|“How much do you have to HATE somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them about it?” Penn Jillette
Please Pray God will SAVE Penn Jillette and that God will give you the opportunity to share His love and salvation message with other unsaved people.
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…so that the church may be edified.” 1 Corinthians 14:5
God included a great deal of teaching in the New Testament regarding the distribution and regulation of Spiritual gifts. He states His objective in these words of Paul to the Corinthians; He wants His church edified. Thus the New Testament writers give direction regarding the variety of gifts and how they are to be used. Note, however, that the emphasis is on the various gifts and there expression, and not on the quality of any particular gift. Paul, for example, never discusses whether one person is a better teacher than another, and what to do in such a situation.
Today the emphasis seems to be a bit different. We spend energy debating whether certain gifts expressed in the New Testament church are valid during this period of history. And we evaluate people who have the same gift, concluding that one does a better job in, for example, evangelism or teaching, than another. Pastors are evaluated on whether they are good preachers, not whether they have the gift. We want the man with the best expression of the gift to be our pastor.
Such an emphasis contributes to a spirit of comparison and pride, vices the Holy Spirit intended to be brought into check by His distribution of the gifts. These kinds of evaluation foster divisiveness. As you evaluate the giftedness of people, make sure you do it from a biblical mindset.
Jeremiah 46-47 Hebrews 6 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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