- God and Country “God may very well have more to do with America than liberals may think and less than Christians often assume”? (Richard Land)
- The Life of Howard G. “Prof” Hendricks “You’re looking at a completely fulfilled human being. If I died today having produced some of the people God has given me the privilege of shaping, it will have been worth showing up on the planet.” —Prof Hendricks to the Dallas Morning News, 2003. I only met him once but always respected his leadership and teaching.
- Take your faith to work Do you ever wonder if what you do on weekdays counts for eternity? God’s heroes don’t stand behind pulpits.
- The gift of work “God is using our work to ‘sign post’ his future kingdom. It’s not just about how we do our work but also what we do that matters to God. There is gospel power in our work … and how honestly we work, but also in the very subject matter of our work itself, such as lawyers bringing justice; doctors helping to heal; teachers having opportunity to serve ‘the least of these’; violinists showing forth the beauty of God’s world. All this work points to God’s big-picture will for His people and the character of the coming kingdom. I think this perspective matters deeply.”
Five Resources to Help Fill the Unemployment Void (by Chuck Helmer)
The five resources listed below proved useful in helping me fill the void of unemployment and allowed me to use my time effectively.
- Like many others I consider the bestselling book What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles to be the Job-Seeker’s Bible. It is the par excellence resource for any new job seeker.
- In Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger, the author walks the reader through questions which help him or her to identify one’s own personality type and the jobs that provide the best fit.
- As mentioned , I benefited from Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance, by Dr. Charles Swindoll. Pastor Swindoll’s study guided me through the fog of confusion, anger, blame, and that gnawing silence felt in the midst of suffering. His twenty-two messages reminded me that God is in control despite suffering.
- Descending into Greatness, by Bill Hybels, helped too. At a time when I started a job most people would view as insignificant, Hybels’s book helped me to understand what it means to pursue greatness and to discover how putting God’s priorities first brings true satisfaction.
- The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, by Os Guinness, is also good.The Call will challenge anyone seeking the path of least resistance. Guinness’s book helps readers understand the concept of calling and challenges them to reflect on their ultimate purpose in this life.
Finally, here’s a great discussion from Dallas Seminary that connects closely with my present sermon series: Agents of Common Grace