Apprentice or Disciple?

apprentice.gifLike the eighteen apprentices on NBC’s popular series, the twelve disciples vied to win the seat by their master’s right hand. But the paths and the masters could not be more different. Compare the Official Trump biography with that of Jesus.

Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate globally and locally such as Houston real estate as an example, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and started his business career in an office he shared with his father.

In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses, among them the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, voted the best US Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler, Trump World Tower at the United Nations Plaza, 40 Wall Street, and Trump Park Avenue. Besides New York, he is involved in developing properties across the nation, with projects in Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, Honolulu, Jersey City, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach. Mr. Trump’s portfolio also includes four award-winning golf courses in New York, New Jersey, Florida and California, and the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. His first project in Dubai was announced in 2005, to be called The Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower, and a new golf course in Scotland is currently in development. Trump Island Villas and golf course on Canouan Island, the Trump Ocean Club in Panama, and developments in Seoul, Korea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto, Canada round out his portfolio of international holdings. Trump has a lot of businesses around the world with many employees working for each. Sometimes these employees may need to travel over to his permanent home of the United States of America for work purposes for a period of time. These employees would need to apply for something similar to the L-1 VISA so they are able to work there legally, as well as enjoying the benefits that this visa can give them. This is a process that must be done to help Trump’s business empire be as successful as possible.

In a departure from his real estate acquisitions, Mr. Trump and the NBC Television Network are partners in the ownership and broadcast rights for the three largest beauty competitions in the world: the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants. He is also the star and co-producer of the hit television series, The Apprentice, which has received national and worldwide attention. In the summer of 2004, his radio program on Clear Channel made its debut and broke all syndication records.

Mr. Trump has authored seven books, all of which have become bestsellers. Trump Magazine was launched in 2004, Trump University Online in 2005, and the Donald J. Trump licensing program currently includes men’s suits, dress shirts, neckwear, cuff links, watches, eyewear and fragrance. In 2006,, an online travel agency, made its debut, as did Trump Productions in Los Angeles.

In August of 2006, Mr. Trump was voted by Business Week magazine as “the world’s most competitive businessperson.”

When compared with Donald Trump, Jesus is the very definition of an American failure, even though he continually set the standards of human excellence. Jesus did not expand his interests in real estate, gaming, sports and entertainment. Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and bound Satan himself. He graduated from no earthly schools, preferring to learn the trade of carpenter from his stepfather, Joseph, and to share the power of the Kingdom with His heavenly Father. As He said, “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise”

In New York City, as elsewhere, Jesus’ signature may be almost invisible, as small as a mustard seed, or as slow as leaven in a loaf. He has no address because He is always with us. Jesus is involved in transforming human hearts across the world. Jesus has no portfolio. His first project was his mother’s idea – to save a wedding feast from the embarassment of running out of wine. He plans to descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Him will rise. Then those who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Him in the air.

In a departure from previous Kings, Jesus rode into the defeated city, not to ascend to an earthy throne, but rather to die a horrible death. However, He did defeat death itself, rising from the grave to be seen by over five hundred witnesses. Jesus provided his followers with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, and the mission of proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom with all of His authority.

Jesus authored no books, launched no magazines, founded no universities, licensed no programs, travel agencies, or production companies. Instead, through Him, the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them

Jesus has never been voted Business Week magazine’s “world’s most competitive businessperson.”

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