Category Archives: church services

2 pods about church without sermons

Here are two podcasts about how God will break out of the traditional church mold (if we let Him). He stopped the sermon. Hear how a church in Nashville, Tennessee has been meeting for 8 1/2 years without a sermon. … Continue reading

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Letting church cruise on Christ-contol

Across the USA church is in decline. Perhaps it is time to set church on Christ-control and let Jesus freely cruise trough the meeting. There’s nothing like a Christ-led gathering when we put aside human agendas and control and simply let … Continue reading

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Christ-seminar or Christ-encounter?

Let’s trade Sunday morning Christ-seminars for Christ-encounters. Why should we meet for a weekly Christ-seminar when we can meet to encounter Christ through one another? This is described in 1 Corinthians 14:26. When a person in a pulpit replaces the … Continue reading

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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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