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The Marketplace Minister and the Pulpit Minister Partnership

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The Marketplace Minister and the Pulpit Minister Partnership

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

Thursday, January 17 2013
When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God (2 Samuel 6:6-8).

David was the ultimate marketplace leader. He began his life as a shepherd. He later became a warrior, then king. He never lost a battle. He amassed wealth and was responsible for building the greatest physical testimony to the living God on earth when he established the plan for his son Solomon to build the temple of God in Jerusalem.

David wanted to honor the Lord by bringing the tabernacle home from Balah of Judah. He prepared for this glorious day and worshiped God during the entire trip. However, David moved the tabernacle using a cart being drawn by oxen. During the journey, a crisis took place. The cart tilted and one of his favorite men grabbed for the cart in an effort to sturdy it. He was immediately struck dead by God. Yes, by God!

David was devastated. He thought he was doing a good thing. He became so angry with God that he delayed the transfer of the ark for three months. From this point forward, David’s belief about God radically changed.

The problem was that David had passion without knowledge. The Ark could only be carried with poles by the priests. Had David consulted the priests about his desire to bring God’s presence into the city, he would have been informed of the requirements for moving the ark. The lesson here is that David moved out of presumption. His presumption cost him dearly.

Today, the role of priest is to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11). It does not mean that saints don’t have a responsibility to seek God on their own. However, God desires a partnership between the workplace minister and the pulpit minister. We are a team that needs one another to accomplish the task of bringing God’s presence into the city.
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Avoiding Conflict

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Avoiding Conflict
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Sunday, December 30 2012

Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king (2 Sam 14:23-24).

Many people hate conflict to the point they will never confront a wrong. Taking this path will only lead to later hardship. Such was the case for Absalom and his father King David.

Amnon, also a son of David, raped his sister Tamar. When this happened, David was furious but he did not punish Amnon for his actions. Absalom saw this as a terrible injustice for his sister. So, Absalom plotted to kill Amnon at the right time. He patiently waited for two years before he set up a situation to have him killed.

David was heartbroken over the death of Amnon and held Absalom responsible. At the same time, David still desired to have a relationship with Absalom, but because he failed to address the situation with Amnon when it happened, it led to more serious consequences in the family. Absalom was banished for three years because of David’s anger towards him which allowed seeds of resentment to grown in his heart. Absalom then conspired to overthrow David’s kingdom.

It is imperative to confront problems when they arise no matter how uncomfortable it might be. We are called to speak the truth in love. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (Eph 4:15-16). Failure to confront in love allows the enemy to sow greater seeds of conflict.

Is there someone in your life that you need to confront in love? Make plans now to get with this person and work through the issues that divide you.

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Going Without Jesus

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Going Without Jesus
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Saturday, October 27 2012

“…they were unaware of it.”Luke 2:43

Mary and Joseph traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Jesus was 12 years old. They were evidently very distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast. In fact, Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them. It would be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old son. It caused quite a scare in Mary and Joseph, and they reprimanded Jesus for “wandering” off.

As a parent, I find this story truly amazing. How can parents of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence? Yet this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that we continue to operate not realizing that Jesus is no longer with us. Obviously, there was very little fellowship taking place between Jesus and His parents during the trip.

Are you experiencing daily, even moment-by-moment, fellowship with Jesus? If not, you will wake up one day and realize Jesus is not with you in your endeavors. It may, like Mary and Joseph, create a certain fear in you that you may have lost a very important relationship. Doing business without Jesus’ presence leaves us powerless and prone to live in fear. Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children. However, we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him. Do not let this happen to you. He longs to have daily fellowship with you because He loves you.

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Go to Christ Church

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Go to Christ Church
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Thursday, October 11 2012

“The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying'”(Acts 9:11).

I stepped into the cab to take my first drive to downtown Jerusalem. It was an exciting time for me! My cab driver’s name was Moses. “When in doubt, just call out ‘Moses!’ and there is a good chance someone will answer,” he said.

Moses offered to drive me throughout the city and surrounding area. I was a rookie, not sure what I was getting myself into. It was a dangerous time to roam through Jerusalem. My cab driver began to talk openly with me when he discovered I was a believer in Jesus. He was a born again Jew. His father was a rabbi and he had been excommunicated from his family for his belief that Jesus is the Savior. Because of his faith, his marriage was in trouble and holding on only by a thread. His salvation had cost him deeply. He used to work on the family farm for his rabbi father-in-law but now drove a cab. The Jewish – Palestinian conflict had cut tourism by 90% – so as a cab driver, Moses had plenty of time on his hands.

He began to share his story with me. “I’d been questioning my purpose in life. I began thinking there had to be more. My Jewish laws didn’t satisfy something in me. I became very depressed. Then one day a remarkable thing happened. I was in my bedroom. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my room that said, “Go to Christ Church!” I thought I was imagining things. Then, I heard it a second time!

I looked in the yellow pages and discovered that Christ Church was located downtown in the ‘Old City.’ The people there explained to me what happened. Jesus was calling me to know Him. I have known Him ever since. Now I have meaning and purpose. Things are still very difficult but I have a peace inside that I didn’t have before.”

Friend, Jesus is still reaching out to those who want to know Him. Do you have a faith that is willing to be rejected and ostracized by those close to you? Jesus said we are to follow Him even at the expense of the loss of our father and mother.

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Redeeming the Time

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Redeeming the Time
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Sunday, October 07 2012

“Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”Acts 8:40

Many times I’ve heard a man or woman say they cannot participate in an event, a service, or activity for God because of the time it will take away from their job. God has called each of us to be good stewards of our time and our resources. It is just as important to learn how to say yes as it is to say no, and we must be faithful to our employers if we do not have freedom to take time away. However, many times I sense that workplace believers justify a lack of obedience under the guise of stewardship.

Philip was one of the first businessmen who was given a commission to preach the gospel. He was in the city of Samaria preaching when many miracles began to take place and the crowds came to see what was happening. Then in the midst of this great move of God, the angel of God spoke to Philip and told him to leave Samaria and go to a desert road that led from Jerusalem to Gaza. Imagine how Philip must have questioned the logic of this decision when he was seeing such results in Samaria. But Philip was obedient to the angel. Along the road, he met an Ethiopian eunuch who wanted to have the Scriptures explained to him. Philip explained the Scriptures to the Ethiopian, who was the treasurer of Ethiopia under Queen Candace, and led him to the Lord, then baptized him in a nearby lake. A few moments later, Philip was supernaturally transported many miles northwest of his location to Azotus, where he preached Christ along the way toward his final destination of Caesarea.

So often we think that if we give our time outside our work life, our work will suffer. God redeemed the time for Philip by supernaturally transporting him to the next place he was to be. God always blesses those who serve Him. He can redeem lost time for those who willingly give of themselves for His purposes. Do not fall into the trap of believing that God cannot redeem the time you give for Him. If He calls you to give outside your normal work life, be assured He can make up that time. I have heard countless examples of workplace believers who experienced God’s supernatural financial provision for time given for the sake of the gospel through unexpected business or unusual income that resulted after they made the commitment to take time away from their work for service to God.

God desires that we respond as Philip did in order to be used by Him in the life of another person. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit so that you can go and speak when He says go and speak. Do not fear the consequences of what that might mean if it requires leaving your work interests for a time. God will make it up. He always takes care of those who are obedient. He is more concerned about obedience than the bottom line.

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Receiving Bad News

 

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Receiving Bad News TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman Tuesday, September 18 2012
“Also our enemies said, ‘Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work'”(Neh 4:11).

I opened the letter from the attorney and began to read the contents. The more I read, the sicker my stomach felt. I could not believe the words I was reading. I literally felt sick with fear. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience. Maybe you got news that you’ve got cancer. Or someone has had an accident. Or you are being sued.

Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. The going was tough. As if things were not tough enough, he got a letter from another corrupt government official threatening to kill anyone involved in rebuilding the wall.

“But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat (Neh 4:7-9 emphasis mine).

There is but one response we should have to bad news. Pray to our God and take the necessary steps to defend ourselves against the threat. This was Nehemiah’s response.

Once you begin to take these actions avoid projecting what might happen to you in the future. This is a sure-fire first step toward depression. Ask God’s grace for one day at a time only.

“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:24-26).

Turn your bad news over to the Lord. He specializes in turning crises into opportunities.
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Law of Moses”(2 Kings 23:25).

 

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Michelangelo’s Hezekiah-Manasseh-Amon. Traditionally Manasseh is the man on the right and Amon is the child on the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Josiah, God‘s Leader

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

Thursday, June 28 2012
“Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses(2 Kings 23:25).

What type of person does God raise up when a nation becomes synonymous with idol worship and sin? God raised up a leader that had the courage to destroy the evil and bring the nation back to God. His name was Josiah. “The nation of Israel had been led away from God by Manasseh who reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites” (2 Kings 21:1,2).

Manasseh’s son Amon reigned for twenty-two years after him and was also wicked. However, Amon’s son was named Josiah and became king at eight years old after his father was assassinated.

“Josiah did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left” (2 Kings 23:8). He was a courageous leader. “Nevertheless, the LORD did not turn away from the heat of his fierce anger, which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh had done to provoke him to anger. So the LORD said, ‘I will remove Judah also from my presence as I removed Israel, and I will reject Jerusalem, the city I chose, and this temple, about which I said, ‘There shall my Name be'” (2 Kings 22:13).

God responded to the Godly reforms that Josiah brought to his nation. “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD . . . Therefore I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place'” (2 Kings 22:19-20). Judgment always follows the sin of a nation. If there were ever a time we needed God to raise up Josiahs in our cities and nations, it is now. Pray that God brings forth Godly leaders into your city and nation.