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2013 IN REVIEW!

December 31, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thanks for all of your support!

Enjoy 2014, “Working for Christ!”

WORK OR WORSHIP?

December 30, 2013

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” (Matthew 10:29, NIV)

Worship

So often we think of worship as something we do on the weekend and work as something we do the rest of the week. This is not what God intended nor what He desires for our lives. God designed work to have both a vertical and a horizontal dimension. We are to work for the glory of God and for the common good of mankind. Our work has been designed by God to be an act of worship – unfortunately this truth is often missed in the frenzied pace of our everyday lives.

If God is aware and cares for every sparrow that falls, then we know that our loving heavenly father watches over us wherever we are and whatever we are doing. Nothing we think, say, or do ever escapes God’s loving, caring, watchful eye. Everything we do, then, should become an act of worship – even the work we do on Monday through Friday from eight to five.

Though our work may be difficult and at times exasperating, we do not have to hate our jobs or merely live for the weekends. We need to re-examine how we think about work. When we begin to embrace how work should be, then we begin to see it as an integral part of our worship to God. If we understand that God designed us to contribute to His creation, we will take seriously how and where we are called to make our important contributions in the world.

You may have been placed in this world to affect millions of lives and bring them to Christ or perhaps you have been strategically placed by God to affect just one or two, or maybe a handful, of people who would be lost without getting to know you. God knows what He is doing. He has placed you where He can use you to His glory.

Yes, it is right to worship Him on the weekend, but remember to worship Him the rest of the week, also! He is worthy of all of our worship – every minute, every hour, and every day!

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Enjoy today, “Working for Christ!”

ARE YOU RICH (Toward God, That Is)?

December 27, 2013

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15, NIV)

Seeing Dollars

And He (Jesus) told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.” He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21, NIV)

Jesus warns us about the peril of a life lived without God – one that worships self, work, and personal comfort. This parable is a damning indictment of a man who lived as if God did not exist, who thought that he had it all, but at the end of the day he found his way of life was a destructive force that really didn’t accomplish what he had intended.

The sin of a hurried, harried, and preoccupied life is rampant in this fast paced, competitive world. To survive, we need someone to lead the way – someone who has seen what’s on the other side and someone who can teach us right from wrong. We don’t need just anyone. We need Jesus.

Jesus teaches, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV)

Keep these words close to your heart as you begin each new day in this upcoming year. Remember, nothing can get accomplished unless it is the will of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Be prosperous in the New Year – prosperous toward God, that is!

Treasure

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION!

December 26, 2013

“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3, NIV)

Distorted Worship

How do you view your work? Do you worship God through your work, or do you simply worship your work? I am convinced work can become an idol in our lives. The most destructive and dangerous idols we worship are seldom made of wood or stone, but rather the idols that lurk within human hearts. But Scripture is clear. God will not share His glory with anyone or anything. God will not allow any rivals. Our ultimate allegiance, the greatest love of our hearts, is to be God and God alone!

One of the ways we make work an idol is to become a workaholic. This form of idolatry is rampant today and often points to a deeper issue in our lives. Work idolatry is often driven by our pursuit of the American dream, of material comforts, of financial security, or by our attempts to prop up a certain image of success about ourselves. Sometimes we can hide this type of idolatry from ourselves by believing that we are working toward loyalty and commitment within our workplace in order to receive promotions and advancement. Workplace idolatry can also be driven by overextended living, materialistic greed, and even rebellion against God. Regardless of the form it takes, excessive devotion to work inevitably crowds out our relationship with God and sets work up as the ultimate reality in our lives. When this happens, we realize that we no longer view our work as a way to worship the Lord, but we have learned to worship our work and place the Lord somewhere beneath it in our quest for success.

In a few days we will be starting a new year. Many of us will be putting together a list of resolutions that will define our priorities as this new year begins to unfold. My prayer for each of us is to consider using our work as a way to worship our Savior and not to worship our work in a way that will destroy our relationship with Him. I pray, too, that this blog will become an avenue for those in the workplace to seek Him first in everything we do.

New Year Resolutions

God bless you and enjoy the New Year, “Working for Christ!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 24, 2013

May God shower you with His blessings this Christmas and in the coming new year!

Nativity

Enjoy the season. I look forward to “seeing” you all in the new year!

Blessings, Dave

They’re connected

December 20, 2013

Yes, they are connected!

Drawing From the Well

It’s Christmas. The trees are up and decorated. The music is playing on the radio. People are more cheerful (most of them anyway). The kids look forward to this time every year. They look forward to the gifts, candy, and parties. Houses are lit up to display their ‘Christmas Spirit’. It’s a great time.

As I read an article posted on Christmas from a fellow blogger (and friend) I remembered something that God revealed to me a couple of years ago. It’s not really revolutionary. In fact it should be something that we remember all the time. Yet in today’s culture some of this has been replaced. I personally don’t want to ever forget this thing.

What is it? Oh, I’m sorry…you don’t know what I’m talking about. As I prepared a couple of years ago for the ‘traditional Christmas sermon’ from Luke 2…God dropped one of His small, life-changing…

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IS GRACE A “FREE” GIFT?

December 12, 2013

“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30, NIV)

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We are taught early in our relationship with Christ that grace is given freely – that Christ died to free us from our sins. His grace has set us free. And His grace is free.

Am I to understand that since Jesus did it all, we don’t need to do a thing – other than to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior? But doesn’t that mean we can keep on living the way we always have? We can continue to sin and not worry about the consequences? Some people would say that’s the way it is. They accept Christ so they’re on their way to live with Him in eternity! Nothing in their lives needs to change – other than the fact that they now believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior!

But wait! What about confessing your sins? What about living a “transformed” life – one that mimics the way Christ lived? What about giving up your old way of life and living (and dying) for Christ? In my mind, there is a price we must pay to receive the grace that Christ gives us so freely!

True grace has a cost. It’s found when people go and sell everything they have in order to develop their relationship with Christ. It’s found in Christ’s sovereignty, when we are willing to tear out an eye if it causes us to stumble. It’s found in the call of Jesus Christ which causes a person to leave his “net” and follow Him.

Yes, true grace has a cost. It’s found in the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one has to knock.

It’s costly because it calls us to discipleship; it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs people their lives; it is grace because it thereby makes them live a transformed life. It is costly because it condemns sin; it is grace because it justifies the sinner. Grace is costly because it was costly to God – because it cost God the life of His own Son and because nothing can be cheap to us which is costly to God. Above all, it is grace because the life of God’s Son was not too costly for God to give in order to bring us to everlasting life!

So the next time you consider the gift of grace, consider the cost – it really isn’t free. But when we accept it, and we live under His “yoke”, we become free – free to love like never before!

Free to Love

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”


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