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A True Leader Must Serve

Mark 10:43

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

RayMcDI had an amazing example growing up of a leader who served others. My father was a pastor – a leader of men and women – yet he was always found serving others. As I grew up – physically and spiritually – I always found my dad out in the yard working with the other men and women raking leaves in the fall. I usually found my father working in the kitchen or serving in the fellowship hall when church meals were being served. I remember seeing my dad taking the trashcan around picking up the trash during meals at church. I remember dad helping to mix concrete and carrying cinder blocks when the folks from our church were doing most of the work building the fellowship hall and Sunday school wing at the church. In short – where there was a need – you could find this leader of men and women serving. He had a servant’s heart. Nothing was beneath him. Continue reading

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January 10, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas Praises 20

John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

christmas-1During the month of December I have asked some members and friends of our church to write a paragraph or so describing some of the things that bring them joy this Christmas season in their relationship with Jesus and First Church? They were asked where they see Jesus in their church family? They were asked what draws them to First Church. The reason for this is to stir up some joy and excitement this Christmas Season. I told them I would share their thoughts anonymously – but I am keeping their e-mails for sure. I will try to post a comment a day for December so obviously I need 31 comments. The posts will go up around noon each day.

All year long but especially during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the coming New Year, I see our church committees wind down and then plan for the next year of self-less serving.   The tireless servanthood I see from our church family inspires me to be better and humbles me to reflect on the sincerity of my own service. When serving honestly and genuinely, its just such an honor to be part of something bigger than myself….thats what I love!! To see Jesus in the things we plan and in the faces of those serving then how the Holy Spirit makes it all work together! Just awesome! It’s what keeps us all strong, keeps us together and makes me feel the familyhood of our church. I pray others will join and breathe freshness into our committees and then they can feel the joy of being a good an faithful servant! Amen and Amen. 

I praise the Lord for the testimony. I hope that it brings those who read it great joy. Merry Christmas to one and all.

December 20, 2016 Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Love For God

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

82015 RayOne of the all-time favorite passages is today’s passage – John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Watch any golf tournament and you might just see a sign that says John 3:16.

A sign of whom we love or what we love is what we are willing to give up for them or it. For instance – I asked my Tuesday morning Bible Study – who or what they loved. They responded with the normal list – children – pets – Jesus of course – and more. When asked what they would be willing to do for a pet with a major illness – some said – whatever it takes. Another said they would sell their house to help with the medical bills of a child.

We are willing to do whatever it takes for those we love or something we love. Some of us – for the sake of a few dollars – would camp out overnight at a store to assure that we were one of the first ones in the next day or overnight to get tickets to a movie or a concert. We’ll do some crazy things for something we love. Continue reading

September 2, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Servant’s Heart

Mark 10:43-45

43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

profileJesus made it clear that in order to follow after Him – we are called to serve others.  A servant’s heart is something to be desired for sure.  I have known a few people in my life that simply seemed to have a servant’s heart – naturally.  Most of us allow the sinful nature – the selfish nature – to rule the day and have to force ourselves to have a servant’s heart.

I’ve talked about filters and most of us have to really filter our thoughts and actions when it comes to serving others because our nature is to please self – to think of self – first.  Join me as we strive to do Heart Surgery on our spiritual hearts and become more like Christ.  We will be preaching about Attitude Sunday and our attitude goes a long way when it comes to having a servant’s heart.  We will talk on Sunday about ways we can cleanse our hearts and become more like Christ. Continue reading

January 10, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Us Not Become Weary in Doing Good

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In the midst of a teaching/writing on helping others – Paul writes about not growing weary of helping – doing good.  Here is the context.

Galatians 6:1-10 – 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. 6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Part of the cost of following Jesus – part of denying self and living for Jesus – has to do with serving others.  Serving others – thinking of others above ourselves – is not natural for many.  It is actually unnatural for most – but it is part of the new self that comes when we receive Christ.

StreetReach was an opportunity for many to give of themselves.  Young people gave a week of their summers to serve others.  Some of the youth gave up a week of their summer jobs and the “cash” that comes with it to serve others.  Some adults gave up a week of vacation.

Not only did they give up a week – but they slept in tents on the ground.  They worked in the heat pulling weeds – fighting poison ivy – trimming trees and bushes.  They sweat and felt the muscle pain of manual labor.  They put it all out there to reach the community for Christ – one yard at a time.

How have we given of ourselves lately?  What have we done to serve others – to doing good to others?  Are we giving of ourselves to others – for Christ’s sake?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 20, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey | , , | Leave a comment

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