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IFWE’s Top Ten Articles for 2021

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2021 was a year filled with hope. Many of us have resumed healthy relationships, rejoined coworkers in the office, and returned to the things we value most—although with modifications. And throughout the year our blog contributors walked similar journeys.

They wrote about persevering as we transition back into our “normal” activities, and how to focus on glorifying God in our work and relationships. We pray that you were encouraged and equipped by their wisdom throughout this year. 

Before we share our top ten articles in 2021, we need to say thank you to you, our friends, readers, and subscribers, for continuing to support us throughout 2021. Your partnership means that more than one million people just like you were blessed by our blog over the past year!

Here are the top ten articles from our staff and contributors in 2021 (not including Hugh Whelchel, to whom we dedicated his own top ten list here):

1. Three Things to Consider Before Joining the Great Resignation

John Pletcher

Have you thought about quitting your job? You’re not the only one. Here are three things to remember, whether you’ve already transitioned or you’re still considering a change. Read more.

2. Seven New Books on Faith, Work, Economics

Jacqueline Isaacs

The library of excellent books on faith, work, and economics continues to expand with every passing year. Consider this list as inspiration for your next reading plan! Read more.

3. How Can the Wealthy Enter the Kingdom of God?

Scot Bellavia

There’s a famous message from Jesus that lingers for those who have wealth or are pursuing it: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God” (Mark 10:17-27, ESV). What does that mean for us? Read more.

4. How to Give Yourself a Biblical Performance Review

Russ Gehrlein

God cares about these activities and has provided guidance in His Word on how we should accomplish these things in a righteous manner.  Read more.

5. Working in the Presence of God

Joshua Nangle

Even in the Christian world, work is often thought of as something we do for God, but we forget that work is meant to be something we do with God. Read more.

6. Letting God Help You Find a Rewarding Career, Part 1 & Part 2

Russ Gehrlein

Russell Gehrlein was a guest on the radio program, Community Bridge, a Family Radio Network program and podcast on January 4, 2021. You can listen to the conversation in its entirety here, and read part 1 here and part 2 here.

7. Three Ways to Increase our Awareness of God’s Presence at Work

Joshua Nangle

Scripture has much to say about calling and vocation, but one of the greatest truths that scripture teaches is that God’s presence is with us in our work. Read more

8. What Christ’s Finished Work Means for our Everyday Work

John Pletcher

On that bleak day at Golgotha, Christ cried out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That carries much meaning: it is now fully accomplished, totally completed, the plans have come to fruition. Read more.

9. Can I Be Content in the Life I’ve Been Given? 

Scot Bellavia

This is an important question for each of us, not just so that we surrender our goals, but also so we realign our purpose. Read more.

10. What Biblical Love Looks Like at Work

Joshua Nangle

What is the relationship between love (the first characteristic mentioned in the fruit of the Spirit) and work? Can we demonstrate Godly love at work? Read more.  

Honorable Mention: We’re Running a Rigged Race. Run It, Anyway.

Justin Zackal

The words we use to describe our work say a lot about who we’ve become, what we expect from the world, and what the world demands from us. Read more.

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