Freed to Serve

“For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 25:55, ESV).

How we introduce ourselves reveals what we value about ourselves or what others value about us. When we’re representing our employer, we might say, “Hi, I’m Karen, creative director at SmileZone.” When we’re in the neighborhood, we might introduce ourselves as “Hi, I’m Karen, Keith’s wife and Kristin’s mom.” When we’re at church, we might introduce ourselves, “Hi, I’m Karen, I volunteer in the Women’s Ministry.” When God looks at us, does He see any of those titles?

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Languages of Love

“And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud,
“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Mark 9:7

Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and they walked up a high mountain. He was transfigured there, and the clothing of Jesus became a radiant white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Not knowing what to say, Peter offered to make tents for the three of them. Then, they heard God tell them that Jesus was His Son. The command, listen to Him.

We listen to Jesus through reading the Bible, praying, waiting, praising, confessing, and much more. Listening intently is foundational in our relationship with Jesus.

Listening is also foundational in our marriages. Gary Chapman has gifted us with some insight in The 5 Love Languages.

Although we can be predominant in one or two of the love languages that Gary Chapman reveals, Jesus used all of the love languages, even more than five.

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How to Receive a Kingdom Promise

Hebrews 12:28

Kingdom promises require kingdom boldness, kingdom confidence. The Christian’s kingdom can’t be shaken.

Receiving the kingdom requires action: serving God through grace in great reverence and Godly fear in awe and trembling.

How are you serving God?

5 Steps Toward Spiritual Friendship

Gertrude

How many close friends do you have? Really close.

Do you have any spiritual friends?

Before I read this book, I had not connected “spiritual” with “friend.”

“Spiritual friendship is learning to see the worth God has placed in each person and appreciating the gifts individuals have to offer.” (p. xviii)

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