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Serving God: Is it worth it?

Scripture:
“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox” (Proverbs 14:4 NKJV).
With cattle, you must clean old hay from the manger and spoiled feed from the trough. One way to avoid this unpleasant task is to have no cattle! In Bible times, though, agriculture depended upon oxen to pull the plow. Selling your oxen to avoid having to clean their trough would be rather short-sighted, don’t you think? I’d rather clean the trough than pull the plow!

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Drive

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Winston Churchill wrote

“Continuous effort-not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential”
The drive, the burning desire to achieve is what causes us to succeed in any endeavor. We have
this drive when it comes to work. We also have it when it comes to winning even a simple game.
One of the Army’s slogans is “Be all you can be.”

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A Useful Confrontation

Acts 11:1-18

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Soon the news reached the apostles and other believers in Judea that the Gentiles had received the word of God. But when Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, the Jewish believers criticized him. “You entered the home of Gentiles and even ate with them!” they said.

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