Got Gifts?

Earlier today, I was talking with my sister about spiritual gifts and went off into a rant. For those who may not know, the briefest description of a spiritual gift is this: an ability that is given by God at the moment a person becomes a Christian. Spiritual gifts equip us as believers to build up the Church. If you want to learn more about spiritual gifts, the most referenced biblical passages are Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,29 and Ephesians 4:11-13. If you are a ministry leader, it’s helpful to know the spiritual gifts of your team members because it Read More

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Where Are You?

Note: I’m dealing with some arthritis/carpal tunnel issues, so this week’s posts will be a combination of short posts, guest posts and/or reblogs. On Saturday, I attended the UMI (Urban Ministries International) Writers Conference. There were a ton of reasons (all physical) that I shouldn’t go, but I really felt like I was supposed to be there, so I pressed on and made it. UMI CEO, Jeff Wright, presented a devotion to start off the day. Before he was done, I knew I was right where God wanted me to be! I wanted to briefly share his thoughts with you. Read More

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Pondering on purpose

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (and my bio), I am passionate about helping people discover and pursue their purpose. If you’ve found yourself pondering your purpose, I have one question for you: If all of your expenses were taken care of, how would you spend your 40 hr. work week? Your response to this question is a good clue in the quest to discover your purpose. In the spirit of fairness, I’ll share my response: If all of my expenses were taken care of, I would spend my 40 hr. work using the Arts to help young people around Read More