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Make Me A Servant

A Servant I Will Be!

Servant Christian

Happy New Year! With the coming of the new year comes a time for reflection and a time for making changes. We sometimes make resolutions, or change our priorities just a bit with the hope of re-focusing on what is important. As we enter this new month, this new year, we want to encourage you to think like Christ and reflect His spirit to those around you. Our theme for the month is “A Servant I Will Be.”

Do we, too often, stand in the assembly singing songs about service but fail to truly turn our hearts to that purpose? Songs such as “I Want to Be a Worker for the Lord,” and “Make Me Like You.”

Do we teach our children to turn their hearts to serve God but fail to set the example for them in our lives? Are we living the servants life as Christ did when He lived upon this earth? Do we fall to our knees to wash the feet of the world or do we have lofty thoughts that our service is more of a spiritual nature than a physical one. Christ served both, while he was here, the physical and the spiritual.

Christ’s Service

Physical Service

  • Fed the multitudes with just a few loaves and fish.
  • Filled Peters boat to overflowing with fish.
  • Calmed the sea.
  • Washed the feet of the apostles.
  • Raised to live the dead son of the Widow of Nain.
  • Healed the sick, lame, blind, deaf and demon possessed.
  • Turned water into wine.

Spiritual Service

  • Spoke the truth.
  • Loved purely.
  • Taught repentance.
  • Taught about the living water which leads us to never thirst again.
  • Sent forth the 12.
  • Sent forth the 70.
  • Taught his disciples to pray.
  • Read scripture in the synagogue.
  • Drove out the money changers from the temple.
  • Partook of the Passover.
  • Sang hymns.
  • Was himself baptized to fulfill all righteousness.
  • Instituted the supper of remembrance which has also been called the Lord’s Supper or Communion.
  • Suffered death upon the cross so that we might have forgiveness, eternal.
  • Rose to life again, ascended to heaven to sit at God’s right hand.
  • Instituted baptism for remission of sins.

Throughout the month of January we will examine being a servant for the Lord, we will make suggestions, offer examples and encourage you. We pray that you will find this month to be inspiring and that you will say “A Servant I Will Be” with boldness of spirit and courage of heart.

May you be blessed in serving our God in this new year.

~ Written by team member

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Thy Brother’s Business

Encouraging One Another in our Business Efforts.

As we finished up last months “In the Family” focus I was left with a strong sense if wanting to button up our little nest and protect our family from influences which might hinder our spiritual growth. There were so many marvelous stories and lessons shared that I want to bookmark the series for future reference. You too can do that here: “In the Family.”

Brother's Business

Now we transition from family to “Thy Brother’s Business” so that we who share a common family can encourage and support one another in our business lives as well as our spiritual and personal lives. I am always struck by the passages in Acts which tell of how our first brothers and sisters were of one heart, one mind and shared all things in common.

Acts 4:32 (NKJV)

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.

Do we consider this today? Do we consider having all things in common? Do we seek to uplift our brother in their daily efforts through financial support. When we head out to make a purchase do we first seek our brothers business, or the first business that comes along?

I remember when I was a little girl, daddy would always go to the auto parts store in that was a bit of a drive instead of going to our nearest town. I didn’t know why for a long time, until one day I realized the man behind the counter (who owned the store) was a member at the congregation in that town. You see daddy would have rather supported his brother than have the convenience of the closest store.

Business Convenience

5 Things to Consider when Making a Purchase or Seeking Professional Support.

  • Can I buy or order this product from a member of the church?
  • Would the Brother/Sister and their family benefit from my support?
  • If it costs me more at my brother’s location than the convenient chain store, would I be willing to give my brother the difference if he needed it? If your answer is yes, then why not buy the product from him/her in the first place.
  • Do I have complete trust of the business professional behind the desk? Is there a member of the church who owns a similar business that can provide me with trusted service?
  • Does purchases from this establishment bring honor to the Father?

I share these thoughts with you as we enter our month of “Thy Brother’s Business.” Our goal is simply to help you to be aware of businesses that are owned & operated by members of the Lord’s church. We humbly ask you to consider whether what they do and offer will be of benefit to you and your family. If so, then perhaps you might want to patronize “Thy Brother’s Business” instead of the first convenient business to come along.

The R16:16 Business Directory is a wonderful resource for finding businesses of all types that are owned & operated by brothers and sisters in the Lord’s family. Why not check them out today.

~Article written by team member: Renee Brown

 

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PFP Encouraging Christianity

Focusing the Sower’s Spotlight on PFP

PFP Ezine

In our current spotlight we are featuring PFP or Preacher’s Favorite Passage. Since this month we are featuring Men In Christ’s Service we wanted to give you a little more information about what PFP has to offer by highlighting some of their monthly e-zine.

In the current edition of PFP guest writer Andrew Lamica, from the Chase Park congregation in Huntsville, Alabama encourages Christians to be imitators of Christ. He uses the passage from 1 Corinthians 11:1 to remind us that this command is often overlooked in study. Too often we fail to truly meditate upon the word and rather gloss over what can become too familiar.

When we look at the religious world around us, many of whom claim Christianity yet walk not after Christ, we should be reminded of this passage and the many others like it written by Paul to imitate Christ.

Brother Lamica does a wonderful job of reminding us that not only is it ok to be a carbon copy Christian, it is a commandment, to pattern ourselves after the life of Christ.  I encourage you to click on over to the PFP e-zine to read the entire article.

Also in the current edition of PFP you will find:

In the Editor’s Addition: Lee Snow discusses the reality of depression and how it can play a major role in a person’s life. He offers a first hand account along with scriptural guidance for how to overcome. He reminds us that with God we can find help for every situation and that He already knows how it will work out.

In the section, Q&A with Billy Hayes, Brother Hayes answers two questions. Both are related to offices mentioned in the Bible. The first, the office of an elder and the second the office of a prophet.

Josh Clevenger in his article Ethical Ekklesia he talks about the modern culture of tolerance and what it means to us as Christians. He explains the worlds view on what tolerance means, and also that we as Christians should love all men to their greatest good – heaven.
The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (the PFP) is a amalgamation of articles and helpful tools for the Christian to use throughout his walk with Christ. We release a monthly e-zine with a main article from a guest writer about his favorite passage outlining the passage of Scripture and teaching about it. In addition to the main article, each e-zine issue has other articles and things from our writers Tony Clay, Billy Hayes, Josh Clevenger, Lee Snow and Travis Byars. The PFP also hosts a blog which is updated several times a week with articles and links. ~Written by Lee Snow.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member

 

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