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The Heart of a Servant

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The disciples had just been guilty of arguing about who would be first in the Kingdom (Luke 22:24), but they were not arguing about who would be first to take the position of a servant and wash the others’ feet. None of them was willing to volunteer, because that was the job of the lowliest servant, and it might lessen their respect in the eyes of the other disciples. And if they did it this time, they might get stuck with it. After all, they were not aspiring to a towel and basin, they had their eyes set on a crown and scepter.

The fact is that none of them picked up the towel and basin and then suddenly Jesus got up and did something that shocked all of them, He began to wash their feet. This one act was a powerful revelation of the heart of Jesus, a servants heart, a heart that we must all have, if we would be like Jesus. Jesus’ actions in washing the disciples’ feet is so shocking that Peter protests and tries to stop Jesus saying “No master, you will never wash my feet,” but Jesus was teaching them a crucial lesson that He never wanted them or us to forget.  

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Where Are You?

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SERIES: FAMOUS QUESTIONS OF THE BIBLE
(Gen 3:1-13)
“Where are you?” This is the very first question that God asks in the garden of Eden, and it is a question that He is still asking everyone of us today. It is a question of the utmost importance and relevance to us, so we want to consider why God asked this question, and what is our response.

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A Heart of Mercy

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3/9/14
(Matt 9:9-13)
This is Matthew’s own testimony of how Jesus came to him, a despised tax collector. The Jewish leaders viewed him as unacceptable to God, the chiefest of sinners. Yet, Jesus called him to be one of his followers. Jesus even goes to his house to eat, and Matthew invites all of his sinner friends to come and meet Jesus, much to the chagrin of the religious leaders.

As we study this passage, we see that it reveals several powerful truths about Jesus’ heart of mercy, and it makes clear that He expects us to have his heart as well.

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3/2/14
Becoming a Christian is not just about trying to be a better person, or fixing some bad habits. It is about becoming an entirely new person. Ezekiel speaks of this experience in terms of a spiritual heart transplant. This heart transplant is the essence of what it means to be a Christian; to have a relationship with God.

The heart, as used here in Ezekiel refers to the center or the core of our being, the inner person. In the biblical sense of the word, the heart refers to the seat of our personality, the center of our emotion, our intellect/thoughts life and  our will or volition. Your heart is who you are. Prov 4:23 exhorts us to “guard our heart with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life.” Our entire life emanates from our heart: our values, our priorities, our desires our ambitions, our actions. That is why a heart transplant is critical if we are to live lives that are pleasing to God.

For this reason, it is crucial for us to understand why we need this transplant, who performs the heart transplant, and whose heart is it transplanted into us.

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