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God Gives the Very Best Gifts

Are you a child of God? Then He has gifted you! There are no superhero saints who leap tall buildings in single bounds. Instead, there are believers who become super servants because they value the gifts God has given them. The Bible says, It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. - 1 Corinthians 12:11 (NLT) Spiritual gifts are a subject that the church has ignored at times and sensationalized at …

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Defining the Favor of God

The phrase "favor of God" seems to be growing in popularity, and I'm glad. It's a biblical phrase - a good phrase. But it's often misunderstood. I once heard a guy talk about finding a parking spot right up front on a busy shopping day because of the "favor of God." I pictured in my mind the pregnant lady with triplets who had to park a football field away because of the favor of God upon this Pastor. A recent story from LarkNews (satire, by the way - don't start an email …

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What I Really Deserve

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don't deserve it. What I do deserve is the full weight of the wrath of God toward sin for my rebellion against God. I learned a huge lesson a long time ago from my friend, Bobby …

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How To Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Every believer in Jesus has been granted abilities that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are all born with various talents, but spiritual gifts are given to us when we become a Christian. The seeds of those gifts are often evident from birth, but the Holy Spirit empowers believers for ministry in supernatural ways. In one sense, spiritual gifts are overrated. What I mean is that we often fail to examine the other aspects of how God has shaped us for His purposes. He …

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10 Unique Gifts We Hope to Have Under our Tree

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All Your Pastor Wants for Christmas

Disclaimer: I don't know your Pastor (probably) and so I can't say for sure he wants any of these things, much less that he wants these things exclusively, but I thought I'd take a stab at saying here's what, in my estimation, many Pastors would love to have... if you're looking for ideas. A Kindle! …

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Book Review: The Gift of the Psalms

I've recently finished reading through this neat little gift book, The Gift of Psalms. I've thumbed through dozens of similar gift books and quite frankly, usually think of them as think slices of sentimentalism with no real substance, wrapped in leather and foil and sold to the highest bidder. This book, however, is a cut above the rest. …

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God’s Gift to His Son and Jesus’ Gift to His Father

John 17 is referred to as the high priestly prayer of Jesus. It's the real "Lord's Prayer" (the other one is Jesus' model prayer for His disciples). In John 17, we hear the heart of Jesus. He's purposely praying out loud in front of the disciples on His walk from the upper room to the garden of Gethsemane. It's an amazing glimpse into the intimate and holy conversation between the Son of God and the Father. …

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The Gift Conspiracy

I'm convinced there is a vast shower gift conspiracy operating in our culture. Think about it. For a wedding shower, she has all the fun. Nobody buys the sweet "couple" golf clubs or pocket knives. And then the babies, the poor little babies. They don't get anything fun - it's all about Mom! What a sham! Here's the funny thing... God is behind this conspiracy! The Bible says that every believer has been giving some special ability by the Holy Spirit, and that we are given …

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Really Enjoy Christmas This Year

The economy has tanked and we've elected a Democratic President, but things could be worse (just a joke, folks). I love Christmas and it's one week away from my posting this little blog. I wanted to pass along some tips for making Christmas interesting this year. You may already do these things, and I don't do all of them, but they're worth trying for the fun of it... Read the Christmas story on Christmas morning with your family - Luke 2:1-20. Bake a "birthday cake" …

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