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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…

Mike Henry Sr.


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    768 Enjoying God Part 1 - Psalm 139:1-2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 4:42


    If you had to describe God, how would you do it? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast, I want to take a few days and just enjoy God and just spend some time thinking about him. I hope to do five posts in Psalm 139. Today. I want to read verses one and two.  "Oh Lord. You have searched me and known me. You know, when I sit down and when I rise up; you understand my thought from afar." And that's from the New American Standard translation.  When we want to appreciate God and understand God and think about him, first we have to think about who he is.  This is a Psalm of David. So David is reminding us at the very beginning that God has searched us. He knows us. He knows when we sit down and when we rise up, he understands every thought that we have, different translations reference, this only slightly differently. It says in The Message, "God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking." God knows what we think. And he knows what we do.  It's impossible for us to imagine God in much accuracy beyond what he has taught us in his word, because he's infinite and we're not. I mean, the one thing I know when I get to see God is that I will not say something stupid, like, "Oh, I thought you were bigger." I believe that my imagination doesn't measure up to the God of the universe. The God of the universe is almighty and all powerful. And we'll talk about that a little bit more in the coming days. But today I wanted to challenge us to remember. God knows what's going on. He knows what's in our brain. He knows all of these things about us; more even than we are conscious of at any given moment for ourselves. God knows you. And he knows me. And we'll talk a little bit more as we go through the series, but God knows us. He knows what we'll do, and yet we're still free to choose and to create blessing or consequences and to then have to deal with those blessings or consequences as well. That's the challenge of being a follower of Christ. Once we realize where we fit in this grand reality, that begins and ends with the God of the universe, and we realize that we have an opportunity to take a role. We're not passive. We're not spectators. We're participants. Any time you want, God can put you in the game. All you have to do is pray for the people around you. It begins with a simple prayer, like "Here I am!"  This acknowledgement that God searches us and knows us, and he knows what we think. "God, would you take my mind and point it toward what you want it to do today." And he will do that. That's what our "Here I am" prayer is. Our first daily habit is to pray. When we pray "here I am," we clock in and we tell God that we want to do what he wants us to do today. And so for the next five days, let's go through Psalm 1 39 and let's examine God and let's see what he wants us to know about him so that we can live for him in our current day and time.  Thanks for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for making a difference with your faith. Look around. Any idea that you get while you're praying or talking to Jesus, it may have come from him. If it does make a point to do it. Act on the promptings that you get from the Holy Spirit, and watch him work in your world. Take a moment and join us in the online community that is Follower of One. You can go to https://community.followerofone.org and join us. We want to help one another live our faith on a daily basis. Thanks very much.

    767 Lawful Versus Profitable - 1 Corinthians 6:12

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 4:45


    Do you consider yourself to be the slave of a habit or a practice or a person?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Yesterday, we spoke a little bit about 1 Corinthians 6:11, and today our verse is  1 Corinthians 6:12. "All things are lawful for me. But not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything." And that's from the New American Standard Bible.  The apostle Paul is talking to the people in Corinth. And in this letter, he is talking about our freedom in the Lord, how we're free to do the things that God would have us do. How free do you feel? How free are you. People may be listening to this who aren't free. We may be addicted to food, or we may be addicted to other habits. We may even be addicted to a way of thinking. The apostle Paul actually refers to it here as being mastered. Other translations, use the word dominated or to be a slave. We can be a slave of our actions. We can become a slave to drugs. To some degree I'm addicted to sweets. I eat way too many sweet foods and I'm not in shape. We can let certain things have a pull over us. But this verse is a reminder that God made all things lawful to us. Through our salvation, everything is lawful, but not everything is profitable. And that's the comparison that I want to make today. What's profitable? What makes our life better? What makes the life of the people around us better? The only things profitable are those things that move us closer to God. The only things that are ultimately profitable are those things that help us and the people around us be more like Jesus. If we make money, but it makes us less like Jesus, that's not a good trade. If we feel better, but it makes us less like Jesus, that's not a good swap either. What we want to do is we want to live as people who are helping others and ourselves achieve this ultimate profitability. The ultimate profitability is our proximity to the Lord. How close can we get to Jesus? Because it's there that we are right, forever. And any place else, we might be right a little bit in the short run, but we will be wrong in the long run. Today, our goal is to remind ourselves as we go into our workplaces, how can we aim for the highest, best good for the people that we work with? Let's do a great job. Let's pray before we act. Let's ask God to use us to bless the people around us. Our life on this planet is still designed to be so that other people might draw nearer to God, and so that we might be more like him. That's our goal. And that's our purpose. And we can wake up today, remember our why, go to work, serving the Lord. It begins with punching in; just telling God, "OK, God, here I am. Would you please put me to work today? Would you please show me how I can be ultimately profitable for the people around me?" This is not about what's right or wrong, legal or not legal. This is about what's best. How can I do what's best for the people that I work with today? That's my challenge. And I want to make that challenge to you as well.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for considering the difference that Jesus would have you make in your workplace today. You are not there by accident. Our job is to be God glorifiers in our present situations. Join us in that. You can join a community of people who are focused on that by joining https://community.follweorofone.org. Go check it out.  Thanks very much.  

    766 Such Were Some Of You - 1 Corinthians 6:11

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 4:35


    Do you consider yourself a righteous? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.  Today, I want to talk about first Corinthians chapter six, verse 11, but I'm actually going to start in verse nine for my reading today.  "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ and in the spirit of our God."  So that's 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 from the New American Standard Bible.  I was actually tempted to shy away from this verse a little bit because of this list that Paul gives us in verses 9 and 10. But the keyword for us to examine here is he says, do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? And then in verse 11 it says, "such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified." This point, being that the difference between an unrighteous person and a righteous person happens to be what we do. Do we follow Jesus? And part of the reason why we call our organization Follower of One is because there is this one person that I want to follow and that's Jesus Christ. I'm afraid that I don't do it perfectly or every day. I would expect that every day I fall short in some measure, I don't follow Jesus the way that I should, but it's my intention too. And it's my goal too.  Our salvation comes from following Jesus. He gives us the Holy Spirit when we trust him and follow him. And there are verses about all that, that I'm not even prepared to dig up today. My point was to remember that such was I. I was one of those people, but I was washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God when I trusted Christ for my salvation and chose to bend my life to follow him.  Today. I want to live that way. I don't want to be a fornicator or an idolator anymore. I don't want to be identified by the behaviors that I take that are selfish. No, I want to be identified by the behavior of following Jesus Christ and doing what he says. I still stumble, like I said earlier, and you will too, but today I want to remind us, we have an opportunity to choose every single moment to follow Jesus or not. It's our choice that we make and it gets easier as we do it. So today, thank you for being one of those people that chooses to follow Jesus. As you're listening to this podcast, if Jesus gives you an idea of a way to be a blessing to someone.  or to do anything so that someone else might move one notch closer to Jesus, please take a moment and do it. Make some time and put it into your schedule to be someone who can say, "such was I. I am not one of those anymore. I'm trying to be this person who follows Jesus." That's our story, and we're sticking to it. And today we want to do that with 1 Corinthians 6:11. Tomorrow. We'll talk about verse 12 as well, because I think it piggybacks right on this. But today let's remember, "Jesus, show us how you want us to act, show us how we can make you visible to others around us."  Thanks for being a marketplace minister. Thanks for considering this podcast. Please take a moment and share it with your friends and join us at https://community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much.  

    765 Avoid Creating Obstacles - Romans 14:13

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 4:51


    Do you catch yourself judging other Christ followers? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.  Today's passage. I want to read Romans 14:13, and I'm reading in the English Standard Version. Therefore, let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother."  I'm convicted when I watch YouTube videos or read how certain pastors or certain people on YouTube are criticizing other Christians. I'm challenged often, because I believe that there's an interesting secret in this passage that we tend to forget. I want to judge everyone and compare them against myself. And I'm practicing speaking in the first person, because I think we all do it a little bit. Maybe you are from a charismatic background or you're from a very conservative background. And we tend to be critical of those who come from a different way of worship or a different way of behavior. And when I read this verse and it's in a context, where Paul is actually encouraging the Roman Christians on how to live. But when I read this passage all by itself, I see that I'm not supposed to be judging others. There's this wide variety of ways that I believe God wants to be worshiped. And there are certain ways that I choose to worship him because they're comfortable for me. And there are certain ways that others choose to worship him because they're comfortable for them. And I don't need to judge those people or criticize those people or put a stumbling block, or as the Christian Standard Version says, or a pitfall in their way. I'm not trying to be an obstacle or a hindrance to people who practice following the Lord different than me. And I want to look critically at those people online and those people who publish books and criticize other Christians. I do believe that it's important for us to examine ourselves and to be careful about the error that we perpetuate or that we pass along. In fact, as I'm talking to you about this passage, I want to be careful and I pray that God would give me wisdom on how to speak in this area.  But today in our marketplace, my challenge to us is this: let's not criticize fellow believers. Let's find ways to help them do what they're trying to do in glorifying God. Let's not pass judgment on them, but rather let's decide not to create obstacles or hindrances for them. Our goal is to cooperate.  We're both trying to promote our relationship with Jesus Christ as the answer to our friend's and our coworker's problems. We both want to live in such a way that other people might be drawn to the Lord.  Therefore let's not put a stumbling block in someone's way today. That's our challenge for today. Let's look for ways to be encouragers of the other people that we work with. Let's encourage and bless and build up, as we said in the previous two episodes. Let's help other people live closer to Jesus. That's our job as a minister is to help other people move one notch closer to him.  Thanks so much for being a marketplace minister. And thanks for being in Christ-follower, who wants to make a difference in the world with your faith. What you do matters. In fact, it matters a lot. Thanks also for listening to this podcast. Please consider sharing it with a friend. Join us in our online community at https://community.followerofone.org. And also please consider making a contribution to pay it forward so that other people might be able to hear this podcast or join us in the online community. Thank you so much for being a marketplace minister and thank you for what you do in your faith. It matters. Thanks very much.  

    Finding Community among Follower of One with Hunter Wadlington #122

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 17:49


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Hunter Wadlington. Hunter Wadlington lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves as the Missions Associate at First Baptist Owasso. Whether it be short term mission trips, full time overseas ministry, or local community impact, she loves giving people the tools and opportunities to serve their neighbors and share Jesus around the world. In this episode, Mike and Hunter talk about how they got connected, the partnership between First Baptist Owasso and Follower of One, how Hunter came to Christ, the important community that Hunter found in Follower of One, Hunter's experiences on a Marketplace Mission Trip, being a follower of Jesus in a secular context, and Hunter's advice to Church Leaders wanting to do a Marketplace Mission Trip.   Outline of the Episode 0:28 – How Hunter got connected with Mike 1:57 – How Hunter got started with First Baptist Owasso 3:09 – How Hunter came to Christ 6:17 – The important community that Hunter found in Follower of One 7:41 – Hunter's experiences on a Marketplace Mission Trip 8:11 – Being a follower of Jesus in a secular context  12:29 – Hunter's advice to Church Leaders wanting to do a Marketplace Mission Trip    The Importance of a Community like Follower of One Finding a community like Follower of One has become essential in the life of Marketplace Missionaries. The Bible calls us to surround ourselves with a community of believers, and communities like Follower of One allow for Marketplace MIssionaries to find people in the same situation as you.   Being a Follower of Jesus in a Secular Context If you grew up in a Christian family, it is easy to talk about the Gospel. But, for those who haven't grown up in a Christian Household, conversations about Christ don't come naturally. We need to gain this perspective as we talk about Christ so that we can more effectively share the Gospel in our workplace.    Follow Hunter Wadlington Instagram  Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    764 Choose to Build Up Part 2 - Romans 14:19

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 4:54


    Do you believe tearing others down has become a national pastime? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.  We're doing a couple of episodes on building others up. We did yesterday in part one, and we're also doing a part two today on building others up. It's  interesting how the different translations use different words. Today, our verse is Romans 14:19 and I'm reading from the New American Standard Bible.  "So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." Paul's challenging us as Christians, as Christ followers to build others up instead of tearing them down. In this particular passage, he was talking about meat sacrificed to idols or about what kind of foods that we ate, and the different things that we did. And, he talks about in  couple verses before this, how the kingdom of God is not tied up in eating and drinking. It's in doing what glorifies Jesus. In yesterday's episode, we also talked about this because it was also based a little bit on the rules of the law of Moses, the Old Testament Law. And he was talking about how all things are lawful, but not all things are helpful, or not all things build up. That was yesterday's message.  Today. We can split hairs and I don't have many, but we can split hairs about the rules and the way that we live, or we can be people who build others up. And I'm challenged by this because often I'm so involved in my own selfishness that I don't notice others. But I want to be someone who notices others and who builds them up because when we bless other people, we're doing what God does. We're basically taking our faith and inserting it in the world. Our calling is to be someone who builds others up. "So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." Let's pursue these things that make for peace. Let's be the, peacemakers in our world. That was one of the Beattitudes, "Blessed are the peacemakers."  It's our challenge to be difference makers. And our world as it gets more and more tense and more and more negative, creates this opportunity for us to be visible and to show off what life is like following Jesus.  I don't often live like I want other people to even notice me as a Jesus follower. But that's something I want to do more of as well. My goal is to be this kind of peacemaker, to be someone who builds others up and helps them to feel good and to enjoy life and to realize that God created this world, that we would enjoy it and him.  We broke it and it's all messed up now because of what we did. Every one of us would've done what Adam and Eve did. So any one of us could have been the one who pulled the trigger. But our job now is to help build others up and help them see Jesus. He's paid the price for our sin. He's paid to undo all of this mess and to make it right one day. And God will, especially if we live, like we believe it. Let's follow him today and let him use us in the lives of the people around us. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. And thank you for considering how your faith can make a difference. One way we can do that is to find ways to build others up. Look for ways today, to compliment people and to thank them for what they've done. And look for ways to help them see themselves in a better light and to feel better about themselves, as they move towards God, not just for the heck of it. We want to help people move towards Jesus. That's our goal. That's our ministry is to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. Thank you for being a marketplace minister and considering how you could do that. Please consider also joining us in our online community. It's at https://community.followerofone.org. We want to help one another, be the kind of people who point people to Jesus. Thanks very much.  

    763 Choose to Build Up Part 1 - 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 4:12


    How much time do you spend building others up? Hey, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today, I'd like to read 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verses 23 and 24. And I'm reading from the English Standard Version.  "All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things built up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor."  When I thought about this particular passage, I was struck by the phrase building up or build up. I don't know that I build up others nearly as much as I want to believe. I often think that I build others up, but often I just keep to myself. I keep my opinions to myself. And I want to be better at building others up. And one way that I can do that is by looking out for the good of the other person. It's good for others, if I encourage them, if I tell them how well they're doing. Often though, I have to make myself notice. Often I'm so absorbed in my own behaviors and my own thoughts and my own intentions and my own goals that I never see what someone else does. Therefore, I'm not grateful.  Today. I want to challenge myself. I want to be more intentional in building others up. I want to speak about things that others have done and thank them for what they've done for me and be grateful, and show gratitude. I also want to notice those things. And so I'm asking God to help me notice what others do.  Often, it's my own selfishness that takes me out of the game of building other people up. And so I don't want to be selfish anymore, although I probably will be. And keep your expectations low.  But let's try today to move things along, by noticing the people around us by making a compliment. And let's look for ways to help other people feel better about what they're doing in the world. So much of our world seems to be tearing down today. And today I think as Christians, we can make a difference by building others up. So that's our challenge today. Take it from 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, even though everything may be lawful, not everything builds up. Let's not seek our own good, but the good of our neighbor.  Thanks so much for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for making a difference with your faith in the world. Let's take life following Jesus and go and stick it in the world in such a way that other people are blessed, and that other people are encouraged.  That's our job as Christ followers. Again, thanks for being a marketplace minister, and thanks for making a difference with your faith. If you'd like to be part of an online community that is trying to do this, we're trying to help one another be difference makers in the world because we follow Jesus, then check out our online community.  It's at https://community.followerofone.org. You can join us there and take the next Marketplace Mission Trip, which starts in just a few weeks where we challenge ourselves to live our faith on a daily basis. Let's be difference makers in the world because we follow Jesus. Thanks very much.

    762 Your Own Conviction Before God - Romans 14:22

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 5:24


    Can you explain your convictions to someone who might not agree with you?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today is the last day of the first week of our Marketplace Mission Trip. And we always talk through the five daily activities in the first week of the mission trip. The fifth of those daily activities is Speaking for Yourself. Today, I chose a verse that feeds into this. And that verse is Romans 14:22, "The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves." And that's from the New American Standard Bible. I expect the different translations might have that stated slightly differently. But the challenge here is to be able to understand what you believe and know what you believe. Do this as your own conviction. If you convict yourself or condemn yourself, because you do something opposite of what your own convictions are, then you won't be very happy. You're living this dual split life.  This is at the end of a passage about not causing our brothers to stumble. And he's talking much about meat sacrifice to idols or drinking wine or doing anything that might cause your brother to stumble, it says in the verse before this. But the principle applies.  Do we know what we believe? That was Wednesday's activity. Are we willing to explain that to someone who might have different convictions than we have? And that's our fifth daily activity, which is Speak for Yourself. It's about using "I" and "me" statements to explain your actions and your beliefs. People don't care what we believe unless we live according to that belief. But if we live differently and people see that difference and we can explain it reasonably. We make Jesus visible in the world. And that's our opportunity here. That's the whole point behind speaking for yourself on the Marketplace Mission Trip. When we're asked, we want to be able to explain why we're doing what we do. And I often say that I do it because when I started following Jesus, that changed my life. And now I try and do what I believe Jesus would want me to. And often that's all the explanation I get to give to someone on the first time or the first conversation. People need to process what they hear.  Our whole five daily activity plan is we pray first. We appreciate others second. We know what we believe. We practice this answer, third. We serve others, which is what we're doing all the time. And then our fifth daily activity. Is that when we're asked, we speak for ourselves. We don't have to go forcing conversations. We don't have to try and manipulate the dialogue in the  break room or anything like that. What we need to do is be able to explain our convictions. " The faith which we have, have as our own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves."  Today let's live intentionally according to our faith. And when someone asks us, let's give them a simple explanation about why we believe what we believe and why we live the way we do. That's a compelling reason for them to consider our faith. But they get to choose and they get to take the actions. They're not being forced or proselytized in any way. We're simply telling them the reasons behind our motives.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for joining us in this effort of trying to take our faith with us to work and trying to integrate our faith into everything that we do.  What we do because we follow Jesus matters forever. I say that often on this podcast. But even Jesus said that if we give a cup of cold water in his name, we shall not lose our reward. And so the things that we do because we follow Jesus matter forever. Also consider if you would supporting our ministry. We're a donor supported ministry. The podcast we provided no charge, the online community and the marketplace mission trips that we do, we don't do them with any upfront cost. We ask people to consider making a donation so that other people can take part in these activities as well. Would you consider making a donation to Follower of One. Just go to https://followerofone.org and click the donate button in the upper right hand corner and make a contribution. Thank you very much for being a marketplace minister and for integrating your faith into what you do every day. It matters and I'm grateful. Thanks.  

    761 Serving Christian Bosses - 1 Timothy 6:2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 4:56


    Have you ever asked God to give you ideas for how you might serve your boss?  Hey, it's Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.  Today, I want to talk about 1 Timothy 6:2. "Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved." That's 1 Timothy 6:2 from the English Standard Version.  A couple of years ago, episode 252. I actually talked about 1 Timothy 6:1. These two verses are addressed to "all who are under a yolk as bond servants," it says in the English Standard Version. In other words, these are what was called slaves in that day, but many of them were just indentured servants. They were working out debt. It was much like the employees that we have today. And so in verse two, he's actually charging these bondservants who have Christians who are their masters, and he's encouraging these people not to be disrespectful on the ground that their master is a brother. "Rather, we must serve all the better since those who benefit by our good service are believers and beloved."  The challenge here is for marketplace Christians to serve their bosses. We serve our boss, even if they're non-believers, and we talked about that in episode 252. But today we're talking about serving believers. The reason why this topic is relevant to me is because we're talking about, serving others in the Marketplace Mission Trip. Our challenge, our fourth daily activity is to serve other people. That's our job as Christians is to serve others. That's what ministry means. And so we serve others so that Jesus might become visible. One of those people that you serve is your boss, And if that person's not a believer, then we want to treat them as worthy of all honor, as it says in verse one. But in verse two, it says, even if they're believers, don't treat them with disrespect, but serve them all the better. Let's be a blessing to the people that we interact with today. Let's look for ways to serve the people around us. Today, on serve others day in the Marketplace Mission Trip, ask God, to give you an idea for how you can serve your boss, how you can serve your supervisor. Or if you're an entrepreneur, or if you're self-employed, how can you serve your customers? How can you serve the people that you report to and the people that you do work for?  That's our job as believers is to serve others. When we start praying for them, which we did back on Monday, and we start appreciating them. Then God shows us ways to serve other people. And today what we want to do is remember that we want to show respect to the Christians that we interact with. We don't want to treat them disrespectfully, but we want to serve them all the better since they benefit by our good service and they're believers in Jesus Christ.  Today, as a marketplace, Christian, I want to challenge us to be servants in the workplace. It's how we show the Spirit that Jesus gave us. It's how we demonstrate to the world that we're different. It's not about what we say nearly as much as it is about what we do. And we can always find ways to serve other people.  So today ask God and then do whatever he tells you. Do what you can to be a servant to the people that you interact with daily.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the people that you interact with every day. Your service to Jesus and your service to them can matter for eternity. What we do can matter forever. And that's why it's important, how we live as Christians. And if you want to be part of a community of people who are trying to do this on a daily basis, check out our online community at https://community.followerofone.org. I'm grateful that you listen to the podcast and that you look for ways to integrate your faith into your life every day. Thanks very much.  

    760 Having a True Foundation - 1 Corinthians 3:11

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 5:01


    If you were building a building, how would you start?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.  Today, I want to talk about 1 Corinthians 3:11, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version. " For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."  Now, this verse is part of a lengthy explanation that's going on by the apostle Paul, as he speaks to the church in Corinth. But he's pointing out that our faith in our life and everything that we do with our lives is something that is built on a foundation. Your life will be built by you. You get to build it. But no one can lay the foundation.  Jesus is the foundation. If we don't have, Jesus is our foundation, our life is built on nothing. It's built on sand and it won't stand the test of time. But if our life is built on Jesus Christ, it will stand the test of time. He's our foundation. And when we build on him, our work in the lives of our coworkers, customers, vendors, and friends is designed to be part of God's activity. It's part of his grand strategy. It's not part of what we're building. It all becomes part of what Christ is building. It's a very interesting challenge. Paul reminds us this all starts with Jesus. But when we punch in and listen to him, he will put us to work. And so we've been talking on our Marketplace Mission Trip about the first prayer is, "Here. I am," punching us in. And then we go to work for him and he puts us to work.  Sometime in the next few weeks, someone is going to ask you why you did something. Maybe you stayed late to help them. Maybe you bought a lunch or you did something over and above what was expected of you. When you do that because you're our Jesus follower, especially people will ask. They won't understand your motives. If they think you're just doing these things to get ahead in your job, they will never ask. But if you can clearly do things that won't get you ahead in your job, then people will be curious.  And hopefully Jesus will give you the idea. He's our foundation. He's our motivation. When we follow him, we become part of his plan, not ours. And our actions become the will of God. In My Most for His Highest, the author says we are the will of God when we're obeying him and doing what he says. And so we will be the will of God when we do what God wants. My question for us today is do we trust Jesus enough to tell others that he's the reason why we did something? Our third daily activity is to know what we believe. We practice a one or two sentence answer that tells other people that we did what we did because we're a Jesus follower. And if we're good at appreciating and serving others, they will ask us. They'll say, "why did you do that?" So as we practice answering this question, we get ready to be able to explain in one or two sentences using "I" and "me" statements, that Jesus was part of our motivation for us being a blessing to them, for us appreciating them, or for us doing something for them.  In one or two sentences, if you buy someone's lunch today, give them that answer when they ask. Just say something like,  "I follow Jesus. And I thought this was something that Jesus would want me to do." Practice it some so that it becomes very natural.  If Jesus is your foundation, he's the basis for your actions. Your actions will point other people to Jesus, as you do what he says. So what we do, because we believe in him is part of what he's doing in our world. I hope that makes sense. I want to challenge us to go ahead and do the crazy ideas that pop into our mind, especially those that we get while we're praying. Let's let Jesus guide us into doing things so that he becomes visible and he will put us to work. That's our challenge for today. Practice a little bit and get ready to answer the question, "Why are you doing this?" And if you're interested in continuing this activity, or if you're hearing this podcast and you're not taking our Marketplace Mission Trip, check it out. You can find out more about it inside of our online community at https://community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much.  

    Importance of Faith in Growing Businesses with Clare Price #121

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 18:36


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Clare Price. Clare Price is the President and CEO of Octain Growth Systems, the systems, process, and tools company that helps you take control of your marketing through smart execution. Her new book, Smart Marketing Execution (coming Fall 2022), defines the strategies, execution process and automated systems mid-market companies need to use marketing to accelerate their profits, performance and productivity. On a personal note, Clare is a foodie, amateur ornithologist, and proud Mom of Shetland Sheepdogs Toby and Ashton. In this episode, Mike and Clare talk about her business Octain Growth, her new book Smart Marketing Execution, describing the methodology and practice of the application of growth systems, The concept of “The 7 Mountains of our Globe,” how Clare came to Christ, and how to recognize the potential in tough situations.   Outline of the Episode 0:28 – About Octain Growth 1:15 – About her book Smart Marketing Execution 3:06 – How Clare got started with Octain Growth 3:54 – The importance of faith in growing businesses 4:46 – The concept of “The 7 Mountains of our Globe” 6:15 – How Clare came to Christ 8:14 – Learning on the Lord as you lead your business 9:29 – How Octain Growth helps grow businesses 14:05 – How to recognize the potential in tough situations 15:31 – Measuring success in a business   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    759 Don't Make Room for Selfishness - Romans 13:14

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 5:03


    Who's in the center of your universe?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today, we're on day two of the Marketplace Mission Trip if you're taking part in our Marketplace Mission Trip in our online community. And on day two, our second daily activity is to appreciate others. Our verse today is Romans 13:14. "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires." And that's from the English Standard Version of the Bible.  Paul's actually talking about and contrasting living for ourselves versus living for others. And he talks about how we want to live as people of the day and be in a transparent situation and be public and visible during the day. So he gives us this command, "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." We do not want to gratify the desires of our flesh. Appreciate others is our daily activity. As I said, in Philippians chapter two, Paul also talks about this very much, the same way. He says, do nothing from selfishness. But consider others more important than yourself. He's telling us to take ourselves out of the center of the universe. And that's why I asked the question, "Who's in the center of your universe?" We all tend to put ourselves there.   One of the ways that we understand the truth of the biblical worldview is by looking at our fallen nature. When we look at our fallen nature, we see that all of us choose for ourselves naturally. We want what we want. But today I want to challenge you to think about how we might deny our selfishness, how we might make no provision for the flesh. Instead we provide for the needs of others around us. And that's why this kind of lines up with our second daily activity of appreciating others. One way I try to do this is to focus on the eyes of someone else. If I can see their eyes, can I make them my focus? Can I pray for them in that moment? Can I listen to discover a way to bless them? Can I make a mental note to remember their name or something else about them? Can I find out more about their family and what's going on in their world? Chances are they're in the center of their world. And if I can discover more about their world, I can find ways to show appreciation. I can simply ask God to grant me some measure of appreciation toward them. And for me, that's a code word for love. I believe the Great Commandment in our Bible is "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." It's love God and love people. And so when we show appreciation to the people around us, We help send the message of what Christ would have known in the world. He would have us be this kind of a difference maker in the world.  For most of my life, the people I worked with were an obstacle to my success. Just like in traffic, they were in between me and what I wanted or where I wanted to be. But when I became a Christ follower, I wish I could say that stopped. It began stopping. I still wrestle with this a little bit to this day. But I don't have as much trouble with it now, as I did when I first became a believer. But I'm not sure I'm even proud of the progress that I've made. So today I want to challenge us. Let's come up with ways to actively, intentionally show appreciation to others, help them feel appreciated. That's the first step in loving someone. The great commandment, like I said, is to love God and love people. So let's love the people around us today. Let's find ways to help them believe that they are appreciated. And let's ask God to give us genuine appreciation for the people that we interact with. If you can see their eyes, let's concentrate on them a little bit today and be intentional blessers of others.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for choosing to make a difference with your faith in the world today. What we do because we follow Jesus matters. If you'd like to be part of a community, that's trying to do this more and more on a daily basis, check out our online community. It's at https://community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much.  

    758 Relationship Over Results - Luke 10:20

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 5:13


    Do you often wish you could do something great for Jesus? Do you often feel disappointed when the results don't add up to what you expected?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today, I want to talk about Luke chapter 10, verse 20. "Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." And that's from the English Standard Version.  Today, our group is starting another Marketplace Mission Trip, and often on our mission trips, people come into them hoping to see God do some miracle in their daily workplace life. It's a fun expectation. We want God to use us to make a difference and we want to hear him one day say, "well done, good and faithful servant." And we often compare our results against our own expectations to make that assessment. In this passage, Jesus is talking with the disciples. Seventy of them have been sent out across the country in pairs to preach about the kingdom of God being near. They were like Jesus' advance guard. They basically announced that Jesus was coming to the entire nation. And they saw some great success. And in verse 19, Jesus celebrates that success with them. But he puts it all back in perspective in verse 20, when he says "don't rejoice in the results that you're experiencing; rejoice, instead that your names are written in heaven," that we have a relationship with God, that we are known by him.  So we can enjoy our relationship, with God today. We can enjoy the kingdom of God today. And we're told to rejoice now, but every day isn't a miracle day. Many days are ordinary days. And measured by human standards, even Jesus's ministry was a failure. How much more will ours be measured as a failure too? How successful can we expect to be in this world? I think our success comes in our relationship with God and often that's what happens to people on the Marketplace Mission Trip. We enter these efforts for God with high expectations, and then we get deflated because reality sets in. Our world is broken and we broke it. And we're surprised when it doesn't  line back up with what we understand about God. But he's working his plan.  And all of this brings me back to trusting God and living in the moment.  Today in our workplaces, we can find ways to pray. We can look for opportunities to be a blessing to the people around us. And you can always bless someone else by sincerely praying for them. As you're talking to anyone as you're looking at anyone, when you interact with anyone, say a prayer. Ask God to use you to bless them, or to do something else to bless them. He has this ability.  That's our first daily activity in the Marketplace Mission Trip is to pray. And one of the great passages for that is the easy memory verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "pray without ceasing."  In every interaction that you have today, you can lift up a prayer. You can ask God to use you in their life. You can ask God to bless them any way that he deems necessary. He knows what's going on in the life of every person that we interact with today. And that's why we call what we do. marketplace ministry. "Ministry" is nothing but service and we can go into our workplace and serve others. All we need to do is remember that good or bad, we can rejoice because our names are written in heaven from Luke chapter 10, verse 20.  So today, thank you for being a marketplace minister. Let's go into our workplaces today and pray for others and ask God to use us to make a difference in the world. We can integrate our faith into everything we do simply by praying for the people that we interact with every day. And we'll talk about the other four daily activities in the next few days, and in a way you'll be going through the marketplace mission trip with us, even if you haven't joined our online community.  But if you haven't, what are you waiting for? Why not go to https://community.followerofone.org and sign up right now. Create a profile there and start hanging out with a group of Christians who want their faith to matter every day.  Who we are around matters. And it makes a difference in our lives when we can put ourselves around other people who want to follow God. Let's follow him today. Remember that we can rejoice because our names are written in heaven and do whatever he says. Thanks very much.

    757 Extravagant Grace - Ephesians 1:6-8

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 5:08


    Have you ever given so much, you thought it was too much?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. With Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Welcome to episode 757. Today, we're talking about the extravagant grace of God and we're using Ephesians chapter one verses six through eight as our reference. I'm actually going to start reading though at the end of verse four. "In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight." The "he's" and "him's" in here were talking about Jesus. And this passage is from the English Standard Version. I read part of this from the New American Standard yesterday's passage. Today, we're talking about God and we're talking about how he has blessed us. And he first blessed us by choosing us. We spoke about that yesterday. And then what he does is he gives us this grace. He predestined us for this adoption. And then once we're adopted, he gives us his glorious grace. It says, "to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved." The "beloved" being Jesus, having looked at other translations.  In Christ we are blessed with this grace, this glorious grace that Paul is talking about. Grace is unmerited favor. It's like winning the lottery except better. It's getting what you dreamed about and better even than what you dreamed about without having asked, or maybe without having even thought of it. This grace is unbelievable. And the fact that Jesus would die on the cross for our sins so that we could experience this relationship with God is just a tremendous miracle. So Paul is appreciating the grace of God that we've been given. And we have this redemption we've been redeemed through Christ's blood.  And the forgiveness of our sins is according to the riches of God's grace. In other words, it's not out of the riches of God's grace. It's not some fraction, but it's in accordance with. God's forgiveness is unlimited and his grace is unlimited. These things are unbelievably special to us and God, the apostle Paul says, lavishes, this grace upon us. He uses this word, that means he extravagantly gave us this. He's blowing it out. And this blowing it out is for us.  I can go into great detail about this, and I'm not even a biblical scholar. And I also don't want to state things that are in error, but when we concentrate on the unmerited favor of God, his grace, we can be so blessed that we want to give things away and enjoy God as well. And that's, I think our challenge for today. Let's live in such a way that God's grace to us is visible to the people around us. Let's be people who can give the benefit of the doubt. Let's be people who can let others cut in front of us or go first. I'm talking to myself because I almost never do. I'm one of these people that's always in a hurry. So today, can I be graceful in the relationships that I have? I believe that's one of the ways that God calls us to make a difference in our world. We can bring the grace of God into every interaction. We're grace distributors. That's our job is to take God's grace and deliver it into the world and "he has lavished it upon us, in his wisdom and insight." We'll talk about this a little more as we go on through the rest of Ephesians chapter one, but today let's make a difference in the lives of the people around us, by finding ways to deliver a little bit of God's grace in every interaction and in every relationship that we have.     

    756 God Chose Us - Ephesians 1:4-5

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 5:14


    Do you ever catch yourself thinking that you have God figured out? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. With Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. Today, I want to pick up where we left off in the previous episode. We're in Ephesians chapter one. This is a great passage about thinking about God and the blessings that he provides, but it also brings us to some challenging passages  and some potentially controversial topics. And so today we're reading verses four and five from chapter one of Ephesians. And I'm reading from the New American Standard simply because it's most familiar to me. "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will." We're learning about God a little bit through Paul in this passage. I skipped verse three, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Paul is celebrating our salvation, our relationship to God and how wonderful God is, who saved us. And then he goes into this description of these cool things about God. "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world." Predestination, which is a word used in the next verse is a somewhat touchy topic in Christian circles, because it's actually two parts of what we have to do. There's this predestination of God, but also there's still the need for us to believe. And we'll talk about that, when we get to verse 13 of this section. We're just examining the magnitude and the massiveness of God in our relationship with him. And Paul is celebrating here because these things are true. "God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him in love." God decided that you would follow him. I don't understand how that is. I don't understand how we still have free will, how it's up to us to choose Christ, to believe in him. I don't understand how both those things seem to be true at the same time. But I can trust that what these passages say about God are true. "He predestined us to adoption as sons." He has made arrangement for us and he will go on in the next verses. And I will talk about those  in subsequent episodes. He's gone on to bless us wonderfully. But simply choosing us is our point for today. God chose you. If you're following Jesus Christ, God chose you. He was not surprised by this fact. He planned it and therefore he has a job for us. He created us for our purpose. It says in Ephesians 2:10  "we were created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we would walk in them." Even the works that we've been called to do have been chosen. Our time and our place have been chosen. God is driving, not us. He's in charge. And this even lines up with other passages that say the same things like Romans 8:28-30, say similar things that God chose us. What difference does this make? God is God and I'm not. And today I don't need to know everything. I want to remember that he's in charge and that I report to him. And that's why I know that part of my calling is to make disciples, according to Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus gave me a job to do my status isn't in question. The only question is will I grow up in Christ and live following him. And so today I want to challenge us as marketplace Christians. We've been chosen. Let's step into the role that we've been given and experience the joy and the blessing that God has for us. We'll talk more about the blessings that God has provided for us as a result of this choice in the next episode. But today let's remember that we can punch in. "God, here I am. I want to do what you have for me to do today." And God will put you to work in the lives of the people within your sphere of influence. Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for considering how your faith can make a difference in your everyday life. What we do because we follow Jesus matters. Thanks very much for being a minister in your marketplace.  

    755 Grace and Peace - Ephesians 1:2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 4:53


    What's the best thing that ever happened to you? And did you deserve it?  Hey, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast, I'm grateful that you join us for these quick little episodes where we challenge ourselves to go into the workplace every day and live like followers of Jesus. Today. I want to read from Ephesians 1:2, "Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Paul begins almost every letter with the words, grace, to you and peace. Grace and peace are in there somewhere.  And I chose Ephesians because I actually wanted to praise God some this morning, and I came to Ephesians chapter one in my quiet time, and I realized that I had never recorded a podcast about anything in Ephesians chapter one. So I think we'll do that for a few episodes. But today we're recording about grace to you and peace. This phrase, "Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" is  word for word in both letters to the Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians and Philemon. It's almost the exact same phrase. In first Thessalonians changes around a little bit and also in Colossians. And it's still a little bit different in Romans, but it's there. This is the way Paul begins every letter, "Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  Grace. I don't know if you use that word very often, or if you think about it much. But imagine winning the lottery, but not having purchased a ticket. Imagine the best thing that could possibly happen to you and you don't deserve it at all. And then God's grace is above and beyond that. God is so wonderful in how he has saved us and how he created us. You wouldn't be breathing today if it wasn't for God, whether you want to believe that or not. And his grace and his piece is being wished upon all these people by the apostle Paul. And I hear this as a challenge to me, and as a challenge to marketplace Christians. I believe we're where we are every day, so that we can be bringing grace and peace from God to our world. That's our job. We're grace distributors. I've talked about that before. Our job is to ship grace into the world. And when you went to work today, you started to ship grace into the world. The grace given to you is something that we can distribute to people around us.  We can live as graceful people. How can we do that today? Today, we can be a blessing to others. We can look for ways to do things for other people. We can get outside of our own limitations and our own self focus, and we can pray for those people. We can pray for them and they never know it. We can pray for the people that we work with. You can mentally walk through your office or your workplace today and imagine every conversation that will happen today and pray for those people. And I want to encourage you to do that. You begin to distribute God's grace in the world by making it available to the people around us. Let's live as people  who are totally filled with and conscious of the grace of God in our lives. Because when we are, it just kind of oozes out into the rest of the world and that's what we want to happen. We want God's grace and peace to be throughout our world. Not by forcing people to accept something they didn't want; by just living it in such a way that they're drawn to it. And that's our challenge as marketplace Christians today, would you do that? Would you live like a Christian today by looking for ways to give away the grace and the peace that God has given to you? Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for making a difference with your faith in the world. What you do because you follow Jesus Christ matters. So let's take that seriously today in our jobs and wherever we are. Thanks very much.  

    Pursuing Business as a Marketplace Christian with Garth Jestley #120

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 35:14


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Garth Jestley. Over the course of his business career, Garth Jestley has held many senior leadership positions in investment management, venture capital, corporate banking, international project financing, private debt placement, and investment banking. Garth is currently Vice Chairman of Middlefield Group and Special Advisor to the senior management team. He also serves on the national board of directors of Teen Challenge Canada based in London Ontario and the board of Catch The Fire Church in Toronto.  Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of Crossroads Christian Communications in Burlington Ontario. Garth and his wife Mary are involved in various church leadership roles, including ministering and speaking in Canada and around the world. Garth is also the author of the book “More Than Your Business Card: a wake-up call for leaders desiring to follow Jesus in the marketplace.” They place a high priority on family and, in particular, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. In this episode, Mike and Garth talk about exploring the relevance of Faith and God in employees' professional and personal lives, provoking our role as Marketplace Christians, pursuing business as a Marketplace Christian, focusing on the present to pursue Jesus, challenging people to integrate our faith into the workplace, and the importance of confidence in your faith. Outline of the Episode 1:27 – About Garth Jestley 2:39 – Exploring the relevance of Faith and God in employees' professional and personal lives 7:26 – Provoking our role as Marketplace Christians 9:22 – Pursuing business as a marketplace Christian 14:33 – Focusing on the present to pursue Jesus 15:42 – Challenging people to integrate our faith into the workplace 18:01 – The importance of confidence in your faith 23:55 – Changing our victim mentality to a Holy perspective 28:07 – Living in a way to make Jesus known 32:42 – Being called to lead exchanged lives   Exploring the relevance of Faith and God in employees' professional and personal lives Once we accept Christ, God is always with us. He is involved in everything we do, so why wouldn't we look into ways to make Him known in our professional and personal lives? When we accepted Jesus, our lives changed, and we are called to live in such a way where the people around us notice that we are different.    Pursuing business as a Marketplace Christian In today's world, it seems like business is getting less and less popular. But, Business is perfect for those who are pursuing the Marketplace Christian lifestyle, because the business world is built around personal relationships. We have a unique opportunity to build relationships around us and share the Gospel with our coworkers.    The importance of confidence in your faith As we pursue the Lord in everything we do, questions are going to be brought up by non-believers. We need to be prepared to defend our faith throughout all conversations. We do this by spending time in His word to gain a greater understanding of the Lord.    Follow Garth Jestley Website LinkedIn   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    754 Be Emotionally Intelligent - Romans 12:15

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 4:50


    Do you consider yourself emotionally intelligent? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. This is a daily podcast that we do five days a week, like a work week. So we can challenge ourselves as marketplace Christians going into the marketplace and making a difference for Christ. Each of us are called to our daily jobs and our daily lives as ministers, as people who help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. And we've been talking through a little series in the last few episodes about interactions with others. And I confess that I was struck when I read this verse because it's talking about emotional intelligence. And we're being challenged in the Bible to be emotionally intelligent. Romans 12:15, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version, "Rejoice with those who rejoice weep with those who weep." This is a challenge to be emotionally intelligent. In fact,  the beginning of verse 16 says "Live in harmony with one another."  So we're being guided here by the apostle Paul; we're being instructed to rejoice with people who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. This isn't really a command to go with the flow. We're not supposed to be dragged about by our culture and the people around us. But we're being challenged to be sensitive to the people around us.  If the people around us are rejoicing, then let's not be weepers; let's not be the downers. And if the people around us are down, if they're sad or weeping or dealing with difficulty, let's be sensitive to that. Let's join them in their emotional state. Let's be emotionally sensitive to the people around us because it's a blessing to them. We live in harmony with them when we can make sure that we're sensitive to their emotions. We live in harmony with them by rejoicing, with those who rejoice and by weeping with those who weep.  We're not called to go along with everything that happens and everything that goes on in our world. That's not the point. The point here is just to be sensitive to the people around us.  So today I want to hear this as a command to myself. I want to be sensitive to the people around me. I want to notice if they're discouraged or disappointed or if they're suffering or if they're weeping. If they're sad, then I want to be sensitive to that. I don't want to just live my life, not paying any attention to the people around me. This command is telling us let's pay attention to the people around us. So today, that's my challenge for me, and for you. Let's pay attention to the people that we interact with. Are they rejoicing? Then let's find something to rejoice about with them. And if they're weeping, then let's weep with them. Let's share their sadness. Let's carry their burdens, as it says, in Galatians chapter six. We're to bear others burdens. Let's do what we can to be sensitive to the people around us, and exercise and practice this command for emotional intelligence from scripture.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for considering how to take your faith into the workplace, every day .We each have a job as Christians to live like we believe this stuff.  So let's live like we follow Jesus. Let's obey his word today. Here, the command is very clear. Let's pay attention to the people around us and be sensitive to their situation. We can rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who we trusting that God will take care of us because we're his children, and we follow him. Our sins have been paid for. Let's go today and make a difference in lives of the people that we work with. Thank you very much for sharing this podcast. Take a moment and share it with a friend, or if you get a chance, go join us in the online community that sponsors this podcast. That community's called Follower of One. You can join us there by going to https://community.followerofone.org and just requesting to join. It's a free membership and a way to hang out with some people from all around the globe who are trying to live their faith every day.  Thanks very much.  

    753 Reacting to Persecution - Romans 12:14

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 4:53


    How do you react when others treat you badly and be honest about it? Hey, it's Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast.   We've been doing this series on how we interact with others. And today we're in Romans chapter 12, verse 14, and I'm reading from the New American Standard Bible. "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."   This is a series of verses where, in very rapid fire fashion, Paul lays out a bunch of quick commands for how we interact with others. And we've been talking about this for a few days now. Today's verse, bless those who persecute you bless and do not curse them.   He's repeating the word bless twice in this verse. He's reminding us and emphasizing that we're to speak well, even of the people who treat us badly. I don't believe this persecution is just religious persecution. It can be people who just have it out for you or people that don't like you.   When we're treated badly, we have a choice. We can whine and complain and curse about it, or we can bless those people. I have a particularly difficult time with this. My self talk is negative and I tend to jump to conclusions about things. And I don't want to speak well of people who treat me badly, even if they were oblivious to it, even if they did it accidentally. And so I have to bend my mind on a regular basis to be someone who speaks a blessing instead of a curse.   I want to look for something positive to say and some way to be a blessing to the people I interact with every day, regardless of how they treat me. That's the command our Lord gives us. And he gives it to us here through the apostle Paul, but we have it in other places in scripture too. We have it in Matthew five and first Peter three.   How are we doing? How do we react when people don't treat us well? Let's do a little gut check today. How have we spoken to others online? How are we interacting with them in social media? How are we thinking about other people when we're behind the wheel of our car? How are we doing that, when we're in line in a grocery store, or trying to get somewhere in a hurry.   Oftentimes when I'm in a hurry, I'm a real pain in the tail and I don't want to be. And so this verse is a reminder for me to bless others, bless and do not curse. I want to be someone who's actively blessing people. Whether they're oblivious to me or they're actively persecuting me, I need to be actively blessing them. I need to speak well and wish well for them and do what I can to be a blessing to them.   Today, I don't know about you, but that's a challenge for me. I've thrown down the gauntlet. Today is a Monday, I believe when you'll be hearing this, if you hear it on its air date and therefore we have a challenge. We have a challenge to be godly people, blessing others, even the ones who treat us badly on purpose in our workplaces today. Can you do that? I hope you can. And I hope you help me do that as well. Let's pray for the people that we will interact with today. Ask God to make us intentional about the way that we bless other people, simply because we have this command here in scripture, to bless those who persecute us, and to, bless them and not curse them.   Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for every bit of energy that you spend trying to be more Christlike today. Our world needs it. And so let's do as good a job as we can do. Let's try and live like we follow Jesus today.   And one way we can do that is by blessing those who don't treat us the way we wanted to be treated. Thank you for being a marketplace minister, as I said earlier. Let's go today and make a difference in the lives of the people that we work with. Thanks very much.   Hey, I wanted to add a little challenge. We have another marketplace mission trip coming up in a few weeks. Why not go to https://community.followerofone.org and join us on the next Marketplace Mission Trip. It's two weeks where we get to practice these very things on a daily basis. Thank you.

    752 Generous and Hospitable - Romans 12:13

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 4:55


    Do you let God talk to you about generosity? What about hospitality?   Hey, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast,. We've been doing this series on how we interact with others. And today we want to talk about Romans 12:13. I'm reading from the English Standard Version: "Contribute to the needs of thesaints and seek to show hospitality."   We're in this series of "bang, bang, bang, rapid fire" verses that Paul gives us in Romans 12 about how to live with others. And we're still in this section where I believe he's talking to Christians because he actually talks to us to in this verse about how we treat saints or other fellow Christians.   When he talks about saints, he's talking about other believers - people who follow Jesus. "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." We are called to make a difference to contribute to the needs of the saints. There are many other verses about generosity and the needs of others in the Bible.   In this particular verse, Paul's only talking about the needs of the saints. If we find out there's a need in our congregation or in our church, then we should be contributing to that. That's what he's talking about here. And that's the generosity, I believe, he's talking about in this verse. It clearly says "contribute to the needs of the saints."   In the New International Version it says, "Share with God's people who are in need and practice hospitality." So the call to be generous in this specific example is to give to members of our community, members of our faith community, or believers that we know of who are suffering, who are in need. That's our command here, to contribute to the needs of the saints.   Now, there are saints all over the place that are in need, and therefore there's plenty of opportunities to contribute. I think what he's saying here is to seek to show hospitality. For the Christians in this day, people didn't travel very much. They didn't have the internet and these other opportunities to serve people all over the globe.   Therefore serve the people around you. Be ready to give to people around you who are in need and to show hospitality; to open your home or to do these other things that might make other people feel comfortable when they're in a discomforted situation.   In the verse before this, he talked about being patient in tribulation. Now, if we're not going through tribulation, we can help someone else. We can be hospitable. We can be generous. And I believe that's the command here.   Let's look for ways today to be generous and to show hospitality. These are opportunities to give because we follow Jesus. That's what this whole passage is about. Every interaction is an opportunity to give. When there's a need, we fill it. And when we have a need, we persevere. I believe that's what Paul's constantly reminding us.   When we enter every relationship as a giver, then we're looking for opportunities to give, not looking for opportunities for other people to give to us, if that makes sense.   Today, I'm grateful that you're a marketplace minister and I'd like to challenge us as believers. Let's find ways to give.   We persist through our own difficulty. We persevere through our own difficulty. But we look for ways to give to those in need, either hospitality or material possessions, prayer, anything that we can give; let's be givers. That's our call in the marketplace. That's our call in every interaction we have with others.   I do it so poorly. I almost feel bad saying it. But I want to be a better giver. So you can pray for me in that regard, and I'm praying for you. I pray for the people who listen to this podcast. Let's be givers. We persist and persevere through our own difficulties, but we're givers when we see other people who have needs.   Thank you for being a marketplace minister. And thank you for making a difference with your faith in the marketplace.   Everything you do because you follow Jesus matters. So thanks so much for being a minister and for making a difference with your faith. I'm grateful for you listening to the podcast too. Thanks very much.   Connect With Follower Of OneGet social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Join us on our next Marketplace Mission Trip.  

    751 Hope and Prayer - Romans 12:12

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 4:10


    Do you consider yourself a hopeful person?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One Podcast. I'm grateful that you're here.   We're talking through a series in Romans 12. We're talking about the interactions we have with other people. And in this section of Romans 12, Paul gives us this rapid fire succession of things that we can do in our interactions with others that glorify God. And we're in Romans 12:12 today. The passage reads from the English Standard Version, "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."   I think it's interesting how Paul contrasts hope and tribulation, or affliction as it states in some of the other translations. We can rejoice when we have a positive idea about what's happening or about to happen. But we sometimes can get discouraged if we're undergoing any kind of difficulty or trouble.   So it's like Paul is saying, if you're hopeful, great! Experience your joy. But if you're facing trouble, be patient. The New American Standard says "persevere." We have to push through or hang on or persevere through our trouble, our tribulation. When we're experiencing good times, enjoy them. But when we are facing trouble, let's be patient and persevere.   And in all of these situations, in good times and bad, let's be constant in prayer. I think that to me is the greatest challenge from this verse. It's easy for me to rejoice about hope. It's a challenge to be patient in trouble. I often get urgent, or whiny, or complain to God when I'm facing difficulties and troubles.   But if I can be patient in those, the answer to my situation (both good or bad) is always to be constant in prayer. In good times and in bad, when I'm consistently praying, I see God work. He makes a difference in the lives of the people that I interact with every day.   When I'm constant in prayer, God changes me. He makes me fit for the circumstances. He puts me to work in everything that I do, and he will do that for you as well.   So today I want to challenge us as marketplace Christians. Let's enjoy the positive times. Let's persevere through the difficult times, and let's be constant in praying to God through all times.   That's this reminder for us today. We become a marketplace minister when we let the Bible inform us. And here in this one compact little verse, we have this easy to memorize: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Let's practice those things today and see how God uses us in our workplace.   Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for making a difference with your faith. I would like to encourage you to check out our online community at https://community.followerofone.org. If you're already a member there, please share this podcast with a friend. Share it with someone else. Through our online community, our goal is to help every marketplace Christian see themselves as a full-time minister. And ministry is nothing but helping other people move one notch closer to Jesus.   Why not join us? Go check out https://community.followerofone.org. If you want to make a donation, you can make a donation on our homepage, which is https://followerofone.org. Thanks very much.   Connect With Follower Of OneGet social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Join us on our next Marketplace Mission Trip.  

    750 Diligent In Everything - Romans 12:11

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 4:54


    Are there times when you just go through the motions?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is episode 750 for us. So thank you for this little milestone. I'm grateful for you listening to our podcast. We're in a series on Romans 12:10-15, and today I'm going to read from the New American Standard. I'm going to read Romans 12:11: "Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."   There are different words used in different translations for this passage. In the Christian Standard Bible it says, "Do not lack diligence in zeal. Be fervent in the spirit, serve the Lord." What we're hearing from Paul here is we shouldn't be bringing up the rear. There are times when I'm tempted to go through the motions and just check the boxes, just do the things that are asked of me. But I believe as Christians, what Paul's saying here is we are called to be people who go the extra mile by default.   We're people who come and bring extra energy. And we do things that we do every day with intentionality and with purpose, not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Similar to Colossians 3:23 we're being challenged here to remember that everything that we do is done for the Lord.   Therefore let's do it with energy, with zeal, as some of the translations say. Never lag in zeal, the Amplified Bible says. Our earnest effort, our intentional purpose is to do our best. So today let's check ourselves. Can we examine the things that we're going through the motions about and ask God, "Is there a way where we can find new energy?" God can give us the energy to do even menial jobs with power and love and energy. He can energize us to bring our best effort simply because we serve the Lord.   Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, do your work hardily as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you'll receive the reward of the inheritance. It's the Lord Christ whom you serve." We serve Jesus. So whatever we're doing today, let's do it with diligence, with energy and with intention and purpose. The way that we do our job matters. So bring energy and passion and zeal to everything you do. That's our challenge. We don't lag in diligence. Today when you go into your workplace, ask God to show you where you can be more diligent, where you can bring more energy and where you can deliver excellent work.   That's one of our reminders from the Marketplace Mission Trip. We want to challenge ourselves to do the best job possible because everything that we do reflects the one to whom we serve and we serve the Lord Jesus Christ. And so when we do that well, it reflects on our kingdom and it reflects on our faith. But more than anything, Jesus uses our life to make a difference in the lives of others.   So today let's not lag behind in diligence. Let's bring energy and passion and zeal to doing a great job, whatever we have to do today that glorifies God. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for trying to figure out how to live your faith in such a way that God can use you every day of the week.   He has a job and a purpose and a calling for each of us. And I'm grateful for you addressing your daily life and looking for ways to serve Jesus more in the lives of the people that you interact with every day.   Thanks for joining us on this podcast. Please share this with a friend and also join our online community. Go to www.community.FollowerOfOne.org and check out the online community there, where we encourage and help one another to glorify God every day in our workplaces. Thanks very much.   Connect With Follower Of OneGet social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Join us on our next Marketplace Mission Trip.  

    Working with Young Adults with Spencer Hogan #119

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 39:19


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Spencer Hogan, a husband, a dog dad, and the business development manager for an IT company. Spencer is also the executive director of Young Professionals at Work on Purpose, which helps equip young professionals for the business world. In this episode, Mike and Spencer talk about Work on Purpose, how to work with young adults, the purpose of Work on Purpose, the three strategic areas of working with young adults, how great employees make great disciples, building a network of Christians, the importance of the “Value Basis,” and putting yourself in the shoes of your boss.   Outline of the Episode 1:29 – About Spencer Hogan 4:26 – How Mike met Spencer 4:58 – About At Work on Purpose 6:02 – How to work with Young Adults 11:03 – The purpose of At Work on Purpose 13:10 – How great employees make great disciples 14:56 – Building a network of Christians 20:09 – Engaging with Marketplace Christians 23:38 – The importance of the “Value Basis” 27:08 – Putting yourself in the shoes of your boss 33:29 – The best tip Spencer can give to a young professional   How great employees make great disciples Great employees make great disciples. When you think about it, an effective employee is respectful, doesn't complain, gives interest in their work, and gets their work done.   Building a network of Christians The Bible calls us to fellowship with other Christians around us. It is so important to build a network of Christians, because not only can you depend on them for business needs, but it creates an environment to be able to go to them when you need prayer.    Connect with Spencer Hogan  At Work on Purpose LinkedIn   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    749 Devoted In Brotherly Love - Romans 12:10

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 5:06


    Would you say you're devoted to others in brotherly love?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr., with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast, I've often spoken about verses from Romans 11, and there's a section of verses in Romans 11 that I've not talked about before and that's verses 10 through 15.   So I want to do a few part series on these verses because they're right in the middle of a really cool section of this chapter where we are directed on how we interact with one another. And I believe it begins by talking to Christians about how we interact with other believers.   And that's what I think this verse is about. But I do believe that the apostle Paul applies this to our relationships with other people as well. And we'll talk about that in some of the later chapters and the later verses. Today's verse is "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Give preference to one another in honor." That's Romans 12:10 and that was from the New American Standard. In the English Standard Version it says, "Love one another with brotherly affection outdo one another in showing honor."   We are called to love other people like they're are brothers, especially those inside the church. And do we do that? Do you catch yourself doing that? This one of the summary verses of this section. It actually talks about our humility and how we're to be humble in verse 16.   And I've spoken about that before in episode 33. It was a long time ago in our podcast, so it was one of the very early episodes. But humility's one of those things that I want to talk about every 10 years or so. Actually, no - I need to talk about it more than that. I have a problem with arrogance.   And so that's one of those things I'm constantly on myself about. That's part of the reason why I keep coming back to this section of scripture. When I can put others ahead of myself, when I can be devoted to them in brotherly love, when I can give preference to them in honor, I can try and outdo each other by showing honor to others.   When I am able to love them and out do them and showing honor to them, this is a challenge. It's a practical challenge for us as marketplace Christians. Every day as we go into our workplace, this one verse is plenty to do.   We can be devoted to one another in brotherly love. We can show mutual love, It says in the net Bible. Or brotherly affection as it says in the ESV, or brotherly love in the other chapters. It's talking about phileo. It's talking about this mutual affection that we have for others. It requires us to give it first. As Christ followers we give that love first. Almost always we respond to people loving us with love.   But almost never do we give it first. And Christians, I believe, are called to give that love first. That way we get to go into our workplaces today and look for opportunities to give away the love of Christ, to appreciate people and show them that we appreciate them. Help them feel appreciated. It's not how we act as much as it is how they feel.   And so that's our challenge for today. Today. I want to challenge us as marketplace Christians: Let's go into our workplaces today and if we know other Christ followers in the workplace, then let's especially be preferential towards them. Let's do things to show this honor and brotherly love towards believers. But, let's also do that with our coworkers.   These people are giving away their lives in their job at the same rate we are giving away our life in our jobs. So let's go invest our lives because our lives as Christ followers will last forever. So we can give away what we have now, so that these other people that we know might move a little closer to Jesus.   That's our goal. That's our ministry - to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. So today please be devoted to one another in brotherly love and watch what God does in your workplace. Thank you for being a marketplace minister, and thank you for making a difference with your faith. Share this podcast with a friend and remember we're a donor supported podcast.   So you can go to follower of FollowerOfOne.org and make a contribution to help us grow this podcast. Thanks very much.   Connect With Follower Of One. Get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Join us on our next Marketplace Mission Trip.  

    748 Misunderstanding Our Own Actions - Romans 7:15

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 5:27


    Would you say that you really understand your own motives?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I'm grateful that you're here today. We're talking about how we have this tendency to misunderstand our own actions. Today. I want to read Romans 7:15 from the New American Standard Bible.   “I do not understand. So I'm not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate as a Christ follower.” I felt like this verse was the application and the practical working out of my faith in my life. For many years, I struggled with my own desires to be more Christlike, to do the things that he would have me do, to live in such a way that would glorify him. Yet my habits and behaviors and my moment-by-moment choices mess me up every time. One of those areas for me is in eating snacks. I always just kind of give myself a pass, and before I know it,I've eaten way too many snacks. I give myself this pass and what I would like to do, I don't really do it. I do the things that deep down in my soul (my habits, and subconscious) I think I want to do, but they take me off. I believe the Bible gives us a great explanation that when I listen to my flesh, when I listen to the world around me, and when I listen to the nature tugging on my spirit, it pulls me away from God. What I am doing I do not understand. I misunderstand my own actions.   I don't practice what I would really like to do, but I do the very thing I don't want to do. I make choices in the short run to be lazy or to be selfish. Each of us, I believe, does this. Each of us have this capability to make a short-term temporary decision that takes us away from God, away from the opportunities to minister to other people.   It requires discipline and hope for us to turn from this challenge, and hope is a key word for me. I hope to talk about the word “hope” much more in the coming weeks because I'm reading a book called Hope Rising by Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman. It's an interesting book and they have a definition for hope in there. This is where I wanted to be for today. Instead of misunderstanding our actions, let's focus on hope. Their definition for hope states (this is a quote), “hope is the belief that a thriving future is possible and you have the power to make it.” So I don't read the book from a particularly Christian perspective.   I'm only four chapters into it, so I'm less than a third of the way in. But what I find in hope, and we find in the Bible,(I'll talk about this in future days), is that hope is the belief that a thriving future is possible and God has the power to make it. So the Holy Spirit has the power to make it so, and to work through us.   He's given us the opportunity to be agents in that process. That's what Paul's talking about here in Romans 7: Left to ourselves, we're not capable of participating in God's program. We're not capable of taking part in that, but the Holy Spirit transforms us and is the down payment for that. Our sin has been paid for. We no longer have to make these choices as he goes about through the rest of Romans 7 and into Romans 8.   Rather than misunderstanding our motives and our beliefs, let's enter our life every day with a biblical perspective. Today, that's our challenge. Let's remember that our flesh and our choices and our habits, they're not necessarily what God would do. They might be, in fact, the very thing we would hate. But we can choose today to say “Here I am” to God and let him put us to work in our workplaces and in the lives of the people around us. We can go into any work situation and begin with the prayer, "Jesus. Here I am. What would you have me do today?” And then it's God's job to put us to work. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thanks for considering how you can make a difference by re-understanding your own motives and your own choices. And don't forget to join us at www.community.followerofone.org.   You can check it out there at no cost, and you can see about becoming part of a community of people that are helping o  

    747 Fear and Faith - Matthew 8:26

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 5:24


    Does faith in Christ make a difference in your day to day? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I've been thinking and talking about trust and hope and faith for the last couple of days. I came across this passage as a direct response to the two Psalms that I read in the previous two passages. You can check the episodes out that were before this one. Today. I want to read Matthew 8:23-26: “As he got in the boat, his disciples followed him. Ssuddenly a violent storm arose on the sea so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But Jesus kept sleeping. So the disciples came and woke him up saying, ‘Lord, save us. We're going to die.' He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid you of little faith?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm.” That's again Matthew 8:23-26 from the Christian Standard Bible. Jesus is in the boat, and he's so tired that he's sleeping in the middle of this storm. This storm is bad enough to scare men who are fishermen. These men lived on that sea and they're afraid. So, this is a bad storm and yet Jesus is asleep. His question to them was, "Why are you afraid you of little faith?” We talked a little bit about how our fear needs to trigger us, to put our trust in the Lord. Here Jesus is demonstrating this by having rested, having slept right through the storm. He ranks this reference to “you of little faith.” That phrase, that Greek word that's translated, “little faith” is used six times in the new Testament; five of them are in Matthew. One of those is a restating of Matthew 6 in Luke. And so we have Jesus. We have record of Jesus referencing the disciples as “those of little faith” five times by two different authors. I think Jesus said it a lot. I think this was a kind of a cautionary reminder teaching tool that he used. We are people of little faith. We don't have much faith. We have to work out our salvation. I believe that means we strengthen our faith by trusting God more and more. Jesus is basically challenging the disciples to relax in him. They're with the God of the universe in a boat on a sea. This storm is subject to him. And it's clear in the next verse, you can tell they hadn't even considered that the winds in the sea might obey him. They were not thinking of him as God. They were thinking of him as a man. But when he tells the wind and the sea what to do, they're blown away. I want my fear to run from Jesus because I have this faith. My faith doesn't measure up as much as I would like it to. As a result, I become afraid; but what can I do today? Rather than going all the way back to the beginning of this week, what can I do today? I can put my trust in God. I can remember that I only have a little faith. Let's put one more weight on the bar. Let's try and trust God a little more. We have to build up our faith muscles. And today I want to challenge us as marketplace Christians:Ask God to show you where you can add a couple of pounds and trust him a little more. Maybe it's in praying for your coworkers and then doing the idea that comes to mind. If you pray for a coworker and the next day you get an idea of doing something for them, figure out how to do it. That's a ministry opportunity. Ministry is just service, and so we can serve our coworkers because we follow Jesus, because we're growing our faith. Our faith should help us rest in the difficulties and the challenges and the things that scare us. Our faith makes us rest, and then we're free to do the work that Jesus has for us. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for serving the people around you because you follow Jesus. That's all ministry is. In fact, you can join a community of us who are trying to do that every. Go to www.community.followerofone.org and join us. We have a new marketplace mission trip starting in just a couple of weeks. You can join our online community and sign up for that next marketplace mission trip. It's a two-week practice exercise where we practice lifting a little more faith and trusting God a little more. Check it out at www.community.followerofone.org . Thanks very much.  

    746 Rest In God Alone - Psalm 62:5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 5:00


    As we wrap up the summer of 2022. How's your rest coming? Did you get to take a vacation this year? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. The last couple of days we've been talking about some different things. Yesterday we talked about trust and how we can put our trust in the Lord. Today, I also want to read another Psalm, Psalm 62:5. "Rest in God alone, my soul. For my hope comes from him." That's from the Christian Standard Bible. Our rest comes from God, and we can rest in God when our hope comes from him. Hope and trust and faith are words that I've been studying in the Bible. And rest is one of those outcomes of our hope and our peace. We'll talk about this a little bit more tomorrow, too. But as we rest in God, our hope comes from Him; or our hope comes from Him and it gives us this rest. And I want to challenge us as marketplace Christians to remember that God gives our soul rest. If you took a vacation, did you get the rest you were looking for? Did your soul rest? Often our soul doesn't rest on vacation. Our body rests, but our soul doesn't rest as much. We maybe scheduled too many things or we're concerned about what happens when we get back to work. We're all covered up. I've had friends who took good summer vacations. But then when they came back to work, it was almost back to normal quickly, simply because they were buried when they got back and there was a bunch of other things going on. Our circumstances steal our rest and our fears can cause us to be separated from God. They kind of take us off into our own plan. I talked about that too - that when I'm afraid, often I try to put together a plan. I don't turn to God, but I want to put my trust in Him. And the result of trusting in God is rest for my soul when I rest in God alone oh, soul or my soul. I mean, it's like the Psalmist is talking to their own soul. Rest in God for my hope comes from Him. I want to remind myself that hope and trust in the future, my promise of the future, all comes from God. It doesn't come from our circumstances. It doesn't come from our government. It doesn't come from my financial situation. Everything in this world will burn up. It will be gone, or I'll be separated from it. And this is a challenge for me. As I get older, I have certain goals that I want to achieve, and I catch myself pressuring myself to achieve these goals. But when I can rest in God alone, my hope comes from Him. I want to remember that my eternal hope is in God. It's in my relationship to Him. The single best thing that I can imagine is true if Jesus is who he says he is. It means that the God of the universe (the God who created everything) loves me and has provided for me forever. I can't imagine anything better. And so I want to join Jesus in for my eternal life and I want to rest and remember that my hope comes from God. It doesn't come from my circumstances. Today, I want to challenge us. Let's place our hope in God, not in our circumstances or our strategies or our resources. Our circumstances and our plans and our money won't save us. Only the Lord saves us. Our hope comes from Him. When we live with this peace, it transcends all comprehension. That's what he talks about in Philippians 4. The peace of God transcends the comprehension of our friends, and it may cause them then to ask us, “Why are you different? Why are you doing this?” That's our opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for considering how you can take your faith with you 24/7. Let's rest in God today. Remember that our hope comes from Him and be available to be a difference maker in the lives of every person that we meet. Thanks very much.  

    745 React to Fear with Trust - Psalm 56:3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 5:09


    What do you do when you're afraid?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I'm grateful that you enjoy these little 5 minute daily devotionals to challenge ourselves to be difference makers in our workplaces and wherever we are, wherever we go every day today. Today, I'm preaching a little bit to myself. I'm reading Psalm 56:3 from the English Standard Version. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” What do you do when you're afraid? I've often said that I don't like me when I'm afraid. When I'm scared or worried, I sense those knots in my stomach, I sense this anxiety building in my spirit and I get tense about things, and one of the things that I tend to do is I tend to try and make new plans. I tend to grab all the resources that I have and come up with a new plan for how I'm gonna react to this fear.  But the Psalmist doesn't give us that option here. The Psalmist says “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” and he's talking to God. The Psalmist is speaking openly to God here. He says “In God whose word I praise. In God I trust. I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” That's the next verse.  And so we're talking to God and we're saying that we've created, or this Psalmist has created a relationship. “When I sense fear, I put my trust in you. I actively place it there.”  I want to be the dictator of my own trust and confidence and peace. I want to rest in God, which we'll talk about in a future episode. But the way that I do that is by placing my trust in Him.  How can we do that today? And how can that difference matter in the lives of the people that we interact with? Well, if I can put my trust in God, then the things that happen to me aren't setbacks. They aren't disappointments. God is almighty, and when I put my trust in Him, my fear goes down a notch. My anxiety and my tension, and my tendency to react quickly to the things that happen to me also go down a notch. I want to trust God in such a way that I'm relaxed so that I can experience what He would have me experience in every interaction that I have with my coworkers or with customers or with vendors.  My opportunities to be a difference maker appear because I'm confident and I'm trusting God. And I'm looking for those opportunities instead of obsessing over what might happen to me and the things that might go wrong according to my plan. All of these things are triggered by my own fear and so I want to create a new trigger for me today. I want my fear to trigger trust.  Trust is – I think I've said before – my word for 2022. And I'm trying to put my trust in God more and more. And so I notice these uses of the word trust in scripture. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  Today, let's deny the fear that we have by putting our trust in God, God is almighty and He's aware of our circumstances and our situation. And He's called us. He's given us an opportunity to be a difference maker in the lives of the people that we interact with every day. All we have to do, and it's not that easy, is put our trust in Him. Don't let the circumstances of your life knock you off, but put your trust in God and then do what He would have you do in every choice you make and in the lives of every person that you interact with today.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for considering how God might use you in our world. It makes the world a better place. It also draws more people to him. Your actions matter. Trust God, punch in and do what He says and let's help the people around us move one notch closer to Jesus simply because we're trusting him today and we're not afraid. And if you haven't done it yet, join us. We're a group of people who are trying to do this on a daily basis. You can join our online community at community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much.  

    Eternal Perspective in the Business World with Chris Patton #118

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 28:55


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Chris Patton, a Disciple of Jesus, married for 27 years with 3 kids, and the Global CEO at His Way at Work. His Way at Work is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming company culture and implementing Christian principles into the workplace. In this episode, Chris and Mike talk about the creation of His Way at Work, going through the business world with an eternal perspective, navigating a Christian-based company with non-Christian coworkers, the global impact of His Way at Work, the calling of a Marketplace Missionary, and questions to ask so you can grow as a Marketplace Missionary.   Outline of the Episode 0:29 – About Chris Patton 3;54 – How Chris came to know Christ 5:13 – How His Way at Work got started 5:42 – Going through the business world with an eternal perspective 7:20 – Navigating a Christian-based company with non-Christian coworkers 10:10 – An example on how His Way at Work has changed companies 14:32 – The global impact of His Way at Work 20:06 – The Calling of a Marketplace MIssionary 23:21 – Questions to ask so you can grow as a Marketplace Missionary   Going through the business world with an eternal perspective The business world can be a difficult life. When we go into the business world with an eternal perspective, the office becomes a mission field. When we put God's perspective over our own, His will becomes our will.    The calling of a Marketplace Missionary  What is the calling of a marketplace missionary? Our calling as marketplace missionaries is to show God in the way we work and with the people with which we interact. We want people to ask why we are different so that we can start a conversation about Jesus.    Follow Chris Patton His Way At Work LinkedIn   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    744 What Time Is It? 2 Corinthians 6:2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 5:09


    What time is it? How often do you ask yourself that question?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Yesterday, we talked about the word today and today I want to talk about now.  I'm reading 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 from the English Standard Version. “Working together with Him then we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain – for He says ‘At a favorable time, I listen to you and on a day of salvation, I have helped you.' Behold, now is ‘the favorable time'. Behold, now is ‘a day of salvation'.” That's 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 in the English Standard Version. I actually spoke about 2 Corinthians 6:1 in episode 655 of our podcast. And I talked about not receiving the grace of God in vain, but now in verse 2, the apostle Paul is quoting Isaiah and he says “In a favorable time, I listened to you in a day of salvation, I have helped you. Behold, now is the favorable time. Behold now is the day of salvation.” The key word here is now, and that's what time it is for us as marketplace Christians. It's always now.  Now is a favorable time for listening to the Lord and doing what he says. Now is a favorable time to be saved and to live as members of the Kingdom of God. Now is our called moment. We are called to now.  The next thought that pops into my mind is “so what?”. Why is it important that now is the moment, now is the day of salvation? Now is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other people. We don't have opportunities in the future and the opportunities in the past are gone. We can't do anything about them. Focusing on now puts us in the moment we're available to trust God and to do what we believe He says we should do in the lives of the people around us. This is not about the future or the past. It's about now.  Each interaction that we have, one moment at a time, one person at a time, one interaction at a time – in our workplaces – is the opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of other people. It's the opportunity for us to live like we belong to the Kingdom of Heaven. Now is the favorable time. Now is our opportunity. And so in continuing from yesterday, today is the day. Now is the time.  Let's take a look around, ask God what he would have you do in the lives of every person that you meet and immediately your life kind of goes to a new level. It goes to this level where we live with Jesus and we take direction from the Holy Spirit and He puts us to work in the lives of the people around us. We can each make a difference in the lives of a coworker or a customer or a vendor, family member, or friend today. Now is the favorable time. So, I wanna challenge you today. Let's ask God to put us to work. Again today, we can ask God to put us to work. It's not work. I almost use the air quotes when I say that, because we have to deny the lie that tells us that doing what God wants is painful and doing what we want is painless. What we want creates the pain and what God wants creates the joy and the peace and the grace for us. Let's step into that joy and peace and grace today. Here I am, Lord, put me to work. Show me what you would have me do today. Help me to be present in every conversation and in every activity so that I can remember that now is the favorable time. Thank you so much for being a marketplace minister. Thanks for making a difference with your faith in the marketplace. You matter, and your actions following Jesus matter and what you do because you follow Him can matter forever. So let's step into that. If you want to join a community of people who are pursuing God, check out community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much.

    743 Every Today Matters - Hebrews 3:7, 3:13, 4:7

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 4:37


    Do you catch yourself thinking about the future often? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. “Today” is a key word. And I try and use “today” often in the podcast because our work is focused on today. Our ministry to our coworkers is a “today” ministry. Today, I'm going to read a passage in Hebrews 3:7. “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked me as in the day of trial in the wilderness.” That's Hebrews 3:7-8 from the New American Standard.  In this passage in Hebrews, actually twice in chapter 3 and again in chapter 4, the author of Hebrews talks about the importance of today. We're to encourage one another, as long as it's still called today. In Hebrews 4:7, it quotes this passage again, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (that's from Psalm 95). The key of “today” I think is important for us because daily we have this opportunity to walk with Jesus as we live and demonstrate that we believe that Christ makes a difference, Christ has transformed us, The Holy Spirit is living in us, and as the Holy Spirit lives in us, He makes a difference in our lives. Each day, we get another shot at glorifying Him, of making Him visible, at living like we know He exists and He's there and He loves us.  I'm fascinated at this because even if we screwed up yesterday, even if you've already screwed up today, you get another shot. We all get another shot. We can live like we follow Jesus any moment in time and that's why we use the word “today'' in our podcasts. I believe I've probably used that word in every single podcast because our goal is to encourage other believers today.  Today, we have a job to do. Today, you are powerful enough to change your own behavior and act in such a way that you believe that Jesus is Lord. And when you do that, we join Him in His work in our world. He's busy drawing all people to himself and we join Him when we do that. And so, today, I want to challenge you. Begin with the prayer. “Okay. Jesus. Here I am. What would you have me do today?”, and then Jesus will put you to work. It's His job from that prayer on, He will put you to work in the lives of people. Let's listen to His speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. Let's listen to His challenges. We will get opportunities to appreciate people and to serve people. We will have these chances. Here in Hebrews, we are reminded that today is the day. If we haven't followed Jesus yet, we can choose to follow him. If we make the choice to move one notch closer to Jesus today, we can help someone else move one notch closer to Jesus today. And that's my challenge for us today. Let's help the people around us move one notch closer to Jesus. Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for sharing these podcasts. We're a donor supported ministry. If you are blessed by our podcasts or the Marketplace Mission Trips or anything that we do in our online community, consider making a donation to help support our ministry. You can make a donation one time or a recurring donation using the donate button on our website. Go to FollowerofOne.org, make a donation, and check out our online community. Thanks very much.

    742 Making Choices - Joshua 24:15

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 5:03


    How do you train yourself to make good choices?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. For the last few episodes, we've been talking a little bit about compartmentalization and our choices are a function of that problem for our passage today, we're reading from the book of Joshua 24:15. Joshua was the person that took over for Moses, and led the people into the promised land, and this verse 15 reads and I'm reading from the New American Standard. "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. Whether the gods, which your father served, which were beyond the river or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me in my house, we will serve the Lord."  You've probably heard parts of that verse in the past. That's a very famous claim that Joshua makes. "As for me in my house, we will serve the Lord." Our point today is about making choices, and so Joshua is challenging the people of Israel to choose for themselves today whom they will serve. Bob Dylan even said famously in a song that we all serve somebody, their default choices. Our will is what we do. In the My utmost on July, the eighth Oswald Chambers talks about this topic. He says we can't help but make a choice. Being alive means we choose. Simply being alive means we operate according to our own will, even when we choose to obey or cooperate with someone else. Our will is engaged in our relationship with God, and so we must either choose to serve Him or not. But how do we train ourselves to serve Jesus? Well, it's one choice at a time, one decision at a time. When we give ourselves an excuse, which I often do. I often give myself an excuse "well, just this once." When we give ourselves this excuse, I think we miss out on the promises of God. We miss out on His joy. We miss out on the fellowship of doing what He would have us do and being what he would have us be. We miss out on this joy and pleasure of walking with Him because in my case, my body, my flesh, and my mind are telling me "oh, I don't want to do that. I want to do what I want."  Compartmentalization is making Jesus or our faith one of the things we do, one of the choices. Sometimes I watch TV. Sometimes I work. Sometimes I golf. Other times I spend with Jesus, but I wonder what we miss because we don't spend our TV, our work, and our golf time with Jesus or whatever your hobby is. Notice again today, I'm talking to me. This is my challenge. I wanna be challenged by what I miss out on when I'm not walking with the Lord. I want the Lord to help me to be less compartmentalized, but I must remember that my will is always engaged as long as I'm alive. So one of my prayers is to ask God to help train my will. I want to give more of my will to Jesus every day. Every choice I make needs to have Jesus at the center. He's not necessarily on one side or the other, but I want to include him in every choice, and how will that change our lives? How would it change your life if you asked Jesus to take domain over more and more of your choices and to guide you to make more and better choices?  Today, let's ask Jesus to help us choose to include Him in every choice that we make today in every decision that we make. I want to glorify Him, and I believe you do too because when we glorify Jesus, that's when we experience joy. We get to see Him work in our lives. We get to see Him work in our world. That's what we're here for. I became a Christ follower because I believed it was true, but I remain a Christ follower because the Holy Spirit's living in me and I want to continue to make these choices over and over and over to grow my relationship with Jesus. Why not join us? This is a donor-supported ministry.  Thank you for listening to our podcast. Please share it with someone else and share this content and what we talk about with others. Let's live like Jesus' followers in every relationship that we have so that he becomes visible in our world.  Thanks very much.  

    741 Integrity vs Compartments - Deuteronomy 6:5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 5:27


    Do you struggle with compartmentalization while living a segmented life? Or do you just kind of go along with it?  Hey, this is Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Welcome to episode 741. We've been talking a little bit about com compartmentalization and today our verse is Deuteronomy 6:5, I'm reading from the New American Standard. "You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."  This is a key verse and a key passage in the Old Testament law. Moses is reminding the people of Israel that we are to have God first in our lives, and Jesus quoted this passage when he was asked what is the greatest commandment. The greatest commandment was two commandments in fact, "loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself." When Jesus quoted this passage in Greek, in one of the gospels, it uses heart, mind, soul, and strength, and in another one of the passages, it uses heart and soul, and mind. So the words are slightly different, but the basic meaning is, is that we love God with everything we have and everything we are.  In other words, Jesus isn't part of my life. He's all of it. Jesus created everything. He owns everything. So why do we then say we're too busy to do what he tells us to do? Integrity, you know, doesn't mean honesty. Integrity means that we're integrated, we're whole we're pure. We're not divided. I'm talking a little bit about the integrity of following Jesus today. To have integrity as a Jesus follower means there are not two of us. That was my struggle. I didn't want to live a different way at church than I lived at work, and yet when I went to my workplace, I battled regularly for a long time with my flesh and with the ways that I had done things. I became a Christian. I was already 30 years old, so I had 30 years of habits to break, but I've developed many new ones since then, too. I don't want to act like everything got better that day. We all struggle, I believe a little bit, with being compartmentalized. With segmenting pieces of our lives and saying, well, I have to do what I have to do here, but then when I get back to church, God will forgive me. We know that God forgives us Christ paid for that forgiveness for us, and yet still what happens I believe when we compartmentalize is we miss out on the joy of walking with Jesus and doing everything that we do with Him.  I wanted to be a good manager of software developers. I wanted to develop good software applications that were helpful and useful. I wanted to lead teams of people who ran, worked in shipping, and did other things. We did customer support and we did,  different kinds of work in my career. Each time when I could do those with God, I experienced more joy in what I was doing, and then when I got off on my thinking that I had to come up with my solutions, I experienced less joy and I had low points in my career. I wanna challenge us today to think about being integrated and being whole. Today, let's remember the words all in this verse. "You show love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." All means all. Let's try and give God more and more of our life, and we need His help to do that, which is part of the reason why for each of this daily kinds of messages, I've suggested that we remember the prayer "here I am." When we punch in and ask God to accomplish His will in and through us, we experienced that joy more. We are cooperating with God and asking Him to interrupt us. It's up to us to catch that split second in every action when we can choose to follow God and often catching that split second comes from being around people who do that as well, which is why we also encourage people to join our online community. Follower of One is an online community for marketplace Christians who want to live their faith every day. Why not join us? You can go to https://community.followerofone.org and join us there. You can also simply join us by punching in and telling God here I am and letting God direct you through your day. Then you become part of the team of people that are working towards the same goal that we are, which is what Jesus is doing in our universe. Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for following Jesus.

    740 Compartmentalization and Faith - Romans 11:36

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 5:04


    Do you ever think about how you put parts of your life in compartments? Or do you?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Today, and this came from yesterday's podcast, I got to thinking about how we compartmentalize things in our lives or how we might, and so I came to this verse in Romans 11:36, and I'm reading from the New American Standard Bible. "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."  This is a doxology. It's a short statement of praise to God. "From Him and through Him and to Him are all things." So my question for us is how compartmentalized are we? Do you find that you're too busy to pray for your coworkers? Or what about being too busy to spend a few minutes helping someone else? Is the problem of busyness robbing us of the joy of walking with Jesus? If God owns it, all which we talk about in this verse for, "from Him and through Him and into Him are all things," and we spoke in yesterday's episode about how God created it all and He owns it all.  These are all His things. All of the world and everything that we have and are, and do belongs to Him. So how is it that we put ourselves in a position where to do something with our faith means that we have to stop doing something else? I get challenged by that every time we do the Marketplace Mission Trip because I'm tempted to feel as many are that we're too busy to integrate our faith into what we do every day.  Yet we have these examples of Jesus challenging us, and from the scripture in Luke 10, for example, we have the story of Mary and Martha and Jesus telling Martha that Mary has chosen the good thing because only one thing is necessary. Matthew 19 has the story of the rich young ruler who wouldn't sell all of his possessions, and I think we sympathize a little bit with these people and we go back about our daily lives. At least I do, but I wanna challenge myself today. What part of my daily life am I keeping from God? Do I want to do something about it? Do you?  I mean, I get it. We can't go on an overseas mission trip, but I can't pray for the person I'm in line behind at a stoplight instead of wishing they'd get out my way. When I fail to involve Jesus in everything I do, I miss the joy of doing everything with Him and for Him. "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things." Our verse says. How much more am I willing to miss? How about you? What can we do today? Well, to me, I start with this daily prayer and I mentioned this in yesterday's episode too. I start with "here I am. Jesus, please use me today. Draw my mind back to you." The Holy Spirit living in me has the power to help me focus and bring my attention to my relationship with Christ. Even when I'm in a difficult staff meeting or I'm being chewed out by a customer, or I'm in line behind someone slow in traffic, God can do this, and so I want to depend on him.  Today I want to challenge us. Let's remember that all of what we experience and all of what we interact with every person that we meet, we all belong to God and we're on His plan and His program, not our own. That's how I compartmentalize. I take responsibility for the things I think I control, and at that moment I've segmented part of my life and tried to take it away from God. Today I wanna be available to God to do what He has for me to do today, and I hope you can do that too, because when we are available to Him, then we experience Him. We experience His joy. We experience His purpose in everything that we do. Why not take a moment right now and tell God "here I am. Put me to work today, father." And watch what He does in your day.  Then join us over at https://community.Followerofone.org and let us know how it goes. We're all working to do this for one another together. Thanks for joining us and being Marketplace Ministers to the people that we meet every day. Thank you very much.

    The Importance of Sharing Your Faith with Donna Skell #117

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 22:02


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Donna Skell. With a heart for God, people, and business, Donna stays active in the Christian community. She has been part of Roaring Lambs Ministries since its inception in 1980 and came on staff in 2008. Donna is an author, TV/Radio Co-host, and Jewish follower of Christ. She loves to help people effectively tell their stories of what God has done in their life. In this episode, Mike and Donna talk about Roaring Lambs Ministries, her journey to Christ, the purpose of Roaring Lamb Ministries, how Christians are created to fellowship with God, about the Hall of Fame, the importance of sharing your faith with others, incorporating your faith into your life, and the weight of the question “How can I pray for you today?”   Outline of the Episode 0:29 – About Roaring Lambs 1:08 – Donna's journey to Jesus 3:29 – How Donna ended up with Roaring Lamb Ministries 6:33 – The purpose of Roaring Lamb Ministries 8:05 – How Christians are created to fellowship with God 10:00 – About the Hall of Fame 12:35 – The importance of sharing your faith with others 14:23 – How to incorporate your faith into your life 16:07 – Asking people “How can I pray for you today?” 17:06 – Growing up Jewish   The Purpose of Roaring Lamb Ministries Roaring Lamb Ministries was created to engage with Christians outside of the Church walls. Their goal is to empower and activate other Christians to not be afraid to talk about the Gospel when they are not at Church.    How Christians are created to Fellowship with God Christians are created to fellowship with God. Our end goal as Christians is to share the gospel to the ends of the earth. For us to share God, we need to understand him. The way that we get to know Christ is to fellowship with Him.    The weight of the question “How can I pray for you today?” When you go and ask someone “How can I pray for you today?” it opens an opportunity to share Christ. This question also makes the person you are talking to know that you genuinely care about them, and you desire for their wellbeing.    Follow Donna Skell Facebook LinkedIn   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    739 Everything You Own - Psalm 24:1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 5:10


    Have you ever considered the importance of ownership? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We appreciate you joining us for these brief messages every day as a way to challenge yourself as you go into your day to live a life that's integrated with your faith in Christ. Today, I want to talk about Psalm 24:1, which I'm reading from the Christian Standard Version. "The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants belong to the Lord." That's Psalm 24:1 from the Christian Standard Bible.  If you own or create something, you have control over how that thing is used and what it does. God created the universe and each of us, therefore He's in charge. We don't like to admit that, but it's the truth. He has given us some ability to create and some ability to choose what we do, however, exists inside of His control, and I don't fully understand that. I don't claim to. But what difference does it make in our life? Well, if I choose to believe Psalm 24:1, then when I don't have something, I can turn to God. But the question of what I want probably isn't the first question. The first question might need to be, "what does God want?" It's His stuff, and I'm His stuff. He must have had a reason for creating me, and therefore I want to find out part of that reason. I want to understand as much of that reason as I can because I also believe that God is good and maybe we can do another post on that here soon. God's goodness leads me to believe that what He created me to do is something that I will enjoy. I can walk in His purpose for me and expect joy from that because He promises joy for us. And so I want to also ask you, what does it mean for you if God owns you? If God created you? We don't like those terms in our Western world. But today, I want to consider how God wants me to behave in the world. What difference does He want me to make? He's given us this opportunity to speak about our own lives and serve other people around us and take part in His global strategy for saving every person who will believe in Jesus. We get to be part of that and we get to experience the joy of being part of that. I so often considered what God wanted me to do as being work. Something that would be negative and something I didn't want to do, and I was trying to do as little of what God wanted me to do as I possibly could because I believed I enjoyed these other things. I enjoyed what I wanted to do more than what I thought God wanted me to do. But the more I follow and trust God and lean on Him, the more I understand that God's calling for me gives me joy and it gives me peace.  Therefore I need to remember that God owns me. I believe Psalm 24:1, I believe the earth and everything in it belong to God. Therefore, I want to try and use it the way He would have it used. I wanna try and take part in the lives of other people and accomplish what God would have me accomplish. I wanna be His person in my world today.  What about you? Would you like to intentionally be more purposeful about this? One way you can do that is with our First Daily Activity. You can pray and simply tell God, "here I am God, what would you have me do today?" You punch in and you get on the clock with that prayer, and we start working for God today it's up to Him and the Holy Spirit living in us to help us understand what He would have us do. We get that opportunity. And I believe if you'll do that, you'll experience joy today. Look back at the end of your day today, and then let us know what happened. You can drop me a line at mike@followerofone.org. You can communicate with me through our Facebook page or our LinkedIn company page or in any way that you would like. I want to know, and I want to help marketplace Christians integrate their faith into their daily life because I believe that will make our world better. Anything that I can do to help you, please let me know at mike@followerofone.org and also consider joining us in our online community, which is https://community.followerofone.org. Thanks very much for being a Marketplace Minister and for choosing to make a difference with your faith today.  

    738 The Whole Law in One Word - Galatians 5:14

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 4:55


    So if you would sum up the entire law, all of the old Testament law into one word, what would it be? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast, we've been talking about a variety of different ideas, but I came to this idea a few episodes back about the law. Today, I want to talk about this passage Galatians 5:14. "For the whole law is fulfilled in one word. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." That's from the English Standard Version of the Bible. The apostle Paul, who's the author of the book to Galatians, the letter to the people in Galatia, summed up all of the law in one word, and its sentence "you shall love your neighbor as yourself." The one word I believe is love. In episode 725, we talked about Romans 3:20. The law shows us this is God's universe and not ours. Part of the purpose of the law is to show us that we don't measure up. We can't measure up, we won't measure up. We don't have a choice. We can try and we're called to try and we desire to measure up, but we don't.  Romans 3:20 says the law shows us this is God's universe. It's His plan. He's the one who made the law. He defines right and wrong. These are all up to Him. But in this passage, we're reminded that the whole law is fulfilled in one word - love. Jesus loved us. God loved us. God came to our earth as Jesus to down the cross for our sins and to make a way for us to get back to God, and this verse reminds us that if we want to do what Jesus has for us to do, we love our neighbor. We love the person next to us. We love other people. Often, that means we go out of our way. We give them something that we can't keep. We give them our time or our attention or our appreciation. We do what's best for them. Sometimes that's hard, but often it needs to be graceful. It needs to be something that we give away without purpose or reward. "God demonstrated his love toward us, and that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," it says in Galatians 2:20.  We have this demonstration that we love others first. It's not based on their performance or their actions, but we love our neighbors because that's our response to what Jesus has done for us. Today in our workplaces, I would like to challenge us. Let's find ways to love others. Let's look for opportunities to love the customer that we're on the phone with, even though they're upset about a problem or two, to love a boss or someone who's created a challenging work environment for us. We are called to give love when love is not a natural response. In that kind of circumstance, our hope becomes visible, and often we might even get asked to explain how we have a love that just transcends all understanding, as it says in Philippians 4. Our love should be something that the world sees because it just doesn't fit. Let's live by summing up the law of Christ. Let's love our neighbor as ourselves and look for ways to do that in our workplaces today. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister, and thank you for considering how your faith can make a difference every day in the way that you carry yourself, the way that you work and do your job, and the way that you interact with others. Our life poured out in service to Jesus means that we go to work on behalf of Him. How would he have us do our jobs today? And if you wanna be part of a community of people who are working to make this happen more and more in their own lives, then check it out. Join us at https://community.Followerofone.org. You can sign up for free and you can also take our marketplace mission trip, which is a two-week exercise to practice living our faith regularly. We have another one starting in just a couple of weeks. Go check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.

    737 The Proof of Our Faith - 1 Peter 1:7

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 5:14


    Can you prove your faith? Should we try to prove our faith?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I talked a little bit about the importance of our faith yesterday, and it prompted me to remember this verse and talk a little bit about the proof of our faith from 1st Peter 1:7 "so that the proof of your faith being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." That's from the New American Standard Version of the Bible.  The proof of our faith. I often think about this phrase. What is the proof of our faith? Well, part of the proof of our faith is the fact that we behave in such a way that we demonstrate our faith. We are proving our faith by the way that we live, but we don't prove the success of our faith. The success of our faith isn't proven until we get to heaven. In 1st Corinthians 15:19, Paul said "if we have hoped in Christ in this life only we are of all men, most to be pitied." Much of the proof of our faith exists on the other side of eternity, on the other side of death. Either eternity is there and we get to take part in it or it's not there, and we are most to be pitied. The proof of our faith though is more precious than gold, not the proof, but the faith. Faith is more precious than gold, which is perishable. Our faith isn't perishable. Gold is perishable. Our faith can be tested by fire and will be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is part of what we believe is Christians. We believe that our faith will result in praise and glory and honor when we see Jesus when we come face to face with Him. It will be a glorious day I believe because we will be able to see the proof of our faith. It will finally be demonstrated. It will finally be obvious that our faith was true and our faith is precious, more precious than gold. This faith is what pulls us through the difficulties and the troubles of our world. Faith is what puts us in a position where we can be a blessing to others, even when we experience hardship. We can serve, even when it's not expected of us, or we can give more than others might expect. Our faith shows up in our world because we live like we're free. We live like we know that everything will be made right on the other side of death., And that's what I want to challenge us to do today. Let's go into our workplaces today and live confident that the proof of our faith is coming. The proof of our faith is going to happen. It will happen, and it will be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Jesus again, we will experience this praise and glory, and honor. We will be overjoyed.  We experience pieces of this now when we obey Him in our workplaces and when we go out of our way to make a difference in the lives of others. We can experience some of the praise and glory and honor now by simply trusting Jesus and doing what He says in our workplaces or wherever we go today. So today as you go, listen to Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit prompt you to make a difference in the lives of others. You have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others today, simply because we know that our faith will eventually be proven and we will experience this praise and glory and honor when we see Jesus.  Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. Thank you for going into your workplace to make a difference. This podcast and our online community all exist because of the donations of generous people who've experienced what we're doing. Consider contributing Follower of One so that other people can experience the podcast, can be energized and challenged to go into their workplaces and make a difference with their faith. We all experience joy when we do that. So thank you for following Jesus and for being a Marketplace Minister in your workplace. Check us out at https://community.Followerofone.org. You can contribute there by clicking our donate button.  Thanks very much.  

    736 The Promised Crown - James 1:12

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 5:06


    Do you work for rewards and approval? You know, I think we all do to some degree.  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Today, I wanted to talk about a verse in James 1:12, and I'm reading from the New American Standard Bible. "Blessed is is a man who perseveres under trial. For once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  Let's take this verse apart a little bit and see how it applies to us. Blessed, first of all, is the statement, and it says good on you.  We're asking for God's blessing to be given to a person and a person who perseveres under the trial will receive this blessing. The reference to man here, I think is more from the translations and the kind of gender leanings of the original Greek language.  "Blessed it is anyone who perseveres under trial." What does it mean to persevere under trial? Well, it means to hold up, to remain faithful to God, to do what he would have us do in these trials. Sometimes the trials are temptations, and some translations use that word or tests. What we're being tested, we're seeing how strong we are, how much we can endure. And this trial, I think, is what happens in the world. We're being reminded that the world is broken because of the actions of humans. We broke it, and yet we can persevere under the consequences of the things that happen in our world.  Once we do that, persevering, once we are approved, then He will receive the crown of life. That person will receive the crown of life, and we're told that this crown of life has been promised to those who love God. The Lord will deliver it to us. He's the one who promised it to us who love. The crown of life is this reward. I don't understand exactly what it is. I don't know if it's made up of life or if it's the award of life. I haven't done enough study to recognize that, but I can still take away something from this verse for my life today and how we go about entering the world. We get to persist and persevere through the things that we face, the temptations to fail, and the trials that we're confronted with. As we persevere under those situations, then we know that we have a reward coming. It frees us up to be givers in our workplace. We're available to be a difference maker because we know that this is coming to us. We simply hang on for it. "We will receive this crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him."  This is where our faith comes in. Faith is this willingness to believe the truth of this passage and what else the Bible teaches and to hold on to our relationship to God, to reach its conclusion, to reach its eternal state, where we continue in relationship with Him who will continue growing and learning but will be freed from sin.  Therefore in our workplaces today, let's remember that we're people of the promise. We're living for something in the future, and that Promise's been given to us by God. It will be given to us by God. Therefore we're free to serve other people in our workplace. We're free to be a blessing to the people that we interact with. We're free to trust God and to persevere under the trials that we face, knowing that once we're approved, we will receive the crown of life. I wanna challenge us as Marketplace Christians today. Please continue to persevere. Whatever trials you're facing, continue to persevere and make yourself available to be a blessing to those of us around us who don't know the Lord, they don't have this promise. They can't focus beyond their circumstances, and we have been given that opportunity. So let's live that way today.  Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. Thank you for looking for ways to bless other people in your daily activities. Everything that we do because we trust Jesus matters and it matters forever. So how you interact with the people that you work with today, matters. Thanks so much, and if you'd like to be part of a community that's living and trying to do this, join us at https://community.followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  

    735 Holiness Makes Jesus Visible - Hebrews 12:14

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 5:15


    Are you holy? Do you consider yourself holy? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We touched on Hebrews 12:14 yesterday, but I want to touch on it a little more today because I think I'll probably step on some toes. Let's read this passage from the English Standard Version. "Strive for peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."  I talk about how we make Jesus visible, and what we learn in this verse is that our holiness does that. But maybe you don't consider yourself holy. Maybe you're not looking forward to being holy. I thought about a couple of things related to holiness as I started yesterday's podcast and came to this verse and I felt like we might want to talk about it a little more today. First, we need to strive for peace with everyone. This is the first caution the author of Hebrews gives us. We strive for peace with everyone and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. We need to have peace with everyone first. Peace is what we're going for, and also this holiness is an interesting word. In the New American Standard, it says sanctification. These are both big words for being something that is used by God. When something is set apart for God's use, it is considered holy and we are called to be holy. In Leviticus, the Jews were challenged to be holy because God was holy. He said, "I am holy, you should be holy because I am holy." And first Peter even quotes the same passage. This was a key passage for the nation of Israel.  Our call is to be holy, to be dedicated to God's purpose. God is working towards God's purpose and we are called to work towards God's purpose, that's what holiness and sanctification are. When we're doing what God has for us to do, we're holy. That doesn't mean that we wear robes, I talked about this in the previous episode. This is not about having something that's only used on Sundays in the church necessarily, but that's kind of the way that it became interpreted in the church when I was growing up. Holy things were those things that were special and only used on Sunday and they were only used in the church.  We are people of God. And when we do God's work, we're holy and if we strive for peace with everyone and we are listening to and obeying God, then we are this holiness that the author of Hebrews talks about in this verse.  Therefore the people around us see the Lord. I keep using the phrase. I wanna make Jesus visible. I don't have the power to make Jesus visible. However, he shows up when I obey Him and other people see my life being different when I obey Him, and I believe that's the calling that we have in the workplace. When we live as instruments of God in the marketplace or in the workplace or wherever we are every day, other people get to see Jesus. People will see the Lord when we're doing what Jesus would have us do. That's his strategy and his plan. That's the whole reason why I believe we're still here. Otherwise, why wouldn't God just save us and take us to heaven? I believe He saves us and He leaves us here so that we can strive for peace with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. That's our calling.  Today, I want to challenge us. Let's listen to God and do what He says. Often we tell ourselves that we don't have time. I can only do some of these things because I also have to work. Well, the way that I work is another effort at holiness. Maybe that's even another podcast today. Let's go into our marketplaces listening to God, doing what He would have us do in our workplace so that He might become visible to the people that we interact with every day.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for making a difference with your faith in the world. Simply obeying God and being His weapon in the world makes us holy and therefore we can become part of His strategy so that the world might see Him. If you wanna be part of a community that considers this regularly, check out https://followerofone.org. You can join our community at https://community.Followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  

    How media has changed discipleship with Thomas McCoy #116

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 22:45


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Thomas McCoy, the Interim President of the International Christian Network. The International Christian Network is a network for Christians to mobilize and interact with each other and platform. In this episode, Mike and Tom talk about Tom's journey to Christianity, how Christ changed the way Tom works and interacts with coworkers, the International Christian Network, meeting other Christians in the Marketplace, what to expect when someone joins the ICN, how media has changed discipleship and finding other Christians in the marketplace.    Outline of the Episode 0:44 – About Thomas McCoy 2:03 – How Thomas became a Christian 3:23 – Tom's journey through different careers 4:59 – How Christ has changed how Tom works 7:27 – Tom's position at ICN 10:51 – Meeting other Christians in the Marketplace 12:00 – What to expect when you join the ICN 14:02 – How media has changed discipleship 15:28 – What ICN offers to its members 17:46 – Finding other Christians in the Marketplace 18:53 – How to join the ICN   How Christ changes the way you work When you become a Christian in the marketplace, you don't insert Christ into every conversation that you have with coworkers. As Christians, Christ needs to overflow. We need to live in such a way where we don't have to point Christ out in everything we do, to where people ask why we are different.    How Media has changed the marketplace and how we interact with other Marketplace Ministers Media and technology have changed the way that Marketplace Christians interact with each other. It has become easier to connect with communities with other Christians like Follower of One and the International Christian Network. Not only has media changed the way we connect with Christians, but it has also changed the way that we train to disciple and reach unbelievers.    Follow Tom McCoy International Christian Network LinkedIn   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    734 Why We Help Others - Hebrews 12:12-14

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 5:20


    How does discipline lead us to help others?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the follower of one podcast, we've been talking for several days about discipline, several episodes, and today we're wrapping that up. We're in Hebrews chapter 12. Today we're reading verses 12 through 14. "Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone and the holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." That's from the English Standard Version of the Bible. The author of Hebrews is wrapping up this discussion about discipline and he goes right into encouraging other people. So we talked about discipline and how we are disciplined by God. We were disciplined by our parents. The previous episodes all discussed this discipline because I was wrestling and always wrestle with my lack of discipline, But this switch to encouraging others and to caring for others is important, and that's why I thought I would include it in this series. For the moment, all discipline seems painful. It says in verse 11, "therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees," It begins in verse 12. The author of Hebrew is encouraging us to help those of us who are experiencing discipline. We're on the harder end of life. Let's help those around us who are going through difficulty. We can make straight paths for their feet. We can set what is lame. We can fix their broken joints and different difficulties that they're going through to the degree that we can help others and encourage others, we strive for peace with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  Holiness is this key. Holiness is our dedication to God. It's being set apart by God. When we're holy, that means that we're doing the things that God would have us do. It's not about wearing some gown or doing all these other things, the ancient ages kind of created this model for the word holiness that I think freaks us. But when we're doing what God would have us do, we're holy; we're walking in the calling that he has for us. Ephesians 2:10 says" we were created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we would walk in them." Holiness is us doing the job we were created for. People will see that holiness when we can live a disciplined life. We can strive for peace with everyone and then they will see this holiness because we live this discipline-controlled life as followers of God.  Our challenge for being disciplined people is to go into the world and represent life following Jesus. That's our job. That's why we're still here. I always believed that I didn't want to just be saved and stay out of trouble until I died. Fortunately, God has a different plan. God plans that you and I reflect on life following Him in our various workplaces, in our difficult staff meetings, when irate customers are chewing us out, or when things are going wrong when prices are skyrocketing. All of these are opportunities for us to walk in the calling of God to be holy so that others might see God. That's where we get our joy. The joy that comes through discipline is knowing that we walked in what God had called for us too. Today, I believe God would like you to pay attention to the people around you. I believe he wants us all to pray for the people that we interact with, appreciate them and serve them because that's one reason why we're still here. We're still here instead of with God in heaven because He has a job for us to do here. It's to be holy so that others might see God. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. Follower Of One is nothing but a community of people who are trying to live life the way they believe God wants them to live it, and that's what I'm trying to do. Follower of One is my stab at trying to get a place for all of us to connect. Why not check out https://community.followerofone.org and join us? You can create a profile in our online community. Meet other Christians. We're trying to do this daily and even take part in our marketplace mission trips. Check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  

    733 Benefits of Discipline - Hebrews 12:9-11

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 5:17


    I wrestle with discipline, do you,? I often give myself a pass and that's why we've been talking about discipline for the last few episodes.  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I want to pick up where we left off in the previous episode, talking about discipline. We talked about the discipline of children for two episodes before this and you can check those out. Today in this passage, we're gonna read verses 9 through 11 of Hebrews  12, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version. "Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who have disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the father of spirits and live? Where they disciplined us for a short time, as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by." The author of Hebrews is extending this illustration. He's talking about the act of correcting us children or correcting a person. God the Father corrects us, just like our parents corrected us as we were children. The word discipline is talking about the discipline of correction. I often wrestle with discipline, but it's not the discipline of correction as much as I wrestle with the discipline of internal guidance. I don't have the discipline or what my dad used to call intestinal fortitude. I don't have the guts to make myself behave.  In these external discipline examples that we're seeing here in verses 9 through 11. We're reminded that our earthly fathers disciplined us and we respected them. They disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but God disciplines us for our good so that we may share his holiness. I think it's important that the discipline that God brings to us, some of what happens to us, therefore must be God correcting us. God is correcting us with His actions, with the things that happen in the world. It's not all mechanical. In other words, some of the things that we experience are God correcting us. God corrects us for our good so that we may share His holiness. The benefit of this correction of God while it seems painful, will end up yielding the peaceful fruit of righteousness. It will help us discipline ourselves. It helps us correct ourselves. We want the discipline that God brings to us from the outside to help us correct ourselves internally. Life is easier when we can control ourselves and when we can manage ourselves. We put ourselves in the places where we have opportunities to be used by God and to experience His joy. We have the discipline to wait on God and to do the things that He wants us to do. That's this whole point, for the moment, all discipline seems painful, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. I want to be trained by the discipline of God, do you?  Let's remind ourselves today that the things that happened to us, happen to us for our good. Romans 8:28 reminds us that "all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." As we continue to pursue God and find His direction for our lives and find his moment-by-moment calling for us, we will learn to be thankful for this discipline, about the things that cause us to correct. I confess I don't want God to discipline me, but I would rather have the internal discipline, the internal self-control that I can only gain through the correction that I receive.  Let's look for opportunities today to walk in what God has called us to do. Let's remember that if we can apply this control ourselves, we won't need to be disciplined by God or by others, but rather we can enjoy life following Him. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister and thank you for letting the word of God make a difference in your life. I pray that your difference makes a difference in the lives of the people that you work with too. Thanks very much.

    732 Discipline as Children Part 2 - Hebrews 12:7-8

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 4:56


    Do you discipline children that don't belong to you? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is the second part of a two-parter about how our discipline of children and how God disciplines us to relate to one another. Today, let's read Hebrews 12:7-8, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version. "It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom His father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons."  We talked yesterday about how our discipline of children is an example of the type of discipline that God is putting us through. Even in different translations, the challenge at the beginning of verse seven was to endure suffering as a discipline.  In the ESV, it says "it is for discipline that you have to endure." The things that we have to endure, and the things that we go through are for this discipline, this training, this guidance and development that God is doing in our lives. God is developing you to be the person that you will be for eternity, and He's doing that for me. Now, I don't understand the mechanics of all this. I do know that when I discipline my children, they learn the benefits of living with discipline, and we will learn more about that in the future that's part of the reason why I'm studying this whole chapter in a series, or at least this section of this chapter in a series. My goal is to communicate to us that discipline has benefits. If we can take those benefits from the suffering that we face or the negative experiences that we have to endure, as it says here in the ESV, then God is making positive things out of the negative that happens to us. God is in charge of the world and we broke it. He let us break it. He gave us free choice and we broke it, and much of the consequences, all of the consequences that we face the result of the sin in the world. The sin that began when Adam ate the apple and it began when you and I decided that something was ours and we stole it from our brother or our parents or whatever. None of us are without sin. In Romans 3, it says " all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So the consequences of our sin are part of this strategy that trains us to become the people that God would have us be. We are not illegitimate, but we are sons. We have been adopted into the family of God and He is raising us to be what He would have us be and to use us in the world. And part of that is the way that we endure difficulty. It's the way that we face challenges. It's the way that we deal with suffering. Part of that is also the way that we live in and among people in the world. That's our goal as followers of Christ, let's live in such a way that we glorify him. If we can remember that the difficult things that we face are part of God's discipline, we bring new energy to every situation and we make things possible. We create, and we live this visible hope that we're challenged about in 1st Peter 3:15.  People will ask us about our hope and they will ask us about the hope they see, and when they do that's when we get a chance to give a defense. This is all part of our strategy. God has this grand plan to deal with our broken world by letting us be his witnesses in it.  I want to invite you to join God. Be part of His strategy in your sphere of influence. Let's live as we trust Him. Let's remember that the difficulties that we face, the unfairness and the challenges in our job, and the difficult customers, all of those things contribute to us being able to make God visible in our workplace. If we can adopt the attitude that we trust God in this environment, then we're free to serve other people, and it makes our hope visible to them. Try it, check it out. Let's live like Marketplace Christians.  Thank you for being a marketplace Christian, and for considering how you can make a difference in the lives of others, your actions matter. Thank you very much.

    731 Discipline As Children Part 1 - Hebrews 12:5-7

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 4:59


    What does the discipline of children have to do with our relationship with God? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We're chugging through Hebrews 12, and today I wanna read Hebrews 12:5-7. I'm reading from the New Living Translation, partly because there are fewer words to have to explain. It's kind of weird the way the different translations work, but here it is in the New Living Translation. "And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, my child, don't make light of the Lord's discipline and don't give up when He corrects you, for the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His children." We'll stop in the middle of verse seven for today and pick this up again tomorrow.  In this first passage in verses five and six, the author of Hebrews is quoting Proverbs. This is Proverbs 3:11-12. "My child doesn't make light of the Lord's discipline and don't give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child."  The way we discipline our children is an illustration of how God guides us and raises us. Imagine what we do with our children, from when they're born to when they're old enough to go out on their own as part of what God is doing in our lives right now. God is working in our lives to turn us into the people that we will be for eternity. I'm fascinated by this idea.  It's way outside of what I can imagine or conceive, but it's a challenge because He says in this verse seven, "as you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His children." In the ESV it says " it is for discipline that you have to endure." in the CSB, the Christian Standard Bible, it says "Endure suffering as a discipline. God is dealing with you as sons."  God is dealing with us as His children and the suffering that we experience and the challenges that we face and the troubles that we face are all opportunities for us to grow or not. We can choose to treat these as discipline, or we can choose to choose a different attitude, and then we have to struggle with it like I'm struggling with this sentence. We are called to be God's people and everything that happens to us comes through some filter, and that's hard for me to say because, in the grand scheme of things, many things haven't happened to me. I have experienced some difficulties, but not much, and so I can't speak for you and your difficulties or anyone else, but I want to quote the Bible here and I want to say that we have this opportunity. We can choose to endure suffering as discipline as an opportunity for God to deal with us and to turn us into the people He wants us to be. Romans 8:28 is a very famous verse that says that God causes all things to work together for good. Many of us have endured many difficulties in our lives, and we have this promise and I want to believe enough about God to hang onto that promise. That means that I can go into my workplace today, I can face the things that I face today, and try and be a blessing to the people around me, because I trust that God has my back. I want to encourage us today. Let's be people who live like God has our back. Let's remember that the disciplines that we face, that are the suffering that we face we can treat that as discipline and opportunity. We're gonna pick this up again tomorrow because I wanna talk a little bit more about how this relates to the way that we discipline our children. Today, let's remember as Marketplace Christians, whatever we face, we can choose to believe in God and therefore act accordingly, or we can choose not to. It's up to us. Today, please choose to glorify God in every interaction that you have with the people that you work with. It will matter. It does matter, and God can make it count forever. Thanks very much for being a Marketplace Minister.  

    730 The Struggle Against Sin - Hebrews 12:3-4

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 5:01


    Where are you in the struggle against sin?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I came to this next set of passages that we're going to study by focusing on the word discipline. I need more discipline and there are areas of my life where I constantly let myself off the hook, so I find myself in Hebrews 12. Today, our verses are verse three and verse four, and I'm reading from the English Standard Version of the Bible." For consider Him, who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won't grow weary and give up. In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding  blood." Again, that's Hebrews 12:3-4 from the ESV.  So I've spoken a few weeks back episode, 675 and 676, were about Hebrews 12:1-2, and I didn't want to go through that again. So if you'd like to hear those two verses, you can go listen to those, podcast episodes. But the author of Hebrews goes from this effort of Jesus, how He focused on the joy that was set before Him so that he could endure the cross, and then he turns to this challenge to people and he's encouraging us to consider Jesus who endured such hostilities so that we won't grow weary and give up.  Jesus had to endure great pain and great suffering as God of the universe He died on the cross for us. He took our place. So for us in struggling against sin, the author reminds us we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our blood. I don't know how far you've gone in the struggle against sin, but I don't go very far. I disappoint myself often.  and how easily I overeat and how quickly I give myself a pass and don't exercise. I don't do things to discipline myself. I constantly give myself excuses. I don't struggle very hard against sin. I don't struggle very hard against laziness or slothfulness, and maybe you don't have that problem. I know people who don't seem to have that problem in certain areas, but I believe we all have it in some areas. What's your area like? Where do you just avoid the struggle against sin? I remember sitting around talking one time in a class and we were talking about what we struggled with and I said, you know, I don't struggle with many of those things at all. I just give up on the front end. I think God calls us to struggle for these things. The cost of growing in our faith is high because the consequences of our sins are great. We are struggling because we have created a great problem in the world. We broke this world that God created, and now you and I are trying to become God's agents in it. We've been called into this role where we can serve other people and help Him to become visible, help His strategy to break through the difficulties of our world. Today, I want to challenge us as followers of Jesus. Let's not give up on our struggle against sin. We have not resisted to the point of shedding our blood. So let's go a little further. We can always go a little more. I want to challenge myself to go a little more in the areas where Jesus brings this conviction to mind,  and I want to challenge you in the same way. We're gonna go through the next few verses of this section, just because I want to concentrate on discipline.  Let's discipline ourselves. Our obedience becomes a benefit to us. We will learn more about this in the coming days. Let's exercise discipline today, and practice ways that we can serve the people that we work with so that Jesus might be glorified. One way we do that is through our online community at Follower of One. Go to https://community.followerofone.org and sign up and join us on the next marketplace mission trip. This is a two-week exercise to help us be more intentional about the way that we live our faith. Check it out at https://community.Followerofone.org. Thank you very much.  

    Aligning your values and beliefs with Orrin Lieuwen #115

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 22:17


    Today on the Follower of One podcast, Mike Henry sits down with Orrin Liewuen, owner of Lionheart Leadership, located in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Lionheart Leadership is focused on helping others increase his clients' confidence and resourcefulness through the clients' beliefs and values. In this podcast, Mike and Orrin talk about the importance of aligning your beliefs, working with someone that holds different beliefs and values, how Orrin came to the Lord, moving from vocational ministry to leadership training, how Christianity plays into leadership training, and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone.   Outline of the Episode 0:25 – Introduction to Orinn 1:24 – Aligning your values and beliefs 2:37 – Working with someone with which you disagree 3:10 – How Orrin came to the Lord 4:47 – Getting into leadership with John Maxwell 5:46 – Moving from Vocational Ministry to Leadership 7:43 – About Lionheart Leadership 11:11 – The tools used in Leadership Training 15:00 – How Christianity plays into leadership Training 18:34 – Stepping out of your comfort zone   Aligning your values and beliefs  Aligning your beliefs and your values as a leader is one of the most important pieces of being an effective leader. When you align your values and beliefs, it increases your confidence. You know what you believe, and your actions portray that. It also makes you more resourceful for the team that you're leading.   How Christianity Plays into Leadership Training When you're a Christian in a leadership role, you are no longer acting as yourself. When you lead a team as a Christian, your job is to effectively lead your team towards what Christ wants, not your personal desires. It is one thing to be an effective leader, but being a good Christian leader is a whole new job. Stepping out of your comfort zone When you succeed as a team and you make progress, you will need to step out of your comfort zone. Nothing will get done if you stay where you are comfortable. When you step outside of your comfort zone, you will grow and learn.    Follow Orrin Lieuwen  Lionheart Leadership LinkedIn Youtube TikTok   Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app!

    729 What Is The Mercy Seat? - Romans 3:25

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 5:07


    What is the mercy seat and why does it matter to us?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. From time to time, I pick different verses and remember that I want to talk about them on the podcast and this is one of those verses where I've always wanted to talk about this mercy seat in the concept of a mercy seat. We're gonna use Romans 3:25 as our verse today, and I'm reading from the Christian Standard Version. "God presented Him as the mercy seat by His blood through faith to demonstrate His righteousness because, in His restraint, God passed over the sins previously committed." The author of Romans, probably Paul, is talking about Jesus. He's the "He" that he's talking about here. "God presented Him, Jesus, as the mercy seat, by His blood." Some translations, some of the older translations, use the word propitiation. He's the payment for our sins. He's the transaction if you will. He's our side. He represents our side of the transaction to pay for our sins. The mercy seat was the cover of the Arc of the Covenant, and it was used to represent the throne of God.  When they made sacrifices, when the Jews made sacrifices for the thousands of years of the sacrificial system, they would sprinkle the blood of those sacrifices on the mercy seat. But Jesus became our mercy seat. His life became the payment for our sins. His blood was on Him and spilled for us so that we wouldn't have to pay for our sins, that we get to come to God freely.  This is important. Often, I think we all assume this freeness. We don't want to believe in an angry God and God's not angry. I don't believe he's angry at all. God is love, the Bible tells us, but love is just, and there's justice that's required.  In this passage, it says, "God presented him as the mercy seat by his blood through faith to demonstrate his righteousness  because, in His restraint, God passed over the sins previously committed."  God is restraining himself, and this mercy seat is how he does that. Why is this important for us as believers in the marketplace? My question for us is, do you keep score? Do you get even? Do you kind of get back at the people who mess with you? We're called to be merciful and graceful. That means that we offer mercy where none exists and we bring grace where there is none. Our job as believers in the marketplace is to represent Jesus, and He died on the cross for our sins, and it was his idea. We were still dead when He did it. Today, as marketplace Christians, I want to challenge us. Let's go into the workplace and find ways to be merciful. Just ask God. God, who can I show mercy to today? How would you have me be a blessing to other people? Is it by giving something away, by being merciful, by offering grace? When we bring mercy and grace to our coworkers and to the people that we interact with, we begin to demonstrate how we live according to a different standard.  In the back and forth of our world, everybody's trying to get even and use someone else's actions as an excuse for their actions. Let's use what Jesus did for us as an excuse for our actions. Let's bring mercy and grace to our workplaces today.  That's my prayer for all of us that we will bring mercy and grace to the people that we interact with today. Please remember two that Follower of One is donor support.  If you enjoy the podcasts, if you've taken part in our Marketplace Mission Trip, consider going to our website in the upper right-hand corner, there's a donate button there. Why not make a one-time contribution or consider making an ongoing contribution so that we can continue to make these podcasts available. We want to be full-time ministers in our workplace. Let's drive a stake in the ground today and change our lives forever by committing to doing God's work in our workplace every day. Thanks very much.  

    728 Our Liberty In a Fallen World - 1 Corinthians 8:9

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 5:11


    Does your freedom advance God's kingdom or cause others to stumble?   Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. We've been spending some time in 1st Corinthians 8. Today. I want to talk about verse nine, we've jumped a few verses and I'll explain, but let's read verse nine. "But take care that this Liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the week." Again, that's from the New American Standard.   So Paul goes into a conversation. He begins talking about how knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. And then he goes into this little side story about the whole process of eating meat sacrificed to idols. This is not a common problem in our day, so it requires us to extrapolate this a little bit to our common day, but the question is, does our freedom or our liberty cause others to stumble? Here's the verse that says "but take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the week."   The only example I could think of this in the modern day was how we deal with things like alcohol. We are free as believers in Christ to mess up. That's the advantage that we have in the world. People who don't trust Jesus mess up and people who do trust Jesus mess up, but those people who follow Jesus, their sins are forgiven. That's been applied to us. I believe that the only thing keeping us from going to heaven is whether or not we trust Jesus.   So our sins are not hanging us in the balance, and that I believe is this freedom that Paul is talking about here. Trying to get to the point. I want to challenge us as believers to live in such a way that our freedom doesn't cause other people to stumble. If I'm free to consume alcohol, I might cause other people to consume alcohol thinking they can handle it, and they're not equipped to handle it. I am free to consume alcohol, but I do not consume it. I joke with people that I drank so much in college that now all I need is a little water to activate everything, but the real point here is I don't drink because it takes me out of a position to serve other people.   My job as a believer in Christ is to help other people move one notch closer to Jesus. So I don't drink because drinking makes me selfish. It turns me into somebody who can only consider what's going on with myself. But again, these are my choices. I want to take care that my Liberty does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. Please understand. I'm not telling you how to live. I wanna challenge us as followers of Jesus Christ to read this passage and consider it and study it. What does our freedom potentially cause other people to stumble doing? Maybe it's the way we spend our time at work. Maybe it's the way we drive our cars or the way that we speak.   There could be anything that we operate in as just a matter of habit. We do something as a matter of habit, and it might cause other people to be pulled away from a relationship with Jesus. Our job is to help everyone we meet move one notch closer to Jesus, not move away from Him, and therefore I want to take care that my Liberty and my freedom do not somehow become a stumbling block to the week.   Today, I would like to thank you just for listening to this podcast. I hope you become a little bit more of a Marketplace Minister, someone who serves other people so they might see Jesus. That's our job, and we experience great joy just knowing that we got to take part in that. I can't even imagine the joy we will experience when we see Him fully, as it says in first Corinthians 13 when we're no longer partially visible. When we no longer partially see Jesus, we fully see Him. Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister. Thank you for listening to this podcast and for considering how your faith can make a difference in the lives of the people that you interact with every day. Our actions matter and what you do because you follow Jesus, it matters. So let's take care that our liberty draws other people to Jesus and doesn't move them away.   Thank you for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for listening to this podcast. I appreciate it.

    727 Known By God - 1 Corinthians 8:2-3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 5:09


    Can you know what you don't know?  Let's have a little fun with this today. Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. You're listening to episode 727, and I am grateful. Thank you very much.  We talked last time about 1st Corinthians 8, and today I want to talk about chapter eight verses two and three, I'm reading from the New American Standard. "If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him." This is a little confusing because of the way the apostle Paul wrote this letter and often in Greek, he and the him get a little complicated. We were talking about being things sacrificed to idols, and this is actually calling us, this whole passage, this whole chapter, and the next are challenging us on how we use the freedom that we have in Jesus.  In the last episode, we talked about things sacrificed to idols, but it wasn't so much that as it was knowledge and how knowledge makes us arrogant, but love draws us to other people. "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone supposes, he knows anything. He has not yet known as he ought to know, but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him."  This challenge for me is I often think I have the answer. Do you? Do you ever catch yourself thinking you have the answer to a particular problem? The world is bigger than we can imagine, and God is more powerful than we can imagine.  So this verse challenges me and calls me up a little short because whenever I think I know something, I'm reminded that I don't yet know as I ought to. There is still some gap in our understanding. In 1st Corinthians 13, just a few chapters after this, he talks about how we now can only see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face, at some point in time when we get to heaven, we will know, as we have been fully known. You see, God sees us, but we only see what He allows us to see of Him. He's blocked and masked. We see Jesus. He's the version of God that we get, and we can see Him through His Word, we can see the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We see God in nature. We have this very limited understanding of God, and Paul's reminding us here that even though knowledge would make us arrogant, knowledge would puff us up. Love builds us up, it builds others up, and therefore let's pass on the knowledge and go straight for the love. I want to remember that I don't know what I think I know. Often, I'm so certain. How about you? Today, can we be a little less certain? Today, can we be quicker to love and slower to judge? Today, can we be quicker to do things for others instead of comparing their perspective to ours? Can we be quicker to serve other people and call ourselves out of our own little comfort zone of being right all the time? That's my challenge. I don't wanna be puffed up. I want to be someone who builds others up and I believe that our calling as Christians is to be those who build up our world. Our world needs to be built up badly, so please consider joining us in that today. I wanna challenge you as a follower of Jesus, to find someone to build up today. Love someone instead of criticizing them and let's see how far that goes and what difference it makes in our world.  Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for considering how your life can make a difference in the modern workplace. Our lives and our interactions with other people matter as part of Jesus' plan to save the world. So join us, consider sharing this podcast or check us at https://community.followerofone.org.  Thanks very much.  

    726 Knowledge or Love? - 1 Corinthians 8:1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 4:50


    Do you ever think about the dark side of knowledge?  Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. Today, I wanna read a passage of scripture. 1st Corinthians 8:1. "Now concerning food offered to idols. We know that all of us possess knowledge, this knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." That's from the English Standard Version.  I may talk about 1st Corinthians 8 for a few days here. The food offered to idols is not a big problem in our world today, and so oftentimes we might get tempted to pass over passages like this quickly, but I think this whole chapter makes some telling illustrations for our world.  The first one today is a particular problem for me, and Paul jumps into it right here. "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." Knowledge inflates. Often, I feel like I know things. I like to think of myself as being a pretty smart guy, and this verse is a reminder. I love the way that the Lord instructed the apostle Paul to put this in - that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  I don't think knowledge brings me closer to other people. Love brings me closer to other people. Love builds others up. Me knowing things separates me from them. I'm so tempted to be arrogant and it doesn't take much for me, I struggle with that often. I think often when we know things it's easy for us to consider ourselves better than others or different than others. Many highly educated people send that message to the people around them, and I felt that way around others. I often feel that way when I feel like somebody else knows more than I know.  This whole idea about "knowledge puffing up, but love building up" is important for us as believers because we know the Holy Spirit and we know about the Bible and we understand these things, but we aren't supposed to use that knowledge to separate ourselves from others. Instead, that knowledge should challenge us. We wanna lay that knowledge down so that we're available to love others and build them up.  This conversation about food offered to idols I believe is a lifestyle issue, and as we go into some of these other verses in this chapter, we'll talk about that a little bit more, but today let's remember that we all possess knowledge, but the use of knowledge tends to puff us up instead of building up others. And our calling I believe is to build up others, that's what love does.  God is a lover. He loved us first. He loved us even when we didn't deserve it, And when we love others, we build them up. Today, I want to challenge myself and you, if it applies, let's not focus on what we know. Let's instead focus on how we can build others up. We can be active by thinking about and loving others in our workplace. Take an extra few minutes and ask the question "tell me more," or "what else?" How can I be a blessing to the people around me when we punch in and we say, here I am to God, let's ask Him to use us today in the lives of the people that we work with and the people that we interact with. I don't want my knowledge of God or my knowledge of the scripture to separate me from people. Instead, I want the spirit of love and the salvation that I've been given, and my response to that salvation is to be that I build other people up. So join us today. Let's find ways to love those around us and build them up.  Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for considering how you might be one who lives their faith in the workplace. We have formed a community of people who are trying to do that on a regular basis, and that community is online at https://community.Followerofone.org. Why not go over there and check it out?  Thanks very much.

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