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Updated frequently!!!************************The Dream BossSome of the nasty words in the English language are described as four-letter words.It's probably not a coincidence that "boss" is a four-letter word. You sure get a lot ofcomplaining about the boss. Usually the boss writes a Want Ad when an employee isneeded. But what if the employee got to write an ad when the boss was needed? Whatwould you put in there: "Boss Wanted: Fair, Consistent, Caring, Listener, Interested inhis employees, Impartial, Approachable." Hey, hold it! You want it? You got it!
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Colossians 3, beginning at verse22. It's addressed to slaves. Now right away we're talking about a less than ideal workingenvironment here. Today it would be employees; although maybe you feel like the wordslave still fits. "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only whentheir eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for theLord." Now Paul talks here about two motivators for doing good work. He says, numberone, maybe the boss is watching; and secondly, to win their favor because you want toimpress them. Then in verse 23, he talks about a working lifestyle, "Whatever you do" -little, big, glory, no glory, pleasant, unpleasant - "Whatever you do, work at it with all yourheart." He's describing a one hundred percenter here, but here's their motive, "...as workingfor the Lord not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lordas a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Now who's your boss where you work? Well, if you know the Lord, your boss is the LordChrist. Work for Him because He's the one who's watching all the time. He's the one to impress.He's the rewarder. This is pretty radical stuff! It means you are going to work with all your heartno matter what the environment and no matter what kind of superior you have. Your work isgoing to be for the approval of Jesus, looking past your human boss right over his or hershoulder and seeing Jesus there.
So that means if you're cooking french fries, you're going to say, "I'm going to be the bestfrench fry cooker they ever had." I'm going to be the best algebra student this algebra teacherhas ever seen. Whether I get the best grades or not, I'm going to work as hard as anybody theyever saw. I'm going to be the best shipping clerk, or checkout person, or vice president, orteacher they've ever seen. You'll be known as their hardest worker; one who's on time, whokeeps their commitments, who doesn't cut corners, who finishes what they start, who goesthe extra mile. Not for them. (No, you're not working for the company. See, that's your secret.)You're not working for your superior. You realize that Jesus cares about how you work, andthis is an offering to Him.
You get your paycheck from your human boss and maybe a nice bonus occasionally.Wait till you see the reward you're going to get from your real boss. Starting now, and thenultimately forever, it is from the Lord, the Bible says, that you will receive your inheritance.That's the biggest paycheck of all - your real reward. He's the One you want to please. He'sthe One you want to impress. He's the One you're doing it all for, and when it's for Him, youdo it with everything you've got. When you work for Jesus Christ, you work with all your heartbecause you've got the Dream Boss. - - Ron Hutchcraft*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.===============
I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really
foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]:
"I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I
don't accept His claim to be God."
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was
merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would
not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic --
on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg --
or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is,
the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse ....
You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit at Him and kill
Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him
Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing
nonsense about His being a great hum! an teacher. He has
not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
===============The Fourth of Julya day on which we celebrate our libertyis a good timeYearningTo Be Free -
How MuchFreedom Is Left?
to ask, what is the state of religious freedom today?
Let's see. In New York last month, the owners of a private skating rink were
warned by the state's Division of Human Rights to stop holding a Christian
skating event on Sundays. It allegedly discriminated against non-Christians.
In Iowa, as part of his ruling against Prison Fellowship and the InnerChange
Freedom Initiative, a federal judged grossly mischaracterized the orthodox
beliefs of evangelicals (such as the bodily resurrection of Jesus). He said
these beliefs are hostile to "many Christians." Then he ordered the
InnerChange program in Iowa shut down.
And in Boston, Catholic Charities was recently forced out of the adoption
business because it would not, for doctrinal reasons, agree to place
children with homosexuals.
This hostility towards religious practice would have shocked America's
Founders. They understood that freedom is a gift of God, made possible only
when societies recognize God's authority.
Two hundred and thirty years ago, our Founders bravely declared their
independence in one of the most eloquent documents ever written, the
Declaration of Independence. It was a ringing call to freedomnot only for
the American colonists, but for people the world over. But what few remember
is that our IN-dependence declared that day is predicated on our DE-pendence
The Declaration's first lines refer to "the Laws of Nature and Nature's
God." The Founders also declared their "firm reliance on the protection of
divine Providence." And in the most stirring lines of this document, they
wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
But these truths are far from being self-evident to many elites today. For
50 years, they've tried to scrub religion out of public life. Even to speak
of God's authority is deemed intolerant.
This is madness. Thomas Jefferson, himself a Deist, understood that
political independence could rest only upon human dependence upon a higher
authority, whatever one might call that authorityGod, or Providence, or the
Today we are engaged in a clash of civilizations and a noble mission in
Iraq, not to conquer, but to liberateto give Iraqis what President Bush
calls "God's gift of human freedom." But we cannot export something we don't
have. If we don't see freedom as God's gift, we will have great difficulty
establishing free societies around the worldor, for that matter, hanging
onto our own freedom. As Rodney Stark writes in his brilliant book, The
Victory of Reason, our ideas about democracy and equality stem from the
Christian understanding of man created in God's image.
And that's why freedom has flourished only in those societies where citizens
have embraced Judeo-Christian understandings of human dignity and God-given
We do have much to celebrate and be grateful for this Fourth of July. But we
must also be vigilant and defend against attacks on religious freedom that
could undermine the very liberty we celebrate. BREAKPOINT with Charles Colson & Mark Earley
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crimes. DNA can be recovered in anything from a few skin cells to a licked
postage stamp. Forensic scientists can establish an association between a
suspect and the crime scene with only an eye lash or single strand of
hair. It appears we leave traces of our presence where ever we go.
Interestingly enough, your hair not only tells people that you have been
there, it also tells your story--or at least provides some noteworthy
details to that story. Scientists have discovered that your hair can
divulge significant habits and particulars of your lifestyle: what you
eat, where you live, if you smoke or drink, if you are of Asian or
European decent. And a single hair can keep records for months,if not years, depending on its length.
When my mother first told me that God knew the number of hairs on my head
I was thoroughly amazed at the thought of it. The number of hairs on my
head was something I didn't know about myself; it was something no one
else seemed to know about me either. This meant that someone knew me
better than my mom or my grandma. It meant that someone had the
capacity--and the aspiration--to know me and all of my details.
Even as I looked at this promise quite literally, it was at once both
comforting and troubling. When I brushed my hair and caused several
strands to fall out was I making work for Him? How often did He have to
recount them? And why did God care how many hairs I had anyway?
Certainly it was one detail that He could overlook.
Then sometime later I was given the rest of Jesus's words uttered that
day: "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is
forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).
Strand of hair or simple sparrow, worry, fear, or dream, God does not
overlook even one.
That God knows the number of hairs on our heads is still a thought at
which we do well to wonder. Wrapped up tightly within such knowledge is
the great and fearful truth about who we are praying to when our eyes grow
heavy with sleep, who walks beside us through shadowy valleys and streams
of still waters, who hears our groaning when we don't know what we mean.
God knows us more specifically and more effectively than we know
ourselves--a thought that reminds us He is Father, a detail that holds
both immeasurable love and great consequence. He knows not only the
stories told in each strand of your hair but every detail of who you are:
the desires of your heart, the worries you carry, the questions you don't
know how to ask. In his perfect love our fears are cast aside and we are
given not only reason to trust, but a will to obey.
According to the Natural History Museum of London, the average person has
up to 150,000 hairs on his or her head. He who knows exactly where you
stand in that average knit you together in your mother's womb and knows
each word on your tongue before it is formed. Like the psalmist at this
thought we wonder. "What is man that you care for him, the son of man
that you think of him? He is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting
shadow" (144:3-4). In the echoing of that question across time the promiseof Christ is also heard: "I tell you the truth, whoever acknowledges mebefore men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angelsof God" (Luke 12:8). Not even one of them will be forgotten.
Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
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