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The cycle of tens and transition

Ten years ago it was 1999. I think it's interesting or instructive to reflect on this past 10 year season.
The last year of one cycle and the first year of the next cycle are transition years. We're right in the middle of transition. 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 are Hebrew years 5740, 5750, 5760, and 5770.

What pleases God

"If it pleases the King, may I....."
Nehemiah 2:7

How often do we approach God and approach life with the question, "does this please God", or "what is your pleasure", towards God? We pray to get out of things, to get things, to find things; all for our pleasure. The Bible does teach that God does want to bestow good onto His children and we thank God for all things. But sometimes what is missing in us is that we neglect to live our lives worshipfuly, under God's Kingship, reverentially asking God what He wants or what would please Him the most in a situation.

Where's the variety in the church?

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
I Corinthians 12:4

There are 9 spiritual gifts mentioned in the Corinthian letters and perhaps the healing gift itself can be multi-faceted, because Paul uses the language "gifts of healings" in 1 Corinthians 12:30 (NASB). But in how many churches or gatherings of believers do we get to experience a variety of spiritual gifts functioning in the people? How much fun would it be if many different kinds of gifts of the Spirit were allowed to be expressed in meetings?