“Well, you deserved that. That serves you right.”
Have you been told that? I’m glad Jesus didn’t come to “serve me right,” and serve me with what I really deserve. “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). He came to serve you and the point is this; serving people will not cause you to serve God, but serving God will cause you to serve people. Loving people will not cause you to love God, but loving God will cause you to love people.
On the last night of Jesus’ life before He walked the road to Calvary, He made a point to teach you one last lesson in service. He used His final hours to remind the disciples and to remind you that a powerful ministry begins and ends on your knees.
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About a month ago I was wandering through the Seattle Art Museum, and I happened upon this piece about which I was terribly confused. Mind you, I’m rather terrible at museums because I find everything more funny when people are quiet and serious.
This piece struck me immediately, mostly because I had no idea whatsoever what it was. I stood there staring at the brush strokes which seemed uneven and chaotic, the colors which seemed lumped in haphazard patterns, the texture that seems accidental. I glanced at the title, hoping for some clarification and found the plaque that read, “The Serenade, Venice.” Behind me, my mom was standing toward the middle of the large room when she saw the look of confusion on my face. She motioned me to pull toward her saying, “It’s hard to see the beauty up close; … Read More »
I have no catchy title or opening line for this article because grace needs no formal introduction. It is in itself something beautiful. It is one of the hardest concepts for some people to grasp but one of the most wonderful realities to behold.
Grace, by definition is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” Most people love to hear the word free, but if you have much experience with it, many times the word deviously hides stipulations and requirements. Grace however has no conditions, only that you fully accept it. You don’t have to earn it or try and understand why it is allotted to you. It is freely given because it was paid for by the blood of Christ.
To be transparent, I too have struggled … Read More »
As a teenager or young adult, it is so easy to waste time on things that don’t matter. Here are ten things you should focus on right now.
10. Take responsibility
⁃ Learn how to cook, clean, iron your clothes, and do laundry. Be a person you would want to marry.
9. Get involved in your church
⁃ Talk to your youth pastor or pastor and make this happen. There is always something you can be involved in.
8. Be kind
⁃ Pay for someone’s coffee. Open doors. Give compliments often.
⁃ Read Malachi 3:10-12 and Luke 6:38
6. Limit phone time
⁃ The average teenager spends over five hours per day on their phone accomplishing very little. Limit this time and focus on things that matter.
5. Memorize Scripture
⁃ Hide the Word of God in your heart. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, … Read More »
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4).
A recent study by Barna Group showed that six out of every ten young adults hold and believe in an individualistic approach to morality. Simply stated, morality is a personal choice, entirely a matter of individual decision. Moral rights and wrongs are essentially matters of individual opinions in the view of today’s millennials.
Young adults today are consistently bombarded with a cultural stigma of defining morality, moral beliefs, and moral reasoning. They are demanded at times to defend or debunk sources of rights and wrongs and are often berated if that view doesn’t fit what is considered to be in the boundaries of social norms. As a result, whenever we begin to discuss moral issues … Read More »