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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Sunday Feb 26, 2012

March 24th, 2012

Busy, but Awesome Week!  


I loved seeing your youth section last week.

Wasn’t everything just amazing?! It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve been together in class, but it also seems like the last couple weeks were a blur. I was REALLY glad to hear some of you mention how God is working in your heart, and I wanted that more than anything. My wife and I feel like we haven’t even seen you much over the past couple weeks, and it’s been really weird not being around you as much lately! We haven’t even showed you our baby pictures! Ok… who cares, right? But you will be glad to know we are having a man-child. Guys, feel free to beat him up regularly. Girls, you are not allowed to pamper him or sissify him in any way. He will be extremely manly… I guarantee it.

I hope our prayers were answered and you were blessed by the Preaching Rally. A lot of our focus is on the other churches and how we can be a blessing to them, but isn’t it cool how God turns that around and blesses you when you serve others? I love that! The same thing happened with the GIBF meeting… we wanted to be a blessing to others, but it was like the coolest thing ever for our church! We prayed God would speak to you through the Preaching Rally, and that you would agree with me when I say… “Bro. Gaddis is the man!”

I love Bro. Gaddis and Bro. Hardy. Bro. Gaddis is amazing and Bro. Hardy really makes you think. Which do you want… treasure, a treasure chest, or the abyss? And then Bro. Gaddis’ messages were right on. I want to listen to them again some time soon. They’re on PreachingRally.com if you want to download them.

Anyway, it’s good to be back. Let us know if we can help you. Love you!


Bro. Ryan



Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour the night before.



If you plan on going to summer camp, you need to plan on paying your $50 deposit and having all paperwork turned in by March 11.

Prophet / Prophecy

The special call and ability God gives to some to proclaim the Word of God with clarity and to apply it fearlessly with a view to the strengthening, encouragement, and comfort of believers and the convincing of unbelievers. The special gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain Christians to interpret and apply God’s revelation in a given situation.


The divine enablement to reveal truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification. There may be immediate or future implications.


People with this gift:

– expose sin or deception in others for the purpose of reconciliation.

– speak a timely word from God causing conviction, repentance, and edification.

– see truth that others often fail to see and challenge them to respond.

– warn of God’s immediate or future judgment if there is no repentance.

– understand God’s heart and mind through experiences He takes them through.

  • 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
  • Romans 12:6-8
  • Ephesians 4:11-13
  • 1 Corinthians 12:28-31
  • Deuteronomy 18:18-22
  • 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 14:24-25
  • 1 Corinthians 14:30-33
  • 1 Corinthians 14:37-40 

Pastor / Shepherd

The special call and ability God gives to some to assume a long-term personal responsibility for leadership and the spiritual care, protection, guidance, and feeding (teaching) of a group of believers.


The divine enablement to nurture, care for, and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ.


People with this gift:

– take responsibility to nurture the whole person in their walk with God.

– provide guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people.

– model with their life what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus.

– establish trust and confidence through long-term relationships.

– lead and protect those within their span of care.

  • John 10:1-16
  • Acts 20:28
  • Ephesians 4:11-15
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-7
  • 2 Timothy 4:1-2
  • 1 Timothy 4:11-16
  • 1 Peter 5:1-4


The special call and ability God gives to some to minister whatever other spiritual gifts they have in another culture.


Those with this gift find it easy or exciting to adjust to a different culture or community. Missionaries find great joy working with minorities, people of other countries, or those with other distinct cultural differences. Those with this gift have a stronger-than-average desire to be a part of the fulfillment of the Great Commission around the world.


People with this gift:

– have an intense spirit of unease at the thought of all the unsaved people in the world.

– adapt themselves and core Biblical principles to different surroundings by being culturally sensitive and aware.

– have the ability to reach out people groups of a different ethnicity, language, or cultural background.

– can establish meaningful relationships with people of other nationalities or cultures.

– desire to minister to unreached people in other communities or countries.

  • Ephesians 3:6-8
  • Mark 16:15
  • Acts 1:8
  • Acts 13:2-5
  • Acts 22:21
  • Romans 10:14-15
  • 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 

Evangelism / Evangelist

The special call and ability God gives to some to proclaim the Gospel of salvation effectively so that people respond to the promises of Christ through conversion to Christianity.


The divine enablement to effectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship.


People with this gift:

– communicate the message of Christ with clarity and conviction.

– seek out opportunities to talk to unbelievers about spiritual matters.

– challenge unbelievers to faith and to become fully devoted followers of Christ.

– adapt their presentation of the gospel to connect with the individual’s needs.

– seek opportunities to build relationships with unbelievers.

  • Ephesians 4:11-16
  • Matthew 28:16-20
  • Acts 2:36-40
  • Acts 8:5-6
  • Acts 14:21
  • Acts 8:26-40
  • 2 Timothy 4:5

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