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COVID Proofing Your Hope

What a year we have had. We have run out of adjectives to describe the situation which the pandemic and shutdown have produced. Virtually every aspect of our lives has been touched in this season. There are concerns about health and fears about death.  Concerns about...

E Pluribus Unum; Out of the Many, One

There is a question from ancient philosophy called “the one and the many” problem. Though most people recoil at the mention of philosophy, it is important because we are living through this question today. What is true? Are we many, divided as many different people...

May 5, 2020

“For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ… Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the...

Three Ways of Making the Most of this Moment

“Whatever you eat, or whatever you drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31) With most of the nation and world in some degree of lockdown due to the Coronavirus, we are now in an unprecedented and unusual situation. With most people...

4 Ways to Respond in Crisis

As I am writing this, there is a widespread concern about the Coronavirus. We should take precautions and be thoughtful about danger. At the same time, there is now a secondary epidemic of talk and worry about the virus. At a time like this it is important to reflect...

God Sees and Cares About Your Troubles

"In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me." Psalm 120:1 We live in an age of tidy. I remember years ago we would pose for family pictures, only weeks later to discover that someone had blinked. No matter, that was that year’s family photo. These days it...

When Jesus Disrupts Our Plan

One of the bigger challenges we face at work is sensing the relevance of Jesus to our work. It is easy to pray, “God, please help me with my plan today.” However, the answer is often: “Here, I have a new plan for you.” The apostle Peter can relate. Let’s walk together...

How Thanksgiving Transforms our Conversations at Work

A Great Time of Year Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. I am a fan of the cooler Alabama weather, the changing leaves and our family meals. My biggest reason is that, as a community, we slow down long enough to reflect and be grateful to God. Christians must...

Excellence at Work

Excellence is Attractive Disney Theme Parks change their lightbulbs when there is 30% expected life remaining. Why? Disney leadership made the decision that they would spend more to make sure their guests never see a burned-out bulb on their visit. They want a Disney...

Enduring a Difficult Work Environment – With Purpose

No one wants to be in a difficult situation. Given the option, we would prefer things to be as easy or pleasant as possible. Children teach us this, because by default they will take the course of least resistance. We must be trained to do a good job in cleaning our...

Work Clothes

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you....

Kaizen, Six Sigma and the Motivation for Excellence

For by one sacrifice he [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Almost everyone wants to improve at something. “Kaizen” is a Japanese word co-opted by business to describe rapid and continuous improvement. It is the idea that we...

Community

We live in a time when being connected has never been easier, and yet the experience of close friendship, trust and desire to be understood is elusive for many. Most people have had the experience of feeling alone in the middle of a crowd. Jerry Bridges points out in...

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