Swimming Upstream ain’t Easy, but Don’t Stop Now! by Don Nori
Sep08

Swimming Upstream ain’t Easy, but Don’t Stop Now! by Don Nori

The forces against you are incredible, but you were made with the strength to buck the tide. Most look at you and wonder what makes you tick. Ha! Sometimes you wonder that yourself! But you are not satisfied with things as they are. You just will not settle for less. If the truth be know, you can’t. Of course, let me say right away that you need to know in your heart that you are in the River of God’s grace and direction. You cannot...

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Relationships and the City Church Concept
Aug28

Relationships and the City Church Concept

In church, as in all things relationship trumps geography or in this case, the city church concept. This could be a small business success white paper or this could be a marriage and dating advice column the answer would still be the same. Relationship will always trump geography. Everyday people drive past many restaurants to get to the one where the waitress treats them right. Likewise, when a Navy wife is in love and her husband...

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What should we do with the Church of Smoke and Mirrors by Don Atkin
Jun13

What should we do with the Church of Smoke and Mirrors by Don Atkin

This is an ATTITUDE CHECK for lovers of God and those whom God loves. By the numbers, I believe that most church ministers and members are sincere in their desire to serve God.  Many precious people are the fruit of transgenerational religious traditions.  And, because of their sheltered environments, they don’t even know that there are options. Criticism and judgmentalism do not help. Normal response: They dig even deeper into the...

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Does Five Fold Ministry Exist Today?
Apr01

Does Five Fold Ministry Exist Today?

I’m often asked: “Frank, do you believe in ‘the five-fold ministry’? And do you believe that God is restoring it today?” In this post, I will attempt to answer that question. First off, my answer is largely hinged on what one means by “the five-fold ministry.” In other words, what “five-fold ministry” are we talking about? Are we talking about the two-hundred-year old doctrine of the restoration of “the five-fold ministry?” Or are we...

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When Church Tradition And The Holy Spirit Disagree
Mar14

When Church Tradition And The Holy Spirit Disagree

Most of us young pastors in the 1940’s were taught that portions of the New Testament lost their validity when the Apostles died. For example, I was instructed to ignore teachings about the Holy Spirit’s miraculous gifts in I Corinthians 12 and 14. Chapters 11, 13, and 15, were o.k. but not the others. Had I disobeyed and taught them anyway, I would have been excommunicated. As a result, I lost nearly thirty years of precious...

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