Creative Christmas ideas

For Christmas, decorate your heart with the Light of Christ!

My favorite Christmas Clause: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.”

Christmas pi — π: No matter how you slice it, let Christ be the constant in your life! π

Christmas pudding: Pudding (putting) Christ first in your life!

Christmas cheer: J-E-S-U-S! What does it spell? Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

Let Jesus unwrap your heart and fill you with His presence!

While Christmas shopping, don’t forget to “count the cost” and then go all out for Jesus!

Have a Mary Christmas. Let Jesus live in you.

Many celebrate Christmas. Few daily surrender to, follow, and obey the risen Jesus.

Christmas! It took the entire Bible to explain it!

Enjoy the heart-felt ONEness and loving community that Christ came to give us. Have ONE very, merry Christmas! (Learn more about what Christ has done and is doing in the world by getting a copy of ONE: Unfolding God’s Eternal Purpose From House To House by Henry Hon @ http://amzn.to/2B9bVGy.

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TEDD Talks (“Train Everybody To Declare & Demonstrate”)

Let’s go TEDD and “Train Everybody to Declare and Demonstrate.” There’s no need for anyone to just sit and be passive!

Christians need to share from the heart with one another; not just to listen to an “expert” speak once a week. Churches let the same man talk every week. TED Talks let lots of different people talk. Ekklesia lets anybody present talk and declare and demonstrate Jesus.

In ancient Greek city/states a hearld called the ekklesia together. Hearld angels still call for Christ’s ekklesia to gather.

As messed up as this world is, there are amazing seeds of hope — a birth, a cross, a resurrection. Hallelujah! God’s looking for overseers who can see over the walls of religious traditions and behold the Lamb of God.

True theology is much more than the study of God. It is daily surrender to and relationship with the risen Jesus! Preach to me and I forget. Help me interact with the risen Jesus and I’m transformed and set free!

It can be difficult to experience Christian community in church when you’re restricted to passively listening to one man. Churches are full of ministers and priests — that’s what is meant by the Christian doctrine of “the priesthood of the believer.” So why is only one person allowed to speak in church?

Since the risen Jesus has promised to be present with and to personally lead His gathered body, there is no need for a hierarchy when we meet and we can practice mutual submission as we all submit to Him and to His working in and through each other.

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ONE talkin’ ’bout ONE . . .

The book, ONE, actually talks about itself. But what does it say? Here are some quotations:

“What is highlighted in this book is not just a vision. There are many practical actions that need to be taken in order to fulfill the heavenly vision of ONE.”

“It is our hope that the mater of ONEness among people and specifically among the followers of Jesus Christ becomes a major topic of conversation.”

“Let’s consider the Bible with fresh eyes without the distorted lens of historical Christianity. Let’s pray that the readers of this book will hit ‘reset’ and return to the beginning and become one.”

“The author is not advocating an ecumenical movement where all Christian churches work out their differences to come under one unbrella organization. Rather, the oneness among believers does not need to be organized. Loving one another in one body is innate in each believer, based on the life of Jesus Christ in each one.”

“The author hopes that through this book many more believers will be inspired and find real joy in the building up of the assembly from house to house; according to God’s eternal purpose. For those already practicing the assembly in a home, this book will serve as a way of trading notes so that believers can learn and network together in the one fellowship of Jesus Christ. Let’s pray and live expecting the next and last revival. Reset to ONE; revival next!”

“I have no doubt that after reading this book — if all the verses highlighted and the thoughts behind them are understood — you will be motivated to commit yourself to living and serving toward God’s purpose.”

“This book, ONE, is not intended to be a concluding word, nor a terminal definition of the practice of oneness among Christians. Rather, our hope is that it will be a catalyst for expanding fellowship that would allow the Spirit to move freely among God’s people for new and fresh discoveries, insights, and experiences.”

“Quote from this book and reference it through your social media postings. Use it to start and expand on the topics of ONE; life, truth, and glory.”

From the Foreword: “ONE! The simplicity of this title provides strategic insight into Henry Hon’s thinking and the contents of this book. It is a clear call for every believer, though God’s empowering grace and our inspired obedience, to become the answer to the prayer that Jesus prayed to our Father.  ‘. . . that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.’ –John 17:23” –Gaylord Enns, author of “Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus”

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Feeling Christmas

Check out this most unusual 55 second, Christmas video:

How I feel about Jesus’ birth.

It’s good to understand Christmas — it’s even better to feel it!

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Experience the body of Christ in supernatural action

Have you experienced the body of Christ in supernatural action? Watchman Nee wrote: “Only those who have received revelation from God will see the Body of Christ, and only they will enter the reality of the Body.” It’s sad that few Christians appear to believe that the living Jesus can lead a meeting all by Himself, without a human leader.

Jesus established His personal Ekklesia (the city council of ancient Greek city-states) so that people could experience His body, not as a theological idea, but as a present day reality. The reality of the body of Christ is Jesus, Himself, actually living in and personally directing a body (gathering) of His people — replacing human leadership with His own direct leadership.

When the body of Christ meets and lets the risen Jesus bring out His order of worship (instead of our own), the kingdom of God begins to manifest. Jesus wants to introduce us to the kingdom of God where God rules without a human hierarchy.

Jesus’ ekklesia goes beyond human leadership. Ekklesia makes way for the risen Lord to personally rule and direct His body. “And the government shall be upon His shoulder.”

Many leaders don’t know how to oversee a group without controlling it. There is a big difference between overseers and managers. Overseers are like officials in football. Managers govern. The body of Christ has overseers; but Jesus is the only manager!

Before Christ, humans needed hierarchies due to rebelling against God’s authority. But Christ wants to return us to God’s direct authority and rule — His kingdom.

Churches tend to act like Jesus is dead and gone. But He is indeed, alive alive present! Let’s lay down human authority and let Jesus lead us! After all, the risen Jesus is the most amazing leader in the world! He makes a fantastic Senior Pastor!

The best thing for an unstable life is to un-stable Jesus — let Him out of religious tradition and embrace Him as the risen King! Let’s be a strong and stable spiritual warfare team, personally led by the living Jesus!

The only expert on Christianity is the risen Jesus. All the rest of us still have a lot to learn and a lot to live out.

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A one-man talk or dynamic interaction?

Billions of Christians advocate for sermons. So why shouldn’t a few of us advocate for open sharing instead?  What God is doing inside of you is important. You need to be allowed to share it!

If we don’t think the Holy Spirit is strong enough to keep open sharing from becoming chaos, we’re thinking too small. However, if we believe what the Bible teaches, then Christianity is the most exciting thing in the world! Let’s stop boring people with dull talks about Christianity and actually live out the excitement of early Christianity so that people can see what it is all about!

If pastors are uncomfortable allowing the Holy Spirit to lead a church service, they often take control of the meeting themselves. However, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to freely move in a group of people, you see various people manifesting spiritual gifts and fruit. Spirit-led, open sharing lets Christians walk in the light as one spiritual body. Spirit-led, open sharing greatly increases heart-felt caring. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.)

Don’t resist the wind of the Spirit. Let it carry your heart into the glorious presence of the risen Jesus. When I’m passionately worshipping Jesus, time flies by, but if I’m passively sitting in a “service” it drags.

Only allowing God to speak through the preacher is like limiting an artist to one color of paint. To act like only one person in a church service is qualified to speak about God, denies the biblical idea of universal priesthood. So don’t be limited to a preacher to teach you about Christ. He’s alive and He can talk directly to you (yes, you).

The body of Christ works by “heart-archy,” not by hierarchy. Too many members of the body of Christ have atrophied from lack of use. (Are you one of them?)

Christianity isn’t about being an occasional observer or an idle onlooker. It’s about actively hearing and obeying Christ. Don’t just be a spectator; interact with and participate with the risen Jesus Christ! Miracles happen when Christian spectators are allowed to be active contributors and to openly use their spiritual gifts to glorify God.

Don’t just go to church. Be someone who goes to the risen Jesus, hears His voice, and says and/or does whatever He tells them to. A Sunday talk can never fully satisfy hungry hearts. Press in to the presence of the resurrected Jesus today!

When the living Jesus is flowing through ya, it’s hard not to say “Hallelujah!” Connecting with the risen Jesus living in other believers is life-changing.

Jesus produces an inner spring of peace and joy that sadly, many people never discover. That’s because, when we are full of our own desires and self-interest and concern about our comfort zone; the peace and presence of Jesus can’t freely flow in our heart.

One of the most important things a Christian can learn is how to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit daily. However, that is seldom taught in church. And if a pastor dares to teach it, he usually tries to teach it from a lecture, rather than by allowing people to have hands-on, interactive experience.  However, the reality is,: Hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit can’t be effectively  taught in a talk. It must be learned by doing it. Perhaps it is time to make church meetings like a school science lab where people learn by doing instead of by lecture.

-A friend who is a long-term pastor in a mainline denomination put it this way: “All pastors are control freaks, including me.”  Church trains people to shut their shut down their spiritual hearing; but God wants it to be an ever flowing spring of truth within them.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t flow through methods, programs, or curriculum. He flows though people who humbly open up and surrender to Him. There’s nothing like the living flow of the Holy Spirit surging through your heart

So who’s prophetic; who can teach or preach; who can evangelize? Whoever has the risen Jesus living on the inside! Just let Him flow!

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Thoughts about talking in tongues

  • Speaking in tongues releases the living flow of the Holy Spirit surging through your heart and out of your lips There’s nothing like it!
  • The mind tends to limit God, but speaking in tongues lets Him freely flow from deep within you.
  • Speaking in tongues requires surrender and humility — two things that God is looking for most from people.
  • The primary purpose of tongues is to strengthen you in your faith and in your relationship with the risen Jesus.
  • Speaking in tongues is a form of prayer that is prompted, released, and directed by the Holy Spirit.
  • When you don’t know what and/or how to pray for people, speaking in tongues will let you pray a perfect prayer from God for them.
  • Talking in tongues enables you to temporarily surrender one area of your life completely to Christ — your mouth, tongue, and vocal cords.
  • Regularly speaking in tongues will make the risen Jesus more real to you than anything you can see with your physical eyes.
  • Speaking in tongues floods your consciousness with the presence of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Talking in tongues lets you experience the supernatural reality of the risen Jesus flowing from deep inside you.
  • When tormenting thoughts attack you, talking in tongues will force them out of your mind.
  • What’s up with this? Nowadays churches tolerate, accept, and even approve of all sorts of sin. Yet, many churches still reject the biblical practice of speaking in tongues.
  • Speaking in tongues is the introductory gift of the Holy Spirit that helps you learn to freely flow in the other 8 gifts.
  • Talking in tongues is a solidly biblical experience–a gift of God that is offered to you!
  • Trying to understand speaking in tongues without experiencing it is like trying to understand ice cream without eating it.
  • All 120 of the first Christians who met in the Upper Room, spoke in tongues.
  • They spoke “as the Spirit gave them utterance.” They moved their lips, but the words supernaturally came from God. The same with us: we do the speaking but God gives the words.
  • The miracle of speaking in tongues is not in your speaking (almost everybody can speak); but in the powerful flow of supernatural words that your speaking in faith, releases.
  • In the Bible, Apostle Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than anybody and that he would like for everybody to speak in tongues.
  • The Bible says that tongues are not for public use, unless they are interpreted so that the people present can understand.
  • Okay, I admit it. I speak in tongues. Been doing it for decades. And it is absolutely awesome!
  • The two things that have kept me closest to God have been frequently praying in tongues and daily Bible reading with an open heart.
  • To receive the gift of speaking in tongues, first surrender your life to the risen Jesus. Then ask for the gift of tongues. Once you ask, speak in faith (but not in a language you understand). There may be an awkward moment or two, but soon supernatural words will begin to rise up from deep within you and flow through your vocal chords. There will also be an intense release of joy and peace.

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