• Control

    | Sep 21, 2018
    It's easy to get confused these days. "Out of control" isn't what we want to be. People who drink too much are said to be "out of control." Those who worry too much become emotionally "out of control."
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  • Turtles

    | Sep 20, 2018
    My younger daughter and I sat and stared in silence. It had been well over forty years since I'd seen the sight. For her, it was a first. It was a tiny, plain, unimpressive garage apartment, leaning and peeling with age.
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  • Thoroughness

    | Sep 19, 2018
    I just looked up the definition of "thorough" in my dictionary. Mr. Webster says it means "carried through to completion, careful about detail, complete in all respects." Somehow, I find that a convicting definition.
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  • Two Things God Remembers about His Servants

    | Sep 18, 2018
    My favorite verse about how God faithfully takes special note of those who serve Him is Hebrews 6:10: "For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name . . ."
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  • Three Promises Regarding Our Faithfulness

    | Sep 17, 2018
    In several places through the New Testament, there are statements of promise from God to faithful servants. I'm thinking of three in particular.
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  • The Rewards of Serving

    | Sep 16, 2018
    Serving God by serving others definitely has rewards, and they are numerous. They far outweigh the consequences. When we think about them, they motivate us to keep going.
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  • Temporal Rewards for Those Who Serve God

    | Sep 15, 2018
    I'll be candid with you. I have never read anywhere else in the Bible what God revealed to me in 2 Corinthians: "We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
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  • God’s Promises Regarding His Faithfulness

    | Sep 14, 2018
    Someone once counted all the promises in the Bible and came up with an amazing figure of almost 7500. Among that large number are some specific promises servants can claim today.
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  • God’s Promises for His Servants from Revelation

    | Sep 13, 2018
    Perhaps the most well-known promises Christians have as their ultimate hope are found in two places in the book of Revelation. Here's the first set of promises.
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  • God Takes Special Note of His Servants

    | Sep 12, 2018
    What does it mean to say that God is faithful? It means He is steadfast in His allegiance to His people. He will not leave us in the lurch. It also means He is firm in His adherence to His promises. He keeps His word.
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  • Eternal Rewards for Those Who Serve God

    | Sep 11, 2018
    While preparing the Twelve for a lifetime of serving others, Christ promised an eternal reward even for holding out a cup of cool water.
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  • Crowns God Sets Aside for His Servants, Part 2

    | Sep 10, 2018
    Yesterday, we began our look at five eternal "crowns" set aside for God's servants. After listing the first three crowns again, I'll add the final two and offer a brief explanation of each.
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  • Crowns God Sets Aside for His Servants, Part 1

    | Sep 09, 2018
    As those who serve the living God, we occasionally need to consider the eternal "crowns" being set aside for God's servants. What an intriguing study! There are at least five crowns promised in the Bible.
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  • Biblical Facts about Rewards, Part 2

    | Sep 08, 2018
    Based on 1 Corinthians 3:10–14, I see three facts about our eternal rewards for serving God. Let's review the first two facts I mentioned yesterday, and then I'll complete the list with the third.
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  • Biblical Facts about Rewards, Part 1

    | Sep 07, 2018
    Scripture not only supports the idea of eternal rewards, it spells out the specifics. In 1 Corinthians 3:10–14, I find three primary facts about rewards. We'll look at the first two today and complete the list tomorrow.
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  • The Hardest Part of the Christian Life

    | Sep 06, 2018
    The most difficult discipline in the Christian life, in my opinion, is waiting. But God used that to force us to lean on Him . . . to trust Him . . . to believe in Him . . . to release our will and accept His.
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  • Two Truths for Coping with Suffering

    | Sep 05, 2018
    I have found great help from two truths God gave me at a time in my life when I was bombarded with a series of unexpected and unfair blows (from my perspective).
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  • Par for the Servanthood Course

    | Sep 04, 2018
    Paul was no criminal. The man was innocent of wrong . . . yet he was misunderstood, mistreated, hunted like a wounded deer, and hated by those who once respected him. In 2 Corinthians 4:9, Paul states we are "struck down."
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  • Dealing with Physical and Emotional Pain

    | Sep 03, 2018
    It's hard for me to read Paul's words without wincing: "Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep."
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  • God's Faithfulness amidst Our Confusion

    | Sep 02, 2018
    Elie Wiesel gives readers a tragic perspective on the horror of the holocaust. Wiesel's book, Night, will grab you and not let you go. In terse, tightly packed sentences, he describes those scenes and his own confusion.
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