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Loving Service…by Billy Graham


Ephesians 6:7 NKJV

with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

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Faith Produces Works

A true sacrament is not a mere creed, or ordinance, or form, but it is a life of service to God and to man. The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

There must be a practical outworking of our faith here in this present world, or it will never endure the world to come. The Pharisees majored on show but minored on service. We need fewer words and more charitable works; less palaver and more pity; less repetition of creed and more compassion.

Daily Prayer

Talk so often drowns out the cries for help—I am guilty of this, Lord. I would worship You in everything I do. Extend my hands with Your mercy, Lord.

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Rediscovering the Christmas Season – December 4th


Servant of All

Exposure: Read Jesus’ remarks to His disciples about being a servant. In the next 24 hours, live this out by serving someone. Especially think of a way you welcome a little child in Jesus’ name.

Exploration: Why do you think Jesus took a child into His arms for this remark? What does it say about Jesus’ ministry that a little child was already nearby?

Expression: Who do you think was blessed more? You the server or the people being served?

Experience: Take an inventory of how you spend most of your days. Is your life characterized more by being served or serving?

Mark 9:33-37 (MSG)
They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?” The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest. He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.” He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.”

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Billy Graham on Spiritual Zeal


ROMANS 12:11-12 (NIV) – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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Commitment and Purpose

Each generation becomes more addicted to the sedatives of life, to dull the pain of living. Oppressed by a sense of triviality and thwarted purpose, men find no great goal or commitment to draw them, and no inner stimulation to give meaning to their existence. Christ can save you from the bane of boredom. He waits to give you a fresh sense of direction and to take dissatisfaction out of your life. I talked recently with a man in my own community who was converted to faith in Christ. “I hadn’t known what to do with my leisure time,” he told me, “but now I have a sense of commitment and purpose that I never knew before.”

Daily Prayer

Even the smallest job I do today is part of my service to You, Lord. Help my heart to be so filled with Your Spirit I will rejoice whatever task is set before me.

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She Speaks Truth V


PHILLIPIANS 2:19-30 NKJV

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I k:::now your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

“Live out Community”

Have you ever read a book and then stopped paying attention a few–or more–pages back? Your mind is going through the task of reading, but you’re not absorbing what the words are actually saying. This section of scripture is one that you could easily sweep by before moving on to Chapter 3. Let’s look at Paul’s writing: what God can teach us through these words?

Paul is writing a letter, and he is explaining part of the plan and what is next for the people of Philippi. He hopes to send Timothy soon [v. 19], but then decides that Epaphroditus [v. 24] will be the one returning to Philippi, after they had sent him to care for Paul.

You might be asking “why is any of this information important?”

There is something that happens when you write things down the old fashioned way: with a piece of paper and pen. Sentences seem to be formed differently than when you type. Stories tend to hit the paper in a way that strays from email. Remember, Paul is writing a letter.

He is living out community. He is living out the gospel message. He isn’t staying silent, and he’s being very clear about decisions and plans. If we look at verses 26 and 27, Paul even takes time to clarify that Epaphroditus was indeed ill and close to death, as the people of Philippi had heard. He is taking time to explain his choices, so that wrong information doesn’t have a place to grow. Paul doesn’t want there to be confusion even in the simplest of plans–some might call it over communication, but I’m not sure that’s possible. Paul cares deeply for the church in Philippi, and that is so evident in this section.

Just for fun: say “Epaphroditus.” Now say it three times as fast as you can. Now laugh. God likes when we laugh.

All too often we stay silent and choose isolation. What can we learn from Paul’s constant encouragement to be in community and unity with one another through Christ?

Put down your phone. Close your computer. Find a pen and a piece of paper. We live in a world that is fast-paced and full of instant gratification. Write a letter. You chose who you’re writing it to, but take the time to encourage someone. To love someone. To break that silence, and use your voice to love.

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She Speaks Truth IV


PHILLIPIANS 2:12-18 NKJV

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as  a  drink  offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

“Lights in the World”

There are just some passages in the Bible where you find yourself picking up your pen or highlighter and never being able to put it down. This is certainly one of them, no?

Read the passage as a whole several times, just to get a big picture. Now, pray and ask the Holy Spirit what he has for you in these words today. Is it encouragement? Conviction? Understanding? Hope?

And now, most importantly, after studying this passage, how will you react? Once your Bible is closed, how will you take what you have learned and put it into action as a “light in the world” of your community?

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Loneliness in Service to God by Billy Graham


1KINGS 17:5 ESV

So he went and did according to the word of the Lord . He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan.

The Lonely Servant’s Life

As messengers of God, we will often lead lonely lives. “All men forsook me,” said Paul. It is a price we have to pay; there is a loneliness in the Gospel. Yet you will not be alone, because you will be ministered to by the Spirit of God, as Elijah was ministered to at the brook Cherith. A true messenger lives a burdened life. If he is the Lord’s vessel, he carries in his heart a burden for souls none can share but those who know it firsthand.

Daily Prayer

Just as Your Spirit took care of Elijah, I know I am not alone in Your service, almighty God.