Why do churches hide the Light?

Why do churches hide the Light of Christ that is burning inside of everyday Christ-followers? In a world filled with darkness, why do we train Christians to hide their Light, by teaching them to be completely silent and listen to the same man speak to them week after week?

The working of God in and through everyday people is hidden and ignored in church. The living God is doing amazing things in the lives of all of the people present, however, only one person is allowed to speak, while the rest must politely listen. Thus the living message of God speaking through His many people is eclipsed by putting all the attention on the same man, week after week.

Weekly Talk? Or Daily Walk?
–Hearing a weekly talk about what Jesus did in the past is nothing like having a daily walk with Jesus in the present!
–Jesus Christ is so much more than religious words spoken from a platform in a church building. Jesus is not a theological subject to be dissected by the mind in Sunday morning lectures. He is ultimate reality to be discovered in the heart and surrendered to moment by moment.

Does church point people to the wrong man? “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!” –John 19:5 (Perhaps we need to look to the living, resurrected Jesus rather than to a man on a platform.)

A literal interpretation of the Bible without a literal living out of the Bible is just a religious head trip. Dare we look beyond the norm and behold the Lamb of God working in and through ordinary people? If you dare, click here!

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R U M T N-side (empty inside)

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M T N-side? Check this out.

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FROM THE AIR FORCE TO THE ARMY

LisaAnn is a regular at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville. Here’s her story . . .

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It had been a few months since I met Jesus, and I was experiencing peace, rest, and freedom from alcohol addiction.  I was spending hours in God’s word and could hear him speaking to me…It was like a dream!

One night while I was praying, I felt like The Lord was telling me to join the military.  I kept hearing this, but would continually ignore His voice; I did not want to do that!  When I would talk about it with my mother, an “Air Force” commercial would come on television, this happened on 3 different occasions!  I knew it was Him, so I reluctantly joined the military at the age of 19.

I arrived at Lackland Air Force base with a botched haircut, acne, and a “Jesus Saves” sticker on my suitcase.  You could see me coming a mile away!  I was messed up, pitiful, and scared to death…

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Y’all-worship (1 Corinthians 14:26)

 

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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 actively ministering to one another as prompted by the Spirit.

WCJD? (What can Jesus do?) Why don’t we set aside our program, lay down our control, and see? Why not surrender a church service to the risen Jesus and let Him run it from the start to the finish?

Who has the right to control Christ’s body? You live in and control your own body. Shouldn’t we let the risen Jesus live in and control His own body when we gather in His name?

“People teach Christianity but don’t practice it . . . If only the Christian church understood how contrary its foundation is to the Spirit of Christ and how it has supplanted the true ideal.” –Leo Tolstoy

One forgotten word was used to describe
The open forum in ancient Greek democracies
Where people met together as equals sharing their heart.
When Jesus named His body, the gathering of His people,
He chose that very word: “I will build My ekklesia.”

Behold! It’s the invisible God working in and through ordinary people! Let’s get back to the Greek New Testament concept of ekklesia: http://amzn.to/2ePVBei and release God’s heart-fire into everyday people!

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Appomattox Christianity

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In 1865 General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, leading to the end of the American Civil War. Christianity is about surrendering. Jesus put it this way: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.”

What if General Lee had signed the surrender papers and then stood up and announced that it was now time for a meeting with a detailed agenda that included a long talk by him? Wouldn’t that have contradicted his surrender?

Of course it would have. To surrender is to give up your control, your agenda, and your rights to another person or group. William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army put it this way: “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”

Lincoln sums up Appomattox Christianity this way: “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

So why don’t we Christ-followers, when we gather for worship, surrender the meeting to the risen Jesus by giving up our control, our agenda, and our rights. Instead of following a program that someone has put together and printed on a bulletin to be passed out to everybody present, why can’t we do like General Lee and just surrender the meeting to the risen Jesus and let Him do whatever He wants to?

I call that Appomattox Christianity. Meet with two or more Christ-followers, surrender the meeting to Jesus, and then wait and see what Jesus does. Are you ready to give it a try? Why or why not?

Learn more about Appomattox Christianity here.

 

 

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Christianity is a bully-free faith!

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A Christ-follower’s focus should be on love. We should never try to force, coerce, bully, intimidate, or manipulate people. We are called to “speak the truth in love” and to “consider others better than yourself.”

This Bible verse always makes me wonder: How much true Christianity is there in this world?
–“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” –1 John 4:20

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Transition Of Power

Today we saw President Obama meeting with President-elect Trump, preparing for a transition of power. Perhaps this should remind us that those of us who call ourselves Christians are called to a similar transition of power. We are called to lay down our trust in self and in human governments and to replace it with trust in the Kingdom of God — obedience and submission to the government and rule of the living, resurrected Jesus within our heart.

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