Christmas is coming. Christmas is here!

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Maybe you are like me and most of the physical preparation for Christmas are complete. And maybe you are like me and this season of Advent, meant to be a time of spiritual preparation, has instead been a time of parties–with overeating and overdrinking and not-enough-sleep–and concerts and some measure of stress and distress…

I’m more or less ready for Christmas. But am I ready for Jesus?

Read on in “Are You Ready for Christmas? (And Why It’s Okay If Your Aren’t).”

Then, realize the truth that Christ is already here in “Put the CHRIST Back in Christmas.”

Finally, looking for ways to declare Christmas at work with more than just a “Merry Christmas!” shout? Here are 8 different ways to display and declare Christmas at work.

Photo by Kevin Dooley. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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Love Your Neighbour

Love your neighbour because God’s given to the love you need to love others. Read Sarah’s experience.

Love your neighbour by sharing with your coworkers. What should you share? Your compassion, your experience…

Love your neighbour as a family because God made it one of the great commandments.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

-1 John 4.19-21

Praying for people

This week we’re sharing three different people groups to pray for.

Here are some “Practical Tips for Praying at Work” from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics.

In an honest story, Mackenzie shares what she decided to pray for when she prayed for a close agnostic friend going through a hard time. It may not be the prayer you expect. Read on in “A Strange Prayer.”

And what might the road look like in committing to praying for someone long-term? Erik shares about his experience meeting someone who secretly, yet steadily, prayed for him for over 20 years.

Don’t get “lost in transition”

At Christ Community Church we are reading the Gospel of Mark together. This week we’re in chapter 2; and as we heard in Sunday’s message, Jesus is still bringing change to his people. To hear or read more connected to our series, “Who do you say I am?” visit our church’s current series website (or in the archives).

So how do we treat these transitions?

Sarah shares about trusting God with the future over at The Evangelical Outpost.

Distinct Disciples offers some suggestions for honouring God and leaving well when you know it’s time to resign from your current role at work.

The High Calling offers a number of posts and links for changes at home, work and in the community. Be sure to click on them!

This post addresses life transitions.

That other place you spend a lot of time

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You probably spend more time at work than you do at Church. That’s one of the reasons why Larry argues that the workplace is full of untapped potential to witness to the unity of the body of believers.

J.B. shares how micro-prayers can help get you through the day at work.

And Melissa offers 8 ideas for living missionally at work.

This post is for members of the workforce who spend a significant amount of time at their workplace. It provides ideas and inspiration for living your faith in community.

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Workplace Relationships

Today, we’re considering workplace relationships from three different angles.

We’ve all done it- screwed up at work. Consider these three simple steps on “How to Handle Workplace Mistakes” with coworkers.

Are you somebody who treats others with respect and dignity? Read “How Does Your Workplace Showcase Human Dignity?” for both a challenge and inspiration to love your coworkers, no matter their status in the office hierarchy.

Considering sharing your faith with your coworkers? You may benefit from the following video:

 

This post is for adults and provides resources, ideas and examples of relationships with coworkers at their workplace.

Work and Prayer

At Christ Community Church, we’re taking a four week look at prayer. For more information, visit our website.

How does prayer relate to your day job?

Taylor Barkley asks the challenging question, “Why Aren’t We Praying from 9-5?

Ed Cyzewski offers another good reason to pray for and at your workplace: the devil and your own sinfulness are busy causing mayhem!

I used to think that I could win my spiritual battles with a one-time prayer encounter in church. The reality was that I needed to expand my spiritual battle plans into the office, the kitchen, and the living room. I needed to make daily investments in the life of God.

And here’s a prayer from Stanley Hauerwas that you can offer for your work over at Distinct Disciples.

This post concerns prayer and the workplace.