Monday, May 9th, 2016

 

Quality of Life

Introduction The term Quality of Life is not precisely defined. People define it various ways in various contexts. It is largely subjective in nature and laregly depends on the values of the person or group. For our purposes here, it is defined as the general well being, comfort and happiness of a person or group. Its includes, but is not limited to, spiritual, mental/psychological, emotional, physical, medical, family, social, educational, financial/economic, and political health elements. It differs from standard of living such that standard of living has more to doRead More


Music and Dance

Introduction The arts arise out of humanity’s need to express itself outwardly. For simplicity hereafter attention is focused primarily on music and dance. However, the principles set forth apply to all related media and performing arts and fine arts. Herein, fine art includes literature, paintings, drawings, music, dance, poetry, acting, drama, plays, and similar works. Hence, fine art includes performing where performing arts refer to such activities as music, dance, drama, plays and similar acts of doing; performing art is sometimes called performance art. To perform is merely to doRead More


Alcoholic Beverages

The controversy over use of alcoholic beverages largely arises out of a lack of both spiritual and intellectual integrity due to the imposition of human preference and human weakness. Humans abuse sex but that does not mean God forbids sex. The scriptures conclude it is righteous to drink alcoholic beverages (Deuteronomy 14:23-26) but it is unrighteous to do so to the point of getting drunk.  For in Deuteronomy 14:23-26, God himself tells the people to go buy wine and strong drink and come before him and drink it.  But noticeRead More


Of Prayer and Healing

Prayer and Healing Definition of Prayer Prayer is communication with God. It acknowledges a person’s love for God and his dependency on God. Prayer involves elements of Adoration, Confession, Thanksfulness/Gratitude, and Supplications/Petitions (ACTS). Special Prayers for Sick, Etc. I believe in total healing. I believe in calling for the elders to pray over the sick and anoint them with oil (James 5:14). Other scriptures that deal with anointing with oil include Exodus 30:25, 30; Ps 23:5; 92:10; and Mk 6:13. Also in Acts 5:15 we find “Insomuch that they broughtRead More


Of Speaking In Tongues

In Mark 16:17 Jesus speaks of speaking in new tongues. In scripture speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-46, 19:6; I Cor. 12:10). The Holy Spirit gives this gift by grace to some for God’s own purpose. As in all gifts, the presence or absence of this gift does not indicate any greater or lesser or advanced spirituality or spiritual maturity than someone else at least in that particular area. The circumstances under which one employs this gift does, however, indicate his or her spiritualRead More


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Presence in/upon the Believer The Godhead or Trinity consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three but yet one! United in all things! There is no one formula for impartation and/or manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the believer. God is in control and can do it as he pleases. Indeed, the scriptures indicate multiple deposits and/or manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life for varying purposes. This may include different gifts at different points in the believer’s life. It is reasonable to conclude thatRead More


Pulpit Example

Reference Wikipedia Blenduk Church in Indonesia


Of Biblical Ministry Functions, Titles of Address, and Positions

General In this day and time, people have varying and profoundly different understandings of the appropriateness and meaning of the various biblical titles/positions/functions such as apostle, overseer, pastor, bishop, elder, evangelist, reverend, etc. In writing to Timothy Paul says in 1 Timothy 3: 14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truthRead More


Of Apostles, Bishops, Deacons, and Other Ministers

On Apostleship Scripture identifies or indicates a number of persons whose ministry rises to the level of apostleship. These include but are not limited to the original twelve and Paul. Apostles include the original twelve (Matthew 10:1-4). These are followed by Matthias (Acts 1:26, Paul (Galatians 1:1), Barnabas (Acts 14:14), James, the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25 – here the Greek word translated messenger is the same Greek word translated apostle elsewhere), Silas and Timothy (I Thessalonians 1:1 and I Thessalonians 2:6 combined), and two unnamed apostles (IIRead More


Of Clergy and Laity

The principle/concept of clergy and laity is in scripture; however, the words clergy and laity are not found in scripture. Generally bishops are seen as part of the clergy. Clergy consists of bishops and those in training for potential bishopship. Those in training include licensed associate ministers. However, how one delineates clergy and laity is largely a function of the church leadership. For example, Deacons may be seen as part of the clergy (e.g., some Catholic and United Methodist Deacons) or part of the laity (e.g., National Baptist Convention USARead More