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The Heart of a Servant

Mark 16:20

20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

The Heart of a Servant

“Mark’s Gospel emphasizes Christ’s power as well as his servanthood. Jesus’ life and teaching turn the world upside down. The world sees power as a way to gain control over others. But Jesus, with all authority and power in heaven and earth, chose to serve others. He held children in his arms, healed the sick, washed the disciples’ feet, and died for the sins of the world. Following Jesus means receiving this same power to serve. As believers, we are called to be servants of Christ. As Christ served, so we are to serve.” (Life Application Study Bible 1653)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 1653.

His Understanding Has No Limit

Psalm 147:4-5

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He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
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Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

“Sometimes we feel as if we don’t understand ourselves—what we want, how we feel, what’s wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God’s understanding has no limit, and therefore he understands us fully. If you feel troubled and don’t understand yourself, remember that God understands you perfectly. Take your mind off yourself and focus it on God. Strive to become more and more like him. The more you learn about God and his ways, the better you will understand yourself.” (Life Application Study Bible 978)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 978.

God Is Good

Acts 14:15-18

15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.

“Responding to the people of Lystra, Paul and Barnabas reminded them that God never leaves himself ‘without testimony.’ Rain and crops, for example, are evidence of his goodness. Later Paul wrote that this evidence in nature leaves people without an excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20). When in doubt about God, look around and you will see abundant evidence that he is at work in the world.” (Life Application Study Bible 1835)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 1835.