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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Allow for Differences

I am speaking tonight on spiritual gifts. I'm always nervous before a workshop, but especially this one. What if they disagree with me? Although I try to teach from my understanding of the Bible, not a dictated church doctrine.

But I've given this presentation before, and haven't been stoned yet.

One of the cool things about the community of Christian writers is our diversity. We attend churches along the whole spectrum from very traditional to very charismatic. And yet , when we gather, our common love for the Lord and our passion to share the good news of salvation with a dying world override our petty differences.

The same thing is true of those who are grieving. My grief won't look like yours, and yours won't look like mine. We'll express our emotions differently. We'll have our individual time tables. But grief, whatever form it takes for us, allows us to reach out to comfort others with the comfort God has given to us.

When you think of me today, please send up a prayer. That God will empower me through His Spirit to present this important teaching.


Tami said...

I'll be praying for you today. Wish I could make the trip down to hear you speak. Have confidence, that God will be using you this evening. As long as you are in prayer about your presentation, He will use you for His glory. What a great place to be! ;>)

Ruthie said...

I will pray for your teaching.
You'll do fine - you're a great speaker.

Mary Connealy said...

I'll pray, Darlene. One thing I do when I've got a spiritual message I want to give is I remind people that God reveals Himself to all of us in different ways, the Bible speaks to us in different ways, to meet our needs. So rather than say, "This is how it is." I say, "This is something God has used to touch me in a new way"

Jan Parrish said...

Let's hear it for diversity.

Sorry I missed your talk.

Paula said...

You were a blessing to us, Darlene! Thank you for making us think!