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April 27, 2018 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments

Posted in: Children & Family

"Church Without Walls"

In our self-serving culture with its me first mentality, being a servant is not a popular notion. Jesus measured greatness in terms of service, — and not status. God determines our greatness by the people we serve, not by the people who serve us. And yet, it is possible to serve in a church for a lifetime without ever being a servant. The reason I say this is that God calls us to have a servant’s heart.

Heart servants give of themselves with no strings attached. Their heart for people is its own reward. It is not about making a big splash, getting noticed, or recognized, because people who have a servant’s heart do things out of humility. In heaven I believe that God is going to openly reward some of his most obscure and unknown servants. These are going to be people we never heard of, like the ones who taught children with learning disabilities; those who assisted people with their finances; those who nursed patients with Alzheimer’s, and still others who served in thousands of other unnoticed ways. So, don’t be discouraged when your service is unnoticed or taken for granted, and yes, even by the church. By all means, keep on serving God! “Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort” (I Corinthians 15:58). 

 Please be sure to sign up and serve this Sunday after our 10:00 am service in what we are calling, “The Church Without Walls.” Let’s use our hands and feet for God’s glory, as we show Christ’s love to our neighbors. And remember, even the smallest service is noticed by God and will be rewarded. Jesus said “If, as my representatives, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded” (Matthew 10:42) 

 Finally, Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day. To put it in southern terms, this can also be called, “You Help Keep My Mess Straight” Day. A big thank you to Peggy Osborne, CLPC’s wonderful secretary, who has a servant’s heart, and who is a huge asset to our church. We are incredibly blessed by her stellar work, knowledge, positive spirit, and all that the staff and our church depend on her for. Many Thanks!  

 Pastor John 

 Quote of the Week

 "The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.