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Our Continuing Quest: Foundations for Social Justice

Fact One: There is one human family. Fact Two: We live in an imperfect, unfair, and wounded creation. Question: How can I, as one created in the image of God, pursue His call to seek justice, fairness, and reasonable improvement in what remains a very needy world?

 Living Above Average
Facing Reality with Faith and Hope

 

 Your Work Matters: Connecting God and Work
Sixty percent of our waking hours are at work, while 30% of our time is spent with family and another 10% on church, religion, or outside pursuits. Why, then is our work the most difficult part of our lives? In this series, we will consider how we can integrate our faith and our daily work, through the lens of Scripture.

 

 Your Worldview Really Matters
This five-session series featuring guest lecturer Dr. Udo Middelmann, President of the Francis A. Schaffer Foundation, features key concepts in the importance of worldview: "The Danger in Religion," Ideas Have Consequences," Comparing Faiths - Competing Ideas," Truth, Justice, and Universal Human Rights," and "The True Humanism."

 

 Effecting Change: A Study On Daniel
"Effecting Change through Godly Leadership: A Study on Daniel" is a weekly discussion of timeless Biblical principles of leadership specifically designed to encourage you in the work that you are called to do at the United Nations. Daniel was a man whom God used to influence kings and nations. His diplomacy and integrity before God and man in the midst of high-pressure, cross-cultural situations, combined to create a leader worthy of our emulation.

 

 Human Rights
"Universal Foundations for Human Rights: A Dialogue in Genesis." On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Christian Embassy initiated a dialogue to pursue the universal foundations of this exceptional document. The early chapters of Genesis provide source material to establish that human rights have been bestowed universally by the Creator of the universe.

 

 Faith @ Work
Faith is at work in an unprecedented fashion. For only the last few years, the United Nations has taken seriously the necessity of bringing religious faith to the negotiating table, even sponsoring the High Level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding & Cooperation for Peace during the 62nd session of the General Assembly. This series looks, from a Christian point of view, at the personal implications and eternal significance of faith at work in the arenas of personal confidence and relational competence.

 

 Critical Decisions of Godly Leadership
At the 2007 International Prayer Breakfast, Dr. John Maxwell said, "We over-exaggerate yesterday, we over-estimate tomorrow, and we under-value today.... Are you taking care of today?" The answer to the question has both heavenly and earthly implications. A leader's success is determined by his or her daily agenda, making the critical decisions early, and managing them daily.

 

 The Beatitudes
"The Beatitudes: Implications to Life and Leadership" is a study of the eight attributes of a person whom Jesus calls "blessed." Found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12), each one is a challenge to our temporal paradigm. Each one advocates a distinctly different perspective on how to view ourselves and others. Each one will provoke a continual reassessment of the values on which we base our decisions in life and leadership.

 

 The Lord's Prayer
This series, entitled "The Lord's Prayer: An Eternal Perspective on Personal and Global Issues," explores the "Pater Noster," the only prayer Jesus actually teaches. These 57 words are simple, profound, and complete. "When you learn to pray an effective prayer--praying in secret, praying sincerely, praying revently, praying with submission, and being willing to forgive--this United Nations will become a powerful force for God and for good." These are the words of Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate spoken as he concluded his address at the International Prayer Breakfast in the Delegates' Dining Room in September 2006 to an audience of over 200 delegates from 60 countries.

 

 10 Commandments
Explore the 10 Commandments, or, as we came to understand them in the United Nations context, the "Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities"

 

 Purpose Driven Life
This study is based on the best selling book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, by Dr. Rick Warren. The book is a personal 40-day spiritual journey that asks, "What on earth am I here for?" These study questions were developed for a weekly men's luncheon group. They will help you personally or in small groups to examine and apply this "Manifesto on the Meaning of Life."

 

 Getting to know the Bible (PDF)
Have you ever needed to find just the right word from God to meet a special need in your life? Have you ever wanted to help someone else with just the right encouragement from the Bible? This 2-page brochure lists over 50 life circumstances and the Biblical counsel that is most relevant for each. [131kB pdf file]

 

 
 What Are You Depending On? (Word Doc)
Sustainable Spiritual Development: The Parables of Jesus What Are You Depending On? Luke 18:9-17 Our Spring series, a closer look at some of the parables of Jesus, continued with a lively discussion on Luke 18:9-14. In this story about a Pharisee and a tax collector and how they prayed, Jesus contrasts two kinds of people: proud and humble. The Pharisee had all the right things: he was a religious leader, upright and well respected in society, devoted, and godly. There was nothing in his life to accuse him, and he prayed accordingly: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men-- robbers, evildoers, adulterers-- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” The tax collector was the most disrespected person in society, seen as a traitor and a swindler, and was the object of hatred and scorn. Although everything in his life accused him, this tax collector recognized his unworthiness before God, and prayed accordingly; “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” While the people might have expected that it would be the Pharisee who would have been justified before God, Jesus made a radical observation. He said that it was the tax collector who would be justified. Jesus was addressing condition of the heart. It is the humble, not the proud heart, that is acceptable before God. Babies and little children were among those in his audience. Using them as an illustration, Jesus said that you must be childlike like them in order to enter the Kingdom of God. There is only one way, and that is through humility and total dependence upon Him, for, as He said, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”