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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

John 13:34-35 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.    For me having a servant heart is not something that has come with much difficulty. I think I have had it all of my life. I have always had the desire to give as much as possible from all the resources I have. The lives of my parents and grandparents were such wonderful examples for me to follow that I didn’t know there was any other way.   When I hear the words of Jesus telling me that every time I do something kind and loving for people who are in need I do it to Him, it doesn’t seem hard to have a servant heart. Who wouldn’t want to give Jesus the best care possible?   I am, however, only human with all of my human frailties. My husband, Jim, likes to tell a story on me about the time I offered to take m ...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Romans 12:9-13 (THE MESSAGE) 9 -10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. 11 -13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.    I love children. They are full of innocence and pure emotion. Take a moment and think back to when you were a child. When you were young, you had very little need to hide emotion. If you were happy, everyone around you knew it. If you got scared or sad, you didn’t hide your tears. You ran or hid behind furniture from bad and scary things, and clung to things that were good. When you struggled learning something new, you tried and tried again. You said your prayers before bed and woke, refreshed and ready to begin a new ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Luke 4:38-39 (NIV) 38Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. I had gall bladder surgery two Mondays before Christmas. As I recovered, I was overwhelmed by the number of family and friends who sent cards and gifts, called me regularly, provided scrumptious meals, gave my daughter a ride to her activities, and visited me when I couldn’t go anywhere. My colleagues at work contributed to a gift in abundance far beyond what I thought would have been a nice gesture. I was humbled by the outpouring of love and was more motivated than ever to respond in service to others by writing cards, providing meals, giving generously, and visiting those who couldn’t come visit me. A very good friend of mine from camp had gall bladder su ...

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Philippians 2:2-8 Has the thought, “I’m not your servant” ever crossed your mind? As Christians, we are called to be servants, but in today’s world, most of us rebel against the idea of being anyone’s servant. So how do we cultivate a servant’s heart? The words of that wonderful old hymn, “How Great Thou Art”, can guide us. When we “consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made” and realize “Thy power throughout the universe displayed,” then we move towards a reverential awe of God. Reflecting on who God really is and who we really are brings forth humility and obedience in us. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;  Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;  That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,  He bled and died to take away my sin.” Then my soul not only wants to sing, but my desire is to please God. Scripture tells us we please God by obeying Him. Unfortunately, being of human nature, we are generally selfcente ...

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Exodus 4:12-17 God has no arms or legs.  How absurd does that sound? Can the Being that created the world have no hands to form things? No legs to move about and place things? It boggles the mind that the limitless Creator of all things would be rendered incapable without arms and legs. Yet we often talk about part of our Christian lives as being God’s hands and feet in the world. Are we doing all those things that God would be doing if he would actually reach a physical hand down into our world? In the book of Exodus, Moses is equipped by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, and is to help to “serve as God” for Aaron, who would be God’s mouthpiece. Too often we take a servant mentality of serving as a god for people, providing them with things we know they wouldn’t otherwise receive, but we don’t serve as God for people. Plenty of organizations exist with the purpose of helping the less fortunate. We serve from the uniqu ...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” I’m inspired over and over when I see Asbury members in action in service in their own homes, their community, across the U.S. and around the world. Before Christmas I learned of a young man at Asbury who wanted to demonstrate his love for God and neighbor. First grader, Matthew, hoped to do something to help poor people in the world. His mom suggested working to purchase a Heifer Project (www.heifer.org) animal to provide a source of income for a family living in poverty. Matthew decided a pig would be just right and began putting together a plan to raise money. His idea to make and sell duct tape bracelets soon spread to the entire 1st Grade Sunday School Class at Asbury. Matthew’s business plan included such details as 1) figure out cost of duct tape, 2) sell bracelets, ...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mark 9: 30-35 Walking through Galilee, the disciples discussed among themselves who was greatest. In today’s terms, they were speculating who would be named the MVD (Most Valuable Disciple). Jesus, however, had another program in mind.  When in Capernaum, Jesus huddled his team, known in the Evangelistic Servanthood League as the Galilean Apostles, and lectured them in the game plan of life. Instead of deliberating who is the best, or brightest, or most becoming, the Apostle’s head coach gave a chalk talk on the tactics of serving others. Elevating efforts to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others are the keys to victory, explained Coach Jesus. To win the Servant Bowl, one needs to consider the team first and oneself last. To win the Servant’s Heart Award, one must serve others first. What a strategy! “And he [Jesus] sat them down and called the twelve; and he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be ...

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Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Over and over, in both the Old and New Testaments, we are encouraged to be servants of the Living God. Jesus Himself left his home in heaven with God the Father and came to earth to be a servant. But what exactly does it mean to be a servant of the Lord? And how do we start? 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. God is interested not only in the outside - what we do to serve, but God is also concerned with the inside – why we serve, the thoughts and motivations that prompt us to act, as well our attitude. To become a servant of the Lord, we must cultivate a servant’s heart – right thoughts, motivations, attitudes, and priorities. Matthew 22:37-39 records Jesus’ words concerning the hallmark of a servant’s heart: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shal ...

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A Servant's Heart

To say ‘Jesus is Lord’ is not merely a mental acknowledgement, but a declaration that we will do what he has called us to do and be what he has called us to be. And what has he called us to be? A servant.   One of my favorite scripture passages is Philippians 2: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ… make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love… Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient t ...

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