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Success

By | Day 01, Day 21 | No Comments

My father-in-law was very “successful” financially as a businessman, then for many years lived the retired American dream lifestyle. He now has poor health and suffers from dementia. His life has changed dramatically in just a matter of months. I spent this past weekend going through a storage unit of stuff that he had accumulated, and it was like a time capsule of his life. As I was reflecting on what God was trying to teach me through this experience, I received a devotional from Os Hillman’s Today God Is First.  In it, Os says: “For many people in the world, real meaning in life is the next vacation, career success, or stepping up the income ladder. It is a life based on pleasurable experiences. Many a human being has toiled their whole life to gain a pleasurable lifestyle only to find a life that is empty and meaningless. You only have to watch television for one evening to discover that advertisers want us to believe this is the goal of life. The work-to-play theme is consistent with most advertising messages. Knowing Christ brings the only real meaning and purpose to the human soul. Spend time today getting to know the Lord in a more intimate way. Then you will discover real meaning and purpose in life.” God then told me, “this is Truth. It resonates with the Gospel. But, there’s one more ingredient. The Truth (Gospel) must be shared with others.”

I guess that was my answer to finding purpose and success.  What is yours?

Nehemiah

By | Day 06, Day 09, Day 17 | No Comments

I asked a long time BAM practitioner in Southeast Asia what lessons he had learned over the years. He said that Nehemiah has always served as a great example that he tries to pattern his work after. Nehemiah held a position outside of the religious hierarchy, but was motivated by his faith and sensitive to God’s leading. He learned of a need, then dropped to his knees. He prayed and planned. He assessed the situation and acted in practical ways. He persevered through adversity, and God’s presence was ultimately manifested once again because of what Nehemiah accomplished.  As I reflected on what he shared, I wondered how many of us are like Nehemiah, and are we seeking out other Nehemiah’s around us?

Praise

By | Day 11, Day 18 | No Comments

Have you ever thought about ways you can represent God or bring about spiritual conversations simply by praising God for the things He does at your work? In the following video from workmatters.org, John Roberts (President of J.B. Hunt Transport) shares with us about bringing faith into our work by finding opportunities to give praise.

TrueLife

By | Day 10, Day 25 | No Comments

During a recent sermon on the role we can all play for the Gospel, my pastor asked, “how many of us don’t share our faith because we are afraid we won’t be able to answer the questions people ask?” Hands went up everywhere. Sound familiar? It’s a common fear, to be sure.  But is it necessary?  One way around that fear is to simply learn to tell your story, and how it intersects God’s story. But to be honest, sometimes we need some help. My pastor’s solution was to point us to the free video answers to life’s questions found at truelife.org.  It might not be your style, but for many it helps people engage in spiritual conversations and get over the hump to sharing the Gospel. There’s a wide variety of topics covered.  Check it out sometime.

Racial Reconciliation

By | Day 08, Day 09, Day 21, Uncategorized | No Comments

It seems like everywhere we turn these days, we’re confronted with the issue of racism. Whether it’s a simple conversation over coffee or a violent protest that makes headlines, racial conflict seems to be on the minds of many people. But, one question that has not really been fully addressed is this: what is my role as a Christian? Or better yet, how does the Gospel touch the issue of racial reconciliation? If we believe that the Gospel impacts every area of our lives, and every aspect of society, then surely we must give this careful consideration.

The video below was recorded by The Village Church. It is an interview with author and pastor Bryan Loritts, and it focuses on how the Gospel is the ONLY hope for racial reconciliation …. and what reconciliation means for all sides involved.

Faith

By | Day 14, Day 17, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23 | No Comments

I was reading through a You Version Bible devotional and encountered this entry on Faith. May reading this impact yours.

“The Lord expects his people to trust in him at all times. How clearly this is seen in the record of his earthly life. Faith to him was “natural” and he marveled at unbelief. He expects the royal official to trust his word as he walks the lonely road back to Capernaum (John 4:50). Even in the face of death he looks for faith. So he says to Martha, “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?“ (John 11:25,26). The burden of his prayer for Peter is that his “faith may not fail” (Luke 22:32).

The nature of faith makes trust in the Lord a possibility at all times. For faith is not feeling, or sight, or mere human understanding. Faith is the helpless cast upon the Mighty, the weak leaning upon the Strong (S of S. 8:5). It is the obedience of those “called to belong to Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:5-6), the confession of “Jesus as Lord” (Ps. 10:9).

Trusting the Lord at all times is not a cold, indifferent exercise but the pouring out of the heart before him.”

Just A Florist

By | Day 04, Day 17, Day 18 | No Comments

As I watched the video below from Right Now Media, I wondered how many people feel like she does. Everyday folks who say to themselves, “I’m just a ______ .”  I bet millions do.

What if we were to look at our work as God’s place for us to live, breathe, and speak the Gospel? To make the Kingdom come alive in that place? What if we were placed there to be more than “just a florist”, but rather as God’s instrument of grace and redemption? It might take boldness, intentionality, creativity, mercy, patience, or other gifts ….  but it could change the world.

Come

By | Day 03, Day 23 | No Comments

The other day I was reading Matthew chapter 14. Right after Jesus hears the news about John the Baptist being killed, we see Him feed the 5000 as well as take a walk on the water. It struck me that, in both of these accounts, Jesus directly involved his followers in the miracle. He invited them into the miraculous. Despite their fears, questions, doubts, abilities, past, resources, or any other perceived hindrances, Jesus offered His followers an opportunity to be part of the amazing work He was doing in the world. And, His invitation was simple. Come.  Today I encourage you to read Matthew 14 and ask yourself these simple questions:  What is God inviting me to today? What step of obedience can I take in light of this?  Who can I share this with?

Quit Your Job?

By | Day 04, Day 09, Day 13 | No Comments

When I was first wrestling with how to live out my faith and have a Kingdom impact, I shared my questions with trusted friends and mentors. Almost all of them said, in different ways, “if you want to do something significant for God, quit your job, go to seminary, and become a pastor.” Well guess what … I didn’t listen. Are you caught in the job vs. ministry trap? Does it have to be “either or” instead of “both and”?  Here’s another video from Joe Solomon that asks a similar question.

Stop Inviting People To Church

By | Day 06, Day 10, Day 22 | No Comments

Many North American Christians use inviting people to their church as their primary tool for evangelism, and even that is a stretch for some.  It’s as if we see our role as a Christ-follower to simply get people in the door and then let the “professionals” get the job done. But, what if we told our members to stop inviting people to church? In the video below, Joe Solomon proposes doing just that. Think it will work?  Check it out.