Spiritual Gifts Survey
July Stewardship Devotional
We’ve been told the story of the widow’s mite about her sacrificial giving (Luke 21:1-4). But what is sacrificial living? Paul says, “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). He also says, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). Jesus doesn’t expect us to die for Him as He did for us. But He does expect us to live for Him. As Paul says, it is your spiritual service of worship.
June Stewardship Devotional
Not only should we all strive to be good stewards of our blessings and gifts, but also of our prayers. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18. We must be purposeful and persistent in our prayers. The movement we can start, and the doors God will open for us to bless others with our gifts, are endless.
May Stewardship Devotional
Let's start by referring to it as the “E” word to not lose readers right off--the word upon mention for Christians that is often followed by trepidation, evidenced by gut-churning fear, anxiety, rejection and humiliation, and a quick change of subject. The term is “evangelism” whereby we have been conditioned to think of Billy Graham crusades, street preaching, study courses, confronting strangers at airports, and invading the lives of co-workers or neighbors we hardly know with religion. The challenge for believers is how to be effective stewards of our resources with respect to the gospel when we spiritually respond as a turtle to its shell. However, what if we were to revisit the biblical model and see "E" through the eyes of Jesus and the early disciples: sharing the gospel born out of relationship, engagement, opportunity, and telling our story in a natural and not forced context? In other words, association not avoidance, building not bothering, and compassion, not confrontation—easy as ABC one might say—together using our time, talents, financial means, and gifts to bring life to the world?
March Stewardship Devotional
Worship as Fasting
It goes against norms to deny ourselves in our "now" society. Fasting can make us weak, dependent, physically and spiritually uncomfortable. We find strength in this weakness and discomfort. 2 Corinthians 12 reads "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Let us embrace the discomfort of fasting in order to be vulnerable in our worship of God.
February Stewardship Devotional
What are you committed to?
What are you committed to going into 2017? Want to know the quickest way to tell? How do you spend your time? In 2 Chronicles we read that “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” I challenge you to pick something to truly commit to this year that will use your spiritual gifts, and grow your relationship with God. Step out of your comfort zone and everyday routine; push yourself to do and be more.