Prized Possessionby Steve Countryman
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 1 Corinthians 6:20 "You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]." According to God the Creator of all things, the Kings of kings and Lord of lords, you are worth dying for!
Serving God's Wayby Ken Barnes
The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use it well to serve one another. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.. (I Peter 4: 10-11 NLT).
There is a definite order of service delineated in this portion of scripture. It's God, then others and self. Unfortunately, we sometimes invert that order to ourselves, people, and then the Lord. In this hierarchy of service, due to our tendency to look out for number one, it is very easy to keep ourselves on top and let God and man compete for everything else.
It is very clear that our motivation to serve comes first and foremost from God. But even though God is first, it is never just me and Jesus. Our love for him (God) is always displayed for those created in his image. There is a vertical and horizontal aspect to our service. It is upward toward the Lord and outward to those around us. When we combine the vertical and horizontal we form the sign of the cross. Jesus was the perfect servant. He came to serve and not be served.
If we quit serving because whom we serve doesn't affirm our efforts, it shows we are endeavoring to please man instead of God. If our priorities are right, it does not matter if we are treated fairly, we continue to be faithful in our duties because we ultimately are doing it for God and not flesh and blood. The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results. This will reveal whether are life is in divine order, God, then others and self.
The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results.
The Body of Christ is in Need of Healingby Sue Darling
Healing is hard work, especially if you are on your own. The whole church is in urgent need of healing, because we are living in a world full of angry people and selfishness, causing much sickness. Churches should learn to let God into the churches and take it over from us.
His Presence Is Just A Prayer Awayby Shari Weigerstorfer
"...Some days my life is filled with black, hostile clouds. The warmth of God's love feels far away. I look, but I can't see Him. But faith assures me He's there, just like the sun. His wonderful presence is just a prayer away..."
God's Bottle and Bookby Ken Barnes
In times of our greatest need God can appear to be distant. But he is always there. He is taking note of our sufferings, collecting our tears in his divine receptacle and recording the events in his eternal ledger.
We Are the Brides of Christby Sue Darling
Some Christians don't realise that being a Christians we are the Brides of Christ. And being a Christians we go through what marriage couples go through. There are dry seasons and very rich times in marriages so it is with our relationship with Christ.
When It Takes a Year to Repentby Cate Russell-Cole
A psychological and Scriptural perspective on why King David took a year to deal with his sins involving Bathsheba and Uriah, and how his story can comfort and move us towards healing.