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Oct 11, 2017

Serve This Age

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My Testimony:  When I was a young preacher, I heard discouraging old preachers telling how wonderful the revival moves of the Spirit were in the “good old days” and how dead things were now, how powerless and worldly the new generation was.  That was over 50 years ago that this minister was discouraged by that

Oct 2, 2017

Spiritual Immune System

By |Oct 2, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Fasting, Meditation, Praise, Prayer, Service, Thanksgiving, Worship|1 Comment

We are dependent on our immune system for survival on a planet where microbes come against us to bring disease.  We are told that there is no better way to strengthen our immune system than exercising, avoiding junk foods, and eating a broad variety of fruits and vegetables. Some foods let you survive and others

Sep 14, 2017

Better Than They Are?

By |Sep 14, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Humility, Kingdom of God, Pride, Service|0 Comments

What is there in us that makes us feel we are slightly better than other people?  Even those who think of themselves as an outcast sometimes feel it.  Of course it is pride, the seed of narcissism.  It is the source of divisions among the human family and the church.  It values its own opinions

Aug 21, 2017

Free Persons

By |Aug 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Freedom, Service|0 Comments

The ancient world was divided by slaves and free persons.  Christians were to use their freedom to become God’s slave.  “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God” 1 Peter 2:16 (NASB).  We will all be the slave of something or

Aug 6, 2017

If I Had Only

By |Aug 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Forgiveness, Service|1 Comment

Some of us are good at rehashing past events and conversations.  We go over and over them in our head in a kind of useless merry-go-round that ends up not being merry.  Listen!  If we could have fixed them up by rehashing them they would have been fixed a long time ago.  There is no

Aug 5, 2017

Cross Pollination

By |Aug 5, 2017|Devotionals, Faithfulness, Service, Truth|0 Comments

Hang out with mature Christians, good teachers, and faithful servants.  You need the influence of others to cross pollinate with what you are becoming.  You need the truth of others to fill in where your deficiencies are.  You need the example of others to inspire you.  You need the strength of others to spur you

Jul 28, 2017

“Busyness”

By |Jul 28, 2017|Church, Compassion, Devotionals, Service|0 Comments

We can become involved in a kind of “busyness” that keeps us from more important tasks, yes, even in the church.  We get preoccupied with the insignificant and miss the significant.  Without priorities we will not get the consequential and essential things done.  “Busyness” with the minor may make us feel good about our service,

Jul 4, 2017

Be Like Jesus

By |Jul 4, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Kindness, Love, Mercy, Ministry, Prayer, Service, Spirit|0 Comments

So you want to be like Jesus!  It is more than gentleness, kindness and loving your enemies.  Eaten with any sinners lately?  Fed any hungry people?  Prayed for the sick?  Had any prayer vigils all by yourself?  Have you yet been moved by compassion for folks who have no Shepherd?  Have you brought any straying

Jul 2, 2017

Value All People

By |Jul 2, 2017|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Love, Service|0 Comments

Valuing people is necessary to a fulfilled life.  It is a must for servant leadership.  It is essential to keep our own personhood in perspective when we value others.  Sometimes we realize late how valuable some people have been in our lives.  Jesus valued the disciples by washing their feet, simply serving them.  Valuing people

Jun 5, 2017

The Spirit and Vocation

By |Jun 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Ministry, Service, Spirit|0 Comments

Jesus’ reception of the Holy Spirit at His baptism marked the beginning of His ministry, His work on this earth.  The Holy Spirit is given to us for our work on this earth.  We have made the Holy Spirit to be about wonderful religious experiences in our unrelenting self-focus.  He is given to us, not