Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Simple Syllogism About Sunday Church Services

A simple syllogism: * Jesus is alive and present when believers meet together. * Jesus is smarter than any man. * Therefore, we should let Jesus lead Sunday morning church services instead of a man leading them. When the Holy … Continue reading

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Has The Gospel Lost It’s Power In The 21st Century?

Has the Gospel lost its pull on people’s hearts? No, the church has lost the passion to powerfully present the Gospel. “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof, from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5 When ordinary … Continue reading

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When church meetings are built on, focused on, and actively led by the invisible Presence of God, power is released and lives are visibly transformed and the invisible Presence of God is made visible through His people.

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New Ideas, Worn Out Ideas, & Re-engineering Church

A live electric wire on the ground is not boring. It is attention grabbing, powerful, full of sparks, exciting, indescribable, and unpredictable.  A live church service of people flowing together in God’s current is the same. About God? Or by … Continue reading

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America — is it working?

America, how’s it working? Our American culture trains us to flow unrestrained with our feelings, our sensuality, and our desires. This training, however, releases hateful and evil behavior. For example, last night NBC News reported that 20% of American college … Continue reading

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How (I Was Taught) To Act In Church

How I was taught to act in church:  Be quiet, sit still, behave, just listen, be passive, don’t talk, watch the preacher, be like everyone one else, don’t ask questions, only do what the program says, don’t laugh, don’t be … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. On Liberalism (& Other Forgotten MLK Quotes)

“I began to question the liberal doctrine of man. The more I observed the tragedies of history and man’s shameful inclination to choose the low road, the more I came to see the depths and strength of sin. . . … Continue reading

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Bold Christian Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. (For MLK Day)

“We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the … Continue reading

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Grace ain’t “hyper” — it’s humbling.

Grace is not permission to do wrong. It’s the power to do right!  Grace is mercy, forgiveness, and freedom from sin; not feeling accepted and approved in our sin.  When we admit and turn away from our sin, God’s amazing … Continue reading

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God streams in silent souls . . . (God’s Not Dead!)

In simple silence you can sense God streaming in your soul.  Silence uncovers His voice.  God’s not dead!  He’s ever active in your heart.  Listen! When you have a hurt-attack, call on the Great Physician–the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. God … Continue reading

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