I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. I’ve endured many challenges and trials in my lifetime and have experienced fear, anger, discouragement, depression, and at times even despair. I struggled to forgive God and those who hurt me. I understand those emotions. Through those difficulties, God gave me a compassion for people and a desire to help others move from broken to beautiful.

What Are You Thankful for?

What Are You Thankful for?

Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD ...

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¿Para Qué Das Gracias?

¿Para Qué Das Gracias?

Salmos 95:2-3: “Lleguemos ante él con acción de gracias,
 aclamémoslo con cánticos. Porque el Señor es el gran Dios,
el ...

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Fond Memories of North Carolina

I drove to North Carolina and spoke four times in three days. The weather was beautiful. The cold spell didn't ...

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Will You Comfort Others?

Will You Comfort Others?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4a: “The . . . Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us ...

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¿Consolarás a Otras Personas?

¿Consolarás a Otras Personas?

2 Corintios 1:3-4: “El . . . Padre misericordioso y Dios de toda consolación, quien nos consuela en todas ...

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Category Archives: Forgiveness

Spiritual Gifts for Each One

Four Red Gift BoxesI Corinthians 12:7: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

 “I can’t serve in church. I don’t have any spiritual gifts.” Have you said that before?

What does God say in his Word? According to this verse, “each one” has received a spiritual gift. It doesn’t say “some of us” or “a chosen few of us.”

Not only have we all received a spiritual gift, we are to use it “for the common good.”

“I’m too old. I’ve served long enough. Let the younger people do it.” Have you said that or heard it before? I’ve heard a few seniors tell me that.

How strange that God doesn’t say we are to serve for a while and then retire. The Bible doesn’t mention that we serve only until we reach a certain age.

Perhaps we can’t teach the Bible as Beth Moore does, but that doesn’t mean we can’t serve. When I look around the church on Sunday morning, I see the nursery volunteers who love and care for the babies; those who prepare the coffee, hot water for tea, and donuts; greeters at the door; men and women at the various ministry tables, such as women’s ministry and military ministry; ushers who hand out the church bulletin and take up the collection; those who take care of the sound and lights; the orchestra; the choir; the drama department; and the list goes on.

Verses four and five in I Corinthians say, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.”

Perhaps you’ve sinned in the past and think you’re not good enough to serve. God loves you. He forgives you, wants you to serve, and gives you a second chance. We are all sinners whom God has forgiven.

As you consider what your gift might be, ask yourself a few questions. What brings you joy? What energizes you? How can you bless others? How can you show God’s love for his church?

Dear God, please show me the spiritual gift you gave me. Amen.

Application:  How will you serve “for the common good” this week?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega March 6, 2013

Accused Day and Night

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