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The first line of the first post from each month of 2009. Done divinely by David. We’ll see how mine goes.
January: Another new year, and time once again to look at our attitudes and habits.
February: There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to speaking in tongues.
March: Now that my Tony has turned into a large, loud, smelly tom cat it’s time to visit the vet.
April: I think faith often starts in childhood.
May: I haven’t forgotten or abandoned you guys, and I’m not really missing, just quiet.
June: When someone says “God” what image comes to mind?
July: I’ve been playing with my new digital camera lately.
August: Reading her ad, she realized the dress had survived the past twelve years better than she had.
September: You big dummy, why didn’t you let us know you were hurting?
October: Sorry it’s been so long. I found this stupid farming game on Face Book… (forgive me, but I am sooooo bored) …well that and dozens of relatives.
November: This, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is how we make God smile.
December: She was somewhere between thirteen and fifteen years old, and she never used a computer, talked on the phone, or rode in a car.
Hmm, it’s been quite a year.
1. Who was your first prom date? I skipped prom to give birth.
2. Do you still talk to your first love? Yes, and that’s all I have to say about that.
3. What was your first alcoholic drink? Jack Daniels (yeah, I know)
4. What was your first job? cooking at Sonic
5. What was your first car? 1975 Dodge Dart
6. Who was the first person to text you today? Tracfone, to let me know my minutes had updated
7. Who is the first person you thought of this morning? I was feeling selfish, so it was me.
8. Who was your first grade teacher? I can’t remember her name, but I almost quit school the first day, because she didn’t teach me to read.
9. Where did you go on your first flight in a plane? Lubbock
10. Who was your first best friend and do you still talk? Marty, yes
11. Where was your first sleepover? my granny’s
12. Who was the first person you talked to today? I told Sister dog to stop whining until I got my eyes more than half open.
13. Whose wedding were you in for the first time? mine
14. What was the first thing you did this morning? let the dogs out
15. What was the first concert you went to? I went with my mother to see Little Jimmy Dickens.
16. First tattoo?
17. First piercing? nice, normal ear piercing
18. First foreign country you went to? Japan
19. First movie you remember seeing? Wizard of Oz
20. What state did you first live in? Texas
21. Who was your first room-mate? I’ve never had a room-mate.
22. When was your first detention? Junior year
23. If you had one wish, what would it be? for everyone to know the love of my Lord and Savior.
24. What is one thing you would learn, given the chance? I would like to read music.
25. Who will be the next person to post this? Your guess is as good as mine.
Inspired by this post and the lively dialog it created.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to speaking in tongues. Some denominations feel you can’t have a real walk with God, until you’ve spoken His language, and others feel that it is a silly waste of time, a sin, or worse.
Of course, we should first see what God says.
Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
Ignoring that many scholars believe this was not part of the original text, it does say that those who believe will speak with new tongues.
Now I have never been faced with a devil to cast out, (Thank God!) nor have I ever spoken in tongues, but based on this scripture I think it would be foolhardy to discount the possibility of either.
Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This verse speaks of Pentecost, and the tongues they were speaking were actual languages, understandable to those who heard them and needing no interpretation.
1 Corinthians 13:1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
That’s pretty straightforward. Tongues (and everything else for that matter) – love = pointless.
1 Corinthians 14:6 “Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?”
1 Corinthians 14:18 “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:”
1 Corinthians 14:23 “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?”
Seems Paul would like everyone to experience speaking in tongues, and feels it’s an important gift, but feels it’s more important to do things which build up the Body of Christ, while in church. He also seems to worry that the chaos, which could result, might be a stumbling block to non-believers.
I do have a small amount of experience in the matter.
I have had the privilege of being present when the Holy Spirit spoke “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26) for a grandmother praying for her new-born grandson, who was deathly ill. There were several denominations represented in that little hospital chapel, and two people were able to interpret.
I have also experienced the miracle of tongues personally, but in reverse of what one might expect.
My husband and I had just started attending church when The Passion of The Christ came out in theaters. My Christian journey had taken many detours and several dead end roads, and I was finding the road back to Jesus a difficult one. Say what you will about the Catholic leanings of the movie, (and brother, there were plenty) it broke my heart, and sent me running back into my Lord and Savior’s merciful arms.
At the part in the movie where the Roman soldier takes the mallet to drive a nail into Jesus’ hand and says, “Here, let me do it.” I realized that I had heard that in English and had been hearing English for quite some time. I became frightened and it stopped. But of course, at that time the Spirit’s work had been done.
So yes, I believe the miracle of tongues still happens. I also believe that gift should be used with careful consideration of the instructions of the Apostle Paul.
1 Corinthians 14:5 “I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.”
1 Corinthians 14:39 “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.”
I’m in a meme mood lately, and since it doesn’t happen often, I’m going to indulge. We’ll get back to the Fading Away series soon.
Got this one from David. The idea is to answer each question with only one word.
1. Where is your cell phone? — Ummm?
2. Where is your significant other? — Bed
3. Your hair color? — Mixed
4. Your mother? — Strong
5. Your father? — Ill
6. Your favorite thing? — Critters
7. Your dream last night? — Upsetting
8. Your dream/goal? — Fruitful
9. The room you’re in? — Kitchen
10. Your hobby? — Creating
11. Your fear? — Failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? — Secure
13. Where were you last night? — Work
14. What you’re not? — Perfect
15. One of your wish-list items? — Study Bible
16. Where you grew up? — Texas
17. The last thing you did? — Swept
18. What are you wearing? — PJs
19. Your TV? — On
20. Your pet? — Asleep
21. Your computer? — Dinosaur
22. Your mood? — Antsy
23. Missing someone? — Many
24. Your car? — Granny
25. Something you’re not wearing? — Shoes
26. Favorite store? — Wal-Mart
27. Your summer? — Hot!
28. Love someone? — Many
29. Your favorite color? — Lavender
30. When is the last time you laughed? — Today
31. Last time you cried? — Today
…because I felt the need for something light.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, because I love getting creative while gift wrapping, and they’re prettier under the tree.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Always real, the cats love climbing in it and chewing on the needles.
3. When do you put up the tree? The Saturday after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? The first week of January.
5. Do you like eggnog? Gag!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? A doll house my dad built for me.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My youngest step-daughter, she’s a good kid but picky.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Hubby.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Several, I collect them. I hand painted one of them, when we were young and broke, but my favorite is made of olive wood from Jerusalem.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both. We mail to close family, and email the rest. (Postage is expensive!)
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A set of pots and pans.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Carol.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Early December.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. Most bath sets make me itchy, so I save them for the girls as “pick me up” gifts through the year.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Coconut Cream Pie.
16. Lights on the tree? Tons!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Joy To The World.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Three dogs, three cats, and a bird, we stay home.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? (reindeer?!) Not a chance.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I found the coolest redneck angel last year…
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One on Christmas Eve (Christmas PJs for pretty Christmas morning pictures) and the rest on Christmas Day.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Grouchy people.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We had a blue, white, and silver tree a few years ago. I’d like to do that again.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? See 15
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A chance to help someone else.
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? One of my three faithful readers.
27. Who is least likely to respond to this? Anyone else.
28. What was your most memorable magical memory from your adulthood? The day our kids woke to Santa’s foot prints in front of the fire place and a dropped, reindeer chewed carrot.
29. Have you ever been involved in a Christmas gift prank? Sent my mother a tin of pistachios with a Pikachu doll sitting in the center. (It’s a long story.)
30. Favorite Christmas cartoon? The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.