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We Have a Choice: Humility
By James Robison
Let me share first my personal understanding of prophecy
in light of statements that often confuse or distort the definition
of real prophecy. I believe that true prophets sometimes predict
future acts and events or consequences. These messages can be
or refreshing, but they are always intended by God to give life
or improve life.
There are prophets
who may, on occasion, foretell the future, but every believer
can prophesy or speak words of life. Paul said in Corinthians, “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more
that you would prophesy.” In my opinion, this means that when
we speak, we should
seek to speak words that edify and enhance life itself.
When Paul encouraged
people to prophesy, I do not believe he was encouraging us to
predict future events, but rather to strengthen the lives of the
hearers. We should pray that the heart of God will be expressed
every time we open our mouths. We should never attempt to reduce
the “end times” to a specific time frame or date. Jesus Christ
will return quickly in the sense that He will come suddenly, unexpected
by far too many. Believers are exhorted to live prepared for Christ’s
return at any moment, always redeeming the time.
All biblical predictions
will come true. All prophecies will be fulfilled. The misunderstanding
of the Bible’s truth
is often man’s finite attempt to comprehend infinite wisdom. Paul
said, “If you think you know, you don’t know as you ought.”
from the Pharisees of Jesus’ times to the religious zealots and
intellectuals of today, people have been proven wrong. Inappropriate
predictions, unwholesome lifestyles and the course of world events
continually expose the fallacy of human wisdom. We need prophets
today — not fortune tellers and wild-eyed mystics, but exhorters
and edifiers. We need prophecy today to encourage believers and
to correct the family of God by speaking words of life.
By Todd Akin
The celebration of Thanksgiving became quite popular in
the New England Colonies in the decades following the first celebration
of 1621. In 1789, President Washington declared the first
to thank God for our new Constitution. In 1863, President Lincoln fixed the date for
the holiday as the last Thursday in November.
But let’s take a moment to recall the first Thanksgiving,
and what it was our forefathers believed.
For seven weeks
the Pilgrims had been packed into the dark, stinking, wet, ‘tween-decks, as the Mayflower pitched from crest to trough
through the storm tossed North Atlantic.
Seasickness, crying children, and fear of sinking had been
their constant companions. Now,
the Mayflower lay anchored in the natural harbor at Provincetown
Cape Cod. With the November wind whistling through the
rigging, God’s little band of separatists, “Saints,” mixed with
a group recruited by the merchant adventurers, “Strangers,” were
gathered to sign a document made necessary by the storms which
had forced them north of their Virginia destination.
Because their charter
didn’t apply to the new location, some of the “strangers” threatened
to go their own way. To
pre-empt anarchy, the Saints drew up the Mayflower Compact.
It began, “In the name of God, amen....for the glory of
God and the advancement of the Christian faith... (We) covenant
and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic....”
God’s covenant people had landed, and for the first time
in recorded history, free and equal men had covenanted to create
their own civil government.
But the trials
of this covenant people were far from over. As they struggled to make a beach-head in Plymouth,
constant exposure and inadequate food took their toll, and people
started to die. As the
winter continued, the sick dragged their dead to shallow graves
scratched at night in the frozen ground.
They were afraid the Indians would learn of their weakness.
When spring finally broke, 47 of 102 were dead, 13 of the
18 wives died; only 3 families remained unbroken.
The children fared the best because of the sacrifices of
the parents. Of the 7 daughters, none died; and only 3 of
the 13 sons died.
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