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If your faith isn’t fun, this can help

There’s too much discouragement and depression today. Faith without works (and joy) is dead. If your faith isn’t fun, this can help. Happy hour? O happy day? Joy unspeakable and full of glory? There was incredible joy in early Christianity. … Continue reading

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Get it — the joy of early Christianity!

Can Christianity be fun, exciting, joyous, and enthralling? Yes! It was for the early Christ-followers and it can be for you. The Joy of Early Christianity will show you how. It’s available at this link. Learn practical and effective ways … Continue reading

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8 past keys to Christianity’s powerful future!

Although Christianity appears to be in rapid decline in the Western world, it is about to break out with fresh power that will radically transform those who experience it. How? The biblical example of ekklesia was established by Jesus Christ when He … Continue reading

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The Unexpected, The Unplanned, & The Unconventional in Church

The unexpected, the unplanned, and the unconventional happened when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and launched the Christian church. Pentecost (and what followed after it through out the book of Acts) was the was all about Presence & power of … Continue reading

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The Contagious, Combustible Christ!

The contemporary church concentrates on communicating calculated content. –The early church concentrated on catching & carrying the contagious, combustible Christ!

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Can A Church Meeting Be Full Of Awe?

In the Bible, early church meetings are described with these words: “everyone was filled with awe.” Awe is an overwhelming feeling of amazement, wonder, and respect. When was the last time you felt awe in a church service?  So how … Continue reading

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Do You Ever Get The Hear-Another-Sermon-Blues?

Do you ever get the hear-another-sermon-blues?  Well, don’t fret.  I can’t find the word “sermon” in the Bible.  Can you? When you regularly share with others about what God is saying to you and about what He is doing in … Continue reading

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Real Church = The Real God, Real Power, His Real Presence Through Real People

Do we go to church to be taught a religious lesson . . . or to encounter and surrender to God’s presence?  A listening mind can learn lessons about God; but it takes a hungry heart to head wholeheartedly into … Continue reading

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Did Sermon-Free Church Begin At Pentecost?

Sermon-Free Church — Did It Begin At Pentecost?  Thoughts for Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013 On Pentecost Sunday (May 19) the church in the Western world celebrates the beginning of sermon-free church. The events are recorded in Acts, chapter 2 … Continue reading

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The Amazing Anointing of An Agendaless Assembly

There is an amazing anointing on an agendaless assembly.  It’s the very presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, Himself.  The First Century Church knew this, not as a doctrine, but as a powerful reality every time they met together … Continue reading

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