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Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances?

Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances? Will a talk about religion give you the personal power to walk out your faith in daily life? * When church people recommend sleazy entertainment on social media; sermons aren’t working; * … Continue reading

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How many sermons does it take to make a person pure?

Christ-followers are called to be pure and holy! That’s not easy to do when seductive media is so readily accessible and overflowing with negativity, disrespect, vulgarity, adultery, nudity, profanity, and worse. Have all the sermons that we have heard (and … Continue reading

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Lecture or loving interaction? (Sermon or heart-felt sharing?)

What works? Lecture or loving interaction? –1-man lecture doesn’t work as the foundation for support groups. Neither can effective family gatherings be built on the same man always doing all the talking. –So why do we tie church meetings so … Continue reading

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Catherine Booth Writes About Preaching

Catherine Booth on preaching . . . “The main idea of much of the preaching of this day seems to be that of teaching people — instructing them — which too often results in hardening their hearts . . . … Continue reading

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Origin of Obligatory Oratory in Church Meetings (Let’s Get Back To The Future)

In the new church, ordinary people (not the Apostles) spoke about Jesus wherever they went. “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men … Continue reading

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Let’s all preach a sermon together! (When church is organized by the Spirit!)

Ever feel like you need more than a sermon? Experience God’s spiritual lightening bolts and “aha moments” in an enlightening church meeting based on open sharing and testimonies at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207 on … Continue reading

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Is a 1-Man Sermon Like A Centipede With Only One Functioning Leg?

A church where 1 man does all the talking is like a centipede where only one leg does all the walking.  (See 1 Corinthians 14:26)

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