The sonship of God

The sonship of God

What would you say describes you best: Are you a son of God or a slave for God? Is it better to love God or just obey him? I am not saying we should not obey God because it is better to obey than to sacrifice. 1 Sam 15:22.  But Rahab was a prostitute and scripture says at the time, she was made righteous only because she believed God and she did what was asked of her in order of…

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The difference between Peace and Relief

The difference between Peace and Relief

Do you have peace or relief? RELIEF: Is a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following RELEASE from anxiety or distress. It is temporary and based on circumstances. PEACE: Is a Spirit that comes from God and is FREEDOM from disturbance. Peace is unfazed by negative circumstances. It brings quiet and tranquility in the midst of chaos and also does not invalidate the word of God. If our lives are chaotic and our own actions calm the rage, that’s relief. If…

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Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

The first major conflict I encountered in my ministry came after about three years, when I preached an extended sermon series on the Christian family. Part way through the series, all of the older people in the church stopped coming on the same Sunday. Since we were a church of only about 100, it was quite obvious that they were gone! I learned that they were disgruntled because my series did not relate to their needs. Here were people who…

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5 keys to releasing the 5-Fold

5 keys to releasing the 5-Fold

We find ourselves in an interesting place in church history right now where we are in transition between an old system and an old church governance model and a new beginning, a new governance model, where the body Christ begins to accept the idea that anyone can walk into the fullness of their identity. And this is not something I am making up. This is biblical. God told us what it should look like in his Church and to this day…

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Church and the gay marriage (DOMA) Decision – what now?

Church and the gay marriage (DOMA) Decision – what now?

As I am sure many of you are reacting to the decisions that came down from SCOTUS recently, I couldn’t help but share some thoughts of my own in terms of what we do about it now.  I’m sure the tendency for most of us is the same…to go negative and opine about moral decline, etc. My wife Theresa Brockett Grote bought a book this week that she said she probably won’t read through because the author only talks about…

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Church on the Rise

Church on the Rise

Interesting video news story recently on the future of Church. I want to make a few observations about this: 1. This was predictable outcome to me because for a while we have known God is doing something new and busting out of top-down traditional church gov’t paradigms which He is about to change. 2. This works because the ministry is shared. It is a nameless, faceless tribe of believers who are starting with relationship, service and community, not meetings. 3….

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A Prophetic word for the Middle East (Feb. 16, 2015)

A Prophetic word for the Middle East (Feb. 16, 2015)

There is a coming sea change in the battle with our enemy who was breeding and expanding unfettered in the Middle East. The people of America and their values that God gave as an underpinning for the republic represents the thing the enemy hates most. The enemy will not stand to see freedom spread any longer. We have heard it be said that people of America are the targets of religious zealots who will stop at nothing to kill and…

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A house built by plumbers

A house built by plumbers

When we think about the five-fold and what is involved, we often flip over to Ephesians 4 to read about the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. I’m sure we’ve all read it a thousand times. This is how God instructs us to build his house. I want you to now imagine you are building a house in the natural which requires you to use an architect, an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter and a painter. Only when you hire…

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How Great Leaders Produce Kingdom People & Kingdom Environments

How Great Leaders Produce Kingdom People & Kingdom Environments

The following excerpt is from Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior by Graham Cooke.  This is such a tremendous example of building kingdom from the bottom up that I had to share it.  The entire book can be found at Brilliant Book House. A church that is top-down led—that is not permission giving—that does not allow the people to dream or encounter God fully for themselves, can never produce a warrior. In truth people who want more of God are going…

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