TGN - God is Powerful - E=MCsquared

Written by Ron McCluskey

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The Milky Way Galaxy, that we are a part of, has about 200 billion stars (200 thousand million!). The Milky Way is an average Galaxy. So, you can multiplyrepparttar number you got inrepparttar 127007 last paragraph to get a fair estimate ofrepparttar 127008 number of stars that are close enough for us to see. Who knows how many are beyond our vision.

And yetrepparttar 127009 Bible says thatrepparttar 127010 Heavens were made "Byrepparttar 127011 word ofrepparttar 127012 Lord". Imagine that!

When you speak a word do you get exhausted? Do you even think about expending any energy at all? Or is it effortless? To think that we serve a God who could speakrepparttar 127013 entire universe into existence without even getting short of breath is impossible to comprehend.

Couple that power withrepparttar 127014 gentle personal and sacrificial love that He gives each one of us and that should really blow your mind!

Until next time, May God Bless! Ron McCluskey

copyright 2003 Ron McCluskey You may reproduce this newsletter in part or in whole providing that you includerepparttar 127015 website, contact information and resource links.

Ron McCluskey is an emergency room physician and amateur naturalist. Growing up, he studied insects and birds. While he continues to enjoy studying these natural subjects, his interest has grown to include the rest of creation as well.

He has spent over a year doing volunteer work in tropical countries. While there he enjoyed seeing how God's creation gives ample evidence of His intimate knowledge and care for His nature.

How To Be a Christian In the Workplace

Written by Richard Joseph Krejcir

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Q: Have you consideredrepparttar eternal results of a healthy work attitude, even inrepparttar 127006 face of strife and chaos?

God's Call Forrepparttar 127007 Workplace As a worker, or an employer, God has a lot to say to us regarding our virtue at work.

We are called to work with respect and honor to God and others: Genesis 2: 15; 3: 15; Proverbs 6:6-8; 10:4,5,26; 12:9; 13:4; 14:23; 18:9; 22:29; 31:11-31; Ecclesiastes 3:22; 5:12; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5: 8!

We are called to work with integrity: Proverbs 10:2; 15:27; Jeremiah 22: 13; Ephesians 4:28!

We are warned about laziness: Exodus 20:9-11; 23:12; 34:21; Proverbs 16:27; 18:9; 19: 15; 22:13; 24:30-34; 1 Thessalonians 4: 11,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-15!

We are called to honor just remuneration: Proverbs 3:27,28; 27:18; Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5: 18; James 5:1-5!

Here are some thoughts for your consideration. Remember what God calls us to do:

·Our work is not to define us! Even though this may berepparttar 127008 first question we ask someone new to us, or is asked of us, our work is what we do, not who we are! Work is not our identity or our worth!

·Our worth as a Christian is who we are in Christ!

·Work, in society, is center stage for our social classification andrepparttar 127009 search for identity, and can even be an addiction to fulfill our deeper needs!

·Our worth as a Christian is who we are in Christ!

·Ecclesiastes 2:4; 4:7-8 asks, What benefit do we gain? This passage gives usrepparttar 127010 impression that our toil and work are merely temporary. We may find work necessary in order to live, but it is not permanent or eternal.

·It is not what we do that matters, but how we are!

·Colossians 3:22-25. Our work may not define us, but it will either mature or devalue us. How we respond and model character will berepparttar 127011 eternal value—our true selves. Work can even be a means through which to worship our Lord!

·People will see Christ through us inrepparttar 127012 workplace--either as a God to come to, or, one from whom to be repelled. How do people at work see Christ through you?

The Dangers and Concerns Inrepparttar 127013 Workplace.

How do you handle Anger? Anger is one ofrepparttar 127014 biggest enemies forrepparttar 127015 employee as well asrepparttar 127016 employer! We are to be known by our love; yet, it is anger that most often communicates who we are. Thus, we must beware of its vicious and destructive ways!

·Our inner feelings of inadequacy can berepparttar 127017 fuel torepparttar 127018 negative reaction to anger from a boss or coworker. Thus, we have to see ourselves as God sees us, redeemed, and as His child. Then we can have a healthier self-image that gives us confidence but does not allow pride.

·Do not try to just ignore your anger. Walking away from, or stoppingrepparttar 127019 anger, will not solverepparttar 127020 problem, and often, even prolongs it. Put an end torepparttar 127021 anger by seeking to solverepparttar 127022 root ofrepparttar 127023 conflict. Letrepparttar 127024 anger give yourepparttar 127025 fuel to react quickly and confidently, but do not let it control you!

·Gossiping, name-calling, and/or trying to get even will only escalaterepparttar 127026 problem and give others a very wrong impression of our Lord! Remember, our essential self worth is not our job; it is who we are in Him!

·Do not take anger personally! View your work as a service to Christ, not a personal, esteem-building venture!

·Do not be defensive. Rather, let integrity be your guide. Virtue will build actions, even if you are under attack by an angry employer or fellow-employee. Show Christ-like character, and, inrepparttar 127027 long run, you will win out. If not, shakerepparttar 127028 dust off your feet and move on, because in God's eyes, you arerepparttar 127029 winner!

·Ifrepparttar 127030 employer or fellow-employee is angry, do not let it influence you! Do not acknowledgerepparttar 127031 anger, and refuse to acceptrepparttar 127032 tone, because that gives it more fuel and you will lose control.

·Separaterepparttar 127033 emotion ofrepparttar 127034 anger fromrepparttar 127035 words and content of what a person is saying. Do not respond to their anger with your own! Let them vent, then get torepparttar 127036 root ofrepparttar 127037 problem. Listen, and ask, How do you want me to resolve this? Find a solution, especially if it is your fault. And, if that berepparttar 127038 case, take responsibility; do not blame others; deal and act!

·Restaterepparttar 127039 content of their complaint in your own words withoutrepparttar 127040 emotion. Use phrases such as, I didn't know you disagreed with that policy. Or, I'm glad to know how you feel. Let us find a solution about that.

·Letrepparttar 127041 person know you are glad they came to you (even if they acted inappropriately, because, we all do so at some point). When you are positive and looking to help them, you will be able to defuserepparttar 127042 anger faster than anything else you could do. Also, be in prayer, asking God to give yourepparttar 127043 strength andrepparttar 127044 appropriate words. Remember, He is there too!

·Remember Christ-like attitude, andrepparttar 127045 "Fruits ofrepparttar 127046 Spirit," as well as sensibleness, self-control, and cooperation. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 1:4) Seek to emulate His character and you will excel.

Q: Do a word study on excellence by looking it up in a concordance, and see what you find. Notice how these principles affected not onlyrepparttar 127047 people inrepparttar 127048 Bible, but also how they could affect you. Then take those precepts and attitudes and ask yourself, How can I apply them in my workplace?

We will continue with "How To Deal With Co-workers" in Part II

Richard J. Krejcir Into Thy Word © 2003

Richard Joseph Krejcir is the Director of ‘Into Thy Word Ministries, 'a discipling ministry . He is the author of the book, Into Thy Word and is also a pastor, teacher, speaker and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California. He has amounted over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.

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