Ordinary People

Yesterday I wrote about ordinary people. In preparing to write, I rummaged through my files and found several helpful statements about being ordinary and how God uses us in our humility. Alas, I wasn’t able to work those quotations into the article.  But they are helpful and worth reading.  So here are a few things […]

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Sermon: What About Prophecy?

What About Prophecy? Romans 12:6 October 11, 2020 One of the questions I am asked most often is about the charismatic sign gifts (tongues, miracles, and prophecy primarily) — what is GBC’s position and my position on those gifts?  It’s an important question to ask because it affirms where we receive power for ministry and […]

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The spiritual gifts

The New Testament provides instruction about spiritual gifts in four primary passages:  Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4.  The lists in each of these chapters differ both in content and length.  But it is the shortest reference to spiritual gifts that helps us to understand the structure and nature of […]

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Sermon: The Gifts of the Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit, Pt. 1 Romans 12:3-8 March 23, 2014 Gifts are funny things — sometimes what we think would be a nice gift for someone is hardly noticed or received well; other times something we think is insignificant or even inappropriate is the favorite gift of all.  Many years ago — back […]

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Grab bag

Seen recently on the internet: Fred Phelps, leader of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, died this week.  There have been numerous responses to both his life and death.  Al Mohler, in “Fred Phelps and the Anti-Gospel of Hate — A Necessary Word” offers this wise insight: We must be very clear about the fact that […]

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Kindle afresh the gift of God

In a story that echoes the adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” U.S. News & World Report related the following story a few years ago: For most of the last decade, Chicagoans who worked in the Loop, the booming downtown business district, could easily ignore the city’s budget crisis; Washington’s […]

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Thinking with sound judgment

A few years ago Money magazine reported that, “When researchers at Duke, Harvard, and Northwestern asked investors how their mutual funds performed last year compared with Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, a third claimed their funds outperformed the market by at least 5 percent.  One in six said their funds fared better by more than […]

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Questions about spiritual gifts

In most Bible-believing and Bible-teaching churches, we are well-acquainted with the Biblical teaching on spiritual gifts (e.g., 1 Corinthians 12). We understand that there are various gifts and various results from those gifts (vv. 4-5) and that God is sovereign over both the giving of the gifts and the effectiveness of the gifts (vv. 6-7).  […]

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Sunday Leftovers (4/25/10)

Ministry is often perceived to be for “ministers” only — for pastors.  Individuals in the church might “help” or “serve,” but real ministry is for the paid “professionals,” the thinking goes.  Yet as Ephesians 4 demonstrates, ministry is for everyone. At GBC, one of the core values that we affirm and encourage is “every member […]

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