Speaking in Tonues

Questions about speaking in tongues?

I found this heart felt, Bible based, look at the subject of speaking in tongues.

Watch “”Speaking In Tongues” Pastor Bob DAILY!” on YouTube

For Scripture on the topic read 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 – 14

Here are a few verses from that section of God’s Word that clarify things for us:

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a 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 distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Corinthians 12:1‭-‬11 NIV

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:27‭-‬31 NIV

This leads into the next chapter, on the same subject:

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.
1 Corinthians 13:1‭-‬7 MSG

God’s Word goes on to explain what real love, a Biblical “Scripture Picture” of what love is.

Staying on topic with speaking in tongues;

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:8‭-‬13 NASB

Perhaps you won’t need to look any further than 1st Corinthians 14 for God’s Word on this whole topic. Paul was inspired by God to write to those in Corinth and give them direction, instructions & clarification specifically on this same subject.

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.

But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.

Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching?

Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?

For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken?

For you will be speaking into the air.

There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.

If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.

So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

In the Law it is written, “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people , and even so they will not listen to Me ,” says the Lord.

So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.

Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?

But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.

What is the outcome then, brethren?

When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.

Let all things be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret; but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent.

For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only?

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment. But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
1 Corinthians 14:1‭-‬40 NASB

Turning The World Upside-down

What did the religious & political people in the early days of The Church say about “Christians”?

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
Acts 17:6 NKJV

What did true follower of Jesus do?

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying,

“This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”

And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.

Note: Look how some reacted-

But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out,

“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.”

And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things.

So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea.

When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.

Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.

So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.

Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.

Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears.

Therefore we want to know what these things mean.”

For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said,

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter. ”

So Paul departed from among them.

However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Acts 17:1‭-‬34 NKJV

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ.

He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 John 5:1‭-‬21 NIV

We can turn the world upside down or be turned upside down by the world.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 40:28 NIV

You can read all about it…

Classic “Newsboys” song –Read All About It

A Time of Doubt

Room For Doubt
(http://bible.com/r/1At) This devotional thought approaches us when we are full of questions & doubt. Sometimes God allows our world to be shaken in order to wake us up. He will rock you so that you may better see & seek your need for him.

Here is that devoted thought:

At some point in our lives, most of us encounter a time of deep and intense doubt.

Maybe yours is not about the existence of God and the reliability of Scripture. Perhaps your doubt is on a deeper level.

You are not wondering if God is there—you want to know if God really cares.

We sing and talk about the goodness and the love of God, but as you look at your life right now, perhaps you are saying,

“God, I doubt whether You really care about what is going on. If You cared, You would help me. You would intervene in this situation. You would do something about the suffering that I am experiencing right now.”

It’s hard to separate our personal circumstances from God’s love for us.

But suffering doesn’t have the same impact on everyone.

Suffering can actually strengthen some people’s faith while at the same time cause others to question why a loving God would allow such pain.

One person may read a book like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and have their world rocked; another person may read the same book and find that it ends up strengthening their faith.

When it comes to doubt, there is no one size that fits all.

Some people struggle with it, and some people don’t. Some people scream their way into doubt through pain and suffering, and others seem to drift into it.

For some of us, the doubt lasts for a few days; for others, months; and for some, years.

Ben Young (Room for Doubt) continues to writes,

In my case, once my faith started to crack, doubts flooded my mind without mercy. I began to question everything. Is God real? Is the Bible true? Is Jesus really God? What about all those other world religions? How can they be wrong? Why did Jesus go to Israel? Why not China where there were more people? What about hell? What does a man dying on a cross two thousand years ago have to do with me today? What about the contradictory reports of Judas’s death and the number of angels at the resurrection? What about the resurrection? Did Jesus really come out of the grave alive from the dead, or was that a hoax? What about evolution? Is that a better explanation of how we got here?

Wave after wave of doubts pounded my mind. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning. I felt alone, sinking in a sea of doubts. (Taken from Room For Doubt

Song Necessary Pain by “Dogs of Peace”

One eye is on the Sparrow, the other in the eye of a hurricane

Be merciful to those who doubt;
Jude 1:22 NIV

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you,

“In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”

These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 1:17‭-‬25 NIV



When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered.

“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out.

The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”

But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer. ”
Mark 9:14‭-‬29 NIV

Time for us to get God’s perspective of things, the best we can.

I personally read Isaiah 55 to keep things in the right perspective. I call it God’s “Scripture Picture” –

…Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
Isaiah 55:3 NIV

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬11 NIV

I go to God’s Word for answers, comfort and good news.

Local news, national reports and international accounts will always be told with a political bias. This world is under the sway of the prince of this world but I will follow & take advice & commands from The KING of kings, The Lord Jesus Christ.

On Him we can depend.


As shared at my son’s funeral, watch this video of Inspirational Music : “You’re a Good, Good Father”

I have fond memories of my relationship with my father & the relationship I had with my son, while he was alive, was as good as possible but the song above is in regards to to our Heavenly Father, who is eternal & way beyond what we can even imagine as humans.

Our Heavenly Father truly defines what ‘good’ it.

I heard someone say, ‘we are not all children of God.’ However, that is not biblical (Romans 9).

We are all Children of God.

It’s up to us if we are obedient children or not but we are all His Children and He is our Father, a truly good, good Father.

Jesus asked,

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:9‭-‬12 NIV

In Jesus name & for CHRIST sake amen


Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NIV

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord,

“He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Because he loves me,” says the Lord , “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91:1‭-‬16 NIV

Getting To Know God

Perhaps you’re new to developing a relationship with God and you are looking at The Bible as His Word, or you’re rekindling the Fire He put in you long ago. Whatever the case may be, here are some verses to help you get to know Him…

As you look at The Bible keep in mind:

You’ll see the name of the book, like JOHN, then the chapter (3) followed by a colon (:) then the verse (like 16 -the little numbers by the side of each verse) The example above is Jonh 3:16 (the book of John, chapter 3 verse 16).

Whisper a prayer, simply aas God to speak to you then open up a Bible & really listen to what you’re reading.

God loves you

John 3:16

Romans 5:8

We are all sinners

Romans 3:10

Romans 3:23

James 4:17

Isaiah 64:6

God’s remedy for sin

Romans 6:23

Romans 10:13

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Your response

Isaiah 55:6

1st John 1:9

Revelation 3:20

Receiving Christ

Mark 1:15

Romans 10:9

John 1:11-12

God’s promises

John 5:24

John 10:27-28

John 20:31

1st John 5:13

What now?

Obey God

Deuteronomy 6:5-7


1st John 5:13

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Joshua 1:8

Romans 15:4

2nd Timothy 2:15

2nd Timothy 3:16-17

(All taken from the front of the Gideon Bible)

Finding a Bible teaching church is important too.

Going to church won’t get you to heaven.

It may help you in your walk with Christ but the church is His body, His bride, branches, HE REMAINS TO BE THE HEAD, THE GROOM AND THE VINE.

Tap into a direct relationship with Him and, if you’re able to, join a church that enhances that relationship.

Reading & studying the Bible on your own is important in your personal relationship with Him and will keep you from any confusion religion may bring.

Welcome to the family, beetle

What The Bible Says About…(Gideon Bible)

Time to pull out a Bible & look for yourself. If ya don’t have one just ask or look around…you maybe surprised how readily available God has made His word.

This may be going back to basics for some. For others this maybe the first time you’ve really looked into The Bible, God’s Word.

You’ll see the name of the book, like JOHN, then the chapter (3) followed by a colon (:) then the verse (like 16 -the little numbers by the side of each verse) The example above is Jonh 3:16 (the book of John, chapter 3 verse 16).

So, crack it open and see

What the Bible says about…


2 Timothy 3:16


Ex. 34:6-7

2 Peter 3:9

God’s Son

Prov. 30:4


Gen. 1:27

Joshua 22:5

Your sin

Is. 59:27

Ro. 3:22-23

Js. 4:17


Heb. 9:27


Rev. 21:8

Ez. 18:20

The judgment

Ro. 14:12

Rev. 20:12

Lev. 5:17

God’s love

Jn 3:16

Ro. 5:8


His birth

Mt. 1:21

Lk. 2:10-11

His person

Jn 6:38; 10:30; 14:9; 16:28; 14:3

His purpose

Jn. 10:10

1 Peter 3:18

His resurrection

1 co. 15:20-21

His return

Jn 14:3

Mt. 24:30

1 thess. 4:16

The Holy Spirit

Jn. 14:16-18


Acts 3:19.


Ro. 10:9


Ro. 10:17

The devil

1 Peter 5:8-9


Js. 1:13-16

1 co. 10:13


1 jn. 1:9



Jn 10:10


Mt 6:6-7


Prov. 8:11.

Js. 1:5


Rev. 21:4-5


Lk. 16:22-24

Eternal life



Jn. 10:28-29


Lk. 6:27-28

(All taken from the front of the Gideon Bible)

Where To Go For Help (looking at a Bible left by the Gideons)

Are you…

alone, depressed, addicted, stressed, cheated, experiencing conflict or temptation, considering suicide or curious?


Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 NIV

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NIV


So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 NIV


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NIV


It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
Psalm 118:8 NIV

Experiencing conflict or temptation?

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 NIV

Considering suicide?

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord : “ Lord , save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
Psalm 116:3‭-‬5 NIV


hope, peace, joy, comfort, purpose, forgiveness, God?


Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord .
Psalm 31:24 NIV


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 NIV


Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:12 NIV


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3‭-‬4 NIV


Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV


If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8‭-‬9 NIV


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 NIV

God is the answer.

Calling to God

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:1 NIV

God’s invitation to you.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NIV

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord . “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 NIV

Responding to God

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:7‭-‬8 NIV

What God does for you

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:1‭-‬6 NIV

(All from the first few pages of the Gideon Bible found in most hotel or motel rooms)

What’s Up With That?

Charles Swindoll wrote,

“A gross intolerance of those who don’t fit our mold reveals itself in a stoic stare or a caustic comment. Such legalistic and prejudiced reactions will thin the ranks of the local church faster than fire in the basement or flu in the pew.

If you question that, take a serious look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians. His pen flowed with heated ink as he rebuked them for “deserting” Christ (1:6), “nullifying the grace of God” (2:21), becoming “bewitched” by legalism (3:1), and desiring “to be enslaved” by this crippling disease (4:9).

Sure there are limits to our freedom. Grace doesn’t condone license. Love has its biblical restrictions. The opposite of legalism is not “do as you please.”

-It is do that which pleases God.

1 John 1:9

When we read about Jesus in the new testament we see that he accepted the weak, the dirty, the sinful and while we were still sinners he died for us. Yet, there are sects, groups, churches, organizations who claim that they are godly, Christ-like, and yet don’t accept & love those who are sick & need love the most. They fully accept card carrying members but close their doors to those deemed outcasts.

As mentioned above

In Paul’s letter to the Galatians his pen flowed with heated ink as he rebuked them…

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:6‭-‬7 NIV

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Galatians 2:21 NIV

Paul’s letter to the Galatians can be directed to “CHURCHES” today.

You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!
Galatians 3:1‭-‬4 MSG

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba , Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
Galatians 4:4‭-‬9 NIV

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:5‭-‬10 NIV

John 3:16 in 1100 languages

The Bible verse that tells of One who loves us with an eternal love has been translated into 1100 languages. 27 of those languages (understood by more than 3/4th of the earth’s population) can be read in the front of the Gideon Bibles placed in various hotel & motel rooms around the world. That verse is JOHN 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV (http://bible.com/111/jhn.3.16.NIV)

Many times when I am in a motel or hotel I’ll look for the Bible placed in a drawer, shelf or table top by The Gideons.

I’ll jot several verses down on the small note pad most hotels/motels give. Then I place those small papers in the Bible, like bookmarks. Sometimes I even highlight the verses. Who knows who might just pick up that Bible, seek what God has to say and find what He has left behind for us?

In the front of those Bibles are also helpful prayers & topical verses. I’ll include those in another post.

I use that Bible left in the room by The Gideons. I also leave a few marks behind so that whosoever looks sees that they are not alone & The Bible has not only been used but can be useful for them too.

Sometimes God’s “mode of transportation” is obvious, set right before us, it is up to us to hop on board.

God sometimes whispers, other times He shouts but only within us so that we hear Him individually as He speaks to & touches our hearts. . .

“Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love. I set him up as a witness to the nations, made him a prince and leader of the nations, And now I’m doing it to you: You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of, and nations who’ve never heard of you will come running to you Because of me, your God , because The Holy of Israel has honored you.”

Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.

Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God , who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.

“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.”

God ’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. “So you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join the procession, exuberant with applause. No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no more thornbushes, but stately pines— Monuments to me, to God , living and lasting evidence of God .” Isaiah 55:1‭-‬13 MSG http://bible.com/97/isa.55.1-13.MSGCome, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord , and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord .

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord ’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” Isaiah 55:1‭-‬13 NIV http://bible.com/111/isa.55.1-13.NIV

Combating That Lil’ Voice In Our Head

Day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan Reclaiming Sanity. Check it out here:

Identity – Who Defines Us

We are not defined by who others think or say we are. We are not even who we have worked so hard to be or believe we are.

Honors, corporate ladders, and titles are all man-made distinctions—and distractions.

God is not more pleased with gold tassels than with those who care for the poor or feed the hungry.

In Matthew 20, Jesus told the parable of the workers in the vineyard. He described the kingdom of heaven as being like a landowner who went out to hire workers for his vineyard. Although the workers were hired at different times throughout the day, they were all paid the same. Why? Because they each had agreed to work for that amount. The landowner was completely fair to each person, challenging the grumbling workers by asking them if they were envious that he was being generous.

Jesus stated in verse 16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” We American Christians have trouble accepting this as the standard for us too.

Surely this can’t be right. We can’t possibly all receive the same grace from God, can we?

Doesn’t it matter who we are in this world?

Don’t we have to be somebody?

The truth is that we are who God says we are, and God says a lot about us. Look at a few verses from the book of Ephesians: Ephesians 1:4 says God chose us.
(Verse 5 & 6 -He adopted us)
Ephesians 1:7 tells us we are forgiven.
Ephesians 2:10 states we are His workmanship (not our own).

Let’s not stop here. We learn in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that we are God’s temple, in John 1:12 that we are God’s children, and in John 15:15 that we are friends of Jesus.

Oh, sisters (and brothers), the Bible tells us a lot about who we are as believers in Christ.

We cannot allow the world or even well-meaning friends and family to wrongly define and label us. When you start to hear that lying voice in your head saying you are not good enough, pretty enough, rich enough, or that you are not smart enough, that you deserved that horrible thing that happened to you, stop right there and tell yourself (yell it out loud if you have to):

“No, I am not stupid. I am God’s workmanship!”
“No, I am not unloved or unwanted. I am a friend of Jesus!”
“No, I do not deserve to be abused. I am a temple of God!”
Sometimes the lying voice you hear is your own, and Christ wants to be heard above it.

My aunt Lib reminded me of this years ago. When I was in the throes of my doctoral program, Aunt Lib, in the midst of the evermore laborious journey of cancer treatment, called to tell me how proud she was of me. But instead of talking so much about her pride in my educational accomplishments, she shared how she was most proud of me for accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and for seeking to follow Him.

You see, accomplishments (while they should be celebrated) are not what make us good enough. What makes us enough is that we are transformed by the mercies of Christ Jesus.

(Taken from: Reclaiming Sanity

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