• Paul Was Normal, Like Us

    | Sep 01, 2018
    Funny, we seldom think that a great apostle like Paul ever suffered from insomnia, but he did. He couldn't sleep sometimes because of acute deprivations, like hunger, cold, and exposure.
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  • Illustrating the Consequences of Serving God

    | Aug 31, 2018
    It is an inescapable fact. If you get serious about being shaped into Christ's image, you'll have to learn to cope with the consequences of being a servant of God. Those who serve will suffer.
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  • Dealing with Rejection

    | Aug 30, 2018
    If you enjoy watching and playing the game of football (I certainly do), you have observed a curious activity called a "spike." It's rather unusual. A team fights its way toward the goal line yard by yard.
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  • Our Common Struggles: Affliction, Confusion, Persecution

    | Aug 29, 2018
    In yesterday's post, we were introduced to four common struggles all servants of God deal with. Really, they're consequences. In 2 Corinthians 4:8–9 we read them: afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down.
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  • The Dark Side of Serving Others

    | Aug 28, 2018
    We Christians have received a priceless treasure (the glorious gospel) in a very frail and perishable container (our weak bodies). There is a reason. So nobody will have any question about the source of power.
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  • Responding to Treatment That Is Wrong

    | Aug 27, 2018
    Greathearted, loving, caring, sacrificial servants of the living God have known ill treatment down through the centuries. The consequence of serving is no new phenomenon. It goes a long way back in time.
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  • Suffering for Doing What Is Right

    | Aug 26, 2018
    As you serve people in ministry, you will give, forgive, forget, release your own will, obey God to the maximum, and wash dirty feet with an attitude of gentleness and humility.
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  • A Realistic Appraisal of Serving Others

    | Aug 25, 2018
    We Americans like things to be logical and fair. We not only like that, we operate our lives on that basis. Logic and fairness are big guns in our society. Meaning this: if I do what is right, good will come to me.
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  • Jesus Values Our Obedience

    | Aug 24, 2018
    Reading the words of our Savior, we need to realize the tremendous emphasis He put on obedience. As I think about appropriating Christ's model and commands, three specifics seem important enough to mention.
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  • The Value of Obedience to God

    | Aug 23, 2018
    For a moment, let's pretend you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I'm the owner and I'm interested in expanding overseas.
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  • The Strength of Serving Others

    | Aug 22, 2018
    Jesus said a strong thing to Peter when He spoke these words: "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me" (John 13:8). Our Lord's rebuke introduces a convicting observation.
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  • Graciously Receiving and Giving

    | Aug 21, 2018
    Being a super high-achiever, I must confess I find it difficult to receive from others. Really difficult. I’m usually on the giving end, not the receiving. My pride fights hard to stay intact when receiving generosity.
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  • Being a Servant Is Unannounced

    | Aug 20, 2018
    As Jesus prepared to wash His disciples' feet, He never said, "Men, I am now going to demonstrate servanthood—watch my humility." No way. That kind of obvious pride was the trademark of the Pharisees.
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  • Proud Hearts and Dirty Feet

    | Aug 19, 2018
    The gentle and humble lifestyle of the Savior is nowhere more evident than in the account of John 13, where He washed the feet of His friends, the disciples. In that event, He left us some timeless principles we dare not ignore.
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  • A Self-Description of Jesus

    | Aug 18, 2018
    I've been involved in a serious study of Scripture for more than fifty years of my life, and in all that time I have found only one place where Jesus Christ—in His own words—describes His own "inner man."
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  • A Servant, not a Superstar

    | Aug 17, 2018
    A familiar essay anonymously written many years ago says this about Jesus Christ: "Nineteen long centuries have come and gone and today he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress."
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  • 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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