Are Spiritual Gifts For Today? (Part 3)

18 03 2009

Continuing on today with a look 1 Corinthians 12 and the question of Spiritual gifts. Are they for today? So far we’ve seen nothing in 1 Corinthians 12 that would tell us otherwise. But Paul has definately put a lot more effort into explaining what the gifts are and how they are to be used. I’ll continue with verses 12-31.

12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today? (Part 2)

15 03 2009

Continuing on the theme of Spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12. Today we’ll take a look at verses 7-11.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,  and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

12 03 2009

Who knew that my post “The Pentecostals are not wrong” would case such a stir? There are some strong opinions out there on the subject, and I guess when someone feels strongly one way or the other they feel compelled to defend their view. I understand that fervour as I’m prone to do the same.
Today I thought I would start a series looking at Spiritual gifts and more broadly the work of the Spirit.

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The Pentecostals Are Not Wrong

10 03 2009

I have a cousin in South Africa (The land of my birth) who co-pastors a Church. You can check out their website here. I used to go to that church up until the point where my family left to live in New Zealand. Today out of interest I visited their site and listened to one of his messages. It struck a chord with me, and I’ve been mulling over it for the past few days. Read the rest of this entry »





Divorce

19 02 2009

heartbreak 
It’s only February and already this year and I already know of 3 Christian couples that are separated and in the process of getting divorced. The latest one came via an email announcement this morning. Each time the news has stopped me dead in my tracks, and forced me to do some soul searching. What do you say to  someone who tells you that they’re getting divorced? In New Zealand the divorce rate is about 1 in every 3 marriages (according to Statistics NZ).
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Unintended Consequences

17 02 2009

I’m a self confessed bargain hunter. I use a website called Betterworld.com to buy all my books. In most cases they are the cheapest. I say cheapest because they sell a lot of 2nd hand books and charge $4 (Free in the USA) to ship internationally as opposed to $12.50 from Amazon.   The site sells itself as environmentally friendly, saving books from landfills and buying carbon credits for every book sold. It also raises money for literacy in the third world. But yesterday I read an article that really made me think twice about it. You can read it here. Read the rest of this entry »





John Calvin – A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology

12 01 2009

Have you ever wanted to read those authors of old? The ones who wrote with incredibly good grammar, a few words you’d never heard before? Well I have and I’ve put it off for a long time. That is until I picked up a few  cheap re-prints on  a recent trip to Wellington . Its funny how cheap they are. I bet it cost more to print them than they made selling them. The old writers had a way to engage their readers, drawing them into a world of three dimensional characters. They were master wordsmiths. But times change and so do peoples tastes. Thats why we always need a new generation of writers to make sense of the past and contextualise it for today.

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