Category Archives: Christ-centered

Talking About Jesus Like He’s Not In The Room

This was inspired by Kim Walker with Jesus Culture lyrics to You Won’t Relent:  “I don’t want to talk about You like You’re not in the room.  I want to look right at You, I want to sing right to … Continue reading

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Church — A Bottled Water Plant? or A Mighty, Whitewater River

Church — A bottled water plant? or A mighty, whitewater river? Contemporary church is too often like a bottled water plant. People sit passively, like flimsy plastic bottles in a row, hoping to receive a single squirt of water from … Continue reading

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The Day After Easter

The living, resurrected Jesus Christ, Doesn’t just go away The day after Easter; He’s here to stay Every moment Of every day. So don’t be blind And close your mind, Pretending that He’s gone And that you’re alone, With a … Continue reading

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Oil Gusher/Heart Gusher — Running Over With The Spirit

Are you a gusher? (Oil wells are gushers when oil freely sprays out of them in large quantities, without needing to be pumped.) Humans were created to be God-gushers, running over with the oil of the Spirit (supernaturally pumped)! Christ-followers … Continue reading

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Rocket science can’t reinvent the thrill in your life — but Christ can!

Rocket science can’t reinvent the thrill (or the wheel) in your life — but Christ can! All you need is Christimacy — living in continual intimacy with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Why not become a Christimate — an obedient … Continue reading

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Spiritual Conductivity/Resistivity

Spirituality is like an electric current.  It is a flow of power from within human beings as the Holy Spirit comes forth in rivers of living water.  Christ-followers are those who allow the Spirit to freely flow through them.  They … Continue reading

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agendaless, sermon-free church meetings — really?

Agendaless, sermon-free church meetings Are happening in Nashville, Music City, Tennessee. Real people show and tell what God is doing in and through them . . .

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Imitator or Radiator? (Awash In The World or Aflame For God?)

Are you a radiator spreading the presence and power of Christ to the people around you or an imitator following the influence of popular culture? Are you transforming your friends, neighbors, coworkers and community by godly influence or are you … Continue reading

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Is America Violent & Alienated From God Like Jean Valjean In Les Misérables?

Les Misérables, the new movie musical staring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, beautifully brings Victor Hugo’s 1862 French novel to life.  However, it made me wonder:  Is America violent and alienated from God like the main … Continue reading

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A Steve Jobs Of Religion? — Come On Church, Innovate!

An Eric Weiner quotation from the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, December, 2011: “We need a Steve Jobs of religion. Someone (or ones) who can invent not a new religion but, rather, a new way of being religious. … Continue reading

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