“The Award For The Best Leading Actor Goes To . . .”

The leading actor plays the largest role in a film, TV show, or play. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is the Leading Actor. He gets the Oscar!

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So why do we confine such an amazing Leading Actor as the Holy Spirit to an occasional cameo role in church meetings? What if we took ministry time in church away from men and gave it to the Holy Spirit?

“The ministry of the Spirit” or the ministry of mere men?
–The Bible refers to “the ministry of the Spirit” and how it is even more glorious than the glory that was on Moses when he received the 10 Commandments. It says “For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.” (See 2 Corinthians 3:7-11.)
–Do we experience the glorious “ministry of the Spirit” in 21st Century church meetings? Or have we exchanged “the ministry of the Spirit” for the ministry of mere men?

Here are some examples of the Holy Spirit playing the lead role in the Bible:

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” –Romans 8:14

“Let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”  1 Corinthians 2:4

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'” –Acts 13:2

“The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.'” –Acts 8:29

“While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you.'”  –Acts 10:19

“The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.”  –Acts 11:12

“As for you, the Anointing you received from Him (the Holy Spirit) remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His Anointing teaches you about all things and as that Anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in Him.” –1 John 2:27

There is a recent move that was made by simply following the Holy Spirit.  It is called Holy Ghost.  

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What The Church Can Learn From A NASCAR Pit Crew

Pit Stop Church

A pit stop is when a race car stops during a race for fresh tires, refueling, mechanical service, and/or repairs. While the driver waits in the car, the work is done by between 5 and 20 mechanics known as a pit crew. Other services include removing debris from air intakes; making adjustments to tire pressure; and cleaning the windshield.

pit crew church

The members of a pit crew have various roles. No one man does it all. The leader is the crew chief. Some of the roles include: 8 people are assigned as tire changers, 2 on each tire — 1 person takes the tire off and the other puts the new tire on. There are also 8 tire carriers who work in pairs – 1 brings the new tire to the car while the other carries the old tire away. There are also jack men who lift the car so the tires can be changed and lower it afterward.

Perhaps church could learn to function as like a pit crew, actively participating together as prompted by the Crew Chief, the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, in order to get people refueled, repaired, out of life’s pit stop, and back into the race as a spiritual team.

–“When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation . . .” —1 Corinthians 14:26

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Does Church Need A Shake Up? A Restructuring?

While attending a Salvation Army Men’s Camp at Paradise Valley in Kentucky I was given the book, Why Men Hate Going To Church by David Murrow. The book gives some interesting insights into contemporary church.

why men hate church

David asks the question:  “What if Christianity’s primary delivery system, the local church, is perfectly designed to give us the results we’re getting?  What if church is built to reach women, children, and elderly folks?”  He goes on to say: “Men don’t hate God or Christ or the Bible or Christianity. They hate a system that makes them feel unneeded.”

Is our contemporary preaching and our religious system ineffective?
–“Too many preachers and teachers still communicate like it was 1875. They assume people are absorbing what they say. Reality check: the vast majority of Christian teaching today returns void.” –David Murrow
–Experience a fresh way of doing church, where instead of a 1-man sermon, everyday people, as prompted by the living Jesus, proclaim what they have seen and heard God do in their lives.
***Every Sunday morning @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37207.

“Churches need men because men are natural risk takers–and they bring that orientation into the church. Congregations that do not take risks atrophy.” –David Murrow
–At The Salvation Army Berry Street we take risks every Sunday morning. We open the meeting up and allow anybody present to share what the Spirit puts on their heart. And every Sunday, the living Jesus guides the sharing and makes it flow together into an amazing demonstration of His Presence and power!

Reading David Murrow’s book made me think about how much more effective the military is at training soldiers than the church is a training warriors for Christ.

A military trains its soldiers by:
1) Some lecture; 2) Lots of drilling (getting soldiers involved in actions and practice); 3) Lots of war games (actively acting out combat situations).
Church trains its “soldiers” by:
1) Almost all lecture; 2) No drilling; 3) No spiritual war games.
–Which is more effective?

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Music City’s Magic Country Music Marathon Motivates Many!

St. Jude Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K in Music City:

country music marathon

Here are some quotations from signs spotted along the way in past Country Music Marathons that give us powerful life lessons:

“Keep Going. Keep Going” (Never give up on your dream.  Click here to read about a Nashville dream fulfilled after 121 years!)

“You’re NOT almost there” — At about mile 2.  (Life is a long haul. No matter where you are along the way, keep looking forward and keep dreaming!)

“Worst Parade, Ever” (Running a race is not organized and tidy like a parade. The race of life often looks like a mess full of frustration, pain, and disappointment.  But don’t quit. Life is a marathon, not a victory parade.)

“Insert Inspirational Quote Here”  (Although people may cheer for you and encourage you along the way, ultimately you are responsible for your own motivation, persistence, and endurance.)

“The miles make a runner, the attitude makes a person, both make a champion.” (It’s not enough to just keep going through life; we also need to keep hoping and believing.)

The 2015 St. Jude Country Music Marathon starts at the honky tonks in downtown Nashville on Broadway. It finishes at LP Field. Everybody who makes it to the finish gets to run onto LP Field. The big letters on LP Field remind me of the words “Let’s Pray.” Nashville has a great history of prayer — from the passionate prayers of its suffering slaves to the prayers during the destruction of the Civil War; from the Union Gospel Tabernacle (built as a revival center but later to become the Ryman Auditorium–the “Mother Church of Country Music”) to The Call Nashville when 70,000 people gathered on LP Field for 12 hours to pray and fast for revival and spiritual awakening on 07/07/07.

Because Nashville is Music City there will be 50 bands along the course at 28 entertainment stages. (Nashville is becoming known as Worship City.)

Last year’s marathon drew an estimated 36,000 runners to downtown Nashville. More than half the runners are visiting from out of state.  65 percent of this year’s runners will be women. There will probably be more than 100,000 spectators cheering runners on.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” –Paul of Tarsus

While you are in Nashville, come be inspired at Music City’s most unique church where instead of a 1-man sermon, ordinary people show and tell what God has done. Check out The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center on Sunday at 10:45 am. — 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207.

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It’s Your Right!

Faith is your right!

It’s Your Right!

You have the right . . .
To daily follow and obey
The living, resurrected Jesus Christ!
Don’t allow anyone
To rob you
Of that
Right!

A Rap ‘Bout Rights (Who has rights?)

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Look past the future into the Presence! YOLO!

God's presence past present future

A present for your future: Give your future a present. Leave your past in the past.

Look past the future into the Presence! YOLO!

Do you have time?

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What I Said

What I said

Creativity by its very nature is beyond the norm, To be more creative we should stretch self to see what we’ve not seen before. Often the most significant sightings are not in sight, but insight!

We can be messed up in the maze of life. Or we can be amazed in the mess of life. So why be messed up when you can be amazed?

Life’s not user friendly! To make a good go of it requires wisdom, knowledge, skill, good mentors, and the inner Guide. It ain’t easy being alive!

If nothing made everything then nothing matters.
If someOne made everything, then everything matters!

Where did you come from?

When hopes collide, crash, and collapse; confide in Christ!  Connecting with Christ creates celebration. Jesus causes joy!

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