Author Archives: Steve Simms

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!

For revival be Jesus-friendly (not seeker-friendly or Jesus-distancing)

The greatest hindrance to Christian revival and spiritual awakening is Jesus-distancing. If you’re often unaware of the presence and power of Jesus, you’ve been Jesus-distancing. Jesus-distancers do all they can to dodge Jesus but Jesus said, “Come unto Me,” not … Continue reading

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“Lazyanity”–the passive & comfortable Christianity

“Lazyanity” falsely believes that Christians stay afloat in life’s raging waves of temptation and corruption without treading water. Jesus is everywhere but instead of seeking and embracing demonstrations of His presence “lazyanity” settles into ceremony and routine. True grace makes … Continue reading

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Good works, faith-rest, and a rubber squeeze coin purse

Your heart is like a football-shaped rubber squeeze coin purse. If you won’t work to continually hold it open to God and to other people, it will suddenly snap shut. Much that is called Christianity is merely human effort and … Continue reading

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Merry today! Don’t wait for Christmas Day to celebrate God’s amazing gifts to you!

The time between the first Advent (coming) of Jesus and His second coming is the Spirit-led era of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”Advent, the annual remembrance and celebration of Jesus’ birth, should never be a substitute for daily … Continue reading

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Is the human heart a cauldron of rebellion?

The human brainIsn’t a trainTo run on a track.It’s a toolTo gainFresh insight. Light reveals.Darkness hides.Moment by momentWe choose sides. God’s callIsn’t to fakeBeing good.It’s to let Him remakeOur rebellious heart. Planet earth is a cauldron of rebellion. We humans … Continue reading

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Put Jesus in Christmas

If you want Christ in Christmas, then this holiday season substitute the name of Jesus for the word Christmas. Jesus, all I want for Christmas is a closer relationship with You.” (Think what impact there would be if between Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Desperation can lead to freedom and joy

Your heart-cry doesn’t echo in a canyon of inner emptiness. It continually reverberates within you, ever calling you to wake up to deeper reality. In the recovery community the desperation that leads to freedom and joy is called “hitting bottom.” … Continue reading

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Christianity goes beyond privacy

There’s nowhere to hideWhen you resideAnd continually abideIn Christ.The rising tideOf His presenceReveals all secrets. A heart exposedTo the lightOf ChristOften complainsThat His lightIs too bightAnd thus retreatsBack into the nightTo keep its secretsOut of sight. Awe causes the human … Continue reading

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6 spokes on the wheel of repentance

How’s your repentance going? Thank God that He is always wanting to cleanse us and empower us to live a holy life. Instead of rolling with repentance, Christians (and most people) try hard to avoid it. One reason is that … Continue reading

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Beyond human control to Spirit control

Jesus gave up positional authority and became a servant, yet He has more followers than anyone in history. He is at the top of the authority pyramid in the body of Christ. All the rest of us are servants on … Continue reading

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