What’s the Deal with Spiritual Gifts?

Charismatic churches and religions are growing, and evangelical churches are jumping in with spiritual gifts tests and classes, so many people are wondering, "What's the deal with spiritual gifts?" Spiritual gifts as a whole are much too large to cover in one blog post. However, I decided to write a little about them because of a comment on my last post, Religion Matters, where … [Read more...]

Religion Matters

Instead of sharing straight from Scripture this time, I am going to share some things about my story. My heart is heavy with many things. I came across an old Tweet that I had re-tweeted from a previous pastor, with a quote that said something like, "God doesn't care about your religion; it's your relationships that matter." I agreed with it at the time, but things have changed … [Read more...]

To the Weary Children’s Ministry Worker

Something wonderful happened in our family on Friday. Something miraculous. Actually, make that two somethings wonderful - a double miracle long prayed for but still wondrously surprising. Two of my children made the decision to follow Jesus, receiving Him as their personal Savior.  And quite frankly, I'm in awe. I'm in awe of a God who wants to have a … [Read more...]

Five Movies to Watch This Month for a Missions Focused Year

Resolutions that are "all about me" aren't always bad things, but as Christians it's good to set some resolutions that are about others as well. Will you resolve to be more missions-focused this year? From Shirley @ STC

January has come and gone. Resolutions have been made. Some are still progressing and some are already forgotten. We get so disappointed with ourselves, don't we? The New Year comes and we hope for our lives to improve. Then we fall short of our newly made resolutions and wait for the next new year to roll around. But God is the God of new life - and to my way of thinking … [Read more...]

Redemption: I’m Not Who I Was

Redemption: I'm Not Who I Was

While the Bible contains countless stories of amazing healing, whether it be physical or emotional, there is nothing greater than seeing souls redeemed and healed.  Seeing testimonies of people who were once walking in darkness to come into the Light by the grace of God. Redemption. To witness the evidence of the Spirit's work by bringing people from who they were - sinners … [Read more...]