"The translation of doulos by 'servant' rather than 'slave' [led] to the total effacement of its ancient significance (1965: 319). This ennobling title means the believer belongs to the Lord, who constantly "gives Himself away" in infinite love, through faith. Indeed, the doulos (slave) of Christ is His very Bride (cf. Rev 19:7-9). Accordingly, the faithful believer seeks to do all things in intimate partnership with Christ, as He births faith in the heart (cf. Ro 10:6-8,17; Heb 11:6). This is possible because the believer is joined to Christ as a genuine member of His very body (Jn 14:20; 1 Cor 12:13).
A Call to Fast to End Abortion part 2
When Jonah was sent into Ninevah, he was sent with the message: "God will destroy his city in 40 days." Ninevah was a pagan city, yet the Lord sent a reluctant prophet to warn the people. God didn't want to destroy Ninevah. He didn't delight in its demise, so he sent a man of God …
Spiritual Leadership “Spiritual Fathers and Mothers”
Being in spiritual leadership is not easy. You commit yourself to serve people who may not always respect your sacrifice—like Jesus did. When you are a servant leader, you can find yourself carrying a lot of the load while other people relax—like Jesus did.
For the Love of My Daughter – What separation teaches me about love.
Today, in the bittersweet parting of ways with my college age daughter, I found profound perspective. I know the feeling of longing to have one more long walk, one more hug, one more shared couch with her head on my shoulder. Separation is an ache that reminds me of the relationship's tender value.
There’s More Than Enough At God’s Table For You
During the holidays, some of our fondest memories are meals with friends and family around tables laden with tender savory meats, hot creamy mashed potatoes and steaming side dishes. Beautiful, bright vegetables add color to the warmly decorated table. Special dishes come out, along with the candles, lace, nice silver and linen napkins, freshly pressed …
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Praying the Psalms~Psalm 19 The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!
Some seasons of our lives are times of change, personal stretching and maybe, even a time of loss. I have been struck this year by the brevity of life. When I count up my years, all that I have lived for and loved seems so small. Even my busiest years seem like a drop in …
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Praying the Psalms~ Psalm 18 Train My Hands for Battle!
This summer, I asked God to give me a "word" for this school year we are starting. I needed a word that would embody God's plan or focus for me and a word to give me personal direction for my life. Some people pick a word for themselves. An example of this may be a …
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Forgivness is Like a Bath After A Long Day.
Today, as I floated serenely on a body board on a lake, a thought came to me. It was a short, powerful answer to a question I have been asking. I have been searching in prayer concerning forgiveness and it's function in the life of a believer. Why do we need to forgive when we …
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Praying the Psalms~ Psalm 17 Finding Confidence in Christ
Have you ever tried to figure out what is going on in your life? Why does it seem that so many negative things are happening or transpiring? It is easy to try to overanalyze our situations. I spoke with a sweet young mother yesterday who loves Jesus and her family so much, and she was …
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Suffering Without Losing Faith
I've gotta admit. I don't like to suffer. In Christian circles we enjoy immortalizing the martyrs and their eternal sacrifices. We wonder if we would ever be so brave, so faith filled. We hope so, but deep down inside there is this twinge of fear that we may not have what it takes. Today, I …