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Serving our Bosses - Do you check your attitude toward your boss? Or if you're a business owner or a sales person, how about your attitude toward your customers? It can be tempting to develop a negative attitude toward those in authority over us. In one way it's easy to be negative toward others, especially those who force us to conform to something like work goals or objectives. And our negativity becomes a problem. It affects our witness. When we can honor and respect those in authority over us, we glorify Jesus. Whenever our behavior is outside what others might normally do, simply because we believe in Jesus, we make Jesus visible.   In verse 2, he goes on to talk about those who have Christians for bosses. We don't need to take them for granted, either. We still need to show them respect and honor, too. It matters how we act. We're reminded that giving respect is a choice. As Jesus followers, when we give respect, to believers or non-believers in authority over us, our actions become a tool Jesus can use in the lives of others.   Is your life filled with joy? Jesus promises joy to us. We simply need to follow and trust him. How are you doing in that regard? If you'd like to join a community of believers who follow Jesus and help one another, check out the online community for Follower of One. Go to community.followerofone.org to find out more and join up. You will get the opportunity to meet with other marketplace Christ-followers and we're all working to experience the joy of being a full-time minister in our current line of work
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Bob Willbanks. Bob is the President of Ambassadors for Business, which helps Christians in business connect their faith values and their work. "AFB" has the goal of Creating the largest Christian business network on Earth, enabling commerce with Christian principles and connectivity with Christian values. Please give Bob a warm welcome!   Episode Breakdown   1:05 - Meet Bob Willbanks and his Story with Christ 9:00 - Bob's New Life in Jesus 10:45 - The Change Jesus can Make When He is First 11:15 - Ambassadors for Business Story 18:25 - How to Connect to Ambassadors for Business 25:35 - Bob's thoughts on Follower of One 27:40 - Bob's Yolk Story 32:25 - How to Set an Example for the World Through Crisis 34:40 - Bob's Tips to Integrate Faith at Work 37:20 - Take Action     What Can Change with Jesus at the Helm    If you have already listened to this interview, then you know just how much Jesus can change someone's life. If you are reading this and have not yet listened to Bob's story, go do so now! As Mike talks to Bob, the most prevalent theme is Change through Jesus. What does it mean to let "Jesus take the wheel"? I think it is very different for everyone. How much are you giving up? How much is Jesus taking care of the unknown? It is all and only part, it is a sum and a whole. When Jesus is at the Helm, anything and everything can happen for you and others. Do you have any stories of when you finally let Jesus be in charge? Comment below and tag us in your stories on social media! We want to know and share those with the world. These stories are important, and it all leads to understanding.     Understanding One Another   Empathy. Probably one of the hardest human traits, unless you are gifted by God with this talent! Coming to understand one another is essential to a combined successful human existence. Why is understanding so hard? It is hard because we typically don't listen. If we listen, we don't listen long enough. Bob talks about how to start acting during a world that is in crisis, and the first step is trying to understand the people around you. When was the last time you digested a person's story so well, you were able to regurgitate their story and they agreed with what you said back to them? You might find this as one of the hardest things to do when you try! I personally have found this to be very useful in past years and more importantly in recent months. Can you restate someone's point of view in your own words and have them agree? Let us know how this experience benefits you in the comments!   Interview Quote: "You've got a really solid curriculum to bring people through this process of living out their faith almost painlessly" - Bob Willbanks   Connect with Bob   Bob's LinkedIn Ambassadors for Business Auxanein Bob's Twitter   Connect With Follower Of One   Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Be a part of our next Marketplace Mission Trip 
Do you discipline children that don't belong to you? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is the second part of a two-parter about how our discipline of children and how God disciplines us to relate to one another. Today, let's read Hebrews 12:7-8, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version. "It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom His father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons."  We talked yesterday about how our discipline of children is an example of the type of discipline that God is putting us through. Even in different translations, the challenge at the beginning of verse seven was to endure suffering as a discipline.  In the ESV, it says "it is for discipline that you have to endure." The things that we have to endure, and the things that we go through are for this discipline, this training, this guidance and development that God is doing in our lives. God is developing you to be the person that you will be for eternity, and He's doing that for me. Now, I don't understand the mechanics of all this. I do know that when I discipline my children, they learn the benefits of living with discipline, and we will learn more about that in the future that's part of the reason why I'm studying this whole chapter in a series, or at least this section of this chapter in a series. My goal is to communicate to us that discipline has benefits. If we can take those benefits from the suffering that we face or the negative experiences that we have to endure, as it says here in the ESV, then God is making positive things out of the negative that happens to us. God is in charge of the world and we broke it. He let us break it. He gave us free choice and we broke it, and much of the consequences, all of the consequences that we face the result of the sin in the world. The sin that began when Adam ate the apple and it began when you and I decided that something was ours and we stole it from our brother or our parents or whatever. None of us are without sin. In Romans 3, it says " all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So the consequences of our sin are part of this strategy that trains us to become the people that God would have us be. We are not illegitimate, but we are sons. We have been adopted into the family of God and He is raising us to be what He would have us be and to use us in the world. And part of that is the way that we endure difficulty. It's the way that we face challenges. It's the way that we deal with suffering. Part of that is also the way that we live in and among people in the world. That's our goal as followers of Christ, let's live in such a way that we glorify him. If we can remember that the difficult things that we face are part of God's discipline, we bring new energy to every situation and we make things possible. We create, and we live this visible hope that we're challenged about in 1st Peter 3:15.  People will ask us about our hope and they will ask us about the hope they see, and when they do that's when we get a chance to give a defense. This is all part of our strategy. God has this grand plan to deal with our broken world by letting us be his witnesses in it.  I want to invite you to join God. Be part of His strategy in your sphere of influence. Let's live as we trust Him. Let's remember that the difficulties that we face, the unfairness and the challenges in our job, and the difficult customers, all of those things contribute to us being able to make God visible in our workplace. If we can adopt the attitude that we trust God in this environment, then we're free to serve other people, and it makes our hope visible to them. Try it, check it out. Let's live like Marketplace Christians.  Thank you for being a marketplace Christian, and for considering how you can make a difference in the lives of others, your actions matter. Thank you very much.
What does the discipline of children have to do with our relationship with God? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We're chugging through Hebrews 12, and today I wanna read Hebrews 12:5-7. I'm reading from the New Living Translation, partly because there are fewer words to have to explain. It's kind of weird the way the different translations work, but here it is in the New Living Translation. "And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, my child, don't make light of the Lord's discipline and don't give up when He corrects you, for the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His children." We'll stop in the middle of verse seven for today and pick this up again tomorrow.  In this first passage in verses five and six, the author of Hebrews is quoting Proverbs. This is Proverbs 3:11-12. "My child doesn't make light of the Lord's discipline and don't give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child."  The way we discipline our children is an illustration of how God guides us and raises us. Imagine what we do with our children, from when they're born to when they're old enough to go out on their own as part of what God is doing in our lives right now. God is working in our lives to turn us into the people that we will be for eternity. I'm fascinated by this idea.  It's way outside of what I can imagine or conceive, but it's a challenge because He says in this verse seven, "as you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His children." In the ESV it says " it is for discipline that you have to endure." in the CSB, the Christian Standard Bible, it says "Endure suffering as a discipline. God is dealing with you as sons."  God is dealing with us as His children and the suffering that we experience and the challenges that we face and the troubles that we face are all opportunities for us to grow or not. We can choose to treat these as discipline, or we can choose to choose a different attitude, and then we have to struggle with it like I'm struggling with this sentence. We are called to be God's people and everything that happens to us comes through some filter, and that's hard for me to say because, in the grand scheme of things, many things haven't happened to me. I have experienced some difficulties, but not much, and so I can't speak for you and your difficulties or anyone else, but I want to quote the Bible here and I want to say that we have this opportunity. We can choose to endure suffering as discipline as an opportunity for God to deal with us and to turn us into the people He wants us to be. Romans 8:28 is a very famous verse that says that God causes all things to work together for good. Many of us have endured many difficulties in our lives, and we have this promise and I want to believe enough about God to hang onto that promise. That means that I can go into my workplace today, I can face the things that I face today, and try and be a blessing to the people around me, because I trust that God has my back. I want to encourage us today. Let's be people who live like God has our back. Let's remember that the disciplines that we face, that are the suffering that we face we can treat that as discipline and opportunity. We're gonna pick this up again tomorrow because I wanna talk a little bit more about how this relates to the way that we discipline our children. Today, let's remember as Marketplace Christians, whatever we face, we can choose to believe in God and therefore act accordingly, or we can choose not to. It's up to us. Today, please choose to glorify God in every interaction that you have with the people that you work with. It will matter. It does matter, and God can make it count forever. Thanks very much for being a Marketplace Minister.  
Where are you in the struggle against sin?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I came to this next set of passages that we're going to study by focusing on the word discipline. I need more discipline and there are areas of my life where I constantly let myself off the hook, so I find myself in Hebrews 12. Today, our verses are verse three and verse four, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version of the Bible." For consider Him, who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won't grow weary and give up. In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding  blood." Again, that's Hebrews 12:3-4 from the ESV.  So I've spoken a few weeks back episode, 675 and 676, were about Hebrews 12:1-2, and I didn't want to go through that again. So if you'd like to hear those two verses, you can go listen to those, podcast episodes. But the author of Hebrews goes from this effort of Jesus, how He focused on the joy that was set before Him so that he could endure the cross, and then he turns to this challenge to people and he's encouraging us to consider Jesus who endured such hostilities so that we won't grow weary and give up.  Jesus had to endure great pain and great suffering as God of the universe He died on the cross for us. He took our place. So for us in struggling against sin, the author reminds us we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our blood. I don't know how far you've gone in the struggle against sin, but I don't go very far. I disappoint myself often.  and how easily I overeat and how quickly I give myself a pass and don't exercise. I don't do things to discipline myself. I constantly give myself excuses. I don't struggle very hard against sin. I don't struggle very hard against laziness or slothfulness, and maybe you don't have that problem. I know people who don't seem to have that problem in certain areas, but I believe we all have it in some areas. What's your area like? Where do you just avoid the struggle against sin? I remember sitting around talking one time in a class and we were talking about what we struggled with and I said, you know, I don't struggle with many of those things at all. I just give up on the front end. I think God calls us to struggle for these things. The cost of growing in our faith is high because the consequences of our sins are great. We are struggling because we have created a great problem in the world. We broke this world that God created, and now you and I are trying to become God's agents in it. We've been called into this role where we can serve other people and help Him to become visible, help His strategy to break through the difficulties of our world. Today, I want to challenge us as followers of Jesus. Let's not give up on our struggle against sin. We have not resisted to the point of shedding our blood. So let's go a little further. We can always go a little more. I want to challenge myself to go a little more in the areas where Jesus brings this conviction to mind,  and I want to challenge you in the same way. We're gonna go through the next few verses of this section, just because I want to concentrate on discipline.  Let's discipline ourselves. Our obedience becomes a benefit to us. We will learn more about this in the coming days. Let's exercise discipline today, and practice ways that we can serve the people that we work with so that Jesus might be glorified. One way we do that is through our online community at Follower of One. Go to https://community.followerofone.org and sign up and join us on the next marketplace mission trip. This is a two-week exercise to help us be more intentional about the way that we live our faith. Check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org. Thank you very much.  
Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Orrin Liewuen, owner of Lionheart Leadership, located in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Lionheart Leadership is focused on helping others increase his clients' confidence and resourcefulness through the clients' beliefs and values. In this podcast, Mike and Orrin talk about the importance of aligning your beliefs, working with someone that holds different beliefs and values, how Orrin came to the Lord, moving from vocational ministry to leadership training, how Christianity plays into leadership training, and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone.   Outline of the Episode 0:25 – Introduction to Orinn 1:24 – Aligning your values and beliefs 2:37 – Working with someone with which you disagree 3:10 – How Orrin came to the Lord 4:47 – Getting into leadership with John Maxwell 5:46 – Moving from Vocational Ministry to Leadership 7:43 – About Lionheart Leadership 11:11 – The tools used in Leadership Training 15:00 – How Christianity plays into leadership Training 18:34 – Stepping out of your comfort zone   Aligning your values and beliefs  Aligning your beliefs and your values as a leader is one of the most important pieces of being an effective leader. When you align your values and beliefs, it increases your confidence. You know what you believe, and your actions portray that. It also makes you more resourceful for the team that you’re leading.   How Christianity Plays into Leadership Training When you’re a Christian in a leadership role, you are no longer acting as yourself. When you lead a team as a Christian, your job is to effectively lead your team towards what Christ wants, not your personal desires. It is one thing to be an effective leader, but being a good Christian leader is a whole new job. Stepping out of your comfort zone When you succeed as a team and you make progress, you will need to step out of your comfort zone. Nothing will get done if you stay where you are comfortable. When you step outside of your comfort zone, you will grow and learn.    Follow Orrin Lieuwen  Lionheart Leadership LinkedIn Youtube TikTok   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!
What is the mercy seat and why does it matter to us?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. From time to time, I pick different verses and remember that I want to talk about them on the podcast and this is one of those verses where I've always wanted to talk about this mercy seat in the concept of a mercy seat. We're gonna use Romans 3:25 as our verse today, and I'm reading from the Christian Standard Version. "God presented Him as the mercy seat by His blood through faith to demonstrate His righteousness because, in His restraint, God passed over the sins previously committed." The author of Romans, probably Paul, is talking about Jesus. He's the "He" that he's talking about here. "God presented Him, Jesus, as the mercy seat, by His blood." Some translations, some of the older translations, use the word propitiation. He's the payment for our sins. He's the transaction if you will. He's our side. He represents our side of the transaction to pay for our sins. The mercy seat was the cover of the Arc of the Covenant, and it was used to represent the throne of God.  When they made sacrifices, when the Jews made sacrifices for the thousands of years of the sacrificial system, they would sprinkle the blood of those sacrifices on the mercy seat. But Jesus became our mercy seat. His life became the payment for our sins. His blood was on Him and spilled for us so that we wouldn't have to pay for our sins, that we get to come to God freely.  This is important. Often, I think we all assume this freeness. We don't want to believe in an angry God and God's not angry. I don't believe he's angry at all. God is love, the Bible tells us, but love is just, and there's justice that's required.  In this passage, it says, "God presented him as the mercy seat by his blood through faith to demonstrate his righteousness  because, in His restraint, God passed over the sins previously committed."  God is restraining himself, and this mercy seat is how he does that. Why is this important for us as believers in the marketplace? My question for us is, do you keep score? Do you get even? Do you kind of get back at the people who mess with you? We're called to be merciful and graceful. That means that we offer mercy where none exists and we bring grace where there is none. Our job as believers in the marketplace is to represent Jesus, and He died on the cross for our sins, and it was his idea. We were still dead when He did it. Today, as marketplace Christians, I want to challenge us. Let's go into the workplace and find ways to be merciful. Just ask God. God, who can I show mercy to today? How would you have me be a blessing to other people? Is it by giving something away, by being merciful, by offering grace? When we bring mercy and grace to our coworkers and to the people that we interact with, we begin to demonstrate how we live according to a different standard.  In the back and forth of our world, everybody's trying to get even and use someone else's actions as an excuse for their actions. Let's use what Jesus did for us as an excuse for our actions. Let's bring mercy and grace to our workplaces today.  That's my prayer for all of us that we will bring mercy and grace to the people that we interact with today. Please remember two that Follower of One is donor support.  If you enjoy the podcasts, if you've taken part in our Marketplace Mission Trip, consider going to our website in the upper right-hand corner, there's a donate button there. Why not make a one-time contribution or consider making an ongoing contribution so that we can continue to make these podcasts available. We want to be full-time ministers in our workplace. Let's drive a stake in the ground today and change our lives forever by committing to doing God's work in our workplace every day. Thanks very much.  
Does your freedom advance God's kingdom or cause others to stumble?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been spending some time in 1st Corinthians 8. Today. I want to talk about verse nine, we've jumped a few verses and I'll explain, but let's read verse nine. "But take care that this Liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the week." Again, that's from the New American Standard.   So Paul goes into a conversation. He begins talking about how knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. And then he goes into this little side story about the whole process of eating meat sacrificed to idols. This is not a common problem in our day, so it requires us to extrapolate this a little bit to our common day, but the question is, does our freedom or our liberty cause others to stumble? Here's the verse that says "but take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the week."   The only example I could think of this in the modern day was how we deal with things like alcohol. We are free as believers in Christ to mess up. That's the advantage that we have in the world. People who don't trust Jesus mess up and people who do trust Jesus mess up, but those people who follow Jesus, their sins are forgiven. That's been applied to us. I believe that the only thing keeping us from going to heaven is whether or not we trust Jesus.   So our sins are not hanging us in the balance, and that I believe is this freedom that Paul is talking about here. Trying to get to the point. I want to challenge us as believers to live in such a way that our freedom doesn't cause other people to stumble. If I'm free to consume alcohol, I might cause other people to consume alcohol thinking they can handle it, and they're not equipped to handle it. I am free to consume alcohol, but I do not consume it. I joke with people that I drank so much in college that now all I need is a little water to activate everything, but the real point here is I don't drink because it takes me out of a position to serve other people.   My job as a believer in Christ is to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. So I don't drink because drinking makes me selfish. It turns me into somebody who can only consider what's going on with myself. But again, these are my choices. I want to take care that my Liberty does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. Please understand. I'm not telling you how to live. I wanna challenge us as followers of Jesus Christ to read this passage and consider it and study it. What does our freedom potentially cause other people to stumble doing? Maybe it's the way we spend our time at work. Maybe it's the way we drive our cars or the way that we speak.   There could be anything that we operate in as just a matter of habit. We do something as a matter of habit, and it might cause other people to be pulled away from a relationship with Jesus. Our job is to help everyone we meet move one notch closer to Jesus, not move away from Him, and therefore I want to take care that my Liberty and my freedom do not somehow become a stumbling block to the week.   Today, I would like to thank you just for listening to this podcast. I hope you become a little bit more of a Marketplace Minister, someone who serves other people so they might see Jesus. That's our job, and we experience great joy just knowing that we got to take part in that. I can't even imagine the joy we will experience when we see Him fully, as it says in first Corinthians 13 when we're no longer partially visible. When we no longer partially see Jesus, we fully see Him. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. Thank you for listening to this podcast and for considering how your faith can make a difference in the lives of the people that you interact with every day. Our actions matter and what you do because you follow Jesus, it matters. So let's take care that our liberty draws other people to Jesus and doesn't move them away.   Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for listening to this podcast. I appreciate it.
Can you know what you don't know?  Let's have a little fun with this today. Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. You're listening to episode 727, and I am grateful. Thank you very much.  We talked last time about 1st Corinthians 8, and today I want to talk about chapter eight verses two and three, I'm reading from the New American Standard. "If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him." This is a little confusing because of the way the apostle Paul wrote this letter and often in Greek, he and the him get a little complicated. We were talking about being things sacrificed to idols, and this is actually calling us, this whole passage, this whole chapter, and the next are challenging us on how we use the freedom that we have in Jesus.  In the last episode, we talked about things sacrificed to idols, but it wasn't so much that as it was knowledge and how knowledge makes us arrogant, but love draws us to other people. "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone supposes, he knows anything. He has not yet known as he ought to know, but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him."  This challenge for me is I often think I have the answer. Do you? Do you ever catch yourself thinking you have the answer to a particular problem? The world is bigger than we can imagine, and God is more powerful than we can imagine.  So this verse challenges me and calls me up a little short because whenever I think I know something, I'm reminded that I don't yet know as I ought to. There is still some gap in our understanding. In 1st Corinthians 13, just a few chapters after this, he talks about how we now can only see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face, at some point in time when we get to heaven, we will know, as we have been fully known. You see, God sees us, but we only see what He allows us to see of Him. He's blocked and masked. We see Jesus. He's the version of God that we get, and we can see Him through His Word, we can see the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We see God in nature. We have this very limited understanding of God, and Paul's reminding us here that even though knowledge would make us arrogant, knowledge would puff us up. Love builds us up, it builds others up, and therefore let's pass on the knowledge and go straight for the love. I want to remember that I don't know what I think I know. Often, I'm so certain. How about you? Today, can we be a little less certain? Today, can we be quicker to love and slower to judge? Today, can we be quicker to do things for others instead of comparing their perspective to ours? Can we be quicker to serve other people and call ourselves out of our own little comfort zone of being right all the time? That's my challenge. I don't wanna be puffed up. I want to be someone who builds others up and I believe that our calling as Christians is to be those who build up our world. Our world needs to be built up badly, so please consider joining us in that today. I wanna challenge you as a follower of Jesus, to find someone to build up today. Love someone instead of criticizing them and let's see how far that goes and what difference it makes in our world.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for considering how your life can make a difference in the modern workplace. Our lives and our interactions with other people matter as part of Jesus' plan to save the world. So join us, consider sharing this podcast or check us at https://community.followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  
Do you ever think about the dark side of knowledge?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Today, I wanna read a passage of scripture. 1st Corinthians 8:1. "Now concerning food offered to idols. We know that all of us possess knowledge, this knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." That's from the English Standard Version.  I may talk about 1st Corinthians 8 for a few days here. The food offered to idols is not a big problem in our world today, and so oftentimes we might get tempted to pass over passages like this quickly, but I think this whole chapter makes some telling illustrations for our world.  The first one today is a particular problem for me, and Paul jumps into it right here. "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." Knowledge inflates. Often, I feel like I know things. I like to think of myself as being a pretty smart guy, and this verse is a reminder. I love the way that the Lord instructed the apostle Paul to put this in - that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  I don't think knowledge brings me closer to other people. Love brings me closer to other people. Love builds others up. Me knowing things separates me from them. I'm so tempted to be arrogant and it doesn't take much for me, I struggle with that often. I think often when we know things it's easy for us to consider ourselves better than others or different than others. Many highly educated people send that message to the people around them, and I felt that way around others. I often feel that way when I feel like somebody else knows more than I know.  This whole idea about "knowledge puffing up, but love building up" is important for us as believers because we know the Holy Spirit and we know about the Bible and we understand these things, but we aren't supposed to use that knowledge to separate ourselves from others. Instead, that knowledge should challenge us. We wanna lay that knowledge down so that we're available to love others and build them up.  This conversation about food offered to idols I believe is a lifestyle issue, and as we go into some of these other verses in this chapter, we'll talk about that a little bit more, but today let's remember that we all possess knowledge, but the use of knowledge tends to puff us up instead of building up others. And our calling I believe is to build up others, that's what love does.  God is a lover. He loved us first. He loved us even when we didn't deserve it, And when we love others, we build them up. Today, I want to challenge myself and you, if it applies, let's not focus on what we know. Let's instead focus on how we can build others up. We can be active by thinking about and loving others in our workplace. Take an extra few minutes and ask the question "tell me more," or "what else?" How can I be a blessing to the people around me when we punch in and we say, here I am to God, let's ask Him to use us today in the lives of the people that we work with and the people that we interact with. I don't want my knowledge of God or my knowledge of the scripture to separate me from people. Instead, I want the spirit of love and the salvation that I've been given, and my response to that salvation is to be that I build other people up. So join us today. Let's find ways to love those around us and build them up.  Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for considering how you might be one who lives their faith in the workplace. We have formed a community of people who are trying to do that on a regular basis, and that community is online at https://community.Followerofone.org. Why not go over there and check it out?  Thanks very much.
Since you started following Jesus, are you outside of the law now? Let's talk about that today.   Hey, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I'm excited that you have joined us for this podcast. Today. I want to talk a little bit about Romans 3:19, "now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be closed and that all the world may become accountable to God." That's from the New American Standard. As you know, if you listen to this podcast often, many times I'm talking to myself. In my early life as a Christian, and I've been a Christian for a long time now, but my early life was like everything up until yesterday.   In my early life as a Christian, I tried to tell God what to do. I spent several years telling Him what I thought He should do. I spent several other years asking Him to do what I wanted him to do, but this law, this whole phrase about the law, brings some new testimony. It's a new idea to us about God, and I want to challenge us with this today if you're like me.   It says, "we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God." You see, God's in charge. This is God's world. He runs everything and we are all accountable to Him, and the law exists to show us that we're outside of God's rule, and God's order, and God's direction, that the world is all about Him, it's not about us. In fact, let's look at the next verse. It says "because the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in His sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin." So both these verses together are basically telling us the rules are there to help us understand that we're not in charge.   No one gets to God through the law. The law is simply there to show us that being right on our own is out of our reach. Why is that important to us in the workplace? If we're broken like everyone else, then we're in need of help. We're in need of a savior., Like everyone else. Just because we follow Jesus, doesn't make us any less in need of a savior, than the others with us, because we cannot attain to the law. We can't operate according to God's rules. We won't measure up. In Romans 3:23, which it's building to, it says that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."   I think this is all to remind us that we're all in need of a savior. This is not about the law. It's not about telling other people how they should live. We try to live according to the law simply because we follow Jesus, but we will never measure up. I don't believe you can be sinless. I do believe that God makes us sinless and that we will eventually be sinless in another life, but not in our flesh. And as a result, I wanna challenge us as we go into our workplaces today.   Today, let's go into our workplaces humbly. I need practice and reminders about this more than anyone else. Let's go into our workplace with humility and let's help other people see that we can't measure up. We're just doing the best we can, and we all get in under the credit of Jesus Christ. It's by following Jesus that we get to live our eternal life with God. There's no other way. We won't be justified through the law. We're only justified because Jesus paid for our sins.   Thanks so much for being a Marketplace Minister. Let's go humbly to our workplaces today and be a blessing to other people because we follow Jesus. We have nothing to lose because of what he's done for us. Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for considering how you can be a blessing to others. Everything we do because we follow Jesus matters.   Thanks very much.
Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Alex Huelle. Alex has been married to his best friend Delory since 2013. Originally from Florida but Kansas City is now his home, he moved here in 2016 to help plant a church. He has a daughter named Jovie, which means joyful and that describes her perfectly. He enjoys a good cup of locally roasted coffee, playing the bass, and serving people however He can. In this episode, Mike and Alex talk about planting a church, rooting your identity in Christ, Alex’s encounter with Christ, God answering Alex’s prayers for a sign, the desire to make your workplace a mission trip, letting God interrupt your schedule, and the importance of prayer.    Outline of the Episode 0:54 – About Alex Huelle 2:40 – Leaving home to plant a church 5:30 – How Alex is involved in His local church 7:17 – Alex’s journey to Christ 10:29 – Rooting your identity in Christ 11:35 – Alex’s encounter with Christ 13:57 – God answering Alex’s prayers for a sign 15:50 – How Alex got involved with Follower of One 19:51 – Alex’s experience with the Ministry Mindset Challenge 22:29 – Letting God interrupt your schedule 24:44 – The Importance of Prayer   Leaving home to plant a Church Leaving home is a difficult thing to do. You’re leaving familiarity to go somewhere unknown. It is even more difficult to leave familiarity to go plant a church because you don’t know if the church will work out. But, if you put your trust in Christ, and you are listening to Him, He will provide.   Rooting your identity in Christ It can be so easy to identify yourself with something worldly. Whether it be drugs, money, alcohol, or even social media and technology, making something an idol has never been easier. It is so important as Christians to keep our focus on Christ and to keep Him at the center of everything.    God Answering Prayers God will answer prayers. He will not leave you to hang dry, but sometimes the answer that we get from Him is not the one that we want. It is so important to put all your trust in God because when He says no to a prayer, it’s a part of His plan.    Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!
What's another word for trust to you?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. As I made "trust "my word for the year 2022, I came across several words that could also be substitutes for trust. One of those words is patience and more accurately the word wait, just seems to associate with trust in several places in scripture. It does again in Psalm 37:9, "For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more, and you will look carefully for his place, and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity."   So I read Psalm 37:9-11 in the New American Standard Bible. In verse nine, we're reminded that all this worry and anxiety and the things that we experience because we're trying to keep up with others, or we're trying to make sure that we get the same or better deal than the next person. All of that worry just ends up creating a mess. When instead we can rest in the Lord, then we experience these blessings that He will give us. But often those blessings take time. "Those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land." Trust means that I do what Jesus says, but I do it over time. I do it over the long haul. It means that I have to pray for my coworkers, even though I may not enjoy my job. It means that I may have to wait or serve someone else who got promoted instead of me. It may mean that I have to persist through a layoff when people that I don't think care as much about Jesus as I do got to keep their jobs.   There are many things that happen to us as believers in the marketplace, and all of those things also happen to nonbelievers. But Jesus calls us to live following Him, trusting Him, and resting in Him. He just does. That's the way it works. And when we wait for the Lord, we have this promise of an inheritance. A little while and these others will be no more and we will look for their place and they will not be there, but we can be humble and inherit the land by simply trusting God and doing what He says and waiting.   I want to be somebody who waits better and I can't even believe I'm telling you that, but I want to be someone who waits better because I can't avoid waiting. I hate waiting, but since I can't avoid it, maybe I need to learn to get better at it instead of whining about it all the time. And so, as you listen to this friends, hold me accountable. I wanna be better at trusting Jesus, and that means that I must learn to wait. I want to do what He says while the things that are going on around me are not what I would desire, that Jesus doesn't automatically make things happen the way I want them to happen. But if I can wait on Him, then I will inherit the land, I will delight myself in abundant prosperity.   Thanks for listening to this podcast, and thanks for being a friend of Follower of One. Consider joining our online community, where we encourage one another. I need your help, and I bet you need someone's help, to help you wait for the Lord, to help you be patient, and to serve others in spite of what's going on around us. The Lord calls us to believe in him instead of our circumstances, our finances, or anything else that's happening to us. Can we do that? Can we rest in the Lord and glorify him in our circumstances? Today, we get an opportunity to choose in the moment, to pray for other people, to appreciate them, to know what we believe, to serve others, and to speak for ourselves.   These are five easy things that keep us on a mission with Jesus every day, and it amounts to us waiting on the Lord and trusting.   Join us. Take a moment right now and head to https://community.followerofone.org and check out our online community. Join us, and let's be part of helping one another, wait for the Lord, and make a positive difference in our world while we do it.   Thanks very much.
What causes you to worry or fret, and what can you do instead?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been going through Psalm 37, the first nine verses, and today we're on verse seven. " Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of Him who prospers in His way because of the man who carries out wicked schemes." I read this passage in several translations - almost all used the word fret. One translation uses agitated, "do not be agitated."  I think sometimes, we talked about this in a previous episode, fret is this anxiety, this constant churning that's going on inside of us. I experience it. I feel like the inside of my body is working even if the outside of my body is not. I'm constantly thinking about something and Lord knows there are a few of those things these days. So take your pick. There were pandemics, there's inflation, there are several other things going on and if that's not enough, our jobs and our workplaces, the interactions that we have in our family, there are plenty of things to cause us to fret. One of those is seeing other people who seem to get ahead without doing all the things that we need to do, and that's specifically what this passage is about. It's saying "rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of Him who prospers in His way because of the man who carries out wicked schemes." We don't need to compare ourselves to people who don't follow Jesus. We don't even need to compare ourselves to others who do. Comparison is such a terrible challenge for us anyway. God interacts with each of us individually.  We can rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Another passage or footnote says longingly. We can wait expectedly. We know that it will take a long time, but we can wait on the Lord. If we fret because of those who prosper on their own, who do their own thing and seem to get ahead, then we run the risk of taking shortcuts and challenging our own relationship with God. We're to cease from anger and forsake wrath and not fret, it leads only to evil doing. I went ahead and read verse eight, verses seven and eight challenge us to relax and rest in the Lord. This rest, it reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 11. "Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." This is between us and Jesus and when we look at other people's situations, if we compare, then we stop praying for them. We stop serving them. We stop ministering to them. It takes us out of the very calling that we've been given as Jesus' followers.  Today, I want to challenge us as believers in Jesus. Let's not come out of our ministry service. Our job, whatever our job is, it's to serve other people so that they might see Jesus so that they might move one notch closer to him. That is what ministry is as far as I'm concerned. I want to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. When I do I get this joy and peace, I see this rest. I experience this rest that the Psalmist is talking about here. I experience the rest because I can wait patiently for the Lord and do what He says. There are days when that's hard and that's why I need a community of friends, so I want to  challenge you to consider joining https://community.followerofone.org. There's no charge, but it's an online community designed to help us help one another rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, serve others and not compare ourselves to others. That's our calling as Marketplace Ministers. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister.  By the way, I also wanna remind you Follower of one is donor supported. If these podcasts or anything else that we do at Follower of One are beneficial to you in any way, would you consider making a donation? You can go to https://followerofone.org and click the donate button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks very much for being a Marketplace Minister, and for making a difference in the world because of your faith. Everything we do because we follow Jesus matters. Thanks very much.
What is the promise related to trusting God?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been talking through Psalm 37, and verse six is particularly key. It comes right on the heels of verse five. So I'll read the two together. "Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday." That's from the New American Standard Bible.  Verse six says that "The Lord will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday." In the net Bible, for example, it says that "He will vindicate you in broad daylight and publicly defend your just cause." What we're hearing here is a promise from the Lord through the scripture - that He will make us, He will reward us, that we will be blessed for our commitment and our trust in Him. So we commit our way to Him, and we trust also in Him, and that eventually, we will experience this celebration. We may not experience it in this life. I believe we will experience it in the next life. I believe we will see this joy. In Psalm 23, it talks about how the Lord prepares a table before Him in the presence of his enemies. King, David was talking about how he will be made right, he will be set right, and the Lord will reward him in the presence of the people who were against him. This passage is a similar verse here. The promise that we receive for trusting in the Lord is that we will be right. Everything in our world wants to tell us we're wrong. When we give away our stuff, when we give away 10% or more of our possessions, when we give away some of our time, we're saying we trust the Lord and we pray for the people around us. Again, we're saying that we trust the Lord. Our trust in the Lord will be rewarded. The only way we can know that is to wait for it. We wait for God to reward us, but we do get the holy spirit living in us, and we get the encouragement, the joy of taking part in God's work in our world of being around people who are his followers. That's something that we try to experience regularly in Follower of One and on the Marketplace Mission Trips. We get to experience this confirmation that comes from the Holy Spirit living in us because we are fully committed to Jesus. We've committed our way to Him. We trust Him, and we hear this promise that He will vindicate us in broad daylight. He will bring forth our righteousness as the light. "He will make our righteousness shine like the dawn." The New International Version says. "And he will bring forth your righteousness as the light." Jesus will say "well done, good and faithful servant" to those of us who are consistent, who commit everything to the Lord, we commit to do His will and trust Him and watch him show up.  Today, I want to challenge us as Marketplace Christians. Let's live one more day like we trust Jesus. Let's go for a few more minutes and pray for the people around us. Let's pray for people that we don't like. Pray for people in authority over us, maybe in the government or in other places, everything that we do because we follow Jesus matters.  As we follow Him and do what He says, we stack it up. We're loading up this future celebration. I hope to hear "well done good and faithful servant," and I think many of us do as well. I committed my life to following Jesus, and I don't do it very well. I don't do it very consistently, but over and over and over again, I want to keep putting myself back there, I wanna keep going back and I want to challenge us again today.  Keep going back, get in a community of people who help you move closer to Jesus, not farther away. One way you can do that is to join us at https://community.followeroofone.org. I plug that a lot, but this community is the key because we help one another. When we commit everything we do to the Lord, then we can trust Him and we can trust Him to bring people around us that will help us work along those lines as well. Check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  
What comes first trust or commitment?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been talking through Psalm 37, partly because of the use of the word fret and my challenge this year to trust Jesus. My word for this year is trust, and so we're on verse five, "Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do it." That's from the New American Standard.  There are not a wide variety of translations for this passage. The word translated commit is a specific word that almost every translation puts as commit. "Commit your way to the Lord trust also in Him, and He will do it." I think it's interesting that commitment comes before trust.  Commitment comes before trust. That's a challenge to me. I often want to trust first. I often want to see Jesus do His thing first before I commit.  I don't want to make a decision and remove all my other obstacles. A friend many years ago told me that to make a decision that the word decide is like homicide, you kill all the other options. The word commit also means to roll in the Hebrew. It means to get rid of your other options, to choose. Once we have only one option, then we trust also in Him and He will do it.  Jesus is our only "best option." when we have another plan, that means we don't trust. "Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it." Where do you need to commit to God? For me, it's in several places. It's in how I choose to spend my time. It's in what I choose to eat. I tend to give myself a pass and I eat too much. I want to commit my way to the Lord. I want to say no and burn the other options and commit my way to the Lord, and, then I get to trust also in Him and He will do it.  I want Jesus to be my only option, and I want to calculate with Jesus in view in everything that I do, and that requires me to burn my ships, as you know, in an expression, I want to get rid of all of my other options. Today, I commit my way to the Lord. I choose to follow Him. I'm recording this podcast and I'm doing the things necessary to try and grow my own ministry in the lives of other people. What about you? What can you do today to commit your way to the Lord and then experience the trust, the relaxation, and the companionship of following Jesus and watching Him do what he's gonna do? Can you do that today? Let's choose to commit our way to the Lord. Take a moment today and invest a few minutes in a coworker. Pray for people around you. Take some of your time and give it away in service to Jesus and see what He does. That's one way we can commit our way to the Lord. We can also do it with our money. Maybe you need to make a donation to some ministry, or to some other organization, or spend some money on someone, give something away. Let's commit our way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will do it. We'll talk a little bit more about this passage in the next episode as well about the next verses in this section in Psalm 37. I want to challenge you, though, to consider joining the community Follower of One. https://community.followerofone.org. Join that community, put yourself deliberately around other people who are intentionally trying to live as ministers, trusting God and committing our way to Him. When we live as a minister to Jesus, that means we serve others so that they might see Him. Join us, check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.    
Have you ever noticed that it's a little backwards how we're supposed to delight the Lord?  Let's talk about that today. Hi, it's Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been talking about Psalm 37 and we're in verse four today in the New American Standard Bible. It says "Delight yourself and the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."  One of the things that's always challenged me about this particular passage is our delight in the Lord comes first. We delight in the Lord first and He will give us the desires of our heart. Often we want the desires of our heart to be met, and then we expect to delight in the Lord, but what we find is the more we get, the more we want. The more we have, the more we want. Really the more we have, the easier we scare, and the easier it is to help us be afraid of what our circumstances is changing or something going wrong. We're called and we're reminded by the Psalmist here, which is David, we're reminded to put our delight in the Lord first.  Almost every translation that I have says "take delight in the Lord" or "delight yourself in the Lord." What does that mean? When we enjoy our relationship with God, we take a few minutes and appreciate what God's doing in our lives. We realize that He meets the desires of our heart. Sometimes He does that after we've delighted in Him, sometimes He does it in a totally unrelated way. But if you remember, we're talking through the series because I'm tempted to fret. We talked about how we're not supposed to fret.  , I wanted to go through this passage, these first nine verses of Psalm 37, because I want to trust God. I wanna lean on Him more and relax in Him more, and so when I can focus on the Lord and take my delight in just knowing who He is, what He's capable of doing, and how He's taking care of me to date. When I do those things, then I experience the desires of my heart. I get more desires. God blesses me in ways that I never even thought of. Often it's not material. Often, He blesses us by giving us things that we didn't even know we wanted. I tend to think in physical terms. I want more money, more time, more rest, more ease, or more comfort, but the desires of my heart are to serve God, to give away something, to be part of His kingdom, to take part in His eternal plan. The real desires of my heart are to live with Him, with my family and friends, and to make a difference in the lives of people. God gives me those desires as I delight in Him. So I want to delight the Lord. Today. I want to challenge you. What can we do to delight in the Lord? If you take a moment before you walk into work today, or jump on your first zoom call, and you just thank God for who He is and what He's done for you, if you express gratitude in advance, I promise it will make your day better. There are studies that show that I remember reading the book The Happiness Advantage by Sean Achor, and he talked about how if we can get in the habit of being thankful for three things, we automatically change trajectory of our day. We have the ability to change our attitude by focusing on things that we're thankful for. Remember who did those things, let's delight ourselves in the Lord today and trust He will give us the desires of our heart and we will be free and ready and able to make a difference in the lives of the people around us. Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thank you for sharing this podcast and listening to this podcast. I hope that it's helpful to you and that it challenges you to live in a way that glorifies God and makes Him visible. If you wanna be part of a community that works on that on a regular basis, check it out https://community.Followerofone.org. Join us there, and be part of a community that wants to glorify God by the way that we do our jobs.  Thanks very much.  
Today on the Follower of One Podcast, Mike Henry and Roger Courville got to sit down with Dennis Allen, who is the author of the book Disciple Dilemma - Rethinking and Reforming The Way Church Does Discipleship. In this podcast, Mike, Rodger, and Dennis talk about how discipleship has changed with COVID-19, identifying the issue within the Church, and how discipleship is the foundation of Christ.   Outline of the Episode 0:23 – About Dennis Allen 1:47 – About the Disciple Dilemma - Rethinking and Reforming the Way Church Does Discipleship 5:04 – How Dennis identified the issue with the Church 8:27 – Discipleship is the foundation of Christ 9:50 – What is discipleship? 14:49 – What do I do just to follow Jesus? 20:56 – Discipleship is relational, not transactional 25:53 – What is Sphere Sovereignty 28:24 – What does relational discipleship look like in everyday life? 34:38 – Breaking out of the traditional semantics 36:51 – How can we help the church? 45:37 – Parallels between the business world and the Church   Identifying the Issue with the Church  Dennis realized the parallels between the business world and the Church. People are walking out of church, they’re getting burned out of church, just like in the business world.   What is Discipleship?  Discipleship is the foundation of Christ. Disciple was used to describe Jesus' followers before he went to Antioch. But, they were not believers. Disciple is not a status, it is following Christ and staying in the mode of following Christ.    What is Sphere Sovereignty?  Think about bubbles in your life, and how they interact and intersect with the greater world. We have vocational spheres - or what we are called to be, and missional spheres - or how we are called to be missionaries of Christ. Sphere Sovereignty talks about how, as Christ followers, our multiple spheres intersect with our missional sphere.    Follow Dennis Allen:  Instagram Facebook Website Youtube   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!
  How does worry counter appreciation?   Hey, it's Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We're in episode 719, and this is actually part two of a quick passage on fretting and worrying from Psalm 37:1-2. So yesterday's episode, we talked a little bit about this as well.   Let's read verse one and two of Psalm 37, "Do not be agitated by evil doers. Do not envy those who do wrong, for they wither quickly like the grass and wilt like tender green plants." That's from the Christian Standard Bible. He talks about "do not be agitated," that's the Christian Standard's Version of "do not fret" from the New American Standard Version.   Yesterday, we talked about the fact that the Marketplace Mission Trip is going on, and if you're hearing this during the Marketplace Mission Trip day two, which is today, is about appreciating others and we wanna make time for people. We wanna put time in our schedule so that we can appreciate others.   In this passage, what we're looking is this relationship that the author of the Psalms, this is a Psalm of David, he's cautioning us not to let evil doers cause us to worry. Part of what we do in appreciating other people is look for ways to find the things that God loves in them. If we make time in our schedule and we can put some time in there to appreciate other people, then we can give them a glimpse of what life is like on the opposite side of this "evil-doer model."   Almost everyone that we work with isn't necessarily an evil-doer, they aren't out to get us, or they aren't out against the people of Israel or things like that. Yet, our job is to be people who live following Jesus and in certain places in the world that could cause us difficulty or could cause problems.   Therefore we're called to live and to not worry and to trust God, and it's out of this desire to trust Him that brought me to this passage in the first place. As we are not agitated, or as we are not fretting, as we are not worrying and ground up on the inside. If we're not tense on the inside, but we're relaxed and graceful, we can give our lives away. We can give little pieces of our day away. We can be a blessing to the people around us, even people that don't like our faith or people who don't have anything to do with us. We can still be a blessing to others because that's what I believe Jesus has called us to do. In this passage, we are not to be agitated or to worry about these people. We're not to worry about them getting ahead at our expense. We're not to worry about anything related to that. Because of what happens in verse three, which is the next verse, we trust in the Lord and do what is good. I actually spoke about that a few days ago. So go check out episode 717, which is two before this, because it was actually on verse three, about how we can trust in the Lord, and therefore we're free to do good.   That's our calling in the workplace. We don't fret or worry about the environment that we're in or people who are against us because in the end we trust in the Lord and we're free to do what's right. We're free to do the good things. Today, I want to challenge you - go into your workplace today. Don't worry about your past or the experiences that you have with your coworkers, do whatever you can to make it right. Learn to serve others and appreciate them and make time, and the Lord will use all of that for his glory in our workplace.   Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. If you're on the Marketplace Mission Trip, thank you for taking part in that. If you're not doing the Marketplace Mission Trip, why not check it out? Head over to https://community.followerofone.org, create a profile there, and sign up for the next Marketplace Mission Trip.   Thanks very much.  
Do you fret? What does it mean to fret anyway?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. The air date of these next several episodes is actually during our Marketplace Mission Trip. The second week of our Marketplace Mission Trip is action week, but I've been studying trust, worry, waiting, and things like that for so long. We spoke in the previous episode about Psalm 37:3, and Psalm 37 is a great chapter about not worrying, about not fretting. So I've chosen to continue studying Psalm 37, but I also want to talk a little bit to people who are on the Marketplace Mission Trip.   This is our action week - as we go into our workplaces to make a difference in the lives of people, worrying about the pressures of today and not trusting God can cause us to freeze up. Please be a free giver in your workplace today. Serve others, go into your workplace and make opportunities, trust God to give you opportunities to let you interact with the people that you work with.   Psalm 37:1 says "Do not fret because of evil doers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers." In a way, this passage is about evil doers and people who do their own thing. People who are selfish and about their own way. I don't wanna worry. Threat means to be agitated or to worry, and I do that. I don't know about you, but I worry sometimes when things are outside of my control. I've been worrying for a while because I want certain things to happen and I get a little absorbed in them.   In this particular example where all these commands about not worrying are related to evil-doers, I don't want to compare my life to someone who operates without God and gets whatever they want. Often we see people's highlights real on social media and things like that, and we think that the other person has it better than we do.   I don't wanna worry or fret because of someone who's doing their own thing. I've chosen my life to follow Jesus and to try and follow Jesus. I struggle with it every day, but it's easy to worry or fret in this particular example he is talking about because of evil-doers because I see other people who don't do what I do and they seem to achieve those goals.   I think often it's easy for us to become warriors because we want God to do something. That's not exactly what this passage is talking about, but we don't envy those who do something else, they do their own thing. Our job is to not envy at all, but our job is to chase after God. We'll talk about that more because I want to go through these first nine verses of Psalm 37 over the next several days.   Let's not be agitated and worry and fret. We'll talk about the consequences of that in a future verse, but today, as we go into our workplaces, and we wanna bless other people, we do not worry because of them, we do not envy them. We do not try and search for or build a life like theirs. We're working on a different principle - our job is to follow Jesus. We have been called to go into our workplaces to serve other people. He's put us into our job for the purpose of serving others so that He might be visible. He talked about it in Mark 10:45, He said "For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve," and our job is to go into our workplaces today, not worry about what's going on, but be free servants of the people around us.   Let's serve other people and when they ask us we can tell them "well, we're doing this because we believe." that's what Jesus would have us. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for joining us on this podcast. Consider joining us in our online community as well. Head over to https://community.followerofone.org.   Thanks very much.
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Will Spurgeon

Really good. Wherever you are and whatever your doing, trust God and do good work. Maybe you need to be somewhere else longer term, that's fine, work on that - but in the mean time deliver excellence and trust God to work it for good. Your work is part of your witness.

Aug 18th
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