Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us

Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us

Move from spectator to participant. Join Jesus as he works in our world. This is a show for marketplace Christians to energize and encourage you to live out your faith every day, right where you are. Begin your day with Christ-centered ideas to share your joy with those around you. Add in weekly interviews with other like-minded Christians so you can share in their joy and learn how they make Jesus visible in their workplace every day.”

Episodes

December 2, 2022 5 min
What are you proud of? How careful should we be when it comes to pride?   I've been a Christ-follower for over 30 years, and I still struggle with pride every day. My worst days are the days when I don't struggle. I just go with the flow. My own pride and arrogance are very intrenched in who I am.   And even though God made me, I'm commanded and warned all throughout scripture to avoid pride. Here's another reminder...
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What does God ask of his followers?   Do justice: Do you ever notice how the argument about what's right or not only exists at the fringes? Often, we argue about how Government should behave or how others should behave. Could it be that "do justice" simply means to do what we know to be right? What's best for others? Often we have a pretty good and common idea. Would you say you "do justice?"   Love kindness...
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Jesus finished the job for us. He disarmed the rulers and authorities. But if he did, why do we have so much trouble?   Jesus celebrated over the enemy. Notice the enemy isn't other people. The enemy is rulers and authorities.   If they've been defeated, then what is God asking us to do? Let's make a positive difference in the lives of others. Let's give something away. Let's invest some time in someone else, ju...
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November 29, 2022 5 min
Are you in debt? Have you ever been?   We don't want to make light of debt. If you're in debt, know we pray for our listeners. We prayed particularly for this podcast because of this question. Debt can be a heavy burden. Imagine owing an amount of money that you can never repay. Take a moment and feel the pressure.   Now imagine being freed from that debt. This passage reminds us our record of debt has been cancelled. The r...
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Do you have any idea what death is like?   We've been called from death to life. Our position as Christ's people, which we first discussed yesterday, is completed in that we've been raised to the life of Jesus. We've been made alive together with Jesus. And he forgave all of our violations.   Do you live every day like you just won the lottery? I don't want to make light of anyone's situation. But we've ...
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What position are you in?   Back before I understood that Jesus saves us by grace alone through faith alone, I wanted to be the 3rd to last guy to get into heaven. I didn't want to be too good. I was OK with cutting it close.   My body, the worldly parts of me thought that being with Christ required work, loss. but after a few years of following Jesus, I realized that being with him is life, joy and peace. Doing what God tells ...

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Why do we thank first? Shouldn't we wait until something good happens and then be thankful?   In 1 Chronicles 16, they're placing the Ark of the Covenant in it's tent. David begins by appointing that thanks be given to God.   Why thank first? It shows that we trust God. We know "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28. Theref...

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What does it mean to you that Christ is the head of all rule and authority?   Have you ever had to escalate a problem. You ask someone to give you to the manager because you're not satisfied? Often, we think if we get high enough up the chain of command, we'll get what we want.   But in reality, Christ is the head of all rule and authority. In Christ all of God exists. Many people think Jesus was a good teacher. He was. He ...

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What philosophies have captivated you? Do we believe in Jesus, or do we believe in our beliefs?   Several things can take us captive. We get hijacked and we're no longer working with Jesus. Paul suggests we can be taken captive by philosophy (worldviews), empty deceit (lies), human tradition (the way we've always done it), and elemental spirits.   Mike talks about how we can be taken captive. What does that captivity look l...

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November 21, 2022 5 min
Do you often feel like your boss or others in your workplace are against you? Who would you say is "against" you at work?   Peter reminds us we have a common enemy. Our adversary is the devil.. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us of this same point.   This means the people we work for aren't the enemy. Our problem customers aren't the enemy. Our competitors aren't the enemy.   We're free to treat those around us, even...
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We've been all brought near. What separates us from any other person? In God's eyes, nothing. His one separation, Jew and Gentile has been removed.   If we're all in one bucket, how are we as Christ-followers modeling that in the world? We're in the midst of a difficult political situation in the US. I am recording this before the election, but the timing isn't important.   What if Christ-followers worked across...
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Have you ever considered the power that comes from knowing that you don't know?   There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12 CSB   When we trust the Bible, and consider it to be the word of God, then we come face-to-face with statements like today's passage. And we realize we aren't as strong or smart or powerful as we think we are. The Bible states very plainly that we ...

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November 16, 2022 5 min
How different must we be to trust and follow Jesus?   Jesus was humiliated, and killed. He was ridiculed. He allowed himself to be beaten and killed by the very people he was saving. Are we willing to endure the same kind of hostility? Are we even called to endure disgrace like that?   He gave us grace, but he suffered disgrace. Interesting thought. What are we willing to endure because we follow him? Are we willing to be passed up...
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Today, on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Greg Gunn. Greg Gunn established and began growing the vision of Family ID in 1997. Since that time, Family ID has grown under the leadership and vision of Greg for over two decades. After starting out in the living room of his home, along with wife Rhonda, Family ID has established a global presence and is leading thousands of families to discover their unique identi...

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November 15, 2022 5 min
What does it mean to work with God?   For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 1 Corinthians 3:9 NASB   God is doing the work. We labor with him. but the work, the schedule, the timing, the results are all up to Him.   This passage is often interpreted to be pointed at pastors building churches, but this applies to our lives as well. The "ministry" part of our life is what lives on f...
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November 14, 2022 5 min
How are you at waiting?   There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1   I don't wait well. Often, I think God makes me wait to teach me something, but I've failed the waiting class so much, that I really believe he's given up on me. But the other thing I need to remember is that things take time. This passage in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 helps drive this point h...
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Are you in a work situation that you dread?   The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected. Proverbs 29:25 CSB   Do you ever dread workplace pressure? I remember having to make presentations before bosses or being chewed out by irate customers. I was fired twice. I would get into these situations where I dreaded what would happen next.   I didn't often call it fear, but that's what it was....

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Do you focus on your strengths? Let's contrast a modern view of strengths with the Apostle Paul's perspective.   Jesus told Paul that his power was completed, perfected in weakness. That means that our job isn't to be the coolest, or the smartest or to win. Our job is to look weak, to look silly, to follow Jesus no matter what. Jesus' power is made complete by becoming visible, doing the work of Christ without any s...
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What do you desire? How do your desires create limits?   "We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections." The word translated affections comes from a reference to the stomach or gut.   Paul may be speaking about how the Corinthians were drawn to others more than Paul. He was, after all giving them some difficult news. We're ...

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Do you have everything you want?   Paul is listing things about their ministry that explain his point in 2 Corinthians 6:1, "Don't receive the grace of God in vain." And he's explaining the list of situations where we are called to be servants of God. The list can be pretty bleak. These last 3 conditions in this verse wrap up the list. But I want to focus on the last phrase he mentions, "having nothing yet posse...
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