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12 April 2016

'Abandonment of ourselves is the kernel of consecration, not presenting our gifts, but presenting ourselves without reserve.' Oswald Chambers God has both given you life, and given you unique gifts (Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4, 1 Peter 4:10). But he does not want what you can 'do for Him,' what He wants is you. Not a little, not some, not the convenient parts, or enough that y...

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5 April 2016

'We practice our death by giving up our will to live on our own terms.' Eugene Peterson If we are honest, desiring servant leadership with all of it's surrendering, preference-killing, others-seeking, humility and ultimate death-to-self, is not our natural proclivity. But servant leadership is the natural result of those who are being shaped into the image and likeness o...

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29 March 2016

'Once a man has experienced the mercy of God in his life he will henceforth aspire to serve. The proud throne of the judge no longer lures him; he wants to be down below with the lowly and the needy, because that is where God found him.' Dietrich Bonhoeffer Romans 2:4 tells us that it is 'the kindness of God that leads to repentance.' We did not choose God, He chose us w...

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22 March 2016

'But in service we must experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. Service banishes us to the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial.' Richard Foster A life described as mundane, ordinary, and trivial may be one of the most revolting things to our celebrity-obsessed culture (both in the world and within The Church). But service happens much more in the unse...

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15 March 2016

'Jesus transforms our hearts by service, not by power.' Tim Keller Jesus came to serve (Matthew 20:28). He could have arrived in setting with a reception befitting His identity, but He did not. Because He came to serve. And it is in His serving His obedience to the will of the Father that we are transformed (Philippians 2:8). As we have been served in Christ, we carry...

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8 March 2016

'Grateful hearts want to monopolize the tongues of the people for the glory of God.' Spurgeon Gratitude is born in two areas: when we've been given something unexpected, undeserved or extravagant, and when we see a bigger picture past the present moment. Is this not the Gospel story? A grace and love that we do not deserve that moves us out of the present moment into ete...

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1 March 2016

'Pride is the oldest and commonest of sins. Humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces.' JC Ryle Humility is the hallmark of the servant leader. It is also what God requires of all believers (Micah 6:8). But it is a 'rare' and 'beautiful grace,' because as simple as it sounds, it is impossible to create in our own strength. Humility is the gift given to those w...

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23 February 2016

'Remember Whose you are, and Whom you serve.' Oswald Chambers Easier said than done, right? The truth in that statement is key to understanding our identity and enabling our calling as servant leaders. Your Identity you belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 John 4:4). Your identity is in Christ (Colossians 3:3). You did not earn it, you cannot lose it, and it can never b...

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16 February 2016

'Mystery is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend.' Eugene Peterson As we gather together for corporate worship, physical eyes only see the surface. Spirit-gifted spiritual eyes sense the mystery. The mystery of who God is, what He's done, who we are, and what is happening as we gather. And a glimpse is all it takes to see t...

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9 February 2016

'When the pressure of work for Christ is allowed to be the excuse for our not finding time to seek and secure His own presence and power in it, as our chief need, it surely proves that there is no right sense of our absolute dependence upon God; no deep apprehension of the Divine and supernatural work of God in which we are only His instruments, no true entrance into heave...

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