Tag Archives: God’s presence

See Jesus, hear Jesus, speak Jesus! Go beyond denial.

Too many Christians live by: “See not Jesus, hear not Jesus, speak not Jesus.” If you are unaware of “Christ in you,” perhaps He’s not. Being unaware of the presence of the risen Jesus, is like being in a spiritual … Continue reading

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To focus on a man’s talk (called a “sermon”) rather than on Christ’s presence is to settle for a 2nd-hand account instead of a 1st-hand experience.

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Tag-Team-Blog #1 — When are you most aware of God’s presence?

Someone suggested to me today that since my blog is frequently about participatory church, perhaps I could make it more participatory. I agree! Of course people are always welcome to make comments on any post on my blog. However, in … Continue reading

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The Most Amazing Thing In The World

What is the most amazing thing in the world? To be aware of God’s presence is to be filled with wonder and amazement. Nothing can compare with His splendor! God’s presence is the most amazing thing in the world! The … Continue reading

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God’s Not Dead!

God’s not dead.  What would happen if a group of believers would begin to gather, not merely to sing and hear a presentation about Christ, but to cultivate,  surrender to, and obey Christ’s actual presence among them?  When church presents … 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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Church is everyday people, prompted by the Spirit, presenting God’s presence. It’s not one person presenting a program to people passively perched in pews (or chairs).

See Matthew 18:20 and 1 Corinthians 14:26

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Happy Birthday, Berry Street!

We are celebrating our 4th birthday today at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank You, Lord, for 4 years of seeing You transform, disciple, and work through a diverse group of amazing people and for … Continue reading

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Confronting The Christmas Claims — Conscious Contact With God

The original Christmas is full of contact with God. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary as people encounter God’s Presence and power. A physical new star in the heavens becomes a messenger from Heaven, directing wise men hundreds of miles to … Continue reading

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Down By The Spout Where God’s Glory Pours Out

I was in a church once and the pastor was trying to get some of the people sitting in the back rows to come and sit near the front.  He told them:  “Come down by the spout where the glory … Continue reading

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