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Jan. 3 2016
Jan 10, 2016
Christmas Eve, 2015
12 Now concerning[a] spiritual gifts,[b] brothers,[c] I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus is accursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except in the Holy Spirit.4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Abraham's wife Sarah had a maid servant named Hagar. Sarah was impatient in waiting for God to bless her and Abraham with a son… so she had her maid servant Hagar (Egyptian) sleep with Abraham. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. Later, Sarah was jealous of Hagar and the attention that Abraham gave to Ishmael and got Abraham to send them away. God promised Abraham that Hagar and Ishmael would be taken gave of… as well as the fact that God promised Abraham that through Ishmael he would be the father of many.
The followers of Islam trace their linage to Mohamad and then back to father Ishmael… who they state is the 'rightful' son of Abraham and that the birthright given to Isaac (passed down to Israel) belongs to Ishmael or to the Arab/Islamic nation. That's why they have been fighting for the land in Jerusalem for hundreds of years. The current Muslim mosque, the Dome of the Rock, sits where the Jewish temple of Solomon once stood.
From Don Nolte: Ishmael was Hagar's son and the illegitiment son of Abraham.
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