Category Archives: worship

God’s Not Dead!

God’s not dead.  What would happen if a group of believers would begin to gather, not merely to sing and hear a presentation about Christ, but to cultivate,  surrender to, and obey Christ’s actual presence among them?  When church presents … Continue reading

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Do Preplanned Church Programs “Ruin It” For People

If you tell people the storyline and outcome of a movie before they see it, many people will say that you have ruined it for them. They don’t want to know what happens in a movie before they see it. … Continue reading

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March Madness Style Excitement In Church

March Madness boring?   If basketball officials acted like pastors; personally planned and programmed each play, prompted those present when to stand and when to sit, and then presented a 30 minute talk; March Madness would be boring. I’m glad that … Continue reading

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1 Speaking to All? Or All Speaking To All?

Church is when a group of believers gathers together around the living, resurrected Jesus Christ and focuses their attention on listening to His voice and doing whatever He tells them to do. Church is when the living Christ, in a … Continue reading

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Jesus Is Alive & Active in the 21st Century — Church Can Catch Him Like A Sail Catching The Wind

When the leaves and small limbs of a tree are all leaning in the same direction, you know that something invisible is going on — the wind is blowing the tree.  That’s what happens at The Salvation Army Berry Street.  … Continue reading

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Can You Handle These Quotes About Church?

“When we do come together as His assembly, let it be that He may work as He will, and by whom He will.” –William Kelly “The Holy Spirit is the One Who should be allowed to lead the people of … Continue reading

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“God talks” or “God talks”? (“Talks” as a noun or as a verb?)

What if Jesus intended church to be a community of loving believers, instead of a series of weekly lectures?  What if instead of listening to a man’s sermonic God talks, church was originally designed by Jesus for you to listen … Continue reading

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Realty TV / Reality Church . . .

Reality church? We have reality TV that features ordinary people. So, why not reality church, where everyday people show and tell why God has done? When church is scripted, the freedom to flow in the Spirit is restricted to the … Continue reading

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When church is scripted, the freedom to flow in the Spirit is restricted to the agenda. When church is spontaneous, the Holy Spirit can break out in glorious demonstrations of His power and presence.

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An interview with Paul of Tarsus

(An interview with Paul of Tarsus based on 1 Corinthians chapter 14.) Me: “So, Paul, who can prophesy?” Paul: “You can all prophesy.” Me: “What happens if everybody prophesies?” Paul: “If an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone … Continue reading

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