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.”

My sheep

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!

balance

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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?

Wallace & Gromit

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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A “Fony” Spelling Of “Phony”

Fony is a phony spelling of the word phony!

fony

Come visit The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee where everyday people openly and honestly share from their heart! Sundays @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.

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Ceremonies or Testimonies? The Historic Jesus or The Living, Resurrected Jesus?

Ceremonies or testimonies? What if church moved beyond scripted ceremonies about the historic Jesus and began to include spontaneous testimonies about the living Jesus?

Perhaps a fresh anointing is somehow tied to the freedom of God’s people to flow spontaneously in the Spirit as they share and testify in participatory church meetings.

flow anointing

Two quotations:

“Anyone who has studied the book of Acts is probably aware that the modern church bears little resemblance to the First Century church. The church was once a rather informal gathering of believers who viewed one another as a family.” — Mitch Cervinka

“In the early church there was no professional ministry. It arose in the second century with the monarchial bishop. In the New Testament church there was no such thing because every believer was in the ministry.” –William J. McRae

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Hey You! Grow Gutsy In God’s Gospel! (got guts?)

If you don’t grow gutsy in God’s Gospel, you will succumb to society’s seducing spell!

The Bible says: “Christ in you–the hope of glory!” Not “Christ in the preacher/pastor–the hope of glory.”

“Don’t underestimate the power of God in you, nor yet what you, by working steadily with Him, may accomplish.” –Samuel Logan Brengle

You may be depleted,
But you are not deleted!
You are still here;
So rise up and conquer your fear!

Don’t follow the tracks of your fears. Take a good look at Christ’s face and step forward in faith and courage!

tracts of your fears

A Christ-less culture is in continual crisis! If you know the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, don’t sit in silence and watch our culture collapse! Get gutsy — show and share Christ everywhere!

got guts?

He rose to make His people heroes who courageously love God, love one another, and even love those who despise them.

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2 Models Of Church (The Organizational Model Or The Organic Model)

Historically there have been two primary models of church — the organizational model and the organic model. The organizational model has been the dominate of the two and has resisted (and often persecuted) the organic model.

The organizational model sees church as an institution or corporation. It is a legal entity with an official and hierarchical leadership structure. It’s leaders run the organization. And the leader of each congregation conducts religious meetings and services for its members. Their primary job in the organization is to receive the leaders ministry and to provide the finances for it to continue.

The organic model sees church as a family or as a group of friends who live life together and regularly meet together to love, support, and encourage one another with the love of Christ.

“Remember, the Jerusalem model of the church (temple model) eventually failed and the participatory model that Paul formed succeeded, until the organizers/legalists got control again. While Paul’s model ruled the church grew like an epidemic; when the organizers took over it grew at a much, much slower rate.” –Dale Sigler

Perhaps both models can work together as a powerful blend. What if an institutional church opened up and began to live out their doctrine of the priesthood of the believer? What if the leader of a congregation (pastor, priest, parson, preacher, etc.) began to allow anybody present to share testimonies, Scriptures, prayer request, words of insight, prayers, encouragement, songs, etc.? This would change the reason people go to church!

organic verses organized church

As Leonard Ravenhill asked: “Do you go to church to meet God or to hear a sermon about Him?”

Is there such a blend of the two models anywhere? Yes. Visit The Salvation Army Berry Street where instead of a 1-man sermon, everyday people show and tell what God has done: Sundays at 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207.

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Conformed to the culture or transformed by Christ?

In our falsifying world there are many popular ideas that are deceptive, destructive, or depressive. Be careful what you take in!

“Someone once said that if you don’t control your perception, you’ll live the rest of your life at the mercy of others who will.” –Phil Cooke

I perceive that we should not allow ourselves to be shaped by the world’s way of seeing things. Instead we should seek to be transformed by God’s renewing of our minds.

Christ-followers should be humble, not hidden or silent! Don’t let the voice of the crowd shut down the Light that is burning within your heart. Jesus said that we should: “Shout it from the housetops.”

So, where can you learn to minister to other people without being afraid of rejection or failure? @ The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, TN, 225 Berry St., 37207 on Sunday mornings @ 10:45! Rather than sitting for a sermon, we allow ordinary people to minister to one another in a safe & loving environment as they feel led by the Spirit. Come see!

Participatory church allows everyday people to proclaim and share so stones can stay silent . . .
–”Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name.” –Psalm 105:1
–”Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.’ But Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!’” –Luke 19:40
–”Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story.” –Psalm 107:2

What is the purpose of church? What if God didn’t design church meetings as a venue to entertain us and/or to make us comfortable; but as a support group to help us get over our issues, to align our will with His, and to train us to minister to one another?

Jesus with us
When we meet as Christ-followers, Jesus is in the room with us. (See Matthew 18:20.) Perhaps we should let Him be our leader!

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