• Crowns God Sets Aside for His Servants, Part 2

    | Mar 28, 2023
    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

    | Mar 27, 2023
    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

    | Mar 26, 2023
    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

    | Mar 25, 2023
    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

    | Mar 24, 2023
    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

    | Mar 23, 2023
    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

    | Mar 22, 2023
    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

    | Mar 21, 2023
    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

    | Mar 20, 2023
    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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  • Paul Was Normal, Like Us

    | Mar 19, 2023
    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

    | Mar 18, 2023
    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

    | Mar 17, 2023
    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

    | Mar 16, 2023
    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

    | Mar 15, 2023
    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

    | Mar 14, 2023
    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

    | Mar 13, 2023
    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

    | Mar 12, 2023
    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

    | Mar 11, 2023
    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

    | Mar 10, 2023
    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

    | Mar 09, 2023
    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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What Wondrous Love!

Our Easter page offers resources to help you wrap your mind around the fusion of love and power that took place at the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.