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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 10, 2012 - Static and Dropped Calls

By Greg Ebie

Are you old enough to remember static on the radio or TV? Before electronic tuning, cable TV and satellite broadcasts, we used to have to tune into a station’s frequency. The noise between stations, together with the “snow” on TV, could best be described as chaos.

I wonder how some folks might describe some of our churches today. Are there times we are guilty of being like the static between stations? Is the message lost amid the noise?

The Corinthian church had a static problem. Those who considered themselves prophets would all want to deliver their message from God simultaneously. Meanwhile there were those who wanted to deliver a message in tongues and would speak out regardless of whether anyone would interpret their Spirit-inspired speech. It was a fight to be heard over the crowd when the church gathered together.

Paul didn’t reach over and “turn the radio off.” Instead, he gave the church instructions how to fine-tune the frequency so the message could be heard. Don’t let everyone prophesy at once, but take turns and let others judge what is said. Don’t just speak in tongues, but pray to interpret or, if no interpreter is present, just remain silent. The ultimate goal is to edify or build up through the gifts of the Spirit those who are part of the church.

“Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Corinthians 14:39,40, NIV).

I am so glad to be a Pentecostal believer. I am thankful we serve a God who will supernaturally speak to His church through the gifts of the Spirit. Some churches have gone to the other extreme and turned the gifts off. To use another metaphor from our world of mass communication, it’s as though the satellite signal is blocked or a cell phone drops its call. All that is heard is the sound of silence.

I want to stay tuned in to God. I’m not afraid of the static, as God has shown us how to adjust our spiritual antenna to hear the voice of His Spirit. I’m more concerned that we don’t just block His signal and turn the Spirit off. God is not silent. He wants to speak through you and me. Be eager to prophesy. Get tuned in to God.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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