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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: You Buried Me Today
By Gerald Shuler
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You buried me today. Our small congregation of believers seemed quite sincere in their sympathy but still I wasn’t impressed. Everyone seemed so determined that I was actually in the casket. With your good teaching over the last two years I expected them to have a more mature understanding. But then, of course, why should they understand? I didn’t fully understand until after my last breath had finally dissipated.
That, in fact, is why I am writing this letter to you. Death has been most enlightening! You would be absolutely amazed at how much we don’t know while tied to our mortal bodies. Like the angels. Do you realize how many angels there are at every church service we have? I was watching them at last Sunday’s service. (I know, I died Friday. Don’t get spooked… I wasn’t IN the service. I can just see a lot from across the gulf) Some of the angels are there because of the prayers of a few members but most (and this shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did) most of them were attending at the King’s orders because we weren’t handling spiritual things well enough yet. They were in the service waiting for orders to be carried out in the spiritual warfare. They waited but they never got sent out to perform our words! If you get this letter while you are still alive, PLEASE, start teaching people to speak Godly things into existence! You could change the entire world from your small congregation if you only understood the full authority you have been given.
Oh, I’d better hurry. They have started calling the recently deceased to the judgment seat. Let me get right to the issue of which I wanted to make you aware: Mrs. Kimble and Mr. Grunworth. While still alive and helping as your assistant pastor, I NEVER had an inkling of the spiritual depth of those two members! They are so softspoken I always thought it would be an injury to their privacy to even ask for their opinions. I’m sure you felt the same because you mentioned it to me once when I suggested Mr. Grunworth as a possible deacon candidate. Boy, were we ever wrong!
Did you know that Mrs. Kimble has been blessed with the Gift of Wisdom AND healing? She has prayed sicknesses away for years that never even got a chance to bring a first sneeze and nobody even knew she was praying! Her healing gift is even more effective because of her wisdom gift. She has spiritual insight into what the church body is facing and never gives the enemy the opportunity to even strike!
And Mr. Grunworth… Wow! That man is so dynamic in his Spirit that he looks like a giant compared to you or me! His faith is rooted more deeply than anyone I have ever known. You recall all the ministry outreach projects the church needed funding for? We thought we were stretching our faith muscles but believe me, Mr. Grunworth’s faith could have opened the doors for anything we could have desired to do as a church!
There’s the trumpet! I didn’t get to finish this letter. Just know this one thing: Jesus meant it when he said the meek will inherit the earth! Don’t waste the giants in your church just because you don’t recognize them. Time is too short and the harvest is too great!
Let God’s Gifts flow freely! I’m…. out… of… here!!!!!!
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