Pastor's Note
From the desk of Pastor, Kathy Gochenour

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Answering God's Call Through Spiritual Gifts
 
As we focus on Spiritual Gifts in ourselves and in our congregation, we need to remember that these are God's gifts which are given to us through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit invites us and gifts us; not for our own enjoyment but for the world that God loves (John 3:16).  We will discover that the love of God becomes the motivation to use the gifts God has given us.  
 
This month I have listed the Bible readings that describe the disciples, those who followed Jesus.  Matthew 3:18-22 ; Luke 5:27-28; and Matthew 10:1-8 which follows: "The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. This is the list of the twelve he sent:
 
Simon (they called him Peter, or "Rock”),
Andrew, his brother,
James, Zebedee's son,
John, his brother,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew, the tax man,
James, son of Alphaeus,
Thaddaeus,
Simon, the Canaanite,
Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him).
 
5-8 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
 
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.”
 
One of the interesting realities is that none of these disciples decided to volunteer.  (1) They were invited and called by Jesus, and they made choices to follow.  (2) They were sent into the world with specific tasks.
 
I invite you to read and meditate on these Bible passages.  And consider these questions:  
 
Do I know which spiritual gifts I have been given by the Holy Spirit?
 
How is God calling me to use my spiritual gifts in 2018?
 
In the service of Christ,
Pastor Kathy Bennett Gochenour
 
PS.  Pick up a Spiritual Gifts Inventory (on the table in the entrance of the sanctuary) to discover which spiritual gifts you have been given.

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