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God’s Work Done God’s Way

Gods Work“God’s work, done God’s way, will not lack God’s supply.” This Hudson Taylor quote was the first word of encouragement my pastor gave me as I began a decade long career at Covenant College, the denominational college of the Presbyterian Church in America. Having just left the industrial and rather brash world of the concrete industry to enter the world of Christian higher education, I expected to experience a major paradigm shift in how I approached my work. The Lord soon showed me that this was flawed thinking. Whether I worked in a secular environment or a Christian one, my work philosophy and ethic should have been the same. Hudson Taylor’s biblical paraphrase soon began to have a major impact on my work life. More

Go, and Let God Stop You

Go Let God Stop YouWhen I was exploring and testing the stirring in my soul to abandon my career, the comfort of my community, and the fellowship of my church in order to possibly serve with To Every Tribe, I made a seemingly “christianese” comment to a highly respected theologian friend of mind. Little did I know that his encouraging rebuke would change my perspective on how I move forward in life. As I surveyed the landscape of risks and rewards of such reckless radical abandon for the sake of the gospel, I simply said, “If the Lord opens the doors, I will go.” My friend’s octavian Dutch brow furled and he gave a small growl before he said in a mocking manner, “I am so sick of hearing Christians talk that way, ‘if He opens a door, I will go.'” Then with a deep rich tone of authority he bellowed “Go, and let God stop you.” At that moment, I envisioned God had a heavy Dutch accent. More