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Luke 22:25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
Once again Jesus “undoes” the perceptions and ideas of the twelve, and for all of the rest of us. In this society of ours, so much like the social picture then the “exalted ones” were basking in their privilege to the detriment of others and the most lowly suddenly in this moment were exalted far above their perceived station. How antithetical to our thinking I this idea? Remember the old camp song from Sunday school summertime picnics? “If you want to be first in God’s kingdom, Learn to be the servant of all…”
This seems to be forgotten by most of us as time goes on and we continue to “elevate” the least worthy of our neighbors to higher and higher positions of authority over us. We really should pray for those pathetic souls as in the final analysis so much will be demanded of them. The accounting at the last for the choices they have made, the policies they have implemented and the people they have excluded in their lust for power will ultimately be a price they will be unwilling to pay. Yes, pray for our leaders, no matter what they are doing, no matter what they have inflicted upon you for they are in God’s hands. See also Romans 13:1. Proverbs 21:1 et al
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Exciting Third Book in Fictional Series is a Must-Have For Readers who Appreciate Suspense and History Mixed With Hope and Inspiration
Xulon Press presents entertaining fiction for anyone who has experienced loss and made new relationships in the wake of tragedy.
MAITLAND, FL—Author Larry M. Lawrence pens book 3 in the series, returns with more edge-of-your-seat suspense in The Whitney Chronicles 3: The Weight of Mountains($16.49, paperback, 9781662855306; $7.99, e-book, 9781662855313).
In this third installment of the series, Larry M. Lawrence provides the continuing adventure in the life of Josiah Whitney. While honeymooning in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his new wife, Olivia, he receives an urgent call from his son, John. Then, in a matter of mere hours, Josiah meets up with an old colleague and is swept up in a deadly game of smuggling and intrigue, leading to a desperate kidnapping. Readers will be enthralled to discover that smuggling of animal parts and plants, a lucrative business, is mainly controlled by criminal interests from different parts of the globe. This unscrupulous situation leads to an explosive confrontation. Will Josiah and Olivia, survive this treacherous encounter?
When asked about the inspiration for the topic of his third book in the series, Lawrence said, “I lived in North Carolina at the time of the rockslide in the story. I have also been concerned with, and have taught hunter safety and I am concerned about the illicit and unscrupulous killing of bears and plundering precious plant resources for profit in foreign markets.”
Larry M. Lawrence was born in upstate New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He is an author, songwriter, musician and a retired Pastor. In addition, he was a former caterer and sporting goods store owner, among several other professions. Lawrence had the extreme privilege of serving as lead pastor in Olean NY, Niagara Falls NY, La Fargeville, NY and Laurinburg NC. He has been married to his wife, Jane, for nearly fifty years and they reside in the countryside west of St. Louis. He is currently serving as Worship leader at his home Church in Union, MO. Lawrence began this journey of ministry of writing to encourage others, especially those of retirement age or beyond to try new things, to hope for the here and now and to re-establish ties with family and friends. He publishes a devotional blog each day at larrymlawrence.com titled, Finding God in the Mystery of every day. Although he is semi-disabled, he loves to spend time with his grandchildren. He also enjoys contemporary Christian worship music and has even travelled with a band in the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and in New York.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. The Whitney Chronicles 3: The Weight of Mountains is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.