Friday, December 8, 2006

Advent 2006 - A Great Joy for All People

“For me, the joy is also in the gifts. God gives us gifts for the building up of the church of Jesus Christ. When the church is built up people find God and know the fullness of eternal life. It is so great to be part of that. When we use the Gifts of the Spirit something real happens (as opposed to lots of other stuff we do with our time.) When I use my gifts, it is as if God’s Spirit were singing through me (which it is!). When I use my gifts, it is as if God were dancing with us through me. When I use those gifts (not really mine in the sense that I own them or can use them at my own command), I am opened up to the work of Christ in me and I am ready to continue His work. When I use those gifts given by the Creator through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, there is no joy in spite of something else, it is just joy and joy and joy through and through.” – Jeff Neuman-Lee

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