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Reality Christianity — more than a “form of godliness”

Reality Christianity presents Jesus as real, present, active, and powerful in the now (not just in the past). Reality Christianity isn’t a program or presentation. It’s to obey Jesus’ words: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” The … Continue reading

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When Christianity’s no fun, an hour a week is enough; when it is fun, 24/7/365 isn’t!

People don’t need more explanation of Christianity, but more demonstration of it. Christians need supernatural encounters with the risen Jesus, more than logical answers to theological questions. You have to wait till Sunday morning to hear your preacher live and … Continue reading

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Church “attendance-citis”

Attendance-citis? “Religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance.” –William Booth Beware of attendance-citis — attending church without attending to the voice of the living Jesus. Attendance-citis makes Christianity an appendix to life, not it’s main focus. … Continue reading

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Liturgy & The Letter-G Word

Liturgy can present the letter-G word:  God. However knowing God personally is much more than a word or a ritual.  It requires direct encounter followed by daily surrender to and obedience to His will. Liturgy began as spiritual life, as … Continue reading

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Drenched With God / Soaked With HIs Presence

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you . . .”  As I read those words yesterday morning, the picture of a man drenched with water popped into my mind.  I’ve always thought about the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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RAG — Religion, Atheism, Or God?

The idea of a Creator causes people to embrace one of three positions:  RAG.  That is, religion, atheism, or living God? Religion can be defined as acknowledging the existence of God and attempting to placate Him by formal human activity such … Continue reading

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If The Chosen Are Frozen, How Can God’s Fire Rage Through Our World?

We live in a world that is fastly fleeing from traditional social and moral constraints.  People nowadays uninhibitedly express their feelings and views without regard for what is decent, right, or wholesome, even when they are sober.  There is no longer a need to … 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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Organic Church = God On The Loose

There are sometimes awkward moments in unprogrammed, participatory church (also known as organic church or simple church).  People sometimes say things and/or do things that are outside of my comfort zone.  On a recent Sunday morning at The Salvation Army Berry Street … Continue reading

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