Contributed by Jeff Simms on Aug 11, 2004
Rick Warren has said in his book “Purpose Driven Life” that there are 2 main problems when thinking about spiritual gifts. One is called “gift-envy”. This means that we compares our abilities and gifts to others. In doing that, we might feel tempted to feel jealous of others or feel dissatisfied
Contributed by Martin Kim on Nov 22, 2004
Rick Warren said, “God gave me a gift, not for me but for you, and God gave you a gift, not for you but for me. If you don’t use your gift, you’re
Contributed by Martin Kim on Nov 22, 2004
Let me illustrate how gifts work together in a church. At our potluck last Sabbath, suppose someone dropped a plate full of Kim Chee on the new floor in the gym. This is how people with different gifts would respond.
Gift of prophecy - That’s what happens when you’re not careful.
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Nov 29, 2004
“Baby Steps!” Numbers 33: 1-49 Key verse(s): 2a: “At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey . . .”
I opened up the paper the other day and there staring me right in the face was a “huge success.” The newspaper was focusing on people who had made it; you know, those who
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 6, 2005
March of 1981, President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. , and was hospitalized for several weeks. Although Reagan was the nation’s chief executive, his hospitalization had little impact on the nation’s activity. Government continued. On the other hand, suppose the garbage collectors in this
Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 7, 2005
J. I. Packer wrote, “The church is not to be like a bus, where passengers sit quietly and let someone else do the driving, but
Contributed by David Thompson on Jul 30, 2005
Those of you who have sat close to me know that I can’t carry a tune, my tones are off. It makes my mind wander and probably yours too, if you sit very close to me.
I have to remind myself that it’s not the sound that comes from my lips, it’s
Contributed by Lynn Malone on Sep 12, 2005
I heard the story of the minister who was leading a building campaign in his church and need to raise some additional funds. Sound familiar? One day, the minister was checking the store room (we know this isn’t a story about Benton United Methodist Church because there ain’t no store room!), and
Contributed by Robert Fox on Dec 20, 2005
The gifts of service are sometimes considered "second-rate." compared with gifts like "evangelism."
Without faithful Christians exercising their gift of service, the gifts of evangelism are powerless. It is quite true that people don’t “care how much you know until they know how much you
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jan 31, 2006
“God has placed in our trust a measure of time, a unique set of talents, and sufficient resources to carry out His will for each of our lives. Our task as faithful stewards is to manage those
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 23, 2003
When a speck of dust blow into an eye, instinctively the eye is rubbed with a finger.
There is no debate with the finger about whether to help the eye.
Later, after pulling down the lid, causing the eye to water, the speck is washed out.
In a short time the eye is back to
Contributed by Brian La Croix on Aug 5, 2003
"No local congregation will be what it should be, what Jesus prayed that it would be, what the Holy Spirit gifted it and empowered it to be,
Contributed by Brian La Croix on Sep 1, 2003
"Some would tend to think that they aren't important, but without them the church is going to fail in its ministry and mission. And without them, those who try to exercise gifts of leadership and teaching and the like are destined to frustration and futility. These
"Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds." - John 19:39b
"If the aloe and myrrh were in dried or powdered formed, a whole row of sacks would probably be necessary to make up this weight, and Nicodemus must have had assistance to be able to transport the load.
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on May 4, 2008
Many of us have known the experiences of enrolling our kids in the Kiwanis or Rotary Club music competitions. There are many shining stars ready to wow the crowds, and we all have the same thought – my kid's the best! Then when the awards go around and my kid doesn't pick up first place in every
Contributed by Scott Jensen on May 15, 2008
"What God chooses, He cleanses. What God cleanses, He molds. What God molds, He fills. What God fills, He uses."
Source: J.S. Baxter,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"There is something that is much more scarce, something finer by far, than ability. It is