that's a that's a good year to run through this book of Proverbs. So, without delaying any further, Neil, I want to welcome you to the Charisma Podcast Network and to Greenelines.

 

Anyone who can simplify the book of Proverbs the way you've done …. and I just I kind of randomly went through it and before I started asking a bunch of nosy questions, I just want to read a little bit. This is the fifth day of March that we're recording this. So, I would just like to read a little bit. You've got a translation from NIV, and let me just read the part that's in your devotion. My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my words of insight that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. Do you remember what you said about that?

 

Neil Kennedy on Charisma

·         You May Be Married, But are You Engaged?

·         7 Meaningful Touches Every Husband Should Use When Reaching for His Wife

·         Never Disciple Whom You’ve Not Discipled

·         11 Ways for a Man to Keep Himself Pure

·         3 Reasons Why An Authentic Man is Not a Misogynist

 

Neil Kennedy: We do need to protect our purpose and Proverbs helps us do that. If we're not careful, we're one step from stupid. So, Proverbs will help us stay on course and have intentional direction for our lives.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: You've got an organization that I'm excited to talk about. I want hear more about this. Your website is fivestarman.com. Tell us about that.

 

The Five Stars

·         Adventurous

·         Entrepreneurial

·         Gallant

·         Faithful

·         Philanthropic

 

Neil Kennedy: This came out of really a word of knowledge. There's no other way to describe it. I pastored a couple churches; pioneered them. Between that, I served as an executive pastor at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I had a great experience there and, one day, I was traveling to Tulsa. I was not living in Tulsa at the time. I was actually living in Fairhope, Alabama, and I was consulting nonprofits and churches and businesses. When I was coming into Tulsa after a season of prayer, the spirit Lord spoke to me and gave me a word of knowledge unlike anything that I've ever heard before. He said to me to build a movement to resurrect authentic manhood.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: And He used the word movement?

 

·         Proverbs 20:5: “Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” (MEV).

 

Neil Kennedy: He did, which is interesting because He didn't tell me to build a ministry. He told me to build a movement. And so when I wrote that down … and I learned years ago that anytime that I think I hear something from the Lord, we need to write that down. So, it came to my spirit not to my mind, it wasn't a scheme or plan; it was literally a deposit. The next thing he said to me, and now we're taxiing, we're on the plane and taxiing to the gate, He said to focus on men's purposes and men will cast off what constrains them. I wrote that down. I thought that was such a unique phrasing the way that the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me. I just simply said out loud, what are the purposes of a man? We think we know that. We think we kind of have an idea. We certainly have gotten committees together to try to define what we think a man of God should look like and try to then mold men into that image. But the reality is, if we're going to know something, what the purpose of something is, you have to go the original intent. So, out of that came this incredible insight revelation that the Spirit gave me from Proverbs chapter 20, verse 5, that the purposes of a man are deep waters; a man of understanding draws them out. And out of that came the definition of man is each, and there's five categories of purpose within every man. Those purposes are the adventurous spirit, entrepreneurial drive, gallant relationships, faith one character and then being philanthropic and its cause. Now I use language that is not so much Christianese or biblical so that we can identify with them. When we say adventurous spirit, we're talking about a man who is willing to take the risks for the rewards and the protection of his family; an entrepreneur, that's a really relatively new word, more French, origin. But entrepreneur literally means to procreate. It means that we take what God has given us and we fashion it into a commerce. So, the economy of man is really found within themselves what God put there, not out chasing something on Wall Street or in Washington. So, we really develop the gift set within men to do business so that they can meet their needs, grant the desires of their family and finance their purpose. There are two evils under the sun. There are those who have means without meaning, and those who have meaning without means. And so, what we want is to help guys have the means to fulfill their meaning. That's really what prosperity would be, so that as you go to work, you're anointed to do your skill and accomplish your craft so that you can accomplish a life of meaning. Then the others, the gallant relationships that we show special attention to in respect toward women in an honorable way; faith-built character that we will walk in integrity and character before God; we watch over our own words to perform them; that we’re men that don't lie and don't live in lies. And then to leave a legacy to … I really believe that a great man of faith is someone who believes for something that may require longer than his own lifetime to achieve it … meaning that I'm not living for myself, I'm living for my family. I'm living for a legacy. It might be a three-generational promise that Abraham had. That's kind of a really quick summation of the five-star man. We don't rank a man by his manhood, saying you're 1,2 or 3-star man. We are really describing the five passions that are within every man. If we can give him understanding of those passions, then his life becomes really a passionate pursuit of authenticity.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Neil, that's just a good word and good teaching at the same time. I feel as I'm listening to you that the Lord had to plant in this fertile soil in you a sense that you knew the need that men have. So, the obvious question is, what did you see lacking in men that you think this book helps?

 

Neil Kennedy: It came out of my own experience. I wasn't raised under my father. I didn't know my father until I became a young man with a family of my own. I was raised in a very ungodly household, the heathen. I mean, we were just heathens. Our home life was adultery and alcoholism and drug addiction. I worked in a coal mine before I came to Christ. But I had a friend that introduced me to a book by Zig Ziglar. I didn't even know what a zig was. But I found this I found this book, See You at the Top, and in it he recommended reading Proverbs. I began that daily discipline and it revolutionized my life. It actually was what led me to come to Christ and faith in Christ. It began to put a pattern in my life to give me wisdom and insight and understanding discipline and a prudent life. I was poorly educated. I couldn't comprehend what I read. So, after reading Proverbs, all of a sudden everything began to change. God began to direct the steps in my life out of that. I actually discovered Proverbs when I was 17. I was still ungodly, working in a coal mine for four years out of high school. I came to Christ when I was 22, went to Bible college at that at that age. I had been reading Proverbs for three years and a half years before I came to Christ.

 

Some of Neil Kennedy Books

·         Raise a Man

·         The Daily Champion

·         Five Star Man

·         Speaking the Father’s Blessing: 52 Blessings and 365 Promises to Speak Over Your Children

·         God’s Currency

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Where were you in coal mining?

 

Neil Kennedy: Actually, in Oklahoma. Open strip mining, and no one in my family had ever been to college. So, I literally I worked 12 hours a night, seven nights a week. This is my humor, but God literally saved me from the pits I went to Bible college, but I continue to read Proverbs. And what I found was Proverbs is really a man's book. It's a man writing to men. It's a father writing to a son. I thank God for Proverbs 31. Women have claimed that as the ideal, the pinnacle of what a woman should be. But really, if you look at Proverbs 31, it's Solomon's mother writing to him. It's one chapter of the advice of a woman to her son. This is the kind of woman that you need to devote yourself to find. … I just find it ironic that's coming from Bathsheba. But she's giving some great advice to Solomon and it takes a Proverbs 1 to 30 man to attract a Proverbs 31 woman.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's so good and, again, these are things men need to hear. In fact, even in today's chapter five, there's a lot of instruction about the kind of women to stay away from. Proverbs is pretty full of that kind of wisdom.

 

Neil Kennedy: It really is amazing. So, when we wrote the Daily Champion a few years ago, we began to deliver it to men's email. One of the things that we did was we made it so you could read it, you can listen to it, you can watch it. So now, in the last 30 days, over 200,000 men either read, watched or listened to the Daily Champion. What's exciting about that is we're wanting to help convert the daily grind into the most important time of their day. I believe that God relates to men in the daily commute. If we can turn that commute into communion, we can literally see men's lives change. That's what the Daily Champion helps men accomplish. We're simply the guide to help men become the heroes in their story. We're simply trying to help them and give them the tools to help them win.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Neil Kennedy, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Neil Kennedy

·         At fivestarman.com

·         On Twitter

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Neil Kennedy

 

Neil Kennedy, author and founder of FivestarMan, has written the book The Daily Champion to help men commit to a habit of reading the Proverbs. This will plant a seed towards a champion's mental ability, discernment, and wisdom.

Listen to find out how you can be a Proverbs man to see a positive change in your life.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: There's an old saying that says an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I want to tell you this: I think if you can read a Proverb a day, you're on your way to a good day. I don't know if that rhymes or makes sense, but a Proverb a day really influences life. There was a time in my life that I pastored and I taught at ORU. During that time, what I found is that I would bring Proverbs into classes. It seemed to make a lot of sense. I told my students then and I say it now just about every day that one of the best business books I've ever read and that I highly recommend is the book of Proverbs. I feel that there's just great business instruction from first day to the 31st day. I have a guest with me now that I'm so excited to introduce to you. His name is Neil Kennedy. He's written, for lack of a better word, we'll just call it a daily devotional, but it's called The Daily Champion. It's written to highlight 365 daily Proverbs. And you may say, well, how you do that because there's only 31 days and 31 Proverbs. Well, he repeats it throughout the book, and I'm excited about that. So, I'm holding in my hands a book that has 365 Proverb devotions in it, in order, 1 through 31 and then it’s starts back over 1 through 31. So obviously, that's a that's a good year to run through this book of Proverbs. So, without delaying any further, Neil, I want to welcome you to the Charisma Podcast Network and to Greenelines.

 

Anyone who can simplify the book of Proverbs the way you've done …. and I just I kind of randomly went through it and before I started asking a bunch of nosy questions, I just want to read a little bit. This is the fifth day of March that we're recording this. So, I would just like to read a little bit. You've got a translation from NIV, and let me just read the part that's in your devotion. My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my words of insight that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. Do you remember what you said about that?

 

Neil Kennedy on Charisma

·         You May Be Married, But are You Engaged?

·         7 Meaningful Touches Every Husband Should Use When Reaching for His Wife

·         Never Disciple Whom You’ve Not Discipled

·         11 Ways for a Man to Keep Himself Pure

·         3 Reasons Why An Authentic Man is Not a Misogynist

 

Neil Kennedy: We do need to protect our purpose and Proverbs helps us do that. If we're not careful, we're one step from stupid. So, Proverbs will help us stay on course and have intentional direction for our lives.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: You've got an organization that I'm excited to talk about. I want hear more about this. Your website is fivestarman.com. Tell us about that.

 

The Five Stars

·         Adventurous

·         Entrepreneurial

·         Gallant

·         Faithful

·         Philanthropic

 

Neil Kennedy: This came out of really a word of knowledge. There's no other way to describe it. I pastored a couple churches; pioneered them. Between that, I served as an executive pastor at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I had a great experience there and, one day, I was traveling to Tulsa. I was not living in Tulsa at the time. I was actually living in Fairhope, Alabama, and I was consulting nonprofits and churches and businesses. When I was coming into Tulsa after a season of prayer, the spirit Lord spoke to me and gave me a word of knowledge unlike anything that I've ever heard before. He said to me to build a movement to resurrect authentic manhood.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: And He used the word movement?

 

·         Proverbs 20:5: “Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” (MEV).

 

Neil Kennedy: He did, which is interesting because He didn't tell me to build a ministry. He told me to build a movement. And so when I wrote that down … and I learned years ago that anytime that I think I hear something from the Lord, we need to write that down. So, it came to my spirit not to my mind, it wasn't a scheme or plan; it was literally a deposit. The next thing he said to me, and now we're taxiing, we're on the plane and taxiing to the gate, He said to focus on men's purposes and men will cast off what constrains them. I wrote that down. I thought that was such a unique phrasing the way that the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me. I just simply said out loud, what are the purposes of a man? We think we know that. We think we kind of have an idea. We certainly have gotten committees together to try to define what we think a man of God should look like and try to then mold men into that image. But the reality is, if we're going to know something, what the purpose of something is, you have to go the original intent. So, out of that came this incredible insight revelation that the Spirit gave me from Proverbs chapter 20, verse 5, that the purposes of a man are deep waters; a man of understanding draws them out. And out of that came the definition of man is each, and there's five categories of purpose within every man. Those purposes are the adventurous spirit, entrepreneurial drive, gallant relationships, faith one character and then being philanthropic and its cause. Now I use language that is not so much Christianese or biblical so that we can identify with them. When we say adventurous spirit, we're talking about a man who is willing to take the risks for the rewards and the protection of his family; an entrepreneur, that's a really relatively new word, more French, origin. But entrepreneur literally means to procreate. It means that we take what God has given us and we fashion it into a commerce. So, the economy of man is really found within themselves what God put there, not out chasing something on Wall Street or in Washington. So, we really develop the gift set within men to do business so that they can meet their needs, grant the desires of their family and finance their purpose. There are two evils under the sun. There are those who have means without meaning, and those who have meaning without means. And so, what we want is to help guys have the means to fulfill their meaning. That's really what prosperity would be, so that as you go to work, you're anointed to do your skill and accomplish your craft so that you can accomplish a life of meaning. Then the others, the gallant relationships that we show special attention to in respect toward women in an honorable way; faith-built character that we will walk in integrity and character before God; we watch over our own words to perform them; that we’re men that don't lie and don't live in lies. And then to leave a legacy to … I really believe that a great man of faith is someone who believes for something that may require longer than his own lifetime to achieve it … meaning that I'm not living for myself, I'm living for my family. I'm living for a legacy. It might be a three-generational promise that Abraham had. That's kind of a really quick summation of the five-star man. We don't rank a man by his manhood, saying you're 1,2 or 3-star man. We are really describing the five passions that are within every man. If we can give him understanding of those passions, then his life becomes really a passionate pursuit of authenticity.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Neil, that's just a good word and good teaching at the same time. I feel as I'm listening to you that the Lord had to plant in this fertile soil in you a sense that you knew the need that men have. So, the obvious question is, what did you see lacking in men that you think this book helps?

 

Neil Kennedy: It came out of my own experience. I wasn't raised under my father. I didn't know my father until I became a young man with a family of my own. I was raised in a very ungodly household, the heathen. I mean, we were just heathens. Our home life was adultery and alcoholism and drug addiction. I worked in a coal mine before I came to Christ. But I had a friend that introduced me to a book by Zig Ziglar. I didn't even know what a zig was. But I found this I found this book, See You at the Top, and in it he recommended reading Proverbs. I began that daily discipline and it revolutionized my life. It actually was what led me to come to Christ and faith in Christ. It began to put a pattern in my life to give me wisdom and insight and understanding discipline and a prudent life. I was poorly educated. I couldn't comprehend what I read. So, after reading Proverbs, all of a sudden everything began to change. God began to direct the steps in my life out of that. I actually discovered Proverbs when I was 17. I was still ungodly, working in a coal mine for four years out of high school. I came to Christ when I was 22, went to Bible college at that at that age. I had been reading Proverbs for three years and a half years before I came to Christ.

 

Some of Neil Kennedy Books

·         Raise a Man

·         The Daily Champion

·         Five Star Man

·         Speaking the Father’s Blessing: 52 Blessings and 365 Promises to Speak Over Your Children

·         God’s Currency

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Where were you in coal mining?

 

Neil Kennedy: Actually, in Oklahoma. Open strip mining, and no one in my family had ever been to college. So, I literally I worked 12 hours a night, seven nights a week. This is my humor, but God literally saved me from the pits I went to Bible college, but I continue to read Proverbs. And what I found was Proverbs is really a man's book. It's a man writing to men. It's a father writing to a son. I thank God for Proverbs 31. Women have claimed that as the ideal, the pinnacle of what a woman should be. But really, if you look at Proverbs 31, it's Solomon's mother writing to him. It's one chapter of the advice of a woman to her son. This is the kind of woman that you need to devote yourself to find. … I just find it ironic that's coming from Bathsheba. But she's giving some great advice to Solomon and it takes a Proverbs 1 to 30 man to attract a Proverbs 31 woman.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's so good and, again, these are things men need to hear. In fact, even in today's chapter five, there's a lot of instruction about the kind of women to stay away from. Proverbs is pretty full of that kind of wisdom.

 

Neil Kennedy: It really is amazing. So, when we wrote the Daily Champion a few years ago, we began to deliver it to men's email. One of the things that we did was we made it so you could read it, you can listen to it, you can watch it. So now, in the last 30 days, over 200,000 men either read, watched or listened to the Daily Champion. What's exciting about that is we're wanting to help convert the daily grind into the most important time of their day. I believe that God relates to men in the daily commute. If we can turn that commute into communion, we can literally see men's lives change. That's what the Daily Champion helps men accomplish. We're simply the guide to help men become the heroes in their story. We're simply trying to help them and give them the tools to help them win.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Neil Kennedy, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Neil Kennedy

·         At fivestarman.com

·         On Twitter

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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A Proverb a Day Creates Champions with Neil Kennedy