The Blunted Spear The Folly of Misguided Ministry Methods by Wes Schoel
Nov27

The Blunted Spear The Folly of Misguided Ministry Methods by Wes Schoel

I’ve fought a lot of spiritual battles in my life. Sometimes I’ve fought those battles while I was alone. But usually, I fought those battles with several or even many believers standing with me. I’ve seen a few defeats, none of which could be blamed on God. Rather it was human weakness, fear, doubt and unbelief that brought about the loss. But I’ve also witnessed a lot of victories. These came because God’s people stood in...

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The Church in Community Is This Unity Possible? by Kokichi Kurosaki
Nov27

The Church in Community Is This Unity Possible? by Kokichi Kurosaki

It is very difficult to unify the creeds and institutions of many hundreds of denominations or churches. Indeed, it is almost impossible because many of them have very special kinds of creeds and interpretations of the Bible, of which they are so proud that it would be suicide for them to abandon or change them. If an attempt is made to find the largest common factor of the creeds of the many hundreds of sects, the result will be...

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7 Takeaways from a New Testament Gathering of the Church
Nov23

7 Takeaways from a New Testament Gathering of the Church

If you are like me, the idea of visiting a New Testament gathering of the saints has always been a desire and a longing of your heart. But, how do we go back 2000 years? How do we erase from our own brains 2000 years of man-made traditions and rituals? Surely, His Spirit would speak to those who are hungry and thirsty for the real thing today. Oh Holy Spirit, how we need your help in the 21st century. Father, it is our prayer that as...

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Finding Focus in Christ Alone by David Fredrickson
Nov20

Finding Focus in Christ Alone by David Fredrickson

For several years now, there’s been much talk and writing about what church is and/or what it should be. Some of it is pretty good stuff as far as emphasis on relationship, participation, and freedom from hierarchical leadership goes. Others focus on irrelevant details such as how it should be structured and how best to meet. Somehow it all comes up short. We read in the book of Acts that the religious leaders knew Peter and John had...

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Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson
Nov20

Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson

In a conversation with a friend today I was recalling how many years ago I used to ask God to reduce me to love. It sounded really noble and spiritual. I’ve also often petitioned him for a baptism of love. Seemed like it would be a warm, cozy experience. Now, years later, if asked to draw a picture of the consequences attached to those prayers, I would probably use four frames to sketch a house with many rooms. The first frame would...

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