The Gift of God that is In You

2 Timothy 1:3-12

“Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you,” wrote Saint Paul to his beloved co-worker, Timothy. In each of us God has placed a gift. But, like coals burning under the ashes, sometimes God’s gift remains hidden. The challenge is to reveal it.

By praying, we can begin to discern the gift God has placed in us. In the silence of our heart, we discover that all God asks us is to welcome the gift of his love.

But it is also true that others can awaken the gift of God in us. When we look at ourselves, it can happen that we only see what we lack. That leads to discouragement. When someone looks at us with trust, it can transform us. That is how Timothy discovered his vocation. He was young (1 Tim 4:12) and rather timid (2 Tim 1:8) when he began to work with Paul. In spite of that, because of Paul’s trust in him, Timothy was able to go further than he could imagine. He went so far that he became a real support for Paul when he was in prison (2 Tim 1:4-5).

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Sharing the Gifts that God has Given You

Dear Christ Followers,

     We stand at the edge of opportunities to share our gifts with those in need and those beyond the walls of St. Luke’s.  Many of our programs like Sunday School for Children and for young adults, music, and outreach, that were designed to promote the Christian life here at St. Luke’s have been eliminated for lack of funds.  Your gifts, of time, talent, and treasure, are needed to continue the stewardship and legacy here at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Your participation is invaluable.  Your participation defines who we are as “The Church,”…as a community of faith.

     In the months ahead, you will hear me talk about Paul’s Letter to the Romans, in which he said, we have all been given gifts by God.  He tells us that we are to offer ourselves as “living sacrifices to God.”  The word sacrifice indicates total commitment.  There are no half measures with a sacrifice.  If there were, then it would no longer be a sacrifice.  When Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins, it was a total commitment.  So when Paul talks about a living sacrifice, he means that our whole lives should demonstrate the same kind of commitment that God has to us.

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Why go to Church?

Have you ever wondered… why go to church?

It's not necessary to go to church in order to get saved and therefore go to heaven, but going to church still has very important benefits that can help improve your life and keep it in order.

Below are 13 reasons why we should attend church services on a regular basis.

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What is Intercessory Prayer?

Sometimes people ask me about intercessory prayer.  What is intercessory prayer?  Is it as good as “out load prayers?”

Quite simply, intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others.  The role of mediator in prayer was prevalent in the Old Testament. (As in Abraham, Moses, David, Samuel, Hezekiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel). But Christ is pictured in the New Testament as the ultimate intercessor, and because of this all Christian prayer becomes intercession since it is offered to God through and by Christ.  Jesus closed the gap between us and God when He died on the cross. He was the greatest mediator (intercessor ) that ever lived.  Because of this we can now intercede in prayer on behalf of others according to his will.  “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

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The Value of Silence

“Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.”

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.

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