Monthly Archives: January 2013

The apps of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

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The Worst Religious Advice I Was Ever Given

The worst religious advice I was ever given came when I was a student at Memphis Theological Seminary.  A professor in a preaching class said:  “You need to spend one hour of study for every minute you preach.” Since then … Continue reading

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Where Did Information Come From?

We are surrounded by information.  (Some people say that we are in an information explosion, but even uneducated tribal people are living in a world awash in information.) Every inanimate thing (although it might look as simple as a rock) … Continue reading

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Is The Church Trying To Teach People To Swim Without Letting Them Get Wet?

I heard a very good sermon today.  But while passively sitting and listening to the sermon, I began to think my own thoughts instead. I pondered to myself:  Which is more effective in changing lives —  studied and prepared sermons … Continue reading

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Unrehearsed Words — Let Them Be Spoken Live In Church!

Unrehearsed words from God are eloquent. Jesus speaks about unrehearsed words when He tells His disciples; “. . . what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.” (Matthew 10:19 Unplanned, unpracticed words are a normal … Continue reading

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Two Questions About Human Leadership Vs. The Spirit’s Leadership In Church

Here are two questions about church leadership for pastors and so-called laymen: Question #1: Who is the most capable church leader in the world? Answer: The living, resurrected Jesus Christ present in our midst when we gather in His name. … Continue reading

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