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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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Did Jesus offer an Amendment to the 10 Commandments?

Did Jesus offer an Amendment to the 10 Commandments?

James 2:20 “You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without works is dead?” Have you ever examined the kind of works that James cited in his passage in his letter to the nations? Why didn’t James say that helping Granny paint her house was a good work instead of the examples he chose? James seems to go out of his way to use antithetical examples other than obvious “good” works we would choose. Why? In James 2:21 he writes, “Was…

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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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Contrasting Flesh with Faith

Contrasting Flesh with Faith

There are some who walk in fear and there are some who walk in faith. There are people who follow God’s law and there are those who follow God’s voice. There are people who live under law and there are those who live under grace. There are some who talk of God’s power and there are some who walk in God’s power. There are some who of speak of great miracles and there are those of whose miracles we speak….

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Breakthrough is only a trial away

Breakthrough is only a trial away

Are you in a situation to the point that it hurts?  I believe God has something for us that only these situations could teach.  These are the times we find ourselves on the threshold of breakthrough, the sort of breakthrough that not only allows us to move beyond the state we’re in, but promises to be a ministry in and of itself.  Hebrews 2:18 says “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who…

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Mindsets that Poison a Spiritual Walk

Mindsets that Poison a Spiritual Walk

It’s Sunday and you’re getting ready for church. You’re thinking that worship is going to be good and you’re jazzed to hear from God today.  You wisp yourself off to church and settle in. You’re feeling good. Bold! You’re walking around the church like you own the place, praying for others and laying on hands to anyone who needs it. A few good acquaintances make their way to you and say hello. It’s really going well. Suddenly you hear the…

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Who stole your inheritance? You did!

Who stole your inheritance? You did!

According to CBN there are over 30,000 promises in the bible.  One of them reads, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me,” Phil. 4:13. Another is, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father,” John 14:12.  So why don’t we do greater things? Your inheritance is a gift from God. God has called…

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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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In Defense of Graham Cooke

In Defense of Graham Cooke

There is much written on the Internet these days about people. In some ways I don’t like it because anyone can say anything about any person in total anonymity,  even if that person is in public ministry. If authors of such comments get their facts wrong, it’s nothing to them. No big deal. They are “anonymous,” and they can just move on.  But when it’s about someone else, if a person’s very livelihood and ministry is threatened, shouldn’t we count the cost before we spout off?  Would we treat…

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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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