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11 June 2006, 04:43 UTCA good tongue to speak in.

So, Christian: You think you would like to be able to "Speak in tongues"?

Let me suggest a good tongue to start with.

They say "Money speaks all languages" so if you speak with money, you can speak in all tongues.

I encourage you then to speak your worship of God with the language of Money. Give, as Christ has given so much to you.

Then your 'speaking in tongues' will truely be a blessing to many (including yourself) and will be glofirfying to God.

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27 May 2006, 10:53 UTCA man after God's own heart
I've been preaching a very occasional series at church based on 1 Samuel, and I'm coming to the end. Not the end of the book, but the end of the life of Samuel, and I feel it is a good time to take a break from that book. It's been fun but I think it is time to move on.

Anyway, the final sermon will start from I Samuel 16:1-13 where Samuel anoints David to be the next King of Israel, and God tell him (Samuel)

"Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart"

The question I want to answer is "When He looked at David's heart, what did the LORD see?".

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27 February 2006, 17:54 UTCFree Indeed

What would you say is the biggest difference between "The Western World" (by which I mean Australia, NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Western Europe, and similar countries and their cultures) and the rest of the world?

I think one answer would have to be freedom. The US in particular seems to make a big deal of individual freedom, but they are by no means alone in enjoying it. Most western cultures do, while many African, Asian, and East European countries do not enjoy as much freedom (I'm not sure about South America..)

By freedom I mean many things. Freedom to speak one's mind in public. Freedom to worship as one pleases. Freedom to choose how to uses one's time and property. Indeed, freedom to own property. It also includes the concept of a free market to buy and sell goods and services.

Freedom from poverty, freedom from ignorance, freedom from curable disease are also important parts of freedom and whiile they may not be as prevalent in the west as we might like, they are much more prevalent thant in the rest.

So where does this freedom come from? The answer would seem to be "From Christians".

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16 July 2005, 23:24 UTCSpiritual Gifts of Spiritual People
One of the topics that often receives, and requires, teaching in the Christian Church is that of so-called Spiritual Gifts. This is hardly a new thing. Paul was teaching about it in the first century to the Corinthians (1Cor12) and the Ephesians (Eph 4) and others (e.g. Romans 12).

But it is still an important thing to teach about as there seems to be much confusion about it. One of the divisions in the Protestant Churches of today seems to between the so-called "Charismatic" and "Evangelical" movements and a large part of that division seems to be based around the understand of spiritual gifts. This is particularly ironic as in the places where the New Testament particularly teaches about theses gifts, the over-riding focus of the section in on Unity within the church.

So why am I saying all this? Because I recently gained a perspective on gifts that I find very helpful. It seems to put things in the right context in that it focuses on people, and people are what God is really interested in: People and their relationships to Him and to each other.

My observation is simply this: That some of the most significant gifts that I have received from God are people. The greatest gift was certainly a person: Jesus. Other gifts are very often people: people who encourage, or teach, or challenge, or care, or reveal God in some other way. I wouldn't say that gifts from God are exclusively people: God is much bigger than that. But it seems that when God wants to speak or act in someone's life, he prefers to do it with another person.

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27 August 2004, 21:32 UTCLay Preaching - Hanna

I am a member of The Church of Christ and Kingsford and am currently serving as an elder.

Part of my role involves occasionally preaching a sermon (filling in when our minister is away). I had my second attempt at this recently and, as a couple of people asked about written notes, thought I would share then with you, my readership (yes, both of you).

Of course, just reading the text doesn't give you that same feel as being there. You have to imagine me dressed in a suit, feeling a little bit nervous, but not showing it, and trying to read/speak slowly, but not quite slowly enough, and not with long enough pauses at the places where ideas need a few moments to sink in.

The two sermons I have given so far are about Hanna, the mother of Samuel and are taken based on the first two chapters of I Samuel (and lots of other little snippets from around the rest of the bible).

You can see the first one, Hanna's problem, as a PDF or in the original LaTeX.

You can read the second, Knowing God, also as a PDF or in the original LaTeX.

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