If you want to be holy, if you seek meaning in your life, start looking into
your own life and attacking your pride in all of its many forms. God will
give you extraordinary light and the ultimate reward of holiness. For
your holiness relies not on what you do, but on what you allow God to do
through you. Have courage. God will perfect you. ...
I. This Sunday in Church: 1st Sunday After Shunoyo
Bible Readings for This Sunday (August 21)
Sermons for This Sunday (August 21)
4. From Malankara World Journal Archives
II. Lectionary Reflections
Contemporary Commentary on Mark 10:35-45
Greatness among Jesus' followers is measured by their ability to live as
servants and slaves, even if that life means suffering oppression at the
hands of those who wield power. Jesus has spoken in similar terms in Mark
9:33-37, where he compares himself to a child, an image of powerlessness and
vulnerability. He will embody such subjection in his passion, when he
affirms the promise of his glorification (Mark 14:62) but nevertheless
forgoes the power to control his fate or to prevail over others.
When Jesus Gives His Life as a Ransom, He Frees Us to Serve Others as Slaves of Christ
Once again, Jesus tries to redefine what it means to be first and great. In Mark 9:35
and 10:31 Jesus had said that to be first required being last and servant of
all. In Mark 9:36-37 and 10:13-16 he had demonstrated what this looks like in God's
dominion as he welcomed children. Here in Mark 10:43-44 he repeats the concept. To be
great is to be a servant (diakonos). ...
Greatness, Humility, Servanthood
Without humility we won't serve, or we will serve for the wrong reasons. It
seems almost impossible to overstate how pervasive are the effects of
humility in our lives. ...
The Greatness of Service
The pursuit of greatness is not inherently wrong; we sin by not
understanding or pursuing what Jesus defines as true greatness. The citizens
of Christ's kingdom do not seek greatness in order to achieve power over
others-that is what citizens of worldly kingdoms do (Mark 10:42–43a).
Instead, Christians pursue greatness in order to better serve others, to
meet the needs of other believers. ...
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective S.E.R.V.A.N.T Leader
What does a servant-leader look like? What should come to our mind when we
think of servant-leaders? I believe there are at least seven habits or
practices of a highly effective servant leader. I came up with these seven
habits when I sought to identify what qualities should be seen in a member
of our church. ...
James, John, Jesus and my Great Aunt Esther
Like James and John, you and I are only at the beginning of understanding
the demands of this call to follow Jesus. And no, maybe none of us will ever
get it completely right. At the same time, we are so blessed to have in
Jesus the perfect model of what this journey looks like at its most
III. General Weekly Features
Career: How to Go from Good to Great - and Enjoy the Rewards - In 4 Easy Steps
Ego. Selflessness. Pride. Humility. Confidence. Fear. There are so many emotions that play a part in personal development. What you want in your career is the confidence that follows accomplishment, not the pride that precedes a fall.
Family Special: It's Easy to Give Up and Give In
Not long ago, someone asked me why someone would choose to be depressed,
what benefits could ever result from deciding to give up. ...
Family Special: Can Teen Alcoholism Start At Home?
Pre-teens and teenagers begin their relationship with alcohol from their very
first encounter. Many parents believe that exposing their children to small
amounts of alcohol before the age of 21 while in the safety in their own homes
is safer than waiting until college parties. But the truth isn't always so
Christian Life: Does the Pursuit of Perfection Keep you Trapped?
When you search for perfection like a flawless diamond,
you pretty much always walk away with nothing. ...
Christian Life: Five Areas of Your Life Satan Wants to Enter
Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain
a stronghold. He'll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your
focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God. ...
Inspirational: How You Can Soar Like the Eagles
As a believer in Christ, God made you to soar in the heavens! He has blessed us
in Christ Jesus to roar and reside in the heavenly places. Yet, so many
believers I talk with today are stuck on the ground, like that little eaglet,
and are content with living their lives among the turkeys instead of soaring
with the eagles. ...
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