In God’s economy, His people are always blessed to then turn around and be a blessing to the world. This is fundamental to the mission of God. So what does it mean to steward blessings for the benefit not only of God and myself but also my neighbor?
We at CFWLA are celebrating this season of advent expectation with a four-part series of devotionals that seek to honestly acknowledge the depth of our brokenness and the far-reaching hope of the gospel, specifically in the work we engage with every day. You can read the devotional series below in its entirety.
We look to the First Advent as a reminder and guarantee that the Second Advent is surely coming soon. It will be an eternity of work without thorns and spotless intimacy with God and neighbor. But today, we work with excellence and love one another because the Spirit makes us alive and helps us every step of the way.
Advent reminds us that the Lord is present, and he keeps us. Because he keeps us, our suffering leads to steadfastness. We are able to rejoice in our vocational trials and tribulations because we worship a Savior who suffered and uses suffering for great good even when we can’t understand it in the moment.
Can you see God’s fingerprints in the small moments of today, even in the midst of the crazy? Courtney Davis, a professor at Azusa Pacific University, offers some gospel insight into reframing your view on rest and work while offering a theology for finishing your year and your work well.
Peace is an odd thing to consider during Advent. From rampant materialism, to underemployment, to the sickly emptiness we fear that we’ll feel back at work on December 26, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of peace to spare. We are in desperate need of a new understanding of peace.
In Monday morning meetings and late Friday nights, we are participating in the redemption of all things, cultivating creation and collaborating with the Creator. Your job is not ordinary because your Creator is extraordinary.
As part of the Center for Faith & Work Los Angeles' dedication to transforming our relationship to work, fostering human flourishing, and renewing Los Angeles, we're inviting co-laborers to join us as an official City Partner.
Recently the research firm Barna Group released a massive study on the current state of faith and work integration for Christians. Below we have distilled a few major takeaways from the study as you contextualize this data and apply it in your churches, workplaces, and public squares.
God loves people and humanity’s migration toward densely populated urban areas has been accelerating dramatically the past 20 years. So what can we do to best love God and our neighbor through our cities? Pastors Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard offer some very helpful guidance.
I recently came across a wonderful book by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard called Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church, which builds off Tim Keller’s Center Church and is helping me see God’s heart and plan for the city.
Andy Bales is on a mission. After serving for years in vocational ministry as a pastor, Bales is now on the front lines of the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. “We speak up for people experiencing homelessness,” says Bales.