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God’s Voice: Spiritual Gifts

“For you can all prophesy… so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” (1 Corinthians 14:31) In this blog and my latest sermon series, we’ve been discussing ways God communicates with us. He reveals himself through his creation, through his word, through our experiences, and through both supernatural and natural means. But you might be […]

Divine Glue

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:15–16) There is an inevitability to […]

The Things that Stand in the Way

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians….So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to […]

Don’t Neglect Your Gift (1 Tim. 4:14-16)

God has placed particular portions of His richness in you … And He has carefully placed you in your family, among your friends, and in your world just where He wants your particular gifts to be used – just where they are needed … If you underestimate your capabilities or if you neglect them, much of the blessing God intends will be lost.

“The Meetings of the New Testament Church” (1 Cor. 14:26-32)

For the New Testament Christian, church was never a place you went on Sunday but who you were on Monday through Saturday. It was not an organization you joined but a family into which you were adopted … In today’s passage, the Holy Spirit (through Paul) describes the meetings that build that kind of church.

Warm and Friendly

The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners so that no one could swim off and escape. But the centurion kept them from carrying out their plan because he wanted to save Paul, so he ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land.  The rest were to follow, some on […]

Especially the gift of prophecy…

As Luke closes chapter 26 of Acts he adds a comment that is as much an editorial as it is a quotation of Agrippa: …“This man [Paul] could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar” (Acts 26:32, NIV). Nevertheless, Paul, did appeal to Caesar, so he and Luke and some friends […]