How Can I Find Out What My Spiritual Gifts Are?

How can we find out what our spiritual gifts are?Spiritual Gifts For one thing, none of us can boast or brag about our spiritual gifts. That’s what the Corinthian church did and they were chastised for it by the Apostle Paul. There is no room for pride in the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul sums this thought up nicely, by asking, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it” (1st Cor 4:7)? The answer is obviously not … [Read more...]

How Do I Know When God’s Trying To Tell Me Something?

Outside of the Bible, how can you know if God is trying to tell you something?What is Obvious The most obvious place to start with knowing what God is trying to tell you is the Bible, because in the Word of God He reveals His will to you and to me in plain words. We don’t have to guess because we can know. We’re to be giving “thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1st Thess 5:18), and we should “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by … [Read more...]

3 Examples Of Conflict Resolution In The Bible

Here are three great examples of conflict resolution in the Bible. Jew and Gentile Christians There was a great divide within the church between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians. This was perfect timing for such men as Paul and Barnabas, who often played the role of peacemaker. After the church had grown, “some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1), so there were alr … [Read more...]

5 Examples Of Healing In The Bible

Here are five great examples of healing in the Bible. Lazarus I believe the two greatest miracles were the incarnation of God, where the Word became flesh (John 1:1-14), and the miracle of human conversion, where a stony heart is regenerated into a heart of flesh so that they might be saved. Next to these two, I can’t think of a greater miracle of healing than the time when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. There are some interesting lessons in this chapter because Jesus doesn’t appear to be … [Read more...]

What Does The Bible Say About Patriotism?

Does the Bible say much about patriotism? If so, is it wrong or is it right?Our True Citizenship Our truest citizenship is not in the nations we live in but the Kingdom of God, which is why the Apostle Paul wrote that “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20). Even the Old Testament saints understood that they were simply sojourners, traveling to a new and better place (Rev 21:1-5), so “These all died in faith, not having received the th … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Teach Pacifism?

Did Jesus teach pacifism? If so, how far does this go? What is pacifism? Pacifism is a commitment to peace and holding to a direct opposition to war. It includes settling all disputes in a peaceful way, but pacifism is more of an attitude than anything else. It is a determination of the will to seek peace over conflict and to use all means necessary to do achieve peace. It could be said to be an attitude or policy of nonresistance. The Brethren Church, to which I belong to, are a people of … [Read more...]