Is God Hiding? (Not from a faith-theist!)

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Some people think that God is hiding.
But what if . . .
GOD IS OUT IN THE OPEN
But we don’t notice Him,
Because we’re spiritually blind?

To be wise in your own eyes denies and defies the living God by embracing lies and entangling ties.

A faith-theist knows that he knows the living God because he is being continually transformed from within by the Spirit.

When Jesus breaks out inside of you, doubts and fears collapse!

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The Geode In U (The Geode Effect Of Participatory Church)

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Participatory Church Reveals The Geode In U (The Geode Effect!)

Ordinary Christ-followers are like geodes. Geodes look like ordinary rocks, but inside they are full of beautifully colored crystal. When everyday believers share from their heart, their inner beauty shines forth.

Traditional church (focused on one man’s preaching) allows little or no opportunity for ordinary believers to speak from their heart. So their inner beauty remains hidden.

However participatory church allows anyone one present to open up and speak out of their love for God. The results are always amazing. “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” radiates from everyday brothers and sisters in Christ.

Experience the “geode effect” in participatory church, for yourself. Visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 on Sundays at 10:45 am. — where ordinary believers show and tell what God has done!

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The Way With Words

The Way With Words

The words you hear;
The words you say;
Can mess you up
Or make your day.

Refuse the words
That make you prey
And throw you off
Of God’s moral way!

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For more on the power of words, check out my post about adult language.

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Are Pastors For Preaching? (Or For Facilitating?)

Is the role of a pastor to preach? Well tradition says it is.

But what does the Bible teach about a pastor’s role? Check out Ephesians 4:11-12: “He (Christ) personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints (ordinary Christ-followers) in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ.”

Now I don’t mean to be an agitator, but it looks to me like the Bible teaches that a pastor should be a facilitator — a guide on the side, not a sage on a stage. My conjecture is that biblically a pastor’s job is not to lecture but to be a living lecture–a living demonstration of humility and considering others better than yourself. (See Philippians 2:3.)

Should a pastor be a sage on a stage?  Or a guide on the side?

Should a pastor be a sage on a stage? Or a guide on the side?

It seems to me that according to this verse, the role of a pastor (and other church leaders) is not to preach week after week, but to create a worship environment where there is freedom for ordinary people to get hands on training and practical experience ministering to one another and building one another up.

What do you think?

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Why Stuff Thanksgiving Day With Shopping? (Stuff The Turkey; Not The Day!)

Will family Thanksgiving meals be replaced by hot deals, shopping thrills and retail “steals” in America’s stores? Will the day set aside for gratitude be turned into to a day of getting more stuff?

Perhaps stuffing Thanksgiving Day with shopping is not such a great idea. Let’s stuff the turkey; not the day. Why not take Thanksgiving Day to leisurely spend time with your family and friends and to thank the living God for all of His blessings in your life?

“Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally-televised parade, watched by millions, is being blamed for ruining the holiday.

What has the store done? Decided to open its doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 p.m. Time magazine reports that people are denouncing the move as ‘greedy, misguided and unfair to the employees being forced to work on a day traditionally reserved for family.'” –Henry G. Brinton in Huffington Post

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In a comment on the article Grassroots Efforts To Stop Thanksgiving Day Shopping Gain Traction at Forbes.com, Debbie Alton wrote:

“So this is what it has come down to. We wonder why there seems to be no morals any longer, no concern for another person, and a dwindling devotion to family, as we watch society in the great US plummet deeper into the “me, me, me, mine, mine, mine” manner of thinking. As a whole in this country we don’t have many days where our sole purpose is to reflect and appreciate the life we have. Thanksgiving is that day and we are watching it slip from our grasp further and further each year. It is a day where the only goal is to remind us of all we have that is good in our lives. A day where the things that truly matter are given the rightful priority in our thoughts.”

Here is a popular pledge that is being circulated:

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His Sheep Keep Their Baaa-lance (Balance) By Hearing His Voice -

People passing purposelessly through life have permeated our society. Perhaps we need to be penetrated with more purposeful living.

Those of us who hear the voice of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ are no longer the way we were! We are being continually transformed by His presence in our lives.

Jesus put it this way: “My sheep hear My voice.”

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So, when we meet for church, why don’t we allow His sheep/people to share the things that they’ve heard Jesus say to them? We do at The Salvation Army Berry Street, were everyday sheep/people show and tell what God has done! Check it out some Sunday morning @ 10:45 — 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.

We need to continually hear Christ’s voice in order to keep our mental, emotional, and spiritual baaaa-lance in life!

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Claymation, Christmation, Wallace and Gromit, & Organic Church

By continually surrendering to a sculpture’s hands and sitting for a gazillion pics, Wallace and Gromit seem to come alive through the power of claymation.
–By continually surrendering to the hands of the living Jesus and obeying His inner promptings, His followers come alive through the power of Christmation. Are you animated by the living, resurrected Jesus?

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Here’s a quote from Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, about Christmation: “Never drop out of living union with Jesus. Keep in it–hold it fast–walk in it!”

A good place to learn Christmation is in a simple/organic church meeting. A simple/organic church meeting is when people gather together:
1) To interact with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ;
2) To be prompted by His Presence; and
3) To minister to one another.

However, it takes great courage to learn and to live by Christmation. Our culture is strongly against it. We live in a society where people are applauded for talking openly about their sexuality; but highly criticized if they dare to talk openly about their love for Jesus Christ.

“Because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” –Hebrews 7:24-25
–He’s the living, resurrected Jesus Christ — active, present, and working powerful in the 21st Century! Will you allow Him to live in you and to animate your life through Christmation?

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