Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce.

Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce. Church without unity is like unconnected chain links.

You can’t organize or hype-up genuine Christian unity. It comes through surrendering our agendas to the Holy Spirit.

If church meets around a prearranged program, it’s difficult for a leader to allow God’s Spirit to interrupt it, & rarely happens. Perhaps every church could allow some unprogrammed time in worship & just see what Jesus does.

As an expert builder can build LEGOs into incredible things, let’s allow Jesus to build us into an amazing spiritual family. As one LEGO alone can’t be built into anything, but needs to connect to other LEGOs, one Christian cannot be Christ’s body.

The Protestant churches ignore the saints. The Catholic & Orthodox churches honor the saints. God wants us to be the saints and to do the stuff the saints did. After all, it’s good to know the stuff in the Bible, but it’s better to do the stuff. To imply that the Bible is not authoritative or is not capable of being lived out nowadays, is to deny the amazing testimony of the first Christ-followers.

Learning about Jesus is good. Encountering Him is better. Daily trusting & obeying Him is best! No one can adequately tell you how powerfully Jesus works in human hearts. You just have to experience Him for yourself.

Good things happen when people talk with & listen to one another with honesty, humility, & compassion. Words shared in a personal way, heart to heart, usually mean more than words shared in a formal presentation. Heart-felt encouragement is often much more powerful than instruction.

Spiritual life means that Christ is living & actively working inside of you in ways you cannot contain. We want explanations to satisfy our mind. God wants to give us revelations to satisfy our heart.

We try to figure life out. The Bible says, “Lean not on your own understanding.” No individual, meeting, or organization can control Christ. So why try?
Why not just surrender all control to Him?

It’s amazing when Christians listen to Jesus together and then pass on what they heard to one another. We need more than information about Jesus. We need to personally experience and partake of His resurrection life!

Since we can trust God to run the universe all by Himself, perhaps we can do the same with a church service. When church always gives people a program or curriculum, people learn to rely on that more than on the living Jesus.

We not let our trust in Jesus rust & bust. Keep it shinning brightly! Daily read about Jesus in the Bible and watch your faith in God grow!

Sometimes one single step begins a great journey. To get going, get started.

Encouraging words will bounce off your mind; but flourish in your heart. Open up and let them in.

The truth is, lies hurt and wall people off from the real world by entrapping them in deception & myth. A life littered with lies, languishes in legerdemain. Even silent lies distort the truth and quietly deceive.

Lies condemn people to be continually stuck in darkness. Truth lights a path to recovery and new beginnings. Denying the truth never makes it go away. Those who lack the courage to walk in the light & live out truth, litter their lives with lies.

Here’s the truth. When you tally up the good things in your life, you’ve got a lot to be thankful for. If you focus on making your life count, you won’t have time to count your problems. Although our attitude matters most in life, we often work on improving it the least. Don’t stop when you fall down; stop when you get where you’re supposed to be.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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