Use and Misuse of Spiritual Gifts

It’s amazing that we have now met for the 21st time for our weekly Discover the Word, which is a discipleship class of the ReThink Community, a local congregation of the Grace Communion International here is Santa Rosa, Laguna.

For this session, we discussed the 2-part article of Dr. Joseph Tkach entitled, Use and Misuse of Spiritual GiftsWe are following the 40 Days of Discipleship guide which can be found in our GCI mother website.

After the reading of the article, discussions about the topic followed especially on the issue on speaking in tongues. Here’s a video of that meeting:

Brisk Walking and Photoshooting at Nuvali

Due to my health condition, my wife and I visit the Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds at least twice each week for an early morning brisk walk in the hope that it will help improve my health somewhat. It actually feels good when I’m able to have my morning exercise.

Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds

The place is really quite nice and it has lots of scenic spots which I can’t help but take snapshots of. I guess I’ll never get out of this habit of taking snapshots wherever I go. Every time my wife and I go there, I always take snapshots and short videos. It has become a habit. If I have the time, I will gather all those shots and make it into one album and share it here in my blog site. For most of my recent shots (photos and videos), I’ve been using my Sony Xperia (F3216) smartphone.

Let me share a video which I took today at Nuvali.

The Holy Spirit

Some say the Holy Spirit is merely a power which God uses. They say it’s the power of God. Others say, the Holy Spirit is a person.  There seems to be some confusion over this matter.

For this 20th session of Discover the Word, we discussed the topic about the Holy Spirit based on the article written by Dr. Mike Morrison entitled, The Holy Spirit. The article presented proofs that the Holy Spirit is indeed God and has attributes only God has like: being eternal, omnipresent and omniscient. And just like God, the Holy Spirit also creates, empowers miracles and is doing the work or ministry of God.

It is comforting to know that God continues to work in us perfecting us to become like Christ through the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us each and everyday of our lives. The reason we can say that the Father and the Son lives in us is because the Holy Spirit does live in us as Jesus had promised.

The group appreciated the well-written article and expressed how they have gained more knowledge and understanding from this session.  Here’s the video of our 20th session: