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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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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 – Godly State of Mind James 1:9-11

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Introduction

So far James has told us that there will be times of testing.  This is when God allows the road ahead to be challenging so we will trust in Him and grow stronger.  We have also seen where God is just waiting for us to ask for wisdom so that we can conduct ourselves in a manner pleasing to Him.  Now James, as he continues to talk about patience, is going to cover our state of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Book of James – Introductions

Preface

We are going to try something a little different; we would like to do a bible study in the book of James.  This will be somewhat of a departure from our normal routine although Brother Gary did do a series on the seven churches in Revelations a while back.

We would really like your feedback on this one to see if taking a book and studying through it is helpful.  We want our posts to be a blessing so if you find this study on the book of James helpful let us know.  If the comments section and the likes fall silent three or four lessons in then we will take the hint.

Why the book of James?  The epistle of James is a very practical guide to Christian living.  James, in a very clear way, gets right down to it and describes the true nature God wants all Christians to have.  This is an instructional book addressing a wide range of subjects.  It does get specific with regards to Jewish culture to help them understand and embrace the finished work of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Even with those specific references this is a book for all people everywhere to know and understand the mind of God regarding what He expects from us.  This is plain talk coming from a man who knew Jesus personally. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Give Me That Man-Made Religion – Acts 7:40b-41

Introduction

The title of my post is a play on words of an old song entitled “Give me that old-time religion”.  Our scripture text is taken from Acts chapter 7 covering the events leading up to the stoning of Stephen.  Before they stoned him Stephen recounted a history of the nation of Israel.  We will focus on one event in that history, the making of the golden calf.  The original account of the story Stephen mentions is in Exodus chapter 32.

In Acts 7:40 the children of Israel told Aaron, Moses’ brother…“Make us gods to go before us”.  Moses, as commanded, had ascended the mountain to meet with God.  He had been gone, in the estimation of some, too long and his return was called into question.  They saw an opportunity to make some changes due to the fact that they were already questioning Moses’ leadership.  They had decided to create a god in their image and to their own liking.

You might be thinking “that’s insane”, you can’t create a god.  First off I would agree, that is insane, but you don’t have to be a history major to know that since the beginning of recorded time our history is full of such efforts.  In my years on this earth I have personally witnessed the birth of new man-made gods.

Why does man seek to create their own god?  Clearly, in the case of Israel, they wanted a god they could see.  Over and over again the children of Israel desired to be like the nations around them who served rocks, trees, crafted precious metals and even the sun and moon.  An inanimate object, like the golden calf, is not going to deliver any laws.  This is man’s effort to tell God how things are going to work from now on. How great is this?  Decide what your god will look like and how it will act.  You can then make up your own rituals and rules to fit your lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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The Watchman – Ezekiel 2:8 – 3:21

Introduction

A title like “The Watchman” sounds rather ominous in today’s world.  There are confirmed and unconfirmed reports of government programs peering into emails and phone records.  Let me tell you up front this post has nothing to do with such programs.

If you are looking for something witty or edgy in this post let me save you some time, stop reading now.  This is addressed to all who have called upon the name of Jesus Christ and made him Lord.  If you owe Jesus everything, read on.

The first three chapters of Ezekiel cover the call and commission of Ezekiel to preach to the people of Israel.  This calling will also contain one doozy of an object lesson along with the most sobering of warnings for not delivering God’s words.  It is important to note that the huge responsibility was placed on the delivering of the message, not in the accepting of it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Reflection…

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!  Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog and I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him.  One year ago today I posted my first blog post and felt led to call it ‘Think on These Things…’.  As Christians we are a part of the same spiritual body and are instructed in God’s word to consider or esteem one another more than ourselves.  We should seek to do and say those things which are spiritually edifying to each other.

The word edify means to instruct or improve someone spiritually or intellectually.  Over the past year, it has been my prayer that this blog will be a blessing and spiritually edifying to the reader.  I have also been blessed to have a good Christian brother agree to come on board and contribute posts under the pen name ‘The Servant’.  The Lord continues to use him in writing posts that are both timely and encouraging.  In these last days, we need to try to do more for our savior Jesus Christ and also more to be a help to one another. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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I can’t wait to talk to Dad – Luke 11:1-13

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Introduction

At our last Men’s Prayer Breakfast I listened as a brother spoke about his dad: in 1984 his dad was operated on to remove a tumor on the side of his face.  The removal changed his appearance but the biggest loss, to his son anyway, was his ability to hear; all hearing was lost on one side and the other ear was greatly impaired.  I found out after breakfast that the brother was four years old when this happened.

Fast forward to September 2013, this same father met with a specialist regarding a new device that might restore some of his hearing.  After the tests were completed it was determined that this man’s hearing will be improved by the device.  The father said “Order me one”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Street Light Madness – 1 Thessalonians 5:13

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Introduction

I have a confession to make… I have allowed frustration to spill over into utter disdain for street lights.  Street lights drive me up the wall.

Now you need to know that I am a special case: at some point in my life a chip was embedded somewhere on my person that triggers a street light to turn yellow when I get within 100 yards of one.  I don’t know where this chip is or when it was implanted but I know it is there.  Every time I get close to a street light it changes.  Hopefully now you understand my frustration, no, my complete disdain for street lights. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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