Category Archives: John the Baptist

Lukewarm Christianity isn’t what God wants.

Firefighters use controlled burns, but perhaps we need to give up control and let God burn uncontrollably in church meetings. Unfortunately church services are often run by firefighters who hose down and either quench or contain Gods’ fire! Although church … Continue reading

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True worship: open hearts & radical honesty

–Wanted: “True Worshipers”– God is looking for open hearts and radical honesty. Now is the time to go beyond outward form and religious pretense — no pretending, no hiding! It’s time for heart-felt reality. “The hour comes, and now is, … Continue reading

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The paralysis of analysis or the openness of brokenness?

Our culture analyzes everything. We mentally pick things to pieces. Yet, sometimes our logic locks out love. Love often doesn’t compute — it can be very irrational. Yet love is an essential ingredient for a lovely life! Without love, we’re human … Continue reading

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How many heads does the body of Christ have?

How many heads does the body of Christ (the church) have? While praying I had a vision in my mind’s eye. I saw Christ standing facing me. However, His head was hanging off to His side. In place of His … Continue reading

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Training Ordinary Christians 2 Do Ministry! (A Pastor’s Job)

Perhaps a pastor/minister’s job is not to focus people’s attention on himself, on his plans, or on his performance; but instead to focus people’s attention on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. –John the Baptist put it this way: “He (Jesus) … Continue reading

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One-man sermons & the John the Baptist leadership principle

One-word sentences/One-man sermons. Limiting conversation to one-word sentences quenches communication. Example: Person A) Hello.  Person B) Hi.  A) Going?  B) Yes. A)  When?  B) Now.  A) Where?  B) There.   A) How?  B) Walking.  A) Good.  B) Thanks.  A) Bye.  … Continue reading

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The Dangerous 21st Century Needs Spiritual Trailblazers

The way ahead in the 21st Century is no yellow brick road. It is a dangerous wilderness and we Christ-followers need to cast aside our comfort zone, come out of our church customs, and cut a new trail — following … Continue reading

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