Speaking in Tongues

Category: Doctrine | Title: Holy Spirit|  Written by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Speaking in tongues is the most talked about phenomena in Christianity.  Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement has brought speaking in tongues to the forefront, and these branches of Christianity are without doubt the fastest growing segments of Christianity.  These movements are impacting the world even more than the reformation did. Yet with all the talk about speaking in tongues, only very few understand what it’s all about.  It is the least understood and the most controversial subject among believers.  People will be surprise to find that the Bible mentions speaking in tongues thirty-five times. That is a lot, so this subject should not be taken lightly and kept aside as unimportant to the Church.  God does not fill His book with things of minor importance.

God knew the controversies that would surround this gift in the 20th century. Yet He felt the church needed this gift to fulfill its ministry.  Even major truths such as the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the Humanity of Christ and the Person of the Holy Spirit have been opposed and have faced controversy in the history of Christendom.  So it should not surprise us if the gift of “tongues” has been controversial too.  It is always best to stick exactly to what Scripture says on all doctrinal matters.

Greek terms

There are two different Greek terms used to represent the speaking in tongues.

Glossolalia  = glossa  means “tongue, language” + lalia means talk or to speak, speaking in non existing language there may not be any meaning to what is spoken.

Xenoglossia, which is the biblical “gift of tongues.”

Glossolalia is babbling in a nonexistent language, where as  xenoglossia is the ability to speak fluently a language the speaker has never learned.

Some of the misconceptions about tongues today among churches

  • Some Christian churches teach that all the charismatic gifts (speaking in tongues, word of knowledge, prophecy, etc.) have ceased with the completion of the New Testament.  It is no more applicable for today. 1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
  • Some churches teach that you must speak in tongues in order to be saved.
  • If tongues is spoken it must be interpreted.
  • Tongues have passed away because we now have the Scriptures in print and don’t need them anymore.
  • Tongues should be ignored because the Corinthian church spoke in tongues and Paul accused them of being carnal. 1 Corinthians 13
  • Tongues are gibberish (meaningless or unintelligible talk) and should be rejected
  • some Christians believe tongues are a sign of demonic possession like many thought during the original Pentecostal revival in the early 1900s
  • Speaking in tongues guarantees heaven to us
  • You are superior than your neighbor as you speaking in tongues where as he or she doesn’t
  • Speaking in tongues is a gift given only to special people according to the will of God

Three levels of the working of the Holy Spirit

Spirit of God dwells with us

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

  • Even before our salvation
  • Even when we were sinners
  • With every human being living in sin, he prompts and convicts people to receive Christ

Spirit of God lives in us

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

  • He starts living in us once we receive Him
  • At the time of salvation
  • His abiding presence, that never take away
  • He comes silent

Spirit of God comes upon us

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  • He comes upon us to baptize us with Spirit
  • He comes upon us for service
  • He comes like a rushing wind Acts 2:2
  • He comes like a divided tongues Acts 2:3
  • He comes like a fire  Acts 2:3
  • He comes with an initial evidence of speaking in tongues Acts 2:4
  • To make us bold to preach the Gospel Acts 4:8, 31 Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Presence & Power

These two terms are interchangeably used among believers today.

Presence is God’s glory.  God’s glory His abiding presence comes inside our heart and remains.  It comes inside silently, it invades our heart and stills our soul.   The presence of the Lord comes inside us at the time of salvation.  This presence is to change our own life.  It transforms us.  This presence of the Holy Spirit witnesses and gives us assurance that we are children of God.

Power is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  It comes upon us according to Acts 1:8.  It comes as a mighty rushing wind, divided tongues and flames of fire according to Acts 2, The power of God comes upon us for service, to stand as witness.

  • His presence or glory can not be felt, only the power can be felt.
  • God’s presence or Glory is not manifested to physical body , it  cannot be felt, but His power can be felt.
  • The presence of God will cause us to be His children, the power of God will cause us to do.
  • God’s presence does not heal the sick body, His power heals the sick
  • God’s presence or Glory changes our lives, but His power affects others.
  • God’s presence convicts us of sins, God’s power destroys Satan and his authority.
  • God presence can be obtained with no price at the time of salvation, but His power can be received by paying a price in terms of prayer, absolute surrender, complete faith and dependency, sometime even fasting and waiting.

Is speaking in tongues Biblical?

  • Spoken by the prophet –Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,
  • 1st instance reported in Bible – Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  • While Peter was preaching – Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
  • Speaking to God –1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
  • Self edification –1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  • Importance of interpretation-1 Corinthians 14:5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
  • Something we all need to long for –1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
  • Paul’s personal experience – 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
  • Sign for unbelievers –1 Corinthians 14:22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. (a believer among unbelievers can be identified as a believer as he or she speaks in tongues, a prophet among believers can be identified by other believers as he prophesies)
  • Importance of interpretation –1 Corinthians 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
  • Do not stop people who are speaking in tongues – 1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.

Five different types of tongues

  1. Tongues of Men – 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  2. Tongues of Angels – 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  3. Language of Paradise – 2 Corinthians 12:3-4 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 into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
  4. Language of the Spirit – Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
  5. God’s language – Isaiah 28:11-12 (NIV) Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,

Exercising speaking in tongues:

In a private setup (edify himself)

When a person speaks in tongues, his spirit (heart) speaks forth syllables (directly from his heart to his mouth, bypassing his mind) and thus he pours out whatever is in his heart to God – whether that be an overflow of joy or a burden caused by sorrow or discouragement. Thus the pressure on his heart is relieved. That is how he is ‘edified’

1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

This can happen during personal prayer or during a time of worship & prayer in the church.  This is done with a low voice by all believers, not appears to be giving a message and interpretation, it is done for the personal edification and infilling of the Holy Spirit,

Usually in churches a specific time is given so that all believers can refresh & align themselves with the mind of the Holy Spirit.

In a public setup (edifies the church)

In a church-meeting, if someone speaks in a tongue, one of those having the gift of prophecy, if the person is walking in the light of God, will find a thought being impressed on his or her mind, if the “tongue” is genuinely from God. That person speaks forth that thought in his or her own words – remember it is not a translation, but an interpretation.

If another person (who also has the gift of interpretation) had interpreted the “tongue”, the interpretation would have been the same (although in his own words). This would be the case if both interpreters were in perfect touch with the Lord.

Since no revelation from God can contradict what is written in the Bible, the interpretation will be in accordance with Scripture – just like all true prophecy will also be in line with the Scriptures.

So if tongues is spoken out loud in a church setup, it should follow with an interpretation otherwise it will not benefit the audience.  In this situation, both the gifts speaking in different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues are in operation.

Benefits of speaking in tongues

We believe that the initial physical evidence of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit is to speak in an unknown tongue as the Holy Spirit gives the utterance. So, tongues proves you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit but a person can be saved without being baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.  Speaking in tongues is not the evidence of our salvation, it is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, there is much more to the Holy Spirit than speaking in tongues, but speaking in tongues is one of the important manifestations.

Speaking in tongues is important for many reasons, certainly more than to prove you’ve received the Holy Spirit. It should be a part of everyday life. It is a way to communicate directly from your heart to the Father, bypassing your brain with its doubts and fears. It builds you up in your most holy faith and releases the hidden wisdom of God.

  1. Praying in other tongues will edify you (1 Corinthians 14:4.) To edify means to build up, strengthen, recharge.
  2. Praying in other tongues is initial evidence of the Holy Spirit coming upon you. (Acts 10:45-46)
  3. Praying in tongues builds up your faith, and helps you trust God more fully. (Jude 20, 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,)
  4. Praying in tongues is a great way to give thanks to God. (1 Corinthians 14:15-17)
  5. Praying in tongues helps us to yield our tongues, as well as the rest of our bodies, to the control of the Holy Spirit. (James 3:8, 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.)
  6. Praying in tongues helps us to pray God’s perfect will, even when we don’t know what or how to pray. (Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.)
  7. Praying in tongues brings us into God’s rest and refreshing. (Isaiah 28:11-12 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, 12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,”  And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.)

You may ask, Can I do ministry without speaking in tongues?

The answer is yes.  You can do the ministry with your salvation experience.  The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit is in you.  He will lead you and guide you.  Souls will be saved, if you pray sick will be healed, miracles will happen, even demonic activities can be handled up to some extent.  Many evangelists and missionaries never took time to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but they continued ministering with their salvation experience and added thousands of souls to God’s kingdom.  Even some of the evangelical and missionary organizations don’t teach the importance of speaking in tongues.

But remember, the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit is given for you to commune with God.  You need the power from above in order to minister or to serve the Lord.  There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Three of them are related to speaking in tongues.  They are the vocal gifts 7) gift of tongues, 8) interpretations of tongues, and 9) some extend prophecy.   If one doesn’t speak in tongues, these 3 gifts won’t operate, may be the remaining 6 gifts will operate.

Most of the ministries involve dealing with bondage and the oppression of the enemy.  These bondage need to be broken in order to experience the deliverance.  As a minister of God, if we dare to pray for such bondage without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we may be in trouble as the demonic power may overcome us.  That’s the reason Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

God has the power package of the anointing of the Holy Spirit already prepared for us.  He is willing to give it free of cost as He has already paid the price for it.  Due to our lack of understanding and other various reason, if we say we don’t trust or we don’t believe this anointing, we are the losers.

Where do we start if we never spoke in tongues?

  • The pre requisite to start speaking in tongues is Salvation.  A strong assurance that my sins are washed by the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven & I am a child of God.
  • Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10: 47-48 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.)
  • Believe and take a step of faith.  Don’t be too critical about this.  Salvation is a step of faith, you do not feel anything different and do not see anything different in your body once you are saved.  In the same manner, take a step of faith to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Do not let your human mind interfere with the greater plan of God.
  • Do not wait to feel anything in your body, take a step of faith.  You didn’t feel anything in your body when you were saved.  In the same way don’t expect to feel anything.  You may or may not feel something as the power comes on you.
  • Develop an un quenching desire within you to receive this heavenly blessing. Because God says, Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
  • Start praying about it.  Ask the Lord to fill you, you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit even while praying in your prayer closet and start speaking in tongues.
  • Join with a group of believer who are anointed and speak in tongues.  It is like even if a live tree is cut and put it inside the flaming fire, you can find even the live tree catching fire in it.  It need not be dry.  Same way when you join together with a bunch of believers who pray in the Holy Ghost, the anointing on them catch on you and you start speaking in tongues.  Remember, even ordinary men who were not prophets started prophesying when they joined a group of prophets?  Also remember when a dead body fell on the bones of Elisha became alive (2 Kings 13:20-21).  It is a powerful experience God has in place for you.
  • Make sure you attend a spirit filled church where you find corporate anointing.  Congregation is allowed to be filled with the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues and to prophesy.

What do we do next if we are already blessed with this supernatural gift?

  • We need to exercise this gift daily, any gift that is not used often is going to deteriorate in its effectiveness.
  • If you  say that once you were anointed, speaking in tongues, but now if you are not able to do that, ask the Lord to fill you again.  The anointing you received is in you, it needs to be revived.  Join with believers who can pray with you, so that you may be revived.
  • If you speak in tongues, ask the Lord to give you new tongues every time you pray, every day, as the Lord enables, start speaking in different languages that are not known to you, but someone else can understand.
  • If you speak in tongues, ask for the gift interpretation of tongues.  1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
  • If you feel that God is giving you interpretation, remember that gift is not given to have it within you.  It is given to you so that you may serve the Lord.  Find a way to involve in ministry where you are encouraged to use your gift to bring souls into God’s kingdom.

Having said all these, what is our response to the Word today?  Shall we take a moment and thank the Lord for such a wonderful gift that He has bestowed in our lives.  Shall we call upon His name today and ask Him to fill us right now?

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  Ask Him right now.

Evangelism

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Ministry Training Sessions:

Session 1 – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

 

USA Visit – May 2019

We visited USA during May 16-22, 2019 as we were invited by Deepak & Maria to conduct the dedication service of their new house in New Jersey.  The next day we organized a prayer meeting in Philadelphia at Christo & Deepa’s house.  We also could visit couple of prayer partners families and pray with them.  We thank Deepak & Maria for opening this opportunity.  We also thank all of you for your love and prayers.

Nurses Appreciation Day – May 11, 2019

National Nursing Week is Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Let us take this opportunity to appreciate and thank the amazing personalities who relentlessly serve our communities.  Please join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm at HIPM.  Add a thank you note below as a token of your appreciation.


Nursing is not just a profession, it’s not just a job or a paycheque; rather, it’s a ‘calling’.

– by Barbara Hunt (shared during the nurses recognition event on May 11, 2019 6:00 pm at HIPM).

For those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the bible tells us we are predestined or preordained. ROMANS 8:30 says: “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” The Webster’s dictionary defines the meaning of predestined as: “an outcome or course of events determined in advance by divine will or fate”. Each one of us, as God’s children, has a specific purpose to accomplish while on this earth. A purpose that will ultimately bring glory and honor to the son of God, and reflect the love and mercies of our heavenly Father.

Nursing is not just a profession, it’s not just a job or a paycheque; rather, it’s a ‘calling’. When you care for others – you are caring for Christ. MATTHEW 25:40 says “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. For those in need, those helpless to care for themselves – nurses, LPNs and Nurses’ Aides are the hands and feet of mercy – you are the hands and feet of Jesus. And for some, you will be the only reflection of Jesus they may encounter in their lifetime.

As Christians, we are all called to carry each other’s burdens – in GALATIANS 6:2 the bible says “ and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

So what does the Bible say about those who dedicate their lives to helping others? We know our heavenly father desires to see everyone caring for one another, as nurses care for their patients. Jesus tells us in MATTHEW 20:26-28 “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Choosing to dedicate your life to caring of others reflects your heart to be like Jesus – to impact peoples lives for the good. Jesus’ compassion for others was easy to see in the pages of the Gospels. As He went from place to place, from town to town, He was not only meeting the spiritual needs of people, but He was compassionate for their physical needs as well. He often healed the sick, gave comfort to the poor and provided for the physical nourishment and needs of thousands – as was evident in some of His miracles. COLOSIANS 3:12 says “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Nursing is not an easy vocation – there are often many demands on your time, long hours, challenging workloads, and discouragement in the face of difficult conditions and work environments. But Jesus, knowing the struggles you face provides encouragement through His word. GALATIANS 6:9 says: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” There is a reward for you, for those who persevere – for HEBREWS 6:10 tells us “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

The story I’m drawn to most as I reflect on who, within the pages of the Bible, mirrors a heart of tenderness, a heart of compassion, is the Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37: reading that story we learn of a man who went from Jerusalem to Jericho and on the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead. As the story points out, there were several people who saw the man lying there, but only one person who stopped and helped – only one person to showed compassion – who provided care / who took the time to nurse him. The Bible says “When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man, went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” In the last two verses (verses 36 & 37) we see Jesus’ heart and His instruction for each and everyone of us: 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” In other words, go and imitate his example!

As Nurses, LPNs and Nurses’ Aides, you are the backbone / the pillar or foundation of support – whether it’s in a hospital, a nursing home, or a clinic. Without you, all the other professions (doctors, specialists, anesthesiologists, technicians wouldn’t be able to do their work to help and to heal patients.

Every day Nurses, LPNS and Nurses Aides:
• Observe and record patient behavior
• Perform physical exams and diagnostic tests
• Collect patient health histories
• Counsel patients and their families
• Educate patients about treatments plans
• Administer medications, wound care and other treatment options
• Interpret patient information and make decisions about necessary actions.
• Consult with nurse supervisors and physicians to determine best treatment plans for patients
• Supervise the care of other healthcare professionals
• Conduct research to improve patient outcomes and processes
• Provide sponge baths, change bed pans, change bandages, dressings and catheters
• Bring ice water, fresh pillows and warm blankets
• Ensure patients’ meals are delivered on time

These are only a few of the many tasks you carry out each day – all to the best of your ability and with the compassion reflecting the heart of God.

In a very difficult and demanding vocation, I’m sure there are times when you feel weak or discouraged after a difficult shift. In those moments, I pray you find strength through the solid truths about yourself and your calling that is found in God’s word.

Tonight, I have five (5) biblical truths to encourage you to persevere in your career and calling:

1. Remember where your strength comes from

PHILIPIANS 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Nursing is hard, it’s complex dealing with the emotions, the physical needs and the medical aspects of each patient. You will never know all the answers, catch every problem, or get every single thing right – for no one is perfect; but you can rely on the one who is perfect – Jesus Christ. You can pray to hear His voice as you go about your day and agree to trust Him to supply you with the resolve needed to do your job well.

2. Remember why you’re doing what you do

COLOSSIANS 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

As Christians every move we make and every action we perform directly represents who we are in Christ. So everything you do should be done unto Him, in His honor, and for the advancing of His kingdom. For what you do matters – whether it’s washing someone who is bed ridden, holding a frightened senior’s hand, preparing medications, or even charting – you’re doing it for the Lord. You are serving His people.

3. Remember that God has overcome fear

PSALM 118:6 (first portion) The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

It’s easy to become fearful in the frightening world of healthcare. There are so many unknowns, so many things that can go wrong. But for the Lord Jesus Christ, there are no unknowns. He knows what assignment you will receive, how each of your patients will react, and what the outcomes will be. He holds it all in the palm of His hand, and as you trust in Him, He will guide you. When you rest in the shadow of the almighty, He will give you peace, not fear.

4. Remember that God has you where He wants you for a reason

PROVERBS 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

ROMANS 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

It’s easy to get frustrated at times – to become discouraged, and in those instances it’s important to hold tightly to the calling God placed in your heart in the beginning. Whatever the situation, you can always trust that Jesus has control of your destiny. He will open doors and close others, He will guide you to new places – if and when it is His will, but He will always provide you with what you need for where you are. For his purposes are always fulfilled where he has placed you – even when you cannot see. You just have to trust that He is working it all towards your good, in His perfect knowledge and time.

5. Remember who’s in control.

Nursing is a field where your actions and decisions are a huge deal, and in reality, they can sometimes mean life or death for someone. So it’s easy to become stressed out as you try to manage and control the environment you work in.

Doing the best you can, surrendering your performance into the Lord’s hands, and remembering that Jesus is in control can help ease that burden.

ISAIAH 55:8-9
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

ISAIAH 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I want to leave you with 2 EXAMPLES OF IMPACT in my life:

1) Mom dying in hospital – nurse came and comforted her – helped take away the fear of “letting go”. Talked Jesus and heaven to her.

2) Spinal cord surgery (me): nurses – mercy / hands & feet of Jesus: watched over me / turned me / picked me up / encouraged me – made me feel safe.

Lastly, I want to leave you with this prayer.  (Prayer)


Famous Quotes:

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. – Galatians 6:9

“A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” By Carrie Latet

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” By William Osler

“Nurses are there when the last breath is taken and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.” Christine Bell

You didn’t even know me, yet you treated me like family… and I’ll never forget that. Thank you.

The hospital cared for me like a patient but you cared for me like family. Thanks for everything.

There’s one thing that the doctor’s never saw on their charts and reports – the smile you put on my face every day. I thank you, not just for being a nurse, but for being the biggest support I could ever have had.

Our paths may have crossed for just a short moment, but I’ll be carrying the gratitude for a lifetime. Thank you for being the best nurse in the world.


 

50 Reasons Why I Don’t Drink

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Jamie Morgan is pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) and the Life House of Prayer (24/7 prayer). She graduated with her Master of Arts in Practical Theology from ORU and is pursuing her D.Min. at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

50 reasons why I don’t drink:

1. I can’t be sober-minded if I’m not sober.
2. Alcohol has an assignment: destruction.
3. Alcohol is a depressant. Anything that depresses should be avoided at all costs.
4. I don’t want to make my brother or sister stumble in the name of exercising my “Christian liberties.” My choice to drink could lead to someone’s demise.
5. Alcohol skews my judgment.
6. Alcohol leaves me worse, not better.
7. What I do in moderation, my children will do in excess.
8. Even the unsaved know I shouldn’t drink. Bible in one hand, beer in the other—any lost person could point this out as a confusing contradiction.
9. Alcohol doesn’t bring others closer to the Lord when they see me drinking, but further away.
10. Alcohol doesn’t bring me closer to the Lord when I drink, but further away.
11. I want to be fully awake and ready for the return of Christ, not drowsy, sluggish and fuzzy.
12. Show me a family for whom alcohol has made a positive difference in their lives. You won’t be able to.
13. I have never heard anyone say, “Wow, that gin and tonic made me feel so Christlike!”
14. I want to avoid all appearances of evil.
15. Alcohol makes it much harder for me to practice the fruit of self-control.
16. Alcohol causes me to lose my filter.
17. Alcohol is a legal mind-altering drug.
18. Alcohol is addictive.
19. Alcohol is a numbing agent for pain and sorrow only Jesus can heal.
20. Many regrets are associated with alcohol. (I can give you a whole bunch!)
21. No one has ever said, “If only I had taken a drink, things wouldn’t have gotten out of control.”
22. Alcohol causes me to act in ways I normally wouldn’t.
23. Alcohol kills brain cells.
24. Alcohol is a counterfeit and provides a false peace.
25. The Bible says that no drunkards will enter the kingdom of God. Being drunk starts with one drink. I don’t want to see how far outside the lines I can color when eternity is at stake.
26. Alcohol is a waster—money, gifts and talents, destinies and so on.
27. Alcohol leads to really bad behavior. It is a factor in 50 percent of violent crimes.
28. Alcohol distracts and derails you from living the victorious life for which Christ died.
29. Wisdom is the principle thing that I need to pursue at all cost; alcohol makes me stupid.
30. Alcohol has ruined many, many marriages.
31. The only influence I should be “under” is God’s.
32. The Bible tells me to be alert; alcohol delays my reaction time.
33. If I don’t start drinking, I’ll never have to stop.
34. Alcohol severely tarnishes my testimony.
35. Don’t want your teenagers to drink? Yep, same reasons apply to you.
36. God is holy; alcohol is not.
37. Alcohol and prayer don’t mix.
38. Alcohol and Bible study don’t mix.
39. Alcohol lowers my resolve to resist temptation.
40. Alcohol = Brokenness (broken lives, health, dreams and so on)
41. When the world sees us drinking, it sends the message that Jesus isn’t enough.
42. Moderate drinking? How about moderate pornography or moderate heroin use or moderate lying or moderate adultery?
43. Christians are called to live a life of total surrender and separation from the world.
44. Alcohol makes me forget. It can make me forget that I am married, that I am saved and so on.
45. “I don’t get drunk. I only have one or two drinks.” If they didn’t affect you, you would drink soda.
46. I should never look to the glass or bottle for joy, which can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
47. Alcohol fills my mind with impure thoughts.
48. If it could hinder my faith walk or love walk or dishonor the lordship of Jesus Christ, I need to forsake it.
49. Alcohol doesn’t help me run the race that Jesus has marked before me to finish with more accuracy. It does the polar opposite.
50. For any argument that tries to justify Christian drinking, there are at least 50 other reasons not to. The writing is on the wall. It’s not God’s best for Christians to drink.

Good Friday 2019

Good Friday – The day that changed the world.

The seven sayings of Jesus at the cross were shared by seven individuals as below.

1. Daniel Woods (2:55) – Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do
2. Anila Mathew (18:18) – Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise
3. Barbara Hunt (29:02) – Woman, this is your son, this is your mother
4. Dahn Balan (38:28) – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
5. Paul Nakka (49:38) – I thirst
6. Rishabh Dev (59:30) – It is finished
7. Debby Blentzas (1:08:50) – Father, into your hands I commend my spirit

March Break VBS 2019

  • Register your kids for the March break VBS from March 18 -22 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm).
  • Age group: 5 to 15
  • Need to bring lunch, snacks will be provided.
  • No parking facility at the church (as we can’t part in Scotia Tire during their work hours), only pickup and drop.

Register your children at – https://goo.gl/forms/d89YcNXaeaMf6et32

Volunteers must be 17 and above. If you are volunteering part-time, please mention in the comment.

Volunteers, register at – https://goo.gl/forms/ZjgSLvdxQatLQjKo1

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