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The Reformation was incomplete. Transformation needed!

Reformation changes “form” (behavior, structure, appearance, and/or organization). Transformation goes beyond “form” to presence (“with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord”). It changes the heart–the inner essence. 500 years ago, the Reformation made some changes in the “form” … Continue reading

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Some of my frequent God-assignments

Some of my most frequent God-assignments are: Apologize, Be kind to people who are unkind to me, Read the Bible and let it touch my heart, Pray, worship, and exercise spiritual gifts with my wife. “Consider others better than yourself.” … Continue reading

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Together let’s move in sync with God’s Spirit

A major problem with the institutional church is that one leader is often given the authority to override the Holy Spirit. When worship was turned into a never-ending series of weekly lectures by a single expert, Christianity lost much of … Continue reading

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I was prompted to think about promptings

I was reading through Proverbs when a prompting to instead read Galatians chapter five came to my mind. I acted on the prompting. As I read the chapter, the words on the page prompted these thoughts in my heart. True … Continue reading

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Self-control — the fruit of the Spirit

If you aren’t controlling your desires, thoughts, and feelings, then you’re not in control of your life. They are. If we would spend more time and effort controlling self and less trying to control other people, life would be much … Continue reading

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Being Spirit-led brought me to orthodox beliefs

Spirit-led orthodoxy isn’t a long list of beliefs. It’s the truth about who the risen Jesus is, what He’s done, and what He’s doing now. Orthodoxy as a mere creed is shallow. But Spirit-led orthodoxy is deep. It daily conforms … Continue reading

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Last year’s ruts make new year changes difficult. We need SPaction!

Too often New Year’s Day is but a fleeting moment of briefly thinking beyond the monotony of the old year. However, status quo (year after year) isn’t a gift of the Spirit. For a year (or a decade) to pass … Continue reading

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“Walk in the Spirit” with continual awareness of the living Jesus

To “walk in the Spirit” is to maintain continual awareness of the risen Jesus. The first step toward Christian growth is awareness of the risen Jesus. The second is obedience to Him. I love to maintain awareness of the living … Continue reading

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Preaching so that people can connect with & obey the risen Jesus

The purpose of preaching is more than just proclamation. It is introducing people to the risen Jesus, so that they can begin to listen to and obey Him. Early Christians didn’t use preaching to make people dependent on a preacher, … Continue reading

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Have explanations destroyed the fun & mystery of Western Christianity?

Life is full of wonders and mysteries that make us say “Wow!” If you’re not frequently saying a heart-felt “Wow!” you’re missing a lot! I do illusions, but don’t share their secrets. Explanations destroy their fun and mystery. That’s happened … Continue reading

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