Workplace Attitude…

Workplace Attitude
         It’s so easy to get caught up in the pace of the world and leave Jesus out of our lives and our workplace. Here’s an idea. What would it be like if we looked at our place of employment as a mission field??????? You know, like Jesus asks us to do in His scriptures.

Mat 4:19 “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mat 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

Workplace Attitude – Take Jesus With You

I drive into work listening to gospel music or a prerecorded sermon on the radio or a message from Christian programming.  I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance.  As I open the building door I leave just enough room for me to get in and I leave Jesus out of my life situations of the day.  After all, I have so much to worry about and do today…………..after all my situations at work are too small for Jesus to take care of them. Or I never thought that my Jesus wanted to be involved in my whole life.

Jesus waits patiently for me to return to Him throughout the day as I do my thing for the next 9 hours. You see I left Him figuratively at the door when my total focus was allowed to be changed. And of course He never left me.  I left Him for the moment.

First two hours of work–I fuss and complain about things not going right. Jesus waits for me to ask for help. Of course I’ve been trained nicely by my world that I can do all things through my own strength. I don’t want to have to be dependent on anyone or anything. After all, I am a proud person. Oh, if I only knew just how dependent I really am.

By lunch time–I’m flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness all over folks. I act like most of those around me. Jesus continues to wait on me. He tries to get my attention but I can’t hear him; my focus is on my problems and how I can solve them.   And as things get worse I grow further into myself to find strength.

Jesus knows that with this attitude I went in there defenseless.

When will I learn?

End of the day–I’m tired, run down, no energy, irritable & frustrated. I leave the building & Jesus happily greets me as I attempt to leave the worldly focus but I’m in no mood for Him now.  I’ve just been to hell and back and the last thing I want to do is be bothered with anyone but me and my pity party.

God shows me how badly I’ve been and worst of all, He lets me feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I left Jesus outside of my life, almost let the door smack in His face and I went in here defenseless.

From time to time our jobs overwhelm us and we completely forget to “take Jesus with us.”  We may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face (hopefully) but what are our actions saying about us and about who or whose we are?

We are or at least we are supposed to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

        Col. 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with ALL your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

What if our work place, neighborhood and community really are our mission fields? TRY TAKING JESUS WITH YOU TODAY.

Give it a try today and see if at the start and end of the day your attitude is different!

Have a BLESSED Day serving the King of Kings!!!


Why go to Church…

Heb 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works…”


A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor “column, much to the delight of the editor.

It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for most of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually bankrupt today!

“When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

And finally the best reason………………

Heb 10:24,25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Prescribed by the Great Physician…

Matthew 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

**Prescribed by the** **Great Physician**


The next time you feel like GOD can’t use you, just remember…

– Noah periodically drank too much

– Abraham was too old

– Isaac was a daydreamer

– Jacob was a liar

– Leah was ugly

– Joseph was abused

– Moses was a poor speaker

– Gideon was afraid

– Samson had long hair and was a womanizer

– Rahab was a prostitute

– Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

– David had an affair and was a murderer

– Elijah was suicidal

– Isaiah preached naked

– Jonah ran from God

– Naomi was a widow

– Job went bankrupt and lost his family

– Peter denied Christ

– The Disciples fell asleep while praying

– Martha worried about everything

– Mary Magdalene was…

– The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once

– Zacchaeus was too small

– Paul was too religious

– Timothy had an ulcer…AND

– Lazarus was dead!


Now! No more excuses!

God can use you to your full potential.

Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger!

**** Start by…

  1. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
  2. Dear God, I have a problem, it’s Me.
  3. Growing old is inevitable growing UP is optional.
  4. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
  5. Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.
  6. Do the math count your blessings.
  7. Faith is the ability to not panic.
  8. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
  9. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
  10. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
  11. Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
  12. The most important things in your house are the people.

13 When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.

  1. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

15 He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

**Have a great day!!! The SON is shining and he can certainly use you!**

It is comforting to me to know that God can use me. And He does so not requiring that I be a theologian. I only need to be willing, God will provide the opportunity and the strength………..

2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Home Sweet Home……

 Matt 6:19-21 “”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 II Cor 5:8-10a “For we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him, for we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ…”

Two missionaries were getting off a ship after serving and endangering their lives and their families for 40 years in Africa and were finally coming home to the states.

On that same ship was the Queen of England and there were bands and thousands of people greeting her as she was going to step off the ship.

The missionary’s wife said: Look darling, we have spent our whole life in service to our Lord and this woman has done nothing except she has the luxury of being born into the royal family and look at the reception she is getting.

Her wise and faithful husband squeezed her hand tightly and said, it’s ok sweetheart, we are not home yet……

II Cor 5:8-9a “For we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord…”

Life on this earth offers some great opportunities but in view of eternity it is such a small amount. So, the moral of the story is; Make your life profitable for Jesus’ glory while you are here so that you will not be ashamed when He appears a second time!!!!!

And be content doing so!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the bigger question is, are you sure of where your eternal home is?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Our Debt Paid in Full…

Romans 14:12 “So then everyone of us shall give account of himself unto God.”

Our Debt Paid in Full…

My time on earth had come to an end and I found myself in a courtroom in heaven.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what
I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come
in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the “prosecutor,” he was a villainous looking gent
who snarled as he stared at me, he definitely was the most evil person I
have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle
looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me. The corner door
flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an
awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn’t take my eyes off
of him. As he took his seat behind the bench he said “Let us begin.”

The prosecutor rose and said “My name is satan and I am here to show you
why this man belongs in hell.” He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things
that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. satan told of other
horrible perversion that were once in my life and the more he spoke the
further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at
anyone, even my own lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had
completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at satan for telling all these things about me, I was
equally upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any
form of defense at all.  I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had
done some good in my life — couldn’t that at least equal out part of the
harm I’ve done?

satan finished with a fury and said “This man belongs in hell, he is guilty
of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.

When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench.
The judge allowed this over the strong objection of satan, and beckoned him
to come forward. As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now
in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar
this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge, “Father”, and then he
turned to address the court. ” satan was correct in saying that this man had
sinned, I won’t deny any of these allegation. And yes the wages of sins is
death and this man deserves to be punished.”

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with outstretched arms and
proclaimed, “However, I died on the cross so that this person might have
eternal life and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine.”

My Lord continued with, “His name is written in the book of life and no one
can snatch him from me.  satan still does not understand this man is not to be
given justice but rather mercy.”  As Jesus sat down, he quietly paused,
looked at his Father and replied, “There is nothing else that needs to be
done, and I’ve done it all.”

The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the
following words bellowed from his lips- “This man is free — the penalty for him has
already been paid in full, case dismissed.”

As my Lord led me away I could hear satan ranting and raving, “I won’t give
up; I’ll win the next one.”

I asked Jesus as he gave me my instructions where to go next, “Have you ever
lost a case?”  Christ lovingly smiled and said, “Everyone that has come to me
and asked me to represent them has received the same verdict as you…Paid in Full.”

In this world of terrible hurt, pain, suffering, and extreme self centered
focus to the exclusion of everyone and everything else there are times when
logic, thought, discussion, etc., do nothing.  It is in these times I have
learned that I have only one place to turn to ease the pain. That place is to my
Lord and Savior, Jesus.

II Cor 15:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin,
that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him.”

Through the Storm, through the Night…

Romans 8:28 “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good,

even to them that are called according to his purpose.”

Through the Storm, through the Night…

Back in 1932 I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My
wife, Nettie, and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago’s South Side.

One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was
to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn’t want to
go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But
a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis.

I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A
and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66.

However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at
leaving, I had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully.

I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to
stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I
shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.


The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd
called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a
messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram.


I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the


People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could
hardly keep from crying out. I rushed to a phone and called home.


All I could hear on the other end was “Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead.”


When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy.
I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died.


I buried Nettie and our little boy, both together, in the same
casket. Then I fell apart.


For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an
injustice. I didn’t want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I
just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.


But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first
sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something
kept telling me to stay with Nettie.


Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him
that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died.


From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him. But
still I was lost in grief.


Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Fry, who
seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took
me up to Malone’s Poro College, a neighborhood music school.


It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.

Something happened to me then. I felt at peace. I felt as
though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody,
one into my head-they just seemed to fall into place:

Precious Lord, take my hand,
lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn,
Through the storm, through the night
lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

As the Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my
spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel
farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open
to His restoring power.

And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that
day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.

Tommy Dorsey/ “The Birth of ” Precious Lord

Neil and Rosemary Merckens

“Be still and know that I am God” ~Psalm 46

Management Candidates…Apostles…

Management Candidates…Apostles…

I Sam 16:7b “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Ever wonder if you were good enough to be a servant of the King?

A tongue-in-cheek memorandum from the Jordan Management Consultants in Jerusalem to Jesus, Son of Joseph, at the Woodcrafters Carpenter Shop in Nazareth reflecting God’s wisdom vs. that of the world.

Dear Sir:

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you’ve
picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them
have now taken our battery of tests, and we have not only run the
results through our computer but also arranged personal interviews for
each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
The profiles of our tests are included, and you will want to study each
of them carefully.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking
in background, education, and vocational aptitude for the type of
enterprise you are undertaking. They are not trained and do not act like
a team. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of
experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper.
Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers,
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above
company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would
tend to undermine morale. We feel it our duty to tell you that Matthew
has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Business Bureau. James,
the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have racial leanings, and
they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a
man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen
business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated,
ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your
controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in our new venture.


Jordan Management Consultants

If you do choose to serve Jesus, remember you walk in His strength and
not your own. And as importantly, He only requires your commitment and
not any level of formal training or Masters or a Doctorate. The real peace is that the Holy Spirit will work with you as you study to show yourself approved unto God’s work. His only requirement is your commitment. He will give you the OJT.

II Tim 3:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable

Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”