Tag Archives: church services

Religion — a track for God to run on?

Church sometimes seems like going to a restaurant to hear a talk about food and then thinking we’ve been fed. Too many Christians have been taught that their primary role in the body of Christ is to sit and listen to … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t church let people take turns on Sunday morning?

Answers: All we have known is the clergy/laity system. We don’t like the idea of any other way of doing church. So we ignore the biblical doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. Martin Luther set up the focus on one man … Continue reading

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How many fingers (members) should you (your church) use?

If a person only uses one finger and all the rest are kept frozen in place; the things that person can do will be very limited. That person will not live up to his/her possibilities. If a church service only uses … Continue reading

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Do church meetings matter? (Spirit-led lives matter.)

Do church meetings matter? The Dones say they don’t. So do the faithful bored. What about you? While talking a walk in Glascow, Kentucky (a town I don’t know) on 9/4/2015, I came across a Salvation Army Thrift Store and … Continue reading

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Church interruptus — letting the Spirit interrupt us and disrupt our program during a church service.

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Years of studying church history have shown me that during times of great spiritual awakening, church meetings are more about experiencing and obeying a Presence, than about sitting and listening to a program.

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Purpose of Church — Running Religious Programs or Connecting People With Christ?

The purpose of church is not to run religious programs.  The purpose of church is to help people connect with, follow, and daily obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. When people begin to listen to Jesus and do what He … Continue reading

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Church gets exciting when God takes the reins and redirects routine religion!

Church becomes powerful when passive people become participatory and begin to passionately pursue and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit! Church gets exciting when God takes the reins and redirects routine religion!

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Two Questions About Human Leadership Vs. The Spirit’s Leadership In Church

Here are two questions about church leadership for pastors and so-called laymen: Question #1: Who is the most capable church leader in the world? Answer: The living, resurrected Jesus Christ present in our midst when we gather in His name. … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From The NFL

The NFL generates tremendous excitement and enthusiasm in America, while the church is mostly ignored.  The NFL fills stadiums, while a great many churches have almost empty buildings.  The NFL even gets people excited about their draft when they pick … Continue reading

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