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Behind the Scenes #1—Shock and Awe

In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, the human heart has a tendency to despair. Down in the weeds of woe, we feel like we’re wandering in a maze with shifting walls. We recognize our own inability to navigate it successfully; so we look for guides, or maybe even a … Continue reading

Servants #9—Last Thought

As the eyes of a servant look to the hand of his master, as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes will look to Yahweh, our God, until he shows us favor. Psalm 123:2 Over the last couple of months, we’ve considered promises which will motivate … Continue reading

Servants #8—Praised by Servants

Whoever serves, let him do so by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. 1 Peter 4:11 Gracious God, over a billion people around the world, millions across the nation, thousands in our states, and … Continue reading

Servants #7—Resourced Servants

I am well supplied because I received what you sent through Epaphroditus … and, according to his riches in glory, my God shall supply all your needs in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:18–19 Successful service requires resources. For us to serve in God’s name, we need his supplies. God’s supply chain works this way: God uses … Continue reading

Servants #6—Responsible Servants

Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? … Truly I say to you, that the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. Matthew 24:45–47 In the Kingdom of God faithful service is recognized … Continue reading

Servants #5—Fellowship of Servants

Let the leaders among you be servants, for … I am among you as the one who serves. And you are those who have stood by me in my trials. So just as my Father has granted me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. … Continue reading

Servants #4—Efficient Servants

Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13–14 Killing two birds with one stone is the model of hunting efficiency. Serving someone through love is the model of godly efficiency. We don’t have to worry about remembering … Continue reading

Servants #3—Encouraging Servants

Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13 The Holy Spirit gave us a soft heart toward the things of God. But sin still operates in us, so that crusts form on the outside … Continue reading

Servants #2— Selfish Servants

God has composed the body—giving more abundant honor to the members which lacked—so that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 1 Corinthians 12:24-25 We can be selfish in two ways, a good way and a bad way. As we disbelieve this … Continue reading

Servants #1—Merciful Servants

God designed us to be stewards of his grace by serving one another in his name. Since each of us is difficult to serve, we all need to be motivated to overcome these difficulties. Moving beyond ourselves, out of our comfort zones and into the messy details of one another’s lives, takes great confidence that … Continue reading