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Christian lectures? Or a demonstration of Christ?

To focus on a man’s talk rather than on Christ’s presence is to settle for a 2nd-hand account instead of a 1st-hand experience. Instead of listening to lectures about Jesus, perhaps Christians could passionately demonstrate our love for and obedience … Continue reading

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Unprogrammed Church

When a Christian meeting is controlled by Christ, without human programming and agendas, the Holy Spirit takes over and the glory of God is on display for all to see.  However, when a meeting is directed and run by a … Continue reading

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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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I Grew Up In Church Without God

My parents tell me that when I was a toddler, I used to talk to them about God.  They didn’t go to church or have much interest in spiritual things, so they were quite surprised by my interest in God and … Continue reading

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Passion For The Christ — Spiritual Fire & Desire

Human history is sprinkled with lights — men, women, and children whose hearts were ablaze with passion for the Christ. Many are called “saints” and are remembered in our day. Untold millions of others, however, were unheralded in their day … Continue reading

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Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab, How ‘Bout Church Lab?

If you have ever taken a high school or college science class you have been to a lab class.  For chemistry and biology, lecture is not enough.  Students need to dissect an animal for themselves to really understand its anatomy.  They … Continue reading

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If God Died Would It Make Any Difference In Your Church Service Next Sunday?

I once heard someone ask:  “If God died would it make any difference in your church service next Sunday morning?”  That’s a good question.  I had to answer “no.”  The church I attended would have carried on as usual whether God … Continue reading

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