Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men… In Paul’s day, and our own, there is a group of Christians who don’t want to work, expect the church or the government to provide for them from womb to tomb, are lazy, entitled, and make people feel guilty … Read more
Revelation 14:13 – And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Historically, Protestants have worked, following Jesus’ example, and the noted German sociologist Max … Read more
Mark 6:3 – “…Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?…” We tend to think of Jesus’ life on earth largely in terms of His ministry – preaching sermons, casting out demons, performing miracles, and getting pestered by religious neatniks. Scholars believe that Jesus … Read more
2 Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. From the very beginning, from Creation, in Genesis 1:28, God told Adam to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. That’s work. Dominion is the area … Read more
Colossians 3:23-24 – 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. You are serving the Lord Christ. In Nehemiah 3, large groups of people under leadership on specific teams were deployed to rebuild Jerusalem. It took many … Read more
Nehemiah 3:1 – Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of the Hananel. As you read Nehemiah 3, stop for a … Read more
In this sermon from Act Like a Man: Real Men 101, Pastor Mark preaches that Jesus worked, so men should follow in His example, and that God made men to work, even though work is now cursed after the Fall. Ultimately, men are called to work for themselves and for their families and work will continue in the Kingdom because our work is part of our worship.
Nehemiah 3:1 – Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of the Hananel. As we examine what is considered by many … Read more
Nehemiah 2:20 – “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build…” In life, there are few extraordinary days. Most days are ordinary – we brush our teeth, eat our meals, finish our tasks, wash our dishes, take out our trash, and get some sleep. Occasionally, something extraordinary … Read more
In Nehemiah 3, Pastor Mark shows that ordinary days are crucial to allow for extraordinary days. In what seems to just be a long list of people, he also preaches on principles for leaders and all people and finishes with the good news that Jesus has another list that those who have relationship with Him will be on forever.
When faced with a decision whether to worship the true God or a counterfeit god, Daniel’s friends stood firm in worship of the true God. Even when it looked like the counterfeit god would win, the real God showed up in the middle of their trial and protected them. God can do the same for those today who put their trust and faith in Him despite the most desperate of circumstances.