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Dare to lovingly pray for Christians you disagree with

Should we pray for Christian groups that hold beliefs that we disagree with and/or that do things we don’t approve of? Jesus did. In John 17, Jesus didn’t just pray for His first disciples, “but for them also who shall … Continue reading

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Can politically, denominationally, racially, doctrinally, and nationally divided Christians ever be one?

In John 17, Jesus prayed that all of His followers be one. Today there are more than 40,000 denominations, Sunday morning is still the most racially segregated time in the USA, and millions of believers are leaving the institutional church … Continue reading

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Are You Lost In A Lonely Crowd

We don’t have to be lost in a lonely crowd — feeling alienated and alone! In this crowded world, we can experience heart-to-heart unity with other people. One could make the claim that a ball of yarn is an example of unity. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow Is “National Back To Church Sunday”

September 16, 2012 is National Back To Church Sunday in the USA.  It is a promotion that involves thousands of churches from many denominations working together to encourage people who have dropped out of church to come back. If you … Continue reading

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The Awesome Power Of Spiritual Interaction

*  One of the most powerful tools for personal transformation is spiritual interaction, openly sharing your faith, spiritual experiences, struggles, and concerns with others in a loving and compassionate environment.  (I have personally seen spiritual interaction produce life-changing results both … Continue reading

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2 Ways Of Having Church (One Widespread & The Other Very Rare)

There are thousands of brands of Christianity (called denominations).  However, if you look closer at all the denominational and non-denominational churches in the world, there are really only two ways of having church:  1) Spectative church & 2) Interactive church. … Continue reading

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What does the contemporary American church have that the early church in the Book of Acts didn’t have? Here are some possibilities . . . Christian tradition, ministries that people named with their own name, hierarchy, money, church buildings, self-confidence, freedom, one person in control of a church, denominations, laymen, the separation of life into sacred and secular, Bible schools and seminaries, conferences, religious TV networks, televangelists, tax-free status, clergy, a high level of organization, the fear of witnessing to others. Can you think of more things that we have that the early church didn’t have?

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