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385:  The Whole Tongue Controversy Explained

385: The Whole Tongue Controversy Explained

Ever since the resurgence of the charismatic movement in the last century, there has been incredible controversy in church on the issue of spiritual gifts, especially the gift of speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 10:8).  One faction believes it is a sign of a deeper relationship with the Lord that everyone should seek but only few find.  You hear this when statements like this are made:  “You must receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues.”

Then there is the other side that throws all the uncomfortable gifts of the Spirit out the window for fear of being called strange, loopy or out of control.  And these camps are entrenched, like opposing armies set for war.

But what is the truth?  And how can we know from Scripture which side is right?

Simply put, the answer to this great controversy is found in the singular and plural use of the Greek word “glṓssa” – and nothing more.  When you get this definition under your belt, the entire controversy vanishes into thin air, like a man-made mirage.

Do you want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on 1 Corinthians 12:10.

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342:  Understanding the Times in Which We Live

342: Understanding the Times in Which We Live

Twice in the Proverbs we find the following warning:

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished – Proverbs 22:3.

And again,

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished – Proverbs 27:12.

But what does this mean?  And does this warning still apply to us today?  Absolutely— and even more so than when it was written so many thousands of years ago.  In fact, it’s a vital warning to the church today.

Want to know more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on 2 Timothy 4:1-4.

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Podcast 274:   Answering the Rapture Question

Podcast 274: Answering the Rapture Question

Many of those who deny the doctrine of the Rapture of the church smugly say the word rapture doesn’t even appear in the Bible.  And, to a degree, this is true.  Unless you have a Latin Bible, and then everything changes.  You see, the Greek word translated rapture in Latin is harpazo and means:  “to seize upon, to snatch away, to draw away, to carry off, to catch up, to receive, to pluck out, to rescue, to forcefully take away.”

Rapture is the Latin form of harpazo and is found in the Vulgate which was translated by Jerome in the late 4th century and in the 16th century became the official Bible of the Catholic church.

Consider the following:

Matthew 13:19 – “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away (harpazo) what was sown in his heart.  This is he who received seed by the wayside.”

John 10:28-29 – “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch (harpazo) them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch (harpazo) them out of My Father’s hand.”

2 Corinthians 2:2-4 – I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago— whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows— such a one was caught up (harpazo) to the third heaven.  And I know such a man— whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up (harpazo) into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Jude 1:22-23 – And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them (harpazo) out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Revelation 12:5 – She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.  And her Child was caught up (harpazo) to God and His throne.

Do you have questions about the coming rapture (harpazo) of the church?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on the rapture of the church.

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Podcast 270:  “O Lord, hear!  O Lord, forgive!”

Podcast 270: “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive!”

Daniel has been in captivity for close to 67 years and understands, from the writings of Jeremiah, that this captivity will only last 70 years.  In 3 more years— freedom.  And Daniel is close to 80 years old when he discovers this truth.

So what does he do?  He prays.  But not like you and I pray.  No, Daniel prays and cries for mercy for his sins, the sins of his people, and the sins of the land.  Daniel prays for his nation like you and I should pray for ours.

Consider the end of his prayer:

“O Lord, hear!  O Lord, forgive!  O Lord, listen and act!  Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name” (Dan. 9:19).

What happens when we, the church, begin to pray like Daniel?  Listen to find out more.

This is a study on Daniel 9:1-19.

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Podcast 263:  Hey God, I’ve Got a Problem with You

Podcast 263: Hey God, I’ve Got a Problem with You

Often we find ourselves, like the people in Malachi’s day, lodging a complaint against God.  Why?  Because He didn’t do things the way we thought He should.  Because we don’t like the situation we are in.  Because we want more than what He has sovereignly given us.  Because He didn’t meet our expectations.

Just like spoiled, selfish children.

But the granddaddy of all complaints is found in Malachi 2:17 where the people accuse God of blessing evil and ignoring good:  “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them.”  Or, “Where is the God of justice?”

Want to see how God responds?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:17-3:5.

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