My take on the gifts of the Spirit.

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Some are gifted at intercession, but we are all called to pray.

Some are gifted at understanding the scriptures, but we are all called study the Word.

Some are gifted at mercy, but we are all called to act with compassion.

And some are gifted at evangelism, but we are all called to fulfill the great commission.

Sharing the Gospel is just as essential as prayer and Bible study to the Christian walk. If we truly love our neighbors like ourselves we will do everything in our power to warn them about eternity. Not having a gift is no excuse for disobedience.

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the author of Courtship in Crisis, the former head of, and co-founder of the Austin Rhetoric Club, a homeschool speech and debate club in Austin, Texas. He is a professional speaker and CEO of Author Media. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including the Texas Alliance for Life.

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  1. So the question then becomes how to share the gospel with your neighbor? Such a sensitive subject for most. The Bible has

    so many examples of so many different ways to reach those who don't have life in Christ yet. Sometimes it is hard to share

    our imperfect lives with others for fear that we will mislead them…..but isn't it what they need?… to see us fall forward onto

    the Savior in our weakness. Then, we become more like them and our God is someone who is reachable. Otherwise we appear

    to be "perfect and without need" and they feel alienated by our presence…..the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

    Try to stand in the other person's shoes while you interact with them and imagine what they are hearing and thinking. Listen to

    more than their words and find out what their heart is saying. Thank you for sharing Thomas! It's been a pleasure to see you

    share Christ in so many different ways with so many people.

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