Temperance

TEMPERANCE—The third property that we should supply in our supernatural faith is “temperance” (egkrateian, accusative of egkrateia, which means self-control or self-restraint). Paul preached the faith in Christ before Felix and “reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come…” (Acts 24:25). Temperance is one of the fruits of the Spirit proclaimed by Paul (Gal. 5:23). This word, as well as the other excellencies to be supplied in our faith, was used twice by Peter (II Pet. 1:6). Self-control is the mastery of desires and passions. It prevents excesses of any kind in the life of a Christian. Self-control includes more than abstinence from alcohol. A person may be a glutton and be just as guilty of the absence of self-control. Sorrow and laughter are all right, but a person does not want to spend all his time in either. Therefore, we will gird our mirth and restrain our sorrow. The apostle Paul refused to be mastered by bodily appetites. He disciplined his body into subjection that he might not become disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27).
The Christian is both the governor and the governed. The new nature within us enables us to control the old Adamic nature. From God’s word, we learn we have the new nature which is capable of controlling our old nature within. Hence, we learn that by the help of the grace God has given us that we are governors and we are governed. Without Christ we are nothing, but with Him and His grace we are governors. This is what Paul meant when he said he would keep his body under subjection (I Cor. 9:27). He taught this same truth in Romans 7. There is a warfare between the outward man and the inward man. But we can thank God that we have victory through Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:25).
Knowledge, the preceding property, defends itself by the excellence of self-control. True knowledge leads to self-restraint from every inordinate desire. 

Thanks Barry Watson.

Eight Facts Regarding Biblical Healings

An important short treatise that should correct the claims of Charismatics and Pentecostals.

The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate in Acts 3.

Eight Facts Regarding Biblical Healings

Rev. Angus Stewart

 

Here are 5 simple facts regarding miraculous healing as it occurred in the Bible, in contrast to typical healing meetings today:

  1. All the people who came to be cured by Christ or the prophets or the apostles were always healed (Matt. 4:23-24; 8:16; 9:35; 12:15; 14:36; 15:30-31; 21:14; Mark 6:56; Luke 4:40; 6:17-19; 9:11; Acts 5:16; 28:8-10). In Scripture, no one ever left unhealed for there was a 100% success rate. This is very different from healing meetings today.
  2. All the people who were cured in the Bible were undeniably healed, having both ailments and cures that were verifiable (I Kings 13:6; II Kings 5:14; Isa. 35:5-6; Matt. 8:4, 14-15; 9:6-8, 29-31, 33; 11:4-5; 19:2; Mark 3:5-6; Luke 7:22; 13:10-17; 14:1-6; 17:14; John 2:23; 3:2; 4:45; 5:5-16; 6:2; 7:31; 9:1-34; 11:39-48; 12:1, 9-11, 17-19, 37; Acts 2:22; 3:7-12; 4:14-16; 5:12-16; 6:8; 8:6-8, 13; 9:33-35, 36-42; 14:3-4). That is, they had something obviously wrong with them (e.g., paralysis, withered hand, leprosy, fever) and then they were clearly healed (e.g., the lame walked, the blind saw). There are no scriptural healings of unverifiable ailments with unverifiable cures (e.g., headache or back pain). In this, too, biblical healing is very different from healing meetings today.
  3. All the people who were cured in the Bible were completely healed (I Kings 13:6; Matt. 12:13, 22-23; 14:36; 15:28; Mark 1:30-31; 3:5; 5:26, 34; 6:56; 8:25; Luke 7:10; 8:35, 48; 11:14; 13:11-13; 17:14; 22:51; John 5:8-9; 7:23; 9:6-7; Acts 3:2, 7-9, 16; 4:9-10; 9:33-34; 14:8-10). No one was ever partially healed in Scripture, needing later rehabilitation or medical care. In this, too, biblical healing is very different from healing meetings today.
  4. All the people who were cured in the Bible were immediately healed when they were with Christ or the apostles or the prophets (Matt. 8:3; 15:28; 20:34; Mark 1:31, 42; 2:11-12; 5:29, 42; 7:35; 10:52; Luke 13:13; Acts 3:7; 9:17-18, 34; 16:18; 22:13) or when God’s extraordinary office-bearers spoke the Word regarding those needing healing who were not present bodily (Matt. 8:6, 13; 15:28; John 4:50-53) or when they performed the prescribed action (II Kings 5:10-14; Luke 17:14; John 9:7). In Scripture, no one was ever miraculously healed over a period of days or weeks or months. In this, too, biblical healing differs markedly from healing meetings today.
  5. The people who were cured in the Bible were healed of various and serious afflictions, with some even being raised from the dead (I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:32-37; Matt. 4:23-24; 9:35; 10:1, 8; 11:5; 15:30-31; Mark 1:32-34; 16:17-18; Luke 4:40; 7:11-17, 22; Acts 5:15-16; 8:7; 20:9-12). There is no record of anyone in Scripture being cured of relatively minor ailments (e.g., the cold) or of miraculous healers only being able to cure people with certain types of illnesses but not others. In this, too, biblical healing differs from healing meetings today.

A close consideration of the many recorded healings in the Bible will also reveal that they happened “without” the following 3 things, in contrast to typical healing meetings today:

  1. All the people who were cured in the Bible were healed without relapses a few minutes or hours or days or weeks or months later. No one was ever merely temporarily healed in Scripture. In this, too, biblical healing is very different from healing meetings today.
  2. All the people who were cured in the Bible were healed without anything designed to whip up the crowd or play on their emotions. In no instance of healing in Scripture is it performed in connection with fanfare, singing, music, dancing, drama or anything akin to the techniques of hypnosis or auto-suggestion. In this, too, biblical healing is radically different from healing meetings today.
  3. All the people who were cured in the Bible were healed without any sort of remuneration for the healer. In fact, in Scripture it is sinful to give or receive money or goods for miraculous healing (I Kings 13:7-8; II Kings 5:15-16, 20-27; cf. Acts 8:18f.). What about this factor in healing meetings today?

In short, in God’s Word, those who sought to be cured by Jehovah’s true messengers were always, undeniably, completely and immediately healed of various and serious afflictions, without relapse or remuneration or anything designed to play on people’s emotions. How many of these 8 biblical characteristics are evident at the healing meetings of the various healers of whom you are aware? 0/8, 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8 or 8/8? Biblical healings have all 8 of these traits, unlike modern claims of miraculous healing today. Remember, anything short of all 8 traits indicates that these things are not of God!

ECOS PARKRUN

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In one of best ever Parkruns this year (73.2% age-graded Age Grade explained), I did the 5K (3 miles) in 22mins 42 secs– just down on my best this year and less than a minute down on pre-hip replacement. It was down to prayer for God’s enabling, quality training, a good night’s sleep, rest day from running yesterday, light racing shoes and pushing myself as hard as I could even though I was in “no man’s land” with no runners ahead to chase or behind to keep ahead of. Thankful. Citius-Altius-Fortius…Faster-Higher-Stronger even at my age!

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Another video

 

 

Race over the Glens

This is a very tough, seriously up and down trail race along the sides of Antrim’s deepest, glacially produced, glens namely Glenariff. It is 6.5 miles. It usually takes place on January 1st annually, but this year because New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the race was moved to January 2nd. The car park was full to overflowing as 366 runners plus families and other support, arrived. It was cold, and there were many icy patches. Although it is tough, the uphill sections so steep that you must walk, I always enjoy this race. I actually enjoy letting myself go on the downhill sections taking the brakes off most of the time, catching up many competitors. I beat a fair number of much younger folk and finished fourth male over 60, in just over 53 minutes (winner was 36!) The medal was pretty, using the flyer motif with picture of the glen. See below. Mark Kelly of Ballymena Runners produced an excellent video which can be viewed below…

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Excess belly fat! Unhealthy!

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No need to spend money on a new fad exercise regime although the intro here is all true. The ONLY way to get off the fat is to burn more calories than you eat hence-eat less (more fruit and veg and less stodge) AND do regular aerobic exercise outside or inside-cycling, swimming, elliptical trainer or rower. And it will take time! A few pounds lost per week can add up to a stone in a month!

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