Category Archives: faith

Church is Like Breathing (& Other Free Flowing Ideas)

A church meeting is like breathing: 1) Someone can program and control it; or 2) People can let go and let it flow. What would happen if a group of believers would begin to gather, not merely to sing and … Continue reading

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To ignore belief in God is to choose to be ignorant of one of the most important factors of human history.

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“Hot. Cool. Yours.” Sochi’s Silly Olympic Slogan — What Does It Mean?

“Hot. Cool. Yours.” (It’s not just a silly slogan for the Sochi Olympics.) * “Hot.” — Heat up God’s fire in your heart and spread it everywhere until you become an ever-burning, flaming torch for God. * “Cool.” — Cool … Continue reading

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God is not a seasoning to occasionally sprinkle on your life. God is the source of and the reason for your life — a 24/7/365 necessity.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. On Liberalism (& Other Forgotten MLK Quotes)

“I began to question the liberal doctrine of man. The more I observed the tragedies of history and man’s shameful inclination to choose the low road, the more I came to see the depths and strength of sin. . . … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From A Muppet Movie

One animated Muppet with all the other Muppets immobile and neatly placed in rows, would not make much of a Muppet movie. Instead, all the Muppets need to be animated and participating interactively with one another. No one Muppet dominates … Continue reading

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12 B&Bs of PC (Benefits & Blessings of Participatory Church)

12 (B&Bs) Benefits & Blessings of (PC) Participatory church: 1) is exciting and never the same ole, same ole.  It breaks the boredom cycle of customary church. 2) releases the living, resurrected Jesus Christ and allows Him to personally direct … Continue reading

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Frustrated With Preaching? Try Sermon-Free Church

I (the sermon-free church guy) love to preach. I miss preaching. I preached regularly on Sunday mornings for about 10 years. However, I got frustrated with preaching because I was growing spiritually, but I didn’t see much spiritual growth in … Continue reading

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Normal Christian Fire = Church Ablaze

Faith is God’s fire roaring in your heart; not religious ideas resting in the back of your brain. The normal condition of a Christ-follower is to have a heart constantly ablaze with love for God. When normal believers, full of … Continue reading

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What’s streaming in your heart? Raw desire? Or Spiritual Fire?

What’s streaming in your heart? Raw desire?  Or Spiritual Fire? Lust and disgust?  Or love from above? Thoughts that annoy?  Or real time joy? Spiritual blindness?  Or lovingkindness? What do you find flowing through your mind? So, what’s innernet streaming … Continue reading

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