Smart Notes...From Bro. Jeff - November 2017

Our world’s idea of greatness revolves around power and prestige. For Jesus, greatness was wrapped up in serving others. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Taking the posture and the attitude of a servant is one of the key virtues of the Kingdom of God. Servants don’t receive accolades or applause very often. But they serve
quietly and faithfully none the less.

I was reminded of that this past week as I walked through our campus and witnessed the serving hearts of so many people within our fellowship. A few of them get frequent “pats on the back.” If you sing, preach, or teach, someone will tell you how you blessed them. But if you change diapers with the bed babies, or help out with the different aged ministries, or with the greeter ministry, or prepare food for an after funeral meal or special event (and the list could go on and one) nobody applauds. Even worse, if you work in the sound booth, nobody notices—until you make a mistake! Ouch! I suppose sometimes being ignored is good. If you are one of those anonymous servants, God sees! God knows about your service and God smiles!

I want you to know how much I appreciate ALL of you. Thank you for serving faithfully. Thank you for devoting your life to serving Jesus through His church. Your service matters! It matters to lost people who need Jesus. It matters to me as your pastor! Most
importantly, it matters to God who will reward your service.

I hope to see you and your family in worship and Bible study this coming Lord’s Day at Cook!

I love you with the love of the Lord!

Bro. Jeff

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