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Archives: "Refreshment in Refuge"
  • Practical Applications The epitome of practical application of Spiritual Gifts is Jesus. He had them all in equal measure and applied them perfectly. We only need to read one of the Gospels to find Jesus illustrating them all. Since we are not Jesus, and since God promised us a prominence in one gift…
    December 15, 2019
  • Attributes of the Gift of Mercy Greek word – Eleeo (el-eh-eh'-o) -- to have mercy on to help one afflicted or seeking aid to help the afflicted, to bring help to the wretched to experience mercy kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire…
    December 8, 2019
  • Attributes of the Gift of Administration Also called the Gift of Organization Greek word – Proistemi (pro-is'-tay-mee) - to set or place before to set over to be over, to superintend, preside over to be a protector or guardian …
    December 1, 2019
  • Attributes of the Giver   Please note from the definition that this gift is not limited to people with large sums of money and is not limited to the giving of money. This gift considers time, talent, and any resource God gives as the best to use in the work God has for us to do. It is often confused with the…
    November 24, 2019
  • I hope you have realized by now that God gives each of us a healthy dose of each gift so that we can function properly within the Body of Christ as well as to understand why our siblings act in particular ways or say peculiar things. I now find it amazing how I can pick out who has which gift. I understand people so much…
    November 17, 2019
  • __________________Attributes of the Server Gift of SERVICE – MINISTERING Greek word – Diakonia (dee-ak-on-ee'-ah) service, ministering, esp. of those who execute the commands of others of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men of the office…
    November 10, 2019
  • Don't you just love Paul? Boy can he ever write a sentence that goes around the world and still make sense, right? Have you read Galatians lately? It is packed with so many jewels of wisdom that it is hard to wear them all. We are looking at the seven gifts that Paul talks about in Romans 12. Exhorter is next on…
    November 3, 2019
  • Paul outlines seven gifts that motivate us to do God's work in Romans 12. Each of us having a gift given to us according to the grace given to us. And we know these are motivational gifts because Paul says this: "for the body is made up of many members, and all members do not have the same function." We…
    October 27, 2019
  •     Part 3 in our series... 1 Corinthians 14:1 Prophecy or Perception 1Love should be your guide. Be eager to have the gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy.   Galatians 5:13 Service 13My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your…
    October 20, 2019
  •   Part 2 in our Special Gifts series. 1 Corinthians 12:1 “Now concerning Spiritual Gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.” The meaning of the word translated “ignorant” is to be misinformed, unlearned, or unaware. Here is a crucial question: Do you,…
    October 13, 2019
  • Only twenty percent of the Body of Christ actually functions as it should and the rest are spectators. Those eighty percent are missing out on God's great blessings. When we are smack in the middle of God's plan, His ministries, then we have the best opportunity to stand under the showers of blessings that are poured…
    October 6, 2019
  • Joy   An irritated chirping sounded from the bushes behind me. Good, I thought. Better the birds should be uneasy in this hush before dawn. I had never heard the city so quite. My chest hurts from so much weeping. I think I have poured out all my tears and…
    September 29, 2019
  •   I was asked that question not too long ago. It is a very real problem because we are still in our frail bodies and in our natural state so we will sin at one point or another. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I'm fairly certain that Paul had both the Lost and the Saved in mind when he wrote…
    September 22, 2019
  • Behavior that offends or harms someone is a broad definition of workplace bullying. Mary tells Sandra that Betty is sleeping with the boss, when in fact the rumor isn’t true. Spreading gossip or rumors is one type of indirect bullying. When a vicious rumor is spread with the intent to get a person fired, that is defined…
    September 15, 2019
  • A six year old girl is walking home from school. The street is deserted and there are no other children at play close by. Suddenly an older girl stops her bicycle in front of the little girl. She grabs the little one’s chin and slaps her face leaving a redden hand print on her little cheek. The older girl then verbally…
    September 8, 2019

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Gina Burgess has taught Sunday School and Discipleship Training for almost three decades.  (Don't tell her that makes her old.)  She earned her Master's in Communication in 2013.

She is the author of  several books including: When Christians Hurt Christians,  The Crowns of the Believers  and others available in online bookstores. She authors several columns, using her God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world.  You can browse her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

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