Monday, January 7, 2008

What's Your Spiritual Gift?

Hey! This is a quiz from my Revolve Biblazine that I thought was neat...
Rate yourself from 1 - 10 (1 is Really not me and 10 is definitely me)

1. I'm going to stand up for what I believe even if no one else backs me up or agrees
2. I'm willing to work hard on a project until it is completed and done well
3. I'm usually the leader in a groups
4. I don't spend much money on myself
5. I really love helping people out who have problems, like addictions or diseases
6. I think it is more important to live out what you believe than to know all the technical stuff
7. I love reading the Bible. It is honestly my favorite book.
8. I like telling people about my faith - like talk to them about it.
9. I am pretty good at always remembering to tithe
10. I'm a Trendsetter - I plan for the future and people follow me.
11. It's really important to me that all my friends become strong Christians.
12. I have volunteered to lead some Bible studies at school or church because I love to share what I know about the Bible with others.
13. As long as what I'm doing helps the cause, I really could care less who gets the credit.
14. I get upset when the pastor doesn't address the sins that are obviously going around in our church
15. I'm great at getting people to help out when it comes to charity events or mission trip
16. I try to find ways to save money so I can give more to God
17. I don't mind doing grunt work if it means that God's word will reach more people
18. I want people to become Christians so badly that I will tell them about Jesus even when they don't want to hear about it

Results: (add up your score for each of these-
a) 1 and 14:
b) 2 and 13:
c) 6 and 15:
d) 7 and 12:
e) 9 and 16:
f) 4 and 10:
g) 5 and 17:
h) 8 and 18:
i) 3 and 11:

Whichever groups you got the highest score in is your strongest spiritual gift...

a) Prophecy - Ability to see the influence of evil and warn other Christians
b) Helping - Ability to help without getting any credit
c) Exhortation - Ability to show others practical ways to serve God
d) Teaching - desire to study the Bible and share knowledge with others
e) Giving - desire to give your things for God's work
f) Administration - Ability to manage resources efficiently
g) Showing Mercy - Ability to show comfort and support to someone who needs it
h) Evangelism - Ability to lead unbelievers to Christ
i) Shepherding - ability to lead a group of Christians

Other books.

Though None Go With Me is another good book I read. It is about a girl named Elizabeth who meets one of there new ministers and decides to give her life completely to God and her life turns upside down and she loses almost everyone she loves. Well I am not going to give too much away. But it is a really good book. There is also a movie which oddly enough I think is even better. One of the main themes in from the song "I have decided to follow Jesus" It is the part that says "Though none go with me, I still will follow, no turning back, no turning back." She decides to follow no matter what and doesn't ever turn back and in the end it is all worth it.

Another one is from The Russians Series by Judith Pella and Michael Phillips I think. Well the first one in the series is the best. It is called The Crown and the Crucible. It is about a peasant girl from the Russian countryside and she moves to St. Petersberg to work at the Winter Palace in the kitchen. She ends up being a personal maid. Well I am still not going to give any away but it is a really good book but you have to continue with the second and third and maybe more but those arn't as good. I loved the book.

Do you see the meaning behind Jesus' words?

Hi. As you can tell from the title, I am going to post a verse that has a meaning that is rather hard to see. I had never given the verse much thought, until one day I was flipping through John and my eyes fell on this verse:

John 12:23-24
Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."

Read it carefully. But not too hard. It may take a few minutes, days, or even years for it to click. It took me a long time...but when I read it that one time, everything just clicked. There is a meaning behind Jesus' words...and it is very cool!

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