Follow me in this scenario: A church member attends church for years. Though he or she attends fairly regularly, he adds nothing consistently to the efforts of the church. He does not teach a Bible class, does not repair widow’s storm doors, does not look up visitors to church.
How long does it take to develop a habit? Thirty days?
This church member now has a well-established habit of not adding to the church’s success in any way.
So let’s begin with one central question: Is it the church’s function to serve us, or is it a vehicle by which we can serve? Continue reading “To serve, or be served”
Mark’s gospel shows Jesus as God’s suffering servant on a mission. Eleven times in chapter one alone, Mark uses the word “immediately” to describe the action surrounding the son of God. Everything Jesus did seemed to happen quickly. He is shown as God’s inexhaustible servant.
In Mark chapter nine, the Master showed how our thinking sometimes gets in the way of being the kind of servant God wants. While on the way to Capernaum, Jesus’ disciples had been arguing. When they arrived, the Lord asked them what they had been arguing about. They had been fighting for prominence in the coming kingdom. Continue reading “Love through humble service”
After leaving church services, many people only desire to go home and rest or take a nap.
After leaving the synagogue, surely Jesus could have used some rest (Luke 4:38-41). Instead, when he arrived at Peter’s house, he found one crying out for help just as he had in the synagogue.
Peter’s mother-in-law, Dr. Luke tells us, was “afflicted,” which is a medical term Greek doctors used in those days to describe one’s condition. He also wrote that Peter’s mother-in-law was “suffering from a high fever” (Luke 4:38 NASB). Physicians, as Luke, classified fevers as either major or minor. Major fevers were life-threatening, and Luke described this as a major fever. Continue reading “A miracle for mother”
Christian identity is rooted in God. Continue reading Who are you?
Points in our discussion about selection of elders in a Brazilian congregation. Continue reading Appointing elders and pleasing God
We humans don’t like losing our places. Continue reading He took my spot!
A few days ago, a good man left this world. Continue reading One of These Days
Earthquakes have again struck the South Pacific region. The first was the strongest, occurring on September 29, registering as a magnitude 8.0. The force of the shifting plates beneath the surface of the ocean led to a tsunami. Continue reading The Ripple Effect
Jesus had sent two disciples into Bethany to get the colt for what we call today the triumphal entry. He told them where to find it and what to say to the owners: “The Lord needs it.” In one sense, the Lord needs nothing of ours nor of us. To an Israel addicted to formal religion he declared: … Continue reading The Lord Needs You