This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Article I wrote for Another Blog

St Paul writes "you should desire the special abilities the Spirit gives--especially the ability to prophesy." (1 Cor 14:1) For a Christian, prophesying is speaking out what God is speaking to them. Prophesying is normative.  The ability to prophesy is one of the most awesome experiences of being a Christian.
 
Therefore when a wag says:" If you speak to God, it’s prayer. If He speaks to you, it’s mental illness," that person reveals ignorance.
 
Hearing God speak has a long and bumpy history.
 
In the beginning, in the Garden, God spoke with us face to face. Then we got ourselves excommunicated.
 
Later, God divorced the human race, and placed us all under 70 subgods, keeping only the Hebrews for Himself. "When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the gods (70); the LORD's own portion was his people, Jacob (Israel and the Hebrews) his allotted share." Deut. 32:8-9 (NRSV),
 
For the next 2250 years, He spoke to the Hebrews through prophets. The writer of Hebrews says "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets" (Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)
 
Through that long stretch of time--2250 years, the Jews were promised that one day there would come a time when
"In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy (Joel 2)
 
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came 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 each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." (Acts 2:1–4)
 
Peter explains: "this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:" (Acts 2:16)
 
"‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy
 your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams."
 
The people at Pentecost began to prophesy with the sounds they heard the Holy Spirit speaking. Scripture says that when they heard this sound, a crowd gathered in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Note that it does not say the disciples were speaking in their languages, but that the listeners were hearing in their own language. (Acts 2:6)
 
In the14th Chapter of 1 Cor., St. Paul unpacks in detail, this type of prophesying. But for now you might find the modern prophet Oral Robert’s discussion, fascinating. Oral was intrigued with the findings that the two hemispheres of the brain process different types of material.
 
As most of you know, one hemisphere handles material like dreams, visions, images, intuitions. The other hemisphere handles language. Oral believed that the Holy Spirit, with His unique nonrational language, uploaded His communication into the right hemisphere. We then prophesy from that hemisphere. The left hemisphere can translate into intelligible thought-- which we can also prophesy. (By the way, that is the way I understand Pentecost.)
 
Christians who never learn to prophesy miss perhaps the greatest part of being Christian. One might liken them to a person who marries but never discovers sex.

11 comments:

Blogger said...

Types of comments my articles get on that blog:
Yup. there will be those who thinks people hearing Gawd talk is all BS. BS on the same level as Trump being a gift of gawd. But then this writer has been real clear about his views over time, and am surprised he's back for more. Gawdists love to distract with bible verses, like you and other "gawd loving" extremists here. Take your beliefs and shove them. Best invention of the Romans was a cross they should hoist more of you onto. Keep your gawdist crap out of politics. This is America, not YOUR United State of White People. Will your new nation demand a specific faith, or just encourage constant mumbling to gawd upon pain of imprisionment or execution.

guy faulkes said...

More trolling.

peter gumaer ogden said...

Is Blogger a safe and good place for me to start a conservative pro-American blog or will it be censored/taken down by Silicon Valley leftists?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, no one knows what those children at Silicon Valley will do. I would just go full speed forward if I were you.

Johnny Rico said...

There used to be far more liberal socialist sheep trolls on this blog, but they were beaten so badly time and again by superior conservative thinking that they quit. That and the "prophecy" regarding an impending Trump loss. Anyone remember the "Machts Niches Bitches" quote by the village idiot? After Trump won a few days later, that idiot wasn't seen for 8 months. LOL!!! Even now all we have to do is mention that prophetic phrase and the dolt is gone for weeks.

Johnny Rico said...

I'll be a prophet in this post. I predict that Laura Bush, RINO Richard Burr, McConnell and Watauga County Republicans won't say a peep about the illegal alien who killed Molly Tibbits. You know the same Laura Bush liberal who heavily criticized Trump over separating families. John Kerry won't say anything either, but Bush not saying anything is apparently far better somehow.

RINO Richard Burr won't utter a peep about conservative values. That dolt keeps mindlessly residing in the safe zone of status quo politics. Nothing he does is even remotely conservative in nature. The same for the rest of the establishment Republicans.

That idiot of a rethuglican governor in Florida was quick to pass gun control and take down Confederate artifacts but not a peep when Molly Tibbitts and THOUSANDS of Americans are killed each year by illegal aliens. Anyone see anything wrong with that. Locally a family was wiped out on Highway 105 a few years back by a drunk illegal alien. Not a peep. But John Kerry wouldn't utter a peep either so that means the establishment RINOs are the better choice...…..

Johnny Rico said...

Anyone want to bet whether or not my prophecy above will prove to be correct? How long should we give Laura Bush to comment on the Molly Tibbits murder? The Bushs were quick to secretly give you gas can spouts that don't work but not very quick to protect you against third world criminals. Amazing isn't it.

Johnny Rico said...

Still haven't heard the Bush RINOs comment on the Molly Tibbits murder. They care more about illegal aliens than American citizens.

Johnny Rico said...

Looks like my prophecy on Laura Bush, or any Bush, or any RINO like Richard Burr will not comment on Molly Tibbits murder. How was I so accurate in my prediction the liberal socialist sheep might ask. Well, when you know RINOs like I do, then you just know. Speaking of worthless liberals, did anyone happen to notice the liberals paying tribute to RINO dolt John McCain? I did. If any moderates brave enough to read this blog anymore had any doubts about the liberal tendencies of McCain, this ought to be a clincher. McCain did a lot of damage to our country over the last 30 years. It started with McStain introducing legislation to limit boxing matches to 15 rounds. Why is it McStains, or anyone else's, business if a boxer wants to box 15 rounds? Communism. He thought he knew what was best for everyone else (a liberal). Then he tried to outlaw the UFC which resulted in the confusing, competition killing rules that plague the UFC today. He also spoke against guns and desperately wanted amnesty for illegal aliens. Quite a legacy this idiot left us with. Glad he's out of the Senate. Perhaps they will replace him with a conservative.

Anonymous said...

I think he got Doomsday Preppers cancelled too.

Johnny Rico said...

Doomsday Preppers - let's revisit. The most watched show on Nat Geo was suddenly canceled with no reason given. Over the past 4 years not one rerun. Not a peep from Nat Geo. So, yes noneymouse, the John McCains most certainly had a problem with a show that detailed a way of thinking anathema to McCains mantra of "I know what's best for thee." If RINO dolt McCain didn't like 15 round boxing matches, the UFC, or the Tea Party, then he wouldn't have liked Doomsday Preppers.


Speaking of the Tea Party, McCain didn't like Palin because she was a supporter of the Tea Party. McCain's family refused to invite her to his funeral. Funny, if it hadn't been for Palin, McCain wouldn't have won half the paltry electoral college votes that he did. I voted for Sarah Palin, not McStain. What a delusional idiot to think she somehow hurt his chances at the Presidency. She was his only shot, and he screwed that up much like he wrecked 5 jets in Vietnam.