I was blessed to be a part of a Christian Employee Network Group while at Compaq / HP (I left there last fall after 17 years). It started in 2001 under Compaq when we were an officially recognized group. After the merger HP permitted Bible studies and email lists for prayers and such, but they didn’t officially sanction us as an Employee Network Group (there were pros and cons to that). There are hundreds and hundreds of people involved to different degrees. They have a cool web site here.
Either way, the main benefit was the interaction of Christian employees. I came in contact with Christians from other sites around the U.S. and from Australia, England, Singapore, Canada and other countries, and with believers from Christian groups at companies like Intel, TI and others. Knowing you aren’t alone in the business world is very encouraging.
I really enjoyed gathering with believers for lunch time Bible studies. I wish I would have done more of that earlier. We had people from different denominations, male and female, different ages, different fields, different backgrounds, etc., but none of that got in the way. It was just a bunch of Bible-believing Christians reading scripture and sharing what they have learned.
We had countless success stories from the prayer network ministry. People were helped and encouraged time after time when hundreds of their co-workers would pray for them.
While it will always be tempting to leave your faith at the door, I pray that Christians everywhere will continue to be salt and light in the business world.
Earth is an in between world, touched by both Heaven and Hell. Earth leads directly into Heaven or directly into Hell, affording a choice between the two.
The best of life on earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell.
For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell.
For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.
Randy Alcorn – Heaven
This reading is Daniel 4.
King Nebuchadnezzar praises God in the beginning of the chapter, but as it unfolds it is clear that he did not worship and trust in him as the one true God. There is a distinction between profession (saying you believe) and possession (truly believing).
One would think that Daniel would consider the king to be an enemy, but Daniel was clearly upset at the interpretation of the dream and what it meant for the king.
The king was the most important man on the planet, but he held no power compared to God. Everyone should keep this passage in mind when criticizing God or acting as if the universe would run better if we were in charge:
Daniel 4:34-35 . . .At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
Kings would often practice “Russian history,” which means to modify historical records to leave out the embarrassing parts. Notably, the Bible does not do this. Even the most revered figures such as King David have many embarrassing failures documented. Still, one can infer from Babylonian historical records that for a period of time Nebuchadnezzar did not rule.
The next reading is Daniel 5.
How strong can evolution theory be when even its supporters generally avoid debate and prefer to silence its critics by using the machinery of government and other gatekeepers? How ironic that the theory of evolution itself only survives because of artificial protection by government and academia from competition with other theories of origins!Mark Ramsey
Texans for Better Science Education Foundation