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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Old Codgers

This is a photograph of some old men in my family. Starting from left to right is John Thomas Barnes, Charles Adolphus Barnes, Lewis Frances Barnes, William Henderson Barnes. They were brothers. There were 3 other brothers and a sister but they all died younger. One brother died when he was only 5 yrs old. He died in 1862, one year into The War. Another brother died at only 3 yrs old. The 3rd of the brothers, who died early, was in the War of Northern Aggression. He was shot twice but survived and he was at Appomattox Courthouse when Lee surrendered. He had to walk back home from Virginia. When he got home he had mental problems due to The War and, though he tried to make a new life as a farmer with his young wife, he committed suicide in 1867. He hung himself in his Daddy's home. It was 2 years after the end of the Civil War and during the terrible Reconstruction era. He left his 23 year old wife and 14 month old daughter to face life alone. Because he was a suicide the church wouldn't let him be buried in the church cemetery so his father donated land next to the church cemetery (he had donated land for the church) and created the family cemetery.

Notice the picnic table behind them and beside the house. Makes me wonder if this wasn't a family picnic, maybe a family reunion. This picture was taken sometime before they died (they died from 1934-1943). Another thing I thought was interesting was this is the front yard of the house and notice the landscaping? Or, should I say, the lack thereof? My family were working farmers until the Great Depression and I'm sure lawn mowers and fancy, flowering bushes were luxuries they couldn't afford or keep up with!

This is Lewis Barnes and his wife, Betty, when they were still young and vigorous. Although they were farmers, they were in good financial shape at this time in their life. They are dressed well. When I look at this photograph I wonder how she kept her pretty black skirt clean and dust free but his shoes are so dusty.

They had 12 children. One was my Great Grandfather. He was crippled and Lewis tried all he could to make sure that his son would be able to make a living for himself. He made sure he was educated and helped set him up in a general store. Unfortunately, my Great Grandfather died young in 1907, before his father died in 1934. My Great Grandfather died leaving a wife and 3 young children. One of them was my Grandma.

Lewis and Betty are my Great Great Grandparents on my Dad's side.

Cocky Young Men

This old photograph shows some cocky young men. The first one on the left is a family friend, the 2nd one was Cousin Leo, the 3rd young man was another friend and the 4th one was my Great Uncle Gilmer. Notice their swagger and their cigarettes. The car just beside them. The women on the porch. (What do you think, were the men showing off a little to the women?) They are just so young, spiffy and full of themselves. Then I remember they are all dead now. I know Uncle Gilmer lived to be an old man. Cousin Leo died at 32. A photograph captures a moment in time but time goes on and now, these cocky handsome young men are gone. It reminds me to make the most of of my time.

Live my life in a way I won't be ashamed of.

Do my best by others, bing kind and generous.

Don't waste my time with worry, upset, tension, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness.

Make good memories.

Learn all I can about God, knowing that He is the One I will spend eternity with. My time on Earth is limited. I only have so many allotted minutes. God, alone, knows how many. I want to store up treasure in Heaven.

Luk 12:29-34 And do not seek what you shall eat, nor what you shall drink, and stop being in anxiety. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses which do not become old, an unfailing treasure in Heaven, where no thief comes nor moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Native to Mexico and Central America, it's not clear how tomatoes came to the United States. Thomas Jefferson grew them in the 1780s and credited one of his neighbors with the introduction, but Harriott Pinckney Horry recorded a recipe "To Keep Tomatoes For Winter Use" in 1770. Somewhere along the way, some Southerner couldn't wait on the tomato to ripen and decided to try frying it! Hey, we fry everything else!

Green tomatoes, sliced and let them stand for 15 mins.

Heat oil in iron frying pan, just a few Tbsps. Mix cornmeal, salt and pepper together in platter. Dredge tomato slices in cornmeal mixture and place in hot oil. Fry about 4-6 minutes per side. Drain on platter lined with paper towels.

Variations: Use egg to coat tomato slices, dredge in cornmeal mixture.
Use flour as a step. Coat tomato slices with egg, dredge in flour, coat again in egg and dredge in cornmeal mixture.
Combine flour, cornmeal, salt, garlic salt, red pepper and black pepper in platter and dredge tomato slices in this mixture.
Use buttermilk instead of egg
Use breadcrumbs instead of cornmeal

Note: Use fried green tomatoes to make a bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich. Delish!

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

Most countries have a version of fried chicken. Mary Randolph, in the third printing of "Virginia House-Wife" (1828), told how to make fried chicken. I wouldn't be a Southern Belle without preferring Southern Fried Chicken. Here is how I make it.

Chicken pieces

Marinade your chicken in buttermilk overnight. Scramble some raw egg with a little of the buttermilk. Mix flour, salt, pepper on a platter. Heat oil in iron frying pan (about 3/4 " deep). Place each chicken piece in the egg, buttermilk mixture, dredge in flour mixture and put in frying pan. Brown both sides and then cover but turn chicken frequently until golden brown. About 10 mins per side. Drain on a platter lined with paper towels.

Lee, our nephew

This is Lee, my youngest sister's son. He was the happiest baby! Always had a sense of humor and laughed so much! Now he is a hardworking young man who plays either the keyboard or the drums at our church in every service.

Our nephew Luke

Little Luke has grown up into a fine young man! We are very proud of him. He is a hardworking, goodhearted, loving, strong young man. One day he will understand...but every time I see him, I see that sweet little baby boy and it takes all I've got not to embarrass him and kiss him. One day he will have children and will know what I mean.

Jenny is engaged to Kyle

Our niece, Jenny, surprised us all with the announcement that she is engaged to be married! She got her ring last Wednesday and she brought him home for the family to meet last Thursday. We enjoyed meeting Kyle and I'm sure we overwhelmed him because Jenny comes from a closeknit, large family and we ALL wanted to meet him. But he also comes from a large family and he took us all in stride. Congratulations to Jenny and Kyle!

Conversations between 4 dogs and a Mommy

"Boy, that Hercules is one of the prettiest Min Pins I've ever seen. MoneyPenny, you are THE prettiest Min Pin in the whole world, but Hercules is pretty too!" -Mommy

Hercules, Melinda's Min Pin

"Yeah, you'd better say that Mommy!" -MoneyPenny

"What did she say? What did she say?" -Spunky Monkey

"That we are the prettiest dogs in the world." -MoneyPenny

"Well, of course!" -Drezzylu

"But I think Hercu-fleas is a hunk and a half!" -MoneyPenny

"Girls!" -Spunky Monkey as he looks at God.

"The feminine branch are fatuous." -Dresden

"Watch what you say, bub! I still have my perfect 12, 8, 7 figure! I'm not a fat-anything." -MoneyPenny as she scratches her back legs on the floor towards Drezzy and jumps on the bed.

"What does Fatchus mean?" -Spunky Monkey

"Fatuous means silly!" -Dresden as he delicately jumps from floor to chest, to bed.

"MoneyPenny is silly! MoneyPenny is silly! Whee!" -says Spunky Monkey as he begins to whirl

MoneyPenny sticks her head out from under the covers, "I am not silly! Everybody thinks that Hercu-fleas is a gorgeous hunky dunky!" -MoneyPenny

"Well, for one, Hercu-fleas' real name is Hercu-lees! Hercules was originally pronounced Heracles. He was the most popular of all Greek heroes, famous for extraordinary strength and courage. Hercules incurred the everlasting wrath of Hera because he was the child of her unfaithful husband. A few months after his birth Hera set two serpents in his cradle, but the prodigious infant promptly strangled them..." -Dresden says thoughtfully as he picks his way back down from the bed.

"So Hercu-fleas is famous, strong, courageous and killed 2 snakes when he was just a pup! I'll say that is some kinda D.O.G.!" -says MoneyPenny as she pretends to swoon.

"I'm a big, bad dog like Hercu-fweas! I can take on any 2 wittle worms too! Just lemme at 'em, lemme at 'em!" -Spunky Monkey as he bares his little teeth and growls.

"Oh, quit being silly!" -Dresden as he holds Spunky Monkey back with one paw on his little forehead.

"I can do anything Herc can do!" - says Spunky Monkey as he stalks to his crate.
"Not THIS Hercu-fleas...I mean, Hercules! I meant the ancient Greek hero, Heracles." -Drezzy

"Heracles isn't even the same name. Make up your mind. Did our Hercu-fleas kill 2 boa constrictors in the jungles of South America or not?" -MoneyPenny

"I never said he killed 2 boa constrictors in South America...Hercu-fleas killed 2 snakes in his cradle...No, I mean Heracles...no, Hercules...Oh, it doesn't matter. I give up!" -Drezzylu as he sniffs and stalks into the den to get on the back of the couch and look out the window.

"My hero, Hercu-fleas!" -sighs MoneyPenny as she lays back on Mommy's pillow.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Conversation between 4 dogs and a Mommy

"Goofy, Mother." -Dresden, as he tucks his nose and snuggles up close in Mommy's lap.

"I thought Goofy was the geeky looking dog at Disney World." -MoneyPenny, as she pokes her head out from under the covers.

"No, your thinking of Pwuto!" -Spunky Monkey

"No, Pluto is the Roman God of the underworld and the name of a planet" -Dresden says in exasperation.

"There is too a dog named Pwuto! Tell him Mommy!" -Spunky Monkey

"Yes, Dresden, there is a dog named Pluto in the cartoons. And Goofy too." -Sharon

"Well, if he's named Pluto surely he isn't goofy." -Dresden

"Oh no, here he goes again!" -MoneyPenny as she rolls her eyes and stomps around on the bed.

"No, I mean Goofy isn't Pluto, he's Goofy." -Sharon

"I'm just saying that for some dog to call himself after the Roman god of the underworld he can't be too goofy." -Dresden, looking puzzled.

"No, Pluto isn't Goofy. Goofy is Goofy." -Sharon

"I know Pluto isn't goofy. He can't be if he's educated enopugh to know that Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld and the name of a planet. The word goofy means silly and ridiculous and the name Pluto is anything but silly and ridiculous. Ergo, Pluto is not goofy." -Dresden, as he arches his head back for Mommy to kiss his slender neck.

"Oh, you silly boy." -Sharon, as she kisses and nuzzles his neck.

"You've got it all wrong, Drezzy. Mom is telling you that there are two dogs named Goofy and Pluto." -MoneyPenny as she takes a leap from the bed to Mommy's chair by the bed, bouncing Dresden up from his place in Mommy's lap.

"Who would name their dog Goofy?" -Dresden, shocked, as he and MoneyPenny vie for the same place in Mommy's lap.

"I know, I know...Walt Disney! Wight Mommy?" -Spunky Monkey, as he does his watoosy (shakes himself).

"Well, they are cartoon characters, not real dogs." -Sharon

"Well, thank goodness! It's a good thing they aren't real because I've never seen uglier dogs in my life." -MoneyPenny, as she sticks her butt right in Mommy's face as she paws her lap to make it more comfortable.

"You are uglier!" -shouts Spunky Monkey and then he begins to run.

"That does it you little...." -MoneyPenny as she leaps off her Mommy's comfy lap and tears after him.

"They are so goofy." -Dresden as he snuggles back in place.

Obedience to God includes doing things in proper order

King David brings the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem.

1Ch 13:3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us. For we did not inquire at it in the days of Saul.
1Ch 13:4 And all the congregation said to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
1Ch 13:5 And David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even to the entering of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath-jearim. ...

1Ch 13:7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab. And Uzza and Ahio led the cart.
1Ch 13:8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with lyres, and with harps, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
1Ch 13:9 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark for the oxen stumbled.
1Ch 13:10 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark. And he died there before Jehovah.
1Ch 13:11 And David was displeased because Jehovah had made a break on Uzza...

1Ch 15:2 Then David said, No one ought to carry the ark of God except the Levites, for God has chosen them to carry the ark of God, and to minister to Him forever.
1Ch 15:3 And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Jehovah to its place which he had prepared for it. ...

1Ch 15:11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab.
1Ch 15:12 And he said to them, You are the heads of the fathers of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God of Israel to the place which I have prepared for it.
1Ch 15:13 For because you did not do it at the first, Jehovah our God made a break on us, since we did not seek Him in due order.
1Ch 15:14 And the priests and the Levites made themselves pure in order to bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God of Israel.
1Ch 15:15 And the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders, with the staves on it, as Moses commanded according to the Word of Jehovah.

Why did Uzza die when he reached out to steady the Ark of the Covenant of God?

According to the Law of Moses, the Ark was to be covered with badger skins and then topped with blue clothe. The Ark had rings on it's corners for long poles to slide through. The Kohathites were to pick up the Ark using only the staves or poles and not to touch the Ark itself. Then they were to carry the Ark on their shoulders. David was in too much of a hurry and neglected to follow God's prescribed way. He jumped ahead of himself. He thought, that since the Philistines had moved the Ark using a wagon that they could do that too. But the Philistines didn't know any better and David, the Priests and Levites did know better. They were held responsible for their knowledge. They were trying to be obedient and yet didn't do things in the proper order.

Num 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set forward, then after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry it. But they shall not touch any holy thing lest they die. These are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 7:9 But to the sons of Kohath he did not give any, because the service of the sanctuary belonging to them was that which they should carry upon their shoulders.

Too many times we jump ahead of ourselves and get out of God's timing. We get our eyes on a goal, even a good goal, and we forget to do things in proper order. Are we sleeping with our fiances before the wedding? Then we are rushing ahead and doing things out of God's proper order. Are we getting into debt? Maybe we should save our money first and then buy something rather than jump ahead and do things out of order and get ourselves in too deep. When you want something so bad, even something really good, be sure to keep a check on yourself so that you don't do things out of God's order. He may want you to wait and let Him bring about what needs to brought about. But if we push ahead, we are trying to do things on our own and will end up with a catastrophe. Remember Abraham and Sarah? God promised them a son and yet years went by and there was no son. Finally they tried to take matters into their own hands and Sarah came up with the idea of having her maid become a wife to Abraham and let her maid conceive the son. This was not God's plan but they wanted it so badly that they rushed ahead and tried to make it happen. It happened but the son the maid bore was not the promised son. Ishmael became the father of the Arab nations that hate the Jews to this day. Later, Sarah became pregnant with the promised son, Isaac. Isaac is the father of the Jews, the Israelites, today. Trying to do things in the arm of the flesh leads to a catastrophe. Waiting on God to do things with the arm of the spirit and in His proper order leads to a perfect result.

Psa 25:3-5 Yea, let none who wait on You be ashamed; let them be ashamed who sin without cause. Make me know Your ways, O Jehovah; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me; for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day long.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

What is flash freezing?

What is meant by "flash freezing"? The term "flash freezing" is used to describe the process of freezing things quickly and individually. For example, if you're freezing whole strawberries, lay them out individually in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze just until solid, and then pack tightly together in a zip-top freezer bag. Many people flash freeze items such as meatballs, chicken nuggets, hamburger patties, cookies, and waffles -- anything you don't want sticking together when it's time to take individual portions out of the freezer bag.

Fresh Spring Sweet Peas?


2 pound peas or peas pods
4 oz butter
pinch sugar
Cook the peas in boiling salted water, drain and rub through a sieve or put in blender. Return the puree to the pan, add butter and sugar and reheat. This most likely would freeze; I would put it into ice cube trays.


Put 1 Quart (40oz) of stock in saucepan with cupful of empty pea pods
1 tsp. salt
12 white peppercorns
1 sliced onion
½ sliced turnip
½ carrot
Simmer half hour, strain. Melt 1 tbsp. butter; blend in 1 tbsp. flour. When smooth add 1 cup of cold milk and the strained stock. Stir till it boils. Add 1 tbsp. cream and 1 cup (8oz.) cooked green peas.


1 rasher of bacon or bacon scraps, chopped
1oz butter or substitute
8 oz pea pods
1 beef stock cube
3-4 sprigs of mint
Salt & pepper
2 pints (40oz) stock or water (stock drain from cooked peas is ideal)
Extra chopped mint at serve time.

Melt butter, add chopped bacon and pea rods, fry 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock cube, mint sprigs, salt, pepper and stock or water. Bring to the boil and boil 20-30 minutes or until pea pods are tender. Strain, Bring again to boil; serve sprinkled with extra chopped mint. Serves 4 to 6

Homemade Frozen Popsicles

Frozen Homemade Popsicles

Freeze juice or a blend of several juices in popsicle maker cups. Blend the juice with plain yogurt for a special treat. Especially like orange juice, strawberries and plain yogurt blended in the blender and then frozen in individual popsicles. Freeze bananas (cut them in half horizontally and put a stick in the end) and coat them with chocolate and then roll them in peanuts. This is such a special treat for them! If you don't have popsicle maker, then use dixie cups (like for the bathroom) and partially froze the liquid and then stick a popsicle stick in them until they froze completely. Then just peel the paper cup away and you've got wonderful popsicles!

What I believe

I was raised a Baptist but became Assemblies of God in 1983. Here is what I believe.

Core beliefs shared with other denominations:

These would include beliefs about one God, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious atoning death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Christ, the Trinity (the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, together with God the Father), the need for salvation (though the understanding of means for achieving it may differ at times), grace, the church, the Kingdom of God, last things (Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge everyone in righteousness), evangelism and missions.

Baptist are different because of their practice of believer's baptism and corresponding rejection of infant baptism.

Biblical authority - We believe that the Bible has no errors (inerrancy) and we can trust every work in the Bible as having come from God. Authority of the Scriptures or sola scriptura states that the Bible is the only authoritative source of God's truth and any view that cannot be directly tied to a scriptural reference is generally considered to be based on human traditions rather than God's leading.

Autonomy of the local church - I like the fact that Baptist churches are not under the direct administrative control of any other body, such as a national council, or a leader such as a bishop or pope. Administration, leadership and doctrine are decided democratically by the lay members of each individual church, which accounts for the variation of beliefs from one Baptist church to another. It holds the pastors and leadership accountable to their local flock.

Priesthood of the believer - Priesthood of all believers removes the hierarchical layers of priests, traditions and authority so that all Christians have equal access to God's revelation of truth through the careful study of the Bible. This is a position shared by all post-reformational Christian groups. No one is needed to mediate between God and Man except for Jesus Christ. We come directly to the Father through the work of Jesus Christ, the Son.

Two ordinances (Believer's Baptism and Communion) - Baptism is an outward expression of the inward change that has already taken place. We believe in baptism by full immersion, which follows the method used by John the Baptist when he baptised our Lord Jesus. This usually consists of lowering the candidate in water backwards, while a pastor recites the Trinitarian formula of Matthew 28:19. This mode of baptism is also preferred for its parallel imagery to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. A few churches allow for baptism by sprinkling as an alternative method for the disabled or elderly. The Lord's Supper (Communion) memorializes the death of Christ. It brings His death and resurrection back to our remembrance and it is a solemn occasion not to be taken lightly.

Individual soul liberty - The only way to get into heaven is salvation through Jesus Christ. To achieve salvation one must confess faith in God who sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. It is only by faith and belief that Jesus died for mankind and that He is the one and only God that people gain entrance into heaven. When one receives Jesus Christ as Lord, they recieve the Holy Spirit in their hearts. This is a guarantee that they are saved and is evident when the Holy Spirit does an internal work within the person to redirect his life. It is what makes him born again - or to use another biblical term, "regeneration," or "sanctification." This is not merely choosing to "turn over a new leaf," but is a matter of God beginning a life-long process of changing our desires and affections. Members come into the church personally, individually, and freely. No one is "born into the church." Only those who have personal faith in Christ comprise the true church in the eyes of God - and only those should be counted as members of the church.

Separation of Church and State which does NOT mean Christians shouldn't carry their values and abilities into politics. We are priviledged to vote, run for office and, once in a political office, let our values and our God lead us in our every day lives and jobs. We do not believe in making a kingdom of God on earth. Only God can and will do that in His perfect timing when He returns. We believe that we are citizens of Heaven, born (spiritually) in the kingdom of God and that we live on this earth as aliens, strangers, foreigners. We represent God and His kingdom on this earth. We are ambassadors of God to an unsaved world. As citizens of heaven we have our own culture (living our every day life differently from the unsaved), our own traditions (Christmas, Easter, Lord's Supper, baptism, etc), our own language (not only the language of angels-speaking in tongues-but a language that is devoid of gossip, slander, lies, and full of grace), our own dress (modest), etc. We are Christian-Americans. We can't and shouldn't try to be different than what we are and we should be valued and respected by those around us for who we are. We can bring this into our political jobs just like we can bring this into our hamburger flippin' jobs. Not that we force people around us to be converted but that we make our day-to-day decisions based on the Bible and according to God's leading from our prayer lives. We do the best we know to do according to our relationship with God and our knowledge of the Bible no matter what our job is, including a political and elected position.

Two offices of the church (Pastor and Deacon)

In addition, we believe:

All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. When we are saved we recieve the Holy Spirit in our heart. It is birthed in our heart and we are born again. The Holy Spirit begins that work in our lives to change us and make us into the new creatures in Christ Jesus. But there is a separate experience that we refer to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is available to all believers and therefore we should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience of totaly submitting to God's Spirit within us and allowing it to surface and take control over our mind/body/spirit. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry. What are the gifts? “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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 gives them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Cor. 12:8-11).

The baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them audible expression. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 2:4; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). Examine the Scriptures. Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered". On the Day of Pentecost ,the Holy Spirit fell upon the assembled believers and "all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues" (Acts 2:4). Later, as Peter was preaching at the house of Cornelius, "the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message" and they were "speaking in tongues and praising God" (Acts 10:44, 46). Again, as the apostle Paul was ministering to the Ephesian disciples, "the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied" (Acts 19:6). It is evident also that Paul himself was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) and spoke in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:18). These Scriptures clearly show that speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is based upon the pattern from God's Word. We do not look upon speaking in tongues as a proof of superior spirituality. There are those who give testimony to a dynamic and life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit who have never spoken in tongues. We believe that this is a legitimate spiritual work and yet not considered the baptism of the Holy Spirit. So we believe that when you are truly baptized in the Holy Spirit the evidence is speaking in tongues. Others believe that speaking in tongues is not necessarily the evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit. Apostle Paul was not opposed to tongues. He said he himself spoke in tongues more than all (1 Corinthians 14:18). "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue" (1 Corinthians 14:18, 19). His point was that if someone speaks in tongues in a public assembly, in a way to be heard by the entire congregation, it is essential that there be an interpretation so the listeners will be instructed. If it is not interpreted, then it is out of order and could be confusing to others in the church. But privately speaking in tongues is encouraged. The believer must (1) have a clear understanding of the biblical base for promised gifts; (2) be touched in his heart with a desire for the gifts to flow; (3) be willing to submit to the inner sense that the Spirit is seeking expression; and (4) offer to the Holy Spirit his heart, emotions, will, and voice by which those gifts may operate.

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