How can we let God change us if we won’t even let Him change the church program? Take a risk like the chicken who went halfway across the road to lay it on the line. Lay your all on the line for Jesus!
Christianity isn’t a supermarket where you shop for what you want from God; it’s an army where you lay it all on the line for Him. Church should be a place of surrender, where everybody (including the pastor), let’s go and lets God! Programs, time limits, routine, and a controlled schedule don’t convey the concept of surrender to Christ
Talks about fire can never replace the warmth of a real fire. Talks about God can never replace His flames blazing in your heart. Christians should be like fire hoses, gushing with living water, not like dried up sponges lined up in rows.
Church is too often evaluated by the number of people present, instead of by the degree of surrender to the presence of Christ. Church without God’s supernaturalism is just a religious meeting.
Humble hearts are more powerful than huffy heads. The deception of self-sovereignty keeps us from the kingdom of God. To reconnect with your conscience is to turn on the light of God in your life.
Hearing sermon is like trying to follow a man’s directions but forgetting them. Listening to God is like following a GPS. Perhaps “to gather in Jesus’ name” means “to set aside human programs & instead meet under His personal direction.” –See Mt 18:20
If you’re not happy about your life, change directions. Alter your behaviors; adjust your thoughts; reorient your heart.
Calling adolescent language “adult language” or “mature language” is one of the great deceptions of our culture. It’s easy to be caught in the current of contemporary culture but it’s much more liberating to be caught in the current of Christ.