The Top 10 March Madness Thoughts

Here are my Top Ten March Madness Thoughts:

March Madness Thought #10:  A basketball team with one superstar and all the rest bench warmers, will never make the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

March Madness Thought #9:  What tournament officials can teach pastors — “Be a guide on the side, not a sage on a stage.”

March Madness Thought #8:  Not one NCAA Tournament team has ever been named after a basketball official. So why are so many “ministries” named after preachers?

March Madness Thought #7:  “March Madness, we don’t mind being the Cinderella.” –Tony Skinn  (God can use anybody for His glory, even the humblest, weakest church member. So perhaps we should give everybody the chance to speak out in church meetings.)

March Madness Thought #6:  “Every year there seems to be a ‘Cinderella’ team that the whole country cheers for. The atmosphere is wild and makes for some memorable moments.” –Noel Jameson  (When the humblest and weakest church members are allowed to speak in a meeting, it creates some of the most meaningful and memorable moments!)

March Madness Thought #5:  March Madness is unpredictable. Nobody knows what is going to happen ahead of time. Why should church be any different?

March Madness Thought #4:  “You’ve got to show up and play hard. It’s like March Madness!” –Arne Krogh  (Perhaps Christ-followers could learn something from that quote!)

March Madness Thought #3:  “Teams are more effective and productive when everyone contributes.”  (Could that also be true about church meetings?)

March Madness Thought #2:  NCAA = Now Christ’s Always Alive!

And my #1 March Madness Thought is:  All my brackets say “Jesus” — He’s the only real champion!

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Experience a church service based on these March Madness thoughts every Sunday morning at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

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Why not schedule a “Jesus 12″ in your church service?

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Why not schedule a “Jesus 12″ in your church program?
–A “Jesus 12″ is 12 unprogrammed minutes during a church service where the living, resurrected Jesus is allowed to be the leader and people are free to go to an open mic and share what Jesus puts on their heart.
–You could fit a “Jesus 12″ in something like this:
Order of Worship
–Call To Worship
–Songs of Praise
–Offering
–Scripture Reading
–Jesus 12
–Message
–Benediction

So why not?  Why not just give 12 minutes of your church service to Jesus? It’s really very simple. If no one talks, Jesus will make His presence felt in the silence.

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Please don’t just write this off as a crazy idea.  If Jesus is alive, as we proclaim, then surely He can manage 12 minutes.  So give Jesus a chance to show your church what He can do. Why not give Him 12 minutes this next Sunday.

For the past 7 years, I have led a church where we have no program at all.  We sing some worship songs and then we turn the meeting over to Jesus.  It’s been amazing to watch the incredible things that He does in and through ordinary people.  If you are ever in Nashville, come and see for yourself at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207 at 10:45 am.

Once you try a Jesus 12 in your church, please leave a report in the comment section of this post!  Can’t wait to hear what Jesus does in your church!

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How is Jesus like a pianist?

How is Jesus like a piano player?
Even the world’s best pianist can’t play a piano with stuck keys.
–Even the living, resurrected Jesus Christ can’t move his body if the members are so stuck that they won’t obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit!
–Don’t be a stuck piano key! Learn to obey the Spirit’s promptings with us every Sunday at 10:45 am. at 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

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Learn to play the keyboard in your mind.

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Abortion = Prenatal Domestic Violence

Abortion is
Prenatal domestic violence.
When domestic violence
Is approved against
Human life in the womb,
How can we stop it
Anywhere else?

Mother Teresa quotes on abortion:

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“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

“Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.”

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”

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got conscience? — A Poem & Some Quotes About Conscience

I wrote a poem about conscience:

Are You Unconscience?

Conscience is
The inner call
To think, say, and do
What is right
And what is true.

To be unconscience
Is to be
Captured and controlled by
Cravings and compulsions.

If you don’t listen to
And obey your conscience;
Your life will consist of
Constant inner clashing
And continual outer crashing!

Quotations by: Douglas Horton, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahatma Gandhi, and Leo Tolstoy

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Do You Have The Tolerance To Step Outside The Humanistic World View & Watch An Amazing New Movie With A Spiritual World View?

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In a society where the majority of people pray, but Hollywood movies almost never show anyone praying, Do You Believe? connects with the real world of conscience, meaning, and spirituality that most people grapple with at some points in their life.  For decades now, spirituality has been kept out of theaters and off of main stream television. Spiritual people who want to watch movies have had to be tolerant and to settle for movies that contradict their world view.

However, the stories in this movie match the spiritual way I live my life — striving to follow and obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.  And it is so refreshing to see people with my worldview, portrayed on the big screen in an artful and quality way.

I’ve watched movies from a secularistic worldview all my life.  Now will the secularists who cry out “tolerance” be tolerant enough to watch Do You believe?  I doubt many will.  I’ve read several reviews in secular media blasting this movie.  But don’t believe them.

Do You Believe? is beautifully written, produced and acted; powerful; amazingly complex; gripping; entertaining, and anointed.  Go see it, regardless of your worldview!

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If Easter is true, then . . .

If Easter is more than fashion, rabbits, and eggs then perhaps we should . . .

If Easter is true–give control to Christ!
–Is Christ alive in the 21st Century? If not, then do your thing. If yes, then step aside and let Him lead! Let Him control your thinking, your saying, and your doing. “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
–If Christ is really alive, then let Him be the Head of His church! Let Him be the Senior Pastor! Allow Him the freedom to set aside our human programming and control the service Himself, by prompting whoever He pleases to share Scriptures, songs, testimonies, insights, words of instruction, etc.

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Lord, send an easterly wind — the living, resurrected Jesus Christ blowing through our churches and our hearts!  Read the book of Acts & see:

Ordinary people
Say and do
Extraordinary things
When they are allowed
To show and tell
What God has done!

William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army was ready to try radical and creative approaches to win souls. He said: ‘If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I’d learn how!”
–Here is a radical approach that really works as proven by this example: A 50-something Hindu man began attending our corps (Salvation Army church). He had been in the states since he was 16 and had been witnessed to by many Christians, however, he rejected every approach. Our corps has open, participatory, testimony-based meetings with no program. After attending about a year, he declared that he had become a Christian because he saw Christ so clearly as people shared from their heart as prompted by the Spirit. He has been one of our strongest soldiers (members) for several years now.
–Here’s a link to his full story: https://stevesimms.wordpress.com/…/from-hinduism-to-jesus-…/

Check out The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, where instead of a featured sermon, everyday people share from their heart as moved by the Spirit:  Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207.

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