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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Pathway to Divine Fulfillment

The concept of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, as outlined in the New Testament, is a profound testament to the intricate and transcendent relationship between humanity and the divine. These gifts are not merely symbolic tokens; they are transformative powers that enable individuals to transcend their ordinary limitations and align themselves with a higher purpose. To truly grasp the magnitude of these gifts, one must delve into their biblical foundations and understand their psychological and spiritual implications. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, the Apostle Paul provides a detailed enumeration of these gifts: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish betwee

When God says no....

  In this very short review video by Durbania, I am reminded of my shortcomings where I felt disappointed that God didn't seem to be listening and answering my prayer.  So I am not really surprised that whenever I remember this scene in its entirety, my eyes become teary almost everytime. Jesse has been a cripple since he was a young boy.  He has a brother whom he dearly loved but left him to join the Zealots movement.  Feeling abandoned and wanting to walk again, he goes to this pool in Bathezda where people believe that has healing powers if you can get there in time when it starts to bubble.   Jesus one day came to the pool and approached him and asked him, "Do you want to be healed?".  At this point and for so many years, he was so fixated to just getting first to the pool, that he asked Jesus instead, "Will you take me to the pool?" And Jesus' answer was a heartbreaking no.  Jesus wasn't doing this to be cruel but just to point out to Jesse that the

The sad state of junior basketball in NSW

    Basketball is growing in popularity here in Sydney and I've observed that there is an increase in number of boys (and girls) trying out for representative playing spots across all associations well at least it looked that way for the 3-4 associations that I know about. January has started and most associations have finished their tryouts for the 2022 Waratah Junior and Senior season.  The final rosters are now being published in social media to the delight of those that have secured spots but relatively opposite to those that didn't secure them. Well, of course, ideally the expectation of most is that representative basketball is for the most talented basketball kids but sadly it is not always the case. Sadly, even in first world countries, politics and economics still plays a significant role in tainting everything even in the world of junior basketball.  I hear that its not just basketball but also other junior sports like soccer, rugby, netball, etc. Yes, you heard me ri