SSB Sunday Gathering – July 13, 2014


Spiritual Sounding Board  – This is our place to gather and share in an open format.  Feel free to join in the discussion.



This is your place to share your church struggles and concerns.
Let’s also use it as a time to encourage one another spiritually.
What have you found spiritually encouraging lately?
Do you have any special Bible verses to share, any YouTube songs that you have found uplifting?






I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:4-9



Photo credit:  Hannah Smith

165 comments on “SSB Sunday Gathering – July 13, 2014

  1. Brenda R

    I actually knew someone who died of a drug overdose, and came back to life (Near Death Experience). He was not a Christian at the time, but he sure was after that experience. He saw Jesus, and they had a conversation, and he was shown things, and he had an extremely hard time explaining to me what he saw. He is the first one who pointed me to 2 Cor 12. I was just barely a Christian at the time that I heard his story. I have no reason to disbelieve him to this day. I have no reason to call him a liar, or that he had a hallucination, or that it was the drugs, or that his brain does things in that state, etc. I have no reason to tell him that it is unbiblical…because it is. I believe him.



  2. Carmen S.
    I wouldn’t trust anything that John Piper had to say. He has twisted scripture so much that I don’t think he even knows what he believes in. You’ll have to try another source.


  3. “Even John Piper has admitted that what has passed for signs, wonders and miracles at any time past the age of the apostles is not the same.”

    Is John Piper writing scripture now? Can anyone show this to me in Scripture?


  4. Ed,
    God can use people in anyway He wants and however He wants even if the docs declare them dead. My son has “died” twice from a drug overdose. If he would see Jesus and change His life, I would pray that he would do it one more time. It doesn’t matter what happened to this man or what he saw, he is changed now. I would not consider calling anyone a liar who has met Jesus. Perhaps us human Christians aren’t doing a good enough job of teaching all nations and He said, “You know, I’ve really got to step in here. Not enough people are accepting me. I want more souls up here with me when it time to return.” Why would anyone want to turn away from Him. There is no one else like Him.


  5. Definition of miracle? I guess that depends on where you are and what happened. I grew up around missionaries who often stayed with us on their furloughs and heard them tell my parents things that gave me chills. But even then they were precious moments only to those involved.

    In developed countries we have a harder time. Was it the meds. treatments or God? How come the rebels did not see them there in plain sight? Was it their prayers? Things like that.


  6. “Even John Piper has admitted that what has passed for signs, wonders and miracles at any time past the age of the apostles is not the same.”

    Is John Piper writing scripture now? Can anyone show this to me in Scripture?”

    Bridget, It is ridiculous. I actually think these men will have much to answer for. If there is one thing very dangerous it is to attribute things to God that are not God or visa versa. But these gurus throw things out as if they have a special line to God we cannot have.


  7. Telling a cripple to “get up and walk” is a miracle.  Opening up the eyes of the blind just by touching them is a miracle. 

    I think that today, many people use that word loosely.  Like, having a baby is a miracle.  No, that’s nature. 

    I’d say that anything that is outside the laws of nature and the laws of science is a miracle.  It’s supernatural, not explainable, and outside the realm of human reasoning.




  8. Ed,
    I won’t disbelieve him anymore than anyone else. What is about fame and drugs going hand in hand? My son is no where near famous, he has made other excuse for his behavior. I do agree, those who have come through it alive should make every effort to tell others why not to get started. It only takes one time to loose your life.

    JA, Caboose child?


  9. Ah! The last of them. I remember when my youngest thought everything was finger food. She’s 27 and still breaks off a piece of sandwich at a time. lol


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