Category Archives: church services

Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances?

Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances? Will a talk about religion give you the personal power to walk out your faith in daily life? * When church people recommend sleazy entertainment on social media; sermons aren’t working; * … Continue reading

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

Cats don’t go to church, but perhaps church could learn emotional honest from cats. Ernest Hemingway wrote: “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” If cats did … Continue reading

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Meeting With The Living, Resurrected Jesus

Jesus wants gatherings of His followers To be more than audience-style church services. He wants to personally lead and direct His people, Demonstrating His actual presence and power, Through what He leads each of them to say and do. The … Continue reading

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Christ’s lights should have every bulb burning (not just one)

Too often church services are like a string of Christmas tree lights with only one bulb burning, which our 21st Century interactive, participatory culture often finds boring. (That may be why so many people are “Dones” — done with church.) … Continue reading

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Presenting God’s Presence–Putting the living Christ on the podium!

A simple script for an amazing church service: –“Please welcome our speaker, the living, resurrected Jesus Christ!” (Applause, then one person after another stands up and talks freely from the heart as they are internally prompted by Jesus.) Have we … Continue reading

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Do You Dare To Read These Amazing Words From Catherine Booth?

Here’s a long passage from Catherine Booth about how church meetings should be done. Dare you read it? “While the gospel message is laid down with unerring exactness, we are left at perfect freedom to adapt our measures and modes … Continue reading

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Nashville Salvation Army newsletter features a story about Berry Street

There is something going on at Berry Street . . . by Laura Tingo The Nashville Salvation Army’s Berry Street Corps is a place where people gather to share, sing, hug and worship. Sometimes one happens without the other. Its … Continue reading

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