Raising Disciples: “Using Your Own Gifts & Style”

July 5, 1984, at 10:00am, I cried out to the Lord in despair and He heard me. The room filled with His Presence and He saved me unto Himself for the purpose of growing into greater things. Jesus, in an instant, became both Savior and Lord of my life.

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And to raise the infant boy growing for three months in my womb to do the same. To know Him as Savior and Lord. To be thirsty for Him. To live for Him and serve Him in full-time ministry with wisdom and reason in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Six months later, Andrew Christopher was born. 

This past Sunday, August 28, he took the pulpit in his calling as a pastor—bringing the third part of a message shared with the senior and associate pastors at Master Builder Ministries in Fall River, Massachusetts. He IS walking in the very thing I prayed daily for him from the moment I was saved. Raising Disciples: Using Your Own Gifts and Styles
God is so faithful!

I’m sharing his excellent sermon titled Using Your Own Gifts and Style. Here he discusses the Christian’s call to discipleship, walking out our lives–Jesus alive in us–through the choices we make in HOW we live our life day to day. You don’t have to say a word to be a witness for Christ, fulfilling the purpose of the church. Allow the character of Christ to be formed in you by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus. In so doing, your very lifestyle will prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God—Romans 12:2. You will be equipped for every good work in Christ under heaven.

Oh! But this is a meaty one. And, this mama bear can’t be more proud of her boy–and more grateful that God answered a young mother’s prayer when she first stepped foot into the Kingdom over thirty years ago. 

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Thank you, Jesus!

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. So thankful to be able to have some quiet time tonight to stop by and check out your blog. I love this and it encourages me because I pray daily for my kids to grow into their character and purpose God has for them! They are 10, 8 and 4 right now. I am watching your son’s sermon right now and I love it so far! Thanks so much for connecting.

    • Thanks for listening, Meghan. From the time he was 3 he begged to read so he could read his Bible by himself. He was reading by age 4, preaching to the neighborhood by age 7, and by middle school was under the mentoring wing of the pastor he now serves under a youth pastor and worship leader–teaching in the same Christian school where I once taught and he was in my class! So thankful that God, who calls our children to greater things, is faithful and will do it. Cling to that and disciple them accordingly. He will take care to make their place with great joy!

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