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Celebrate the Holy Spirit’s gifts, not the preacher

Perhaps gifts of the Spirit aren’t seen much in church because they’re considered a threat to the pastor’s control. Instead of saying, “Listen to and focus on me,” perhaps ministers should be saying, “Listen to and focus on Jesus.” Revival … Continue reading

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The status quo is often a no-go to following Jesus

If we refuse to glorify anyone but Christ, the glory of God will fill a meeting. When no mere human is the “King” of a meeting, ekklesia can break through. A powerful way to minister to people is to let … Continue reading

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Jesus didn’t say to follow a preacher, a program, or a curriculum. He said: “Follow Me.”

Doing my daily Bible reading, I saw Paul describe a Christ-led support group in Romans 1:11-12. He wrote: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you … Continue reading

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A Fresh Definition Of Ekklesia

“Ekklesia (the Greek New Testament word that was replaced by the English word ‘church’) is a gathering of people called out of human effort, agendas, and control, so that they can freely open up to their spiritual gifts and use … Continue reading

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Painting, proclaiming, spiritual gifts, testimonies, and revival!

When the members of the body of Christ are allowed to openly use their gifts, they inspire me. Here’s an example: –Fred Major lets us hang his original painting at The Salvation Army Berry Street. I look at it frequently and … Continue reading

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Spiritual Leadership Doesn’t “Lord It Over”

Jesus came to establish spiritual leadership in His church that is based on humble example, godly character, and personal power; not on human control, institutional authority, or positional power. Jesus wants his leaders to facilitate His meetings, not to dominate … Continue reading

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7 Characteristics of Soul Goals (That Turn SMART Goal Setting Upside Down)

Spiritual goals go by different rules than traditional goal setting. The 7 characteristics of soul goals turn goal setting upside down! There is a popular acrostic that teaches that goals need to be SMART:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, & Time based. … Continue reading

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