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Defining Purpose: SUBMIT to God’s direction

The Spirit Speaks

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

 

It’s the Holy Spirit that often knocks on our hearts and heads, helping us to understand God’s will for our lives, inside and outside of work.

 

What an underutilized resource is the Holy Spirit!  We Christians are often more influenced by the call of our culture than the call of our God.

 

First Corinthians 2:12 reminds us that .…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on October 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Effort Has Purpose

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

I’ve had times at work when it seemed like I was using my talents for nothing.  I’d put out my best effort, but few results seemed to come back.  It was discouraging, and I’d wonder if something was out of sorts with me.

 

How comforting it was to read this scripture from the famous prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 49:4, when he struggled with it, saying . . . “I have labored to no purpose; I…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on September 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Desire in the Desert

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

God sometimes uses the desert experience to get our undivided attention.  It’s a good thing, too, because most of us have a lot of trouble paying attention.

We don’t need sand and camels to find ourselves in a desert season at work.  It could be a time when we find ourselves unemployed, or seemingly trapped in a dead-end job.

Hosea 2:14 says “I will lead her into the desert and…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on August 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Courage to Come Close

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

“The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”  This scripture in Exodus 20:21 paints a powerful picture of the hunger Moses had to know God personally, even when it meant overcoming the fear of the unknown.

 

How many times have you held back from a divine encounter?  It can seem unbelievable that God would want to spend time with each one of us,…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on July 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Defining Purpose: DISCERN God’s will for our work

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

It’s hard to discern God’s will for our work when we aren’t tuned in to his direction.  When we get discouraged or distracted, we can tune God out.  This is the absolute worst thing to do!

 

God’s voice is never more important to hear than when we have a pressing need to hear it.  We’re limited in our ability to communicate, but God isn’t. 

 

As scripture reminds us in John 8:47 .…

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

The Focus Factor

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

Does work life sometimes seem like a spiritual maze, where you’re looking for purposeful direction but consistently coming up with blind alleys and dead ends?  This isn’t God’s design – it’s our typical “trial and error” approach to understanding His will.

 

When we journey with God, we can’t stay where we are.  God always wants to develop us.  He desires a deep relationship with us.  He wants…

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

Adversity for Advantage

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

There have been many times in my work life where everything seemed to be going wrong, and I couldn’t understand God’s purpose in it.  Not only that, the harder I tried to “fix” things, the worse they seemed to get.  Yet, I would look back months or years later, discovering retrospectively that those painful work experiences were actually helpful!

 

Scripture speaks to this in 2 Corinthians 1:6…

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

Defining Purpose: ASK for God’s guidance

Relationship Comes First

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

 

You know, sometimes we can be so frustrated with our work, everything from surviving relentless demands to finding the perfect position, that we can forget to put work into context.

 

My friend, God didn’t create us to live for work.  He created us to live with Him, in a close and candid relationship.

 

If you’ve lost motivation in…

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

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

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

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