Humility

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“For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7)

This verse jumped off the page as I was reading and thinking about Paul’s words to the Corinthian church this week. So much of what we have and are able to do comes not from our own skill or gifts. We really have received so much. Even the doors sovereignty opened to us are not of our doing.

In my mind this calls for humility and thankfulness. Humility because we have received so much. Thankfulness because He is the giver of all good gifts.

Take a moment to ponder this verse.

  1. What thoughts come to your mind?
  2. What are some of the things you have?
  3. Thank the Lord for what He has done and is doing for you.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Wisdom

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Last week I began a slow journey through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. They were a fleshly group of people who melded their faith in Christ with many values from the culture – wisdom being one of them. Take a moment to read Paul’s words.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;” (1 Cor. 2:1-6)

Consider these questions:​

  1. How do you evaluate a speaker or one who ministers in the name of Jesus?
  2. How does Paul suggest we should evaluate them?
  3. In your ministry, what do you rely on?

Take a moment to offer your thoughts and reflections to the Lord.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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False Leaders

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Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14)

Those of us who participated in the committee that authored the False Leaders document, feel like Paul. We have become far more aware of our motives, our actions, our impact on the people we serve and what we teach.

None of us has attained perfection, but we are more determined, by His grace, to be more like Jesus in the way we lead, what we teach and how we treat people.

With this in mind, we invite you to download and read it. We are each looking inward as we compare ourselves to Jesus’ standards.

We also invite you to pass this around as a resource to people you think might value it for their own life or ministry.

Here is the link to the False Leaders page.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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The Lord is My Shepherd

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I spent some time pondering and reflecting on Psalm 23 while flying to Denver. I read it a number of times and thanked the Lord for the fact that He really is my shepherd.

Take a few minutes to read and reflect on this passage:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.”

What thoughts come to mind as you read this? Take a few minutes to thank the Lord.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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