Category Archives: ekklesia

A poem about an altar call

The beauty of an altar call, When people open their hearts And respond in obedience to God, Doesn’t have to be confined To a few minutes at the end Of a church service. Why not open up the meeting From … Continue reading

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Preachers interesting & ordinary people boring?

Church acts like preachers are interesting & ordinary people are boring. (It could be the opposite.) Protestants made church a classroom. Perhaps church would be more effective as a prayer closet! The body of Christ is a team ministering together; … Continue reading

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Holiness: restrained from bad or inspired to be good?

Holiness anyone? Although some Christian groups are built around the concept of “holiness,” I’ve had trouble understanding it. To me holiness has always seemed like legalistic adherence to outward appearances, and not really a matter of the heart. However, as … Continue reading

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False prophets & fake news confuse

We need clear reception of God’s perception so we can be an exception to deception. Reading the Bible with an open heart filters out the impurities in your thoughts. The Bible keeps our faith anchored to the objectivity of the … Continue reading

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Take time to align

Unless we align with God, we’ll be forever off course. Francis Grimke (an early American Civil Rights leader in 1919) put it like this: “The great spiritual need of man is to get rid of sin, to get out from … Continue reading

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McKay Books confirms nontraditional church in Nashville

While walking into McKay Books in Nashville on May 5, I saw a book, New Day, on top of the free-bin & grabbed it. YOU WON’T BELIEVE THESE QUOTES FROM IT THAT CONFIRM WHAT WE DO AT THE SALVATION ARMY … Continue reading

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Group dynamics & community meetings

Group dynamics is the process of people in a group interacting with one another. When one person controls a meeting it completely shuts down group dynamics. Let’s go beyond merely instructing spectators to facilitating good group dynamics. Group dynamics are … Continue reading

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