Day: August 3, 2010

Spiritual Gifts

Mike Ratliff 90x115by Mike Ratliff

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Ephesians 4:11-14 ESV)

Faith Like Gold

Stephen Altrogge 90x115by Stephen Altrogge

“…though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6–7)

God uses trials to accomplish many things, things we can’t even see or fathom, in the life of the Christian. These helpful verses in 1 Peter tell us two, wonderful things that God accomplishes through suffering.