Category Archives: body of Christ

Beyond sermon-hearing to Spirit-hearing

Christ experienced is much more powerful than Christ explained. The “let the preacher do it” mentality has crippled contemporary Christianity. However, Jesus never said: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the preacher says.” (He said, “Let them hear what the … Continue reading

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Dare to lovingly pray for Christians you disagree with

Should we pray for Christian groups that hold beliefs that we disagree with and/or that do things we don’t approve of? Jesus did. In John 17, Jesus didn’t just pray for His first disciples, “but for them also who shall … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty Christianity?

Like Humpty Dumpty, the body of Christ has broken into many pieces. Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of Christian denominations and ministries around the world. But is this how God wants it to be? Jesus prayed, in John 17, … Continue reading

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Bible heroes were ordinary people (Moses stuttered)

You’ve probably seen some of these statements about how God uses regular people (like you and me). They are often shared on social media: Moses stuttered. Miriam was a gossip. Jonah ran from God. Leah was unattractive. Paul saw himself … Continue reading

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Some religious things Billy Graham didn’t do

Billy Graham didn’t go to seminary, but look how God used him. He wasn’t a pastor or an official in a church or denomination, but he sure let God him. Too many church leaders are grasping the throat of the body … Continue reading

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Jesus said “Follow Me,” not “Follow a 501c3!”

Christian disciples turn the world upside down; but religious adherents are often swept along with the world’s viewpoints. Jesus said: “Follow Me!” Not: “Follow a 501c3.” The risen Jesus lives inside of all His followers, so He doesn’t need a hierarchy … Continue reading

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Religion — a track for God to run on?

Church sometimes seems like going to a restaurant to hear a talk about food and then thinking we’ve been fed. Too many Christians have been taught that their primary role in the body of Christ is to sit and listen to … Continue reading

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