What We’re Working Towards

Adam Stout

READ : Colossians 3:18-25 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. (vv. 23-24) My nine-month-old daughter moves around nonstop. Watching her requires vigilance. Frankly, I find it tiring. Some-times I put her in her crib for a while. Unable to exercise and interact with other people, she starts wailing. In those moments, part of me wants to leave her upstairs, shut …

Identity Crisis

Adam Stout

READ : Ephesians 2:1-10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. (v. 10) One of the greatest temptations Christians face is being defined by their work. “What do you do?” is one of the first questions adults ask each other. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the first questions they ask children. When we don’t know, or when we are without work or retired, we may feel a …

Teamwork

Adam Stout

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Servant Work

Adam Stout

READ : Mark 10:35-45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (v. 45) In a sitcom I was watching recently, the husband, Joel, began a new job remodeling a client’s bathroom. It was work he enjoyed. His wife, Julia, a high-paid lawyer, had to pick up extra home duties. One morning, frustrated by the increasing demands on her time, she finally blurts out, …

Final Words

Adam Stout

READ : Micah 7:18-20 He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. (v. 18) If you read the suggested Bible readings (at the top of the page) for the past 15 days, you just completed the book of Micah. Give yourself a hand! I trust you were blessed by it. But perhaps, like me, you found it difficult to connect with a God who seems so judgmental. Throughout most of Micah, God acts as an …

Gloat Not

Adam Stout

READ : Rejoice not over me, O my enemy . . . when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. (v. 8) It’s hard not to gloat over others’ punishment. Two siblings, Scotty and Lisa, are sitting in the back seat of the family car. Scotty keeps breathing his Dorito-breath on Lisa. Aggravated, Lisa cries out to their parents, “Tell Scotty to stop breathing on me! It’s gross.” Scotty argues his case, “I’m not doing …