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A show for marketplace Christians to energize and encourage you to live out your faith every day, right where you are. Begin your day with Christ-centered ideas to share your joy with those around you. Add in weekly interviews with other like-minded Christians so you can share in their joy and learn how they make Jesus visible in their workplace every day.”
 
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Mike's been thinking about God and his power and goodness lately. It's a response to a lot of self-help he hears in our faith these days. Sometimes it seems to him like we think God's job is to make us happy. David is very happy in this Psalm. These 2 verses are a small example of the things God does. David celebrates God quite a bit in this Psalm …
 
Do you catch yourself thanking God for all the good things that happen? Today, Mike focuses on Psalm 18:1-3. This is a Psalm that David wrote when he was delivered from the hands of his enemies and where David discusses what he went through. We learn that David loved the Lord and had a heart committed to God. Also, we discover in this Psalm that Da…
 
Do you deal with discouragement? Mike does. Anyone who tries to accomplish things will have to deal with some failure, some discouragement. How do you handle it? God reminds us in Psalm 3 that he's in charge. Using the words of the Psalmist, we're reminded that God's in charge. What he says, goes. And he sets things right. He lifts our head. We han…
 
Would you say your work brings out the best in you? Do the people you interact with on a daily basis pull you toward God or away? Do you even notice what you talk about with other Christ-followers? Our passage today is a call to challenge our environment. The people we hang around with have an impact on us. We're not immune from the thoughts we all…
 
Everyday with God, David Barnes #81 In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with David Barnes. David is the Facilities Manager for Frisco Bible Church. David has over 24 years of experience working in church organizations from IT to Facility Management. Please welcome him to the community! Episode Breakdown 00:50 - Meet D…
 
Jesus calls out Simon here. He uses Peter's old name and he repeats it twice. I believe a great calling requires great preparation. We have an enemy. If we want to be close to Jesus, we will join him in his suffering. Do you have the courage to want to be close to Jesus? When we obey him, we experience difficulty. Notice Satan is directly involved.…
 
Do we want Jesus to tell us "Well Done?" What are your thoughts about your "job" here on earth? As Christ-followers we know we were created on purpose for a purpose. The goal of our life was created for us before we were born. We discover it. Can you imagine eternity at all? Can you imagine it knowing that you did everything Jesus intended for you …
 
Who is greater? That's what these guys had been discussing. They were striving to be successful in Jesus' new kingdom. Yesterday we talked about the get-into-heaven-free card. I think of that as being the other end of the spectrum. On one end, we don't want to do anything more than we have to. That was my original strategy. But when I became a Chri…
 
What is your goal? Is there a goal for your Christian walk? Notice how the disciples argued about who would be first in the kingdom. Do you ever think about where you'll be in Heaven? Do you ever wonder what it means to be great in eternity? Back when I first became a Christ-follower, I think many of us had a goal to avoid hell. We didn't even expe…
 
Are you in a job you don't like? How can we exhibit Christlikeness when we work in a difficult, miserable or hostile work environment? Notice this verse in Romans. Jesus came, lived on earth and died for us and he also intercedes for us. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." How can we live that kind of attitude and life in…
 
Unconditional Trust with John Ramstead, # 80 In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike speaks again with John Ramstead. John is the CEO of Beyond Influence, host of Eternal Leadership podcast, and author of his new book: On Purpose, With Purpose. Please welcome him back to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:05 - Discovering Your P…
 
Remember Your Why - Our actions are most natural and pure when they come from who we are and not from something we "ought to" or "should" do. Our "why" is the reason we follow Jesus. It's the reason we Go, make time, listen, and deliver excellence. Remember when someone asks, we want to be able to say honestly and authentically, "I'm doing this bec…
 
Deliver Excellence - We're talking about the story of the Good Samaritan in the context of our Marketplace Mission Trip. The mission trip is going on right now as this airs. The Good Samaritan story doesn't line up point-for-point with our mission trip, but there are 5 things we do on the 2nd week of the mission trip and they line up a bit with thi…
 
Listen - Yesterday we talked about how we make time so we can be interrupted. Today, I want to reflect on this passage again today because we live in a different environment. We're talking about Luke 10:30-37 and the Action Week of the Marketplace Mission Trip. Everyone who needs our help isn't lying on the side of the road bleeding. We live in a c…
 
Make Time - We're still talking about the story of the Good Samaritan. Notice today appreciation in action. This Samaritan made time for the man he found on the road. He considered the interruption as being something from God. He took responsibility for his environment. Part of being a Follower of One is owning your responsibility. God selected the…
 
Go - Today, wherever we are, we represent Jesus. This week, I hope to make all of my illustrations for these next 5 podcasts from the story of the Good Samaritan. This is found in Luke 10:30-37. Today on the Marketplace Mission Trip, our message is to "Go." Everywhere we go, we have an opportunity to join Jesus. He's working all the time in the lif…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike brings back Rick Boxx. Rick is the Founder & CEO of Unconventional Business Network. Unconventional Business Network is a nonprofit focused on building and training a network of Unconventional Business Leaders to learn and model biblical principles in their workplace. Please welcome him ba…
 
If the Lord washed our feet, and possibly even the feet of the one who would betray him, then We talked Wednesday about preparing how we will answer when someone asks us why we're serving them. Today, let's talk about how we Speak for Ourselves. This is our fifth daily activity. We've been talking about them all week. They are 1) Pray, 2) Appreciat…
 
where can we draw the line? Are there people we just wouldn't be expected to serve? It seems like we must serve people we suspect might hurt us. It seems like there's no job that is beneath us, either. What will it take for you to serve others? Do you need it to be warmer, or do you need more time? Are you too busy or should you have more money in …
 
Know what you believe - Here's a man who was formerly possessed by an army of demons. They just left the man, went into a herd of pigs and the pigs all rushed into the sea and drown. This man has only been with Jesus less than a day, maybe only a couple of hours. And he wants to go with Jesus, but Jesus gives him a job. Notice here and in Mark 5, w…
 
Appreciate Others - Our heart follows our treasure. If we place value on others, we will appreciate them, and love them. Jesus talks about laying up treasure in heaven. The only thing we can do that will last forever is the impact we have on others. If they live forever, we can hope that our service to them lives. I focus on laying up treasure in h…
 
Pray - Today we begin our mission trip with prayer. Prayer needs to be first in everything. Jesus makes this plain statement. God knows what we need before we ask him. How should that inform our prayers? What should we pray when we know God already knows? We talk about 3 kinds of prayers on the Mission Trip, but there are others. We focus first on …
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Thomas Carlson. Thomas is the founder of ECatalyst. ECatalyst helps entrepreneurial ecosystems in the developing world to launch businesses, create jobs, grow economies, and generate sustainable solutions to local problems. Please welcome him to the community! Episode Breakdown…
 
What does it take to follow Jesus. Here Peter, Andrew, James and John are called to leave everything and follow Jesus. But are we all called to leave everything? What is it about this call to these men? How can we make an application here? Is this one verse sufficient? What about what Paul's instruction to Onesimus (Philemon 10)? Onesimus was a sla…
 
How would you imitate God? First, we would need to study him. We would need to read what he wrote and examine what he's done. We would even have to sort through some writings and actions of the people who claim to follow God. Paul sums up this whole section and begins another one with these 2 verses. What does it mean to imitate God? Mike gives us …
 
If you listened yesterday, you know we have some new room in our wagon. We were challenged yesterday to get rid of bitterness, anger, wrath and malice. If you got rid of them, you've got place for something new. Today, can you take some kindness to work? Do you ever dread going to work? Mike did. He talked about how he could get wound up before he …
 
Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. Those sound like social media, don't they? Why do we jump to these levels when we argue or disagree with people but we have the separation of social media. Could it be these are a trap. Mike mentioned each. There is little good here. Do you catch yourself harboring any of these. Some translation…
 
What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? While Mike isn't terribly certain, he presents some challenging ideas. Some of those ideas come from what we talked about last week, which are the verses that precede this verse. Others may include those in the verses following. Do you examine yourself to see if you line up with the will of God? Every pl…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Ladey Adey. Ladey is a publisher and together with her daughter Abbirose, they provide mentoring to Authors who are looking to write their books. They work across multiple genres and believe that everyone had a book inside them! Please welcome her to the community! Episode Break…
 
Do you speak unwholesome words. In my self-talk and in some of my regular speech, I'm a bit casual and can talk more like our culture than I care to admit. So this verse is a particular challenge and a prayer for me. Fortunately, God still allows me to be a part of his kingdom. He has grace for me, but in the areas of anger, my choice of words and …
 
Do you steal? Mike gave several examples of things we may do that could be considered stealing. But in the end, this question us up to you and your employer. Do you make sure your employer gets a great value out of hiring you? If you're in business for yourself, do you make sure your customers get excellent value? Every cut corner is theft. Sure, y…
 
Mike talked about how this passage is something he feels unqualified to discuss. What's the difference between sinful anger and not-sinful anger? And how can we keep our anger in check? What is the object of your anger? Mike said he thought selfish anger was sinful. Remember sin is simply missing the mark, or coming up short of God's plan and expec…
 
How often do you lie? I'm afraid I do it much more than I want to admit. I withhold parts of the truth and I exercise discretion in some areas. Granted, all are not lies. All truth doesn't need to be known. But this passage suggests we must begin by telling the truth. Can you judge yourself on how truthful you really are? Listen to yourself today. …
 
Paul challenges the Ephesians (and us) to walk differently, and live differently. But how can we? What must change first? Do our actions change first, or does God change our mind first? Mike talks about the 3-steps of transformation in this passage. We put off the old self (vs. 22) and we put on the new self (vs. 24). But in the middle, we must be …
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Elizabeth Urbanowicz. Elizabeth is the founder of Foundation Worldview, LLC. Foundation Worldview provides research-based Christian Apologetics curriculums for kids and provides pivotal analytical skills at the same time. Please welcome her to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:…
 
Could you use more wisdom? James says that we can ask God. But if you're like Mike, often you want to generate wisdom on your own. We think if we read enough books, and even study the bible enough, we can somehow get what we need. When we go to the world for wisdom, it's like washing our clothes in mud. Our environment is broken so our environment …
 
Would you like to become great? Serve. We blow over things like this. But Mike challenges us to listen to God through prayer and the do whatever God tells us as long as it lines up with scripture. Is there a better way to spend your life? Don't you feel your flesh and your circumstances rising up in rebellion. "What if God tells me to use a bunch o…
 
Do you ever think of yourself as a warehouse? You probably don't. But Mike spent time in the warehousing business. When you have a 3rd party warehouse, the merchandise in the warehouse doesn't belong to you. Mike talked about how everything we are and everything we have comes from God. It's not our own. We don'w own it. Our job is to use it, not ju…
 
Some translations show this as a new sentence. Either this is part of our patience or it isn't, but Mike wasn't sure which. But it requires humility and patience to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the will of God. But this is very complex. We often think that everyone should believe and do ex…
 
Today, Mike talks about being patient. He confessed that he isn't a very patient person, but patience is one key way we can make Jesus visible at work. When we're patient, we get outside the norm of what others might expect. Our world is "instant-on" related to just about everything. However, as patient people, we tell the world we trust something …
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Jim and Martha Brangenburg. The Brangenberg's are returning guests on our show and they are here to talk about new things on the horizon for iWork4Him! Please welcome them back to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:10 - iWork4Him Changes 4:00 - New Books on the Horizon: 2021 5:0…
 
What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the calling? This term translated calling means When we live like people who have been invited into eternal life, Paul suggests we interact with other believers in a particular way. The next couple of verses explain this. Since we're a faith-at-work ministry, I'd like to consider these verse in a work…
 
invitation. Paul has just explained that we're invited by God to something: life with him. If we live as a friend to the God of the universe, what should that mean? He gives some generic terms in the next verse, but today, let's pause here. What does it mean for us in our jobs, in our places of work, in our job transition to walk worthy of our invi…
 
There's a difference between Godly sorrow and shame. Shame is what I experience when I beat myself up for something I've done or didn't do. I tell myself I'm a loser, or I remind myself that I hate either myself or something about myself. Often, I experience shame when I'm thinking about mistakes I made in the past. I can think of some times when I…
 
Yesterday, we talked about who we're supposed to love. In my reading this morning, I came across this section of scripture. When we love those who love us, we have our reward. Anyone can love those who love us. We like the most of the people who appreciate us. I think this challenge in the latter part of Matthew 5 doesn't contradict 1 John at all, …
 
Who is your brother? Most commentaries suggest this term translated brother means fellow Christian. So many commentaries suggest it, they're probably correct. But as a possible alternative, let me suggest an idea from my past. When I graduated from college, I thought I knew everything. And the last place I wanted to go was into the trucking busines…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike speaks with Dr. Svetlana Papazov. Dr. Svetlana is an author, entrepreneur and , Founder and President of Real Life RVA. Her recent book Church for Monday helps us use practical lessons to grow our faith at work. Please welcome her to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:00 - Meet Dr. Svetlan…
 
Are believers free to sin? We talked yesterday about the freedom we have in Jesus. He freed us because his grace gave us the path to eternal life. Jesus is the Way to eternal life. When we follow him, we find eternal life. The closer we get to him, the more we enjoy our eternal life. Is that life easy? In a way. But it also requires that we obey. T…
 
Where sin increased, grace increased more. Some translations say grace multiplied. Grace is our ride. When we trust Jesus, we get to live in his grace. We don't have to wait to die to receive it either. We get it right now. The Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17). It's available to us now. Grace makes God's kingdom available to us. Grace re…
 
The obedience of one person provides a way back to God for all of us. While this may sound simple, don't underestimate the depth of our fall. Before we trust Jesus, we are (were) creatures of wrath. We were sentenced to God's anger. Our doom was sure. But Jesus came, lived, and died to pay for our sin. He modeled obedience for us. He obeyed to the …
 
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