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Acts 19:1-10, Paul in Corinth

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When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
— Acts 19:6

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, February 1, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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When I think of “spiritual ecstasy” I don’t necessarily connect it with my own experience. That isn’t to say that I’m not an emotional creature as well—I am, after all, a member of the human race too!

But my spirituality tends to be much more rational, intellectual, and straightforward than an experience that the people had in Corinth with Paul.

However, an emotional connection—and more appropriately, a spiritual, ecstatic connection—is witnessed to frequently in scripture! You cannot deny that the “speaking in tongues” they’re referring to is simply speaking in other languages common in that day and age. No. Glossalalia was a phenomenon back then just as much as it is, now.

Since the majority of our clientele who purchase packages from us come from mainstream denominations, churches not known especially to embrace these “gifts of the spirit” I think it’s only fair to say that this, also, is an acceptable and appropriate expression of faith.

Whether or not it offends our modern, post-renaissance attitudes about faith isn’t the point. The point is that people throughout the ages have expressed themselves in many and various ways to connect with God. Perhaps a more rational guy (like me!) can learn and grow from this witness, as well.

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