Holy Week and Work: Reconciliation in the Workplace

Holy Week and Work: Reconciliation in the Workplace

April 19, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

There is another dimension of the cross that we sometimes overlook on Good Friday. We see this dimension clearly in Ephesians 2:14-16, where the death of Christ on the cross brings reconciliation not only between people and God but also between alienated people groups.

Holy Week and Work: Work Restored

Holy Week and Work: Work Restored

April 17, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Because of the cross, the day will come when creation is restored and renewed. In that day, we will experience work as God intended it to be. That is part of our future hope in Christ.

But then something happened to corrupt the goodness of work. Sin happened.

Holy Week and Work: Encountering God at Work

Holy Week and Work: Encountering God at Work

April 16, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

But today I want to focus on something rarely mentioned among commentators: the centurion encountered God in his work. It’s not particularly unusual for people to meet God in their work. This happens – and should happen – all the time. But what is so striking in the case of the centurion is the kind of work he was doing when he had his divine encounter.

Holy Week and Work: Remembering Jesus in the Products of Work

Holy Week and Work: Remembering Jesus in the Products of Work

April 15, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Several years ago, while visiting a church on Sunday morning, I saw a striking communion banner. It featured a creative and tasteful weaving together of wheat stalks and bunches of grapes. I appreciated the artistry that went into the design and production of the banner and was glad to have seen it.

Refuge in the King

Refuge in the King

April 14, 2019By Tim Yee

King Jesus not only demands our total commitment, he provides a place of rest for the weary. This commitment to have Jesus rule my life begins with and is sustained by taking refuge in this good and powerful king.

The King, The Son, The Messiah

The King, The Son, The Messiah

April 13, 2019By Tim Yee

Psalm 2 is the only place in the Old Testament where God’s Messiah, God’s king and God’s Son are all spoken of in one place. Christians cannot help but think of Jesus when they read this Psalm. All the other kings must answer to this one true king (Psalm 2:6), God’s own son (Psalm 2:7), the anointed (Psalm 2:2). Psalm 2 paints a picture of a king who expects his followers to daily submit their little kingdoms under his lordship.

Why God Answers Our Prayers

Why God Answers Our Prayers

April 12, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Thus, even when our confidence in the Lord falters, even when our behavior is anything but faithful, we still cry out to God. Our prayers depend, not upon ourselves, but upon our God who is faithful and righteous, gracious and merciful.

Work to Do Good

Work to Do Good

April 11, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

The worth of our work goes far beyond some temporary benefit or practical result. Usefulness just doesn’t capture the depth of what Ephesians conveys here. The more important point is that, through our work, we are able to contribute a bit of goodness to the world. Why work? Because we can do good through our work.

Created to Work

Created to Work

April 10, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Scripture gives us more than mere commands. It also helps us understand the “whys” of our life so that our actions might stem from our own wise choices rather than strict obedience. Obeying God is always a good thing to do; but it’s even better to choose to obey because we understand God’s will and want to please him.

Can We Work Too Hard?

Can We Work Too Hard?

April 9, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Many of us simply don’t know how to stop working. We don’t have boundaries to keep us from working all the time. The fact that God rested a whole day after working six days and then instructed us to do the same hasn’t made a difference in our lives. The fact that Jesus escaped from his work into the wilderness in order to be alone for rest and prayer doesn’t seem to commend our imitation.

Encouragement to Work Hard

Encouragement to Work Hard

April 8, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 4:28 doesn’t explain why we should work hard. But its imperative grows out of the broader biblical understanding of work. You and I as human beings were created to work, to use our full capacities in order to ensure that God’s creation functions as it is supposed to, leading to fruitful living for all creatures (Genesis 1:27-28). Of course when sin entered in work became more difficult and painful. Yet, this does not mean that all hard work is wrong or to be avoided. In fact, some of the most rewarding experiences of life come as we invest our full energies in a worthwhile project.