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

Backwards Christianity puts self first

Too many Christians ignore the living Jesus and focus on self. That’s backwards. My way is seldom the high way. When I go low, Jesus calls me high. Self is deceptive. When you align with self you miss much reality. … Continue reading

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Stuck in pride, missing out on self-deprecating laughter

Pride misses out on the joy of having a good laugh at yourself. (If you won’t laugh at yourself, you’re missing out on a lot of good humor!) Pride feels a constant need to impress. What an unnecessary stress! Pride … Continue reading

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Jesus doesn’t want us to focus on “self-love” but on “neighbor-love”

I find self-focus very discouraging, but Christ-focus extremely invigorating and enlightening! If self-love doesn’t look outward and focus on loving others, it becomes like stagnant water. It needs to flow out of us, not sit in a self pit. Jesus … Continue reading

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Self-will will only make self miserable

Self-will is based on insufficient data; on our feelings and desires, not on truth. When self-will prevails over God’s will for you, misery manifests. A life, battered by self-will, is continually frustrated and stressed. The ravages of self-will reek havoc … Continue reading

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Insider Christianity is essential (it’s not just Sunday church-going)

Insider Christianity burns in your heart and daily changes you from within. It isn’t the same thing as Sunday church-going. The great joy of insider Christianity (Jesus living in and through you) can’t be fully communicated with words. It must … Continue reading

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The Bible Resurrection events / everyday Easter

The Resurrection events in the New Testament off a closer walk with the here-and-now Jesus to everyone. Unfortunately, Christians have too often rejected the biblical, foundational rock of supernatural revelation, for the gravestone of religious knowledge and programs. The Bible … Continue reading

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Following the living, here-and-now Jesus (not an absentee Jesus)

Christians ask, “Where do you go to church?” I prefer, “How do you follow the living Jesus?” Too many churches and Christians act like they have an absentee Jesus. (Sometimes they even seem to use the Bible as a note … Continue reading

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Can good people be found? Not according to biblical Christianity.

If you believe that you’re a good person, perhaps you haven’t examined your own heart (and listened to your conscience) very closely. Every person is capable of doing wrong (and even terrible) things. So where are the good people? It’s … Continue reading

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Happiness doesn’t rhyme with anamosity (but a lot of things do)

When the velocity of animosity exceeds the speeds of kindness, of understanding, and of truth, we’re all in trouble. Animosity reduces luminosity, until the light in our heart grows dim and in our darkness we think we’re right. Where there’s … Continue reading

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The load not taken — “choicequences” & inner peace

The load not taken can’t weigh you down. Choices create consequences. We’re free to pick the ones we want. Our wishes are weak, but our choices create our future. I made up a new word–choi/ce/quen/ces–the consequences of your choices. The … Continue reading

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