As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I learn to thank Him for things that I used to complain about, also for things I used to fear from. He is the Creator and Savior; therefore, He knows everything and everyone. Surely His wisdom greatly exceeds my understanding, and His love would overcome my fears.
There is an undeniable connection between the dwelling place of the LORD and the presence of holiness, between God’s reign and submission to His commandments. God forgives sin when its proper price is paid, by the shed of innocent blood as a sacrifice; by the death of Christ the Savior. Nonetheless, sin is never tolerated by our Holy LORD, regardless of what the world thinks. The reign of the LORD is a rule of holiness.
احيانا نظن اننا نتحكم فى كل شىء فى حياتنا, نديرها يمينا أو يسارا. لكن لو دققنا قليلا لأدركنا انه حتى قرارتنا واختياراتنا ليست حرة فى المطلق. فالانسان يختار ما تمليه عليه قناعاته, او عقيدته,او ايدوليجيته.واحيانا يصبغ اختياره بما يريده المقربون من الاهل والاصدقاء. هل فكرت انه حتى ظروفك و بيئتك او خلفيتك انت لم تختارها. بل ايضا جيناتك الوراثية التى تتحكم فى تكوينك لم تختارها مسبقا.
لذلك الانسان بحاجة لعمل الخالق ( الذى هيئ كل هذا و يتحكم فى كل ما سبق) فيه حتى يكون بحق حرا,أو بالحرى حيا حياة حرة الا من التزامه نحو خالقه و محرره. نحن نحتاج لعمل الخالق فينا حتى نكون بحق احرار. لذلك جاء المسيح, الذى هو صورة الله الغير منظور (كول 1: 15) فى صورة عبد(انسان) (فل 2: 7) لكى يحرركل من يؤمن به.
“Tongues will cease” is a phrase which is greatly misused by many commentators, maybe because they don’t regard the contexts of the verse (1Cor. 13) for the phrase is mentioned in the context of similar ceasing of knowledge and prophecy, and the advent of perfection. as the fulfillment of prophecy will be completed in Christ second coming, and the fullness of knowledge is Christ Jesus the wisdom of God, thus the phrase is related to end times not to the presents age and of course not to church history.
Therefore the declining or ceasing of tongues can only be caused by two fundamental reasons:
First: – is the plain reason which we just mentioned previously and it’s the Parousia of Christ himself
Second: – this reason is related to human depending on other things than the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit , for instance philosophy , human wisdom , and politics. Though the Holy Spirit should control all activities in the church, sometimes we depend on other sources more than the spirit himself, or even we try to make the spirit submitted to our thoughts, and plans, apparently this is impossible
Finally , I have to admit the fact that there are some churches in our recent times and also in the history which had misused or even ill-used the gift of tongues, or that some speaking in tongues were not of the Holy Spirit but from emotions. Nevertheless, hadn’t’ some churches, in the past, misused knowledge or missions ! Though still it’s not an acceptable excuse to abandon or reject any of the gifts of the Spirit. So we may be viewed fools in the eyes of man when we speak in tongues, or even when we claim we do , but that’s OK because we are not viewed fools in the eyes of our God who gifted us.
By the Year 330 B.C. Alexander the Great conquered the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East . This part of the world was given a new common language which was ‘Greek‘ and as the years passed the fact of the existence of a Jewish community in every major city of this Greek speaking world raised the need of a Greek translation of the Old Testament because the Jewish people in these cities by the time lost the ability to read and speak Hebrew and Aramaic.
At last in the year 250 B.C. the Old Testament was translated into Greek, it was said that 72 Jewish elders were brought to Alexandria to do this translation which was called the Septuagint LXX, the Septuagint contained all the Old Testament books but with different order than the Hebrew bible and closer to the order used in our Christian Old Testament today. It included other books called the Apocrypha like Esdras and Tobit that are not included in the Hebrew Bible, and modern Protestant’s Bibles.
The Septuagint gives a fairly accurate translation of the Pentateuch but for the prophetical books like Isaiah the translation was obviously poor and in need of correction. Although the Septuagint translation wasn’t perfect, it is still of great importance, and this is due to the fact that it was the formal Old Testament for the newly established Christian churches in the first three centuries, since it was used long before this time in all Jewish synagogues across the ancient Greek world.
A short message to every minister of God by Pastor Hany N. Sadik
I see souls lost in a doomed world,
I see nations crumble, men women and kids’ corpses.
Folly leaders nurturing bugs that grow to eat their nations,
The sea swallowing the land, and the desert hungry for sand.
Police turning to gangs, and the peaceful cities are covered with military tanks.
I see no hope but a light from above. Not from this world that lost its mind.
I have a home far away from here.
I see it in my dreams a city without fire or fear .
The city of God , the only hope for those who believe He is near.