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Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker David Servant in text and pdf format. David Servant is the Founder of Heavens Family, helping the least of these world-wide. David Servant has been serving in ministry since 1979 as a church-planter, pastor, teacher and missionary. When David Servant read the results of his high-school vocational aptitude test, he laughed. The results told him that he was best suited for a career in ministry or in entertainment. At the time, David's future goal was to live in a log cabin in the wilderness and live off the land for the rest of his life. The Lord, however, had different plans for David Servant. God didn't intend for him to run away from the world, but rather to play a part in changing the world by building God's kingdom. David received his call to ministry during his (reluctant) freshman year at Penn State, and one year later was enrolled in Bible School.

David Servant is the author of eight books, including Forever Rich, and the The Disciple-Making Minister, a 500-page equipping manual that has been translated into more than 20 languages and is being distributed to tens of thousands of pastors.

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The Cross Preeminent
      It's a fact: The cross of Jesus Christ and the topics directly related to it dominate the epistles of the New Testament. George Smeaton, observing this fact in the writings of the apostles and church leaders to the early Christians, notes how often they r ... read more

The Cross Prefigured
      As a young Christian attempting to digest the Old Testament, I found myself somewhat disturbed by all of the references in the Pentateuch to animals being slaughtered and offered up to God. The whole idea of killing animals as a part of religious ritual s ... read more

The Cross Preordained
      In eternity past, God "dreamed a dream," if I might say it in human terms. He desired to have a family. He wanted children upon whom He could shower His great love. They, in turn, would reciprocate by loving Him and each other. Together, they would live i ... read more

The Cross Proclaimed
      The apostles proclaimed a message radically different from the so-called gospel message prevalent in many Evangelical41 churches today. Too often, the biblical gospel has been replaced by a modern gospel that is void of practically every essential biblica ... read more

The Day That Jesus Lied?
      It is always pure joy to discover more people who are focusing on the substance of what following Jesus is supposed to be all about—loving God with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. These two commandments are what Jesus said are most import ... read more

The Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ John 1:14; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6
      Yesterday we read what John wrote about Jesus being called "the Word." A few verses later in his Gospel, John said, "the Word [who is Jesus] became human and lived here on earth among us" (John 1:14). John was talking about when the glorious God Jesus was ... read more

The Ennoblement of a Secular Vocation
      My calling to vocational ministry came not long after my conversion to Christ, during my freshman year at Penn State. That call was so compelling that I can remember wondering then how other Christians could consider a "secular" vocation to be an option f ... read more

The Faith and Doubts of Jesus' Disciples Matthew 16:1-20
      As we continue reading the life story of Jesus, we'll learn that He faced a growing opposition from the Pharisees and other religious leaders. Those men who were supposed to be servants of God hated God's Son with a passion, and wanted to ruin Him. Ultima ... read more

The First Time Jesus Cleans Out the Temple John 2:13-25
      Many people like to hear about God's love, but they aren't interested in hearing about God's anger with sin and wrongdoing. Today's reading reveals that side of God. Jesus was obviously very angry about what was taking place in the Temple, and He reacted ... read more

The Greatest Servant Teaches About Serving Mark 10:32-45
      When we read about James' and John's selfish request to sit at Jesus' right and left hand in His kingdom, it makes us realize how much they needed to grow spiritually at that point in their lives. But praise God, they did eventually grow up, although not ... read more

The Greedy "Christian"
      Standing on your right is an elderly Korean woman, the wrinkles of many hard years etched across her face. To your left stands a short, young Russian man. His worn clothing and calloused hands make you suspect he was a farmer or factory worker. Like ev ... read more

The Immoral "Christian"
      By day he works in a downtown office. He’s a hard worker and has received steady promotions. Everyone likes him. He’s trustworthy and pleasant to be around. A model father of three children, no one would ever suspect his dark secret. By night he st ... read more

The Inward Voice
      Although the Law of Moses was given to the descendants of Israel sometime around 1440 B.C., God had already given the entire human race another Law that predated the Mosaic Law by at least 2,500 years—a Law that He wrote upon every human heart. To that ... read more

The Inward Voice
      Although the Law of Moses was given to the descendants of Israel sometime around 1440 B.C., God had already given the entire human race another Law that predated the Mosaic Law by at least 2,500 years—a Law that He wrote upon every human heart. To that ... read more

The Last Supper Luke 22:7-20
      Today we've read about a portion of Jesus' final full day on earth. Thousands of Jews from all over Israel had journeyed to Jerusalem for the weeklong Feast of Unleavened Bread, which began with the Passover celebration. On that day, every Israelite famil ... read more

The Limits of God's Grace
      Perhaps no biblical story better illustrates the grace that God offers—the true grace—than that of Jesus' encounter with the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Bringing her before Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees reminded Him that, according ... read more

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
      Like the religious teacher we read about yesterday, the teacher in today's story also understood that the most important commandments were to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves. If a person did those t ... read more

The Parable of the Ten Servants Luke 19:11-27
      Many of Jesus' followers, including His closest disciples, assumed it would be just a short time before He would do what the Old Testament said He would do: set up God's kingdom on the earth and rule over it from Jerusalem. But the truth was, in less than ... read more

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers Matthew 20:1-16
      What was Jesus trying to teach us in this parable? Some think the point is that we'll all have the same reward in heaven no matter how long or hard we work for the Lord on earth. But that can't be right, because the Bible teaches that each person will be ... read more

The Parable of the Wedding Guests Matthew 22:1-14
      Here is another parable Jesus told that was packed with significance for both believers and unbelievers, modern and ancient. However, when we interpret any parable, we must realize that every parable is an imperfect comparison, and we need to discern whic ... read more

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14
      This story was aimed at the Pharisees, who were generally proud of themselves for their supposed obedience to God and consequently despised everyone else. They were no different than many modern religious people who are proud of their outward conformity t ... read more

The Pharisees Request a Sign from Jesus Matthew 12:38-45
      One day some religious teachers and Pharisees asked Jesus to show them a miraculous sign to prove that He was from God. Jesus had performed many miracles already, healings in particular, and the Pharisees had surely heard the reports and even witnessed so ... read more

The Pre-Existence and Deity of Christ John 1:1-3; 17:5, 24
      The story of Jesus begins long before He was born as a baby in Bethlehem. Because Jesus is and always has been God's Son, He existed before anyone or anything was created. John wrote that Jesus was with God "in the beginning" (John 1:2), which means befor ... read more

The Preachers Prepared
      As you may have suspected, in this second part we will primarily be investigating the book of Acts and the epistles. It is there that we discover the full revelation of all that was accomplished through Jesus' death. One might ask why Jesus didn't reve ... read more

The Records of Jesus' Ancestors Matthew 1:1-17 Luke 3:23-38
      What long lists these are! Aren't you glad you don't have to memorize all those names for your history class? Why are these two lists of Jesus' ancestors not identical? Probably because Matthew recorded Jesus' ancestry through His stepfather, Joseph, a ... read more

The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31
      Jesus told this story of the rich man and Lazarus directly after He told the story we read yesterday of the shrewd money manager. Both stories teach us something about how God expects us to view and use money. The final conclusion of yesterday's story ... read more

The Savior Presented
      Thus far we've learned that the death of Christ was preordained from the foundation of the world, prefigured by millions of animal sacrifices spanning thousands of years, and predicted by the prophets for centuries. There was no halfhearted preparation fo ... read more

The Snack We Call Supper
      At the last church that I pastored, I required that our ushers wear a coat and tie on those once-a-month Sundays when we celebrated the Lord's Supper. It seemed to me that those who distributed the elements of Jesus' body and blood should demonstrate at l ... read more

The Stories of the Two Sons and Evil Farmers Matthew 21:23-46
      Today's reading contrasts Christ's reception by the common people with His rejection by the religious leaders. When the leading priests demanded that Jesus tell them by what authority He had driven out the merchants from the Temple, He responded by asking ... read more

The Story of the Shrewd Money Manager Luke 16:1-14
      Jesus' story of the shrewd money manager is one that many people have difficulty understanding. However, if we first consider the lessons of the story that Jesus shared at its conclusion, it's easier to understand how the story leads to those lessons. ... read more

The Unbelief of Jesus' Brothers and People of Jerusalem John 7:1-36
      According to what John wrote, before Jesus' death and resurrection, His own brothers didn't believe in Him. This teaches us that believing in Jesus means believing more than the fact that He was just a person in history. And it means believing more than t ... read more

The Uncommitted "Christian"
      Recently released from jail, a young communist disciple wrote to his fianceé, breaking off their engagement: We communists have a high casualty rate. We are the ones who get shot and hung and ridiculed and fired from our jobs and in every other way ma ... read more

The Value of Children Matthew 18:10-14; 19:13-15
      The first part of today's reading is a continuation of what we read yesterday, when Jesus was teaching about the value of little children who believe in Him. Today we again learn that it's wrong to despise little believers because God places such a high v ... read more

The Wise Men Visit Jesus Matthew 2:1-23
      Mary and Joseph remained in Bethlehem for at least a few weeks after Jesus was born, and it may well have been during that time when the wise men visited Him. They had seen a star appear in the sky about two years earlier that led them to Jerusalem. Unfor ... read more

There's a Sheep Born Every Second
      It was reported by the Associated Press that, near the town of Gavas, eastern Turkey, one sheep among a large flock walked to the edge of cliff and jumped to its death. A second sheep quickly imitated the first, also leaping off the cliff to its death. Th ... read more

Three Lessons from Lakeland
      Depending on where you live in the world and what interests you, you may or may not have some knowledge of the recent revival meetings in Lakeland, Florida, led by Canadian Todd Bentley. Although tens of thousands from around the world flocked to Lakeland ... read more

Unrighteous Shall Not Inherit
      Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? (2 Cor. 13:5). In the above-quoted verse of Scripture, we find a succinct ... read more

We are Branches in Jesus' Vine John 15:1-17
      Using the analogy of a vine, Jesus explained what a true Christian is: he is a person who, as a result of being joined to Jesus, produces fruit. Fruit, of course, represents the good things that we do. It includes our actions, attitudes, words and answers ... read more

What God Wants
      The amalgamation of all that comprises contemporary Christendom sometimes obscures the one thing that is by far the most important. Hidden underneath all the clutter is something that is supposed to be preeminent. Without it, all else that is done under t ... read more

What To Do When a Fellow Christian Wrongs You Matthew 18:15-35
      Jesus wants His followers to love one another as devoted friends. But sometimes, through thoughtlessness or misunderstanding, two followers of Christ are divided. What should you do if that happens to you? In most cases, you should simply overlook other p ... read more

Whom Can We Trust?
      Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being (Psalm 51:6). Last month when I was in Sri Lanka, I made a point to visit a world-famous orphanage director. He told me about ominous dreams he'd had some days before the Indian Ocean tsunami swept ashore ... read more

Zacchaeus is Saved Luke 19:1-10
      You may remember that most Jews despised tax collectors in Jesus' time. Not only did they work for the occupying foreign government, Rome, but they also made themselves very rich by overcharging their own countrymen. Zacchaeus was no different than any ot ... read more

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