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Spiritual Gifts

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.  You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.   Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking
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The Three Tenses of Communion

Funny things sometimes happen in church. Many years ago, I served as the Assistant Pastor in a new church. We met for worship in the auditorium of an elementary school. One Sunday, the senior pastor was introducing Communion toward the end of the service, after the sermon, just like we do in our church here. However, on this Sunday there was someone in the congregation who was a new Christian. Honestly, I don’t even remember her name anymore. But she was an emotional young woman who had faced various problems in her life, and on this one Sunday she must have been feeling a bit distressed. Our pastor had no sooner finished introducing Communion when this young woman got up out of her seat, ran to the Lord’s Table, picked up some of the bread and ate it, downed some of the grape juice, then turned and ran out the door. We were all left speechless. We had never seen anything like it. I have never seen anything like it since. I don’t know if the pastor later gave some helpful instruction t

Propriety in Worship

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.  But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man,   and the head of Christ is God.  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.   But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.   For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head,  since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own   head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not