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Let's Be Determined To Serve
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"The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister."
(Matthew 20:28)

Paul's idea of service is the same as Our Lord's: "I am among you as He that serveth;" "ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." We have the idea that a man called to the ministry is called to be a different kind of being from other men. According to Jesus Christ, he's called to be the "door-mat" of other men; their spiritual leader, but never their superior. "I know how to be abased," says Paul. This"s Paul's idea of service---"I'll spend myself to the last ebb for you; you may give me praise or give me blame, it'll make no difference." So long as there's a human being who doesn't know Jesus Christ, I'm his debtor to serve him until he does. The mainspring of Paul's service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we're devoted to the cause of humanity, we'll soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we'll often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.

Paul's realization of how Jesus Christ had dealt with him is the secret of his determination to serve others. "I was before a perjurer, a blasphemer, an injurious person"---no matter how men may treat me, they'll never treat me with the spite and hatred with which I treated Jesus Christ. When we realize that Jesus Christ has served us to the end of our meanness, our selfishness, and sin, nothing that we meet with from others can exhaust our determination to serve men for His sake.
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Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Many years ago, while watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a Church in Georgia honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gate to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind, he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak.

"When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50 odd years of Preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heart break and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me...the only thing that would comfort was this song:

Jesus Loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
we are weak but He is strong.....
Yes, Jesus loves me...
The Bible tells me so."

When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don't believe I'll ever forget it. A pastor once stated, "I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it was the best."

Here's a new senior version...for us who have white hair or no hair at all... over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others...

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.

(CHORUS)
YES, JESUS LOVES ME... YES, JESUS LOVES ME...
YES, JESUS LOVES ME FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)
When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."

(CHORUS)
When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love.

(CHORUS)
I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
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Hold Your Head High

Standing for what you believe in regardless of the odds against you, and the pressure that tears at your resistance . . . is Courage.

Standing for what you believe in regardless of the odds against you, and the pressure that tears at your resistance . . . is Courage.

Stopping at nothing and doing what's in your heart that you know is right . . . is Determination.

Doing more than is expected, to make another's life a little more bearable, without uttering a single complaint . . . is Compassion.

Helping a friend in need, no matter the time or effort, to the best of your ability . . . is Loyalty.

Holding your head high And being the best you know you can be when life seems to fall apart at your feet, Facing each difficulty with the confidence that time will bring you better tomorrows, And never giving up . . . is Confidence.

Hold your head high and make your life better every day!
(Author Known to God)




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