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William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

Lagniappe” is a French word pronounced (lan-yap) that is well known in pockets of French culture such as Louisiana. South Arkansas, Quebec, Canada, etc. It means “A little something extra” as a favor from a merchant to a customer or something thrown in for good measure. In the little community of my childhood, it was always a practice, and in some areas, it is a custom presently.
This recalls corporate practice in childhood as well. We did not purchase much at stores beyond absolute necessities, but when it came to breakfast food, washing detergents, and cow feed. four things determined choice. In breakfast cereals it was always Chrystal Wedding oats and Nabisco shredded wheat, because there was a nice crystal-like drinking glass in every box of the oats. These lined our shelves. In every box of washing detergent there was a nice, free dish cloth. These filled cabinet drawers. In cereal, I begged my parents to buy Nabisco Shredded Wheat. I hated the stuff, but there were illustrated “Straight Arrow” cards separating the wheat loafs that taught me how to build an Indian shelter out in the woods. Finally, in cow feed, every gingham type sack of 100 pounds of feed must be clean and not torn because we would be wearing it as a shirt from momma’s hands very soon.
“Lagniappe!” What a good and helpful practice it was to poor families recovering from the Great Depression. A little something extra to the primary purchase. It brings to mind, the great goodness of our Savior. He loves us so much that He died to save us, and all who call upon Him in repentance finds that gift of salvation in full power as it was at the beginning.
However, if that were not enough, it goes on and on from that initial gift. His spirit guides us and illuminates us to the marvelous truth of His Word, so that peace beyond understanding, promises that are staggering, and comprehension to the harmony, unity, and symmetry of His ingested Word renews the mind, and implants an insatiable desire to know more, and to receive their fulfillment. His gifts are “Lagniappe” forever and ever.

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Spiritual Gifts 6


May we take a look at I Corinthians 12.

There were a number of things that the Church at Corinth was doing wrong. Paul has been setting them straight in previous chapters on several different areas. Now he proceeds to the misuse and abuse of the gifts. Verses 1-11 We have basically covered these verses in previous studies. I do like the way Paul starts out – :I would not have you ignorant brethren.” Paul inspired by God wants to enlighten us as to the Gifts.

Verses 12-31 compares the gifts to the body. First let us clear up one item that is commonly misunderstood about the pastor epistles. Paul is writing to the Church at Corinth and comparing it to the body of a person. He is not comparing a universal anything to the body, just the Church at Corinth. Within the Church at Corinth, Paul is making the point that not all will speak in tongues. Today, there are those that have made several statements to me. One is the question about me having ever spoken in tongues. No I haven’t. God has blessed me with the gift of preaching. There is also the statement that one has not received the Holy Spirit until that person speaks in tongues. I have no clue where this came from or what scripture is used to try and support this fallacious statement.

The gifts are listed one by one. Now list the parts of your body one by one. Paul makes his point so clear that none should be able to misunderstand. If your body was all mouth how noisy it would be. The body could not go anywhere because of no feet. The body could not gain knowledge because there would be no ears to hear. Each part of our body serves a specific purpose. The same is applicable to the Church. Each gift was given for a specific reason or purpose. The misuse and or abuse of these gifts is a concern for Paul. His statement is that one would be given one gift and someone else another gift. Not all would have the same gift.

Paul says to “…covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

Next time we will look at chapter 13.


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We will look at this subject in small pieces so that they may more readily be absorbed. This subject has a very emotional and fleshly attachment to it that has a tendency to direct the thoughts and energies of some that feel a need for a sign to be attached to their spirituallity.

The history: In 1896 a Southern Baptist by the name of Richard Spurling declared that the restoration of the first century A.D. Gifts-including those of tongues and healing – had occurred at a revival meeting in North Carolina. In 1901, students of Charles Parham at the Bethel Bible College, Topeka, Kansas, announced they had received “the baptism” and had spoken in tongues. In 1907 William Seymour, a black Nazarene preacher, founded what was to become the world famous “Azusa Street Revival” in Los Angeles, California.

Thus began Pentecostalism, rooted in the “Holiness” movement, issuing in a number of disunited denominations, and characterized by Arminian (the loss of one’s salvation) theology, sensationalism, the “gift” of tongues and healing. This movement found little acceptance amongst the mainline denominations, and by the 1950’s was in a state of decline.

It was at this time, under the leadership of Demos Shakarian, a wealthy Californian, that the “Full Gospel Business men’s Association” was formed. This movement adopted tactics of infiltrating the established mainline denominations promoting their views on the “gifts,” and financing and editorializing what was in the 1960’s and 1970’s, to explode into the Charismatic Movement.

Consequently there is a great focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the area of Spiritual Gifts today.

The Book of I Corinthians, chapters 12,13, and 14 deals with the subject of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    In considering this subject ist is important to keep in mind the following:
  • The Book of I Coringthians was primarily addressed to “the church of God which is at Corinth.” This was a literal, local, visible, assembly of baptized believers – I Corinthians 1:2.
  • The Book of I Corinthians was also a circular letter, addressed to believers associated with “every place– i.e. who were in other New Testament churches.
  • The subject of I Corinthians is ‘divisions’ and ‘unity’ – I Corinthians 1:10. It is not a complimentary letter.
  • The occasion for writing I Corinthians was ‘contentions’ – I Corinthians 1:11.
  • The time of writing the Book of I Corinthians was 55 A.D. – 25 years after the events on the Day of Pentecost.

Now we have a little back ground and will proceed with the next posting.



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