We cry out to dry bones, “Come alive!”

Church is no place for passivity! Biblically it’s a gathering for interactive, Christ-led involvement. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26 and http://amzn.to/2dvrvlz.)

Far too many people believe that occasionally attending a highly structured and tightly controlled church service is Christianity. However, the 50+ “one another” passages in the New Testament paint a different picture of what it means to be a Christ-follower — going beyond being a passive, silent member of an audience; to being an active, Spirit-led participant in the body of Christ. The song Come Alive (Dry Bones) puts it this way:

“We call out to dead hearts
Come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes
Let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive.”

–It’s time to go beyond passively sitting through a church program. We desperately need spiritual revolution — the life of Christ flowing freely among His people and personally directing each one of us when we gather in His name!

At The Salvation Army Berry Street ordinary people stand up and speak out as they feel led by the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. When they do, dry bones come alive. Come see: Sundays @ 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

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What’s in your fridge?

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Disgrace comes before grace

There’s no grace without disgrace.

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A sermon poem won’t make you know Him

A sermon meandering through your ears
Won’t drive out your fears
Or take away your tears.
Jesus builds His body of believers,
Not on outward words being heard,
But on inward revelation;
His presence and power
Flashing “aha moments” within —
“I once was blind, but now I see.”

 

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“They are as inefficient as the sleepy dose of an ordinary sermon.” –Adam Weishaupt

How can we go beyond ordinary sermons to God’s supernatural revelation?

 

 

 

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Will “Dones” go “Back to Church” as usual, in a post-Christian world?

Will “Dones” and others who have left the institutional church, go back to church as usual in a post-Christian society?

National Back to Church Sunday (NBTCS) thinks they will. It was begun in the United States in 2009. Their website says that this year (2016) 30,936 churches are taking part in it. They are from more than 100 denominations and in all 50 states (as well as countries around the world).

Here’s a quote from their web page: “Back To Church Sunday is a campaign strategically designed to help churches reach out and invite everyone to try church again. This powerful movement encourages church attendance by inspiring and empowering church members to invite their neighbors, friends and loved ones to a special Sunday service designed just for them.”

To celebrate Back To Church Sunday, let’s go all the way back (beyond church as usual). Let’s go back to a form of Christian worship that preceded the traditional Western church format  — the New Testament concept of a Christ-led support group as taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26. Philip Yancy puts it this way: “All too often the church holds up a mirror reflecting back the society around it, rather than a window revealing a different way.”

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So why are people leaving church? Perhaps it is because they get board when they are required to just sit and listen to a religious talk. However, when people are allowed to talk freely about their personal experiences with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, they come alive with excitement!

The most effective group communication depends on dialogue, sharing ideas, and personal interaction. A monologue reduces attempted communication to passively listening to one person’s ideas. That may work in an authoritarian environment, but it fails to build relationship. Perhaps it is time to go beyond church as usual.

Without the free flowing,
Heart-felt expression
Of genuine love for Jesus
And surrender to His presence,
Christianity becomes a shell
Of programs and performances.
“Having a form of godliness,
But denying the power thereof,
From such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:5

At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, our goal is to go “back to church” as taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26, where ordinary people are free to show and tell what God has done. Learn more in the book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible, available in paperback and Kindle @http://amzn.to/2d5fr9d. Visit us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 at 225 Berry St. 37207.

 

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Own-mind security protects against mind-hackers

Use own-mind security. Protect yourself against head-hackers that strive to drain your brain of common sense, corrupt your conscience, and blow up your belief system. Here are 4 own-mind security techniques can give you the moral fiber to help you defeat the inner, cyber attacks from your emotional enemies.

  1. Do you screen thoughts and their baggage before you let them freely fly around in your mind? Don’t let tormenting thoughts trample through your head and tinker with your thinker. Make them take off their shoes. And if they look like they are going to track up your cranium and terrorize your psyche, quickly take away their boarding pass and forcefully turn them away.
  2. Do you let media hack your head? Don’t let the media mind-hackers hijack your neck-top computer and train your thought-processor with self-destructive programming. Vigorously protect yourself from their viruses that vacate virtuous values, violate your volition, and hook you up with vicious addiction. Use mental malware to vanquish malicious media messages from your mind.
  3. Do you let thought-hackers outsmart you? Don’t be unaware of the spiritual foes fighting against you. Don’t be ignorant of their devices. Out maneuver them. Innovate. Learn to use your mind more effectively. Do things differently. Try something you’ve never tried before. Get out of the rut and out of the box. If you try something new and it doesn’t work, at least you have had a learning experience.
  4. Do you weakly submit to and give in to your mental enemies? Don’t surrender to their tormenting thoughts. Continually strengthen your inner defenses and internal resources. Increase your focus on and effort toward personal and spiritual growth. Tackle a sin and overcome it! Monitor your media and stop watching anything that is not wholesome, uplifting, and pure. Pray with another person (spouse or spiritually-strong friend) every day and hold each other accountable. Read the New Testament at least 5 minutes every single day. Fast (go without food to seek the Lord). Be open, honest, and humble with others. Ask the Lord to show you anything in your life that isn’t in line with His will. When He shows you turn away from it. Get help from others before you are in a crisis.

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Are Christians dying for dialogue in church services?

The most effective group communication depends on dialogue, sharing ideas, and personal interaction. A monologue reduces attempted communication to passively listening to one person’s ideas. That may work in an authoritarian environment, but it fails to build relationship. Nowadays churches are dying for lack of dialogue as millions of people are calling themselves Dones and Nones and leaving the institutional church. Perhaps it is time to go beyond church as usual.

Bored with church? People often get board if they are required to just sit and listen to a religious talk. However, when people are allowed to talk about their personal experiences with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, they come alive with excitement!

Ready for some excitement? Let the members of the body of Christ gather to listen to and obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ and they will begin to turn the world upside down.

When Christ is in you, you’re like a beach ball. Life may pull you down, but Christ in you comes bounding back. When this happens in a group of people, it is an amazing thing to see.

Break out of church boredom, experience God’s excitement, and bounce back at The Salvation Army Berry Street. We meet every Sunday morning at 10:45 — 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207. Check out the book about how we meet at Berry Street: Beyond Church: The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.

 

 

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