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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I am black. I am a woman. I am a black woman. I have chronic illnesses and a disability. I am an introvert. I look much younger than I am so am often assumed to be “young.” I grew up poor. I am a great big ball of “socially undesirable.” Since God knew me before I was even a thought to my parents, I must assume that God also knew that I would be made up of all of society’s less desirable parts. Yes, I am also made in the image of God, but society doesn’t often acknowledge (or care Read More

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Don’t go changing…

This is the time of year when everyone commits to making a plethora of changes. So it may sound odd to you when I say: don’t change…at least, not yet. Very often, people are frustrated with where they are in life and assume that the only way to make it better is to change. And while change may be just the way to go, before you head down that path, you should stop and take some inventory. How will you know what you should be doing if you don’t know what you’re equipped and called to do? I want to Read More