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Day 04

Guilty

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A friend of mine runs a company in a country fairly hostile to Christianity, especially when it’s introduced by “foreigners”. The other day he sent a note about what God has been doing through his business. He said, “There has been a movement of people in our area for the last couple of years. People coming to Christ continually in 2s or 3s or families. Some centered around our company. This week the local government called our manager in for questioning and training on ‘respect for other religions’. It is strange/significant that the local officials called our manager in and not the church leaders. I sometimes feel that people think my company is not Kingdom [work], but the local officials recognize something [different].”

My friend’s note made me wonder. Would I be guilty of a “crime” like that … being more of a Kingdom threat than the officially sanctioned church leaders in my area? What changes would I need to make in my life and in my practice in order to become a “threat” like that? How about you?

Harvest Centers

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Recently someone sent me a link to the video below. Because of my heart for helping people connect their work and faith in a way that impacts the Great Commission, my friend said , “this is right up your alley.  You should check this out!”

I love the holistic approach they illustrate, and that the Gospel is still at the core. If you’ve ever wondered how God might use you and your “everyday job” to make an eternal difference, perhaps this video might give you some new ways to look at things.

Just A Florist

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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.

Quit Your Job?

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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.

When Christ Looks More Important

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Pastor and author John Piper was asked, “How can a business person glorify God in their work?”  Want to hear what his answer was?  Check out the following video and listen for the phrase “when Christ looks more important”.

Restoring All Things

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Someone recently shared with me a podcast by Aaron Atwood with Summit Ministries’ Christian Worldview Thinking series (June 11, 2015).  In it, Atwood chats with Warren Smith about his book “Restoring All Things”, which was co-authored with John Stonestreet.  The book highlights how God is in the “re” business, working to redeem, renew, and restore the world through the faithful acts of everyday people. Clearly God has called us to join Him in His work. He also wants us to remember not to give up. We need to be asking, “What is missing that I can contribute to? What is evil that I can stop ? What is broken that I can restore?”  Listen to the podcast (especially from about 24:30  to the end) and let us know what you think.

How Faith Shapes Education & Career

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One of our aims with The Antioch Journey is to connect people with some great tools out there that can help them grow, and grow God’s Kingdom through them.

Our friends over at Eternity Bible College are doing a great job of equipping disciple-makers in every vocation.  Although the following video is sort of a “teaser” for their one-year program, the truths shared in it are relevant to all of us.  Check it out: