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Sharpening Discernment: How to See Clearly in an Age of Deception

November 1-3, 2018


About Sharpening Discernment: How to See Clearly in an Age of Deception

In life, we always choose based on what we discern our situation and options to be. Sharp discernment can avoid lots of pain, wasted resources and regrets. But sharp discernment has to be trained (Heb 5:14, ESV). Sharpening Discernment will give you handles on how to see more accurately into what is happening as you move forward.


  • The Dynamics of Discernment
  • God’s Role in Discernment
  • Avoiding Discernment Distorters
  • Finding Discernment’s “Holy Grail”
  • How to discern…
    • Truth versus untruth
    • The hearts of others
    • Damaging people
    • Manipulators
    • Situations you face
    • Yourself—your issues, “set ups” for sin
    • How media is impacting you
    • A path through the Culture War
    • Life ahead: patterns, traps, etc.

At the conference you will discover answers to…

  • Why is discernment so easily distorted?
  • What “heart checks” are needed if I want to “see” clearly?
  • What is the key to the best discernment?
  • How do I recognize if I am headed into trouble?
  • What are standard traps in life?
  • What “forces” impact my emotions and choices?
  • Why are “hot issues” so hard to navigate?
  • How does life “work” as I move forward?

About the Wisdom Conference Series

Have you ever tried to assemble a jigsaw puzzle? It's much easier if you can see the picture on the box. The "big picture" gives you an idea of how all the pieces fit together.

The Christian life is made up of a lot of "pieces:" our personal relationship with the Lord, our mental life, our friendships, our jobs, our possessions, our families, etc. Wisdom Conferences attempt to give the "big picture" on fitting the pieces of life together under God's leadership.

In the Bible, "wisdom" is knowing how to accomplish things God's way. Wisdom is key to success:

Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade.
That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
- Eccl 10:10, New Living Translation

The Wisdom Conferences give you an opportunity to "sharpen your blade" and learn God's ways to succeed in several arenas of life.

At the Wisdom Conferences,

  • Ministry leaders will find an understanding of the arenas of life that is at once
    • Biblical in perspective,
    • Broad enough to handle wide areas of Christian living
    • Specific enough to be used in helping people solve the problems of daily life
  • Christ-followers will gain an understanding of how Scriptures fit into making daily life work
  • Parents will grasp how to both model the Christian life for their children and also explain it based on Bible passages.

Each Wisdom Conference:

  • Focuses on key issues that dramatically impact our daily lives, such as Attitudes, Authority, Relationships, etc.
  • Presents the Bible's overall perspective on that matter (the big picture).
  • Then details what the Scripture specifically says about how to wisely handle different parts of that issue (how to put the pieces together)

For example, the Wisdom Conference on Attitudes, Authority and Success:

  • Focuses on two key issues that dramatically impact our lives: the attitudes we live with and the way we deal with authority.
  • Presents the Bible's five key attitudes that are promised tremendous blessing—and details how to implement them
  • Gives the comprehensive Biblical guidelines for exercising authority or following it—and details how we are to deal with authority in various arenas of life: the state, in the home, on the job and in the church.

And, the Wisdom Conference on Relationships and Success:

  • Focuses on an arena of life that dramatically impacts our daily lives: relationships.
  • Gives the key Scriptural guidelines that shape how we are to deal with all relationships.
  • Then, lays out how the Scripture says we are to specifically handle our relationship with the State, our neighbors, the poor, our enemies, male/female relationships, marriage, parenting and relationships in the church congregation.

Wisdom conferences present a "whole-Bible" approach to the arena addressed. For example, in the Conference Relationships and Success, the comprehensive view of relationships utilizes both Old Testament and New Testament information. The information is fitted together from the perspective of the New Testament, but includes the extensive information on relationships found in Old Testament books such as Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Previous Conferences

  • Five Faces of Folly, 2001
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 2002
  • Biblical Wisdom in a Secular Culture, 2004
  • Growing Wise Kids, 2005
  • Foundations for Success, 2006
  • Success God’s Way, 2007
  • Relationships and Success, 2008
  • Making the Best Decisions, 2009
  • Power to Prosper, 2010
  • Building Wealth God’s Way, 2011
  • The Kingdom Family, 2012
  • The Kingdom Family II, 2013
  • The Kingdom Family III, 2014
  • The Kingdom Family IV, 2015
  • Wisdom & Warfare, 2016

Schedule: November 1 – 3, 2018

Fort Worth, TX

Thursday, Nov. 1

8am - 9am Registration/Check-in Begins
9am - 5pm Conference Sessions*

Friday, Nov. 2

9am - 5pm Conference Sessions*

Saturday, Nov. 3

9am - 12:30pm Conference Sessions*
12:30pm Conference Dismisses

*Includes refreshment & Lunch breaks


The Wisdom Conference is hosted by Hope Church in Fort Worth, TX.

Hope Church
1750 Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Speaker: Harold Bullock

Harold Bullock is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hope Church, an innovative church in Fort Worth, Texas. Hope began in 1978 with a vision to help with planting churches in the major cities of the world. Since 1978, people going out from Hope have planted more than 70 churches and have helped catalyze over 160. Hope is currently a congregation of about 1,000.

Harold grew up in northeast Tennessee and graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in 1967 with a degree in mathematics and chemistry. He pursued graduate studies in physical chemistry at ETSU and Ph. D. work in physical chemistry at the University of Southern California. He has worked as a research chemist and also taught college chemistry in the Los Angeles area.

Harold began vocational ministry as Director of Student Ministries on staff for the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association, with the job description of starting Baptist Student Ministries on several campuses in the eastern LA region.

In 1974 the Bullocks moved to Fort Worth to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They both graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1977. In January 1978, they began Hope as a mission of James Avenue Baptist Church. They have three children: Jessica (married to Matt Sturdevant), Gina (married to Thad Lanthripe), and Jon.

Harold Bullock, Author & Speaker

During the 1980's Harold traveled widely for the Home Mission Board speaking in Urban Evangelism forums and also doing conferences for the Student Work Department of the Sunday School Board. Since the 90's he has spoken at numerous church planting conferences and taught occasional courses at Golden Gate Seminary, Midwestern Seminary and New Orleans Seminary.

Harold has authored a series of fantasy adventure books for children ages 6-12, the Tarlian Adventures. The first three books in the series, The Battle for the Worlds, The Crystal Castle, and The Dragon of Raldan are in print. Silver 4, the first volume of an action adventure series for middle-schoolers is now available.

Harold has also written several non-fiction books: Sharper Strokes: Living Smarter, Not Harder; Fools & Follies: Biblical Patterns That Live Today; and Self-Defeating Strategies: The Roots of Life's Problems.

Deborah, Harold's wife, graduated from UCLA and has a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Seminary. She served as Kids Ministry Director as Hope Church for seven years and has taught numerous classes on developing character and values in children. She is the primary developer and writer of NRG Curriculum—the first gender-specific, value-shaping kids ministry curriculum. For more information on NRG Curriculum, check the NRG website

You can keep up with Harold's conferences and materials online at his website


Below are some of the most common questions we get regarding the conferences. Look through these first and then, if you still have questions, please send them to:

General Info

  • Where is the Wisdom Conference held?

    The Wisdom Conference is will be held at Hope Church in Fort Worth, TX, about 30 minutes from DFW International Airport. More travel information below.

  • What time zone are you in?

    Our conference takes place in Fort Worth, TX. Texas is in Central Time Zone.

  • What about travel and accomodation information?

    Two airports are convenient to the Dallas Fort Worth area:
    • Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW). The airport is located about 30 minutes from Hope Church, host site for Wisdom Conference 09.
    • Dallas Love Field (DAL). Love Field is about 40 minutes from Hope Church.
    Conference attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. You may find some helpful information at
    Follow this link for a map to Hope Church, host site for the Wisdom Conference.


At the Conference

  • Is there childcare available?

    Children & Childcare: Children and families are important to us, however, the Wisdom Conference is an adult learning environment only. We simply are not able to accommodate children at the conference. Parents will need to make their own arrangements for childcare to happen off-site from the campus of Hope Church. In the event that a family arrives to the conference with children, at least one of the parents will be sent home/back to the hotel and not permitted to attend with children in the building. There will be no designated play or study areas provided for children to “hang out” while their parents attend the conference. The minimum age required for a registered conference attendee is that of a freshman in high school or the home school equivalent.

    Nursing Mothers: Nursing mothers with a child 12 months old or younger are permitted to attend the conference with their child. If a nursing mother chooses to attend and bring her child 12 months and younger with her, she will be assigned to a special room (with other nursing mothers) with a video feed from the main auditorium. At no time will any baby be permitted into the main auditorium or any other conference viewing rooms. It will be the responsibility of the mother to care for her child at all times. Dads will not be permitted in the designated “nursing mothers area.” Please send an email to to let us you are bringing a 12 month old or younger child to the conference so we can be prepared. Nursing mothers will receive special instructions upon arrival at the check-in booth. This opportunity is available for this conference and may not be available for future conferences.

  • Is lunch provided?

    Yes. Lunch on Thursday and Friday is included with your registration.

  • Are there snack breaks?

    Yes. Several refreshment breaks will be provided throughout each day. All food and beverages will be provided for you.

  • What is the dress code?

    Dress for Life Shaping Resources events is casual. As the date for your event nears, you might want to check (using zip code 76103) for the weather outlook. We’ll also try to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, but you may want to dress in layers, especially if you tend to get cold.

  • What do you do with pictures and video taken during the conference?

    Life Shaping Resources uses photos and video taken from events for print, web, and video resources. Your registration constitutes permission given to Life Shaping Resources for these purposes.

  • Will I be "Connected" at the conference?

    Yes, WiFi is available throughout the building.

  • I'd like to catch a service at Hope Church — What are the service times?

    Hope Church Service times (CST): There are three identical services that last about 60 minutes, 8:30am, 10am & 11:30am.

  • What is there to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?

    Please visit for local information and attractions.


What people are saying about Harold Bullock and his conferences:

Harold Bullock teaches and lives from the perspective that God's Word contains "the Way of Wisdom." He brings the core of scripture to real life in very practical ways. He sees the multidimensional levels on which life exists, and slices through it with the Word of God. Thad King, Pastor @ Pierpoint Church, Huntington Beach, CA

Thanks for helping me to spend my time more wisely building church life around the things that matter to God. Terry Williams, Pastor @ River Community Church, Wichita, KS

Many conferences describe how life should be…they leave you feeling guilty and overwhelmed. This one describes how life is and how to walk in God's ways. Bevan Unrau, Pastor @ Seabreeze Church, Huntington Beach, CA

This is a tremendous practical application and scriptural foundation for all aspects of life and our walk with God…the content is OUTSTANDING and Harold's parables are very instructive. Greg Fuller, Business Leader, Diamond Bar, CA

As a seminary student I've taken many classes that focus on knowledge but aren't always practical in walking with and honoring the Lord in my life. Harold's conference on Relationships and success is rooted in scripture and he gives wise council on applying God's Word to our lives. It's extremely practical! Meghan Overlien, Growth Group Leader @ Hope Church, Fort Worth, TX

Harold Bullock's conferences have a major impact on my spiritual, personal, and business life.  My ministry and company have reaped direct benefit from the wisdom I've gained through these conferences.  I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to move forward in life with wisdom. Michael Coogan, Business Owner, Chico Community Church, Chico CA,

Harold's wealth of experience and success is a priceless asset for local leaders in the 21st century! Gordon Blocker, Pastor @ Grace BibleChurch, Grapeland, TX

Profound concepts presented in a totally accessible format…life changing… Anne Ringer, church member @ Seabreeze Church, Huntington Beach, CA

For over 20 years I have had the privilege of not only knowing and learning from Harold Bullock in various settings, I have watched the lives and ministries of many of the leaders who have come out of Hope and the Hope Global Network. Harold is not only a wise leader who has modeled what he is teaching, but the leaders who have gone out from Hope are demonstrating high character, a deep walk with God, effectiveness in ministry, and have done so with a cooperative spirit by giving of themselves to others and to various institutions. From coast to coast I know Hope guys who are impacting their region out of an overflow of their walk with God and practically living out the wisdom Harold has shared with them. In absolutely the best ways, the Hope people are known to be a peculiar people. Dr. Will McRaney - Director, Evangelism Strategy Department, Florida Baptist Convention

My high expectations were exceeded in this wisdom seminar on relationships.  Harold delivers a godly and biblical approach to relationships from years of ministry experience into practical and useable wisdom. Beau Thompson, Student Worship Leader @ Hope Church, Fort Worth, TX

Harold has a lot of wisdom… he's really good at helping you think through, 'What is it that I need to do in my situation', … helping me to think through what's my situation and what can I do and what are my experiences; how can I pull all that together to make a change in my church. Stephanie Schleyer, New Hope Church, Alexandria, VA

These seminars are truly life altering.  I always walk away with a clearer direction in life and a renewed excitement to walk with Christ and serve others. Isaac Molen, church member @ Church in the Valley, Diamond Bar, CA

[Harold is] one of the few men that has truly shaken and sharpened my view of God and 'how church works'. Bob Johnson, Pastor @ Canyon Hills Church, San Diego, CA

…a great perspective reminder. In dealing with people efficiency and effectiveness don't always go hand-in-hand…I need to focus on being effective. Neil Walker, USC Student Ministries