“But the king replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying you for [the field].  I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”– 2 Samuel 24:24a

For the past few weeks I’ve been playing schedule ping-pong with some new friends who want to get my thoughts on some things.  Normally this isn’t an issue, but I have certain preferences when it comes to meeting with people, and they keep pushing back for different arrangements.

Today, as I felt the creeping tendrils of annoyance begin to attach themselves to my soul, I remembered the many examples in Scripture where Jesus shows that serving others really doesn’t count for much if we’re getting the better end of the deal.  It’s the times when we’re inconvenienced, put out, or stand to lose something that serving others reaps the most heavenly rewards.

When it comes to “worship as a lifestyle”, it’s the same thing.

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Worship in Waiting

“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope.” – Psalm 130:5

In 2001, my grandfather lost his words.

He had been visiting family out of town when he had a stroke, and fortunately they were able to get him proper medical care that saved his life and prevented much long-term damage.  What they weren’t able to prevent, however, was extensive injury to the language centers of his brain.  He had spent his life preaching, teaching and sharing gifted words with thousands, and now the words simply wouldn’t come.

Experts say that in cases like this, the mind is functioning just fine.  The person understands things perfectly, knows exactly what they want to say, but just like an arm that’s fallen asleep simply won’t respond to the brain’s attempts to move it, so it is that people with damaged language centers simply cannot cause their words to come out correctly.

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Chinese Drywall (pt.2)

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:16

Chinese drywall could be one of the best things that ever happened to us.

That’s probably not something you’d expect to hear from someone who’s being forced to pack his things and find a new home while the place he lives is ripped apart to remove a biohazard that’s likely been compromising his immune system for months, so let me explain.

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