Category Archives: spiritual growth

Biblical Christianity / Following Christ

Following the living, resurrected Jesus Christ (biblical Christianity / Jesus’ command to: “Follow Me.”) is about: Self-surrender, not self-assertion; Self-control, not self-fulfillment; Self-denial, not self-righteousness; Self-restraint, not self-indulgence; Self-discipline, not self-destruction; Self-sacrifice, not self-importance; Self-effacement, not self-promotion; Self-regulation, not self-interest; … Continue reading

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You won’t learn to listen to and be led by the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) until you leave your comfort zone.

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Sermon-Free Church Rocked The Early Methodists

The early Methodists practiced a type of sermon-free church known as class meetings.  These were weekly, participatory meetings where every person present was given the opportunity to talk about their life with God.  The first Methodist class meeting was started … Continue reading

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Just Like A Body

Just Like A Body — 1 Corinthians 12 (a song/poem about the gifts of the Spirit) Just like a body Is made of many parts The body of Christ Is made of many hearts; And when hearts open, The Spirit … Continue reading

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A Joy-Filled Lifestyle

Jesus said that when we come to Him, There will be within us a well of water Springing up with eternal life And all of its glorious qualities, Far better than any self-sought pleasures. This ongoing inner release of the … Continue reading

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Understanding Spiritual Gifts (Releasing The Gifts Of The Spirit)

Here Are 3 Steps To Experiencing The Gifts (Manifestations) Of The Spirit In Your Life Step #1 — Be still and listen. Hear from God. Pay close attention to thoughts, feelings, pictures, impressions, ideas, and promptings in your heart and … Continue reading

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A Powerful Way To Light Your Fire!

1) Unrehearsed, heart-felt, Spirit-prompted words connect hearts and ignite spiritual fires.* 2) Rehearsed, studied, formalized words leave hearts unconnected and minds muted; and promptly depart the human memory. * Light your fire!  Experience #1 with us @ The Salvation Army … Continue reading

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Let The Spirit Freely Flow — Quotations

“Things get unpredictable when the Spirit is around.”  Loren B. Mead “When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”  –Corrie Ten Boom “If Christ has not been made a well … Continue reading

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Spirit Ministry or Word Ministry?

Has Christian ministry lost it’s ability to grasp and transform people?  It appears so.  Churches are in decline.  Our culture is almost completely secular, if not anti-Christian.  Scholars have pronounced it to be post-Christian. However, although it appears that human … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From Basketball Officials

From preschool to the NBA Playoffs — from high school to March Madness — basketball officials could serve as great examples of an alternative way for pastors to conduct church services. Rather than being the center of attention and running … Continue reading

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