• What's Your Motive?

    | Aug 16, 2018
    During my days in seminary, I formed a habit that helped me immensely throughout life. I had my artistic sister, Luci, print a simple, three-word question on a small rectangular card I placed on the wall.
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  • Three Timely Lessons for God's Servants

    | Aug 15, 2018
    In recent posts, I have written about God's servants feeling used and unappreciated, experiencing undeserved disrespect and resentment, and having hidden greed—a desire to be rewarded.
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  • Hidden Greed

    | Aug 14, 2018
    The prophet Elisha's servant, Gehazi, was the bearer of news the Syrian officer, Naaman, did not want to hear. As a result, Naaman threw a fit. But do you know what later happened to Naaman?
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  • Good Will Come

    | Aug 13, 2018
    As a pastor, counselor, and seminary chancellor, I have often found myself in an unpopular spot. An individual who has come to me pours out his or her soul. And God very clearly leads me to confront . . .
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  • Dealing with Disrespect and Resentment

    | Aug 12, 2018
    A man named Naaman was a high-ranking Syrian soldier. He was influential, wealthy, proud—a man of dignity, courage, patriotism, and military clout. There was only one problem: the man had leprosy.
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  • To Serve and to Give

    | Aug 11, 2018
    God's true servant is like the Lord Jesus, who came not "to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). To serve and to give. Pride wants strokes—lots of them. It loves to get the credit.
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  • Feeling Used and Unappreciated

    | Aug 10, 2018
    For a servant named Gehazi, working alongside a high-profile, greatly respected prophet like Elisha was a privilege. But at the same time, it was a particular position that brought about unique temptations.
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  • Some Common Misconceptions, Part 2

    | Aug 09, 2018
    Yesterday, we learned that God's servants have no special powers in themselves. Thinking they do is our first misconception. Our adequacy comes from God alone. Another misconception is that servants don't struggle with everyday problems.
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  • Some Common Misconceptions, Part 1

    | Aug 08, 2018
    Does it surprise you that being a servant of God is perilous? To some folks, serving others sounds as safe and harmless as a poached egg on a plate. What could possibly be perilous about it? Plenty.
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  • The Perils of a Servant

    | Aug 07, 2018
    Nobody who was alive in the 1970s will ever forget Jonestown. At least, I hope not. That tragedy stands as a mute reminder of the awful results of a leader gone wild.
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  • Personal Response to Our Role

    | Aug 06, 2018
    Since God has called us to be His salt-and-light servants in a bland, dark society, it will be necessary for us to commit ourselves to the task before us. Remember, salt must not lose its taste, and light must not be hidden.
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  • The Light of the World

    | Aug 05, 2018
    Does it seem important to you that Christ calls us what He called Himself? "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12). "You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). Servants of Christ shine with His light in a society that is hopelessly lost.
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  • The Salt of the Earth, Part 2

    | Aug 04, 2018
    Jesus says that believers are "salt to the world" (Matthew 5:13 NEB). Our very presence halts corruption . . . and preserves society. Salt is also a healing agent. And it creates a thirst. It adds flavor.
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  • The Salt of the Earth, Part 1

    | Aug 03, 2018
    Ever smelled old, rotten meat? Remember forgetting for several weeks something you put in the refrigerator? There is an odor that accompanies decay that's like nothing else.
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  • A Critical Appraisal of Our Times

    | Aug 02, 2018
    Need a picture of just how hopeless and empty society really is? Just glance over 2 Timothy 3. Within the first thirteen verses, I find three undeniable descriptions of our world: difficult, depraved, and deceived.
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  • The Keeper of the Spring

    | Aug 01, 2018
    The late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of "The Keeper of the Spring,"1 a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village.
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  • The Influence of a Servant

    | Jul 31, 2018
    Ours is a tough, rugged, wicked world. Aggression, rebellion, violence, cutthroat competition, and retaliation abound. . . . What is true in the secret council chambers of nations is also true behind closed doors of homes.
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  • Jesus' Portrait of a Servant

    | Jul 30, 2018
    Shortly before her death in February 1971, my mother did an oil painting for me. It has become a silent "friend" of mine, a mute yet eloquent expression of my calling. It is a picture of a shepherd with his sheep.
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  • Spurgeon's Channel of Encouragement

    | Jul 29, 2018
    Charles Haddon Spurgeon remains one of the most colorful and gifted preachers in the history of the church. Any man who loves to preach and desires to cultivate the art and skill of communication must study Spurgeon.
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  • Persecution and Blessing?

    | Jul 28, 2018
    Do you usually associate persecution with blessing? Jesus did. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness." I don't know how this strikes you, but it seems misplaced at first glance.
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