February 5, 2017
Ever since the resurgence of the charismatic movement in the last century, there has been incredible controversy in church on the issue of spiritual gifts, especially the gift of speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 10:8). One faction believes it is a sign of a deeper relationship with the Lord that everyone should seek but only few find. You hear this when statements like this are made: “You must receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues.”
Then there is the other side that throws all the uncomfortable gifts of the Spirit out the window for fear of being called strange, loopy or out of control. And these camps are entrenched, like opposing armies set for war.
But what is the truth? And how can we know from Scripture which side is right?
Simply put, the answer to this great controversy is found in the singular and plural use of the Greek word “glṓssa” – and nothing more. When you get this definition under your belt, the entire controversy vanishes into thin air, like a man-made mirage.
Do you want to know more? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on 1 Corinthians 12:10.
January 4, 2017
Many of us make resolutions this time of year. It just seems natural. Maybe we want to lose weight, get out of debt, or finish a long neglected project around the house. But as a Christian, we want to somehow make our resolutions more spiritual. That also seems natural. So we often resolve something like this:
"I want to read my Bible more."
"I want to pray more."
"I want to share my faith more."
"I want to love more, forgive more, worship more."
"I want to live more like a Christian."
"I want to know more of God and have myself conformed to the image of His Son."
But the key to discovering the "abundant life" (John 10:10) Jesus spoke about is not in keeping resolutions, no matter how good they may be. It's living a life of holiness. It's practicing sanctification. It's being set apart or consecrated unto God. After all, we belong to Him.
But sanctification never takes place unless we first understand the way God's if / then promises work. The promise comes after the condition. The then follows the if. Consider the following:
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
(condition one) Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
(condition two) and lean not on your own understanding;
(condition three) in all your ways acknowledge Him,
(promise) and He shall direct your paths.
Want to know more. Then keep listening.
The following is a study on Proverbs 3:5-6.
December 5, 2016
When we look at the warnings from the Lord found in the first chapter of Proverbs, we are naturally drawn to the almost prophetic words of Forrest Gump.
"Stupid is as stupid does."
To put it in the words of Solomon:
“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?" - Proverbs 1:22.
Or, "How long, you simple (foolish, simpleminded, stupid, naive, moronic) ones, will you love simplicity (what is foolish, simpleminded, stupid, naive, moronic)?"
Great question. But what is the object of this question? What exactly are the stupid ones loving stupidly? What can we learn about the wisdom of God from what is being said here? If you want to know more, then keep listening
The following is a study on Proverbs 1:20-33.
November 27, 2016
In our study of Spiritual gifts, the question before us is this: Why does the Holy Spirit give us His gifts? What's the point? How does giving us gifts, that we don't believe we have, benefit Him?
The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 12:7. Here it says: But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
Got that. But what does this verse really mean?
The word manifestation means "expression, to make visible or observable." Think about that. The "expression" of the Holy Spirit, or the way the Holy Spirit expresses Himself is "given to each one for the profit of all." Or, the way the Holy Spirit makes Himself "visible or observable" is by the gifts He gives to "each one for the profit of all."
Do you see how important these gifts actually are? And what specific gifts are we talking about?
To continue in context: for to one is given the (1) word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the (2) word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another (3) faith by the same Spirit, to another (4) gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the (5) working of miracles, to another (6) prophecy, to another (7) discerning of spirits, to another (8) different kinds of tongues, to another the (9) interpretation of tongues - 1 Cor. 12:8-10.
And this is only the beginning. There is so much more to learn. Are you interested? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
December 13, 2015
You know, there's more to our life in Christ than most of us realize. And that's because most of us are satisfied and content with far less than what God has planned for us. Consider one of the primary purposes of acquiring wisdom:
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, (why) to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles - Proverbs 1:5-6.
The climax, the zenith of wisdom is to be able to understand an "enigma" (or, a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand, also a riddle, a symbol or parable, a discourse requiring an interpretation) and the words of the wise and their "riddles" (or, difficult questions, perplexing sayings, statements with double meanings, or dark or obscure utterances). It is the ability to comprehend the deep, dark sayings of the Lord. The hidden truths, the obscure meanings of His Words.
Yes, that is our inheritance in Him via His wisdom. So how are you doing in the wisdom arena? To find out more, keep listening.
The following is a study of Proverbs 1:5-6.
October 4, 2015
In Colossians 2 we find the church being warned about deception and being led away into error by persuasive and enticing words. The word to them was to be "rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith" (Col. 2:7).
But what if we're not?
What if we're not rooted and grounded in Him and established in the faith?
What if we're more concerned about this world and what it thinks of me rather than pleasing Him?
What if we want “My Best Life Now” today?
What if we're more earth bound than heaven bound?
What happens when we try to satisfy our deepest needs and longings for acceptance, love, belonging, companionship, and purpose in our own flesh and not realize Christ has already satisfied those very needs in His flesh on the cross?
What do we do when we find ourselves in that dire strait?
To find out more about being complete in Christ, keep listening.
The following is a study on Colossians 1:9-10 and Proverbs 1:11-14.