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March 06, 2007

Sermon Back Online

The Nancy Ortberg sermon called “Jesus & Your Job” is now back online. Watch it and reap.

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Thank you for the link. It was truly inspirational. Every once in a while one needs to hear messages like this. Keep them coming.

Alessandra from Milano, Italy

Guy,
thanks for the link. I appreciate you serving us through your work/blog and providing thought-provoking information like this. Regards.

As much as I do not like Christians, born again, I must admit that the stories about the doctor she worked with are inspirational. HOpe to use some of those on everyday experiences.

Guy,

Thanks for the link. This reminds me of the central idea of what Opus Dei teaches and that is using one's ordinary work as means to get to know and encounter Jesus Christ, God. One's work is not to be seen as a burden but rather a means of getting closer to God and to others. One just has to realise this reality, Jesus Christ's public life was only three (3) years and the rest of his life was spent quietly working as a craftsman. And if one is to offer one's work to God then one has to do it well to the best of his ability. Thanks again for the link.

Phillip

What a surprise to see this hear. Thanks for sharing. I work outside the home full time as a healthcare exec. Being salt and light isn't easy but remembering to try and remembering to be a servant sure makes work more satisfing doesn't it!

Guy - Thanks for having the courage to post this on your blog. I was one of the few fortunate ones who was able to download it Monday morning before it was taken down for a while.

I've been doing some personal research about the value of and spiritual nature of work. I copied the audio to my iPod and listened to it between appointments Monday morning. It moved me to tears.

You see, I lost my job in a RIF this week, but I'm not at all sad about it. I view it as a great oportunity. This sermon helped to keep me grounded and focused on what is important. Losing my job, and hearing this audio, were two of the highlights of my week!

Good hearted people are not hard to find in this world, the only constraint is time and geography. So I greatly welcome intelligent individuals who share what personally moves them; for the establishment of this trust, speeds up my search for storytellers who can convey grounded values.

The fact that I so search with speed is a reminder why I need at least one day of the week to rekindle the value in our segmented life, of which work is one. I do not believe in inspiration because inspiration is transient, a process of being near light, but I do believe strongly in empowerment that should radiate from within us.

This video is not fuel but a measuring stick for our own inner light. The nature of everyone's work therefore IMHO should be empowerment, yet we live mostly in the generality of inspiration because we turn leadership into a magic wand for this light - when it is our own individual responsibility to light up our existence, through erstwhile practice that includes a humility and compassion which is self-governing. Thank you for the link.
M.

Guy,

Appreciate your blog. Nancy is indeed a gifted speaker. I first saw her at the Catalyst Leadership conference here in Atlanta. Her husband, John, is just as gifted and very humorous as well.

I put you on my blogroll. Take a peek at my blog and let me know your thoughts -- I value your opinions.

BTW- I concur with your post about the iPhone. I watched the announcement and wrote a very similar article, "Apple's Waning 'Wow! Factor'". Have your son wait until the next iteration -- the price will probably come down and the bugs will get worked out :)

Regards, -Eric

This sermon really struck a chord. I very much liked that "additional message" ;-) and Nancy's an excellent speaker, too.

Hi Guy,

I think it takes guts in this day in age to promote what drives you and I respect you very much for conveying that message in a very compelling manner for believer's and non believer's.

Thanks,
Tom

Guy, thanks from Guatemala. This has definitely sown a thought in the search of my true calling, and in reaping it I will look to enjoy the process!

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Oscar,

Cool! I've been to Guatemala twice--to receive God's greatest gifts: we adopted two children from Guatemala.

Guy

I finally got to listen to the "sermon" this morning. Guy, you said, "There's a message in addition to "Mere Christianity" in her sermon." I would say there is no message of Christianity. Did she say anything that a non-Christian wouldn't believe or can't do? What was the difference between that sermon and a talk at an O'Reilly conference?

This blog is about evangelism and letting your message be heard. Based on that sermon, I would say the Christian message is that if you think of work as service to others it will be a lot more fulfilling and to also remember the people aspect. Isn't the message of Christianity that you are a sinner and you need Jesus Christ as your savior? It's like trying to explain Google to someone and telling them about GTalk.

Guy,
Thanks for the link. Personally for me as a non believer the whole Christ thing is a big turn off, but should say this sermon wasn't all about that instead a very powerful insight on how to be a good leader and why are we all here. An excellent sermon if you can look beyond with your eyes and mind open.

Guy.

While this sermon was presented in the context of Christianity, the points Nancy makes are timeless and relevant. Thank you so much for pointing me to it.

While I work each day to be a good leader, it's not often the role of leadership is put into such a clear context — as a servant leader.

Sam

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Sam,

Thank you for saying this. There's a message in addition to "Mere Christianity" in her sermon. :-)

Guy

Thanks for this link Guy. I would have never found it otherwise and I really appreciate it. Good, genuine speakers are great to watch.

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