SPIRITUAL GIFTS are given to each of us for the sake of one another. … We cannot exercise our spiritual gifts in isolation. They are not given to be hidden. Spiritual gifts are not bestowed for satellite use. The church is a communion, an organically connected body. … We are called to be together as Christ’s body on earth.
When we have discovered, by grace, our need for a constant, living reliance upon Christ Jesus the vine, our whole lives will orient around that truth. Jesus becomes the very organizing principle for all of life. He is, as the hymn says, “the heart of our own heart.” Thus gathering together as the body of Christ is not optional. Worship is vital. It is the very first activity God asks of us.
– Gerrit Scott Dawson
Responding to Our Call, Participant’s Book, Volume 4
From page 66 of Responding to Our Call: Participant’s Book, Volume 4 by Gerrit Scott Dawson. This is the 4th volume in the original Companions in Christ series. Copyright © 2006 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
Psalm 139:1, NRSV
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This week we remember: Joan of Arc (May 30).
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