Mark your calendar: May 26 1p.m. for One Heart Winnipeg worship service. Get together with 25,000 Christians to a citywide celebration of Jesus at the first public event at the new Blue Bomber stadium at the University of Manitoba.
Living: Natural vs Supernatural Gifts
Happy Spring! Yard work didn't used to hurt so much!
Jesus said out of the believers heart will flow rivers of living water. What flows out is determined by what went in.
1Cor 12. Each of us has been given gifts.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
Paul wrote this letter to the churches of Corinth. 500,000 people lived there with people from around the world. Rich cultural diversity a city of the unchecked ego. Do what you feel like it. Ego cannot be satisfied. It is unstoppable. An uncontrollable monster. A screaming child getting hauled out of the store because he can't have what he wants. Ego can be very dangerous. I want what I want more more more.
We should be reading 1Corinthians in our day. We have the done issues today. We want good feelings. Spirituality drugs. Help us feel good.
What is Paul talking about? Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don't want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
We can be so hungry for spirituality in our world because we are made for God. It can become an egotistical rush. I'm more spiritual than you! They sorted into divisions in the church. I'm more spiritual than you! Get rid of this division. All Christians are equally saved through the Spirit. Jesus is Lord and nothing else is. Caesar is NOT Lord. Saying that was akin to suicide.
Paul is calling us to surrender our gifts to God for the good of our community.
FMD - DON'T DO IT!
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