Making Sense of Noah & The Flood

To understand Noah (the man, not the movie) we need to Noah (know a) few things about humanity’s rebellion:
1) The earliest humans (and all the rest of us) decided that we know what is best for us and that we don’t need God to make all our decisions, so to some degree we have all pushed God aside and done our own thing.
2) Our self-imposed alienation from God has released evil into the physical world and into our own hearts, resulting in a continual epidemic of death, decay, destruction, and self-inflicted misery.
3) Like a loving father with a rebellious child, God longs to restore His relationship with us, but we ignore Him, causing our rebellion and unhappiness to grow stronger.
4) We have set ourselves up for ultimate destruction, because without God, there is no continual quality of life.
5) In the midst of the rebellion against Him, God found a man who outwardly did the right things. So God decided to start over with Noah and his family.
6) The story of Noah and the flood shows that even though Noah did the right things, evil was still in his heart. The Noah movie has Noah say something like: “It’s in us The wickedness in them is also in us.”
7) Putting people in a fresh new environment will not save them from their self-inflicted destruction and misery. They need a new heart — an inward transformation.
8) God’s loving, final answer to man’s rebellion was to take the world-wide, all-time consequences of man’s rebellion on Himself through the voluntary and sacrificial death of Emmanuel–God with us.
9) Today, the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, continues to heal people’s rebellion by transforming their hearts and restoring them to an intimate, ongoing relationship to Him. Yet, Christ’s offer is often ignored or trifled with. Have you received a transformed heart from Jesus to the point that you find even the thought of doing wrong to be painful? His freedom from self-destruction is available to you. (Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you connect with Him.)

 

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St. Francis Practiced Participatory Church

A 14th Century book about St. Francis of Assisi describes Berry Street style worship”  According to the book “The Little Flowers of St. Francis,” Francis was meeting with a group of his followers and told one of them “to open his mouth and say about God whatever the Holy Spirit suggested to him.” The man “uttered marvelous words under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
 
Then Francis told “another to speak similarly about God according to the grace which the Holy Spirit gave him. And he obeyed and was speaking very profoundly about the Lord by the grace of God.”
 
Francis told “a third to say something without preparation in praise of our Lord Jesus Christ. And this third one, following the example of the others and humbly obeying, likewise began to speak so profoundly about the hidden mysteries of the Divinity that there was no doubt the Holy Spirit was speaking through him and the others.”
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The book goes on and says that the men were  “one after another speaking sweetly about God and spreading the perfume of divine grace.”  And participatory church is still powerful in the 21st Century.  Experience it for yourself at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, TN, where regular people “say something without preparation in praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Check it out on Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.

 

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God’s Waves / God’s Surf

God’s waves
Breaking in my heart,
Surround my brokenness
With His healing Presence.

God’s surf soaks my soul with His forgiveness, love, and peace.

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A word that inspires imagination paints a thousand pictures.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a word may also be worth a thousand pictures.  A word that inspires imagination paints a thousand pictures.

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U-Share Church (U2U rather than Pastor2Pew)

U-Share church (not U-Haul) flows from U2U rather than from Pastor2Pew.  Here’s an example of U-Share church:

When the Communists took over China in 1948 there were only about 2.5 million Christians (of all denominations) in China. In an attempt to destroy the church, the Red Chinese locked up all the pastors they could find. With their pastors in prison, the Chinese church caught fire as one-man preaching was replaced by ordinary people ministering to one another. Today there are about 100 million Christians in China. Can we learn from the Chinese church? Watch the amazing 4-part video series, “Jesus in China” on YouTube.

To experience U-Share church in person, visit The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee:  Sunday mornings at 10:45 or Wednesday nights at 6:00 — 225 Berry St., 37207.

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A Few Quotes From Neil Cole’s “Primal Fire”

A few quotations from Neil Cole’s book, “Primal Fire”

“I’ve longed to live the sort of life I read about in the book of Acts.

“I want to be part of an unstoppable Jesus movement in our day–a wildfire of the Spirit that spreads rapidly and uncontrollably and leaves behind people who are transformed into healthy, mature, life-giving followers of King Jesus . . . I believe we are about to witness the eruption of a spiritual wildfire like nothing seen since the First Century . . . I have waited my whole life for this.  I believe it is inevitable and coming soon, and I’m willing to give my life for it.  Are you?”

“There is simply no comparison between the potential and performance of a ministry built on the backs of exalted leaders and one that empowers ordinary Christians to do the work themselves.”

“Unfortunately, many Christians lack confidence that they can indeed hear God’s voice correctly.  For far too long, the teaching of the church has ingrained a fear in ordinary Christians that they need the help of experts if they are to hear God’s voice correctly.  We have been taught that we could easily make a big mistake by even trying to hear God’s voice without professional help . . . For many, God speaks on in their pastor’s voice.

“The power of the gospel is built on love, not skill or methodology.”

“Reliance on methods, rather than on the active, present work of the Holy Spirit, obscures the true source of power that is latent in all of us.”

“We need to change our values a leaders.  If we’re not willing to give away our positions to others by equipping them for the work of service, we don’t deserve the positions we have.  Our identity and security are to be in Christ, not is a title or role in a religious organization.”

“Look for Jesus outside your normal experience.”

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How To Have Genuine Revival & Spiritual Awakening

How to Prepare The Way of The Lord (And Make Room For Revival & Spiritual Awakening in Your Life And in Your Church)

1) Get tradition out of the way. (“You nullify the word of God by your tradition.” –Jesus.)

2) Get pride out of the way. (“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”)

3) Get sin out of the way. (“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”)

4) Get self out of the way. (“Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” –Jesus.)

Human proclamation is painfully inadequate to transform people without the perceived presence, prompting, and power of the living Jesus Christ.

Help us prepare the way of the Lord in Nashville, Tennessee, at The Salvation Army Berry Street on Sundays at 10:45 am. — 225  Berry St., 37207.

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