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“Sermonoply” (The Sunday morning monopoly)

When one person monopolizes a church mic every week that’s a sermonoply. Giving a pastor mic control causes him to be seen as a college style teacher more than as an approachable, listening, and caring shepherd. The greatest sermon falls … Continue reading

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The heavenly city’s earthly gathering

For me, the city of God is now! The risen Jesus continually thrills me! I love being aware of Jesus’ presence with me throughout the day. In ekklesia meetings Christians can interact as Spirit-led citizens of the city of God. … Continue reading

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I saw a famous preacher humbly “step off the monologue” today

Today I witnessed a famous preacher lay down the religious monologue so that the Holy Spirit wouldn’t be quenched. Jim Cymbala was to be the closing speaker at the New Room Conference 2022 today. The speaker before him gave an … Continue reading

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What we call church (may be off base)

Love can’t be limitedTo hearing sermonsAbout God’s love.It must be livedIn the heart-felt unityOf Jesus-focused community. The human longingFor belongingIsn’t satisfiedBy the weekly gongingOf a sermon. An hour or twoSitting thruChurch servicesWon’t glueHearts togetherIn community Calling something a church doesn’t … Continue reading

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Beyond Churching

If churchingIsn’t helpingYou be and liveLike Jesus every dayIt’s not working. ChurchingWithout disciplingIs often hinderingFor Christ-following.(1 Corinthians 11:17.) A decision to acknowledge Jesus and to start churching isn’t the same thing as surrendering to and relying on the risen Jesus … Continue reading

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Fire is hot–never lukewarm

Start a heart-fire.Ask God to give youA burning desireTo know JesusBetter. The fire of God must be demonstrated. It can’t be taught or explained. It transcends human rationality. Fire is hot. It’s never lukewarm. Lukewarm Christians have abandoned God’s fire. … Continue reading

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The Jesus-first community obeys King Jesus

The Jesus-first communityExperiences ongoingHeart-to-heart unityAnd takes every opportunityTo glorify Him. Ask not, “Where do you go to church?” Ask, “How do you connect with the Jesus-first community?” The Jesus-first community consists of Christ-followers who interact heart-to-heart with the living Jesus … Continue reading

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Christians should train like Navy Seals so they can follow Jesus better

If you don’t train your desires, emotions, and thoughts to align with truth and integrity, they’ll align you with self-deception. Overcoming temptation requires training, not just will power! Christianity’s not about settling into a comfort zone. It’s about rigorously training … Continue reading

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Fiery faith, not fairy faith (Be the one!)

We need fiery faith, not fairy faith–flaming faith, not sedating faith–blazes of glory, not boring story. Sensing the splendor of God far surpasses sitting thru sermons filled with sweet theological speculation. The world needs to see phenomenal Christ-followers who radiate … Continue reading

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A German missionary’s book about “people Christianity”

Powerful words about the body of Christ from a German missionary: “People-church (ekklesia) is the will of God and a vital necessity.” That’s a thought from a German missionary, Christian Keysser, who served in New Guinea from 1899 to 1921. … Continue reading

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