May 2018 Spire
From the Pastor’s Desk:
A new piece of jewelry. A knit scarf. A Beantowne Coffeehouse gift certificate. A much loved family photograph. A hand-printed certificate to clean the kitty-litter box for an entire month. A picture of gift that is currently out of reach, attached with a message of “Someday”. The list above is a simple gift list. I have heard of others receiving these items on a special day, perhaps a birthday or even Mother’s Day (hint-hint, gentlemen). Days that we celebrate with expected exchanges of gifts. With anticipation, we wait for the event to arrive, wondering what another person has created or acquired for us, based on knowing our needs and wants. A good friend of ours once said that “it is better to give than receive.” I trust that friend a great deal, we’ve been through a lot together. Our friend has also given each of his other friends gifts that are to be shared with others. Gifts that keep on giving, if you will.
We find this in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV)
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
As Paul is describing Spiritual Gifts to the early church in Corinth, he reminds us of the “who, what and why” reasons they are valuable.
From God, For God and Through God.
Gifts that are from the Creator of the universe are to be used for his purposes, through the power and direction he grants us to use them. If we were selfish enough to try using such gifts for our own purposes, they would not work, for the source of the gift would not be honored.
The gifts we each have received through God’s wisdom are to be used in cooperation with our fellow believers, to help build God’s kingdom here, as it is in heaven. God’s kingdom in Plaistow as it is in heaven. In Atkinson as it is in heaven. In Newton as it is in heaven. In…
What have you been given? The Kingdom of God here on earth is waiting to share it!