Workplace Issues and Faith

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Posted 7/31/10 at 2:23 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

God Brings Prayer Focus to the Office

written by David Metcalf, Ph.D.
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“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” - Mark 11:24.In September of 1999, my wife, Katy, and I went to a conference in Atlanta called Marketplace Leaders Summit. It was there that I first heard the term “intercessor.” I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but it was an exciting concept. I thought about how lacking we were in this area in my own company. I knew that there was no dedicated prayer support beyond our personal petitions, the quick “arrow prayers” and once a week supplications at our company fellowships. When I heard about companies like Welsch that had dedicated prayer support and guidance through intercessory prayer, the Holy Spirit excited me to pray for this at our company, RWD Technologies. I vaguely remember praying over the next few months that God would bring someone to us for this very special role.

Gradually the prayer lessened in priority, and we settled back into our routines. About 6 months later, when our receptionist announced her resignation, we were put in a position where we had to hire someone within several days. We decided we’d try a temporary agency as we needed the position filled quickly. We said: send anyone you have for us. Little did I know that God was moving and had placed just the right person, in the right place, at the right time. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/10 at 2:06 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

The Value of Rest

written by Alan Perkins
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A sermon based on Genesis 2:2-2:3

By and large, Americans don’t value rest and relaxation. On the contrary, we’ve made a virtue of unceasing labor; we brag about how busy we are, as if the hectic pace of our lives is proof that we’re important and significant. We feel guilty when we’re not working, and we’re suspicious of anyone else who removes their nose from the grindstone for too long. Take vacations, for example. In Europe, the standard is five or six weeks of time off per year. Sound good? In France, the whole country basically shuts down for the month of August, and everyone heads to the beach or the mountains. And while the number of public holidays in the U.S. is seven, in Europe it’s ten or eleven.

The only industrialized country in the world that takes less time off from work than we do is Japan. In fact, the situation there is probably worse; although they supposedly get two weeks of paid vacation a year, most don’t take even that. The Japanese work so hard that one of the most pressing health issues in Japan is "karoshi," or "death by overwork". FULL POST

Posted 7/30/10 at 11:10 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

A Remnant That Prays

written by Os Hillman
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One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." - Luke 11:1

God is calling out a remnant of workplace Christians throughout the world who understand the role of prayer in their work lives. These people have learned that prayer is not a five-minute exercise in the morning devotion time, but it is a vital strategic tool to discern and know God's will and purposes in their work lives. You see, they have learned that their work lives are their ministries to God and others.

These men and women have entered into covenant relationships with intercessory prayer partners who help discern the activities they should be involved in. Some who have leadership positions, or even have paid staff who intercede for the decisions and activities in which they will be involved. They are a small remnant of workplace Christians who know that skill and technique are not enough to fulfill God's purposes.

A servant of the Lord has well said:

"Prayer is the rail for God's work. Indeed, prayer is to God's will as rails are to a train. The locomotive is full of power: it is capable of running a thousand miles a day. But if there are no rails, it cannot move forward a single inch. If it dares to move without them, it will soon sink into the earth. It may be able to travel over great distances, yet it cannot go to any place where no rails have been laid. And such is the relation between prayer and God's work. Without any doubt God is almighty and He works mightily, but He will not and cannot work if you and I do not labor together with Him in prayer, prepare the way for His will, and pray "with all prayer and supplication" (Ephesians 6:18) to grant Him the maneuverability to so work. Many are the things, which God wills to do, and would like to do, but His hands are bound because His children do not sympathize with Him and have not prayed so as to prepare ways for Him. Let me say to all who have wholly given themselves to God: Do examine yourselves and see if in this respect you have limited Him day after day." [Watchman Nee, Let Us Pray (New York, New York: Christian Fellowship Publishers, 1977), 11.] FULL POST

Posted 7/30/10 at 11:07 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

WorkLife Ministry at Hill Country Bible Church

Tim Hawks, Senior Pastor of Hill Country Bible Church in Austin TX, describes how WorkLife Ministry was started in his church.

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Posted 7/30/10 at 11:01 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Balancing Work, Leisure and Faith

written by Timothy Smith
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The key to contented living is to walk the middle ground between extremes. In Parenting, we are trying to walk the balance between being too strict or too permissive. In Finances, we are working at avoiding the extreme of hoarding on one hand and indulgence on the other. In our Personal Lives, we’ve got to find the balance between ambition and contentment. We need to strive to do better, but we also need to be content with what we have.

The Fourth Commandment reads: “Remember the day of worship by observing it as a holy day.” (Exodus 20:8). Obviously, to God there is to be a balance between work and our worship of Him. But as we read Scripture we also see that we are to spend time with our family, to take care of our bodies, to rest. To keep the proper tension between work and the rest of life is a very complex problem. How can a modern worker give the proper amount of attention to a career and at the same time not neglect family, the church and personal time?

Identify the Problem: Avoid the Extremes

(1) The extreme of laziness.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 says, "If someone is lazy, the roof will begin to fall. If his idleness continues, the house will leak". In other words, laziness produces a poor product. FULL POST

Posted 7/30/10 at 10:56 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Affecting Your Office Atmosphere

written by Amy C. Baker
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Our office atmosphere is our heavenly Father's business. And ours too.

A boisterous personality and infectious laugh. His presence itself was big and his booming voice even bigger. This was a man that captured your attention, and once you studied him for a moment, you were completely captivated. He engaged all in his path in lively banter. He winked and joked with the office staff until they were jolted out of their administrative doldrums by his charm and wit.

He caught my attention in the waiting room of an orthopedic clinic - having been saddled with regular visits there following a tumble down a ski slope. This was not a place most people wanted to be, but this particular patient's demeanor changed the atmosphere of the entire office. Talk about letting your light shine? This was a megawatt man. Now, here's the powerful punch line: he was an amputee in his motorized scooter - lovely, lanky adult daughter in tow, probably more to keep him in line than actually help him.

He was called back to an exam room right before me, and we were next door to one another in the bustling office. X-ray technicians, nurses and doctor's assistants scurried back and forth and I could hear this lively patient engage everyone with his joking and laughter. This continued until he rolled out a bit later, his daughter rolling her eyes and chuckling behind him. FULL POST

Posted 7/30/10 at 10:48 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Excellence: Building Credibility for Christ

written by William Nix
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How does the McDonald's Corporation spell profit? N.I.X. When a family of five like mine hits the road on vacation you can be certain the drive-throughs at McDonald's and other fast food venues get business. One year we motored to the mountains of North Carolina and, along the way, we finally had our fill of burgers and fries. So, when we saw a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, we had to stop.

Doing Things the Christlike Way

My wife, Teri, and our oldest daughter, Lauren, hopped out of the car. Peering from the comfort of my seat, I noticed something different about this fruit stand. I had to get out and see what set this establishment apart.

The property was sparkling clean. Not only was the area immediately around the fruit and vegetables spotless, but the parking lot and roadside were clean as well. The space behind the fruit where the proprietor stood was swept clean. The display of goods was attractive, arranged to accentuate the natural colors and positioned for easy viewing from the road. The fruit and vegetables themselves appeared to be of superior quality - no bruises or scrapes. The owner offered only the best to his customers. He posted his price list in plain view and set the scales so the weight could be easily read by the customer. The proprietor himself was noteworthy. He was clean, smiling, and talkative. His demeanor was calm and peaceful. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/10 at 7:21 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Our Work Our Calling

written by John Bernbaum                                                    powered by

When we were children, how many times did interested (or nosey!) relatives or acquaintances ask us: "What are you going to be when you grow up?" The same question pursued us through junior high school and high school; in college, the question persisted, except then we were asking ourselves : "What should I do with my life? What kind of job do I want?" In mid-life, the question is still there, but with another wrinkle: "Is it time for a job change? Am I going to do this work for the rest of my life?" And then, much to our surprise, we turn fifty and the very question we started with comes around again: "What am I going to do when I grow up?"

Much of our lives revolves around this question of our work and career. As Christians, we believe that God cares about us and has given us certain abilities and talents. We also believe that the Bible can give us guidance. What is often difficult to understand, though, is whether or not God calls us to specific careers. Sometimes we struggle with this question because our understanding of "calling" is confused. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/10 at 7:07 PM | WorkLife (Orchestrating Work & Life)

Work as Worship

written by Kamalini Kumar                                                  powered by

Worship and work should never become two different things.

I like the word "laity." Not many people use this word today; in fact, most young people are completely unfamiliar with the term. "Laity" is derived from the Greek word laos, and is used in the Bible to refer to "the people of God." It is an inclusive word, a word that encompasses everyone from prestigious leaders to the most powerless. FULL POST

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