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In Acts 10, we are introduced to Cornelius, a converted Gentile who fears the Lord. In a powerful vision, the Lord spoke to him and told him to have Simon Peter visit. So Cornelius sent men to Joppa to bring back Peter. In the meantime, Peter had a vision in which the Lord revealed to [...]

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In Genesis 11 we read the account of the tower of Babel. Verse 1 says, “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.” As the chapter progresses, we see mankind communicating and producing bricks and mortar to build a city and a tower that they said would have “it’s top in the [...]

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on tongues–my history

I was raised in a non-denominational, rather introverted church. When other churches or denominations were talked about, it was virtually always about doctrines or practices where we had it right and they had it wrong. These areas of deviation on their part were seen as a compromise that rendered them ineffective. We were the standard. [...]

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on tongues–intro

Recently, both online and in my personal interaction with brothers and sisters in Christ, the issue of Spiritual gifts, primarily the gift of tongues, has been coming up.  So I did a study of the scriptures on this issue.  I am going to have to post it in sections, since it is too long to [...]

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my perception of myself

As most of you know, I’m a little behind the times.  Last night, we watched the first two episodes of season 1 of “The Office” after Michelle’s small group left and I came home.  I was struck by how Michael Scott, the Scranton, PA regional manager of Dunder-Mifflin, has no idea how other people view him.  He [...]

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spiritual eyesight

A few months ago, we were in a training session at work.  I was having trouble reading the power point slides.  So the guy that was running the training re-focused the projector.  I still couldn’t read it.  I made the comment that I needed to get glasses.  He handed me his.  I put them on, [...]

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extra weight

This past weekend, on our hike, Jon told us a story about some of his coworkers.  One of them was going to leave for a hiking trip right from work, so he brought his gear and pack into work with him.  One of his friends got a rock weighing about 20 pounds, emptied the contents [...]

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the snare of needing to be right

I just read this article, How Did Christianity Become an Excuse to Be Mean? by Helen Mildenhall. And I found myself asking these questions: “Why do I need to be right?”  “What is it in me that always needs you to be wrong?” In my early days of walking with the Lord, there was a simple concept [...]

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Do I see the ones who Jesus noticed? The outcasts with their hands outstretched, With hurt in their eyes and scars on their wrists, Scars from wounds more than knives have etched.   They don’t care about my creed Written in ink on paper. They share my desperate need For a slain and risen Savior. [...]

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follow the script

Is it just me, or does Christianity often seem like a play?  We have lines we say.  We react to things a certain way.  Many times, my spirituality seems memorized and rehearsed.  We have pat answers for situations and questions.  I hate pat answers when they are given to me.  So what gives me the [...]

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