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Completely Dedicated to God

We want to be dedicated to God, but often find our hearts being lured in other directions. We can hold back, giving God part of ourselves but not all.

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The God of Peace

Our hearts yearn for peace, not only the cessation of conflict or inner calm, but also peace that leads to justice, flourishing, and delight. Scripture reminds us that God is the God of peace, the God who gives us the gift of full-orbed peace through Christ.

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Under the Idol, Part 2

All of humanity is meant to glorify God, to draw attention to the weight of his reputation. We are to steward our relationships to God, others, and creation faithfully. God graciously enables image-bearers to seek for him and reach out for him.

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The Acropolis, Parthenon, and Erechtheion in Athens

Under the Idol, Part 1

Right under the Athens idol is the One whom Paul’s hearers are searching for. The only reason they were in Athens—making altars and temples to unreal gods—was because the living God they did not know put them there.

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Workday Prayers: Offer Yourself Willingly

We have the opportunity to offer ourselves willingly to God, to join God in the work of creation, redemption, and restoration.

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Be Open to the Spirit and Discern Wisely, Part 5

If you want to discern God’s ways, you need to be formed in mind and heart by the Spirit of God. The more you are shaped by God’s own Spirit, the more you will be able to grasp what God is doing in your life.

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Be Open to the Spirit and Discern Wisely, Part 4

God puts people in our lives who will help us to hear God’s voice clearly as we seek to serve and please God in every part of our lives.

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Be Open to the Spirit and Discern Wisely, Part 3

The Holy Spirit who inspires us to minister in power also helps us “test everything” so that we might know what God is doing and saying. We look to the Spirit to give us gifts of discernment when we are gathered as the church and when we are deployed into the world. 

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Be Open to the Spirit and Discern Wisely, Part 2

The Bible urges us to be open to the presence and power of the Spirit. But, at the same time, we are to discern wisely what is of God and what is not.

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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, public domain.

Finding Joy in Work

God alone is the source of our joy, in our work as in everything else. Our joys are like a metaphorical tree, where God is both the root and trunk. All else in our lives, including our work, are like the branches, leaves, and fruit. No joy in our lives is sustainable apart from being rooted in and connected to God. [And] because God calls us to be his servants, all work serves his purpose and therefore has ultimate meaning, even when we can’t make sense of it here and now.

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Pentecostés by Juan Bautista Mayno, ca. 1615-1620. Public Domain.

Depth Perception

Human beings were created for community. As the creation account reminds us, when God said of Adam, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). One of God’s greatest gifts of being human is the gift of the other… We need others to help us rightly see the world around us. Without other perspectives, our view of the world flattens out. Without different perspectives, we lose vital nuance and depth.

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Workday Prayers: God Blesses Even as Others Curse

When people at work are mistreating you, you can find comfort and encouragement in the presence of God and in the promise of God’s blessing.

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