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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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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 …
 
What is a steadfast mind? Almost every translation uses "steadfast" to translate the Hebrew word. When our mind is steadfast, it is trained to listen to and watch for God. We don't give up. We look for him in everything we do. We persist in obeying his commands. What do you need to do to be steadfast in your mind today? Where do you let your mind m…
 
I've been thinking about how our ministry at work is based on who God is. Every way and every thought of God's is greater, higher than mine. What does that mean to you? Could it mean that we can't bend the truth? What about how much energy we exert doing a good job? Can we hold back, or go through the motions? Can we rest on our experience rather t…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Jordan Dollar. Jordan is the Leadership Coach for Biblical Business Training (BBT). BBT provides Biblical leadership development and curriculum to small-group Bible study leaders, helping them grow in their relationship with Christ and equipping them to pour into the lives of ot…
 
Have you ever heard the song Mighty to Save by Hillsong? I liked the song enough to search and found 2 verses with this reference in it. Most translations have "mighty to save" at the end of Isaiah 63:1, so we'll go with that one today. This is a promise about God to the people of Israel. But God is saving his people. And he has the power to save. …
 
Do you think Adam and Eve envisioned today? As Christ-followers we think that all of mankind came from 2 people. Everything we see today in our world fits in the category of be fruitful and multiply. But, because of sin, everything is broken, too. Much of what multiplies is bad, but, in a way, that's God's problem. Our job is to multiply one anothe…
 
As I concluded yesterday's podcast, I mentioned our Five Daily Activities. These are the things every believer can do any day in any job that put us on-mission with Jesus. If you've taken a Marketplace Mission Trip, or listened to our podcast for a while, you've heard me talk about these activities. But today, I want to talk about number 5: Speak f…
 
Jesus continues with a very clear statement in an undisputed part of John 8 about not judging. Notice that Jesus also states that if he did judge, he would be correct, because he doesn't do anything unless the Father directs him. His judgment would be dead on, because his ability to obey the Father is dead on. Think about it. Why is it wrong to jud…
 
Jesus didn't condemn the woman caught in adultery. This whole story, which isn't in some of the older bible manuscripts is still a great story. According to the ESV, this story is in different places in some other manuscripts and not included in some others. You can read the different commentaries on why or why not to include it. But we spoke Frida…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Ryan Mehaffey. Ryan is the CEO and Founder of Feast Over Famine. Feast Over Famine's mission is to help servant-hearted organizations to scale effectively and navigate the tension where mission and profit collide while focusing on serving and developing the global social enterp…
 
Romans 1 ends with a sad statement on the state of the world. Paul recounts the fall of mankind and how terrible the world was at that time. Romans 2:1 begins a challenge to God's people. The verse says: "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge…
 
Do you catch yourself making rules? If you have a bad day, then do you go into hiding as a Christ-follower? Paul gets after the Galatians because they trust the Holy Spirit to save them, but then they think they have to adhere to a bunch of rules. Mike talked about how he often thinks he has to behave for a while once he screws up. But is that the …
 
The church in Jerusalem sent out Barnabas, the encourager to help new churches in the regions outside of Jerusalem. As the church in Antioch began to grow and as more Gentiles joined the church, Barnabas sent for Paul to help with the teaching. These new believers needed to learn about the faith. Meanwhile, times got difficult for the Christians in…
 
What does it mean to be holy? Notice how this follows fixing our hope completely on Jesus, and on the revelation. Jesus will reveal himself to us. To be holy means to be dedicated for a specific purpose. What purpose? The one God created us for. When you make something, you do it for a purpose. God created us for a purpose. Being holy means we are …
 
Our second challenge in this verse is to be self-controlled. Various translations use different words, including being sober or sober in spirit. Being ready for anything means being spiritually aware and in control. We must be present with Jesus, intentional in the way we do things. The Amplified Bible says morally alert. MacArthur's commentary sai…
 
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike sits down with Emory Rowland. Emory is a regular guest on the podcast and this time, Mike talks to Emory about the current changes with one of his passions - TestimonyShare.com. Please welcome him back to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:15 - Changes to TestimonyShare.com! 4:05 - Testimo…
 
Are you ready for anything? What does it take for a Christ-follower to be ready to serve Jesus in any situation? In one verse, we may have the answer. Peter writes this letter to the Christians who were scattered throughout the Roman Empire, especially the areas that amount to western Asia. As you study this letter, you find this is written to all …
 
How can we stimulate one another to love and good works if we don't come together? We must join with other Christ-followers. But do we have to all get in the same room? How often should we do this? I have some friends who no longer attend church. They follow Jesus, but they don't want anything to do with the organized church. Mike talked about how …
 
Do you even know who the other Christians are in your workplace? This series of "let us" statements in Hebrews are written to believers. And here the author suggests that we should stimulate one another (NASB). Other words include encourage, motivate, stir up, provoke. Some translations have "spur." When we stir up something, we shake it up. We're …
 
Here we have another "let us" passage. The author is encouraging the Hebrews. In the last verse, he encouraged them to draw near to God. Now he encourages them to cling to the confession of our hope. To hold fast means we cling to it. We never let it go. Regardless of our circumstances, and what we think we see or experience, we hang on. And we're …
 
When we deal with sin in our own lives, if you're like Mike, you can sometimes think you're not qualified. Maybe you lost your temper yesterday, or you did something worse. We all have. None of us are qualified through our own actions or behaviors to be used by God. But this passage shows us Jesus still has a job for us. We all screw up. Mike said …
 
Being Purposeful With Work, Chuck Proudfit #70 In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Chuck Proudfit. Chuck has served in general management at Procter & Gamble, the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and LensCrafters Corporation. He currently sits as the President of the Board for At Work on Purpose and leads a business …
 
Who do you say Jesus is? Does your life support your statement? When we live giving our lives away, we operate on a different economy than the rest of the world. In verse 30, Jesus tells them not to tell anyone else. There will be another time for talking. But for now, simply knowing is enough. We live our lives according to what we think about God…
 
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