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Meeting God’s Gathering (Ekklesia) Instead Of Religion’s Church

One night I wandered into a group gathered in a college dorm and heard regular people sincerely telling how Jesus had changed their lives.  Later the group joined hands in a large circle, pulled me in, and began to talk … Continue reading

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A Nashville Dream Fulfilled After 121 Years

Nashville is a place where people come to seek their dreams of fame and fortune in country music.  However, have you ever heard of the Nashville man who dreamed a dream that wasn’t fulfilled until 121 years after his death?  … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From Romney’s “Not Concerned About The Very Poor” Goof

Is there a lesson that the church can learn from Mitt Romney’s statement:  “I’m not concerned about the very poor,”?  Perhaps. *  The outrage that has been demonstrated by Romney’s words shows that there is a belief that the living … Continue reading

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We need the 1st in the 21st! We desperately need soul-stirring, life-changing, earth-shaking, 1st Century style Christianity to be poured out in the 21st Century. O, Lord, we’ve read of Your great deeds in the “Acts of the Holy Spirit,” do them again, Lord, in our time, through 21st Century believers!

Read more about the First Century “Acts of the Holy Spirit” by clicking here. If you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area come and experience the action of the Holy Spirit in person at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship … Continue reading

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The Tim Tebow Denver/Pittsburg 3:16 Stats, Berry Street, & God

What do you do when you encounter incredible statistical improbabilities (wow, that’s 3 words with 14 syllables)?  1) Write them off as coincidence?  Or 2) Seriously ponder the mystery and awe behind them? For example, have you read or heard … Continue reading

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“Tebowing” Is Now An Official Word — What The Church Can Learn From Tim Tebow

Tebowing — What The Church Can Learn From Tim Tebow Denver Broncos’ quarterback, Tim Tebow, has had a remarkable season in 2011, leading his team to the NFL Playoffs by spearheading several amazing comebacks.  Tim, a sincere follower of Jesus … Continue reading

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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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Christmas Is About Judgment

Here’s a surprise: Christmas is about dealing with judgment. Our sinful thoughts, choices, and behaviors have been judged and we are guilty and condemned men and women. If our condemnation is merely canceled, the result would be chaos and injustice. … Continue reading

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I Grew Up In Church Without God

My parents tell me that when I was a toddler, I used to talk to them about God.  They didn’t go to church or have much interest in spiritual things, so they were quite surprised by my interest in God and … Continue reading

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Passion For The Christ — Spiritual Fire & Desire

Human history is sprinkled with lights — men, women, and children whose hearts were ablaze with passion for the Christ. Many are called “saints” and are remembered in our day. Untold millions of others, however, were unheralded in their day … Continue reading

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