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November 5 - Evening

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
- First Corinthians 12:7, 11

The Manifestation of the Spirit is Given to Each One

Each believer in Jesus Christ receives a spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit uses to manifest himself. Through each believer the Holy Spirit desires to provide a supernatural level of empowerment by which God can serve and edify the church. The purpose of the unique manifestations of the Holy Spirit in each believer is to edify the other believers so that the body of Christ on earth can achieve its goals and fulfill its purpose in time.
These spiritual gifts, or manifestations of the Spirit of God, are to be used for the edification of others, which means these gifts will be publicly visible. But, because we live in a fallen world and each believer still has a sin nature, the manifestation of Spiritual gifts can lead to competition between believers and self-promotion by the individual. Yet, the truth remains that the purpose of the Spirit’s manifestation in each believer is for group edification.
It is not right to refrain from using your gift because others may be jealous or misunderstand your intentions. In fact, it is your responsibility to develop your gift and package it in such a way that others in the church can receive its benefits without feeling threatened, embarrassed, or envious. We cannot control how other people react, but we can teach them the importance of every believer being given room for the Holy Spirit to manifest through their life and service.
We can also develop our gift so that it is noticeably useful for the common good and we can wrap it in a publicly presentable package so its manifestation remains culturally acceptable.  For example, neither Daniel nor Nehemiah would have been successful in the royal courts of Babylon and Persia if they had refused to develop the presentation of their gift and, had instead, manifested their gifts like Elijah and John the Baptist did in the courts of Israel and Judea.
kurios (Gr) - Lord (Eng) - this Greek word kurios means "lord." In Classical Greek (480-323 BC) kurios referred to the gods and then began to refer to anyone with authority such as king, rabbi, teacher, master, etc. In the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures) kurios is used to translate YHWH (Yahweh) so that in the New Testament kurios appears 210 in Luke's writings (Luke and Acts) and 275 times in Paul's letters to refer to Jesus' divinity.
I will both identify my spiritual gifts and develop them for productive use.

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Food and healthy diet


Challenging sermons
Private property
Sri Lanka - villages still need reached

Beth Shean, the remains of the Roman/Greek city from NT times (more)
The old tree at the top of the hill is the tree Judas hung himself on in the movie Jesus Christ Superstar (click on photo and zoom in to see the tree and also see it here and here online) The hill, or tel, in the background with the dead tree on it is the Old Testament city of Beth Shean where the Philistines hung Saul and Jonathan's body on the city wall in 1 Samuel 31:10.
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Ashkelon's Gate 1200 BC (details)
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Someone to Quote

"Claiming to be confused after rejecting the truth is no different than claiming to be in the dark after you shut off the light." - Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

The Bible is not only the world's number one bestseller, it is also the most shoplifted book in the world.

Here’s a Fact

Three Jewish tombs have been found in Ephesus. One was the tomb of a Jew who was called a “chief doctor” in Ephesus. (more)


"In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality."
Proverbs 12:28

Coach’s Corner

Realize that just as you have influence on other people, you are also influenced by the people you allow yourself to be close to.

1 Samuel 31:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
2 Corinthians 5
New International Version (NIV)
Awaiting the New Body
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Luke 21
New International Version (NIV)
The Widow’s Offering
21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.
20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

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