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Vacancy

  • When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant toward James and John. Jesus summoned them, and said to them, 'You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.' Mark 10:41 WEB

    While walking along the road to Jerusalem with Jesus, James and John came up and asked Him to make them his second and third in command in the coming kingdom, or vice versa. Two things were important to them: James and John, or John and James. Either choice would be fine. One wanted to be at His right hand, and the other at His left in His coming kingdom.

    Ironically, when Jesus triumphed on the cross, there was a crucified thief on either side of Him (Mark 15:27). The disciples knew not what they were asking. The other ten disciples became angry, probably because they had not thought of it first. 'Who is the greatest' was an important topic to them (Mark 9:34). Either way, no one was seeking to be the last or aspiring to be a servant.

    Jesus explained that to be truly great in the kingdom of God, you had to become the servant, and that this position was currently vacant among them. Remember, Moses was not used by God until his selfish ambition was dead (Exodus 4:13). Then he became the meekest (most humble) and the most powerful man on earth. Something in him had to die first.

    If you want to be great in the sight of God, serve others. This job is always available because everyone else is scrambling for the top. The servant position always has a vacancy. When you humble yourself, God will raise you up and no man can stop it for humility comes before honor (Proverbs 18:12).

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for this day. Help me see Your path clearly and understand the opportunities that You provide me. Please give me Your grace to be a servant and to keep the right attitude in every situation, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Excellent message today! Thank you! Thank you! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for this day. Help me see Your path clearly and understand the opportunities that You provide me. Please give me Your grace to be a servant and to keep the right attitude in every situation, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
June 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna, I join in that prayer as well!
June 13, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
June 13, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman  I love the message. May I please ask that you all pray for me this morning. I have an appt with the cardiologist this am and things look scarey. I'm scared, my heart has been broken so much. I'm beginning to think this is why I'm having the trouble. I've given everything to Jesus and I know whatever happens is GODS plan and purpose. I just need strength to get more bad news. Lots of love.... Lisa I will keep you posted after my Dr's plan today.
June 13, 2016
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll Prayers going up for you. God bless & believe in the best! ((hugs))
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman Thank you. I'm a wreck right now.. Love
June 13, 2016
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll Please, do not be a wreck right now. Lean totally on your FAITH in God & that He's going to take care of you!!!  It's all only God's will & God's timing.  I've prayed for a complete healing & restoration of your heart & I'm believe through blind FAITH, that you're gonna be just fine. You NEED to believe too though. Just take a deep breath & say to yourself, I give this to You God, it's in Your hands now.  God bless you my Sis in Christ! (((hugs)))
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman Tracy you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you friend, I will never forget.
June 13, 2016
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll Dearest friend, I'm SO happy to help ANYTIME!!! You're loved Sweety, for sure! <3  ((hugs))
June 13, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Tracy I'm praying this prayer with you so there is strength in numbers! Lisa God is holding you and asking you to trust his powerful love for you and his healing grace right now! I too feel God has this cover and no matter what the Dr may or may not say God is healing you and blessing you right now!  Join with us Lisa, in blind faith and total trust sing praises and know you never have to walk alone! God is with you<3
June 13, 2016
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Praying my friend. Keep the faith. 
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman Thank you very much.. Love
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine Praying for you Lisa.  Christ's strength peace and healing
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman Suzy, I appreciate your kindness.
June 13, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Praying for you Lisa.  Praying that God will calm your fears and cover you with His healing.
June 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Lisa to you and pray that you please bless her with peace, strength, comfort and a great healing in her body. I pray that you shine your wisdom on her cardiologist and that you work your perfect will here, in the name of Jesus, amen! (((HUGS))) He has got this, Lisa!
June 13, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Praying that God will give you peace in your heart.  
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman

Thanking you with all my heart. Muah

June 14, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Lord I pray that You completely heal Lisa, that You comfort her, protect her, and cover her in Your love today. Let her know that You have got this under control, bring a good report and restore her hope, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman

Amen.

June 14, 2016
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Jackie Tipton
Jackie Tipton

Prayers are headed your way. God Bless Lisa.

June 13, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman

Feeling blessed.. Ty

June 14, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Jesus. 
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morganedited: June 13, 2016 Good morning people , I thank God for the word this morning  I love helping people I believe this is my calling  I have a compassionate heart  Lord I pray you get the glory out everything iI do amen.
June 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Retta to you and pray that you guide Retta, and bless her with many opportunities to make use of the gifts you have given her and the heart for the people that you have place within her. I ask that you let your light shine through her wherever she goes, in the name of Jesus!
June 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Praise God!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Retta.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen thank you Pastor Dion for sharing these inspirational words of the Lord.
June 13, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen 
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I suppose the pride that James and John exhibited has been around since the time of Lucifer, who found it wasn't good enough to simply serve, but needed to be in the spotlight. I pray that He protects us all from this pitfall and keeps our vision on the One who is greater than any earthly praise we can receive.
June 13, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I agree!
June 13, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: June 13, 2016

It is very easy to fall into that trap, but...

 

The way up in the kingdom of God, is down. 

June 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 13, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

June 13, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Help me LORD, to be humble so I can serve you.
June 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, for me as well!
June 13, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Praise God, Amen
June 13, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran Amen.
June 13, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! There is no greater honor than to serve others. I am most happiest when I am helping others. Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." It is inbred in the heart of a Christian through the Holy Spirit to serve as Jesus served. I cannot but help to feel this desire to serve, as Christ who lives in me, molds me into everything He wants me to be. It is through Him that I am who I am, for I can do nothing for the Kingdom without Him.
June 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, sister, agreed!

June 13, 2016
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, I have to be honest, it is so hard to be humble, but that is the only way that the Lord can use us, can use me.

My prayer is: Lord help me to be humble, help me to control what comes of my lips, and make me a servant!

It is my heart's desire to please you Lord! Father in heaven, please hear my prayer. In Jesus name I ask and pray, Amen!

June 14, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

June 14, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

amen that was great  devonal . 

June 13, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen! 

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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli

AMEN!!!  I like helping others, it is a good feeling when you have helped/served.

June 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulusedited: June 13, 2016

Amen!!

June 13, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen!

June 13, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro

Dion~

Just what I neede to hear!  I have just spent a weekend of great praise and gratitude to the man who started the AA movement. God was always put in the equation.  If not for Him, our fellowship would never had gotten off the ground.  No one is greater than the next, we all have the same disease.  I know I will not be judged or shunned because of my disease here at RHM, I have no shame.  It is a illness I will always have, God has chosen me to be clean and sober today.  I am always available to give away what has so freely been given to me, to anyone.  A "normal" person or another alcoholic!  Today I feel so blessed and high on God!

June 13, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

June 13, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

June 13, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion that lets us know that many of us need to humble ourselves. We need to stop and know that starting at the bottom and work your ay up. Some make it and some don't just wait on the Lord and stay humble. He will taje notice of you on his time. Amen <3

June 14, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen!! I choose to be humble and kind to all living  things!! To show kindness with a smile, to be considerate of others. We all can be better human beings to each other. It's not hard to do, and it makes your self feel so good. What a difference it would make......

June 14, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I thank You for this day. Help me see Your path clearly and understand the opportunities that You provide me. Please give me Your grace to be a servant and to keep the right attitude in every situation, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 14, 2016