Monthly Archives: November 2022

Religious privacy goes against biblical Christianity

Little Jack HornerWent to churchAnd sat in the cornerHe stayed on his bumTill he felt numbAnd said,“What a good boy am I.” Church is too often a form of gathered individualism. People assemble in one place but there’s little openness … Continue reading

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Religious self-protection is a rejection of true freedom in Christ.

E. Stanley Jones said: “Jesus was crucified because He wouldn’t conform to a system.” (Jones was an American Methodist missionary to India in the mid-twentieth century.) True freedom in Christ is much more than a system, form, or formula. A … Continue reading

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You can live by the Spirit everywhere

To “live by the Spirit”And “not quench the Spirit”Is to fully yield yourselfTo be carried by the currentAs the Spirit flowsLike inner riversAlive with the powerAnd presence of GodAnd blowsLike a mighty rushing windFrom deep withinYour surrendered heart. The more … Continue reading

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Self-surrender to God / never surrender to evil

The only freedomFrom life’s dark cavesIs self-surrenderTo God’s rescue. If you ignore and/or silence the parts of you that are crying out for healing, you’ll stay stuck in a charade of denial. The One who set up the world’s eco … Continue reading

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Lessons from phone-led people (to help be Spirit-led)

Phone-led people are: Spirit-led people are: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14. (Here’s a picture of a phoney person being phone-led. Get it? Being phoney and phone-led seems to … Continue reading

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A Christian worship gathering was first called . . .?

The first Christians didn’t call their gatherings “synagogue” like the Rabbi-led Jewish meeting, but “ekklesia” like the democratic Greek town hall meeting. Gradually the early Christian gatherings turned away from the democratic ekklesia model and embraced the hierarchical synagogue model. … Continue reading

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Experience an actual demonstration of ekklesia (Zoom or in person)

An invitation to experience an ekklesia (1 Corinthians 14:26) meeting with me: You and one or more people who are hungry for more of Jesus are invited to meet with me and one or more spiritually hungry people on Zoom … Continue reading

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My filter keeps me happy

I have a filter on my kitchen sink to help make my water pure. I need one on my stream of consciousness to help make me pure. Be the gatekeeper of your heart and mind. Let in the good; keep … Continue reading

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The Ekklesia poem

Take a peek At the Bible word From the Greek Translated as church In English Bibles And let it critique The way we do church. The word’s unique. “Ekklesia” was the name Of the participatory And interactive Town hall meeting … Continue reading

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Not a perfect church but a perfect Shepherd

I follow an unseen leader, the perfect Shepherd. Although He’s invisible, He guides me from within. Grazing on the unseen glory of God flowing from within me I begin to gaze on His beauty and to taste and see that … Continue reading

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