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Defining Purpose: Finding God’s Will for Our Work

Calling versus Career

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

 

Have you ever felt like your work doesn’t matter to God?  That the only way to do real ministry is to leave the marketplace and find employment at a local church or charity?

 

We can forget that ALL work is a form of worship and a path to ministry.  In the Book of Genesis, the first thing God did for Adam, before the Fall, was to…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on February 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Altar Ego

King Ahaz went to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria in Damascus.

The altar in Damascus made a great impression on him.

He sent back to Uriah the priest a…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 12, 2018 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Promise in Obedience

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

Have you ever struggled with career choices?  I sure have.  Consider these wise words, from Isaiah 48:17 . . . “This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’”

 

This scripture is speaking of obedience.  God is the teacher, and we are the students.  He knows what is…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on February 5, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Unconditional Love

Hazael king of Aram badgered and bedeviled Israel all through the reign of Jehoahaz.

But God was gracious and showed mercy to them.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 5, 2018 at 10:16am — No Comments

DISCIPLESHIP...

Quite sometime. The human landscape, from one nation to another calls for serious prayers and engaging and re-engaging that the way out of human dilemma lies in the LORD Jesus word- "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

The issue of discipling the nations becomes also very imperative. However, my observation is that the Church is not very coordinated about this -let me say this as I watched the region that I belong to. I would like to see a…

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Added by OLUSEGUN OWOPETU on February 4, 2018 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Ketogenic Spirituality

I recently gained an important spiritual insight from an unlikely source. I was listening to a radio program touting the benefits of a new weight-loss craze called the Ketogenic Diet.

The basic concept of the Ketogenic Diet is that you should only consume calories during 8 hours of the day, such as from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The remaining 16 hours should be spent burning off the calories you’ve already consumed and the fat that’s already stored in your cells.

“Most of us Americans…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 4, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple?

The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him. Is it the easiest path to walk? No. Is it the inside track to popularity? No. But is it the inside track to joy? Yes, for eternal reasons.

 

Step one, for any person who yearns to experience this journey (i.e., a “disciple”), starts at the…

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Added by Skip Garmo on February 1, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments

Honesty -- the Only Policy

No accounting was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and faithful workers.

2 Kings 12:15 NLT

 

The basis of credibility is integrity. Trustworthiness hinges on truth.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 29, 2018 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Free to be Who I Am

I’m not sure I’ve ever known anyone who loved their pastor more than my wife loved hers. Joanne grew up as a member of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio where Buckner Fanning was her pastor. I learned a lesson early in our marriage, that led to a decision that, partially at least, shaped my ministry. I learned that Bucker was…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 26, 2018 at 10:03am — No Comments

Wholeheartedness

 

Jehu paid no attention to walking in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart.

2 Kings 10:31 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE

 

A graph of your spiritual course would show a recurring…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 22, 2018 at 10:06am — No Comments

Wholeheartedness

 

Jehu paid no attention to walking in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart.

2 Kings 10:31 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE

 

A graph of your spiritual course would show a recurring…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 22, 2018 at 10:05am — No Comments

Divine Hospitality

 

Let’s make a little room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp.

Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.

2 Kings 4:10 NLT

 

I am your Shepherd—All You Ever Really Need in life. Since you have unlocked heaven’s treasure chest with…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 18, 2018 at 9:52am — No Comments

Does Anyone Believe in You?

With four seconds left in the game and trailing the Saints, 24-23, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum lofted a desperation pass to Stefon Diggs near the New Orleans 35-yard line. After Diggs went high in the air to snag the pass, coaches yelled at him to get out of bounds so the Vikings could attempt a last-second field goal.

But Diggs disregarded his coaches. When no one tackled him, he decided to head for the end zone instead of going out of bounds. In one of the most amazing finishes…

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Added by Jim Buchan on January 16, 2018 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Intro to book: Aligning with God

Introduction

My friend who read my prior book, Houston, we have a problem, concluded, “You recognize that   PROBLEMS are just OPPORTUNITIES in DISGUISE.” The apostle Paul was vulnerable enough to share his own problems with us in Romans 7:15-20 (MSG)  What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do…

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Added by john hoelzel on January 8, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Searching for God

   

He took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it.

“Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked.

When he struck…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 8, 2018 at 12:02pm — No Comments

2018: Your Year of New Beginnings

I’ve never spent much time thinking about Biblical numerology. But this year is different.

As we enter into 2018, I find myself thinking about the number “8” – God’s number of resurrection and new beginnings.

If you want a detailed explanation, I suggest a Google search. But here are a few simple observations:

  • Since 7 is God’s number of completion, 8 starts a new cycle of things.
  • Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, which was the…
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Added by Jim Buchan on January 3, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

Let Go and Let God

One of the gifts I've received during my 38 years of sobriety is the gift of hindsight.  When I first joined AA, I didn't know what I thought about God.  Well, I felt a lot of guilt.  That guilt kept me from having a real relationship with Him in the beginning.  But by working the steps and probably by time passing , I grew to let Him into my heart.  Little by little, He showed me how He was taking care of me.  And now I have the gift of being able to look back at all those…

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Added by Linda Bidler on January 2, 2018 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Avoiding Emotional Roller Coasters in 2018

Roller coasters are for young people. If you’re over 50 and still like roller coasters, I think you’re either crazy, or perhaps you just like going to chiropractors.

People probably like roller coasters for the same reason they like scary movies. There’s an undeniable adrenaline surge when you think your life’s in jeopardy.

But I’m not sure that’s a healthy way to live.

I’ve discovered lately that many people who no longer ride Disney World roller coasters are instead…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 30, 2017 at 10:57am — No Comments

The Happiness Switch: How 2017 Unexpectedly Became My Happiest Year in Decades

Like King David in the Psalms, many of my journal entries in recent years could have been titled, “Why am I so depressed…so dissatisfied with life?” This was especially true most years in November and December, when I faced holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

So it came as a surprise when I noticed this month that I’m happier than I’ve been in years – even decades. How could this be, when most things in my life are exactly the same as they’ve been for the past…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 27, 2017 at 5:08am — No Comments

6 Secrets of the Magi

We don’t know the exact time frame of the journey made by “wise men from the East” in search of young King Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). It may have been several months or even a few years after Jesus’ birth when they arrived at Herod’s palace and asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (v. 1).

But while some of the details of their journey may be unclear, there’s much we can learn from the wonderful example set by the…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 22, 2017 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

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Defining Purpose: Finding God’s Will for Our Work

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Altar Ego

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Promise in Obedience

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