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Jesus’ calling on first century Christ-followers

Understanding the calling on the first century Christ-followers, who Paul wrote letters to depends on understanding the Greek word that is translated as church. That word is ekklesia. There were two ekklesias in each of the Greek cities that Paul … 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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Baiting people with religious candy or net fishing for human hearts?

Net fishing for people? New Testament net fishing doesn’t work if you don’t have a network of people connected heat-to-heart with the living Jesus and with one another. As the inner spiritual knots that tied the earliest Christians together loosened … Continue reading

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An overlooked Christian challenge

One of Christianity’s greatest challenges is to let the resurrected Jesus’ literally demonstrate His supremacy when His body gathers! “He is the Head of the body, the church (in Greek “ekklesia”–the participatory town meeting in ancient Greek city-states) . . … 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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A prayer for Christians from Ukraine, Russia, & around the world

This is my prayer and hope for Christians from Ukraine, Russia, and around the world: May the body of Christ around the world begin to boldly and brightly be “the light of the world,” “a city set on a hill” … Continue reading

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Church or ekklesia–do words really matter?

The words we choose matter because they put pictures into people’s minds. Every time I hear and or read the word church, I see a business-like organization and/or a programmed religious meeting centered around a one-man sermon and/or a building … Continue reading

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Church is a building, Christian organization, or Sunday religious service. What is ekklesia?

To use the same term to describe a religious building or organization that we use to describe the body of Christ is very confusing. They are not the same things. The body of Christ is the people who have received … Continue reading

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4 practical suggestions to experience ekklesia

Every time you see the word church in the Bible, it’s a coverup/mistranslation of the Greek word ekklesia, which literally means called out ones. It was the proper name for the interactive, city council in ancient Greek city states, where … Continue reading

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Jesus in the midst of the lampstands: Menorah & Ekklesia

Did the risen Jesus compare gatherings of His followers to the Jewish Menorah? I believe He did so in the book of Revelation. The apostle (sent one) named John, who had been one of Jesus’ closets disciples, had a vision … Continue reading

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