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Pastor’s Corner

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Happy Tuesday to you my dear one. Bet you can’t guess, Where rabbits go out to dance. Your right, A hip hop club. That really makes them hoppy.

Our meditation is found in

Prov. 18:16 “Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!”

The Hebrew word here for gift is not bribe as in “shocad” but is rather “mattan” a gift given in friendship, to please a friend with something of special meaning.

Sometimes this process is

looked down on today because

it is assuming that it is being

given for the purpose of

gaining favor. However, the

word usage makes it clear that

it is to place proper value on

your shared friendship.

We see that sort of gracious

gift giving in a number of

places in the Bible.

Jacob - Gen. 3:20,21

Joseph - Gen. 43:11

David - 1 Sam. 17:17,18

Abigail - 1 Sam. 25:27

One of the greatest gifts we can give to others is the act of compassion, listening, and empathy. Many times these gifts are the greatest gift that can be given, stopping to express concern for another person, etc.. There is power in this sort of giving, opening a door for another person, a kind smile, a courteous word “good morning“, hello, bless you.

You may not have thought about it, but God has given each of us at least two gifts to express His deep love for us.

The free gift of salvation to be

shared with all who will receive

The free spiritual gift to be

used in life for expressing the

Father’s love to all who we

come in contact with.

In a busy, uncaring, confused, world it is easy to forget these special unlimited gifts, we have received. Paul in 2 Tim. 1:6 told Timothy to “stir up your gift, let the Father minister through them.”

So Go With God and let Him pass on His eternal gifts through you, my dear one. That is one of the future blessing we look forward to, the unleashing of our spiritual gifts in eternity. Don’t wait for heaven, because as the last phrase says “it gives access to important people!”. Remember, to our Lord every person is important for He instilled His eternal gift “life” in each of us. Keep giving your gifts away, & wait expectantly to see who that important person will be.

Lindsay Winterton


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