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“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” – Paul the apostle

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A Servant’s Heart

Philippians 2:13-18 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.   Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.   For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Paul often referred to himself in introduction to a church as doulos theos or doulos Christos which is to say slave or bond-servant of Christ.  Paul had a servant’s heart.  His desire was for the local assembly and the individual in Christ to serve Christ with their whole heart not because of commandment but out of love for the savior.  Paul didn’t mind sacrificing of himself for the cause of Christ, in fact, it brought him great joy to know that his sacrifice of time, effort, and ultimately his own life would increase the faith of others and bring glory to Jesus Christ.  Paul esteemed his brethren in Christ more than himself… “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3

This is the very essence of a servant’s heart.  Christ Himself told His followers that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister.  Here at Servants’ Journal we desire to possess that servant’s heart and to encourage fellow servants in the same.  In keeping with our new theme and focus to possess a servant’s heart, I thought it fitting to post a memorial to some heroes of the faith from the last century whose sacrifice help renew a fire for missions in our country. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Witness Protection Program

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If you are reading this via email please pop over to our site for a visit.  You can now find us at http://servantsjournal.com (The old link will redirect you for now)

We are in the midst of changing some things starting with our new domain name.  We are very fond of “Think on These Things”, and we hope that every time we hear God’s word we ponder it in our heart.  However, as time passes, we need to branch out and find new ways to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We want our new theme to reflect a sincere desire to possess a servant’s heart and share that goal with our readers.  I have signed off on posts as “A Servant” for quite some time now but I don’t count myself as a true servant yet.  I still have bouts of selfishness, and worse still, pride that prevent me from reflecting Jesus to a lost and dying world.  I have much to learn, confess and forsake.

We might tweak a few more things on the site but the mission is still the same, proclaim and live the truth in Jesus name.

 

Until Night,

A Servant “in training”

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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The Book of James – Faith Revealed James 2:20-26

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Introduction

We have one final post on faith.  In our two previous posts James introduced the subject and stated emphatically Christians will act different as a result of their faith.  You cannot say you have faith and not produce any results.  In our last post we talked about the fact that Satan believes in Jesus but that didn’t save him.  We found out that we must believe and submit to the Lord’s will.  This week James gives us Old Testament examples to illustrate what he is saying. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Book of James – Satan Believes James 2:19

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Introduction

James continues the theme of faith in our next verse. Last time James taught us that faith in Jesus will produce results.  Historically in our country, and even today, most people say they are Christian or believe in God.  In this post we are going to dig a little deeper into the term “believing in Jesus”.  The question we will be asking… Is saying “I believe” enough? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Book of James – Faith and Works James 2:14-18

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Introduction

Starting in verse 14 James will now shift his focus to the subject of faith, more specifically, the faith necessary to be counted as a Christian.

There are those in the Christian community that feel the need to take God’s mysteries and transfer them into intellectual thoughts.  There is a place for this type of approach.  Paul, when addressing the Corinthian Church said this… 1Co 9:19-23  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Paul acknowledged that we are all different so varied approaches can prove beneficial when proclaiming the gospel.  With this in mind taking an intellectual approach to scripture is right and helpful when giving the gospel message to those who prefer to conceptualize and debate Christianity at a philosophical level.  Unfortunately some want to force fit basic concepts into intellectual discourse.  What we are about to cover is the very essence of Christianity yet it can be discussed in very simple terms.  James is going to tell us what role faith plays in the Christian life. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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