Work - The Gift of Responsibility

We’re looking at work ‘in the beginning’ and have seen that there are two Hebrew words in Genesis 2 which translate as work. Last time we looked at Melaka (Genesis 2:2-3) and saw how this refers back to the fantastic and complex nature of God’s creativity in Genesis 1, and we reflected on how this creativity (in lesser form) is innately borne by all humans made in His image!

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WorkwiseTim VickersComment
Made for Creation

The first word in the Bible which is translated as work is the Hebrew word Melaka which comes three times in Genesis, and refers back to God's activity in the 6 days of Creation. In Genesis 1 we know that God created by the authority of His word - He speaks and stuff happens. But if we read the text more fully we can see other clear attributes to God's working style in Creation. 

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Balancing Act

Work is one of those things most of us find it extremely difficult to avoid. It dominates our lives at school, university, workplace or in the home. If we don’t find meaning in our work it can feel like we’re using the best minutes of the best days of the best years of our lives just to pay the bills.

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Witness at Work

Short talk by Tim Vickers on witness in the workplace looking at 1 Peter as a way to understand how we can "live such good lives among non-believers" and "always be ready to give a reason for the hope we have". How do these two ideas help us as witnesses to Jesus in our workplaces?

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Life After University

Life after university can present a number of tough challenges, such as moving to a new location or dealing with (short-term) unemployment. No matter what lies ahead, God remains faithful to us and uses all circumstances to transform us into the image of Christ.

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Only One Life

Over the years I have seen many great things done by Christian friends in their places of work. Sadly I have also seen numerous other Christian friends turn their backs on Jesus. What exactly are the issues at stake here? How can we take steps to ensure that we and our friends walk on with Jesus, but who live their lives wholeheartedly for him?

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Better Boasting

There’s a fine line between gratitude to God for what we have, and pride in the things we have which others don’t. On a macro scale, we feel compassion for those in the world who genuinely appear to have little. On a micro scale, it’s easy for us to feel pleased with ourselves if we have that little bit more than our immediate neighbours.

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It's never too late...to stand up for Jesus!

One of the things I hear most frequently, when I talk to older people about their faith and its place at work, is “Oh I wish I’d spoken up for what I believed earlier!” or “I wish I’d done more for Christ earlier in my life.”  You will never hear an older Christian reflect on their life and say “I wish I’d done less for Jesus.”

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Slave New World

First the bad news. Then some more bad news. And then some good news. The way we work today is corroding our culture and killing our relationships. This is ‘bad’ but if you’re in work it’s probably not news. The indicators have been going downhill for years. Work is not even working for the people at the top. They’re making money but, for many, at an awesome cost to themselves and their families.

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How I Learned to Canoe

“Can't you find out God's will for you life and stick to it?” After four degrees in a variety of disciplines, five different full-time jobs, and at least two career changes this is probably a valid question to ask me. Is it right that my constantly changing career path is an indication that I have found it difficult to know the will of God for my life? The answer is both yes and no!

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The Truth in Strange Places

I have a confession to make. Perhaps not a confession of the kind of titillating misdemeanour or behavioural idiosyncrasy that our glorious media may have led you to expect from public confessions... So don’t expect to see the pictures of me cavorting along an Italian beach naked as a tomato at the age of 3. No, this confession may expose me to greater ignominy...

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