11/16/2009

The way to Love and Serve

To increase influence and trust, give freedom; to decrease influence and trust, maintain control.

Man's agenda is to build himself up, but God is the God of generosity and grace who gives liberally and freely of Himself and to us.

Man's default is to keep some "safe" distance, but the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is fully transparent, trusting and loving.

We pull rank over one another, but Jesus gave up everything, went to the very pit and died, in order to win us back to himself.

"The stairway to the ministry is not a grand staircase but a back stairwell that leads down to the servants quarters." Edmond Clowney

"There is too much autocracy (or oligarchy) in the leaders of the church, in defiance of the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, and not enough love and gentleness. Too many church leaders behave as if they believe not in the priesthood of all believers, but in the papacy of all pastors." John Stott

"Jesus is the only Lord who if you receive him will fulfill you completely and if you fail him will forgive you eternally." Tim Keller

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