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How to Use Your Gifts: Be You and Flourish

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I took a spiritual gifts test, one of those online tests where you answer 50 questions and it tells you what your gifts are, and to be honest, I didn’t entirely disagree. It told me mine were discernment, exhortation, faith, mercy, and administration.

What Gifts Do You See in Others?

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“You have a teaching gift. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.” These words, shared by seasoned missionaries I worked with, respected, and deeply trusted were spoken over me as I finished my year as an intern at a mission center and prepared to dive into the unknown realm of seminary.

Resolve to Grow in Your Gifts

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It’s that time of year again when we begin to think of resolutions, reflecting on the past year and where we want to grow and change.

Show Grace to the Lost

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My body was boiling with anger. How could she behave like that? I was not the one at fault here! I wanted validation for giving full vent to my anger. My frustration with this stranger further escalated the culture shock I was experiencing.

Extending Grace to Others

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One of the hardest aspects of my 2 years as a journeyman in Europe was not the culture shock, homesickness, or losing 2 family members while away. Those were relatively easy compared to team relationships.

Receive God’s Gift of Grace

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“Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Gal. 6:18).

Keep Yourself from Idols and Keep God on the Throne of Your Heart

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The sound of the drums was overwhelming as I pulled up to the street next to my apartment. My neighbors and many others were gathered on the street to celebrate the end of the Ganesh (guh-NAYSH) festival.

Discovering God through Serving Others

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In Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesian leaders, he proclaimed, “In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35 HCSB).

Be Transformed by His Presence as You Worship

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My heart was heavy as I sat down in my chair. The weekend occurrences filled my mind, and my thoughts swirled with conversations, hurt, and questions of “where do we go from here?” Walking into the church building that morning, I faked my smiles and hellos.

When You Pray, the Creator of the World Hears You

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During the seasons of my life I lived on the missions field, I would send home lengthy, story-filled, decorated newsletters telling my friends all the ways they could pray. Sometimes as I would type these emails, I would type through tears for the experiences I was facing as well as the heart I was asking them to pray for—I needed those prayers.

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