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To Lounge or to Labor

  “I’m working for the weekend.” “Life’s a beach.” TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Friday.   These and many other messages promote the idea that work is drudgery, only a necessity, and that real living is a vacation, relaxation, and lounging.  Our society overemphasizes lounging and minimizes man’s need for labor.  But God created man to labor and […]

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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations, by Alex and Brett Harris. Multnomah Books, 2008; 224 pages + appendix. Do Hard Things. It’s such a catchy title that the book’s subtitle could easily be overlooked. That subtitle, “A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations” is a very accurate indicator of the book’s contents, and […]

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A Word to Christian Employers

How should the Christian employer view himself and his company in light of the great commandment to love God with all one’s heart and soul and strength? What is it about the Christian employer’s attitude that sets him apart from worldly employers, that demonstrates to all that this man is not a typical businessman? As […]

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Witnessing in the Workplace

Walking a holy life before God is a constant test of faith. God tells us in His Word how to go about such a Christian life, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the father­less and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James […]

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Living with a View to the End

While working in my study one day in Jamaica, my children came in all excited.  They took me by the arm and dragged me into the backyard in order to show me something they had discovered.  We had an old rundown fire pit there with gaps, holes and chips in the mortar joints between the […]

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I.  Specific Principles of Scripture concerning work or vocation. A.  Work is necessary and noble, for God Himself is an ever-active God. 1.  God created man to work, to be active and productive, and not to sit contemplating or be inactive, Genesis 1:28; 2:15. 2.  Man’s fall into sin did not change God’s purpose to […]

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A Young Worker’s Dilemma

Perhaps most of you already have some work experience under your belts, and if you don’t you no doubt anticipate getting a job sometime in the future. Work is a very important aspect of our lives. After all, we will spend the majority of our lives working. God created us this way, and we need […]

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Choosing a Career

We, along with the world, place an extreme amount of importance on the degree of success that we achieve in our lives. It is not all that unusual for one to come across accounts of different individuals who have started with nothing and through what seems to be a combination of skill and good luck […]

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Which Field of Labor?

How do we know in what field we are called to labor? A student nurse asks this question in the following way. She believed that it was God’s will for her to enter the field of nursing, but there are many things which now have arisen to make her question whether she has placed her […]

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Workers at Home

“That aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of […]

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Existence

At the time of the writing of this article we are in the middle of what is called the “Christmas Season”. Newscasters are heard proclaiming holiday truces in various trouble spots of the world, and bemoaning that this spirit of peace and joy cannot be with us all through the year. The Salvation Army bells […]

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Working Mothers

The Beacon Lights’ staff asked me for a mother’s answer to the question: “Should mothers work outside the home?” Having abandoned two previous attempts, I’ll try this one last time to answer in such a way as to bring out the principle. I can’t, you can’t, no one can legislate things that pertain to a […]

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Mommy’s at Work

My name is Marcy, and tomorrow I am going to be six years old I asked my Daddy if I had to go to school, even on my birthday. You probably know what he said – “You can’t ever skip school, Marcy, unless you are sick.” Oh, well, I guess it doesn’t matter anyway, because […]

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Determining Our Calling and Vocation in Life

When I received the request from your Beacon Light Staff to write this article concerning, “How a Christian Determines His Calling and Vocation in Life,” I could envision our youth hoping that I could lay out a blue-print of concrete things which would enable each covenant youth to know exactly what vocation to enter. But […]

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The Calling of the Christian in Everyday Life

How often have you conceived of your everyday, possibly hum-drum life, as a calling from God? Possibly never. For most of us the work-a-day week is routine. It seems not to be directly associated with God’s work on this earth. Every day we get up at a particular time, grab a lunch, and books or […]

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Faithful Servant

Psychologists today say that one problem that most plagues adolescents is the prob­lem of a vocation. What are you going to do when you get out of school? What are you going to school for? What would you like to do the rest of your life? These questions constantly bombard us as Chris­tian youth. Less […]

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Sabbath Labor – Is It Proper?

“Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work. . . .” Familiar words, aren’t they? Then isn’t it strange that we so frequently forget and disobey them? Doctors, nurses, and policemen, all these […]

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Why I Chose to be a Teacher

While my playmates were busy with dolls, I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. Housework bored me – and still does. One of my favorite games was playing school. And yet I never gave one thought to making the teaching profession my life work. That was due mostly to the times in […]

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A Christian Businessman-Fiction or Fact?

“It’s impossible to be an honest business­man.” “Well, you just have to close your eyes to some things; that’s business.” Two common statements — the one a cate­gorical accusation, the other a half-hearted attempt to justify dishonest. Both stem from the assumption that one must be dis­honest to succeed in business. If the busi­ness world […]

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Obedience in the World

Summary of a speech delivered by Rev Cornelius Hanko reported by Henry De Vries and Bern Huizenga Rev. Hanko introduced his topic by stressing that the world is an ever-changing thing. He developed this idea by speaking of three relationships which we all experience; To the church. In the field of labor. To our civil […]

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Speak Lord, for Thy Servant Heareth

“Each succeeding generation, at thy mighty word appears; Thou dost count in times duration, one day as a thousand years. Death with swift and sudden warning, calls us from life’s dream away. Like the grass green in the morning, withered ere the close of day.”   Such is the reality of human existence. Is it […]

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Choosing a Profession

“In the sweat of thy face…” We read in the Bible so simply, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” In the Garden of Eden, Adam understood his position perfectly. And he was able to perform it perfectly. In fact, […]

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Where We Should Go to Find Work

“I’m so tired of my work, I wish I could do something more interesting.” Most people say this at one time or another. How can this attitude be overcome? First of all, it means you must do work that you are interested in and capable of doing well. Choosing a vocation is a difficult job. […]

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