Re: Spiritual Gifts

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  1. Praise Him

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  2. Brice

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    Elmer Towns was one of my Profs. at LU. He is such a great man of God. Sorry a little off topic, but the guy is awesome.
     
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    I'm a 62-year-old Baptist Deacon and
    Sunday School Teacher. I also herd the
    Usher cats.

    Here is my forte:

    Your two highest gifts (gift mix)

    TEACHER: That special ability and desire to study God’s Word and share with others what is learned. The teacher enjoys communicating information to individuals or groups (Eph. 4:11-14; I Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7).

    EXHORTER: That special ability and desire to study God’s Word and share with others what is learned. The teacher enjoys communicating information to individuals or groups (Eph. 4:11-14; I Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7).
     
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    I love Dr. Elmer Towns.I have some of his books.Now he and some other pastors have taken on a project to train foriegn pastors online.They presently have about 40 courses online to be studied right now with a total of 125 courses in the works.Go to: www.globalpastorsnetwork.org
    and find out for yourself.
     
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    I believe this is on topic, and to me, a funny story. But back in 1991, I was at a SBC church and they had us all take a Spiritual Gifts test. I really thought the test was kinda corny. For example -- the way they handled the gift of Prophecy. I realize that Baptists often tend to de-miracle-ize the spiritual gifts, but to make the gift of prophecy be just preaching is just plain goofy - regardless if you are a cessationist or not. But what was funny was the outcome -- whenever everybody had to get up and testify before all the rest and reveal your 'results.' One guy and his wife got up and he said he was a little shocked about the results, but was happy. He said words to this effect, "I never knew I had the gift of Prophecy. Never really thought about it much. But I guess the test is accurate." His wife chimed in, "Well, honey. You do love to watch Jack and Rexella Van Impe and you loved those Theif in the Night movies..." A light turned on and his countenance brightened. He replied, "Yeah. I forgot about that. Yeah, I guess I really do have the gift of prophecy because of the fact that I really like to study prophecy in the news." I couldn't hold my peace. I busted out laughing. (No, it wasn't a spirit of laughter either -- though an angry deacon would've liked to 'slay' me in the Spirit if it were possible.) For one wild second, I considered my own gift of prophecy... Afterall, I did own a copy of Hal Lindsay's Late Great Planet Earth... Hmmmmm. Doesn't that meet the criteria?
    Point I'd like to make is this... If God the Holy Spirit hasn't made it readily evident what your gift and 'calling' really is, don't depend on some test. Poor guy walked off thinking he had the gift of 'prophecy' because he never missed an episode of Jack Van Impe Presents.

    Not meant to knock Towns. Have read a lot of good stuff from him.

    Under His easy yoke,
    Bookborn
     
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    Here is the last gifts topic among the Baptists only:

    http://www.baptistboard.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/10/5554.html#000000

    As you can see, the sign (showy) gifts are included.

    But here is an interesting verse:

    Act 2:38 (KJV1611 Edition):
    Then Peter said vnto them, Repent, and be baptized euery one
    of you in the Name of Iesus Christ, for the remission of sinnes,
    and ye shal receiue the gift of the holy Ghost.
     
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    My personal favorite story centering on spiritual gifts is about a friend of mine. One of the things guys at my seminary would do, was to go to local churches of other denominations to see what their services were like. One day they went to a charismatic church. While they were there this guy who claimed to have the gift of prophecy was going around the people prophecying. At one point he comes up to my friend and exclaims, "you have the gift of prophecy!" To which my friend calmly responds, "You, sir, are no prophet." Needless to say this 'prophet' avoided my friends the rest of the service.

    I know I have shared this before but I still like it.
     
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    Thanks, Ed. And funny story, Chemnitz.
    Here's something funny my friend told me... Hey, a preacher friend of mine in Fort Meyers, Fl. told me about this happening a few years back... He was visiting a Pentacostal service with a guest speaker who was pulling people out of the crowd, and touching his Bible to their head, and they were 'falling out'/being 'slain' with the Spirit and falling down. My friend found this to be rather boring, and was just minding his own business and reading his Bible. He said the speaker was using the Amplified version. Well, my friend saw the guy coming in their general direction. He prayed, "Oh, Lord. Please don't have him call me out." Well, the guy pointed to my friend, and said, "You. Come here." And pulled him into the aisle. He then proceeded to rub his Amplified across my friend's forehead, but nothing happened (like everybody else who was preconditioned). He repeated the recipe and rubbed it against my friend's forehead again. Everybody was anxiously awaiting the 'slaying in the Spirit' when my friend said, "Maybe if you try the King James Version, you'll get better results." The speaker just grinned, patted him on the chest, and moved to the next hypersuggestable guinea pig/lab rat. After the service, people were coming over to him saying, "Jesus loves you, man." etc. like he was some heathen or something. Ha,ha.
     
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    Two friends of mine were away at Bible college and had to visit different churches each weak. They went this Sunday and soon the people were all leaning over putting on sneakers, as the Pastor was gettin them all revved up. Well pretty soon they are all running around the inside of the church and my two friends are wondering just how to get out of there, because many of the folks are smackin them on the arm as they run by, presumably to drive the devil out of them. So pretty soon by friends get up and start running with the rest, who are now rejoicing at these two new converts. Well about the second lap around they hit the exit at full speed and race to the car and laugh their way back to the dorm.
     
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    Rachel,
    I feel the same way!!!
     
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    My first visit to a Pentacostal church, the services had already begun, I opened the door very quitely, entered, and turn around to shut the door without letting the latch spring make a noise.

    As I turned back around, a man came in a "dead run" from the altar toward me, I thought, Oh, God, I've disturbed services and they are going to throw me out!!

    The man didn't slow down as he approached me, so I side-stepped to keep him from "plowing into me".

    He jumped, and one foor hit about half way up the door, spinning around in the air, he pushed off the door and headed back toward the altar.

    Needless to say, I found a "pew" and didn't "move" until services were over.

    I was only about 12 at the time.
     
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