Klaus Issler

Closing the Sunday-Monday Gap: Recognizing the Importance of Our Work Life as Christians

By Klaus Issler Feb. 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Christians desire guidance for how to integrate their God life with their work life—especially those in the business sector. “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31, NIV). Listed below are three insightful perspectives on this issue. The first two frameworks overlap in some ways, but they also bring out distinctive contributions, and offer particular guidance to help close the Sunday-Monday gap. Some may tend to compartmentalize work life as a second class necessity, and that the real action of Christian living takes place within the church facilities. We want to bring our whole life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, on Sunday and the rest of the week.

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The Christmas Story that Didn’t Happen

By Klaus Issler Dec. 19, 2012 1:56 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Christmas story is about Jesus being born into the family of Mary and Joseph. Have you ever considered what other options there were for which type of family Jesus could have been born into? We could explore these possibilities by asking, “What early life experiences do we think could best prepare Jesus for his later public ministry?”  Let me suggest a context for this kind of musing. Imagine you were invited to observe that special planning session in eternity past when the Godhead considered creating this world and mapping out a plan for our redemption. Of course this couldn’t happen, but pretend this divine session was like one of our committee meetings. The topic on “today’s” agenda is  “What is the best early life experience preparation for Jesus to be formed for his distinctive divine-human role as Messiah and Savior of the world?”

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Six Favorite Movies About Jesus

By Klaus Issler Feb. 28, 2012 2:32 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Cinematic portrayals of Biblical stories can be a helpful means to encourage our Christian walk. Especially is this the case for me when I watch a movie about the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Of course, not everything in a film will be theologically accurate—but no film can accomplish that task.  A movie is the director’s and actors’ interpretation of the Gospel events. I have appreciated the following six movies about Jesus. There are sections in each film that touch me deeply and nurture deeper appreciation and love for our Lord.  Perhaps one or more of these films will benefit you in the same way.

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