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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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Merry Christmas Grandpa

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Introduction

On Christmas Eve 2001, and continuing into Christmas day, I spent Christmas alone with my Grandpa.  That’s right, just the two of us.  My wife and children had gone to my in-laws home; my side of the family was gathering at my Uncle’s house.  This Christmas it was just going to be me and grandpa.

Less than two months before my Grandma had passed away.  She died in early November, one month short of their 74th wedding anniversary.  It wasn’t a misprint, almost 74 years of marriage.  As you might have guessed they started their marriage at a young age.  After a long drawn out courtship, two months, they were married and began their life together.

The Setting

In the 1980s my Grandpa had major health issues that changed him.  The damage sustained during these days quickly took away his ability to function independently and do the thing he loved the most, preaching the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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How Close is “Nigh”? – James 4:8

Introduction

How close are you right now to your Heavenly Father?  On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, what number would you assign to yourself?

Before we move forward I need to make it clear that the target audience of this post is for Christians; in no way can we earn our salvation, it is a gift from God. 

A quick read of the Epistle of James will tell you that James was very plain spoken, he did not mince words.  James gets right to the point and tells it like it is.  Our scripture text is a perfect example of this style of writing.

In James 4:8a it says “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” In this promise from God we have the classic action / reaction.  The bible clearly states our spiritual health is directly connected to our own efforts to separate from the world and live a life pleasing to God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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I Want to Come Home – Luke 15:11-32

Introduction

Imagine a person in a dark place for a moment: no food, clothing torn, by the world’s standards a beggar.  They have scars from the many fights, most of them defensive, resulting from run-ins with others out on the street.  What if you chose this life?  It is hardly imaginable that someone would choose to change a life of luxury to live on the streets but that is exactly what this person did.

Your first response would be “No one would ever give up so much to beg and poach on the street”.  Our subject did not actually choose a miserable life; they made a bad choice that eventually led to their current estate.

Some of you may already know where I am headed.  We will be looking into the third of three parables Jesus gave to the Pharisees in response to their comment about the company he was keeping. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Pocket Fuzz

Introduction

Parts of this story from my childhood will likely be a shared experience for many of you: my grandfather always wanted to give us something when we came to visit him.  We would usually get a quarter, it meant a little more back then, and a firm pat on the head.  I remember one time my father and an uncle visited at the same time; with five grandchildren at one time this put the quarter payout in jeopardy.  As far as I was concerned the US Mint for quarters was in my grandfather’s pocket so I wasn’t worried.  Things started as usual; my grandfather put his hand into that left trouser pocket and pulled out… pocket fuzz. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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The Dreaded “D” Word – Matthew 19

Introduction

Recently I listened as a pastor preached his heart out in an attempt to reach his congregation regarding the destructive nature of divorce.  He had counseled married couples to what God’s Word says about divorce.  Too many times he observed couples seeing divorce like the reset button of a video game.  Just press the button and start all over again as if nothing had ever happened.  They tried to justify themselves by saying things like…“Surely God wants me to be happy”, “I just don’t love them anymore”, “It’s nobody’s fault, we just grew apart”.

The foundation, the pillar if you will, of the Christian witness on earth is the family unit.  The evil one has always attacked the family unit God designed as a method of damaging the cause of Christ.  When a man and a woman join together in the bonds of holy matrimony it was to be until death do us part.  This is God’s design.

I am going to talk about divorce in this article but at the same time I must also talk about marriage.  To do so I am going to use God’s Word throughout, because let’s face it, God created us and also instituted marriage; He is the ultimate authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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