Three Tips for Building Trust-Based Work Relationships

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By: Dr. Art Lindsley  In the many vocational interviews I have done over the years, I have heard numerous stories about difficult bosses and strained relationships at work. Even in the organizations working for the highest causes, the tone of the corporate culture does not always match the lofty vision of their group. According to Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal, this disconnect between an organization’s cultural values …

How to Read Your Job Well

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By Steve Lindsey Whether a book, the news, or someone’s facial expression, we all read things regularly in our daily lives. But have you ever considered reading your work? This type of reading requires discovering wisdom about what practices and principles best apply to your unique job. This skill of reading our job can lead to flourishing and prevent impoverishment. Mis-reading Our Work …

God Watches the Way You Work

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By John Lennox A Weighty Decision It is our heavenly Father who provides food for birds and clothing for flowers. We, who are more valuable to him, are therefore to trust him for the necessities of life. Anxiety and fear are real. Many years ago I was in Hungary and met a man whose demeanor impressed me greatly, a humble man of great …

You Are Called to a Life of Fruitfulness

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By Hugh Whelchel But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. God has always been with us at work. And he wants us to be fruitful there as well as all the other areas of our lives. Yet, we often find it difficult. During …

Why Does God Have Me in This Lowly Job?

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By Dr. Art Lindsley “Climbing the corporate ladder” is a phrase frequently used in a negative way to describe someone who is selfishly advancing their career at the expense of others. Millennials, however, view rapid upward mobility as something to be desired and praised. According to Entrepreneur magazine, one of the most significant issues for this generation and, likely those following it, …

Eight Steps Along the Path to Wisdom

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By: Dr. Art Lindsley If I were to take you in a helicopter to Afghanistan and parachute you into the middle of the country without a map and without knowledge of how to discern where one of 10 million land mines are located, how long do you think you would last? Being dropped into minefields without knowing how to avoid …

Knowing the Why, What, and How of Your Calling

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By Dr. Art Lindsley Our culture has a crisis in calling. We’ve been exploring this crisis, and how a biblical perspective on work can help us address it. A biblical view of work runs throughout all of scripture. We are given the cultural mandate (Gen. 1:28) in Genesis to use our gifts to cultivate the kingdom of God. Our work then plays a part in God’s plan …

To Be Salt and Light Requires Risk-Taking

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Many of us often wonder what our true calling might be. We ponder what it is we can bring to the world, something that is uniquely “us.” We ask the questions “what difference can I make?”, “Am I significant?”, “When it’s all said and done, will my life have counted for something?” One of my favorite scriptures gives us some …

Work, Success, and the Parable of the Talents

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By Hugh Whelchel, originally posted September 3, 2012. Recently I saw a bumper sticker that read, He who dies with the most toys wins, but he is still dead.   This must be a post-modern version of the late 1990’s original, which simply read, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” If bumper stickers are a reflection of the soul …

To Whom Much Is Given: Celebrating Freedom and America’s Independence Day

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By Hugh Whelchel, Originally posted July 2, 2018 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Declaration of Independence Former U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall challenged Americans, “May we …

Claiming Peace

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By Nancy Cotterill, Claiming Peace http://www.uniteindy.org/claiming-peace/ I remember a book I read called The Poisonwood Bible in which a family of fiercely evangelical missionaries go to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They took with them everything they believed they would need from home, but find nothing but sorrow and loss in the cruelty of the African wild. Nothing works, people …

More to This Life

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By Darrel Geis, More to This Life In February of 2014, I stood at my younger brother Alex’s side as he sadly passed away at the age of 48 due to complications from years of alcohol abuse. He had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver that previous September, went through a detox program in October, and had been clean …

The Greatest Birthday Gift Ever

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By Darrel Geis, The Greatest Birthday Gift Ever It was late in the spring of 2006, and my parents had come from their home in Pennsylvania to Cincinnati to visit my wife and me on the eve of my birthday. They hinted of a special surprise for me, and the next day we piled into their SUV and headed to …

Live in the Moment

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By Darrel Geis, Live in the Moment It was the 2nd Sunday of Advent in 2003, and I was sitting in the back row of the sanctuary at North Cincinnati Community Church, my home church. On my left was my girlfriend at the time, who had flown from her home on the East Coast to visit me for the weekend. …

St. Valentine, the Real Story

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By David Kithcart, St. Valentine, the Real Story Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Well, maybe not. The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all—at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story …

Why “Character Goals” Should Be Your First Resolutions

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By Hugh Whelchel, Why “Character Goals” Should Be Your First Resolutions How many of your goals are built around what you want to accomplish as opposed to who you want to become? The plans of the diligent surely lead to advantage (Prov. 21:5). In the mid-sixties there was a successful television series called Run for Your Life. Actor Ben Gazzara plays a …

7 Words That Changed My Heart One Christmas

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By Darrel Geis, 7 Words That Changed My Heart One Christmas It was Christmastime in 1995, and I had organized a group from my church to go Christmas caroling. Using crudely assembled, photocopied song sheets, we ventured into the neighborhoods surrounding our church. In spite of the cold, more people showed up than expected, so afterwards, I dropped by the local …