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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
a random passage in scripture has me thinking these days. It's 1 Thessalonians 19-24. It's similar to other passages in Pauls epistles but it grabed me and made me think and wonder about some of the doctrines of the church I grew up in. It talks about not treating prophecies with contempt, and not putting out the Holy Spirits fire.
It wasn't until the last few years that I've learned anything about the spirit. There was always reference to God the father and Jesus the son of man--but never the spirit sent to live and be present among us in our daily lives...TODAY. The idea of Prophecy (def:prophecy-speaking on behalf of God,whether about contemporary situations or predictively (i.e.,fulfilled prophecy). NT,prophecy is a spiritual gift for the edification of the church--Rom.12:6; 1cor.12:10;14:22), I was led to interpret, as only something of the past.
Does the general traditional (for lack of a better word as usual) part of the church really feel that attention and teaching on the Holy Spirit, and validity of prophecy, is something only of the past and has no place, or little at best, in todays culture...in "todays church"?
These two parts seem to be intrical in the make up of the backbone of Christianity: the presence and communication with God, here and now. Why aren't they discussed more? why do they seem to be dimissed or swept under the rug? If you can't explain it well, pretend it doesn't happen? Did prohecy really die when the original apostles did, as I was taught? What does that leave us with--a God that chooses not to communicate with us any longer?THAT"S NOT WHAT IT SAYS! Doesn't that turn scripture into a sort of fairytail: something that used to be but is no longer? I don't get it. How can you justify that?
I must say--it's easy to feel sorry for yourself (Ok...myself) with a crap job and no obvious current direction, but I sure do laugh a lot more then I ever remember before since living in this house. Between Stacy's quick quips, Nathan's cheeky computer tricks on Erika, Brads quirky comedic one liners, and the occasional game of "big booty" and "moose" (which, really did almost make me pee my pants I was laughing so hard), its worth the occasional pity party I throw for myself to be here in Austin.
Monday, January 19, 2004