Tag Archives: Beyond Church

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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Refuse to get comfortable in the Dead Sea.

Jesus doesn’t put the Dead Sea into His followers. Instead, He releases ongoing inner rivers of living water. Those invisible rivers are the most important rivers on the planet. Christ-followers are now God’s temple. The rivers that Ezekiel writes about … Continue reading

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Illusionary living or beyond church Christianity?

When we see small stuff as big stuff, we misrepresent reality by stuffing our mind with distorted proportions. Every lie is big stuff. It’s a loser’s lost cause because even if it appears to win, it loses truth and integrity. … Continue reading

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“One anothering” in The Salvation Army

There are 50+ “one another” verses in the Bible. When Christians seek to obey them, hearts begin to connect and community occurs. We can’t “bear with each other” and follow the other “one another” commands if we refuse to band … Continue reading

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Which “town meeting” has the most influence over you?

Living in any city, culture, or country, surrounded by its social structures and values, only an ongoing inner renewing can prevent Christians from becoming subconsciously molded and conformed into its image. Those in Christ need to gather regularly apart from … Continue reading

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Does church ignore the connectivity of the Holy Spirit?

When Christ in you connects with Christ in me, an instant sense of kinship happens, even if we’re strangers. When we sense that connection, we tend to open our hearts to each other and begin to actively experience our unity … Continue reading

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Choose church or ekklesia (They’re not the same.)

When Christians lost the word ekklesia and replaced it with the word church, we lost much of what it means to be Christian. It’s vital that we rediscover that lost word: How can Christians be Jesus’ ekklesia if we don’t … Continue reading

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Sermon fatigue . . . can go on and on

A religiously informed mind without a transformed heart is counterfeit Christianity. Christians need more than a Sunday talk. We need to meet together, all listen to the risen Jesus, and then say and do what He tells us. Many Christians … Continue reading

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Things worse than skipping church

If you want to skip one of these two things, skip church before you skip daily Bible reading. Daily Bible reading is more important for a Christian than going to church. One of the things that the Bible says overcomes … Continue reading

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