But the Holy Spirit does not work like that. Gifts are not allocated on a merit-based selection system. If someone has the gift of wisdom, is it not because they deserve it. Nor is someone given the gift of leadership or preaching because they are super-special in some way. It can be hard to separate the person from the ministry, but I think it is important to do so. … More Acts 2:1-21 & 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Why did Jesus leave just when it was all so awesome? Surely he could have stayed around to get the new church set up (that would have solved so many problems – bishops or not, who can be leaders, what communion means etc) But no. … More Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11
Leader: Have you ever wondered what God was doing before the dawn of time? Here’s a flashback to a Trinity Planning session.
Father: Do you ever feel lonely?
Spirit: What do you mean? There’s the three of us, and it is perfect.
Son: I think I know what you mean. Yes, it is perfect, and we are in harmony, but I wish we could share it with someone. … More Script – Trinity Planning Session
Of course, the culture-specific examples we read in the Bible need re-applying for different situations (I don’t recall finding a neighbour’s donkey in my field recently), but the principles are for all people at all times in all places. … More John 14:15-21
Guest post by poet Tony Wager Pixels On the TV is an image Empty cross and empty tomb Set within a sea of candles Throwing light into the room As I near the illustration Study how the pictures made Notice how it’s all constructed Little lights on background laid Every one, a different pixel Shining … More Being – A Poem
An Activity To help us remember that in our Father’s house there are many dwellings, we can make a name-plate for our doors there (and in the mean-time, we can use them at our earthly home, too). You will need: Cardboard, cut to size pencil Hot-glue gun – or – PVA glue and string Thick … More John 14:1-14
For Jesus, it was not enough just to know he had healed someone, he also wanted to meet her, and to know that she really was OK after all. And he also know that it was better for Jane to meet him, not to stay anonymous. Jesus wanted to encourage her faith, to lead her closer to God, and to completely transform her life, not just bring physical healing. … More All Age Talk -The Woman in the Crowd