Work can be a daily grind—a hard, monotonous set of thankless tasks. In the midst of the ongoing toil, many are plagued by a lack of purpose, confused as to what to do and who to become. And while some of our vocations may seem more overtly meaningful than others’, the truth is that most of us work because we have to. It is a means to an end—survival. Given the enormous amount of time each of us spends working, we would do well to understand our callings and how God works through them. Here culture expert Gene Veith gives us more than a simple understanding of work—more than a catchy slogan to “do all things for the glory of God.” He outlines a spiritual framework for answering questions such as: What does it mean to be a Christian businessperson or a Christian artist or a Christian lawyer, scientist, construction worker or whatever? How can I know what I am supposed to do with my life? What does it mean to raise a Christian family? And what if I don’t have kids? Unpacking the Bible’s teaching on work, Veith helps us to see the meaning in our vocations, the force behind our ethics, and the transformative presence of God in our everyday, ordinary lives.
God calls us to the work we are doing. He’s interested not only in what we do, but how we do it. Yet, finding purpose at work is one of the greatest challenges of our world today. Does my work matter to God? Is ambition good? How do I deal with failure? How do I make difficult decisions? Ken Costa shares his practical insights and experience gained from more than forty years working in finance. This timeless message, that there is space for faith at work, will truly inspire you to live each day with purpose.
Your workplace may involve a tyrannical boss, or ghastly colleagues; tedious work; unforgiving hours; meagre pay. Yet God can show up. Will Morris proposes that we take another look. Our work context can be where we exercise responsibility, and cut square corners, behave ethically; where we can care for those in need (our fellow workers may be starving for respect, or kindness); where we can reach out to those trapped by debt, family commitments, or ambition. The workplace can be where we are able to exercise our talents, to create employment for others, to ensure that each corporate decision is just that bit better than the one before. It can also be a context for mission. It is hard to hide at work: your colleagues probably know you well, and you can be a witness to Christ just by being who you are. This book is wonderfully thoughtful, positive and practical, and filled with observations and anecdotes from the author’s own career in a demanding business world.
The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement
Author: David W. Miller
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In God at Work, David W. Miller looks at how the Faith at Work movement developed and considers its potential value for business and society. Drawing on the insights of theological ethics as well as the sociology of religion, Miller analyzes the history of the modern day Faith at Work movement from its roots in the late 19th century to its modern formulation and trajectory. He examines the diversity of its members and modes of expression, and constructs a new framework for understanding, interpreting, and critiquing the movement and its future. Miller concludes that workers and professionals desire to live a holistic life, to integrate the claims of their faith with the demands of their work. He documents the abdication of this field by church and theological academy and its embrace, by the management academy. Offering evidence of the depth and breadth of spirituality at work, Miller concludes that faith at work is a bona fide social movement and here to stay. He establishes the importance of this movement, identifies the possibilities and problems, and points toward future research questions.--From publisher's description.
...He has made us kings and priests... (Revelations 1:6 NKJV) God is showing up in places we have never imagined. We thought He was just for Sunday church or mid-week study. But God is showing up in small businesses and on construction sites, in schools and in politics. He is in factories and at check-out counters, at nurses' stations and the stock exchange. God is showing up everywhere outside of where we expect Him to be. So what does it mean? We serve a God who is not acting like we thought He should act. This book is an awesome tool of discovery to learn not only what God wants, but how we can cooperate with His plan for the nations, not just the Church. Discover how He want you to step into a realm of ministry and fulfillment you have never dreamed possible. Learn how your work is the powerful dynamic of God's purposes for your life. This book is the beginning of new possibilities for those who are willing to see that God is bigger than they thought He was.
In [email protected], Volume 2 you will learn: How your business is an open door to serve those who the Lord puts in your path. How marketplace ministry is meant to touch lost and hurting lives. How you can experience the miraculous at work, every day. How your business can reach the nations for Jesus. How God will bless our entrepreneurial endeavors so that we may help finance His Kingdom. How the Holy Spirit will release you in the ministry right where you are.
What Does the Boss Have to Say? Work. For most people, it’s a necessity. For some, it’s a passion. And for others, it’s a four-letter word to be avoided as much as possible. In this DVD and accompanying study guide from North Point Resources, readers will come to grasp the one perspective on work that really matters: God’s. He ordained it and He laid out specific guidelines enabling workers to achieve maximum success and fulfillment. In each session, Andy Stanley offers insights on common, specific problem areas people have, from dealing with coworkers and superiors, to boldly living the Christian faith, to balancing work and family. Your Guide from 9:00 to 5:00 Work. For most people, it’s a necessity. For some, it’s a passion. And for others, it’s a four-letter word to be avoided when possible. But for all of us, only one perspective on work really matters: God’s. He ordained it and He laid out specific guidelines for us to achieve maximum success and fulfillment while on the job. Designed for small group or personal use, this companion study guide to the Taking Care of Business DVD addresses specific problem areas we’re all familiar with—from dealing with coworkers and superiors while exemplifying Christ, to balancing our work and home life. This study guide is complete with a leader’s guide and six lessons, including easy-to-do exercises and discussion questions. Story Behind the Book A new addition to the North Point Resources brand group from a series taught by Andy Stanley at North Point Community Church . From the Trade Paperback edition.
How to read the Old Testament.-- The story of Joseph.-- The story about Balaam.-- Judges 12:5-7.-- The story about Samson.-- Naaman: a critical retelling.-- the Prophet Jonah.-- The story of Job's suffering.-- The mystery of Old Testament Israel.-- The Biblical story of creation.-- The reality of God.-- The origin of Mosaic monotheism.-- Wisdom in Israel.-- Brother and neighbour in the Old testament.-- Statements of faith in the Old Testament about life and death.-- Psalm 90, etc.
The goal of prayer is to practice it without ceasing. Focusing on the prayer lives of the laity, this book includes stories of individuals seeking to connect their faith with their work in the world. The goal of this connection is to affirm that prayer is both a quiet act of reverence and an active dynamic expressed in daily life situations at work and home. Through the stories of people at work and prayer, the book seeks to encourage an understanding of prayer as that dimension of our relationship with God equally alive at work and at play, in public and at home.
“Challenging, inspiring and practical.” Bear Grylls “I can’t think of anyone more qualified to write about the significance of knowing your purpose than my friend Ken Costa… His new book, Know Your Why, is absolutely foundational to living a purpose driven life.” Rick Warren “Among the crush and the rush of life, there's no better guide in the pursuit of getting it right than my friend Ken Costa… I highly recommend Know Your Why, and am confident you will see more clearly and live more purposefully after absorbing the wisdom in its pages.” Louie Giglio, Pastor, Passion City Church, Passion Conferences “This is an important and timely book. In a world of seemingly endless options, discerning the voice of God can be an increasingly difficult task. Ken draws on decades of experience to help Christians cut through the confusion and distractions and live lives in tune with God.” Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries “There are few people on this planet that I find more fascinating than Ken Costa. His capacity for business is only outweighed by his affection for the local church; and he has beautifully modelled to a generation what it means to live out your calling and build the Kingdom.” Brian Houston, Global Founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Are you working for cash, a career, a cause—or a calling? “Why do you do what you do?” People work for a variety of reasons. For many, the primary purpose of their work is cash. Their principal motivation is the paycheck that funds their everyday needs. Their work is a means to an end. Others are motivated by ambitions for a career, to move up the professional ladder and expand their experience, becoming more skilled in a particular area. Still others work for a cause, believing in the wider purpose of their work, attempting to make a difference in the world—to leave a mark in some way. All of these are legitimate motivations. However, missing from all three is any sense of the value of work itself. The focus is on the output of the workplace, rather than valuing the input. What we need is calling. Those who see their work as a calling experience a rich integration in their lives. They sense a purpose, a direction to their activities. Work has intrinsic meaning, rather than being simply a means to an end. In many ways this is precisely what the Spirit of God does in our lives. When we are in the flow of the Spirit, we are cooperating fully in our God-given callings. When people embrace their callings, they love their work, can manage inevitable tensions that arise, and are welcomed by their colleagues, who sense that there is something beyond the cash or career objectives. But how do we get there? Know Your Why is written with one objective: to help you find your life’s calling so that you can be more satisfied, fulfilled, and happier at work. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” —John 15:16 NIV
"Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?" When a respected Christian communicator read the question posed by the New York Times, he chose to travel to Jordan and Iraq in search of answers. What he discovered left him amazed and inspired. While the news coverage of ISIS focuses on the horrors wrought by this group, there is another side to the story that rarely gets told. While terror is on the rise, Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus like never before. Charles Morris regularly reminds the 500,000 listeners of his Haven Today radio show that "it's all about Jesus," and through his new book--Fleeing Isis, Finding Jesus--he offers a unique, compelling account of the miraculous ways in which Jesus is transforming lives in the Middle East today. As Charles narrates his travels around the region, he shares with readers not just the good news of how Jesus is at work, but he also invites us to wonder how our own lives might be transformed as a result.
GOD AT WORK What do you say When for days in advance you are ordered to evacuate your home and then for hours you are bombarded with the imminent foreboding of a killer hurricane slowly fading out the sunlight? When the skies grow dim as billow after billow of ever darkening clouds unfurl menacingly blotting out the remaining shafts of sunlight? When jagged spears of lightening pierce the darkened shroud which has obscured the azure skies and the clatter of thunder race the stabs of light that accompany them in ever increasing rapidity which threaten to overtake the preceding duo? (97) What do you say when for days in advance you are ordered to evacuate home and, having failed to comply, for hours you are bombarded with the imminent foreboding of a killer hurricane slowly fading out the sunlight? When the skies grow dim as billow after billow of ever darkening clouds unfurl menacingly blotting out the remaining shafts of sunlight? When jagged spears of lightening pierce the darkened shroud which has enveloped the azure skies and the clatter of thunder race the stabs of light that accompany them in ever increasing rapidity which threaten to overtake the preceding duo?
Is it possible to see God at work every day? For 365 days, David Dendy embarked on this incredible life-changing challenge, only to discover along the journey that the answer is an emphatic yes! Seeing God at Work Every Day is an invitation to live life with the eyes of our hearts wide open—to see and experience the very hand of God at work … not just once in a blue moon, but day after day. Seeing God at Work Every Day is an interactive journal that stops you from being a spectator in the bleachers of life and places you right in the middle of the field, where God is at work every day. Combining observations from the everyday interactions and encounters we face on a daily basis with scripture lessons and spiritual insights, David Dendy takes us on a forty-day challenge that will change the way you see life and how God is at work every day. Is God really at work every day through parking meters, dimmer switches, name tags, oxygen masks on airplanes, Gorilla Glue, Wite-Out, state patrol officers, and Superman? Open the book, open your eyes, open your heart, and discover the everlasting joy and fun of Seeing God at Work Every Day!
Jesus Saves - even on the job In October of 1981, the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, Ca. was opened as a training facility for US Army units. The work force was civilian, government contract employees. This work force was involved in, among other evil and detestable practices, drug use, alcohol use and sex while on the job. It was a playground for Satan and his followers. This is the last place anyone would expect to hear anything about God. But, God soon began a work that would touch the hearts and lives of the extremely Godless people in this place. God turned the Track and Wheel Shops at Ft. Irwin into a mission field. Starting with one man (not the author), God began a revival in the work place that saw many get saved and go on to various ministries and the mission field. This movement eventually grew into a weekly organized Bible Study that is still thriving and seeing lives changed. This book tells the true story of how Jesus came into this place of work and saved people from their despicable, evil lifestyles of sin. Although this story is told from the experience of one person, it could be told multiple times by a number of people with different experiences and testimonies. The accounts of the work which God did there over the years would fill volumes and would contain endless testimonies of how the Lord worked in the lives of all those involved or those whose lives were touched by this work. When I arrived at Ft. Irwin in July, 1982, I was a drunk who neglected my family and only cared for my own evil desires. By the end of 1984 I was saved and living free from alcohol and was not only walking with Jesus but on my way to active ministry work at the job site and in the Church. There are no exaggerations in this book, only the truth of what Jesus did in the lives of me and those around me and beyond. It is a testimony to what the Lord can do if we are open to His work in our lives. Do you take Jesus to work with you? All too often, Christians leave Jesus at home when they go to work. An undercover Christian is unable to reach anyone for Jesus. We need to be ambassadors for Jesus and take the gospel message to the work site and watch as the Lord saves souls. That is what happened at Ft. Irwin, in the Track and Wheel Shops. We were all truly amazed at the work He was able to do simply because we were obedient to His calling. This work of God, which exists among the evil lifestyles of this workforce, truly stands out like a rose in the desert. Take Jesus to work, you will be amazed at His good work habits.
Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU THROUGH DREAMS? If you are keen to ask God how to understand and interpret your dreams and receive supernatural guidance in making daily and important decisions, and if you are eager to know the latest things to happen, good or bad, then you are ready for GOD at work in our DREAMS. From God's point of view, the Source of all wisdom, this book uniquely addresses the questions you have always wanted answered about your dreams. Be eager to learn from others. When approached by God in a dream, King Solomon asked for the right thing, wisdom. In addition, God gave him wealth, riches and fame such as no other king had before or will ever have in the future. However, it was not his idea to ask for wisdom but his father David's admonition (1 Chronicles 22). A wonderfully encouraging personal account of how God can and will use dreams to guide the person who seeks Him with all their heart and mind and soul. — Vanessa Norman, Rugby, UK Dreams can be an inspiration, they can also be a challenge and a conundrum. Theories abound as to the meaning and significance of dreams. I was very excited when Farai asked me to read through this book, and it did not disappoint. Farai has sought to hear God's voice for many years and to be obedient to God's leading. In this book, he draws important lessons from seeking to learn how God has spoken to people in the Bible, and from his own experience of applying these principles – principles which others will find helpful. — Tim Norman, UK.
An Extraordinary God Experienced in an Ordinary Life
Author: Larry Burd
Publisher: EABooks Publishing
There are numerous references to "the hand of God" or "the hand of the Lord" recorded in the Old and New Testament Scriptures. God's invisible hand is at work in the lives of people who trust Him and walk obediently with Him. God's hand saves, guides, provides, heals and performs miracles, but remains unseen to the human eye. Just as we cannot see the wind, but we can experience the effects of the wind, even so we can experience the invisible hand of God at work in our lives. This book is about the invisible hand of an extraordinary God at work in the life of an ordinary man
How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs
Author: Sebastian Traeger,Greg D. Gilbert
Find God’s vision for your job. Reclaim God’s vision for your life. Many Christians fall victim to one of two main problems when it comes to work: either they are idle in their work, or they have made an idol of it. Both of these mindsets are deadly misunderstandings of how God intends for us to think about our employment. In The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality—in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ. You’ll find answers to some of the tough questions that Christians in the workplace often ask: What factors should matter most in choosing a job? What gospel principles should shape my thinking about how to treat my boss, my co-workers, and my employees? Is full-time Christian work more valuable than my job? Is it okay to be motivated by money? How do you prioritize—or balance—work, family and church responsibilities? Solidly grounded in the gospel, The Gospel at Work confronts both our idleness at work and our idolatry of work with a challenge of its own—to remember that whom we work for is infinitely more important than what we do.