Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., ...
Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., Hiebert is semi retired and lives in Andover with his wife, Sharon. He is a school bus driver for USD 385, Andover, Kansas.
Scripture: 1Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, or a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. (NIV)
Observation: When we gather for our church meetings, we expect the pastor to have something prepared to say; we expect the teachers to have their lessons prepared for their class; we expect the worship leader and musicians to have songs prepared. Many go to church prepared to receive, but not prepared to give. However this verse says that “EACH OF YOU” has something to give.
Application: What the Lord has for me to give may not be a public expression of God’s grace from the front of the congregation when everyone is listening to me; it may be a word of comfort or encouragement given to an individual. It may be more than the tithes I put in the offering; it may be the two or three, five or ten dollars the Lord has me give to someone with a special need. I must go ready to give as the Lord shows me a need. When I arrive at the church, even in the parking lot, I should begin looking for an opportunity to share God’s grace.
Prayer: Lord, prepare me to be an instrument of Your grace when I gather with other believers. Amen
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