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Experience how the power of the cross unleashes meaning and purpose in the midst of your daily life.
This meditative and spiritual reflection by Ken Costa considers the cross and the king who died upon it. Christ's work on the cross established a kingdom that is strange indeed, if a king died on the cross in order to establish it. It is a kingdom where suffering and abandonment are transformed into the power of presence and live, a kingdom where a King exchanges gifts of great value for worthless dross, where a robber becomes righteous, and a criminal becomes the first citizen of heaven. Spend some time as Easter draws near considering the strange, upside-down kingdom, where broken things are made whole.
Joseph of Arimathea is only mentioned briefly in Scripture as the man who buried Jesus, but his actions give the working Christian an example of how to live for Christ in a world that opposes him.
Joseph of Arimathea reaches through the verses of Scripture to our own generation in a powerful, relevant, and compelling way. He teaches us that the ordinary matters. An ordinary person,living an ordinary life, can be an instrument in the hands of God to be used for his purposes. Looking closely at the life of this disciple, Joseph of Arimathea defines what it means to be a person of the small print and offers a paradigm-shifting perspective on how to be a disciple of Christ in a secular world.
At a time when influence, followers, and clout are the order of the day, Joseph reminds us that small acts of faithfulness can lead to astounding influence and impact through justice, conscience, and power. Joseph of Arimathea validates the contemporary mindset of preparing to stand up for what is right in an increasingly hostile culture.
"Challenging, inspiring and practical." Bear Grylls "I can't think of anyone more qualified to write about the significance of knowing your purpose than my friend Ken Costa... His new book, Know Your Why, is absolutely foundational to living a purpose driven life." Rick Warren "Among the crush and the rush of life, there's no better guide in the pursuit of getting it right than my friend Ken Costa... I highly recommend Know Your Why, and am confident you will see more clearly and live more purposefully after absorbing the wisdom in its pages." Louie Giglio, Pastor, Passion City Church, Passion Conferences "This is an important and timely book. In a world of seemingly endless options, discerning the voice of God can be an increasingly difficult task. Ken draws on decades of experience to help Christians cut through the confusion and distractions and live lives in tune with God." Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries "There are few people on this planet that I find more fascinating than Ken Costa. His capacity for business is only outweighed by his affection for the local church; and he has beautifully modelled to a generation what it means to live out your calling and build the Kingdom." Brian Houston, Global Founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Are you working for cash, a career, a cause-or a calling? "Why do you do what you do?" People work for a variety of reasons. For many, the primary purpose of their work is cash. Their principal motivation is the paycheck that funds their everyday needs. Their work is a means to an end. Others are motivated by ambitions for a career, to move up the professional ladder and expand their experience, becoming more skilled in a particular area. Still others work for a cause, believing in the wider purpose of their work, attempting to make a difference in the world-to leave a mark in some way. All of these are legitimate motivations. However, missing from all three is any sense of the value of work itself. The focus is on the output of the workplace, rather than valuing the input. What we need is calling. Those who see their work as a calling experience a rich integration in their lives. They sense a purpose, a direction to their activities. Work has intrinsic meaning, rather than being simply a means to an end. In many ways this is precisely what the Spirit of God does in our lives. When we are in the flow of the Spirit, we are cooperating fully in our God-given callings. When people embrace their callings, they love their work, can manage inevitable tensions that arise, and are welcomed by their colleagues, who sense that there is something beyond the cash or career objectives. But how do we get there? Know Your Why is written with one objective: to help you find your life's calling so that you can be more satisfied, fulfilled, and happier at work. "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last." -John 15:16 NIV
God calls us to the work we are doing. He's interested not only in what we do, but how we do it. Yet, finding purpose at work is one of the greatest challenges of our world today. Does my work matter to God? Is ambition good? How do I deal with failure? How do I make difficult decisions? Ken Costa shares his practical insights and experience gained from more than forty years working in finance. This timeless message, that there is space for faith at work, will truly inspire you to live each day with purpose.
As an investment banker in the City of London, Ken Costa has read The Financial Times and the Bible almost every day for thirty years. Yet, there is a widespread view that God and business just do not mix. To Ken Costa, the God who created and sustains the world is also the God of the workplace. If the Christian faith is not relevant to the workplace, it's not relevant at all. Chapters include: Work Matters; Ambition and life choices; Tough decisions; Work-life balance; Stress; Failure, disappointment, hope; Money and giving; Spiritual renewal
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