Why do so many people who self-righteously proclaim themselves to be “tolerant” randomly condemn people (and things) to Hell by throwing around the word “damn”?

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Live Like Hell? Or March Into Hell For A Heavenly Cause?

Why live like Hell when you can have a life of peace, joy, love and contentment?

When the inner me runs wild, I become my enemy.  When I let Christ control me, I experience His glory.  Activism can sometimes change laws, but only the Spirit of God can convince people of their own injustice and wrong doing and release justice and righteousness in their heart.

When people become aware of and begin to talk about what Christ is doing in their life, they get excited about Him! Then they will want to march into Hell for a heavenly cause! Try it and see.

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There is no gag rule in the Bible. There is nothing that says that ordinary Christ-followers must sit quietly and listen to a professional in church meetings. In fact, the Bible says just the opposite. It says that if the Spirit gives you something to say, it is alright to interrupt the speaker. The Bible says “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” and “Shout it from the housetops.”

Business speakers and management consultants are advocating participatory meetings. Why shouldn’t the church use the most effective methods of communication?

The Bible presents God’s past Presence working through people in the past.  Spirit-led, participatory church presents God’s present-day Presence working through people in the present.  We need both!

Step into the world of participatory church, every Sunday morning @ 10:45 @ The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

 

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Fresh Ideas In The Salvation Army

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Recently I heard retired Salvation Army leader, Commissioner Israel Gaither, speak. (He is the former International Chief of Staff & the former National Commander in the USA.) Commissioner Gaither confirmed several things that God has been speaking to me the past few years:

1) He confirmed participatory church. In some sessions, rather than just speaking to us, he asked us to listen to the God and allowed us to share what the Spirit is saying to us.  Those sessions were very powerful!  The Spirit moved so strongly that one meeting went overtime and we had to cancel the closing song.  (You can experience participatory church with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, where everyday people show and tell what God has done — Sunday mornings @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.)

2) Commissioner Gaither confirmed prayer walking and claiming a neighborhood for Christ!  He said:  “”Take a walk in the neighborhood around your corps and claim it for God. I dare you! In fact, I double dare you!  Let Jesus reign where you are!”  (Check out this Facebook page:  Prayer Walking With The Salvation Army Flag . . . )

3) He confirmed that we all need to think big, to expect big things from God, to have a big vision for our lives.  He said: “When you begin to believe the lie of ‘I can’t,’ then you won’t.”

4) He confirmed that everyday people are eloquent and can speak for God.  Commissioner Gaither exhorted us:  “You can all speak prophetically!”

Several years ago I met Commissioner Gaither and told him the story of how John Berry McFerrin (who died in 1887) seemed to prophesy about our nontraditional corps in Nashville. Then I said to him: “That could have been a coincidence or it could have been God.”

Commissioner Gaither pointed his finger at me and prophetically said:  “That was no coincidence.  That was God!”  Since then, anytime I’ve started to doubt the vision that God has given me, I’ve remembered those words and been greatly encouraged!  This week when I reminded Commissioner Gaither about that, he said.  “I remember that conversation.  I still believe that!”

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Just Say No! (Is that enough?)

Just say go!  “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

Just say grow!  “You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Just say lo!  “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the of the world.”

Just say flow!  “Out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water.”

Just say so!  “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”

Just say low!  “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Just say slow!  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Just say show!  “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Just say glow!  “Let your light shine before men.”

Just say woe!  “Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

Just say know!  “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

Just say no!  “Say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions.”

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It is unreasonable to expect everybody to agree with what we believe, say, and do. However, life works better if we show love rather than hostility to those who disagree with us.

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Life’s Most Important Bucket List

Bucket List?  Here is the No-Beatin’-Around-The-Bush-Bucket-List:
1)  Before you kick the bucket, get right with God!

God is an inner guide nudging, prompting, and urging humans toward a peaceful, joyous, loving, and morally excellent life. Yet we are often so obsessed with our own opinions and desires that we miss out on His best and settle for the feebleness of our own efforts.

What the world wants is self-fulfillment, without regard for the consequences.  Christ calls us to choose self-denial, regardless of the cost.  Which way are you living? (Matthew 16:24) Does God have your passionate love and obedience?

And don’t worry about what people think about you!  Daily follow and obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ anyway!

It is unreasonable to expect everybody to agree with what we believe, say, and do. However, life works better if we show love rather than hostility to those who disagree with us.

 

 

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Contemporary Quotes About Demons

Are demons (invisible forces that mess with our minds) real? :
–Robin Williams said: “The demons are still there. The little voice saying, ‘You’re garbage, you’re nothing, you hear me, yeah’…he’s still there, believe me.”
–Nikki Sixx said: “If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt.”
–Stephen Baldwin said: “Demons manifest themselves in people in different ways. For instance, out of nowhere, somebody can become very angry for no reason. That’s not just an emotion. That’s a demon.”
–Glenn Beck said: “We all have our inner demons — I’m on the verge of moral collapse at any time.”
–Brenna Yovanoff said: “Let me tell you a little bit about demons. They love pain and other people’s misery. They lie when it suits them and don’t see anything wrong with it. They corrupt and kill and destroy, all without conscience.”
–So what should we do? Kinky Firedman said: “You struggle with your demons and you conquer them.”
–We are all in spiritual warfare. Don’t ever give up! You can win your war with demons through the power and presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ!

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