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The Lord Told Me – I Think!

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Communication, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Gifts | 6 comments

by Gary Gilley – In a newsletter published by a conservative Baptist denomination, a story is presented concerning one of its members.  Deployed in Iraq, this middle aged soldier revealed that often, as he wrestles with problems of various types, “God just reveals the answer to me.”  A leader from his church back home also claims to have heard from the Lord.  “The Lord told me,” he says, “that this young man is going to be known as a builder, not a destroyer in Iraq.”  So far his prophecy seems to have come true for, although the soldier has been involved in combat, his “day job” is to rebuild schools and water treatment plants.   Recently I received an e-mail from a gentleman who wrote, “Jesus has commanded me through the Holy Spirit to teach people how to pray,...

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The Word, Missions, and Ethnomusicology: The Thai Psalms Project

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Church and Ministry, Communication, Culture, Evangelism, Missions, Music | 1 comment

by Arnfield Cudal – I write this letter on the day after Easter Sunday, sitting on row 57 of the seemingly endless flight to Bangkok, Thailand. The cumulative 40-hour flight time indicates to me that from Palm Beach, Florida, we are on opposites sides of the globe. The purpose of my travel is to conduct the musical presentation at the 50th Anniversary of PABWE’s (Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) missionary work in Thailand, and in addition, to debut another album: Psalms and Hymns of the Bible in Thai which have been set to Thai folk and classical music. To commemorate a fiftieth year celebration with music is indeed momentous. But this isn’t a normal Sunday morning musical event.  As I face the daunting task of coordinating members of the Bangkok Philharmonic orchestra, a Thai classical orchestra, an intra-regional...

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Finding & Following God’s Will, Part 1

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Communication, Epistemology, Trends | 0 comments

by Steve Spurlin − I have been noticing an upswing in the discussion concerning how God speaks to HIs people today.  The arguments range from the idea that God still speaks to each individual believer through dreams, visions, audible voice, and other people, to those of us who are staunch cessationists.   First, allow me to explain what I mean by “cessation/cessationist”. “Cessation” is a term used to explain that the miraculous sign gifts that existed during the first century, which God used to forward His plan and message, are no longer in effect.   This includes the belief that God is not presently granting new revelation of Himself to mankind, including His elect, His children.  A cessationist is one who holds to the aforementioned belief.  Notice that I did not say that God is not speaking today.  That is the...

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Keep It Clear And Simple

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Bible, Communication, Salvation | 0 comments

by Charlie Bing – Good communication is an art–especially appreciated when it comes to sharing the gospel. Here’s how to keep the content and condition clear. Introduction What does a person have to believe in order to be saved? I have heard everything from “Believe in God” and “Obey the Ten Commandments” (or “Obey the Sermon on the Mount”) to “Just believe that Jesus loves you.” Defining the Content Nowhere in the NT is the Gospel laid out more clearly than by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. Paul reminds the Corinthians about the Gospel that he preached, that they received, and by which they were saved. The message was the one Paul received personally from God (v 3; cf. Gal 1: 12). In vv 4-5 we find two great propositions of the Gospel and their supporting evidence. We could diagram the...

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