9-1-15 On Speaking in Tongues

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2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

1 Corinthians 14:2-4 KJV

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There’s nothing wrong with speaking unknown tongues,

Unless you’re teaching Sunday School in church.

God gave you vocal chords and also lungs

To worship Him, not leave us in the lurch.

The Spirit speaks the truth into the heart,

And sometimes whispers secrets unrevealed.

Such mysteries remain so from the start

Unless a translator is there to yield. 1

If you’re to lead your brethren into war

It’s so important they know what you mean.

An unknown call in battle they’ll ignore, 2

So speak commands that’s understood and keen. 3

An unknown tongue’s for you and you alone.

If you’re to prophesy, let it be known.

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1 1 Corinthians 14:13

2 1 Corinthians 14:8

3 1 Corinthians 14:15

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6-30-14 Clanging Cymbals (a Sonnet)

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Of all the languages there is not one

That speaks in perfect tone with noun and verb

To represent the essence of love won,

Or of a broken heart tossed to the curb.

Take all the words that men and angels know

And put them in the order of your choice;

Without the beat of love, without its flow,

You’d say pure gibberish in any voice.

The mind with all its skill cannot express

The language of the simple spoken heart;

When ev’ry knee shall bow and tongue confess

None understanding love will e’er depart.

Start learning now to speak the soul of love;

The perfect Teacher is the Lord above.

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If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love,

I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1 HCS

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