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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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Arm Yourself Against Temptation at Work

“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:10-11 Temptation at work is rampant and all around us – temptation to cut corners, to say or do whatever it takes to…

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Pressured to Make Quick Decisions?

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.” – Proverbs 5:1-2 The fast pace of work often demands we make quick decisions. The pressure to take action can lead to missteps we later regret. We all could…

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Redirect Your Thoughts to the Realities of Heaven

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2 Thoughts of all we need to get done, what people think, how to fit in, what others expect and what we want for ourselves can swirl around in our minds like a big dust cloud. They distract us from focusing on where…

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Grab onto God’s Rope of Support

Grab onto God’s Rope of Support

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 If you rely on your own strength, you will get to the end of your rope. That’s why God gives us His Spirit, to strengthen and sustain us when we’re not sure how we can keep going. Like Paul, we will…

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Dealing with tough times at work? Let your love for God drive you to cling to Him in the midst of difficulties. He promises to provide help in times of trouble.

Dealing with Tough Times at Work

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15) Difficult personalities, conflict, technology issues, demanding clients, pressure from…

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