Author Archives: Steve Simms

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

At the intersection of hope & despair

At the intersection of hope and despair, take the uphill road to hope, not the downhill road to despair. You’re alive; be delighted. Let God shine in and delight up the darkness in your heart. I’m not interested in apathy. I … Continue reading

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Jesus is louder than words

The voice of Jesus is louder than words. His inner promptings are more powerful than any sermon. Train your heart to hear Him. A hard heart and tearless eyes are a form of self-deception, not self-protection. Without accurate perception, Truth … Continue reading

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Who’s responsible for evil?

When you speak out against evil and wrongdoing, don’t ignore your own life and heart. If you watch evil, think evil, are entertained by evil, you’ll have a hard time not embracing evil and being influenced by it. If we won’t allow … Continue reading

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Looking beyond the Catholic priesthood

With all the reports of sexual abuse by priests, perhaps we should ask:  “Who are the real priests?”

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Benched Christians

The purpose of teaching people about Jesus is so they can follow Him, not so they can be dependent on constant teaching. Church likes to bench Christians, however, Jesus wants to activate them, empower them, and fire the up! When benched … Continue reading

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Christianity is light, not lecture

When there’s light, you see. You don’t need someone to describe everything to you. True Christianity is light, not lecture. Over analysis has filled contemporary Christianity with spiritual paralysis. To ponder and try to figure God out pales in comparison to personally … Continue reading

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Care for soul-wounds

It’s almost impossible to convey the love of Christ to people when you feel hostile toward them. Be kind. Life’s ups and downs shouldn’t be a Ferris Wheel, endlessly repeating, but a mountain railroad taking you to a lovely destination. … Continue reading

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