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I Timothy 3:8-13 — So you want to be a leader?

We talked yesterday about being a pastor or elder in the church. And for most Christians, they have no desire to be those things. There are more people, however, who seek to be leaders of ministries. They seek to be the person … Continue reading

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Ephesians 6:5-9 — How we serve

We close up this section on family living with one more picture of our relationship with God, namely Christ. We saw how our marriage relationships are a picture of our relationship with Christ, how our parent-child relationships are a picture of our … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 16:15-18 — Refreshing others

When we think of serving others, many times we think about simply doing the job God has called us to do.  And certainly that’s important to do. Paul writes, You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in … Continue reading

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Luke 14:7-12 — Humility

In this passage, we see a cultural issue that we don’t really see so often in Western culture, if at all.  Jesus noticed at the meal he was at, that people were jockeying for the best seat.  Generally, the person … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:40-42 — The “great” and the “small”

It’s interesting to me how Jesus finishes this discourse.  He tells the disciples that if people receive them, they are receiving him.  The reverse is also true.  When people reject us because of the gospel, they aren’t merely rejecting us, … Continue reading

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Psalm 122 — The joy of being with God’s people

As the pilgrims came upon the gates of Jerusalem, they probably started singing this song.  And it shows their joy in coming to the house of God. I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the … Continue reading

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Esther 10 — Working for the good of the people

The book of Esther finishes with a brief passage talking about Xerxes’ greatness and of Mordecai’s. What strikes me here is the last verse where it says,  Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the … Continue reading

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Daniel 4 — The God who is sovereign

We now return to the book of Daniel, and close up the story of Nebuchadnezzar.  This is the famous story of how Nebuchadnezzar lost his sanity, acting basically like a cow for 7 years before finally acknowledging that God alone … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 34 — A leader?

In this passage, God really comes down hard on the people who had been the political and spiritual leaders of Judah.  What was their problem? God told them, Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves!  … Continue reading

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