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For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2Chronicles 16:9

Those of you who have followed my writing may be surprised to read that I am excited and hopeful for the church in 2021; including that portion of her who resides in America. I often have to remind myself of this fact, but it is nevertheless true.

There are two reasons for my hopefulness. First, I believe the wife of the Lamb is making herself ready, and she will be perfectly beautiful (Revelation 19:7-8). Secondly, I believe the storms and chaos God is allowing (creating?) give testimony to His continued long-suffering and persistence for her and His Son.

It is no coincidence that 2021 promises to be as chaotic and challenging as 2020. Nor is it an accident that storms are lining up like tropical depressions during hurricane season. Who can imagine how long the season will last, or how severe the storms will be? Only God knows! However, regardless of length and severity, His children rest secure, believing He will use the storms and chaos for our good (Romans 8:28).

Indeed, God will use the storms and chaos of this decade to dramatically transform the individuals, families, and fellowships who keep their eyes focused on the Lord and their minds set on things above. Our prime objective, for ourselves and those in our spheres of influence, must be our maturation in the Lord. Moving up and forward is the only way we avoid wasting the pain and discomfort storms and chaos introduce into our lives.

With this exciting and hopeful perspective in mind, Read the rest of this entry »

Multi-ethnic pile of handsCompanies spend millions of dollars communicating their vision to their employees. The employees that are eager and able to grasp that vision will be the most impactful assets for the company, and the company’s customers. This is the business application of a higher kingdom principle; a principle that applies to everyone God has positioned for His purposes in the workplace.

God has a way for everything – education, commerce, home making, etc. When we choose to do things His way, He enables us to see our environment from His broader perspective. We not only see further ahead (because He can trust us with more of the plan), we see, with spiritual eyes, more of what is going on around us.

When we commit to God’s ways (Psalm 37:5), we are able to recognize the work He is doing in other people and circumstances that relate to His purposes for us. He also gives us an awareness of those things that are, or will be, a distraction. This works together, in Christ, that our light would shine before men, that they would glorify our Father in heaven (Psalm 37:6; Matthew 5:16).

Workplace Ministry Tip: Consider your operating model and its principles. Commit your ways to the LORD. Do all things as unto Christ; for His purposes. Anticipate the “more than” perspective.

Humbly Yours and Forever His,

Bible with Cross ShadowThere are passages in the Sermon on the Mount that are impossible to understand with the carnal mind. The fact that our minds are in the process of renewal leaves us in a vulnerable position. Perhaps this is God’s intent: To help us experience the humility that precipitates our taking on the mind of Christ.

I confess that I am experiencing that humility in regards to this passage:

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Matthew 5:38-41

Personally, I have lived a relatively safe life. There have been very few times in my 55 years that I have faced an evil person, and the temptation to resist them. I have not had the “opportunity” to turn the other cheek. I have not been sued; nor have I been compelled to go one mile. I hope you will ignore my lack of personal experience long enough to consider the following encouragements. Read the rest of this entry »


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