WWUTT: Earnestly Desire the Higher Gifts?

Earnestly Desire the Higher Gifts? The miraculous spiritual gifts, as we read of them in the New Testament, were given to the Apostles and their close associates as signs to authenticate that the Gospel they preached was the Word of God. If the miraculous gifts were a regular thing, they wouldn’t be miraculous. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. (2 Corinthians 12:12) God also bore witness by signs and wonders and … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What is Discernment?

What is discernment? Hebrews 5:14 suggests that: … those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish what is good from what is evil. (Hebrews 5:145) C.H. Spurgeon explained, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.” Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word used for discernment in Hebrews is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 12. To each is given the m … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 75: Why Does the Church Exist?

[display_podcast] Ever since I was a little boy, my parents have set an example of the importance of church involvement. No matter what size of church we attended, from tiny little fellowships to mega churches, my parents have been active members. But all this involvement doesn’t answer the key question to it all:Why does the Church exist? Well, according to my dad, all Christ-followers within the world’s churches have God-given gifts. Some people are gifted with the ability to see clear … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 55: New Info

[display_podcast]In the summer of 1998, all of America was stricken with baseball fever.  America’s favorite pastime was being ushered back into the forefront of the nation’s consciousness by two gargantuan sluggers – Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.  As they neared closer and closer to Roger Maris’ 1961 single season home run record, we gathered around our TV sets as nearly every channel on the lineup would break from their regularly scheduled programming to see if Big Mac or Slammin’ Sammy woul … [Read more...]