Sacred Suffering

We do not naturally choose or enjoy suffering. Sometimes, we cannot avoid it. What we can choose is God’s will while suffering. Oswald Chambers encouraged us to choose God’s will even if it means we will suffer. That is putting Christ before ourselves, before our pleasure, etc. While we suffer, we can try to gain …

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Wise Servanthood

Wise servanthood remembers we are not God. We cannot be everywhere, know everything, execute plans flawlessly, and never become exhausted. Wise servants know their limits, know when to say “no,” and know when they need to refresh themselves with rest, good nutrition, recreation, and time with the Lord. Jesus modeled all of this for us. …

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Sacred Servanthood

We can do service that isn’t sacred—our motives can be selfish while we serve. True servants can forget themselves to fully focus on those being served because they are secure in God’s love for them. Methodist missionary to India, E. Stanley Jones, wrote “Only the Great can afford to stoop.” Jesus knew who He was, …

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Conversion Hymn

Charles was raised in a pastor’s home with a saintly mother. He was religious, but in 1738 he trusted his life to Jesus. In the first year, Charles found victory over his bad temper and his drinking problem. To celebrate his one-year anniversary of his conversion, he wrote a hymn with eighteen verses. His brother, …

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Goliath Sized

I John 4:4 says we are overcomers because the One in us is greater than the one in the world. David was even younger and smaller than Israelites soldiers who were quaking in fear of the Philistines and Goliath. But David was a giant on the inside. It wasn’t arrogance; it was just confidence in …

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