Category Archives: worship

Should Church Meetings Be Choreographed?

We think of surrendering to the Holy Spirit as an individual thing, but perhaps it is also something that we need to do when we meet together as a church. Perhaps we need to yield our program and our agenda … Continue reading

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The Right Way To Have Church

Is there only one, correct way of doing church?  Sometimes it seems so. For five hundred years there has basically been only one, right way of doing church. Regardless of denomination or doctrine, church has almost universally contained a central, … 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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Let Jesus Lead Us! (Quotes About The Need For Organic/Participatory Church)

“How can you have a dead service with a living Christ?” –Leonard Ravenhill “What did first-century believers do in their worship meetings? Paul gives a description in 1 Corinthians 14:26: ‘When you come together, each of you has a hymn, … 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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Live from the empty tomb, it’s Jesus Christ!

Live from the empty tomb, it’s Jesus Christ!  Is Jesus in the room or in the tomb? When Christ-followers gather in His name, the living, resurrected Jesus is in the room. We can 1) talk about Him like He’s still … Continue reading

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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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