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Lenten Season Devotions 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017 - Franklyn Daniel, Elder

Servants are Here

Isaiah 42:1-4 NIV
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”



My family and I have attended and worshipped at First Presbyterian Church in the Olney neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a number of years.  We have had the awesome opportunity to worship and fellowship in a community of believers in which I can earnestly see members displaying the servanthood of Jesus as it states in Isaiah 42:1, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold.”
In this beautiful church which has the resemblance of Noah’s Ark in the sanctuary ceilings, throughout the year, there is a “Care and Concern” list in which anyone who needs prayer can request it because there are prayer warriors here.  We also have a Food Cupboard, Wednesday evening Bible Study, Maundy Thursday Dinner, Vacation Bible School, Friday Night Outdoor Movies for families with kids, Thanksgiving Dinner, and just a whole lot of serving the community throughout the year as our good Lord instructs his people.
What I have also realized in my church is that there are families who worship here in this neighborhood of Olney who once lived here 20 plus years ago.  They no longer live here, and some of them drive 30-45 minutes to get here every Sunday to worship with us here in this community in which I have lived for the last 17 years.  Some of my brothers and sisters in Jesus’ families have been doing God’s work in this area in North Philly for the last 60 years and doing exactly like Mary in John 12:3 when she washed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume leading up to our Lord and Savior’s covenant to become our mediator and only way to the Father in Heaven as in Hebrews 9:14-15.  For that reason, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance now that Christ has died and risen.
Thought for Today: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”  Mark 10:45

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