Category Archives: church services

Amazing manifestations of God happen when church moves beyond performance, program, and presentation to people openly sharing their hearts with one another!

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Quotes & Notes on Spirit-Prompted Church Meetings

Hear God where you are.  Follow Him to where He is.  D.L. Moody said:  “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” Within every person is a spiritual cell phone … Continue reading

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Pentecost — A Holy Spirit Takeover Of A Church Service!

Pentecost — let’s not just talk about, let’s experience it!  We need Pentecost to be more than a distant, religious memory.  We desperately need it to be a present, ongoing reality in our individual lives and in our churches! Pentecost … Continue reading

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Did modern innovations in churches create worship wars?

Church innovation has become widespread & refreshing! Guess what is my favorite church innovation. Over the past generation or two, the way of having church in our society has changed a lot as we have seen new ideas creatively introduced … Continue reading

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Karaoke Spoken From The Heart (Lay Witness Missions)

Before people in the USA sang karaoke, they spoke it spontaneously, from the heart as they told how the living, resurrected Jesus Christ had changed their life.  It was called Lay Witness Missions.  This spoken karaoke began in United Methodist … Continue reading

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How To Make Church Exciting: Let God Run It!

Too many people find church boring.  But, hey, it’s not their fault.  It is not people’s responsibility to sit in a boring church service and make themselves excited.  Christianity, the most exciting facts in the world, should never be presented … Continue reading

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Church? A Preacher Performing or People Participating

Should there be more than one way to hold a church service? Perhaps we should allow many ways of having a church meeting; instead of the one (almost universal) way of church based on sermon-hearing. Christians invite people to church … Continue reading

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Broom Church or Single Straw Sermons

Which is more effective at releasing the Holy Spirit’s power and presence — broom church or single straw sermons? All our focus on one straw can’t sweep a floor clean; but many straws, led together as a broom, can transform … Continue reading

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Simple Church & Everyday People

Everyday people are eloquent when they are allowed in church to express their heart-felt excitement about and experiences with the everlasting God! Simple Church” — To encourage the congregation to listen to Jesus and then allow them to say and … Continue reading

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Genuine Seeker-Friendly Church Is Simple (Organic)

What is seeker-friendly church?  Here are some ideas: Spiritual seekers are desperate for God. Therefore the seeker-sensitive church surrenders to and demonstrates the actual presence of the living God (rather than providing religious entertainment and a motivational speech). Spiritual seekers … Continue reading

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