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Posted February 18, 2015 by GOCLAP in writeups

Seven Purposes for Divine Healing   Leave a comment

The late English Bible teacher Smith Wigglesworth used to tell this story: Two women on the train with him—a mother and daughter—were very sick, so Wigglesworth said to them, “Look, I’ve something in the bag that will cure every case in the world. It has never been known to fail.”
The mother and daughter were quite interested, so the minister went on to tell them about his “remedy.” When they finally asked for a dose, he opened the bag, took out his Bible, and read them the verse that says, “I am the Lordthat healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26).
What a wonderful way to share how the Bible is filled with promises and accounts regarding health and healing for His children!
Healing Throughout the Bible
God’s will for us to walk in divine health and a right relationship with Him is emphasized throughout His Word. In the Old Testament we see it reflected in His covenant with the children of Israel (see Exodus 15:26). Then David acknowledged that covenant in his psalm when he said, “Bless the Lord,O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:1-3).
In the New Testament, Jesus ministered to the sick, doing miracles and healing all who came to Him: “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23).
But there is more to discover about divine healing, so much more.
Faith and Miracles
In the early days of our ministry, I began to see people healed who had very little faith. I asked one man who came to the platform to testify about his miracle, “What church do you attend?”
“I don’t go to church,” he replied.
“Are you a Christian?” I questioned.
“No, sir,” he said bluntly, “I don’t know anything about that.”
Here was a person who had no knowledge of the Word, had never given his heart to Christ, but was now healed. I said to myself, “Lord, this doesn’t make sense!”
Soon after that, as I talked with Dr. Lester Sumrall, a great man of faith who has since gone on to glory, I asked, “Can you explain to me why God is healing so many unbelievers in our meetings?”
He responded with this question, “Who did Jesus heal two thousand years ago?”
I went back to my Bible and reviewed the miracles of Christ. Time after time, He healed those with little or no understanding of the things of God. I began to realize that His mercy brings both salvation and the miraculous.
Seven Purposes for Healing
Anytime I go back to my study notes from that time in my life after my conversation with Dr. Sumrall, I delight in seeing what the Lord showed me.
Let me share seven of God’s many purposes or reasons for healing people—then and now.
Purpose #1: Jesus heals because He is full of compassion.A leper came to Jesus “beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Mark 1:40).
What was the Lord’s response? “Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean” (verse 41).
It was compassion that led to the miracle. Jesus Christ heals people today for the same reason, so that “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
Purpose #2: Jesus heals because healing belongs to His children.Once, when Jesus was preaching near the city of Tyre, a Syrophenician fell at His feet, asking Him to cast an unclean spirit out of her daughter.
Jesus said to her, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:27-28).
The Lord saw the woman’s faith and the daughter was delivered.
If you are a child of the King, healing should come to you first, even before unbelievers receive their miracle. Yet I watch as those who do not know the Lord reach out in great faith, hungry for the crumbs. And time after time, He pours out His healing virtue upon those people. I thank God, healing is often the entry point that helps people receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
Purpose #3: Jesus heals to bring glory to His Father.On the side of a mountain near the sea of Galilee “great multitudes came unto him…and he healed them…[and] the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:30-31).
On another occasion, there was a similar response when Jesus healed a paralyzed man: “When the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God” (Matthew 9:8).
All glory and praise belong to the Father. Healing is a wonderful, awe-inspiring faith-builder that should lead to glorifying God.Purpose #4: Jesus heals to fulfill God’s promises.At Capernaum, “they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17).
When the Master heals, it is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken through Isaiah. On the cross, Christ took our sickness and infirmities.
Purpose #5: Jesus heals also to confirm His own Word.Healing was promised by the Father, then declared by Jesus Christ. He said, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:37-38).
Christ knew exactly why He was sent to earth. He came to perform the works of His Father. Miracles confirm the spoken word of Jesus. And He heals to fulfill His personal word to you.
Purpose #6: Jesus heals to show you the power in His blood.The prophecy Isaiah declared (Isaiah 54:4-5) was fulfilled 20 centuries ago: “He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
The blood of Jesus was shed to forgive sin and provide healing.
Purpose #7: Every time the Lord heals, the devil’s defeat at the Cross is exposed once again.The Word tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
At the house of Cornelius, Peter said, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
Your Divine Healing
Jesus knows everything about you. You are His treasure. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (see Matthew 10:29-31). He wants to show mercy and healing toward you. You are so precious that He died on the cross for your sin and your infirmities. Let the Great Physician bring healing and deliverance to you today!SOURCE:

Posted July 14, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups


I am writing to you because I am very concerned and don’t know where to turn for help. I am a Christian and have always felt I had a great deal of faith. I lost my father, my mother and an older sister over the years — and my faith sustained me during those traumatic times.
Recently our 38 year old daughter died quite suddenly. I am just overwhelmed with grief — and I believe the medications given her caused her sudden death. She had kidney problems — but her doctor was aware of that, and the med he gave her should not have been given to her because of her kidney problems.
Now I seem to have lost my faith completely. I cry and want so much to know she is OK and that she is not sad and lonely as we are here without her. I have begun to question if there really is a Heaven? I read recently that Heaven is something Christians invented to take away their fear of death. Is this true? I also read a book calledEmbraced by the Lightby Betty Eadie, and it really upset me. She claimed to have had an out of body experience where she went to Heaven, and then she wrote a whole book about what heaven is like — and the different levels there, and how one may stay at a lower level, or advance to a higher level.
I am so afraid — what if there is no Heaven? Or if there is, is my daughter sad and lonely because none of her family are there with her? I just don’t know anymore what to believe. I try to pray — but find no peace. I am so afraid.
Dear ______,
I am so very, very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. You must be in such shock you don’t know how to “do life” at this point.
As a mother who has also lost a daughter, I want to encourage you in how the Lord comforted me. Most especially, I am comforted by the truth of Psalm 139:16–“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
______, your daughter didn’t live one day less than God intended for her to live from before the foundations of the earth. It FEELS like a premature death to us who are left behind, but no one is more powerful than God, and HE is the one who determines the length of our days. So even though it is hugely painful and grievous, and even though it’s tempting to blame the medications, she died on the day God knew she would die and planned for her to die. Not a day sooner, and not a day later.
Secondly, Jesus said He came from heaven (John 6:51). It is a real place. If there is no heaven, then Jesus lied. If Jesus lied, then he was not the holy Son of God, and His death was meaningless. If His death was meaningless, then none of us have any hope. But our hope is REAL and TRUE! He died to make it possible for us to be united with God and reunited with our believing loved ones.
Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6,8). If your daughter trusted Christ, she is immersed in a living sea of light and love and glory, worshiping the Lord Jesus and enjoying the freedom that comes from being released from this fallen, decaying world. When she “graduated” from your womb to your arms, did you ever worry that she was lonely for the comfort of the dark, warm place inside you? I bet not! She was in a far, far better place when she was born. When people are in heaven, it’s like graduating from the womb to our mother’s arms only way, WAY better. Being with the Lord is so much better than this earth that we can’t even begin to imagine it, any more than the pre-born infant can imagine what it’s like to be nestled in her mother’s arms, to look in her eyes, to see a glorious sunset, to listen to a symphony. To eat ice cream! To love and love back. . . all those things cannot be imagined in the womb, but they await the baby, just as the joys of heaven await us if we have trusted Christ as our Savior.
I want to suggest to you that you read Joni Eareckson Tada’s wonderful bookHeaven, because it will make you much more familiar with heaven and it will greatly comfort your heart. Unlike Betty Eadie’s bookEmbraced by the Light, Joni’s book is TRUE and based completely on the Bible.
I pray you will know the warmth of God’s comfort in growing measure as you grieve the loss of your daughter. One of the things that makes heaven so real to me is knowing that my daughter and my parents are there. I pray the realness of heaven will grow for you as well.
In His grip,
Sue Bohlin
Probe MinistriesSOURCE:

Posted July 2, 2014 by GOCLAP in Apologia

Should christians have boyfriends and girlfriends? : The boyfriend/girlfriend snare exposed   Leave a comment

This may come as a big shock to many of you reading this, but God does not give boyfriends and girlfriends, He giveshusbands and wives! Scripture does not support today’s modern idea of “going together.” In Biblical times, when a young man and woman desired an exclusive relationship with each other, they were betrothed or engaged. This was the only commitment that was recognized. So where did the idea of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” come from? Glad you asked!
The entire concept of boyfriends and girlfriends evolved from worldly philosophies. Why? Because most non-Christians (and some so called Christians) think the idea of waiting until marriage to engage in sexual relations is utterly ridiculous. Therefore, to appease their sense of entitlement, couples come up with a pseudo commitment in an effort to stop their boyfriend/girlfriend from sleeping around with other people. By the way, if you happen to see any of the current talk shows, you will see all of their efforts are in vain. Unfortunately, this confusion about courtship has crept into the church and too many Christians have allowed their minds to be conformed to the world’s standards. The word of God clearly warns in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” But what’s wrong with having a boyfriend or a girlfriend? What harm could that possibly do? You’re asking all of the right questions!
Contrary to the flow of popular culture, making a commitment to “date” one person exclusively prior to engagement puts undo pressure on a relationship. The scriptures tell us in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “where the spirit of the Lord is their is liberty!” Love must always be by choice, not forced. This is why God gave Adam and Eve the option to obey or not to obey. Think about it, would you want someone to love you because they had no other choice? One of the most beautiful experiences of true love, is to be chosen. If two people really want to be together, they will make the time to do so. Premature or wrong commitments only lead to obligation, which ultimately leads to frustration. Certainly not the recipe for a healthy relationship. A former Detroit Anchorwoman, shared how her life was turned upside down in a relationship with a “boyfriend.”
It is very difficult for the Holy Spirit to guide two hearts into His perfect plan with the pressure of “who’s that girl texting you?” and “why were you smiling at that guy?” A relationship free from the restrictions that “claiming” someone as your own can bring, has room to truly develop. Yes, this may be challenging when you desire someone romantically. However, if two people are honoring God in their relationship by putting their flesh under His submission and remaining holy, He will bless them with the grace needed to accomplish His will!SOURCE:

Posted June 24, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

5 Reasons Why Many Christian Guys Remain Single   Leave a comment

God has a sense of humor. When I wrote 5 reasons Why many christian girls remain singleI never meant to follow it up with the same topic directed at men. But God had other ideas! Two days ago, I decided not to listen to music as I normally do in the morning but turned the radio on, hoping to hear a sermon. What I heard as I scanned for the right channel was a reading from the expositor study bible from Son life radio station here in Baton Rouge.
The couple on the radio was reading from Genesis 24 – the story of how Eliezer (Abraham’s servant) took a wife for Isaac. That particular morning, the story gripped me in a way that I had hitherto experienced. I quickly jotted down what the message spoke to me and headed out to work. Later that day, I read the story of Eliezer again. This time, the reasons why many Christian men remain single became unequivocally clear.
He is Not Listening to God’s direction
When Abraham spoke to Eliezer, he specifically directed him to go back to his (Abraham’s) land and family to take a wife for Isaac. Without godly direction, many men simply guess at where they should go to take a wife. They travel here and there, chatting up wrong women after wrong women. By the time they actually get to the place God wants them, the stories of their travels have already reached the land. The women of the land are no longer interested because they do not feel special…they feel like common currency instead of a pearl of great prize. They think, I am one of many he could love, not the one that he loves. Moreover, the man starts to look desperate to them as they start to wonder why the other women did not pick the man up.Nothing puts off a woman more than a desperate man.
But guys who move with godly direction do not become unequally yoked with those from strange lands. They do not have to chase after another man’s future wife! Instead they set their course to the land of God and to the house of God, which is now their house by birthright. Guys, that is the only place where we find the sister that the Lord has planned for us.
He is Not Prepared to Meet His Mate
When Eliezer left, he left with all his master’s goods…which he put on his camels. When we leave to find our beloved, we must not go empty-handed but must leave with the goods of God. We must carry with us the love of God and the gift of the Spirit of God.We must be ready to be a blessing to her instead of going empty-handed, having to ask for and live off some of her stuff. Men, it is extremely difficult for a woman to respect a man who is not ready – who is not ready to be leader, provider, spiritual leader, and godly man that he has been called to become. When we go to find our wives, we must pack our bags of goodies and go. If we have nothing to put in the goody bag, it is not quite our time…we still have some work to do.
He Has Not Positioned Himself in the Right Spot
When Eliezer got to his destination with his goods in hand, he positioned himself in a spot by the well where he could see the women of the land. It is tragic to think that many godly guys – who are following the will of God and have readied themselves for marriage miss out because they do not purposefully hand around godly women. They expect God to drop a wife on their lap without looking. I wonder if Eliezer would have met Rebekah if he had not purposefully positioned himself to be able to observe the women.
Just as Eliezer did,we have to position yourselves in the right spot and then pray to God to show us which woman he desires for us. Too many good men leave too many good women single because they simply will not position themselves in the right spot. Then both the men and women say ‘there is no good man or women around, they are all taken! No, they are not all taken…they are simply in the wrong spot!
He Beats About the Bush
When Eliezer saw Rebekah, he did not hang around or beat about the bush, but the bible tells us that he ran to her. Men, we cannot become shy and coy when we see an all round desirable godly woman. She will not be at the well forever! She has other things to do and a purpose to fulfill.If you are Mr. Snail, then you may find that she is gone or disinterested by the time you sum up the courage to go to her.
This reminds me of the man who had been waiting to get into the pool of Bethesda for 38 years, who Jesus asked if he wanted to be made well. Instead of just saying yes, the first words that came out of his mouth were excuses! He was going to miss the opportunity to get well because he had pinned his hope on the waters!
Similarly, you cannot pin your hopes on the lady you so desire noticing you per chance as you beat about the bush. If you are going to pursue her, then pursue her!
He Never Made His Intentions Clearly Known
When Eliezer caught up to Rebekah and she had watered his camels, he made it known to her the intention of his actions and his visit. Alas, after positioning and pursuing, too many men miss out on destiny because they end up in the friendship zone! After getting the woman’s initial attention, they do not fess uptheir hearts intentions out of fear of being rejected. So they end up being the best friends of these women…doing all kind of things for them…and then watch as other men swoop. Sadly, the woman who once saw you as husband potential starts to think you are not interested and starts to see you as a friend. Men, we have to tell her our intentions. The worst thing that can happen is that she is does not go with you.If she is not interested, it is not rejection, it is simply re-direction.So tell her what you intentions her! She will respect you even if she does not care to follow you!
Food for Thought: Instead of standing in hope, start walking in faith until you meet your destinySOURCE:

Posted June 21, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

5 Reasons why many christians girls remain single   1 comment

In 2012 ,I was invited to be a member of a panel at a Christian singles conference. After speaking about living a purposeful life, and remaining pure in singleness, the topic of marriage invariably came up. A woman stood up and started pouring out her heart about how she desired a husband. How she was in her late thirties and did not want to be alone anymore. She said that she was on the verge of ‘settling’!
In an attempt to comfort her, an older woman whom we will call Sarah stood up and proclaimed that she was single at 60 AND had never married. Sarah started to encourage the younger lady. She said,look at me, I am 60 and not married but I will not settle. I want what God wants for me and will not settle for less. I have had many counterfeit men come into my life. Sarah then went ahead and started to rattle off about the men that had been potential suitors and what was wrong with them. As she spoke, one things that seemingly escaped her started to become clear to those of us on the panel. She was to blame for being single at 60.
Here are some of the things we realized about Sarah that kept her single
Sarah wanted Jesus…not a disciple of Jesus…but Jesus Himself
Many women, like Sarah are looking for the perfect mate. They want someone who is going to complete them and be their everything! If this is you, then my question to you is this: If a man completes you and becomes your everything, then what position is Jesus taking in your life? Jesus is the one that completes you and is meant to be your everything. So, to look for completeness in a man is to make that man an idol in your life, it is to have put man above God! This will only lead to ruin because no man is perfect! Try as he might, he will disappoint you! So stop looking for someone who will not disappoint you over the lifetime you wish to be married…you will not find it. Even you, yes you…have and still disappoint many people…whether you realize it or not…whether you meant it or not.Instead of looking for perfection, look for someone who is striving towards perfection. This is a person that loves God and does not want to be conformed to the world but whose life’s purpose is to be transformed into the image of Jesus.
As my mom says, if you meet a person who is perfect, run away, for you will make imperfect whatever is making that person seem perfect.
Sarah saw herself as a princess, but she did not care to prince her man
There are many women who see themselves as awesome and incredible royalty. Many women say, I want to be treated like a princess! The issue is that they do not want their man to be a prince. They do not want to share any power or give up any control. Instead, they want their partners to take the position of a slave while treating them like a princess. The reason many women cannot let go of control is because of fear – perhaps due to not dealing with the hurts of past relationships. The moment the man does not give her the power she craves, she takes it as he not treating her like a princess and so searches for greener pastures. Conversely, many men see that while they are giving all they have, the woman is not following suit! Many women think that this is part of being pursued; many men simply sees it as being disrespectful.
As a princess, you have to make sure you prince your man. Compliment him and let him know that you appreciate that he is being led by the King. Let go of the control. Taking a chance at love means you take a chance with your heart. This is because only the heart can feel love, not your head.Sarah liked being pursued but did not want to be caught
In the bible, the servant of Abraham went to a land far away in pursuit of a wife for Isaac. When he got there, it was Rebekah that came to the well. When he approached, she did not play games and dilly-dally. No, she said that she would not wait as her family had requested but would follow Eliezer immediately back to Isaac. When Boaz pursued Ruth, Ruth decided to show her interest by laying at his feet. See, both Rebekah and Ruth showed interest. They did not play games or play hard to get.
Ladies, if a prince has found you, then admit it and go forward as long as you have God’s blessing. I am not saying be easy, but at the same time, do not be hard to get. Just as you are a gift to him, he is also a gift to you! If a man is pursing you, do not run him away with games.
Sarah was way too picky
Sarah did not want God to decide whom she should marry but decided on who she wanted to marry. In essence, she said:God, forget about who you desire for me, this is the person I want to marry…now make it happen!It was no longer God’s will for her life but her will for her life!
But does God not want to give us the desires of our heart? Yes…as long as it glorifies God. In fact, the scripture says: delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. As you delight yourself in the Lord, you will find that His desires become your desire…thus your desire will glorify God!You must believe right now that what God wants for you is better than what you could ever want for yourself in the long run. If he is not giving you your hearts desires, it may be because you are not ready to handle your heart’s desire. It may be because what you desire is not desirable!
Sarah wanted Boaz but wanted to remain a Delilah
Do not be like Sarah! Every potential suitor she met had some flaw that was fatal. One could not provide. Another could provide but was not attractive enough. A third was attractive and could provide but did not pay her enough attention. Yet, another paid her too much attention. She forgot that she was filled with flaws herself! She was so busy finding fault with everyone that she had no time to look at herself. She was so busy trying to find the speck in someone else’ life that she forgot that the log in her eyes was blinding her vision of the truth about herself. The truth that just like everyone else, she is imperfect and needs a savior as well!
Sarah could not understand why the one’s she thought were ‘perfect’ for her were not interested. Sarah, perhaps it is because they are not willing to ‘settle’ either.
I thank God that he did not wait for us to be perfect but settled for us. He wants us to settle for nothing less than Himself. This means that we have to take the reins off our own lives and surrender completely to His will. It seemed that Joseph settled for Mary when He married a pregnant girl…but He became immortalized in history because of it. Are you willing to settle for God’s best for you?
Food for Thought: Maybe I cannot find Mr.Right because I am wrong in the way I see relationshipsSOURCE:

Posted June 19, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

Dr Maya : I Rise poem   Leave a comment

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Posted May 28, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

Lifting filthy hands   Leave a comment

“Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the Lord.”
( Psalm 134:2)
One thing that upsets the Lord is when we go to church or go through life worshiping Him but not taking into account that He requires us, as His children, to be clean or holy before Him. There are many people who mock God by going to church every Sunday and lifting up their hands when the music plays and sing-a-long to worship songs but in reality their hearts are far from God. Whether it’s a worship team or the church.
Blemished sacrifice
This can be classed as a blemished sacrifice. There was a point in time the Old Testament when Gods priests offered animals that were either blind, crippled or diseased to God and they thought this was acceptable before God. But the Lord was not pleased.“When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty ”Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”–says the LORD Almighty. “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the LORD Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.”
( Malachi 1:8-10)
God requires not only for us to give our all to Him but holy hands or holiness. It’s unacceptable for us to come before God knowing that our hearts are not pure towards Him. Christ sees everything in our hearts.
“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing”
( 1 Timothy 2:8)
We need to be sincere in our devotion to Him.
Holy hands.
Holy Hands
When we lift up holy hands to the Lord, we enter into His presence and He draws nearer to us.SOURCE:

Posted May 11, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

The Wars Over Christian Beards Church leaders have almost always faced off over pastors’ shaving habits. Ted Olsen   Leave a comment

You’re more likely to see a beard in the pulpit today than at any time since the 1800s. But beards—especially among clergy—were once serious, symbolic matters. They separated East from West during the Great Schism, priests from laity during the Middle Ages, and Protestants from Catholics during the Reformation. Some church leaders required them; others banned them. To medieval theologians, they represented both holiness and sin. But historian Giles Constable says that rules on beards sound more forceful than they really were. Clergy (especially powerful ones) were likely to follow fashion in their day, too.
c. 195
Clement of Alexandria calls the beard “the mark of a man” and says “it is therefore unholy to desecrate the symbol of manhood.” Many other church fathers made similar remarks about beardly manliness. But most early church clergy were either beardless or had a closely trimmed beard.
Roman Emperor Julian sports a beard to show his break with the shaven Christian emperors before him, and to mark his connection to pagan Roman religion.
c. 411
Euthymius says only men with a beard can enter his Judean Desert monastery, not boys “with female faces.”
c. 475
A rule is made that “no cleric should grow long hair or shave his beard.” It’s very out of step with its time, and several copyists simply changed it to “No cleric should grow long hair or [a long] beard.” It seems to have been ignored …

Posted May 4, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

Why God Told Me to Throw Away My Beyonce CD   Leave a comment

Why God Told Me to Throw Away My Beyonce CD.

Posted April 7, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

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