Can We Just Live Life Together Well?
Oct03

Can We Just Live Life Together Well?

In a world full of breaking news, information and sound bites sometimes it difficult to get to the heart of the matter. There are many good reasons in this world to extol the virtues of the Christian life and the values we hold dear but in the end what good are they if we can’t live life together well? So is the case with good things getting in the way of the Best Thing. As the people of God it is clear to this generation that we are...

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Coming Together in Christ
Jan14

Coming Together in Christ

The Lord spoke to me this morning concerning our coming together in Christ this March in Jacksonville. He said that there is nothing wrong with different perspectives of Himself. We must be careful to not argue and contend for our favorite perspective. There is no right perspective any more than there is a right gospel of Christ among the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each gospel is Christ-centric even though each man...

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Just as you are, My Brother by Don Atkin
May12

Just as you are, My Brother by Don Atkin

We are living in a time in history when our capacities to communicate are greatly multiplied through global access to the worldwide web. Potentially massive audiences can be gathered for good or for evil purposes, from edifying encouragements to felonious assaults. Those of us who love God and are committed to His kingdom need a legitimate starting place for our internet investments in the brotherhood of believers.  How about this for...

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7 Principles on Authentic Community by Dan Notti
Jun09

7 Principles on Authentic Community by Dan Notti

 Ahh, man…not ‘authentic’ again!      “Can’t you use some other word other than ‘authentic’?” This was the frank and honest response my wife had when I first started talking to her about what I believed God was calling me to. After 30+ years of preaching, teaching and being part of the leadership team of a ministry that today would be described as ‘organic’ — oh and 7...

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Relational Wisdom for the Ekklesia by Steve Crosby
Apr14

Relational Wisdom for the Ekklesia by Steve Crosby

Many years ago, a poem of sorts called “The Actual and the Ideal” caught my attention while visiting a friend’s home. I cannot give original credit to the author as I do not know who wrote it, and different sources attribute it to different people. Its profound implications on all of life, within and without the Church, are worth considering. The terms “incarnate and incarnation” used in this article mean: to give flesh to, to embody,...

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Difference between Cultivating Community and Building a Church by Kathy Escobar
Apr11

Difference between Cultivating Community and Building a Church by Kathy Escobar

I originally wrote this post in 2010, and it’s part of down we go. but in the past couple of weeks I’ve had some interesting conversations that reminded me of it and i thought i’d pare it down and re-post it. it’s funny, still, after these years, my thought is pretty much the same except for adding one more point at the end. There’s a huge difference between cultivating community and building a church....

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