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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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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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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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Putting People in Pastures not Prisons

Putting People in Pastures not Prisons

We act like slaves! Yes, it’s true. Many of us do not lead, have lost our prophetic edge, do not lean on spiritual gifts and instead follow recycled “old school” thinking. Traditions and our church templates are comfortable and accepted and staying inside those walls seems best. It makes sense but there’s no faith in that. Of course it’s far less risky than stepping out like revivalists of old did, scorned and persecuted because they dared to love Jesus enough to risk…

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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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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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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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