Author: Douglas Thomas

Being Gifts

Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. (1 Peter 4:9-11 from Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©) If it is true that Spiritual gifts are given not for the good of the gifted persons, […]

Gifts for the Past, the Present, and the Future

Teachers interpret the past, prophets interpret the present and the future. Why would we doubt what the Scriptures clearly state as normal, simply because some other people doubt? Why wouldn’t our default type of decision be that we would agree with the Scriptures rather than with people who say “those times are over…”? If you […]

Judgement and Condemnation

There is no condemnation now for those of us who are in Christ. We have had all of our failures, stupidities, and rebellion judged and paid for by Jesus on the cross. We are free to live under the influence of the Spirit of Life in Jesus. (Romans 8) We are now responsible for administering […]

Drawing the Right Lines

There is a place for variety of culture in the church (the songs we sing, the clothing or costumes we wear), but no place for class (rich, poor; high, low; important, unimportant). There is a place for authority and responsibility in the church (the Spiritual gift of administration, the responsibility for leadership that is related […]

How Dangerous are We?

The creators of popular methods of entertainment and the editors of the popular pretense of spreading “news” are not afraid of the good news about the possibility of going to Heaven. They are afraid of low ratings, offending perverts, offending Muslims, and being unempowered by the exposure of their deceptive imagery and monolog. The scene […]

Our Instructors

We have many instructors, but not many fathers. One of our most effective instructors is named Failure. He leads us into places where we make mistakes in judgement or action. Since he really has no desire to see us succeed, he then tries to lead us into a place of condemnation and self-hatred that keeps […]

Are We At War?

And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became […]

Needs and Responsibilities

How far are we from learning that we each need the gifts of other parts of the Body of Jesus, and that we are responsible for living in a way that other parts gain access to part of His life through our contributions? How devoted are we to doing whatever we can to enable and […]

In The Name of Jesus

In Acts 3:16, Luke quoted Peter as saying that it was the name of Jesus that healed the lame man who was begging at the Beautiful Gate and made him able to walk. That means that the name has power. Paul, writing to the congregations in Colossae, instructed them to do everything in the name […]

Difference of Opinion

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit has a difference of opinion with religious leaders regarding the concepts of clergy and laity being valid categories of Church membership. Luke recorded the apostles’ reaction to a controversy about a ministry of feeding widows as not being important enough for them to do the work of fixing […]

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