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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Since being saved, I’ve attended charismatic churches, super conservative churches, and those that seem in between. Some churches teach that a Christian can be “baptized in the Holy Spirit,” and that when that happens, it is shown via tongues, and possibly other signs, such as falling backwards.

Other churches teach that not only is the above not correct, but that there are no gifts of the Holy Spirit anymore. They teach that “that which is perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13 is not the second coming of Christ, but is the cannon of the Bible. From that interpretation springs the belief that there are no more gifts of the Holy Spirit, because now we have the Bible to guide us, and we no longer require signs and manifestations of the Spirit.

I hold to neither of the above teachings. My personal beliefs about the gifts of the Holy Spirit are derived from no other source than the Holy King James Bible.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Some charismatics teach the baptism of the Holy Spirit based off of Acts chapter 19. I have found the common charismatic interpretation of this chapter to be incorrect. In Acts 18, verses 24-26, we see that Apollos knew the Holy Scriptures, but only up to John the Baptist. He fervently taught John’s message of repentance and getting baptized as a special type of Jewish Mikvah, to symbolize them being cleaned from their repented sins. It was a form of ritual purity. This is what Apollos taught in Ephesus, because he didn’t (yet) know any more than that.

We now move on to chapter 19, and Paul finds these people who are zealous for God. Paul asks them if they received the Holy Spirit, and they said they didn’t even know what that was. Paul then knew they only had knowledge up to John the Baptist.

Certainly, Paul explained the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them, just as Aquila and Priscilla explained this to Apollos in chapter 18.

These people, who were truly zealous for God, certainly accepted Christ and were baptized. They received the Holy Spirit when Paul laid hands on them, and they spoke in tongues.

Tongues are not only received by the laying on of hands, as is clear from Acts 2 – there were no laying on of hands in that instance.

Acts chapter two was the Holy Spirit coming to the Jews. Acts chapter 19 is the Holy Spirit coming to Gentiles – ‘to the Jew first, then the Gentiles,’ as the Holy Scriptures teach us.

Outside of the book of Acts, we don’t come across the gift of tongues anymore, until it is discussed in 1 Corinthians. This is where we learn that there are different kinds of tongues. There are distinctions here that are often missed. Without these distinctions, we could blur tongues into one thing, and this can lead to misinterpreting Scripture. The Scriptures tell us how to study the Bible:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15

In order to rightly divide, we must pay attention to distinctions, no matter how small. For example, the word “a” in 1 Corinthians 11:15 speaks volumes in regards to headcovering.

To interpret Scripture, we must not only pay attention to distinctions, but also be sure we are interpreting Scripture with Scripture. We must compare Scripture to Scripture:

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” -Isaiah 28:9-10

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” -1 Peter 2:2

Never base a doctrine off of one Scripture alone. It takes two or more witnesses:

“At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.” -Deuteronomy 17:6

“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” -Matthew 18:16

“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” -2 Corinthians 13:1

“Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” -1 Timothy 5:19

“This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” -1 John 5:6-10

“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” -Revelation 11:3

The book of Acts is the history of the beginning of the church. Put down the books by Ignatius, Augustine, and others. Those books are riddled with errors. Instead, learn about the early church from the book of Acts. That’s what it’s there for.

A doctrine that’s in the book of Acts and elsewhere in the Bible has many Scriptural witnesses to it, and that is that a born again Christian has the Holy Spirit in them, and we are marked/sealed with it:

“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” –Ephesians 1:12-14

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” -1 Corinthians 3:16

The book of Corinthians gives us the distinction between the different tongues. Let’s look at those. They are:

- Diversities of tongues (1 Cor. 12:28)
- Tongues of men (1 Cor. 13:1)
- Unknown tongues (1 Cor. 14:2)
- Other tongues (1 Cor. 14:21)

Some people take issue with “unknown tongues,” because “unknown” is in italics. However, the King James translators put it there to make the Greek more understandable as translated into English, and I believe “unknown” is correct. I would even go so far as to suggest the possibility that the translators were inspired to put it there.

The type of tongues in Acts 2 is clear – it would be Tongues of Men. We know this, because the text tells us that each person of a different country heard them speak in their own language. The actual sounds coming out of their mouths is not specified. It could have been a heavenly language, or it could have been that they were speaking all of those language at once – which can only be done supernaturally. Since the gift of tongues itself is supernatural, this is a great possibility.

Now, back to baptism in the Holy Spirit. How and when does it happen? When the Spirit was first come to the Jews, it happened after salvation, with the speaking of tongues as a sign to unbelievers so that they would hear the Gospel – see Acts 2.

On the first gentile groups, sometimes there was speaking in tongues after receiving the Holy Spirit, as is the case in Acts 19, and sometimes there wasn’t, as is the case with Acts 8 – a group of people received the Holy Spirit, but no tongues are mentioned. Later in the same chapter, we read of the beautiful salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch, and no tongues are mentioned.

As is clear from early church history (the book of Acts) not everyone who got saved spoke in tongues.

However, every person who is born of God is born of the Spirit:

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.: -John 3:5-7

To be bon again, you must be born of the Spirit. A person can pray the salvation prayer, but if they really don’t mean it, then they do not have the Spirit of God, and are not saved. The prayer is not magic. It is our telling the Lord that we accept His free gift of salvation, of Christ dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It’s the faith that saves us via the grace of God (see Ephesians 2:8-9). It’s the commitment to the Lord, and to live for Him, and walk in His ways. It’s knowing and trusting in the Lord. If you don’t know the Lord, then He will not know you. See Matthew 7: 21-23

We are sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we are born of the Spirit:

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” -Ephesians 1:13

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” -Ephesians 4:30

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” -1 Corinthians 3:16

How then, can a Christian be baptized in the Holy Spirit, if they already have the Holy Spirit in them? Ah, that’s the trick. You are baptized into the Body of Christ, via the Holy Spirit, under the Heavenly Father, the moment you are saved:

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” -1 Corinthians 12:13

"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" -John 7:38-39

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." -John 14:16-17

"That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." -Ephesians 1:12-14

“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” -Ephesians 4:4-6

This isn’t talking about water baptism, as can be ascertained via the context. It is talking about the Spirit baptism into the body of Christ. When a person is born again, they are baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is NOT a water baptism. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, John the baptist was baptizing people for the remission of sins. John the Baptist said:

"I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." -Mark 1:8

John was speaking about Jesus. The people in Acts 19 were baptized in water for the remission of sins - a John the Baptist baptism, but they were not baptized in the Holy Spirit. A Holy Spirit baptism occurs when one gets saved or born again/born of the spirit (see John 3).

When Paul met up with the group in Ephesus, as recorded in Acts 19, he asked them if they received the Holy Spirit. They did not. They weren’t yet saved, as they only knew the baptism of John. They only knew the Old Testament, and the preaching of John the Baptist. No one had told them of Jesus yet. Then they were saved, and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. They spoke in tongues. The people in Acts 8 also got saved and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but it does not record that they ever spoke in tongues, nor the Ethiopian Eunuch.

The Gift of Tongues

Some people speak in tongues, and some do not. Paul had the gift of tongues, but also acknowledged that some do not have the gift. He said that instead of wanting the gift of tongues, we should instead want the gift to prophesy.

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy” -1 Corinthians 14:1

“I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.” -1 Corinthians 14:5

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” -1 Corinthians 14:18-19

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” -1 Corinthians 14:39

Do all have the gift of tongues? No. This is clear from the below:

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” -1 Corinthians 12:4-6

“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” -1 Corinthians 12:10

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” -1 Corinthians 12:12-14

1 Corinthians 12 makes it clear that there are all sorts of gifts of the Holy Spirit, and not every person has the same gift. Amongst the list of gifts is tongues. The chapter explains that we are each a member of the body of Christ, but are not all the same body part. We are not all the eye, and we are not all the big toe, etc. We don’t all have the same gifts of the Holy Spirit, nor do we all have the exact same calling. Some people have the gift of tongues, and some do not.

Are the Gifts for Today?

Some churches teach that these gifts of the Holy Spirit passed away. Below is the Scripture they base this belief off of:

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” -1 Corinthians 13:8-10

Some people believe that “that which is perfect” above is the completed cannon of the Holy Bible, and that once we have the Holy Bible, we no longer need the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because we now have the Word to guide us.

I believe the above interpretation to be wrong. I believe “that which is perfect” can be none other than Jesus Christ. I believe the above is referring to Jesus’ second coming. When Christ comes back, we will have no need of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because God will be here on earth with us, and His everlasting Kingdom will be established.

The above Scripture says before that “which is perfect” comes, we will only know in part, but that after the “perfect” comes, we will know in full. Do we know in full? No.

If you read further, past verse 10, you’ll see verses 11 and 12, which say:

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

After Jesus comes back, all things will be made known:

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” -1 Corinthians 4:5

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:5

I know which gifts of the Spirit I have, and I also know that the future, while it is known to God, is not known to me, and I may have different gifts during different seasons in my life, but only as the Lord wills.

Heavenly Prayer Language

I hear of people who pray in the spirit. Their spirit desires to pray things that they cannot express in English, so they do so in their “heavenly prayer language.” 1 Corinthians 14 tells us that if you do this, do it quietly, and don’t disrupt church, if you are in church, and if you do pray in tongues out loud, only do so if someone (or you) can interpret. Otherwise, this form of tongues does not edify the church or others. Now, if you have a message from the Lord and it is in tongues and no one understands you, then pray for one with the gift of interpretation to stand up and make known the thing, so that the church and others may be edified.

I pray in the spirit. I pray with words which cannot be uttered, and therefore when I pray in the spirit, no sound emanates from my lips:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” -Romans 8:26

I would rather have a gift of the Spirit that edifies others. I do not wish to be edified. If I’m edified, then my flesh could be gratified, but I want the gifts of the spirit that edifies others, so that my spirit will be edified. See Galatians 5 and Romans 8.

In Conclusion

The gifts of the Spirit are still for today, but not everyone has the same gifts. This means that not everyone can speak in tongues. Further, different gifts are likely emphasized for different times and different localities. While some of the more outward gifts may not currently be very visible to many of us where we live, it doesn’t mean that those gifts are not exercised and manifested in other localities. There are amazing testimonies from missionaries about the exercise of some of these gifts on foreign mission fields.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the laying on of hands, one’s falling backwards, or one’s showing a sign via speaking in tongues. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of true salvation, where one is Born of the Spirit into the Body of Christ, through God the Father.

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” - 1 Corinthians 12:13

Many people talk highly of God the Father, and God the Son, but I don’t hear much about God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, too. If you don’t have the Spirit of God, you are not one of His. You can change this - click here.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” -Romans 8:9

Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find a good local church congregation to attend. Here is a Church Locator. If you can't find a church near you there, then check here, here, or here.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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2018 Reading List

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The Stairway to Heaven

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Worlds in Collision

The Science of Effective Communication

Simple Country Wisdom
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Mystery of the Ages
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The Stairway to Heaven

Hidden in Plain Sight 3

The Sweeper

The Wars of Gods and Men

Cleaning Hacks

Home Vegetable Gardening

The Lost Realms

Finding Peace in Life's Storms

Beautiful Girlhood

When Time Began

Female Piety

Giants on the Earth

Cosmic Code

The Revelation Explained

Enquire Within Upon Everything

The End of Days


Tales From Shakespeare

When Angels Fell

The Old Man and the Sea

Love One Another, Vol. 6

The Einstein Theory of Relativity

Following the Equator

Why Does he do That?

The Witness of the Stars

The Log Cabin Lady

For the Comfort of the Family

Charlotte Bronte and her Circle

The Five Giants

Household Organization

Basic Electronics

The New Life in Christ Jesus

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Homespun Bride

Tales of Giants from Brazil

A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies

Dutch Oven Cookbook

Tillie, a Mennonite Maid; a Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch

The Art of Soul-Winning

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

The white slave: or, Memoirs of a fugitive. A story of slave life in Virginia

The Giants from Outer Space

Be Their Example

Gardening Box Set #8

Essential Oils: Natural Remedies for Your Family

The Giant's Robe

Stockpile and Barter Handbook

The Art of War

The Giant of the North Pokings Around the Pole

Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

The Secret of the Island

Buried Alive

Sweet Baklava

What the Bible is all About

History of Salem Witchcraft



Rapture and Resurrection

The Beautiful and Damned

Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency

Betty's Bright Idea

Hide in Plain Sight

Ten Acres Enough

The Symbolism of Freemasonry

The Cabin on the Prairie

Highland Blessings

By What Authority?

They Almost Always Come Home

The Chimes

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

The Cricket on the Hearth

What do the Prophets Say?

Homestead on the Hillside

The Conflict of the Ages

Daughter of Joy

Who is the Messiah Proved From the Ancient Scriptures

Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God's Children to be Holy as He is Holy

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

C. H. Spurgeon's Autobiography

The Happy Family

Number in Scripture

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Studies in the Life of the Christian

The Light Shines in Darkness

The Scarlet Letter

Madame Bovary

Martin Chuzzlewit

Dr. Kildare, Assigned to Trouble


The Home-Keeping Book

My Wife and I

The Good Earth

The Mysterious Island

The Heavenly Footman

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Donna Parker: A Spring To Remember

Nicholas Nickleby

Bleak House

The Old Curiosity Shop

Our Mutual Friend

The Master's Indwelling

Pink and White Tyranny

Crime and Punishment

The Secret

Practical Homemaking

The Secret Garden

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Anna Karenina


Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife

Somewhere to Belong

Twelve Stories and a Dream

Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America

The Uncommercial Traveller

Master Zacharius

The World Set Free

The Hiding Place

A Drama in the Air

To Kill a Mocking Bird