Category Archives: open sharing

A “Jesus 12” testimony time

I grew up passively watching TV and learning by quietly listening to lectures. However, technology has transitioned our culture from passive listening to active involvement. Perhaps we’re catching up with Benjamin Franklin who is often quoted as saying: “Tell me … Continue reading

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A one-man talk or dynamic interaction?

Billions of Christians advocate for sermons. So why shouldn’t a few of us advocate for open sharing instead?  What God is doing inside of you is important. You need to be allowed to share it! If we don’t think the … Continue reading

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12 steps for one another groups

The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous established 12 steps to help people overcome an addiction to alcohol. As the program gained success, various support groups for other addictions began to apply the steps for their own needs. In 50-something places the … Continue reading

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Y’all-worship (1 Corinthians 14:26)

  An Observation About 1 Corinthians 14:26: Beyond the status quo We could all listen to Jesus And then go with His flow! Church consists of people passively listening to one man on a platform. 1 Corinthians 14:26 is people … Continue reading

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Pastor Challenge For 2015 (#1)

Pastor Challenge 2015 #1 (Please share this with your pastor and/or pastor friends.) —Every Week Let A Different Person Share A 5 to 10 Minute Salvation Testimony During Sunday Worship— * This is extremely powerful as ordinary people share from … Continue reading

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America has lots of talk radio — perhaps we need talk church!

If people are not allowed to talk about Jesus in church meetings how will they get the courage and confidence to talk about Jesus in secular settings? I don’t need to hear another talk about God in church.  I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Preaching In My Dreams–Boy, I Miss It! (A Nashville Story)

I miss preaching . . . I woke up this morning dreaming that I was preaching. Although I haven’t preached a “traditional” sermon in several years, I really miss it. When I preach, I feel the Holy Spirit surging through … Continue reading

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