Yes, it was at the Dells. How awesome to see such growth in the orchestra, it surely did have an impact and really warmed up such a cold building. ;)
I am sorry you had this experience Elizeth. The idea of hitting you with books must have been very scary indeed. Healing is from God, not man. Name calling and scary happenings are not how God works.
Thank you very much. My prayer to God is that my articles be helpful.
I see what you're saying John, but I believe even when given a command we must choose to obey it. If not, then there is a punishment.
John Gordon, Adam was given a choice. He was told not to eat of the tree or die. He and Eve chose to do otherwise and were expelled from the garden.
Even Paul speaks of doing things he wishes not to do. He then repented of those deeds. We are also told if we do not repent we are not forgiven. If we do not repent we are choosing to turn from God. I guess I do not understand what your argument is.
Yes, John God must call us and then we have to live our lives accordingly. When we screw up we repent, but not all do that. We are not automatons we are given the choice to choose God, but as scripture says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." (Matthew 7:13)
Unfortunately, Haytch you are right. They have forgotten there are 10 commandments.
You didn't mention an age of the children but there are videos and family study guides available.
Praying is a private communication between an individual and God and should be kept private. In services, we have prayers during the service, but they are more general and usually not as personal. A silent prayer would be appropriate in public if needed.
As for the woman's belief that someone is at a higher level of spirituality, that is something taught in the churches like I described. As said, tongues were given so that listeners could understand. It was a gift from the holy spirit and nowhere else does it say that the apostles continued to use it elsewhere. The tongues people in these churches use is not understandable and therefore useless to the listeners.
A very good reminder of God's view on the subject. Thanks for writing it.
Marsha thanks for your feedback. I think it is sad that today's churches focus only on the New Testament. In Matthew 5:18 Christ said, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
The Bible is meant to be used as a whole. Christ often refers to the Old Testament in His teachings and also speaks of God's love. There are not two Gods, one old and one new. God has always loved His people, He just made it easier to know Him through the shedding of Christ's blood.
Thank you for this article!
I think this line, 'Paul spoke to them at their spiritual level. He didn’t look down his nose and walk away. He didn’t say, “Your idols are outrageous and need to be destroyed.”' speaks volumes.