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HIA Trade Show

photo-2-1024x768Island Christian Church joined 350 exhibitors, mainly in the B-to-B category, at the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s (HIA-LI) 26th Annual Business Conference and Trade Show. Over 4,700 people attended this one day event. Pastor Mike said, “As a church, we are a vital part of the community, including the business community, offering resources and hope to those in need. Business people need to know that work is an important aspect of God’s plan for people.”

At the show, we took a “Do You Believe” survey, where 85 show attenders responded. Not surprisingly, 72 respondents, or 85 percent said they believe in God. But fifteen percent said they either believe in many gods, or no god at all. Regarding heaven, twenty percent said they were not sure if heaven existed, but would like to know. Over one third indicated they believe there is more to life (than just the everyday grind), and forty percent said they have a “personal relationship with God.” This was largely encouraging news, to see that people were open to spiritual things.

In fact, whether employer or employee, Scripture places a holy calling on work—as it was an important and dignified part of representing the image of God and serving Him, even before the Fall (Gen 2:15). This is what gives our work value, because God Himself declares it to be important, and desires our service to Him in every aspect of our lives. It is not necessarily the job itself that is holy, it is offering it to God as service that is. Just think how much our attitudes about our work would change if we consider that we ultimately work for God. For resources on faith and work, check out our ICC@work page.


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