Posts Tagged ‘Christian service’

  

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Yesterday I preached a sermon about the extravagant love of the alabaster box offering. One year ago, I preached an illustrated message of Jesus’ last hours called “The Whip, Hammer & Cross”. Ten years ago, I preached a message entitled “The Prayer of Evangelism”. Fifteen years ago, I preached “The Corruption Of Good Character” to my first church in Hereford, TX. There’s been a lot of sermons I’ve both preached and heard in my lifetime!

As believers, you and I are not the product of a new ministry or a word come lately. We stand firmly on the shoulders of men and women that have preached, taught, and labored to share the Gospel since the days of Jesus Himself. We can trace this hope through history all the way back to then! We stand on the shoulders of a long legacy of faith!

So don’t let this word become dormant in you. Remember that yours is an ancient and strong faith, passed down from generation to generation, all the way to you. Be sure to do you’re part and keep passing it on! Continue the legacy by standing firm! You are loved! 

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With God’s help we will do mighty things.” (Psalms‬ ‭60‬:‭12‬ NLT)

By A.D. 732, the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate had already conquered Spain and was now descending upon France in order to topple Western Europe. Led by Charles Martel, the French were able to choose the perfect battlefield: a hilltop surrounded for miles by dense woods. The fighting took place over a single day in October. By nightfall, the Umayyad army was completely broken, with thousands dead, and European Christianity remaining the prevalent religion, thanks to Martel’s courage.

While we might not be a Charles Martel, we can all do things of significance in Jesus’ name! Ginormous events are impressive, but it’s the daily workings that make the difference: a phone call, a moment of intercessory prayer, an act of forgiveness. Little is much when God is in it!

As you begin your weekend, look for simple ways to make someone’s life easier to live. A hand or gesture is mighty when it makes an eternal difference is someone’s life! Be that difference maker! You are loved today! (10/24/14)

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When (my calling to minister) happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When God called me to the ministry at 15, I told my Youth Pastor and he began training me for ministry. Some things in ministry simply require a teacher. But as I have progressed in ministry, what I’ve needed is less people telling me how to grow my church and more time letting God show me the heart of a true spiritual shepherd.

Everyone in the Christ Life is called to do ministry. While I do serve as a mentor to those beginning to develop their ministry role, the Holy Spirit is the true teacher. When we rely more on men with agendas, egos, and simple flaws, we shouldn’t be surprised when we wind up with the same problems. There must also be a dependency upon hearing God as He corrects and instructs you, leading you away from bad habits into God-inspired ones.

As you come to Church today, come ready to let God lead you into a deeper place of committed service. Listen to your pastors and teachers, they are called and equipped to help you. But let your final word of guidance be the Holy Spirit reaffirming His truths. You are destined for good works that build God’s people! Do it in His love today!

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God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things…so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭28-29‬ NIV)

One of the greatest pictures in my mind of this scripture occurred in the week of August 31-September 5 of 1997. In that brief week, Princess Diana of Wales and the matronly saint, Mother Teresa, died; one trying to outrun the paparazzi with her alleged lover, the other surrounded on her deathbed by those she impacted for God. One was immortalized for her beauty and spunk, the other for her compassionate care.

The majority of the world focused on the princess instead of the pauper. But I believe Heaven did the opposite. Mother Teresa reached out in compassion to help the poor, needy and dying in India, giving up her life and ambitions to help others. To the world, this is foolishness, yet her life displays a greater peace, satisfaction and accomplishment than that of the princess.

Are you jealous of what others have? The greater the calling sometimes translates into having lesser things to distract our life with. Don’t envy others, instead thank God for how He desires to use you where others could never go. Sometimes the smallest pebble creates the greatest waves! You are loved! Have a wonderful weekend! (8/1/14)

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How soon will he die and be forgotten?” (Psalms‬ ‭41‬:‭5‬ NLT)

Polish military officer Casimir Pulaski had a lively career in the service of his country. In 1777, with a recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, he became George Washington’s head bodyguard. After saving Washington’s life, he began winning turning-point battles in the revolution until his eventual death. He would become known as The Father of the American Calvary.

Interestingly, though there has been a Casimir Pulaski Day every October 11th since 1929, the occasion has largely been ignored—which is a shame for someone who kept the dream of American independence alive. And if such a famous figure could disappear from our memories, what about us? Will our passing lives here even matter?

They should! Don’t be concerned to have a day in your honor or a building with your name on it. The legacy you leave behind is marked in the lives of the people you impact with your devotion, love, and decisions. Make your mark where it counts, in service for God, and all of Heaven will celebrate your homecoming with a hero’s welcome! You are loved today!