All of this has left me with still other questions, and a few places of disagreement, but its also been incredibly interesting and informative. It's not often that a Southern Baptist church will, verse-by-verse, tackle 1 Corinthians 12-14. I think they're usually pretty scared of it, which is why I respect Ryan and Ronnie all the more. Anyway, regardless of the more unclear aspects of the gifts, several things are clear. But for that, I want to back up to the Tabernacle.
Exodus 25-30 gives incredibly specific, meticulous guidelines for how the Tabernacle was to be constructed and decorated. From the basic framing, to the screen at the entrance, the altars, and even the garments for the priests, God made known exactly how he wished everything to be done. And it the purpose wasn't so the nations, or even Israel herself, would look at the temple and marvel. The purpose was for God to have a habitation among his people, and a place where they could come and seek him, and even talk to him face to face, as friends (Ex 33). Even though these requirements were incredibly specific, God gave men to Moses who were supernaturally enabled by the Holy Spirit to do everything that was necessary.
The Lord said to Moses, "see, I have called by name Bezalel...and have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship...And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab...And I have given to all able men ability, that they make make all that I have commanded you. (31:1-3, 6)
God supernaturally enabled men to build up his temple! This is incredible, and is a tribute to the nature of God to always provide what he requires. He doesn't heap up impossible tasks for his people to do and not lift a finger to help them. What God requires, he provides.
And this aspect of God's character is not limited to how he dealt with Israel, however. Believers in the New Testament are referred to as "living stones...being built up as a spiritual house, as a dwelling place for God by the Spirit," (1 Pet 2:5, Eph 2:22). We have similar commands from God as to how to behave, what our goals are, and how to reach them. They are just as specific, and similary as hard to do naturally. And in the same way as with the Tabernacle, God provides what we need. He provides the raw materials (2 Tim 1:9, Eph 2:8-9) and the instructions (2 Pet 2:21), and finally, the gifted workers:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, and to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit, for building up the body of Christ, to excel in building up the church. (Eph 4:11-12, 1 Cor 12:7, 14:12)
The purpose of the foundational men of the church, and the gifts distributed to all believers (as the Holy Spirit wills), is the same as the supply and giftings for the Tabernacle over 1400 years earlier. To build up a place for him to dwell with his people. Originally, a construction, but now, the people themselves. The symbolism is incredible, the mercy of provision even moreso!
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September 15, 2012 04:18 PM PDT
I learn much from your article. Life is a beautiful journey. Everyone can only live but once. Wise people knows that we should enjoy our life. We should care about everything around us. Clothes, foods, friends, families and everything. Come on, make a better world for you and for me. At the same time, I think my website is good as well,852152,http://longnailsareok.blogdrive.com/archive/121.html
|NBA Caps |
September 14, 2012 01:50 PM PDT
Wow. I've been reading your stuff for about a year now and this is basically the only sh*t I dont agree with. Give atleast a little credit where credit is due. Kobe got his ass kicked by this so called fluke. So what? Chill out. No one said the Rockets were the best team.,740819,http://longnailsareok.blogdrive.com/archive/121.html
|timberland 2012 |
September 12, 2012 12:44 PM PDT
In last weeks Economist, there's a semi-decent article on reading sentiment from large masses of anecdotal data (tweets, mainly).,186524,http://longnailsareok.blogdrive.com/archive/121.html
February 1, 2007 11:59 PM PST
In December of 2004 my life, as I knew it, came crashing down. Three weeks prior, my family was enjoying Thanksgiving. My mom was too weak and exhausted to cook dinner and therefore my sisters and I were in charge.
The following day my mom and I woke up early and headed to the hospital. My mom was going to receive a blood transfusion. We sat in the room for a few hours as she received a few pints of blood. She was immediately energized and felt 100% better.
The following Monday, my dad took my mom to see her doctor. The doctor was unhappy with my mom's blood count and admitted her into the hospital. Little did we know that this would be her last hospital stay.
She was rushed to surgery and then sent to SICU. The doctors were not quite sure what the problem was. For the next week, the doctor's diagnosed my mother with several things. The diagnosis changed as frequently as received blood transfusions.
Finally, the doctors settled on a diagnosis, Non-Hodgkin's T-Cell Lymphoma. The doctors believed that the onset of this cancer was less than a month prior to diagnosis. Due to the nature of the type of cancer, the doctor's outlook was not too positive.
Mom was given a round of chemotherapy and was not expected to make it through. She did make it through the chemo, however, she was very weak. Too weak to receive a second round. My mother's organs began to fail. Through the course of her stay in SICU she had her spleen and gall bladder removed. Her kidneys began to fail. She continued to loose platelets due to the T-Cell Lymphoma and her bleeding could not be controlled.
December 15th, after concluding that they had done all that they could, the doctors gave my family a dose of reality. They explained that the cancer was too aggressive and that my mom was too weak due to other complications.
On December 16, 2004 at 2:50pm, my mother passed away. She was 45 years old. While there were several things physically wrong with my mother, it was the lymphoma that ultimately led to her death. Since the death of my mother, I have been searching for a way to honor her memory. When I heard about LLS and their Team in Training program, I knew that it would be the perfect way for me to honor my mother while helping others to find a cure for lymphoma.
On June 7th, 2007, I will be running/walking a half-marathon (13.1 miles) in San Diego, CA. My mother will be the driving force. I ask you to join me in honoring my mother, Victoria Kish and those others that have lost the fight to lymphoma. In order to honor my mother and complete the race, I have committed to raise $3,900.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This money will go to support the research for a cure of both of these diseases.
If you cannot financially donate, please help cheer me on by writing an encouraging letter or something similar. I will need all the support I can get!
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
Shannon M. Kish
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