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Comfort #2—Ministry Comfort

I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Philemon 1:7 The comfort of love rests on the evidence of service. Love is comforting only if we know it is real. In an age when we hear the word “love” … Continue reading

Grace #4—Co-operating Grace

I am the least of the apostles—unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not wasted. Instead, I strove harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of … Continue reading

Grace #2—Grace for Service

Toward scorners Yahweh is scornful, but to the humble he gives grace. … Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5). Peter not only knew the Scripture he had been taught, he also learned from the example … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Working Rest

Jesus invites all who labor and are heavy laden to learn from him, so that they might experience rest instead of travail in their lives (Matthew 11:28–30). But we may ask, What does Jesus prescribe in order for us to experience this “rest for our souls”? For one thing, he would tell us to give … Continue reading

Praise and Thanks for Grace to Serve

God is gracious to us in that he exerts himself on our behalf so that we have cause to enjoy more and more of the goodness he enjoys about himself. His grace is sufficient to effect a transformation in us that will enable us to be successful in all that he gives us to do. … Continue reading

Examples of Faith #4—Joseph

Joseph’s master saw that Yahweh was with him and that he caused all that Joseph did to succeed. … Joseph refused his master’s wife’s advances: “… My master has put all that he owns in my charge. … He has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife. How then could I … Continue reading

Encouragements to Love #3—Fulfilling Love

Through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13–14) Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “Do not …” are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor … Continue reading

Thanksgiving for Ministry

One of the graces God gives us is people whom we can serve in order to strengthen their confidence in and allegiance to Jesus (Romans 1:11–12). Regardless of how difficult and time-consuming this ministry can be, we can rejoice in our knowledge that the situation, the insight of what to do, and the ability to … Continue reading

Living Wisely #3—Wisely Beneficial

A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. Proverbs 17:2 This promise is very helpful for following Jesus’ instruction to be in the world but not of it. Christians are not part of the world’s “family,” because we have been born again … Continue reading

Mentoring #2—Mentor Service

The kings of the nations lord it over them. … But you are not this way; rather, a leader must become like a servant. … For I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:25–27 “Follow me!” is the legitimate call of leaders who have earned the right to lead. How do we … Continue reading