One of the most divisive issues in the church today concerns the place of lesbian and gay persons. Should the church sanction same-gender relationships? Should gay and lesbian people be allowed to serve as ordained ministers? These questions and many more spawn endless debate and create winners and losers. A better way to respond to this pain and confusion is to make use of a process of discernment. Listening to the Spirit presents a process of discernment that helps us to listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance as we consider the question, What is the gospel message to our church as we relate to gay and lesbian Christians? This question is addressed through a process that will help Christians approach the issues throughtfully, theologicaly, and prayerfully. There are no set answers or preconceived outcomes. The books was written by the Discernment Committee on the Participation of Gay and Lesbian Persons in the Life of the Church. This committee represents a broad range of theoological beliefs surrounding the issue.
A 365 day scripture journal dedicated to the subject of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. We are often distracted by the routines of our lives and fail to build a deeper relationship with God. This is true even though we desire to grow closer and to reveal the fruit of the Holy Spirit living in us. Many of us find that the way to stay connected is with a journal, 365 days of the year. This allows us to stay connected to God on a daily basis. What a better place to begin than with Galatians 5:22-23 and the fruit of the Spirit. Over the course of the next year, work to live a Spirit guided life. During the next 365 days, take time each day with these scriptures and develop a closer relationship with God.
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