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July 21, 2017, 10:17 AM

Gifts

During the French Revolution, there were three Christians who were sentenced to die by the guillotine.  One Christian had the gift of faith, the other had the gift of prophecy, the other had the gift of helps.

 

The Christian with the gift of faith was to be executed first.  He was asked if he wanted to wear a hood over his head.  He declined and said he was not afraid to die.  "I have faith that God will deliver me!" he shouted bravely.  His head was positioned under the guillotine, with his neck on the chopping block.  He looked up at the sharp blade, said a short prayer and waited confidently.  The rope was pulled, but nothing happened.

His executioners were amazed and, believing that this must have been an act of God, they freed the man.

 

The Christian with the gift of prophecy was next.  His head was positioned under the guillotine blade and he too was asked if he wanted the hood.

 

"No," he said, "I am not afraid to die.  However, I predict that God will deliver me from this guillotine!" At that, the rope was pulled and again, nothing happened.  Once, again the puzzled executioners assumed this must be a miracle of God, and they freed the man.

 

The third Christian, with the gift of helps, was next.  He was brought to the guillotine and likewise asked if he wanted to wear a hood.

 

"No," he said, "I'm just as brave as those other two guys." The executioners then positioned him face up under the guillotine and were about to pull the rope when the man stopped them.  "Hey wait a minute," he said.  "I think I just found the problem with your guillotine."

 

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. I Peter 4:10

 

Do you know what your “spiritual gift” is?

Are you using your “spiritual gift”?

 

Romans 12

exhortation

giving

leadership

mercy

prophecy

service

teaching

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 12

administration

apostle

discernment

faith

healings

helps

knowledge

miracles

prophecy

teaching

tongues

tongues interpretation

wisdom

 

Ephesians 4

apostle

evangelism

pastor

prophecy

teaching

 

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)

 

If you have time you can go to Spiritual Gifts Test-LifeWay Christian Resources and you can down load a test to take to help you discover your spiritual gift or you can go to mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test and take an easy 35 question test and get your gift results in seconds. I did it in just a couple of minutes and not rely surprising to me I scored the highest in three gifts with the same score in each (Teaching, Service and Exhortation)

I pray you will join me this week in worship as we continue our series on “Keys to a successful Church”. This week our message will be “Keys to a successful church, GIFTS” AND OUR TEXT WILL BE I Peter 4:10-11.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Gale Curtis (home recovering from surgery), Joe Polk (home doing much better), Bettie Mashburn (is back at the Nursing home), Ashley Jameson (Hospice hospital, a young mother with two very young children), Larry Thornton, Joan & Larry’s niece (Krissy Clark), Lavonne Jaramillo

 

Remember Sunday Evening’s fellowship & pounding!

To welcome our new youth minister, we are going to have a fellowship this Sunday evening (7-23-17) at 6pm. Bring your gift cards/pounding items and desserts or chips and dips for the fellowship and come join in the welcoming of Hunter Brown to PBC.

The day is almost here! Next week the new projectors and screens will be put in the sanctuary. This has been part of our fund raising and process to improve our sound and visual equipment for the past several years. The new screens and projectors will balance our worship with better visual access from all the sanctuary. In step one we put in some new equipment and mic’s and now in step two projectors, screens and computer. We need to raise some more finances to complete step three which will be recording! When we get to step three we will be able to put our services and sermons on the web page for those who could not attend to watch! We can also place screens in the hallway for those who step out to be able to see what is happening in the sanctuary. We are not there yet but it is exciting to know that we are getting closer!

Thanks for your prayers and I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend! I pray you will join in our Sunday Worship Service!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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