How to fulfill your calling – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This week I welcome David Hundert on the blog. David is an MDiv student and member of Faith Church. He preaches for me 3-4 times each year when I am away, and this past week I was my denomination’s national conference. Thank you, David! Do you ever feel frustrated about how your lifeContinue reading “How to fulfill your calling – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 3”

4 ways to have a Kingdom mindset about work – Colossians 3:22-4:1

What will help both students and teachers, workers and bosses, retirees, volunteers and leaders to “work as unto the Lord,” is to have a Kingdom mindset about work.  There are at least four ways to view your time at work, and this goes for the students at school, as well as for the retired personsContinue reading “4 ways to have a Kingdom mindset about work – Colossians 3:22-4:1”

4 Faulty Viewpoints About Work – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 3

Each follower of Jesus, no matter their station in life, is called to work as unto the Lord.  Working unto the Lord means that we will avoid a faulty view of work. There are at least four faulty views to avoid. The first faulty viewpoint is when people think “working as unto the Lord” is justContinue reading “4 Faulty Viewpoints About Work – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 3”

The 80% rule about work (school and retirement) – Colossians 3:22-4:1

I once heard that if you are working a job that you enjoy 80% of the time, you’ve hit the employment jackpot.  Most people work jobs that don’t get close to that 80% satisfaction level, meaning that they are dissatisfied with their job more than 20% of the time.  That might sound frustrating, to thinkContinue reading “The 80% rule about work (school and retirement) – Colossians 3:22-4:1”

School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1

School.  Work.  And retirement.  Three phases of life. Which are you in?  Maybe a mixture of more than one.  Which are you looking forward to?  Think about how much time we spend in these three phases of life.  At least 13 years in school, maybe more if you go to college and grad school.  ThenContinue reading “School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1”

Important biblical teaching for students, workers and retirees – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Preview

How do you work at your job in a way that is honoring to God? How about school? What does it look like to be a student that is honoring to God? Or think about retirement? Did you ever think that it matters to God how you retire? Two weeks ago, in our study throughContinue reading “Important biblical teaching for students, workers and retirees – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Preview”

How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview

How do you spend your time in an average week?  There are 168 hours in a week.  Let’s tally up how we use those hours.  I’m going to list averages, so you can adjust the numbers a bit to align with your life, as we humans have a lot of variety in our use ofContinue reading “How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview”

Pursuing wisdom and avoiding foolishness in leadership – Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20, Part 2

What is wisdom? In the previous post, we started a five-part series on Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20, in which the Teacher (the writer of Ecclesiastes) gives us a series of proverbs about how to live wisely. In that post, the Teacher described a bit of what wisdom does not do, or what it does not look like. Continue reading “Pursuing wisdom and avoiding foolishness in leadership – Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20, Part 2”

How work and wisdom fail to bring ultimate meaning to life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 3

This week we’ve been following the Teacher in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes try out seven roles or personalities, all in an attempt to find the meaning of life. It’s a kind of ancient personality test. So far the Teacher has introduced us to the Philosopher, the Student, the Party Animal and the Addict, butContinue reading “How work and wisdom fail to bring ultimate meaning to life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 3”

Can you remember your great-grandparents? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 3

Let’s take a moment and face the truth that our lives are fleeting.  In our study this week on the beginning of Ecclesiastes (starting here), a book of ancient wisdom, we learned that life is fleeting. The reality is that most of us, if not all of us, will not have our memories preserved veryContinue reading “Can you remember your great-grandparents? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 3”