Did Jesus Only HealThose Who Had Faith in Him? What About Now?

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I am not a theologian, but I did stay at “Holly’s Inn” in Becket, Massachusetts. I am also a “Lifer” when it comes to studying the Christian Bible. No matter how many times I read God’s Word, there is something new for me to learn, in order to grow in my walk [or wheelin’] with the my Lord Jesus Christ. There are two kinds of learners: a pupil who is fed information and a student who finds information. I believe, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Christians, or anyone who prays for God to open up God‘s Word to them, can find the answers we all are searching for. A good place to start is by reading the four Gospels and seeing what they have to say.

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Several years ago, I did a two year Bible Study, reading and studying about Jesus’ healings and miracles found in the Gospels. I also read and studied about the healings and miracles found in the Book of Acts and the what the rest of the New Testament had to say on the subject. For the most part, I only read the Bible accounts. It was only when I had a question or did not understand something, I went to other resources. For the most part, the Bible itself answered my questions. Here is some of what I learned:

1. Did Jesus only heal those who had faith in Him? What about now?

Jesus in templeMatthew 13:57-58 records, “But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in His hometown and in His own house is a prophet without honor.’ And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Describing the same situation, Mark 6:5 records, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay His hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their lack of faith.” These two Scripture references tell me that Jesus heals people and that faith in Christ is important, but because of His mercy He can heal even when faith is not around.

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Out of the 35 miracles and healings recorded in the Gospels, Jesus mentions several who had faith in Him, but not all. Jesus heals a man with leprosy who came to Him and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”(Matthew 8:2-3), demonstrating his faith in Jesus. Jesus sees the faith of the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She touched the fringe of Jesus garment and was healed. “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ He said, ‘Your faith has saved you” (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48). Later on, in Matthew 9:27-29, Jesus meets up with two blind men who ask Him for mercy. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and they said, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus then touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you” and they were healed. At another time, in Jericho, Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus and says, “Go, your faith has healed you” (See Mark 10::46-52).

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Jesus also equates healing with forgiveness and faith. Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26 tell the story of the paralytic and his friends who carried him on a mat, up to the roof of a house Jesus was in. They tore a hole in the roof because they couldn’t get through the crowd, and started lowering their friend down to Jesus. Mark 2:5 tells us, “When Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.” Some commentators believed that Jesus was talking about the friends’ faith, but I believe the paralytic had faith as well. Otherwise, his sins could not be forgiven. The teachers of the law were outraged at Jesus having the audacity to forgive sins and accused Him of blasphemy. Jesus answers them by saying, “Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…’ He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all” (Mark 2:9-12).

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In another account found in Luke 7:36-50, Jesus is at Simon the Pharisee’s house and a “woman who lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at his feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (vv. 37-38). Simon’s eyes must have been bulging out of his sockets, while he was thinking, “Awkward!” and thinking Jesus should know what kind of woman this was. All Jesus saw was her desire for forgiveness and repentance and emotional healing. Jesus told Simon and the other guests, “I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little. Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven you; go in peace’” (vv. 47-50).

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The accounts of the paralytic and the woman who washed Jesus’ feet remind us that we are not just physical beings. We also have souls that need the healing touch of forgiveness which only Jesus can give. Jesus gives His gift of forgiveness, which heals the weary soul, freely to all who cry out to Him: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (See Luke 18:13).

Right now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute. All we have talked about Are the healings Jesus performed on people who had faith in Him. Are you saying “Only those who have faith can be healed?” That would be a fair assumption if these were the only healings Jesus prformed. But wait! There’s more. Jesus will shed more of His Light on the subjects of faith, healings and miracles next time.

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(For some who don’t watch much TV or pay little attention to the commercials, there was a commercial awhile back for the Holiday Inn. In the commercial, for example, a man is performing surgery and someone says, “It’s so good that a doctor is here” and the man replies, “I’m not a doctor, BUT I did stay at a Holiday Inn.” That’s where I got the idea for the first sentence of this blog post.)

Peace,

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Lydia (at “Holly’s Inn”)

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Faith, Healings and Miracles: Then and Now

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What is it about our human psyche that causes us to want to play the “Blame Game?” On the fringes of Christianity there is something called the Faith-Healing Movement. Some who are followers of this movement believe it is the lack of faith in the person who comes for healing prayer which hinders him/her to be healed They believe that the person who is not healed just does not have enough faith. They also believe that the person who is healed must maintain this special kind of faith. When someone is healed and has a relapse, a well known faith-healers claims, “You must keep your faith for your healing or the devil will come and steal it” (www.letusreason.org./Wf16.htm). The Faith-Healing Movement also believes that someone who has an illness must have a hidden sin that they must confess, in order to be healed. (Again, I am talking about a fringe group and I am not talking about everyone who believes the Gift of Healing is alive and well in the 21st Century Christian Church.) On the other side, the people who want to be healed may blame the “faith healer” for not having enough faith to heal them because they know that they have enough faith to be healed. Do you see the problem in this insidious, never-ending cycle of playing the “Blame Game”? Too much authority is given to people. Where is God in all this? Doesn’t Jesus have the final say? How is the Holy Spirit working in the believer who needs to be healed and those praying for their healing?

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This is where it gets personal. I have lived with a physical disability all my life. Whenever I go out in public, I am reminded that my speech is flawed, my fine motor skills are herky-jerky (So much so, that when I was given the honor of being a deacon at my church, I promised I would not be involved in Communion preparation or the distribution of the bread and juice) and my balance is poor and I need to use a wheelchair. I don’t even have to go out to be reminded that I have cerebral palsy. All I have to do is look in the mirror and see my facial grimaces and realize I have the perfect face for radio, if only it wasn’t for my slurred speech. And now, on top of all my physical limitations, some believe my faith isn’t good enough. “C’MON MAN!”(ESPN reference). If that were true, all of us would be born with a disability and have to live our lives dealing with all its limitations. Personally, I believe this is a bunch of BULL FEATHERS from the evil one! I believe God can heal me at anytime. In fact, God has healed me in so many ways. People just have to have the faith to see it. Christians are called to “live by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). God has not chosen to heal me from my cerebral palsy, YET. I may even have to wait until I go to heaven to be healed of all my mounting ailments. My choice is to spend my time going to “faith-healing” services and constantly be focused on my disability or live my life serving the Lord and others with the abilities God has given me. Which would you choose, if you were in my wheelchair?

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How awful it would be for someone who professes to be a Christian, to enter a hospital room and promise healing to the parents whose baby was just born with a disability. How dreadful it would be for a follower of Christ to promise healing to someone just diagnosed with cancer. All they would have to do is add going to a “healing room” to their doctor’s appointments and cancer treatment schedule. I am NOT saying we should not pray for healing. James 5:14 instructs us to do so. BUT, it is wrong to promise healing. These kinds of things should never happen in the body of Christ. It is to the Christian Church’s shame that they do happen. Jude exhorts us, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints [believers in Christ]” (Jude 3). People who are suffering do not need empty promises. People who are suffering need to be shown the compassion of Christ by Christians who will walk beside them in their journey of suffering and help them in tangible ways – listening, driving, baby-sitting, providing meals, and so on. James also writes, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do” (2:18b).

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After 50+ years on this side of heaven, Jesus has taught me that people who play the “Blame Game” are like Job’s wife who wanted him to blame God. Job answers: “…You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10b). On the other side of Psalms, after the writer of Ecclesiastes sees both the wicked and righteous having the same struggles, he concludes, “…then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot comprehend it.” Jesus also teaches, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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Just as it is wrong to blame the one who seeks prayer for healing and is not healed, it is just as wrong to blame the “Faith-Healer” when someone isn’t healed. As we will see in the Gospels, though it doesn’t hurt to have faith in Jesus to be healed, the ultimate decision for healing to take place is for Jesus to make.

Before we go to the Gospels, let’s review the Spiritual Gifts of Faith, Healing and Miracles (from SpiritualGiftTest.com):

FAITH: Being able to trust God and encourage others to trust God, no matter the circumstances.
HEALING: The miraculous ability to use God’s healing power to restore a person who is sick, injured or suffering.
MIRACLES: Being able to perform signs and wonders that give authenticity to God’s Word and the Gospel Message.

(It is important to note that Faith, Healing, and Miracles, listed in I Corinthians 12:8-11, are three separate Gifts.)

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Until next time, may the Lord Jesus be your Light.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life’” (John 8:12).

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Lydia

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part X – Conclusion)

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We have seen that using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit without the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is just plain NUTS! We have looked at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Romans 12:1, 3-13 and have seen that; in order to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in a godly way, we must become “living sacrifices” to God and use our spiritual gifting cheerfully, lovingly, joyfully, with hope, patience, and faithfulness. In I Corinthians 12:4-11 and 27-31, we have learned that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given “for the common good” of the body of Christ (the Church) and that God determines which Spiritual Gifts are given to each of the members of the body of Christ. We also learned that God wants us to eagerly desire the greater gifts – faith, hope and love, and “the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). In Ephesians 4:7 and 11-13, we learned that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us by God to build us up, so “we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13). The final listing of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is found in I Peter 4:8-11. Peter is in total agreement with Paul and writes that love, faithfulness and a forgiving servant’s heart are the necessary Christ-like character traits (Fruit of the Holy Spirit) for using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; giving Christ all the praise, honor and glory.

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“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer HOSPITALITY to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to SERVE others, faithfully ADMINISTRATING God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone SPEAKS [PREACHES or TEACHES], he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone SERVES, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:8-11).

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(The Apostle Peter, the very Peter who healed a beggar “crippled from birth” [Read ACTS 3:1-10] and healed many others who were “sick and those tormented by evil spirits” [Read Acts 5:12-16], did not mention the Gift of Healing in his list of Spiritual Gifts, in his First Epistle. This same Peter was present on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to the first disciples with “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind … from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on them. All of them [including Peter no doubt] were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [or languages] as the Spirit enabled” [Read Acts 2:1-11]. Peter experienced a miraculous earthquake when he and the other disciples were praying (Read Acts 4:31). When Peter and other disciples were thrown in jail by the Sadducees, they all experienced “an angel of the Lord [opening] the doors of the jail” and freeing them from prison [Read Acts 5:17-21]. Yet, even when experiencing all these miracles, Peter did not list the Gift of Miracles in his First Epistle or even his Second Epistle. Immediately after writing about the Gifts of the Spirit, in I Peter 4:8-11, Peter writes about “Suffering for Being a Christian.” Peter wouldn’t have made it as a TV faith-healing preacher.

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“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the Name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that Name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the Gospel of God? And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ [Proverbs 11:31]. So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (I Peter 4:12-19).

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(The Apostle Peter did not preach the “prosperity gospel” which teaches that all a Christian needs to do is “name it and claim it” and “health and wealth” will be their’s if only they believe. Peter preached the Gospel of Christ, the One Who died for him [and for us all]. Peter believed that Christians are to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you…And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” [I Peter 5:6-7. 10-11]. I do not know of any TV “faith healers” who are humble, kind, gentle and merciful. Do you? If you do, I would like to meet him/her.)

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THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Prophecy, Encouragement, Service, Preaching and Teaching, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge, Healing, Faith, Miracles, Discernment, Speaking in Tongues (human or angelic languages), Interpretation on Tongues, Apostleship, Administration, Evangelism [See The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part II) for definitions and (Part X) for Scripture passages by clicking onto https://lydslookonlife.wordpress.com and scroll down, if you are a “follower“].

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“But the Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:22-26)

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(When someone asks for prayers for healing and does not immediately experience physical healing, it is wrong to judge and say s/he does not have enough faith. The Apostle James writes in his Letter that we are not to judge our brothers and sisters, but to show mercy, for “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” [2:13b]).

This brings us back to my question, “Did Jesus only heal those who had faith in Him?” A good place to look for the answer are the Gospels. This is for next time. In the meantime, please read Colossians 1:9-14 and take note of the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in this passage, and the reasons why God gives them to His people .

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Peace,

Lydia

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part X)

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Using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit without the Fruit of the Spirit is just plain NUTS! (Read I Corinthians 13:1-13 and Galatians 5:22-26). Before addressing the questions concerning the Spiritual Gifts of Healing and Miracles found in Part IX, let’s read the Scriptures where the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed, in their contexts:

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“Therefore, I [Paul] urge you, brothers [and sisters], in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship…For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is PROPHESYING, let him use it in proportion to his [or in agreement with the] faith. If it is SERVING, let him serve; if it is TEACHING, let him teach; if it is ENCOURAGING, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him GIVE generously; if it is LEADERSHIP, let him govern diligently; if it is showing MERCY, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, SERVING the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. SHARE with God’s people who are in need. Practice HOSPITALITY” (Romans 12:1, 3-13).

(Notice the Fruit of the Spirit in the above passage.)

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“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men [and women]. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of WISDOM, to another the 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 DISTNGUISHING BETWEEN SPIRITS, to another SPEAKING IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES [or LANGUAGES], and to still another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES [or LANGUAGES]. All these are the work of the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the Church God has appointed first of all APOSTLES, second PROPHETS, third TEACHERS, then WORKERS OF MIRACLES, also those having the gifts of HEALING, those able to HELP others, those with gifts of ADMINISTRATION, and those SPEAKING IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES. Are all APOSTLES? Are all PROPHET? Are all TEACHERS? Do all work MIRACLES? Do all have gifts of HEALING? Do all SPEAK IN TONGUES [or OTHER LANGUAGES]? Do all INTERPRET [TONGUES]? But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way” (I Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31).

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(Paul states that Spiritual Gifts are given for the good of the Church and God is the One Who decides which gifts are given to each believer. I find it significant that after the Apostle Paul writes about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, in I Corinthians 12, he immediately writes what’s commonly known as the “Love Chapter” in Chapter 13. In essence, Paul is saying, no matter what your spiritual gifting is or how many gifts you have, if you are using them without God’s love which motivates you to love others, what you are doing is pure “rubbish” [if there is such a thing] – Read Isaiah 64:6 and Romans 3:10).

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“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it…It was He Who gave some to be APOSTLES, some to be EVANGELISTS, and some to be PASTERS and TEACHERS, to prepare God’s people for works of SERVICE, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7, 11-13).

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(The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us to be used in building each other up, in encouraging unity in the faith and in growing us spiritually to know Christ better and maturing us in becoming more like Christ. Somehow, the Christian Church has taken a wrong turn somewhere. Christian Unity and living totally for Christ and not for selfish motives or prideful gain seems so impossible for the 21st Century Christian Church to attain. BUT “Jesus looked at them [and us] and said, ‘With man this is impossible, BUT WITH GOD all things are possible’” [Matthew 19:26]).
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To be continued…

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Lydia

 

Clarifications and a Correction and a Conclusion

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a happy 100th

Imagine flying confetti raining down from the sky and balloons dancing in the air and a cacophony of noise-makers blaring away. What’s the occasion? Good question! This is my 100th blog post – a momentous achievement in which to celebrate and give thanks to the Lord. I also thank you, dear blog readers, in sharing this journey of discovery into God’s world and how He impacts our daily lives in every little thing. This being my 100th blog post, I am still working on getting things right and may need to write a 100 more to come close to producing the perfect blog post. I will use this post to give some clarifications, make a correction and a share a conclusion regarding my last post (Alas!).

Beliefs od Chharismatics and Pentecostals

Clarification #1: According to Wikipedia, “Pentecostalism began in the early twentieth century. It’s doctrinal distinctive was a dramatic encounter with God termed baptism with the Holy Spirit. This EXPERIENCE was one of empowerment for Christian life and service, and the EVIDENCE for receiving this experience was speaking in other tongues. Before 1955, Pentecostal doctrinal distinctive were not embraced by the religious mainstream [Evangelical Protestants]…The charismatic movement was a reversal of this previous pattern as those influenced by Pentecostal spirituality chose to remain in the original denominations [Anglican Communion (including Episcopalian), Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox, Reformed Churches, Roman Catholicism and Seventh-day Adventist]. The high church wing of the American Episcopal Church was to first feel the impact…of the charismatic movement…usually dated to Easter 1960, when Dennis Bennett, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California, recounted his Pentecostal experience to his parish. The resulting controversy and press coverage created an awareness of the emerging charismatic movement. The movement spread to other mainline churches, where clergy began receiving and publicly announcing their Pentecostal experience. These clergy began holding meetings for seekers and healing services where the sick were prayed for and anointed. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal began in 1967 at Duquesne University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The term ‘charismatic’ was coined by American Lutheran minister Harald Bredesen in 1962 to describe what was happening in mainstream Protestant denominations. Confronted with the term ‘neo-Pentecostal’, he preferred to call it ‘the charismatic renewal in the historic churches’.”

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Clarification #2: According to Wikipedia, “Charismatic Christians believe that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament are available to contemporary Christians through the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, with-or-without the laying on of hands. These spiritual gifts are believed to be manifest in the form of signs, miracles, and wonders, including, but not limited to, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, and discerning spirits. While Pentecostals and charismatics share in these beliefs, there are differences. Many in the charismatic movement deliberately distanced themselves from Pentecostalism for cultural and theological reasons. Foremost among theological reasons is the tendency of many Pentecostals to insist that speaking in tongues is always the initial physical sign of receiving Spirit baptism. Although specific teachings will vary from group to group, charismatics generally believe that baptism with the Holy Spirit occurs at the new birth and prefer to call subsequent encounters with the Holy Spirit by other names, such as ‘being filled’. In contrasts to Pentecostals, charismatics tend to accept a range of supernatural experiences (such as prophecy, miracles, healing or ‘physical manifestations of an altered state of consciousness’) as evidence of having been baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit. Also, Pentecostals have traditionally placed a high value on evangelism and missionary work. Charismatics, on the other hand, have tended to see their movement as a force for revitalization and renewal within their own church traditions.”

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Correction: The name of one of the bridges connecting Shelburne Falls and Buckland, Massachusetts is The Bridge of Flowers. If you are a blog follower of mine, you get my post with all the typos I find after I have already sent it out. I did have my friend proof-read my last post, but I added the photos and their descriptions after the post was already edited. The typos I make keep me humble (Alas!).

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becket pics4becket pics1Conclusion: The last days of my August Birth-Month Celebration was spent with my dear and long-time friend Holly, at her parents’ farmhouse in Becket, Massachusetts. We enjoyed peaceful quiet times, good conversation, and excellent simple gourmet meals with BACON, STEAK, SHRIMP and CRAB CAKES. We also watched wild turkeys meander in the field and spotted a deer with her fawn and had friendly visits from country neighbor folk. It was a wonderful ending to a very happy birth-month. I am so thankful to the Lord for His gifts of faith, family and friends. Now, onto “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part X)” for next time.

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With a Thankful Heart,

Lydia