Transforming hearts, lives and communities by helping people receive, fan into flame and share the gift(s) of God.
The need for GIFT:
Truly a cross-denominational, 501(c)(3) ministry: GIFT has been endorsed by Archbishop (Emeritus) Elden Curtiss as "sorely needed," due to our focus on Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy; GIFT was also endorsed by Nazarene District Superintendent, Larry White.
GIFT Leadership Brings a Mosaic of Life-Transforming Faith Experiences:
GIFT was founded by a number of Christian lay personnel; a licensed minister in the Nazarene Church who had been a Catholic Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister and who returned to the Catholic Faith; and a fervent Catholic lay leader. GIFT was launched under the guidance of Church leaders from both Catholic and Protestant denominations. GIFT uses NIV Biblical text and has also received Impimaturs from the Catholic Church, making GIFT resources uniquely suitable for cross-denominational (unified) faith-building dialogues and powerful community outreach.
GIFT's key thought:
Life is an incredible gift from our loving God -- a gift that needs to be fully appreciated, earnestly reciprocated and excitedly shared!
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GIFT OFFERS TRANSFORMATIONAL THOUGHTS TO LIVE BY,
INCLUDING THESE TWELVE ESSENTIAL BIBLICAL INSIGHTS:
1) According to the Document on the Laity, Co-Workers In The Vineyard of the Lord, "All of the baptized are all called to work toward the transformation of the world." In fact, Pope Francis noted in his first Palm Sunday sermon, "With Christ, we can transform ourselves and the world."
How? Social Justice Teaching says there is an "ART" to Christian living:
We should Act on the needs we see around us, Reflect on the root cause of those needs, and work to Transform those root causes with solutions.
2) We need to acknowledge God as our Creator and to live our lives loving and revering Him for all He has given us in His incredible love for us. We need to humbly acknowledge God's authority in our lives and as the Creator of the whole world, recognizing He is concerned about the wellbeing of everyone, now and for all eternity. This foundational truth is missing in many parts of our society.
We need to "Celebrate Our Creator" in the way we live our lives.
6) The love of God has to be manifested through us in heartfelt "pity" to address people's material, physical and spiritual needs.
Indeed the Bible asks, "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in him?"
Interestingly, Martin Luther in his 95 Theses even admonished us indicating, "Love grows by works of love… Christians should be taught that he who sees a needy person but passes him by incurs the wrath of God..."
8) As Christians, we need to live lives of unity -- in Christ -- which is so important to God and to our witness. In these days of increasing evil and decreasing societal affiliation with the Christian faith, we need to reassert and live out our oneness in Christ, as we have been commanded to do by our Lord.
Jesus prayed for our unity: “I pray also for those who will believe in
me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father,
just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world
may believe that you have sent me… that they may be one as
we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be
brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have
loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17: 20-23.
11) In our quest to live a Godly, impactful life, we must be willing to die to ourselves; to live sacrificial lives; to be a witness of God's amazing love; and to incur consequences on this Earth for professing our love of God -- because people need this witness, and because our real reward is in Heaven with our King, not here.