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The Bible guy

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.           — Romans 12:6

When the youth group in Rich’s church needed Bibles for study, he went on a search for more than 70 copies. He got what they needed, but he never stopped collecting and distributing Bibles.

People and businesses donate money, others give him new and used Bibles to share. The motto on the side of the van he uses for this ministry explains his simple desire: “Need a Bible? Ask me for one.” Rich is an ordinary guy, a heating and plumbing technician, who carries on this ministry in his spare time. His nickname around his church is “the Bible guy.”

Do you ever wish you could have a special ministry like Rich’s? The Lord has given each of us at least one spiritual gift to use for His kingdom purposes. The apostle Paul lists several in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, and some are mentioned in 1 Peter 4:9-11.

If you don’t know what gifts you have, volunteer for a ministry in your church that interests you, or meet a need you learn about. Then ask yourself if you saw God work through you and if you had joy as you served. Ask fellow believers if they think you’re gifted in that area. And ask the Lord to help you determine where you fit in His plans.

The Lord wants to use you too.     — Anne Cetas

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Help us, Lord, to work together

With the gifts that You bestow;

Give us unity of purpose

As we serve You here below. — Sper


READ: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Christians who bury their gifts make a grave mistake.

The Bible in one year:

• Ezra 9-10

• Proverbs 6:12-19

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