Sharing What The Spirit Says

Simple people sharing
What the Spirit says
Makes church ekklesia again —
A forum for Him;
A support group
For one another.
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”

Make Church Ekklesia

Will religion let ekklesia out of the bag?
There’s no place like ekklesia.
Ekklesia lets the Son shine.
Ekklesia makes the heart grow fonder.
Ekklesia speaks louder than words.
Ekklesia is the spice of life.
In ekklesia there is strength.
The proof of ekklesia is in the sharing
You can’t experience ekklesia without breaking a few traditions.

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Rockin’ with Matthew 16 in Jesus’ Town Meeting (Pebble vs. Foundational Rock)

Like a symphony conductor, Jesus wants to release the music of His presence and power in and through groups of people who gather in His name. He explained that to His disciples in Matthew 16. However, our understand of Jesus’ explanation has been influenced  by the way the King James Bible translators chose to use safe, religious language to bring the Greek into English and because most translators since then have used the King James as a model to guide their translation. However, here’s an alternative reading that can rock us out of the KJV “church” boat.

The King James version leads us to believe that Jesus built a structure or an organization. I woke up during the night thinking about the words that KJV uses; “I will build.” When I woke up the next morning, I looked up the Greek  word translated “I will build” and was amazed to see that it can mean either build as in “build a building” or build up as in “edify, train, or lead.” This alternative version causes us to think that Jesus is building up and training a group of people. What do you think Jesus had in mind? Here’s the alternate version:

“Jesus asked: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Pebble answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Fortunate are you, Simon son of Jonah, for human nature and reasoning didn’t show that to you but my Father in Heaven. And I tell you that you are Pebble, and on this massive, foundational rock (of supernatural revelation) I will personally build up, train, and conduct My town meeting (ekklesia — the city council of Greek city-states).”

Here’s another option:

“Jesus asked: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Stone answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Fortunate are you, Simon son of Jonah, for human nature and reasoning didn’t show that to you but My Father in Heaven. And I tell you that you are a small building stone and on this huge foundation rock of Divine revelation, I will assemble, direct, and mature My open forum.”

To learn more about ekklesia go to this link.

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Inner peace doesn’t come with fanfare. It quietly creeps into the soul like an inchworm.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” -Colossians 3:15

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Doping with performance enhancing words

Doping With Performance Enhancing Words

If you dope with the wrong words
You’ll be duped into darkness;
But if you dope with the right words
You will delight in bright light.
If you shoot up downer words
And they seep into your brain,
You’ll cause deep mental drain
And intense inner pain — 
It’s insane!
But if you pop positive word pills
You’ll fill yourself with uplifting thrills
Try it and see how it feels!
Monitor your media;
Avoid the negative;
Think on, watch, and read good things.
Choose to use profound words
And to dump the profane ones.
Stop the self-destructive rants;
Give up your negative trance.
Use words to enhance
Not to entomb.
–I woke this morning with the first few lines of this poem running through my mind. As I was writing it, I browsed through Facebook and saw a link to this:
“10,000 metres Olympic gold medallist Almaz Ayana has defended herself from allegations of drug use by saying, ‘My doping is Jesus.’ The Ethiopian athlete won an extraordinary 10,000 in a stunning world record time. Ayana smashed a 23-year-old world record to win the greatest-ever women’s 10,000 meters . . . Ayana had barely completed her victory lap before the questions started, and in her news conference she denied using performance enhancing drugs. ‘My doping is my training, my doping is Jesus. I am crystal clear,’ she said through an interpreter.”
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–What’s in your doping?
Here’s a great word for performance enhancing doping — ekklesia!
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There’s no room for bullying in democracy (or church)

Want to go beyond the bullying and 1-man control that can be common in church?

There’s no room for bullying in democracy or in church!
–Modern democracy depends on decisions developed by deliberation, diplomacy, and consensus; not on the dictatorship of one person or one party. There is no place for 1-person control or bullying in democracy.
–The very concepts of Congress and Parliament were based on the ancient Greek city council, Ekklesia, which was a participative, interactive assembly made up of equals.
–When Jesus spoke of His followers meeting in His name, He called it ekklesia. (Unfortunately, Jesus’ word “ekklesia” was replaced in most English language Bibles with the word “church.”)

Church seems to bore people. The struggle is real! Time to try ekklesia! Check out this handbook for ekklesia:


Jesus’ekklesia is:
* an atmosphere of love and caring
* a demonstration of the presence and power of Jesus
* a life-enriching support group
* a place to experience genuine community

Experience ekklesia at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN, every Sunday morning @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.


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Weakly Reader makes me strong!

When I was in elementary school we were regularly given a publication called “Weekly Reader.” Did you get that when you were in school?

However, as an adult I have learned to depend on another publication — “Weakly Reader.” It is a collection of writings by various authors who openly show and admit their faults, failings, and weaknesses. Why do they do that? Because it’s healing to open up. One of the authors of the “Weakly Reader” says: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed.”

Another writer says: “Where I am weak, I am strong.” That sounds like an oxymoron. But hey, it’s one of the main principles of the “Weakly Reader.” When I feel like I can handle things by myself, I only access my own strength. However, when I feel weak, and realize that I can’t make it by myself; then I humbly access the power of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

The “Weakly Reader” continually reveals my weaknesses to me and challenges me to lay them down and instead of trusting in my own strength or resources, to trust in the presence of Jesus working in and through me. That makes all the difference!

Another name for the “Weakly Reader” is the Bible. Weak people read it daily, like their life depends on it. Strong people feel little or no need to daily read the Bible. As for me, I don’t do very well, unless I read at least a little bit every day.

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Tattoo parlor for the heart . . .

God’s tattoo parlor — ekklesia . . .
–Ekklesia is the tattoo parlor of the Holy Spirit where the living, resurrected Jesus inks His hope and healing on human hearts.

Ekklesia makes the heart grow fonder of God and of those who gather together to minister to one another. Good things come to those who wait on God and let the Spirit prompt people in ekklesia. There is no time like the presence of Christ working through ordinary people in ekklesia. Ekklesia is next to godliness. Ekklesia speaks louder than words.

God helps those who help one another.
–This is a blessing of ekklesia. When we come together to fulfill the New Testament “one anothers” according to 1 Corinthians 14:26; God’s presence and power fill the room and He helps us all grow stronger in Him!

What is the difference between church and ekklesia? Church is a building where people attend a religious service led by a minister.
–Ekklesia is an environment where people minister to one another as led by the Holy Spirit.

Get the guidebook to ekklesia: Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia, available in Kindle or paperback.

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If you are ever in Nashville come and get your heart tattooed  @ the ekklesia @ The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207, on Sunday mornings @ 10:45.

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