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Response to Matt Walsh: Calling our excuses for skipping church “lame”

Response to Matt Walsh: Calling our excuses for skipping church “lame”

Walsh fires away at all the traditional and even non-traditional excuses given by church-goers for not going to church and he unwittingly falls into all the same religious trappings that so many people before him have fallen into by trying to force people back into church for the wrong reasons.

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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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 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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Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matt. 7:21 This is such a profound scripture to me in my life, as is the parable of the 10 virgins (Matt 25). I believe that true truth-seeker and an honest, sincere believer who claims to want to follow God owes it to God to humbly ask him to show them…

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Church as we know it is going to change

Church as we know it is going to change

Francis Frangipane said, “True humility is, ‘I now see myself as a servant to others not one above them.’” This type of thinking needs to be cultural. If we truly believe this our sacred cows much go! True servants to this vision must surrender what they want from people and must cooperate with what God wants in others. Being otherly or Fatherly is apostolic not ownership. It is multiple not singular. It’s about release not control. It’s messy, not clean….

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What turns pastors into policemen

What turns pastors into policemen

I’m sure you’ve been told before, you should not question Godly authority. Typically, the verse most often quoted in the bible to support this is Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  Scriptures like this are usually brought up by leaders when they…

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The Church Man vs the Spirit Man

The Church Man vs the Spirit Man

The Church man is faithful and regularly tithes 10%. He shows up every Sunday, he gets his “god” from the sermon, and wants to please the pastor. The church man is busy and has no time for prayer nor much time to study and gets his value from the pastor. He pleases God, by pleasing the pastor. He’s learned to feel a sense of obligation, loyalty and duty to the system of church. The Church man serves faithfully and he…

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