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We Are All A Part Of The Whole

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

When I was in school – grade school – Junior & Senior High – I was in the school band. I played trumpet (or in some of our music it was called a cornet). In High School I played in the Orchestra – the Pep Band – the Concert Band and the Marching Band. These bands were a conglomeration of different persons with different talents. When the director got us all on the same page and the same beat – we made some pretty good music. We won awards even for some of our efforts.

The same can be said about the sport teams I played on in High School. A group of different people – working toward a common goal – and we had a measure of success. I’m sure if you’ve been on any team or group – you may have experienced the same.

Churches are like this as well. Churches are made up of a collection of different people trying to make great music together – trying to achieve goals together. Continue reading

March 20, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using Our Gifting to Serve Jesus!

1 Corinthians 12:7

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

IMG_0301Baseball season has started and my favorite team – the Baltimore Orioles – has started out 2-0. I know – it is early – but 2-0 is still better than 0-2 like Tampa Bay or Miami or Milwaukee. My second team – the Nationals – lost their first game and have a chance to get back to .500 today.

OriolesThe Orioles have a very good team – and I mean that in the best sense of the word. Their big hitters haven’t done much so far (after just two games) – but the other players have hit well (thus the idea of a team). They have also pitched fairly well so far (again – only two games). One player is on schedule to hit 162 homers (LOL) and another is batting .800 after two games! Teams count on contributions from all 25 players on the roster and maybe even another 10-15 from the minors too. Without a couple of high priced players who think they must carry the team on their shoulders – a team of players count on the gifting of each player to contribute when they can toward the goal of winning.

The Orioles won the AL East last year by 12 games. The hope is the collective gifting of this team will carry them to another AL East title and maybe into the World Series this year. Continue reading

April 8, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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