What are the Spiritual Gifts?

God gives each of us gifts of the Holy Spirit.  But, what are they?  Paul lists several of them.  I believe that this probably is not an exhaustive list, but let’s look at this list and what each of these gifts are.  This is what I have gathered from teachings (and, yes, Google).  Any comments would be appreciated.

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Great Gifts

God has blessed me throughout my life; a good family, a wonderful wife, great friends, and so may experiences and blessings that give me joy in my heart.  I am sure all of us have something to be grateful for in our lives.  God also gives us special gifts through the Holy Spirit to help others and strengthen the church, giving glory to God.  Using our gifts is a part of worship.  You may not know what your spiritual gift is.  My suggestion is to get involved in your church and serve.  If one thing doesn’t work or doesn’t seem to fit, try another.  God will lead you to the gifts He wants you to use when the time is right.  I believe He may give us different gifts at different times to fulfill a need of a ministry He has for you.  I have seen that in my life.  When I was young, I tried helping with the youth group, then became a youth leader.  That didn’t work out too well.  Later on several other ministries came up and God gave me the gifts needed for my particular ministries.  No matter what your gift is or if you know what it is, get involved with your church and serve. Let’s not be just a  pew sitter but be active for God’s Kingdom. Continue reading “Great Gifts”

I AM’s…The Resurrection

The next “I AM” begins with the story of Lazarus, one of Jesus’ closest friends.  Lazarus became very sick, but it was time Jesus showed His power and glory and He was going to do more than heal.  (spoiler alert!)  He was going to raise him from the dead!  Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.

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Only Jesus

Who or what do we worship?  Is there more than one way to get to heaven or to be with God?  Can we have access directly with God or must we go through someone or something else or do certain things?  There is no other way accept through Jesus.  He is the only way.  He is all we need to receive salvation.  God’s Word is clear on this.  It is my prayer that all of my friend, family and readers understand this.  I pray that God gives me the understanding as I read (and write).  I find that it is such a joy to learn about Him and I hope you will too. Continue reading “Only Jesus”

Confidence in Eternal Life

I was having a conversation the other day about someone we knew who had cancer.  I mentioned that this person said that they were ready and knew where they were going.  The reply was that we never know until the time comes.  I was taken aback by that knowing what both of us were taught.  I wish I had spoken up at the time to say what the gospel says about it, so i thought I would write about it here.  I will have to pick it up with him again.  After all, that is one of the most important questions to ask yourself.  Do you know where you are going after this life?  The Bible says, “yes!” Continue reading “Confidence in Eternal Life”