Being Influential Begins by Being Salt and Light

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By Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics:

Over the last few months, I’ve talked to many Christians who fear they are living in a world that is spinning out of control – especially during a chaotic election season. They feel helpless, without the power to do anything about it.

I like to share with them “Four Ways Christians Can Influence the World,” an article written by the late John Stott.

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know

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By Darrel Geis, Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Last fall I had the opportunity once again to serve as meals coordinator for Interfaith Hospitality Network, where we house, feed and provide clothing for homeless families displaced from their homes due to financial duress, usually caused by a significant illness, breakup of parents, or loss of the family’s main income source.

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What Was Your Big Rock in 2015?

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By Darrel Geis, What Was Your Big Rock in 2015?

As we begin the New Year, it’s always appropriate to take a moment to reflect back on the previous twelve months, and thank God for his provisions and protection. What’s even better, though, is to intentionally “mark” a moment (or moments) where God made clear His purposes (i.e. through answered prayer or God-incidence), so that you never forget the lesson for the rest of your life.

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Christian Character and Competence – Our Unique New “Trust” Filter

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By Darrel Geis, Christian Character and Competence – Our Unique New “Trust” Filter

I often hear advertisements from businesses that claim “we are a business you can trust”. Many say this, and, ideally, their claims are proven to be true. Everyone – Christian or not – prefers to work with businesses they can trust, but what “filter” can consumers use beforehand to help assure trustworthiness?

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It Was for Freedom

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By Darrel Geis, It Was for Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ” Galatians 5:1

If you plan on attending a sporting event or 4th of July festivities this summer, no doubt you will be asked to join in the singing of our national anthem….

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Have Compassion

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By Darrel Geis, Have Compassion

It was 1996, and a few Christian Blue Pages staff members and I attended the Promise Keepers men’s conference in Indianapolis, which was held in the Hoosier Dome, which was, at the time, the 60,000 seat home of the Indianapolis Colts.  The Blue Pages had secured exhibit space for the event as well in the Indianapolis Convention Center, located adjacent to the dome

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Follow Me

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By Darrel Geis, Follow Me

And He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

These are two of the most simple, yet profound, words that Jesus Christ spoke during his life here on earth. He spoke them to twelve men he chose as his closest companions, the people that would take the message of God’s amazing grace and love to the world. They were average, ordinary people.
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Righteousness vs. Compromise

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By Darrel Geis, Righteousness vs. Compromise

Over my 23 years the Christian Blue Pages, I’ve had the opportunity to observe Christians – in hundreds of situations – taking a stand for righteousness in their businesses. In situations where compromising one’s values might be expedient and beneficial to the “bottom line”, or unnoticeable to a watching world, it is critical that we as Christians in business do what’s right in the eyes of God.

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Bloom Where You are Planted

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By Darrel Geis, Bloom Where You are Planted

I love sports, and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ohio State in order to direct that passion towards my ultimate goal — to be a sports anchor for a major network by 1999. But after two years working at a TV station at night and selling advertising for the Christian Blue Pages during the day, I was offered the position as Blue Pages sales manager. After much prayer, I sensed I was being “called” by God into leadership in this organization, and that gave me great peace.

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Transform Our Life into Worship

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By Darrel Geis, Transform Our Life into Worship

Years ago, my pastor at the time often reminded our church that, in following Jesus and living the Christian life, our goal was to continually “transform our life into worship”. I have been inspired and challenged by those words over the years. Transformation in our lives requires an intentional effort to enact change – and that change starts when we allow God’s Word to renew our minds (i.e. our thinking).

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Keep Christ in Christmas

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By Darrel Geis, Keep Christ in Christmas

While our culture seems to be progressively removing any mention of Christ from the Christmas season, I encourage you to make a personal commitment to “keep Christ in Christmas” this year. One great and fun way to do this is to gather your family, friends, or employees together and go caroling in a neighborhood or nursing home near you, sharing the love of Christ and the “good news” of Jesus’ birth by “singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:16)Read More

Overflowing Thankfulness

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By Darrel Geis, Overflowing Thankfulness

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted  and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

When was the last time you were overflowing with thankfulness? It often takes a life-threatening event flashing before our eyes before thanks begin to overflow….

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