Category Archives: worship

Everyday Easter!

Happy Resurrection Day! Christ the Lord is risen today (not just on a spring holiday with a funny name). Everyday people can experience Easter every time they meet to worship the living, resurrected Jesus. It’s called ekkesia — http://amzn.to/1U0U73r. Jesus promised to … Continue reading

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416 unprogrammed worship meetings @ Berry Street

I am amazed and deeply moved to be a part of celebrating 416 unprogrammed worship gatherings at The Salvation Army Berry Street this Sunday! What a joy it has been to go beyond church with so many dear brothers and sisters … Continue reading

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14 bold suggestions for the National Religious Broadcasters #proclaim16

Here’s an open letter to the National Religious Broadcasters who are holding their convention, Proclaim 16, in Nashville beginning Tuesday, February 23. Dear NRB Delegates: A warm welcome to Nashville! Thank you for what you do to present Jesus Christ in and to … Continue reading

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“I’m a good person,” is a stealth oxymoron

Are you a “good person”? According to Jesus the phrase, “I’m a good person,” is a stealth oxymoron. Jesus said; “No one is good–except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) In fact, Jesus calls 3 groups of people “evil” or “wicked:” 1) His … Continue reading

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Forgivers, enemy-lovers, and Divine visitation

Christ-followers are called to be forgivers and enemy-lovers. We cannot afford to be offended when our comfort zone is breached. So how are we doing? “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.” 2 Corinthians 13:5. Are you: 1) … Continue reading

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Sermons have been greatly used by God

The Protestant Reformation (which began in 1517, back in the day when the priest was the smartest person in town) made some very effective changes in the way church was done. Those changes helped to create a spiritual revolution and … Continue reading

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Some things the Bible never said:

The Bible never said: “When you come together, everyone sits quietly and listens to the same man speak, week after week.” However, the Bible did say: “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of … Continue reading

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