I was raised in a Christian home and trusted Jesus as my Savior when I was six years old. I was listening to the preacher saying that I was a sinner and needed to ask Jesus to forgive me of my sin and believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. I knew that I needed Jesus and asked Him that night to come live in my heart. I was later baptised and wanted to show others what Jesus had done for me! I was very involved with youth group and thought that maybe full time ministry was where I should be.
Later, I attended Faith Baptist Bible College and graduated with an Assistant Pastor/Youth degree. I realized I was wanting this for myself and never really asked God if he wanted me in ministry. It didn’t take long to see that I was in it for me, and not to serve God. It was hard to know that I wouldn’t be in full time ministry but I was somewhat relieved that God revealed this to me early on. I am so thankful that God led us to Saylorville Church for 14 years and we grew so much under the preaching and teaching of the gospel! During this time, Crystal and I began to search for a home and basically listed every place in the surrounding metro except Altoona. We both said we had no desire to live there. Of course we found and bought a great property there and thought it was great because we were still 15 minutes from Saylorville Church! It was a week after we bought it that Saylorville revealed the new church would be in Altoona. Crystal and I both looked at each other with wide eyes and a look of surprise. We still didn’t want to leave Saylorville because we loved serving there and built amazing friendships! God had other plans for us! It has been amazing to see God grow us even more and challenge us to serve Him more as we made our journey to HPC in Altoona! has been a great reminder to me that no matter where we serve and live out the gospel we are all members of the body of Christ and each have a purpose! , “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” Both myself and my family love HPC and look forward to suffering and rejoicing with you for the glory of God!
12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way. (ESV)
18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. (ESV)