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1 Are tongues a world language or not? Note 1 Corinthians mking Fri 05/5/06, 7:34pm 171751
  That is true! I have been reading the posts of speaking in tounges. I don't think that people need to feel like they have to speak in tounges to recieve the Holy Spirit or to be actually saved. I have never spoken in tounges. I won't say that i will never because that would be fortelling my future. I do know that i have the Holy Spirit inside of me because of me always trying to do what is right and what the Lord wants of me. I know that God has already done a great work in my life and will continue to do great works. Speaking in tounges is a gift and not everyone will have the same gifts as pointed out in 1 Corinthians. I don't think that we choose those gifts, God does. It is just up to us to utilize those gifts that God gives us. Like you said, we need to pray that God shows us those gifts and pray that He will gives us strength to use them.

About the healing. I do believe in healing. I was once prayed for a healing and recieved that same day. Prayer is important. I don't think that healing is suppose to be show though like alot of these stage appearances. Why doesn't the appereance show more in hospitals and nursing homes? It is good to be able to heal people but wouldn't be better to go around to many different places? That is what Jesus did. He went to many cities and healed people. Of course, we can't say that these people that do these healings are false or not until it is revealed to be false.

God Bless
2 why so hard to understand Note Bible general Archive 3 Hank Mon 05/8/06, 12:51am 171824
  Mat, it would be perhaps easier to approach your question armed with specific knowledge of the problem you are having with understnding the Book of Numbers. Lacking such knowledge, however, I'll venture a stab at it and hope that at least part of what I am going to say will be helpful to you. ....... I'd never thought of the book as presenting interpretative challenges that were unusually difficult. I could name several books of Scripture that strike me as more difficult to grasp than Numbers. I'll grant you that it's easy enough to get bogged down in the numberings of Chapters 1 and 26, but the thrust of the book really centers around the wilderness wanderings of Israel, chiefly those wandering years from the time they left Sinai until they arrived at the river Jordan. God had redeemed Israel from Egypt's slavers, had delivered them from the "house of bondage." He gave them the Law at Sinai. He had given them in Moses an exceptionally gifted leader. Moreover, they were supernaturally guided by daytime cloud and night-time pillar of fire. With all these things to their credit, Israel had every possible reason to march triumphantly in the pefect will of God to the promised land. But instead they failed miserably and repeatedly, and this Book of Numbers records their failures. ...... With this very brief background sketch, perhaps you will be able to approach this fourth book of the Pentateuch with less trepidaion and with greater confidence, the better to understand what you read. ...... The first five books of the Bible comprise the Pentateuch, or Torah, and I've always maintained that it is best to view these books of the Torah as a unit. Therefore, to read the Torah as a unit will enhance your understanding of Numbers, putting the book in a broader context. Of equal or greater importance, your becoming well acquainted with the Torah will give you an invaluable background, a foundational knowledge, as it were, that will greatly aid your understanding of all the rest of Scripture. ..... Additionally, you may indeed be helped by availing yourself of a Bible dictionary and a reliable study Bible or two, and pehaps a non-technical commentary. The "King James Study Bible" (Nelson) and "MacArthur Study Bible" (Word/Zondervan) have some good notes on Numbers, and both of these publications are conservative and reliable. For a brief, non-techical commentary on Numbers, try volume 3 of "Layman's Bible Book Commentary" (Broadman Press). ..... Well, perhaps these tips will help you to get into Numbers and read this portion of God's word with greater understanding. But most of all, enter into your study of this book, and of all 65 of the other books of Scripture, with prayer for illumination by their Author. ...... You will notice that I have not attempted to address your original question as written, which was, "Why is (the book of Numbers) so hard to understand?" The question is assumptive and, frankly, assumptive questions should never be asked -- or answered -- on this Forum. The question that you originally asked in the form that you asked it assumes a fact which may or may not be true at all, or it could be true for A but not true for B. As a general rule, most regular users of this Forum, including this respondent, are extremely reluctant to address assumptive questions. ..... Let's say for the sake of argument that the Book of Numbers IS hard to understand. And you asked why it was so hard to understand. But is that what you really wanted to know? Didn't you, in fact, want to find out ways that might serve to help you understand the book better than you have been able to understand it thus far? So, without being assumptive at all, you could frame your question (request) something like this: "I am having difficulty in understanding the Book of Numbers and would appreciate suggestions that may help me to understand the book better." A request such as this is far more likely to pull positive responses and fetch you the information you are seeking than asking why the book is so hard to understand. For example, I was tempted (though obviously did not yield) to dismiss your original question with the answer, "Because it's written in Hebrew." :-) ...... God bless you, friend, and I encourage you to keep plugging away, examining the Scriptures daily, just as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11. Because all Scripture is...(see 2 Timothy 3:16), and we are commanded to... (see 2 Timothy 2:15) --Hank
3 Jn 14:14 Why "ask Me," instead of "ask" (?)Answered John 14:14 InHisLove Mon 05/8/06, 7:09am 171835
  Why does the translation of this verse differ from other translations (NKJV) in that Jesus tells us to ask Him in His name, while in others He simply states that we are to ask in His name?

It seems to conflict with John 16:23 where He specifically tells His disciples to ask Him nothing (question Him about anything) IN THAT day, but ask His Father in His name.

In teaching the Lord's Prayer, Jesus told His disciples to pray to the Father. The mood of the verb ("pray" in Matthew and "say" in Luke) is imperative, implying a command.

Is there room in the Greek text to allow the translation of John 14:14 to leave "Me" out of the text as in the KJV?

Thank you,

4 Jn 14:14 Why "ask Me," instead of "ask" Answer John 14:14 Morant61 Mon 05/8/06, 1:58pm 171854
  Greetings InHisLove!

Allow me to touch upon your questions.

1) First of all, there is no way to leave out the 'me' in John 14:14. It is quite clearly in the Greek text, and not just implied, as the actual pronoun itself is used.

2) Secondly, there doesn't appear to be any contradiction with John 16:23 for two reasons.

a) The word used for 'ask' is not a word that is normally used in reference to prayer (though it can be), but refers more to the asking of questions.

b) The 'no longer' asking takes place at a future date, so it does not contradict John 14:14.

Even if we understand the word as a reference to prayer, we do not any longer ask Jesus in person. We address our prayers to the Father in His name.

I hope this helps!

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
5 through the spirit? Note 1 Pet 1:2 InHisLove Fri 05/12/06, 1:16pm 172094
  You are right. But to take this one step further, I pray with Paul the prayer in Ephesians 3:15-21. In this prayer we see that Paul prays in v.16,17 to be strengthened with power THROUGH (by) HIS SPIRIT in our inner man that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, and in v.19, that we may be able TO KNOW the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge. The love of Christ is perfect love and will cause us to love God and our neighbors as we should by the power of the Holy Spirit and therefore obey Christ.


6 Praise and Testimony Note James 5:14 Morant61 Fri 05/12/06, 5:25pm 172107

Our congregation believes in this verse and we practice it frequently.

Last Sunday, we had a gentleman who wanted to be annointed because he had just failed a stress test and was told that he had multiple blockages in his heart.

As a result, the doctor was going to do a heart cath to find out where the blockages were and how bad they were.

During the prayer, I asked God to heal his heart and make it so that the doctor would find nothing when he did the heart cath.

Guess what?

They did the heart cath two days later and found no blockages at all.

Praise the Lord!

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
7 Authority to Ask God for One's Needs Answer Phil 4:19 jlhetrick Sat 05/13/06, 10:07pm 172155
  Hello Kalos,

A thought provoking question.

I'm not necessarily comfortable with the wording. "authority" and "freely" seem to suggest a tone of "Word of Faith".

The bible gives good examples of the proper attitude of prayer as well as those where one's prayers may be answered with a NO.

To begin with, as you know of course, all request should be with an attitude of understanding that God's will should (not to mention will) prevail over our own.

Romans 1:9-10 (NASB95)
1:9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you."

Paul is very much aware here that his prayer may or may not be answered, "if perhaps now at last"..

And of course, the most famous prayer spoken by our Lord as he taught the desciples made a point to stipulate...
"Matthew 6:10 (NASB95)
6:10 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

What we want, and even what we think we need, will not always be in the will of God. Paul certainly learned to appreciate this.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NASB95)
12:7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."

Often people will quote a very famous verse James 1:6 and use it to argue that we can ask for anything and receive it if only we do not doubt.

James 1:6 (NASB95)
1:6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

But they fail to render it in context with Scripture as a whole.

I will leave it at that for now and watch the replies of others.

Thanks for helping us to think,
8 Judas Note Luke 23:43 DocTrinsograce Mon 05/15/06, 6:33am 172189
  Dear Seedling,

In the cases of Paul and the thief, their faith was efficacious. In other words, it is what we would call "saving faith."

The following is from chapter 14 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. It will provide you with a detailed discussion of saving faith from a Reformed perspective. It is not, of course, inspired -- only Scripture is inspired -- but it is very carefully and concisely derived from the Word. It is also pretty compact; which is deceptive, since it makes the topics seem simpler than they actually are. Scripture is, after all, very profound!

"1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word; by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened. (2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:14, 17; Luke 17:5; 1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:32)

"2. By this faith a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word for the authority of God Himself, and also apprehendeth an excellency therein above all other writings and all things in the world, as it bears forth the glory of God in His attributes, the excellency of Christ in His nature and offices, and the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit in His workings and operations: and so is enabled to cast his soul upon the truth thus believed; and also acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come; but the principal acts of saving faith have immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. (Acts 24:14; Psalms 27:7-10; Psalms 119:72; 2 Timothy 1:12; John 14:14; Isaiah 66:2; Hebrews 11:13; John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Galatians 2:20; Acts 15:11)

"3. This faith, although it be different in degrees, and may be weak or strong, yet it is in the least degree of it different in the kind or nature of it, as is all other saving grace, from the faith and common grace of temporary believers; and therefore, though it may be many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory, growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 5:13, 14; Matthew 6:30; Romans 4:19, 20; 2 Peter 1:1; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 5:4, 5; Hebrews 6:11, 12; Colossians 2:2; Hebrews 12:2)"

In Him, Doc
9 Judas Note Luke 23:43 kalos Mon 05/15/06, 8:32am 172193

Has it ever happened that I believed I had a strong scriptural argument, only to run into a question that I couldn't answer? Yes, it has. And it always turned out to be a good thing in the end. The unexpected objections and counter-arguments caused me to return to the scriptures, prayerfully and diligently searching until I was prepared to give an answer in return. I have learned much at these times.

It has happened much more on this forum that it ever did off the forum. Five years ago I came to the forum with ideas I had learned from preachers and teachers over the years. Sometimes I had to adjust what I believed until it lined up with what the Word of God said and taught. There have also been times when I found out I was just plain wrong about this or that teaching. When that happened I appreciated the person who had challenged me and pointed me in the right direction. I don't want to believe something that isn't true. So it really is a joy to me when I receive gentle and loving correction.

For example, Chuck B. came to the forum several years ago teaching a certain doctrine. At first I was offended and wouldn't even consider his arguments, because his teaching was contrary to what I had always been taught on this issue. Then I got to thinking it over, reading his posts carefully. I began to research the subject with Chuck B.'s help and I found out I was wrong. How did I feel? I felt good that the truth had been shown to me.

I've learned so much from so many forum members as well as from the research I've done to make sure I give accurate, scriptural answers to the questions I reply to. I give God all the glory and give credit where credit is due to my fellow forum members. I think this just goes to show that Christ has given gifted teachers to the body for its edification. Whoever trivializes the role of teachers God has placed in the church is a fool. No one man is infallible. But it is God's design that as a corporate body we learn what the Scriptures mean.

God bless you, Jeff, for your friendship and your love of God and His Word.

Grace to you,
10 Jesus said He would sent the Holy Spirit Answer 1 John 3:24 revpete79 Tue 05/16/06, 7:25am 172235
  You recieve the Holy Spirit, when you accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior by Confession of your Sin, Believing that Jesus died to take your sins upon himself, and Announce to others your faith in the Lord. Rom 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Rom 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit which is seperate (Acts 19:2 He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.") and means that you have been fully emersed in the Holy Spirit just as Baptized means that fully emersed in water. The first evidence that you have been fully emersed in the Holy Spirit is that you will speak in a tongue that you have not learned and do not understand. Acts 2:4. Five times in the Book of Acts it talks about people who recieved the Baptism of or in the Holy Spirit and 3 of those times it spacifically mentions that they spoke in tongues. It does not say it about the gentiles but when Peter is telling the Apostles about it later he says they spoke in tongues just like we did at the beginning and we Know from 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 that Paul made a habit of speaking in tongues. He is the other case not spacifacally mentioned in Acts. So it was the common practice of the early church for people to speak in tongues as evidence that they had been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
This is not to be the only evidence however and this experienc should in fact be brought into question is no further evidence appears. There should come with it a greater prayer life as you allow the holy Spirit to pray through you when you don't know how to pray. Rom 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; It should also be accompanied by a greater desire to share the Word of God with others through personal testimony of what God is doing in our lives. Acts 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." As Spirit filled believers we are to be witnesses for the Gospel of Jesus Christ whever we find ourselves. Just like salvation, the Baptism of or in the Holy Spirit is recieved by Faith in Jesus Christ, who is the giver of the gift.
11 Jesus said He would sent the Holy Spirit Note 1 John 3:24 Searcher56 Tue 05/16/06, 11:22am 172258
  You said ... "There should come with it a greater prayer life as you allow the holy Spirit to pray through you when you don't know how to pray. Rom 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words"

You have it backwards ... it is not the "Holy Spirit to pray through you" but "the Spirit Himself intercedes for us"

We don't groan - He does. Moreover, the "groanings" are "too deep for words" therefore is not any language, since for there to be a language, it must have words.

Read the posts in Romans 8:26, including the one I started.

12 revpete79, When did he speak in tongues? Answer 1 John 3:24 revpete79 Tue 05/16/06, 11:28am 172259
  I don't know what you mean by my belief, you seam to think I believe one must be baptized in the Holy Spirit to be saved, which I do not believe.
He would have spoken in tongues for the first time when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit as the other believers had in Acts 2:4 and continued to speak in tongues as a part of his devotional prayer life when he did not know what to pray for or how best to pray allowing the Holy Spirit to pray through him speaking to God. 1 Corinthians 14:2,18 and 26 tongues are among those things that must be done "for the strengthening of the church." Also verse 39 "do not forbid speaking in tongues."
13 Acts 3 Note 1 John 3:24 grandmapat Tue 05/16/06, 12:32pm 172271
  thank you revpete79 I can use all the prayers I can get
14 BBQ, Whose will are you submitted to? Answer Phil 4:19 BARBAQUED Tue 05/16/06, 4:28pm 172285
  Heavy, the whole idea is to walk in faith, the walk is the reward.
God knows our needs yet we still need to ask.
Matt 20:32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
Jesus gives us the authority to ask.
Matt 21:22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
As our earthy fathers do the best they can for us so our heavenly Father answers our prayers.
The walk becomes easier as we grow in faith.
Peace be with you.
15 Authority to Ask God for One's Needs Note Phil 4:19 hobbs Tue 05/16/06, 4:37pm 172287
  Dear BBQ,

Steven, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death despite the fact that the Scripture describes him as a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit...Acts 6:5.

If I understand your theology correctly, Stephen could have been set free and escaped execution if only he had exercised his God given faith.

It is also a fact that of all the apostles John alone was not murdered! I cannot bring myself to believe that only one of the twelve had the kind of faith that produced such a miraculous escape from untimely death. Were all but John insufficiently "trained"?

I'm sorry my friend, but apart from singling out a handfull of verses (without a word to their context) you fail to convince me of their application to your premise.

I believed as you do at a time in my life, and I know where you are coming from. Indeed, had it not been for God's grace, I might still be entrapped in error. It is my prayer that God will grant you grace as well.

In the grip of God's grace,

16 Authority to Ask God for One's Needs Note Phil 4:19 BARBAQUED Tue 05/16/06, 4:48pm 172290
  Why pray if you do not feel it will be answered?
Because you do?
I never said how your prayers will be answered?
I hope in this case I will will receive insight into what Jesus meant when he said your prayers will be answered, and I am assuming you mean for me to have that insight.
Thank you in Christ
17 Authority to Ask God for One's Needs Note Phil 4:19 hobbs Tue 05/16/06, 5:45pm 172296
  Brother BBQ,

the implication was that spiritual growth (training in faith) increases the possibility of prayer being answered according to our desires.

Our prayers are always answered, and those answers are always given for our good...what we have to remember is that what we see as the best answer is not the necessarily the way God sees it.

Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.


18 prayer Note Not Specified wiseman2 Wed 05/17/06, 12:54am 172308
19 prayer (?)Answered Bible general Archive 3 wiseman2 Wed 05/17/06, 12:54am 172319
20 prayer Answer Bible general Archive 3 DocTrinsograce Wed 05/17/06, 8:07am 172320
  ...is a good thing to do.
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