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Jesus can still speak. Will 21st century Christians listen?

Hearing Jesus speak to you isn’t about how-to. It’s about want-to. Do you want to hear Him? Many people would prefer to hear a preacher speak than to hear God speak. Why? What you hear from a preacher can easily be … Continue reading

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Jesus ain’t a program; He is Lord!

Christians usually meet to be passively instructed. Perhaps we could also meet to exercise our faith & spiritual gifts, with one another. Where there is no caring interaction there is no sense of community. (A church in Smyrna experienced life-changing … Continue reading

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Is New Testament Ministry Based On Teamwork?

Why are the members of the body of Christ (the church) given various spiritual gifts if only one member is expected to do all the ministry when the church meets? (“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is … Continue reading

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Jesus CEO — Analogy or Actuality?

I recently heard someone in a meeting refer to “the heads of ministries and churches.” Unfortunately, this is not just words. Many people actually believe that a pastor is the head of a church, sort of like a CEO. However, … Continue reading

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Training Ordinary Christians 2 Do Ministry! (A Pastor’s Job)

Perhaps a pastor/minister’s job is not to focus people’s attention on himself, on his plans, or on his performance; but instead to focus people’s attention on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. –John the Baptist put it this way: “He (Jesus) … Continue reading

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Are Your Selfish Desires Evil?

Peter (who once was Jesus’ most impulsive disciple, but overcame it to become one of the most solid apostles) wrote that believers have “escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Have you? Or have you bought the … Continue reading

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Perhaps It Is Time To Start “Speaking The Truth In Love”

Our corrupt culture, built on mountains of denial and the pursuit of personal pleasure, desperately needs to hear and to heed truth.  Yet where are those today, who will like the apostles, lovingly and boldly speak and write the truth? … Continue reading

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