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    Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Tim Darnell's charity Treasures for the Kingdom has imploded. Both churches he claimed to be affiliated under have denied any involvement with the charity, Tim Darnell or his Advantage Conferences pyramid scam that ended with a bankruptcy filing in December 2009 and hundreds of reps out thousands of dollars and ruined or harmed financially.
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    re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Tim Darnell's church said in the following Affidavit they had no involvement with Advantage Conferences, Tim Darnell or his Advantage Conferences pyramid scam.

    Church Affidavit 2.pdf

    Treasures for the Kingdom
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    re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Our Story

    Why did you start your business?

    Psychologically Unemployable

    What makes you different than other similar businesses in your community?

    We have extensively refurbished several homes for individuals in Allen who were in need of repairs and struggling financially.

    What do you like most about your community?

    Allen is a fantastic place to raise a family. We support ASA and Allen High School sports, especially football. My wife, Cathy, is a Physical Therapist currently working at We are involved with Young Life and Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. Both daughters cheered for Allen HS (Hannah was cheer Captain in 2010), and are now in college, one at A&M (Lindy-Junior majoring in Education) and one at Collin College (Hannah - Freshman majoring in Physical Therapy.

    Owner(s)

    Tim Darnell

    Our Team

    7 Reps
    Doing business in several states - great sales team!



    12 years in operation!
    __________________________________________________ ________
    Still bragging about his bogus defunct charity. He conned many representatives of Advantage Conferences who were struggling financially themselves into donating and providing the labor for those remodel projecets by lying about the charity being 501 (c) 3.

    His daughters are paying for college themselves as Darnell is snowed under by a $97,000.00 tax lien. His also has the nerve to use Cottonwood Creek Baptist's name after he stole it too set up that bogus charity. Portfolio Marketing Group was the parent company of the now bankrupt Advantage Conferences.

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    re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    For reasons I can't imagine, Cottonwood Creek Church has allowed that goon who stole their name and tried to defraud them with his Advantage Conferences pyramid scam and stranger owned life insurance debacle to continue to attend services there. He threatened fellow church members as well. Page 47 of the original transcript from the first hearing in Tim Darnell's losing harassment suit against me has the testimony concerning that. That family and the Bonnema family are long gone because of Darnell.

    Transcript_of_Temporary_Injunction_Hearing[1].pdf

    That scumbag Tim Darnell made false criminal allegations of me stalking him and sending death threats as well. This guy is destitute, desperate and dangerous and should not be in that flock as he has already harmed so many good trusting Christians. I would strongly suggest folks demand the church leadership take decisive action and revoke Darnell's membership. The congregations as a whole must be kept safe and protected.

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Tim Darnell had help setting up his goofball charity. Apparently, he met Kaaydah Schatten at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church and she hooked him up with that deceitful CPA, Robert Ward. He was the biggest flop of the conference speakers. Ward set up the charity behind Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church's back. He claimed that he didn't need the church's permission to steal their name and use it as the name of the parent entity for that fraudulent charity.

    The IRS Exempt Organization specialist said absolutely not true. The church must give permission for their named to be used and for an entity to affiliate under them. He pointed out that McDonald's would quickly sue any entity that used their name without permission. Darnell put Cottonwood Creek in legal jeopardy as he put their name on the corporation papers for his Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation.

    Schatten and Ward were behind this deal. I can't find a webpage for it and the address is the same as a Stewart Title office. The IRS does list this one as tax-exempt.

    Entity Information: FORREST FOUNDATION
    9330 LYNDON B JOHNSON FWY STE 190
    DALLAS, TX 75243-3486
    Status: IN GOOD STANDING - EXEMPT ENTITY Registered Agent: ROBERT L WARD
    5495 BELTLINE ROAD, STE 100
    DALLAS, TX 75254 Registered Agent Resignation Date:
    State of Formation:
    File Number: 0151332201 SOS Registration Date: November 18, 1998 Taxpayer Number: 17527918563
    __________________________________________________ __________________
    DIRECTOR KAAYDAH SCHATTEN-FORREST
    9330 LBJ FREEWAY, SUITE 190
    DALLAS , TX 75243
    PRESIDENT KAAYDAH SCHATTEN-FORREST
    9330 LBJ FREEWAY, SUITE 190
    DALLAS , TX 75243
    VICE-PRESI MICHAEL A. HOOPER
    9330 LBJ FREEWAY, SUITE 190
    DALLAS , TX 75243
    DIRECTOR MICHAEL A. HOOPER
    9330 LBJ FREEWAY, SUITE 190
    DALLAS , TX 75243
    SECRETARY MICHAEL A. HOOPER
    9330 LBJ FREEWAY, SUITE 190
    DALLAS , TX 75243
    DIRECTOR ROBERT L. WARD
    5495 BELTLINE ROAD, SUITE 100
    DALLAS , TX 75254
    TREASURER ROBERT L. WARD
    5495 BELTLINE ROAD, SUITE 100
    DALLAS , TX 75254
    __________________________________________________ _____________________
    Stewart Title

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    9330 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Ste 190
    Dallas, TX 75243-3486

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Here are the incorporation pages for Treasures for the Kingdom (again without Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church's permission.)

    treasures articles of incorporation.pdf

    Treasures for the Kingdom3.pdf

    When Cottonwood Creek Baptist submitted an Affidavit as follows, then Tim Darnell proceeded to victimize the church his father had been the senior pastor of for years and incorporate under them without their knowledge or permission.

    Church Affidavit 2.pdf

    Treasures for the Kingdom.pdf

    The charity was forfeited:

    Treasures for the Kingdom 7.pdf

    I wrote to Central Christian Church of Frisco to inquire about the charity and get contact info for the board members. As I suspected they knew nothing of Darnell's shenanigans and the area council said they would never affiliate with a deal like that ever.
    From: Casey Matthews
    Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 2:06 PM
    To: Dobrott, Heather
    Subject: Central Christian Church

    Ms. Dobrott,
    I am the Senior Minister at Central Christian Church and have been for the past 3 years (since the previous minister retired at the age of 78). I apologize for not responding to your email sooner. I never received it (I assume it went to my junk folder).

    Until your recent inquiry searching for a connection between our church and "Treasures of the Kingdom Foundation," I had never heard of this charity. I know nothing about this charity, its purpose, or its history. If you are hoping to find documentation concerning the way in which "Treasures of the Kingdom Foundation" is registered (according to state documentation), I cannot offer you anything. You might have better luck requesting documentation from the state or by contacting the Foundation itself. All of that being said, I have only been at the church for three years. I am probably not your best resource, and I do not know who would be. As a pastor who has worked hard to build trusting relationships with my members, I also do not feel comfortable sharing the contact information of any of my members.

    I am sorry that I cannot be of more help to you at this time. If you find any legal documentation that might be concerning to our church, please let me know. To my knowledge there is none.

    Have a blessed week,

    Casey Matthews

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church







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    Jack Weinzierl said on 6/07/2006:

    SoapBoxMom, Treasures for the Kingdom is in fact a registered 501 (c)(3) You and your minions here need some help. None of you have been to an event, let alone 2 or 3 of them, none of you have been at the Day of Service, none of you believe that faith should be part of one's business and daily walk, enough said. My best to you today.
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    SoapBoxMom, you are incredible. Do you think since this is a newer 501 (c) (3) that was put in place in early 2006 that it may not be in the IRS website yet? Yes, people will create a website for all to see, take and make donations and not setup the 501 (c) (3) that is fairly quick and inexpensive to do so?

    Oliver Stone has a new movie coming out and you consipiracy-minded folks will probably be the first in line. You disgust me, but as a believer, I am called to love the unlovable and I will continue to pray for you
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    SoapBoxMom, a person can read through the threads and see three very long posts that are chock full of your inaccuracies. OpenQuestion refuted that I could not call them lies. I disagree when someone knowingly is spreading untruths just to try to instigate others or to serve their end. Also, the fact that Treasures is a registered 501 (c) (3) and many others that AC supports, makes your statements and accusations inaccurrate, whether you personally have the documentation or not. I agree with Phinnly for a change that accountability is on the law side too, but as believers it is even more so. The documentation will be provided to the folks that need it, not to you my friend. You are receiving a lot of prayer these days.
    The Texas Non Profit Corporation act Timmy claims to be under says:

    Art. 1396-2.23A. FINANCIAL RECORDS AND ANNUAL REPORTS. A. A corporation shall maintain current true and accurate financial records with full and correct entries made with respect to all financial transactions of the corporation, including all income and expenditures, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.
    B. Based on these records, the board of directors shall annually prepare or approve a report of the financial activity of the corporation for the preceding year. The report must conform to accounting standards as promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and must include a statement of support, revenue, and expenses and changes in fund balances, a statement of functional expenses, and balance sheets for all funds.
    C. All records, books, and annual reports of the financial activity of the corporation shall be kept at the registered office or principal office of the corporation in this state for at least three years after the closing of each fiscal year and shall be available to the public for inspection and copying there during normal business hours. The corporation may charge for the reasonable expense of preparing a copy of a record or report.
    D. A corporation that fails to maintain financial records, prepare an annual report, or make a financial record or annual report available to the public in the manner prescribed by this article is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    _________________________________________________
    Even when under a court order to produce documents, Tim Darnell has never produced a shred of documentation about his bogus charity. The IRS and state law concerning non-profit corporations both require public disclosure. I don't think it is a mystery why Tim Darnell and Jack Weinzierl are hiding this information. Weinzierl thinks they can give out information when it suits their fancy. It is criminal not to make proper disclosures available. The IRS agents I spoke with over the years all said that Treasures and Darnell had never filed a shred of paperwork with them ever.

    My best friend Judy S., who took her own life after ending up bankrupt due to her involvement with Advantage Conferences, had given $4,300.00 to Treasures for the Kingdom. The charity never gave her a receipt. Tim Darnell didn't even know how much she had given. In court he said she had given $1,100.00. That leads me to wonder just how cooked and inaccurate the books must be. How many others lost out on thousands of dollars in deductions because Darnell didn't produce a proper receipt from the charity for them either?

    Tim Darnell never had the proper IRS letter because no paperwork was ever filed last I inquired. The church's he affiliated under did not know or bless his stealing their names, so Treasures for the Kingdom would never have been included on their group exemption letter.

    Lies, lies, lies, Timmy. If you donated to Treasures for the Kingdom, please know the IRS is supposed to audit. There have been 4 formal complaints that I am aware of. If you gave to this bogus charity you too should file a formal complaint with the IRS and the Texas Attorney General's Office. It is high time there be a proper accounting of just where the thousands in donations did go. Three small remodels were done, but as no disclosures have been made there is no way to know where all the money went without an IRS audit.

    IRS Complaint Process For Tax Exempt Organizations

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf

    https://www.oag.state.tx.us/forms/cpd/form.php

    And if Darnell doesn't turn over the records I have requested it is a class B misdemeanor and I will go to the police and file a report. I believe in transparency and accountability as Jack Weinzierl claims to.

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church




    The Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation (TFK) was established in December of 2005 under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act*. The organization has been instrumental in providing ministry, service, and financial aid in several different areas:
    Displaced Individuals: Funds from the Foundation are often used for extreme emergency situations involving displaced individuals who have lost their income and are facing homelessness and/or severe financial challenges. Multiple individuals have been saved from electricity/utilities termination and/or eviction with funding provided by TFK. This week, for instance, funds are being sent to a blind man who has been living in his car with his wife.
    Gift of Service: Funds have also been used to renovate several homes of individuals whose meager incomes prohibit the ability to repair or upgrade their living conditions. For example, two renovated home projects were recommended to the Foundation by the ministry of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. Representatives from the Allen based company, Advantage Conferences, provided the labor, and TFK raised the monies needed to complete those extensive renovations. Another recipient of the Gift of Service Project was an after-school activities house in a drug infested ghetto district of Orlando, Florida. Children now have a place to spend afternoon hours away from the hostile environment while their parent(s) are not at home.
    God’s Child Project: Funds are also used for the God’s Child Project, a charitable organization based in Bismarck, ND. One of the most efficiently run ministerial/service organizations in existence (to our knowledge), the GCP has been instrumental in clothing, feeding, providing medical treatment, and educating children in third world countries (primarily Guatemala) for more than 15 years and is a model for ministries worldwide.
    Principle: TFK is operated by Tim Darnell, a business owner from Allen, Texas, who has raised monies for the GCP since 1992. The Dreamer Center, GCP’s beautiful 3-story educational facility, was named in honor of Mr. Darnell’s singing group, Dreamer, after their group purchased the land for the school and raised significant dollars to fund the GCP for more than a decade.
    The Messenger: TFK is also associated with Mr. Darnell’s free, weekly, electronically delivered, Christ-centered newsletter, The Messenger. In 2006, The Messenger was responsible for over 200 prayers of salvation and over 1,000 commitments from individuals to read the Bible from beginning to end (The Cover to Cover Campaign). The Messenger is now in its fourth year of weekly publication.
    Donations

    All donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good and discretionary use. There is less than 2% spent on administrative expenses with this Foundation, an unusually low amount as non-profit entities go. If you would like to donate to the Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation, you may make your check payable to TFK, and send your tithe or check to:
    Treasures For the Kingdom Foundation
    1513 Home Park Dr
    Allen, TX 75002
    You can easily make your donation(s) via PayPal. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Here’s what you do:

    • Access your PayPal account. (If you don’t have one, you can easily set one up at no charge – www.PayPal.com)
    • Go to the “Send Money” tab
    • When asked for the e-mail address to send money to, use: TreasuresKingdom@sbcglobal.net
    • Enter the amount you would like to donate

    *Correction: I had originally posted that the Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation was a “501c3”. The official minutes in the organization documentation produced by our accounting firm use the term, “501c3” on several occasions, but even so, that doesn’t make TFK an official 501c3 entity, as assumed. TFK is a tax-exempt organization like a 501c3, and it has tax filing considerations and treatment like a 501c3 as stated in the minutes (see examples of that language below), but it derives its tax exempt status by virtue of another provision, namely the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act (see the language taken from Articles of Incorporation below).
    To clarify, the “Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation is incorporated under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, and is an Integrated Auxiliary of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church.”
    From ARTICLE IV in the Articles of Incorporation filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of Texas December 16, 2005: “It is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, education, and scientific purposes, including but not limited to the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding provision of any future federal tax code.”
    Further, in ARTICLE V: “…the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding provision of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170c2 of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding provision in any future federal tax code.”
    Further, in ARTICLE VI: “Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding provision of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.”
    All donations made to TFK are fully tax deductible for the donors and are greatly appreciated.




    Contact your Pro Rep at: liferiches@advantageconferences.com
    Josh Peak

    __________________________________________________ ___

    The blind man in his car was Steven Walle, who lost his life savings to Tim Darnell's Advantage Conferences pyramid scam. Many other reps who were ruined financially never received a dime. I talked to reps who went bankrupt, went hungry, declared bankruptcy, lost retirement savings, spent their kids college funds and faced foreclosure.

    Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church demanded Tim Darnell remove their name from these fraudulent charity solicitations. He had stolen their name and used it without permission and put them in legal jeopardy by doing so. See the Church Affidavit 2.pdf.

    The Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act does not make the contributions tax deductible or the Treasures for the Kingdom and tax-exempt entity. It was always listed by the state of Texas as a taxable entity. Tim would have had to file the proper paperwork with the IRS as an independent entity. Neither church would ever agree to have his bogus charity as an affiliate. Check out the criteria to be an affiliate and note Tim Darnell didn't meet any of them except perhaps his ridiculous claim that he shared doctrinal beliefs with these churches. Certainly, as he was defrauding Christians with his pyramid scheme, Advantage Conferences, the churches would not agree with that claim!


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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    The Texas Secretary of State says:

    2. Is a nonprofit corporation exempt from taxes?

    A Texas nonprofit corporation is not automatically exempt from federal or state taxes. To become exempt, it must meet certain requirements and apply with both the IRS and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

    3. How does a nonprofit organization, including a nonprofit corporation, become tax-exempt?

    Exemption from federal taxes is determined by the IRS. IRS Publication 557, “How to Apply for Recognition of Exemption for an Organization,” describes the rules and procedures for requesting exemption. Questions about federal tax-exempt status can be directed to:

    IRS
    Exempt Organizations
    1100 Commerce
    Dallas, Texas 75242
    (214) 767-6023 [Customer Service]
    (214) 767-0040

    Exemption from Texas state taxes is determined by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts . Questions can be directed to:

    Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
    Exempt Organizations Section
    (800) 531-5441 or (512) 463-4600
    tax.help@cpa.state.tx.us

    4. How do I form a “501(c)(3)” corporation?

    Filing a Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State creates a nonprofit corporation. Designations such as 501(c)(3) relate to federal tax provisions only. If you need information regarding those provisions or how they might affect a Certificate of Formation, you should contact your own tax counsel or the Internal Revenue Service. The Secretary of State’s Form 202 meets minimum state law requirements but does not include any additional statements that the IRS might require for tax-exempt status.....

    6. What is a registered agent? What are the agent’s duties? Where may a registered office be located? Can the Secretary of State be the registered agent of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership?

    A registered agent is an individual Texas resident, domestic entity, or foreign entity that has qualified or registered to transact business in Texas that is responsible for receiving service of process or official notices addressed to an entity.

    An entity’s registered office must be a physical address where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours. It cannot be a post office box that is part of a commercial mail or message service unless that commercial enterprise is the registered agent or the registered office is in a city with a population under 5,000.

    The Secretary of State cannot serve as an entity’s registered agent.

    9. Can one person be the sole director and officer of a nonprofit corporation?

    The Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act and the Texas Business Organizations Code require a nonprofit corporation to have at least three directors, one president, and one secretary. The same person cannot be both the president and secretary. Officers and directors must be natural persons.

    12. Who has authority to investigate the activities of a nonprofit corporation?

    The Attorney General has statutory authority to (1) investigate charities that operate as nonprofit corporations, and (2) inspect the books and records of all corporations, including nonprofit corporations. The Secretary of State has no such authority.

    The IRS can revoke a nonprofit corporation’s tax exemption for violations of federal tax laws.

    13. Are the books and records of a nonprofit corporation available for inspection?

    The Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act and the Texas Business Organizations Code require nonprofit corporations to maintain financial records and minutes of certain proceedings and make them available to members for examination and copying. The board of directors is required to prepare or approve an annual financial report. In general, all records, books, and annual reports must be available to the public for inspection and copying. These provisions do not apply to (1) corporations that solicit funds only from their members; (2) corporations that do not intend to solicit and do not actually receive contributions in excess of $10,000 during a fiscal year from sources other than their members; (3) proprietary schools; (4) religious institutions; (5) trade associations or professional associations whose principal income is from dues and member sales and services; (6) insurers; (7) charitable organizations concerned with conservation and protection of wildlife, fisheries, or allied natural resources; or (8) alumni associations.

    Under certain circumstances, a nonprofit corporation’s books and records are available to the public under the Texas Open Records Act (chapter 552 of the Government Code). Section 552.003(1)(A) of the Open Records Act defines “governmental body” to include the “part, section, or portion of an organization, corporation, commission, committee, institution, or agency that spends or that is supported in whole or in part by public funds.” For more information on the Open Records Act, contact the Attorney General.

    14. Does a nonprofit corporation file IRS Form 990 with the Secretary of State?

    No; however, under certain circumstances, a nonprofit corporation files Form 990 or 990-PF with the Charitable Trust Section of the Texas Attorney General.
    Quote:
    Later, the articles of incorporation and bylaws must be submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when filing for federal tax- exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, discussed below. In Texas, a nonprofit corporation should file its articles of incorporation and appropriate fees with the Secretary of State.

    ....tax-exempt status is found in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is the most desirable form of tax-exemption not only because 501(c)(3) corporations are exempt from federal, state, and local taxes, but also because donors to the organization can qualify for tax write-offs for their contributions.


    "Integrated Auxiliary of a Church" Defined

    The term integrated auxiliary of a church refers to a class of organizations that are related to a church or convention or association of churches, but are not such organizations themselves. In general, the IRS will treat an organization that meets the following three requirements as an integrated auxiliary of a church. The organization must:

    Be described both as an Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) organization and be a public charity under Code section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3),
    Be affiliated with a church or convention or association of churches, and
    Receive financial support primarily from internal church sources as opposed to public or governmental sources.
    Title 26 is also helpful:

    (
    h) Integrated auxiliary—(1) In general. For purposes of this title, the term integrated auxiliary of a church means an organization that is—

    (i) Described both in sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) (1), (2), or (3);

    (ii) Affiliated with a church or a convention or association of churches; and

    (iii) Internally supported. (receive financial support primarily from internal church sources)

    (2) Affiliation. An organization is affiliated with a church or a convention or association of churches, for purposes of paragraph (h)(1)(ii) of this section, if—

    (i) The organization is covered by a group exemption letter issued under applicable administrative procedures, (such as Rev. Proc. 80–27 (1980–1 C.B. 677); See §601.601(a)(2)(ii)(b)), to a church or a convention or association of churches;

    (ii) The organization is operated, supervised, or controlled by or in connection with (as defined in §1.509(a)–4) a church or a convention or association of churches; or

    (iii) Relevant facts and circumstances show that it is so affiliated.

    (3) Facts and circumstances. For purposes of paragraph (h)(2)(iii) of this section, relevant facts and circumstances that indicate an organization is affiliated with a church or a convention or association of churches include the following factors. However, the absence of one or more of the following factors does not necessarily preclude classification of an organization as being affiliated with a church or a convention or association of churches—

    (i) The organization's enabling instrument (corporate charter, trust instrument, articles of association, constitution or similar document) or by-laws affirm that the organization shares common religious doctrines, principles, disciplines, or practices with a church or a convention or association of churches;

    (ii) A church or a convention or association of churches has the authority to appoint or remove, or to control the appointment or removal of, at least one of the organization's officers or directors;

    (iii) The corporate name of the organization indicates an institutional relationship with a church or a convention or association of churches;

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    (vi) In the event of dissolution, the organization's assets are required to be distributed to a church or a convention or association of churches, or to an affiliate thereof within the meaning of this paragraph (h).

    (4) Internal support. An organization is internally supported, for purposes of paragraph (h)(1)(iii) of this section, unless it both—
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    God calls us to be stewardly with the monies He generously allows us to produce and “handle.” Moreover, it is a God-given responsibility and mandate for you and I to be productive. It is very clear that Jesus would have us be “Ten Talent” men and women (see Matthew 25 – the parable of the talents), people who produce and multiply the resources we are given – and then give it ALL back to the Master!
    The Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation is a federally recognized, tax-free 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping underprivileged families, Christian ministries, disabled individuals, severely ill, and the destitute. Gifts from the Foundation are normally perceived as unexpected and unmerited miracles by the grateful beneficiaries. This Foundation’s service and philanthropy is an attempt to mirror the unfathomable grace that God has given each of us.
    Gift of Service
    The Mindset Mentoring Treasures for the Kingdom Conferences –and Advantage Conferences Annual Conventions are exciting events that are preceded by a Company activity called, The Gift of Service.
    Four days prior to the Conference, AC Reps convene on a home that has been chosen by AC staff members for renovation. Led by AC Reps, Jim Wald (Cocoa, Florida) and Dan Hagen(Carrollton, Texas), along with dozens of AC’s service-minded Reps, the unsuspecting beneficiary family is asked “may we borrow their house for about a week?”
    AC Reps are assigned various aspects of the fix-up plan, including tear-out, demolition, removal, plumbing repair and replacement, shelving, appliance replacement, garage door repair or replacement, new front doors and closet doors, painting, or whatever is needed – and THE FUN BEGINS. The end result is that the home is dramatically improved to be more beautiful and functional.
    Allen, Texas - January, 2006: AC Reps descended on the home of a single-Mom’s family struggling to make ends meet following a divorce. At first glance it was apparent that the house needed attention - and quickly. The garage door at the front of the house was non-functional, literally hanging diagonally. This was not only an eyesore, but a serious security issue, not to mention a terrible insulation / heating and air conditioning challenge as well. Upon further inspection, it was immediately evident that virtually every square foot of the house posed an opportunity for repair and renewal.
    After six full days of work, the result of the combined efforts of more than thirty AC Reps was amazing. The mother, Michele was overwhelmed, delighted, and extremely grateful throughout the process. She says, “I was speechless for the first time in my life!” Afterward, she held a party for her Sunday School Class to see the amazing remodel and make-over – “my new home!”
    Michele is thankful to God, Advantage Conferences, and all the Reps for their self-less work. It was a free gift she still doesn’t quite understand. Isn’t that how God’s grace is – simply too good to understand!

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    Orlando, Florida: March, 2006: The week prior to the Mindset Mentoring Treasures for the Kingdom Conference, work began on the recently purchased home of the Orlando based, Mending Hearts Charity. Founder, Stephanie Richards ministry needed a recreation and crafts center for children of low-income parents in the afternoons while the parent(s) worked.
    Nestled in the middle of a drug-infested neighborhood of the “hood” in Orlando, Ms. Richards has dedicated her life to cleaning up bad neighborhoods. We salute her lifetime of ministry and service.
    New cabinets, doors, windows, a dish-washer, and a full paint job (among many other improvements) all physically accomplished by AC Reps, helped Ms. Richards achieve her dream! The Gift of Service Project seeks no publicity or accolades. It is simply a great way for Advantage Conferences Reps to get their hands dirty and change many peoples’ lives!
    The next Gift of Service event will occur the week of October 22nd prior to the Mindset Mentoring Conference in Dallas, Texas – October 27-28.
    All donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good and discretionary use. There is less than 2% spent on administrative expenses with this Foundation, an unusually low amount as non-profit entities go. If you would like to donate to the Treasures for the Kingdom Foundation, you may make your check payable to TFK, and send your tithe or check to:
    Treasures For the Kingdom Foundation
    1513 Home Park Dr
    Allen, TX 75002
    You can easily make your donation(s) via PayPal. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Here’s what you do:

    • Access your PayPal account. (If you don’t have one, you can easily set one up at no charge – www.PayPal.com)
    • Go to the “Send Money” tab
    • When asked for the e-mail address to send money to, use: TreasuresKingdom@sbcglobal.net
    • Enter the amount you would like to donate




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    In my opinion publicity was the only purpose for setting this bogus charity up. Tim expected tons of media coverage and hoped he could get his church to endorse his pyramid scheme and stranger owned life insurance products so he could make a killing. Tim has long had delusions of success and a spot in the company of the real movers and shakers out there. In reality he has mooched off of his wife for years while floundering in one pyramid scam after another as he ruins his whole family financially.

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Cottonwood Creek Baptist needs to do something about Tim Darnell. That deranged nut is a danger to their congregation and clearly very disturbed:

    Jack Weinzierl / Tim Darnell Fabrications of Receiving Death Threats and Being Stalked By Soapboxmom / Heather Dobrott

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    I'm absolutely fascinated by this new age form of "Christianity" which has sprung up.

    It must be an American thing.

    You'll have to point me to a version of their Bible.

    The one that tells them to rip off their fellow man and then walk away as if nothing has happened.

    Must be fun attending their church on Sunday morning.

    If Weinzierl and Darnell are anything to go by, the attendees would need to have eyes in the back of their heads to protect them while their heads are bowed in prayer.
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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Though this thread is on the first page of Google for Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church and the church has had numerous complaints about Tim Darnell, they now have that threatening, scamming goon signed up as a children's Bible teacher hosting weekly meetings in his own home.

    Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church Allen, TX Pastor John Mark Caton / Tim Darnell Threatened Church Members a Hot Spot????

    "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves"
    — Matthew 7:15


    Just what Bible are the church leaders reading???

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    Re: Tim Darnell's Treasures for Kingdom Foundation / Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

    Tim Darnell filed Treasures for the Kingdom as an auxiliary of Cottonwood Creek with the Texas Secretary of state even though he did not have their permission to use their name and they did not know he had so filed. I was told by someone close to Tim Darnell and the church that Darnell was specifically told the church wanted no part of his charity debacle. A materially false filing could be considered a crime or tort. Why has Cottonwood Creek not pursued it as such? Why is Cottonwood Creek still putting their members at risk and allowing Darnell to host bible studies and more?

    C. Enhanced Penalties for the Submission of a Fraudulent or False Filing

    The BOC imposes both criminal and civil penalties for the submission of a false or fraudulent filing instrument.
    1. Under prior law, it is a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly sign a document that is materially false with the intent that it be filed with the secretary of state. House Bill 1507, effective September 1, 2005, amended the Texas Business Corporation Act to increase the offense to a state jail felony if the person signing the document intended to defraud or harm another.
    2. Section 4.008 of the BOC applies to all filing instruments under the BOC. Similar to provisions under prior law, section 4.008 of the BOC provides for criminal penalties if a person signs or directs the filing of a filing instrument that the person knows is materially false. The BOC enhances the penalty to a state jail felony if the actor’s intent is to defraud or harm another.
      1. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a sentence of up to 180 days, a fine of up to $4,000, or both.
      2. A state jail felony is generally punishable by a sentence of 180 days to 2 years plus a fine of up to $10,000.

    3. Section 4.007 of the BOC provides, under certain circumstances, for a person to recover damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees if the person incurs a loss caused by a forged filing instrument, or a filing instrument that constitutes a criminal offense under the BOC. An injured person may recover from:
      1. each person who forged or knowingly signed a false instrument;
      2. any managerial official who directed the signing and filing of the filing instrument who knew or should have known of the false statement or omission; or
      3. the entity that authorized the filing of the instrument.

    4. The secretary of state does not have authority to initiate a criminal action or to pursue a civil suit for damages on behalf of injured parties.
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