1 Week until School Starts….It’s been an Unforgettable Summer!

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School starts in a week and I am thankful that this summer is finally coming to end. It has been a memorable summer with many ups and downs.  Here is some of the things that happened this summer.

I meet on of my 2015 goals and got my Substitute Teaching License renewed. I am going back to work this fall as a Substitute Teacher  with Kelly Services for the charter school in the Vegas Valley.

My oldest son is an still staying in high school for another semester to take classes to ensure he passes his HSPE’s  exams. He still needs to pass the Math and Writing Exams and is almost there.

Our younger son is now in middle school which is still so hard to believe. He is going into his 5th year at Nevada Virtual Academy. This school as been such a blessing to our family.

My Ministry right now is at home with a focus on my family. I am doing a webinar series on spiritual growth. I am finishing up the last couple of  webinars this month before school starts.

This summer I have had a lot of down time. We  are still in transition and have not found a new house yet but we are hopeful that we will be settled again in the near future.

I have spent most of my summer writing, reminiscing the past, and trying to find myself in the mist of the lack of busyness. I have had way too much time on my hands to think instead of do and that is hard coming from someone who has been busy the last seven years with school and schooling my boys. Thankfully that is coming to end.

So as Fall begins, I am looking forward and  am hopeful.  I am looking forward to teaching again. I am also still waiting patiently on God to lead me in the next steps of the journey.

May God Bless you and your family and may your school year be great!

 

Week 4 Spiritual Gifts What are the gifts of the Spirit?

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What are the gifts of the spirit? How can those spiritual gifts pertain to us and how does that fit us into the body of Christ.

It says in 1 Corinthians 12 :8-10  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

The Gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit

1) Wisdom

2) Knowledge

3) Faith

4) Discernment

5)Leadership

( 1 Corinthians 12:28 NIV)

6) Administration

7)Service/Helps

8) Apostleship

These  gifts are given to the church so that as follows of Jesus a person can grow in love with a relationship with God.

Examples of  the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit 

1)    Wisdom

  • dicerns the holy spirit work in the body applies the his/her teaching and action to the need of the Body of Christ 

2) Knowledge

  • Through knowledge you are eager to learn, know and explain God’s truth.(It is spirit given)

3) Faith

  • Trusts in God’s work. Can encourage others in diffucult situations

4) Discernment

  • Tests to see where true intentions of the Body are.(This gift looks out for the well being of others)

5) Leadership

  • Leading and directing the member of the for a certain goal or purpose. (The leader motivates and keeps on task to work together for a common goal)

6) Adminstration

  • Keeps people on task, is organized and can work toward long term goals.

7) Service/Helps

  • This gift is helpinh with practical needs and assistantance.( This person is doing things behind the scenes and generally not seen)

8) Apostleship

  • Plant churches, are missionaries

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Week 3 Spiritual Gifts What are the gifts of the church?

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What are the gifts of the church? How can those spiritual gifts pertain to us and how does that fit us into the body of Christ.

It says in Ephesians 4 :11-12 that “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

The Gifts given to the church

1) Apostles

2) Prophets

3) Evangelists

4) Pastors

5) Teachers

These  gifts are given to the church so that as follows of Jesus a person can grow in love with a relationship with God.

Examples of  the gifts given to the church

1)    Apostles

  • Plant churches, are missionaries

2) Prophets

  • Proclaims the word of God. They build up the body, convict of sin and can be taught or preached.

3) Evangelists

  • Leads other to Christ. Builds up the church and add to its membership

4) Pastors

  • An actually calling to serve in the church. Preach God’s message to a congregation of people.(Children’s, Students, Adults)

5) Teachers

  • Instructs the members of the truth and doctrines of the church.
  • Teachers build up, unify and help mature the body of Christ
  • A Teacher can work with Children, Students and Adults and the typical role is: Small Group Leader.

Spiritual Gifts Test

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and so the summer begins again..My Top 5 of Summer

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And so the summer has already begun as I write this post. This summer is not crazy busy but I am finding time to volunteer and write. This picture is one of my favorites because it is from a Disney Show that I watch with my son. The name of the characters and the show’s name are Phineas and Ferb.

The show’s theme song first stanza goes like this:

There’s 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it

Well its day of my 22 of 80 days of Summer Vacation and here is an update and my top 5 of summer.

  1.  Well so know you I am a big Disney fan and one of my favorite shows went off the air this year. There will always be other. I also enjoy now the spin off from the 80’s and 90’s Show Boy meets World. I know watch with my son Girl meets World. If you have children check out Disney that has great shows on for kids.

 

  1. On June 10, 2015 I took my paperwork down the Nevada Department of Education office and my Substitute Teaching License is being processed. I plan to be teaching with Kelly Services a substitute teacher for the Charter school I also applied at my children’s school Nevada Virtual Academy. I will be back to work in the fall

 

  1. I am no longer working at church but I am still doing ministry. I am currently leading my Couples Bible Study group through the Book of Genesis and I am doing a Saturday bible study online. I am currently doing a 5 week study on Spiritual Gifts.

 

  1. My oldest son is an Eagle Scout and a High School Graduate. It is hard to believe that I have a son that old already but I am enjoying watching him grow. This summer he will be getting his driver’s license and attending 2 day camp at Le Cordon Bleu where he hopes to attend college by January. Stay a prayer for him he is retesting for the HSPE’s for Math and Reading in July. Big things are coming for him and I am so proud of him.

 

  1. I finished my Extended Research Paper on October 31, 2014 and Master’s of Arts degree in Christian Education on December 31, 2014. After a brief sabbatical I decided to write again my blog became faith based in February 2015 and I began a webinar series on the Spiritual Disciplines. I have also written an EBook, which is a compilation of my blog posts and released it on Amazon for purchase. Go check it out it is free to download and read at can be purchased for $2.99 at

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This summer I have a lot of down time. We are in transition this summer from one house to another and hope to be settled again in the near future. Any updated post again when that happens. In the meantime I have had time to write, reflect, and spend time with my girlfriends and my family. The household is kind of quiet a change from the whirlwinds we have been through.

So the summer isn’t over so …..what to do next?  The family is taking a camping trip in August and a possible beach trip in September.  I have God leading me and I am trying to wait patiently for what God has in store next.  It’s about the journey and our relationship that we God and other people. Enjoy your summer!

 

Special Blog -I want to know your questions?

 

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Question and Answer Webinar Session

Do you have questions about the Bible? Are they topics that you have studied but you still have questions?  I want to answer them for you. I am having a free webinar on August 1st at 10 am to answer your questions.

You can let me know what those question are over the next few weeks by commenting on this blog post. You input is valuable to me. Make sure your questions are heard.

Join me on August 15th at 10 am to hear the answers to your questions. I will also be answering some of your questions that week on blog.

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So what are your bible questions? What do you want to know? Let me answer them for you.

 

Week 2 spiritual gifts in 1 Peter 4:9-11

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What are Spiritual Gifts?

Definition of Spiritual Gift

“A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to serve the body of Christ, the church.”

(LifeWay Christian Resources, 2013)

1 Peter 4:9-11 NIV

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen

Definition of Hospitality

: Generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests: hospitable treatment

: The activity of providing food, drinks, etc. for people who are the guests or customers of an organization

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitality)

4 Ways to show the Spiritual Gift of Hospitality.

1) A person with the gift of Hospitality can put a stranger, guest or visitor at ease.

Ex.They make them feel welcome.

2) A person is willing and able to open up their house to others.

Ex. Opening up your home for a weekly bible study.

3) A person enjoys entertaining people.

Ex. This person enjoys cooking and/or is a people person.

4) A person reaches out and welcomes new people into the church.

Ex. Is a greeter or helps with information to people who are new to the church.

Spiritual Gifts Test

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Week 1 Spiritual Gifts-What are spiritual gifts?

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Definition of Spiritual Gift

Ken Hemphill defines a spiritual gift as an “individual manifestation of grace from the Father that enables you to serve him thus plays a vital role in His plan for the Redemption of the World.”

List of 16 Spiritual Gifts

  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Teaching
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Prophecy
  • Discernment
  • Exhortation
  • Shepherding
  • Faith
  • Evangelism
  • Apostleship
  • Service/Helps
  • Mercy
  • Giving
  • Hospitality

The Scriptures about Spiritual Gifts:

Romans 12:6-8,

1 Corinthians 12:6-10,

Ephesians 4:11,

1 Peter 4:9-11.

If you would like to dig deeper into the meaning of what the bible stay about Spiritual gifts and how to find out what your gifts are attend my free webinar.

Spiritual Gifts Test

If you are interested in taking a Spiritual Gifts test

Spiritual Gifts Survey by LifeWay Christian Resources

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The webinar is free.  It is a 6 week summer study on Spiritual Gifts. I am using the Spiritual Gifts Survey from Life Way Christian Resources.

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Surprise Blog II. 5 things you can do in 15 minutes?

What can you can do in 15 minutes? Fifteen minutes may not seem like a long time to you but a lot can be accomplished in fifteen minutes. The first thing you need to do is get a timer and set it for fifteen minutes. Now that you have your timer set here is 5 things you can do in 15 minutes. I got this helpful tip from Flylady Website

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5 Things you can do in 15 minutes

1) Pray, Study the Bible, or even journal.

2) Do Dishes

3) Change out the Laundry, Fold and put them away.

4) Create a to do list, shopping list, or even a meal plan

5) Read a book

These are just some ideas of just how much can be accomplished in 15 minutes. I am thankful for my routines and schedules. It helps to keep me on track and know what I am doing from day to day.  

What does your routine look like? Do you have a set schedule for yourself or for your family? What will you do this week for 15 minutes? 

5 ways to discern the voice of God

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How do we know when you need to be guided? Are you afraid to ask for help?  Who do you go to for guidance.

Through the discipline of guidance you can pray to God and ask.

5 ways to discern the voice of God

1) Doe it sound like the voice of God?

  • Is it consistent with what you know about God and Scripture

2) Does it sound like the Teaching of Jesus?

  • What would Jesus say or do

3) It is consistent with Bible?

  • God’s word is written and is accessible to read.

4) Is it consistent with the Fruit of the Spirit?

  • Do you feel love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness or self-control?

5) Is it consistent with my previous  life experiences with God?

  • Is God showing you something?

(Taken from the Celebration of Disciplines Participants Guide, pg. 100-101)

Above is 5 of the 7 ways you can disern guidance if you are interested in learning the other two ways or want to know more about guidance join me for my free webinar. Details are below.

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You can sign up for the bible study that goes alongside with this series. The bible study is open to the public and all who are interested are welcome to attend. Invite a friend and come to the next webinar.

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2 ways to Worship

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What is worship and why and to whom do we worship?

2 ways to Worship 

1) The Common Life –  1 Corinthians 10:31 ” Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the  glory of God.”

  • Praise God in your every day life.

2) Religious Context- in Worship though Music. 

  • Usually these are hymns sung in church.

(Taken from the Celebration of Disciplines Participant’s Guide pg.88-89)

Worship can take many forms and each is a form where we can give glory and praise to God.

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If this topics interests you and you want to find out more. Come to my  free webinar  about the spiritual discipline of  Worship.  This is week 11 of 12 in the series on the Spiritual Disciplines.  I am using the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

You can sign up for the bible study that goes alongside with this series. The bible study is open to the public and all who are interested are welcome to attend. Invite a friend and come to the next webinar.

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