Hyper-Grace and Apathy

There is a sickness of apathy in the church.  It is caused by an extreme resting on Jesus’ work, so much so, that you do not work yourself. This would be at the kernel of the hyper-grace movement. “Jesus is an over-payment.” They say, meaning, He died not only for your sins, but also for…

Is the Rapture Found in Matthew 24?

Chapter 24 of Matthew is the same conversation Jesus had with His disciples in Luke 17. Matthew’s account gives even more detail, for he was there as one of those disciples. This gives it a personal understanding of what Jesus taught concerning the end times. In Luke 17 there was a focus on the kingdom…

Is the Rapture in the Bible?

No. Where did it come from? … “Prophecy.” Are there verses that support this “prophecy”? Yes and no… there are single verses, maybe 1 or 2 or even 3 in a row that seem to support this “prophecy”.  Let’s look at them in context and see what the bible actually means. Before we begin. I…

Myers Briggs, Enneagram, and the Bible

I’m an ISFP in the Myers Brigg test… mostly so. I’m a 2 on Enneagram. Which means I’m a helper… mostly. Personality tests seem really fun. At times they can bring great joy. I love to learn what I’m all about! It isn’t perfect, it’s a bit wonky but it can be harmless musings. It…

The Ability to Distinguish Between Spirits

This is also known as the gift of discerning of spirits. What moves you?  Not the action itself. I’m not talking about works. I’m talking about what lies beneath your works. What is inside of your spirit? Answering this means wading through all of your baggage, your past regrets, your sins, your tendencies, your nature,…

The Gift of Wisdom

There are three types of wisdom explained in the bible.  Let’s start with what we know as fallen creatures.  Worldly Wisdom Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat…

The Gift of Knowledge

Remember, receiving the Word of God and delivering it is prophecy. Therefore, reading or speaking the bible is prophesying. The gift of knowledge is given to those who speak on what has been prophesied or read from scripture. These two gifts are most exercised through our pastors. It is a beautiful dance between scripture reading…

The Gift of Healing

Remember the gifts of the Spirit: Do not slander Jesus Glorify Jesus as Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3) Must be full of love (1 Corinthians 13) When I was a freshman in college, I attended a nondenominational church that believed in the spiritual gifts for today. Benny Hinn was coming to town. My old church was…

The Gift of Miracles

If God desires us to have faith in what is not seen, what is the purpose of miracles? John 2027 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord…

The Gift of Faith

A Brief Review The gift of tongues spoken about in 1 Corinthians 12-14 is used differently than when it manifests in Acts 2. Corinthian tongues need an interpretation. They are of the spirit of man and not the mind. Paul speaks in this way of angels as well.  But, he would prefer the gift of…