All posts tagged: Job

Employment: Do we have a future?

“Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?” Do you know that old song? It sounds like a Christian gospel song, except Janis Joplin, who sang it starting in 1970, was making fun of materialistic Christians. There is some truth in every criticism, and my friends and I knew the truth, when we heard the song. The point I got from that song is that my Christian life was more than an extension of the surrounding culture; it was a whole new life. We live in a world of greedy and materialistic people, and Christians can be greedy and materialistic people who also go to church. Janis Joplin was mocking those shallow religious pretenders. The truth comes from many places. We could pray for a few things, or we could have a new life. So, what is new for us in this terrible year of 2020? We need something new. On Thursday of last week, I was told to log into an online staff meeting, for my work. I expected something boring, and it …

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El libro de Job y la edad de hielo

English: The Book of Job and the ice age Los teólogos consideran el Libro de Job como uno de los libros más antiguos de la Biblia. Generalmente se cree que fue escrito durante la época de los primeros patriarcas, poco después del diluvio de Noé. Hay una característica interesante sobre Job. Se refiere a hielo y nieve más que cualquier otro libro en la Biblia. No solo trata el hielo y la nieve, sino que lo hace de una manera mucho más descriptiva: Del sur[a] viene el torbellino, Y del norte[b] el frío. 10 Del soplo de Dios se forma el hielo, Y se congela la extensión de las aguas. (Job 37: 9-10 NBLH) La palabra extensión se traduce en otra versión “aguas anchas” se refiere a cuerpos masivos de hielo. Job describía un mar de hielo. Considerando que Job vivió en el Medio Oriente, ¿de dónde sacó esta idea? Luego arroja otra representación: ¿Del vientre de quién ha salido el hielo? Y la escarcha del cielo, ¿quién la ha dado a luz? 30 El agua se …

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Jobs for Christians

Are you a Christian? Do you believe that God will provide? Do you know any Christian who is struggling to find a job? I know someone who is struggling right now and I have been there myself. I have worked in places where I never mentioned that I was a Christian and that I didn’t tell people that I went to church on Sunday. That information could have cost me my job, or I would have missed some promotions. A comedian in England, Tracey Ullman, has published a video comedy skit about a Christian in a job interview. The joke isn’t very funny, but sometimes comedians make serious statements behind the laughter. Getting and keeping a job can be a problem for a Christian. Most of my career work has been training people so they can qualify for employment, or getting them into schools where they could train for a job. At the same time, I had to get and keep my own job, and maybe get promoted. I also have good friends who work …

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The Book of Job and the ice age

Español: El libro de Job y la edad de hielo Theologians consider the Book of Job as one of the oldest books of the Bible. It is generally believed to have been written during the time of the early patriarchs, shortly after Noah’s flood. There is an interesting feature about Job. It refers to ice and snow more than any other book in the Bible. It not only discusses ice and snow, but does it in a much more descriptive way. Out of the South comes the storm. And out of the North comes the cold From the breath of God ice is made And the expanse of the water is frozen. (Job 37:9-10 NASV) The word expanse is translated in another version “broad waters” refers to massive bodies of ice. Job was describing a sea of ice. Considering Job lived in the Middle East, where did he get this idea? Then he throws out another depiction: From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens 30 when the waters …

Dinosaur blood vessel tell us the fossilized bones are not 80 million year old. Photo: Jarvemc/Flickr

Tests confirm it’s dinosaur blood!

After running tests, scientists from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have confirmed that non-fossilized organic material found in a dinosaur bone thought to be nearly 80 million years old are in fact blood vessels from that dinosaur and not another form of contaminate. The discovery of the soft material was made by a researcher from the University of Texas studying the demineralized bone of a 30-foot Hydrosaur found in Montana. Using high-resolution mass spectroscopy, the researcher noticed the soft tissue. Initially, it was believed the bone was contaminated in the lab. The university announced its findings in a news release and as well an article published in the November 23 edition of Journal of Proteome Research. This finding has caused serious problems for evolutionists because it is evidence these bones are not millions of years old as previously thought. How could there still be soft tissue in bones thought to be nearly a hundred million years old? Despite reports of organic material being found in fossilized bones around the world (here and here), many evolutionists …

So You Hate Your Job: Fix the Problem

[by Sandy McIntosh]  Are you stressed by your employment? Most of us are. Security and a good paycheck are hard to find these days. Some of the safest jobs are now unstable. I have worked in places that were solid for a lifetime, and now they are gone, and I have seen people suffer in their employment. I remember a single mother, struggling with divorce and raising two small children, but she had a job with IBM; as safe as a bank. When IBM cut back in her city, she lost that rock-solid job, and the results were painful to watch. So if you have a problem with your work:

So You Hate Your Job, Chapter Three: Lose the attitude

[by Sandy McIntosh] In your job, or career, or business, are you proud of your success? Are you stressed about not getting what you deserve? Is recognition too slow sometimes? I once worked in a prestigious place where winners had window offices, and losers had cubicles. When I learned that a former Director’s office was vacant, I did my best lobbying and I got it, with my Director’s old desk. He was upgrading too. So I had a large window office with a big wooden desk; and no I did not have emotional problems with that. It felt good. Soon after, Stan came by my new office. He seemed impressed and asked “How did you get an office like this? You’re doing pretty good for a …” Stan didn’t finish his sentence, and I never learned my rank in the local religion.

So You Hate Your Job, Chapter Two: Free the Slaves

[by Sandy McIntosh] Are you afraid of losing your job? Are you unhappy with work but you see no way out? Would unemployment be the end of life as you know it? You may have a career disease called “lack of agility.” This sickness is not always terminal, but it is chronic and debilitating. And the freedom that God gives to Christians does not include this depressing dysfunction. These are the symptoms: you are not happy where you are, but you can’t move. And there is no place in your life for dreams and visions of greater things. And you fear losing your job. There are different treatments for this disease, including bank therapy. In my experience, most Christians and most churches need a dose of personal financial medication. I have been there.

So You Hate Your Job, Chapter One: Just Quit

[by Sandy McIntosh] Christian, there are two ways to quit your job. Choose one. Jesus told about persecution “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.” (Matthew 10:23) I believe when a workplace becomes dysfunctional and stressful, you need to move. God doesn’t call most of us to live in a toxic mess. And if you can’t quit, just quit. With financial and family commitments, maybe we can’t just move on and maybe the situation is not totally toxic. The Bible, in Ephesians chapter six gives instructions to slaves, who could not move: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” (Ephesians 6:7). Quit that boss, in your heart, and start working for God. The boss will probably thank you. We have more freedom than we know.