When life is busy and the pressure unrelenting, what do you do to find equanimity? I look for a quiet place – and I get out my laptop to journal and order my thoughts. Jesus modeled a different approach.

God is real and at work, right? Let’s seek to be liberated and empowered to exercise faith and influence in life – and especially in the workplace. What, by the way, does a fig tree have to do with it?

If you have read the previous nineteen posts, you have joined me in contemplating how the Promise speaks to us today. Here are some of my primary takeaways.

We started this series on Abraham to grapple with the basis for and application of Business as Mission. After eighteen installments of the unfolding of the Promise, what conclusions can we draw?

God granted his promise to Abraham progressively over thirty-five or more years. When the blessing was fully unveiled, what was the complete picture?

As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God. (Prov 17:3, The Message) The point of smelting precious metals is to refine them, not to reject them.

God’s promise is a matter of certainty. But it is not necessarily a matter of convenience. The effect can be very different depending on your point of view.

As indispensible as women are to the human race, the worth conveyed on women has been wildly variable across history. All too often it has been deplorable. Here, in the unlikely actions of Abraham’s neighbor, is a compelling statement.

The story of the destruction of Sodom holds an equally valuable case study for dealing with people around us who fail to heed warnings and wisdom – and spiral into difficulty, dysfunction and disaster. Want to know more?

There is the philosophical question “Why is there evil?” And then there is the practical question “How do I respond to the evil of others?” Abraham was enrolled in the course that answered the latter.