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Spiritually Driven Passionate Prophetic Worship

Spiritually Driven Passionate Prophetic Worship

I posted this some time ago on YouTube because of how powerful it is. It is truly some of the most passionate worship and praise I have ever heard and it inspires me greatly. I wanted to share it here so you could all enjoy it. If only the body of Christ could universally worship God with more heart felt worship – we would blow the ceiling off the buildings.  Enjoy!!! Passionate Prophetic Worship and Praise from Bethel Church in…

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A Spiritually Led Church Environment

A Spiritually Led Church Environment

I love this video. I put it together some time ago from a tape series on doing church in America by Graham Cooke. This is truly one of the most inspired messages I have ever heard, bar none. I think you’ll enjoy it as Graham talks about iniators, enablers and restrictors in churches and how we often make unconscience victims of some of our biggest heros in church. There’s a good bet if you like this blog, he’s talking about you!…

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Being a pioneer despite today’s church

Being a pioneer despite today’s church

God loves a pioneer. In fact, the bible is littered with stories of pioneers. Almost everyone we read about overcame opposition to become a pioneer. So when Aimee Semple McPhearson had no place in the church she obeyed the voice of God and started the International Foursquare Gospel. Nearly 100 years later, the Foursquare Church is one of the fastest growing Christian denominations in the world. So often people wonder why they don’t fit in church. Why aren’t their gifting,…

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The Coming Transformation of Church

The Coming Transformation of Church

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing church today is getting our church governance aligned with the word of God. Most churches are not run by the 5-fold minstry model  described in Ephesians 4 and one has to wonder why they are not. The lack of a distributed power system in church, run by several leaders, all possessing different gifts outlined in Ephesians 4 could be hurting the church. In fact, I’ll go one step father and say that the lack of a team…

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New Testament Living, Old Testament Giving

New Testament Living, Old Testament Giving

There has been a lot said and written about tithing in the church today. Some pastors adhere to the Old Testament standard of giving 10% to the “storehouse” which is often code for the local church, while at the same time, many well-known preachers such as Walter Elwell, John MacArthur, J Vernon McGee, Charles Swindoll and Merrill Ungeran, have come out ostensibly against tithing a standard of 10%. Which is right? Pro-tithe teachers want their parishioners to think that the…

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You were not called to be pew fodder

You were not called to be pew fodder

Attending church is supposed to be a worthwhile endeavor.  The idea is that we become Christians and plug into a body of believers who help us mature and grow until we, ourselves, are released to the work of ministry – or that’s the general idea. However, with more and more churches being inwardly forcused or missing apsects of the 5-fold ministries, who is regularly modeling the great commission and the gifts and anointing beyond the pastor? Every person that comes to Christ is supposed…

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Is Church too dignified for the Presence of God?

Is Church too dignified for the Presence of God?

Do you find that churches today are fairly polished and scripted in their presentation each Sunday?  If you do, you’re not alone. One of the things that was ushered in with the Seeker Sensitive movement in the church back in the 90s was new media, big screens, flashy videos, iron tight deadlines to programs and messages that go down real EZ.  It all runs very smoothly don’t you think?  Too smooth if you ask me.  The system we have at most churches today is so smooth that it literally chokes out…

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Has the church lost her love?

Has the church lost her love?

I was thinking recently about the time that I first started to fall in love with my wife. I remember the excitement, the passion, the wonder of getting to know her for the first time and all the talks we had. When we were together, it didn’t matter what we talked about, I was riveted by what she had to say or thought about things to the point that we would spend hours on the phone talking about our day…

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Holding people with a loose grip

Holding people with a loose grip

My first pastor, after I became a Christian, died a week ago.  His name was Tom Ferguson and he served the Lord in ministry for nearly 50 years. We reflected on Tom and his ministry during his memorial service on Friday and let me tell you, it was powerful.  Tom started a church in Everett, Washington  in 1974 called New Life Center. The church grew quickly because people were drawn to Tom’s authentic and sincere brand of Christianity. I joined Tom’s church in 1982…

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The Coming Shift in Church

The Coming Shift in Church

A good friend recently shared this interview clip with me from Larry Randolph where Larry speaks about coming shift of church that God is bringing soon to the body of Christ. This caught my attention right off the bat because I happen to believe the same thing. I have seen too much evidence to that effect in recent months to convince me otherwise. But in so doing, I believe that if God changes how we think about and do church, it will be an extremely painful…

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