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Serving God Through Illness

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. —Galatians 4:13

Seeing God's Purpose in Your Temporary Situation

"What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." —Exodus 14:11-13

The Loneliness of Suffering and Service

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." ... and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." —Matthew 26:36-38

Making a Bad Choice

So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. —Genesis 13:11-12

The Calling of God Is Paramount

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. —2 Thessalonians 1:11

The Precedent for the Unprecedented

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. —Hebrews 11:7

God's Church Includes Everybody

When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors. ... invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. —Luke 14:12-14

A Clear Path to Intimacy

For if you forgive men when they sin against you , your heavenly Father will also forgive you. —Matthew 6:14

God as an Enemy

Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. —James 4:4

Humility of Attitude

For as he thinks within himself, so he is. —Proverbs 23:7, NAS

The Blessing of an Unhappy Employment

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men ... .It is the Lord Christ you are serving. —Colossians 3:23-24

The Lord Is Always Before You

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. —Psalm 16:8

The Greatest Fringe Benefit

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. —Psalm 121:5-8

The Perfection of Love

But when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. —1 Corinthians 13:10

The Sheer Grace of God

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. —Ephesians 2:8-9

When God Tells Us Why

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. —1 Corinthians 13:12

Severe Mercy

Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. —Proverbs 3:12

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