Acts 20:19 How We Serve the Lord

Acts 20:19 (KJV)
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Paul did not mention that he served the Lord with banquets or programs or festivities or joking or parties or laughing. He served the Lord:

  • With all humility of mind
  • With many tears and
  • With temptations 

Paul was targeted specifically by the Jews, but he had experienced plenty of troubles from others too. 

Paul instructed the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord and we ought to take that to heart ourselves. But rejoicing in the Lord is not the same as light-heartedness and flippancy. 

We serve the Lord in humility 
Not with arrogance and pride.

We serve the Lord with tears 
Not with shallowness and jocularity.

We serve the Lord with temptations 
Not with comfort and ease. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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