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How to Move Past Offense

Part of learning to love is investing time to discover the triggers, land mines, and wounded areas of others in order to avoid causing further harm. This process is foundational in any committed romantic relationship and equally valid in the workplace. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over the course of time. From traveling…

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The Roadblock to Sharing Your Faith at Work

Speaking the truth in love is Paul’s charge to Christians, to the church of Ephesus – and by extension, us – to make absolutely every effort we can to maintain unity in our community. As Christians, we need to hold one another accountable so our collective witness is an accurate representation of the One we…

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Winning Without the Credit

Servant leadership has been an important topic in the workplace for many years. Jesus modeled selfless service and called his followers to do the same. His words were equally countercultural then as they are now. It’s easy to do something nice and show you care for others. But serving is not servanthood. Jesus calls us…

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Bring the National Day of Prayer to Work!

Do you have big goals you’re trying to meet? Is there a need on your team or in your business that it will take a movement of God to meet? Do you think your workplace might benefit by learning to “Love One Another” a little better? If so, join Workmatters and thousands of believers across…

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Spare a Compare

The value of our work is not measured relative to what others have to offer. When you’re working for God, you produce independent goods. So why do we fall into the comparison trap? There is room for everyone to win in God’s economy because we serve a God of abundance. So don’t let someone else’s…

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Community Without Condition

God loves unity. There’s no doubt about it. But it can be so hard to get along, especially when working with others with whom you share nothing in common outside of your office space. Even if you work with others who love Jesus, the way they approach Him might look a little different, even weird…

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When You Can’t, Lean In

Prayer in community is one of the most powerful tools Jesus left us with. It allows us to hold one another up in the good times and the bad. You don’t have to have it all together – and neither does everybody else! Sharing our needs, requests, and even our shortcomings, creates space for others…

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When Failure Hits

When God doesn’t deliver, and failure breaks you, the thought of getting up again … well, it can be crippling. Failure in any part of life impacts all parts of life, and that includes work. In 2 Samuel 12, David deals with the consequences of a horrible sin he thought he had covered up. He…

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Move Beyond the Fear of Failure

It’s human nature to fear failure, right? But as Christ followers, we are no longer slaves to fear (Romans 8:15). That’s good news, but so many stop there and don’t have a clear strategy for walking in the freedom Christ died to give us. Yes, he not only freed us from being slaves to sin,…

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Love Why You Work

Fear of God, as Martin Luther taught, is not one of imminent danger. It is more like the fear or anxiety we feel at the thought of disappointing someone we love (i.e., filial fear). If someone is married, they are faithful to their spouse because they love them, not because the Bible teaches against adultery.…

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For the Perfectionists and People Pleasers Out There

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”– Galatians 1:10   Our first obligation should be to please God with our work. But that can be…

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What Makes Us Distinctly Different?

What makes us distinctly different as followers of Jesus? Is it the way we speak? How we fill our weekend? No. Being a Christian at work goes far beyond Bible-verse-emblazoned coffee mugs and promises to pray for people in the throes of overwhelm. These are genuinely good things, but they do not make us distinctly…

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Make Room for Everyone to Win

When things don’t go your way, let them go someone else’s. What does it mean to be completely gentle and humble in the workplace? Theologian John Brown suggests that gentleness is “power under control.” Gentleness is not passivity. It’s active. And it’s strong! Much like humility, it requires a secure sense of self and an…

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The Human Cost of Sacrifice

Read Matthew 12:9–14 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus,they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls…

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Prayer Doesn’t Make a Difference – It IS the Difference

When faced with insurmountable difficulty, it’s easy to lose hope. It’s easy to lose trust. And when well-meaning people share encouragements, yet fail to walk alongside us, it can be isolating. But we’re not in it alone, no matter how overwhelming our work may be. Lean into the strong faith of others in your life.…

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Fire Back With Scripture

“Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.” – Matthew 4:10 (MSG) Temptation has a way of making us question God’s goodness. It started in the Garden and continues today. It paints a…

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Do Good Well

In 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13, Paul admonishes the believers in Thessalonica to follow his example and work for their keep. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (v. 10). Our understanding of modern economics supports this: There ain’t no such thing as free lunch! (#TANSTAFL) Yet, this understanding comes up painfully short in…

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There Is Synergy In Cooperation

Welcoming outside voices, accepting the help and input from those not on your team or project, might not serve your own vision, but it may very well serve the larger vision of your organization. When you seek out others because they offer perspective different than your own, you’re creating an environment in which synergy can…

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Speak Truth, Especially When It’s Hard

Whatever trouble you come up against, keep working. Keep proclaiming the freedom of the Gospel in word, in deed, and in the excellence of your work. That is your job. The workplace is rife with opportunity to internalize discord, misunderstanding and frustration. It’s tempting to keep truth in the dark by holding onto negativity, stress,…

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Take Hope in Christ No Matter What

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20 Work is such a huge part of our lives that hope can be…

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