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Christianity at Work is a discussion guide that church and Bible study groups can use to explore the inspirational messages in the book Small Business, Big Heart.

Christianity at Work connects scripture with the life and management lessons that Sal and Cindy Rubino learned from running their restaurant. After traumas that threatened them with bankruptcy and divorce, they found success through foundations like treating others the way you would want to be treated, and following the same values in church, at home, and at work.

The study guide offers six lessons, including discussion questions, through chapters like,

It’s not “just business”—The bottom-line case for faithful integrity;

What does the Lord require?—Can I really do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in today’s world?

When the going gets tough—Navigating through life’s hard times

Christianity at Work is available in paperback or ebook.

An Excerpt from Christianity at Work.

Scripture admonishes against harsh or demeaning speech. Sal got taught that lesson by a Muslim refugee. As he stormed around the kitchen, taking inventory, moving containers around and swearing up a storm, she stopped him. Don’t curse, she lectured. “Say ‘Thank you, God, I woke up today.’” Now Sal says, “We discourage the use of foul language. Cindy and I have worked in restaurants with a culture of thinking the way you get things done is by being mean and pushy. But it’s not necessary.

You can actually run a kitchen without dropping the f-bomb every other word.”  Ephesians 5:4 tells us, “Obscene language, silly talk, or vulgar jokes aren’t acceptable for believers. Instead, there should be thanksgiving.” Words should build up, not tear down. Sometimes in the workplace, people speak rudely or roughly in order to fit in, but Ephesians says that if what you say doesn’t benefit another, don’t say it. Sal’s explanation for avoiding foul language makes the point that crudity is more than just words, but an attitude toward people and life.

Ephesians 4:29 teaches that it’s not just avoiding negativity, but reaching for positivity: “Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say.” Ephesians ends its instruction by listing everything that is detrimental to the right workings of a community: bitterness, losing one’s temper, anger, shouting, and slander. Instead, the passage says that one should “live your life with love, following the example of Christ,” being loving, kind, compassionate, and forgiving.

In any work situation, a Christian should never lose sight of the value of any person that they are dealing with, be it employee, customer, or employer. Persons, even the rude, lazy, or undependable ones, are beloved children of God. That doesn’t mean that every person is a good employee and should always stay in a job, but every person does deserve honesty and to have their dignity preserved.

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We’re told that to succeed you have to be tough. But there’s better way. Compassion, community, giving second chances, and listening to others actually works in life and in business. Small Business, Big Heart tells the inspirational story of Sal and Cindy Rubino, restaurant owners whose marriage was nearly destroyed by that brutal business.

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