Archive for the ‘Spiritual Gifts’ Category

Wheelhouse   1 comment

How does God best use you?  I could go on forever about spiritual gifts, their uses and abuses, and how many folks get lost in search of theirs because they won’t accept assistance.  What I am talking about now is your “wheelhouse.”  A wheelhouse is to a baseball batter that one sweet spot where a pitch comes in and you can knock it out of the park every time.  In your experience, what would you call your wheelhouse? Read the rest of this entry »

Team Players – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 12:14-27.

Sometimes being a team player means that you will receive little if any recognition.  Some jobs are simply not performed in plain view for everybody else to see.  For example, playing defense as your primary focus on a basketball team doesn’t provide nearly the recognition of those who score most of the points.  This principle applies to the church as well.  Sometimes, this can present some difficult feelings and issues that must be understood. Read the rest of this entry »

Puzzle Pieces – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 12:1-12.

I love “working” a puzzle.  Diane and I will get one started once in a while and it won’t take long for Derek and Doug to join us.  While we may not be the speediest of puzzlists around the world, it is always a fun thing to do.  There is only one time when putting together a puzzle results in frustration and aggravation – when a piece is missing!

God puts the church together much like a puzzle.  There are pieces of various sizes and shapes.  They are mixed and matched and pieced together in such a way that we can see in time precisely how He formulates the portrait known as His church. Read the rest of this entry »

Never the Same – Always Say Never pt. 4   Leave a comment

2 Corinthians 5:14-17.

Sometimes things are said or we experience events that make an incredible impression.  They have such an impact that they change our perspective or point of view.  I was told of a man who was pulled over for speeding even though he had just been passed by another motorist.  Complaining about how justice was not being served, the man quickly changed his tune when the officer asked him if he had ever gone fishing.  Thinking that conversing with a fellow good old boy would lead to the dismissal of a sure ticket, he acknowledged.  Everything changed when the officer asked the next question; “Ever catch ’em all?” Read the rest of this entry »

Uncovered Dishes – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Hebrews 10:23-25.  Real Followers series part 5.

So far I have shared that real followers of Jesus Christ believe in Jesus, work at constant spiritual growth, immerse themselves in God’s word, and communicate with the Lord regularly if not frequently through prayer.

Today I focus on fellowship.  God calls the church to community.  There are great benefits in joining together for the Lord’s Kingdom work.  From today’s text, I see three things the church should do together. Read the rest of this entry »

Emergency Room   Leave a comment

The only people who enjoy being in emergency rooms are those that work there.  That’s been my experience, anyway.

Years ago I worked for a security company that had a contract with a local hospital.  I worked the night shift for the most part.  My biggest fear was working the night shift on a weekend that happened also to be time for a full moon.  Why do people always go crazy on those days?? Read the rest of this entry »

The Purpose of a Team – Sermon Summary   2 comments

Ephesians 4:1-16

While I divided this up into a two-part message, summarizing the point should not require nearly as much time or space.

I prefer the word “team” to a lot of the alternatives.  I’d much rather serve with a team than a committee, board, clique or even group.  In my mind, these words simply flip a trigger that tells me that one cannot become part of that because it is some form of exclusive club.  A team is something that I can be part of.  Not just a part, but a meaningful part.

In God’s team, aka the Body of Christ, aka the church, each and every player has a critical role to play. Read the rest of this entry »