Ekklesia what's the right course
When you've gathered to HIM your source?
May each of you HIS life to bring
Perhaps a song that all may sing.
In this meeting where Christ is head
And from HIS mouth each saint is fed
From each brother who speaks HIS worth
HIS peerless life! HIs matchless birth!
A thought or prophecy divine
That all my from HIS table dine
A word of thanks, perhaps a prayer
A glad voice raised to HIM who's… Continue
Added by Clark Wade on October 31, 2009 at 1:30pm —
My wife and I have just started our strange and scary journey. It is a long and probably very familiar story. I’m not a writer by no means (and I am sure it will be apparent soon), but things are going all thru my head and have to get this out.
Three years ago, after a very bad experience with a “mega” church, were about to walk away from “church” when we found this small congregation. The preacher was a humble man who looked at scripture and church life different than anything we had seen… Continue
Added by Karen and Jamey on October 31, 2009 at 2:00am —
Never having a blog before, I'm not quite sure what is the correct format, lest I may rant.
The Lord has spoken to me a lot lately about those who use the Sunday experience of "Church" as a "sort of" dispensation. An excuse, as it were, to use the rest of the week as a leaning post for sin and avarice. Live in sin, allow your children to live in sin, fornicate (sex out of wedlock), drink until you vomit and have an extra-marital affair or three at the expense of your and your… Continue
Added by Jacob Clausen on October 31, 2009 at 12:18am —
Intro: I believe Discipleship and planting churches New Testament style go 'hand-in-hand', so to speak and that you cannot have one without the other. Throughout this course we will look at the principles of establishing new churches beginning with the foundation of discipleship, the developement of new leaders, leadership style and even how those churches grow in what I call a New Testament style or practice.
The aim is to challenge you and to challenge the mindset we have inherited… Continue
Added by Andy Swatton on October 30, 2009 at 11:02am —
I was recently asked to respond to the following concern:
“Our two teens are not attending church with us and we are not making them. I don't want to turn them off of the church, but want them to go. I thought about actually making them go every other week or once a month so that we can go as a family. My husband is hesitant to do this. What do you suggest? I am praying about it...but when we are at church all I can think of is how the kids would really enjoy it if they just would… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on October 29, 2009 at 6:30am —
Remember the women’s libbers movement of the 70’s? A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. There’s a hardness that comes when you demand your rights. Real liberation comes from inner transformation. When a woman knows her value in God and walks in His authority -powerful things happen. A daughter has no greater ally than a father who believes in her.
Added by Julie Ross on October 29, 2009 at 1:22am —
" P.S. The text in RED is my own ad-libbing
. I put this teaching outline together sometime ago when the Todd Bently (or as we affectionately refer to him as Toad Bently) sad and false teachings were EVERYWHERE. The main message that the Church seems to have missed out on is that not everything supernatural is of the Lord! Thankfully, God exposed this man, but the problem of lack of discernment, especially with those we allow to teach and preach, is still plentiful."- jamie… Continue
Added by Jamie McCann on October 27, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Well, here it is another day…one song says, ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DOLLAR…how easy it is to get our life’s focus on MONEY. You know, the great American Dream…baseball, apple pie, God, and CAREERS! The Bible teaches that the LOVE of money is the root of ALL EVIL. Wow! ALL EVIL? I can sure think of some pretty evil things…and to think that the love of money is at the very root of it all…wow! The problem in this world isn’t LOVE..it’s WHAT we love. We LOVE money…who don’t? We all need it and… Continue
Added by James Coates on October 27, 2009 at 12:00pm —
"The lives of most people are like grass- only the trees catch the storm, and they experience a great deal, but the grass experiences practically nothing."
Today I was able to see the wonderful quote taken place in the natural form as a mighty storm had blown through my house and the winds seemed to almost pull the trees out of the ground. The storm was very severe and it made me think about this quote because… Continue
Added by Jacob Zarris on October 26, 2009 at 4:25pm —
The solution to our fiscal mess is re-instating birthrights and establishing a propagating taxable income stream for an eternity. www.legacywillandtrust.com
can do just that without government intervention. Legacy Will And Trust can subsidized our heirs incomes, create a taxable income stream that can be used to rebuild social security, fund charitable organizations, pay for socialized health care without costing our heirs and leave the world a… Continue
Added by Nathan J. Isbell on October 26, 2009 at 4:16pm —
Remember where you were when you learned of Elvis death and 9/11? Well, on Aug 20, 2006 I added to my infamy date list. I was eating breakfast and watching national network news. There was a feature on Mary Lambert, then 85 years old, from Watertown, NY,1st Baptist Church. She had just been fired from being a Sunday School teacher because she was a woman. Their problem was that she had already been teaching there for 30 years! Her pastor just said that he was trying to follow the Bible and it… Continue
Added by Julie Ross on October 26, 2009 at 10:35am —
Ezra 10:18, 19 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.
No person, especially the prophet, has a life that was first his own. If G-d says that you are not to marry, then you are not to… Continue
Added by Darold Scott Tumlinson on October 26, 2009 at 6:25am —
Luke 14:26, 27 (KJV) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Old English doesn't translate well here. Hate in today's version is perhaps too strong of a word. But, disciple is right. It implies discipline. No man or woman can be a prophet/prophetess of G-d unless they… Continue
Added by Darold Scott Tumlinson on October 26, 2009 at 1:00am —
Any teaching about Jesus or His ways, works, or people presents an opportunity to denominations to quarrel. Denominations are not evil. Division within the Church of Jesus is harmful, though. To “denominate” something simply means to “name” it. “Nomine” is the Latin word that we would translate as “name” in English. Perhaps you have heard some theologian call certain people “nominal Christians”. That means that the people are believed to be Christian only in “name”, not in actuality; not in… Continue
Added by Douglas Thomas on October 25, 2009 at 5:26pm —
After having a blog removed...without any notice as promised by......, I had to go see what rules were broken. Here is the only one that I could find pertaining to the blog titled "Christian Universalism Overview" Yes, I understand the term UR has a lot of negative and misunderstood labels attached to it. I wanted to expose some of those misconceptions that the traditional church people have fallen into by showing historical documentation by well respected church leaders( by traditionalist)… Continue
Added by Patrick on October 25, 2009 at 5:00pm —
(from Richard Rohr - one of my fave contemporary mystics!)
Question of the Day:
What system may be blinding me?
The rich young man in Mark 10:17-22 isn’t personally a bad guy; he’s simply a normal part of the system in which he’s stuck. Thus Jesus calls him to distance himself, or even separate himself from it for his own liberation. Most people are not personally bad or evil, but they are often a part of structures that make it impossible for them to see… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on October 25, 2009 at 11:43am —
I had a thought yesterday while at a local park. The children were playing on the playground equipment. Johnny (my brother) and Joy and I were talking. At one point in our conversation the sun was so bright in my eyes. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t see much of anything else. All I could see was ‘the sun light’. The only way I could see Johnny or Joy was to move over so that Johnny was between my and the sun. Then I was able to see Johnny’s face clearly and other things too.
This is… Continue
Added by James Coates on October 25, 2009 at 8:06am —
We are so privaleged to be a part of this end time harvest. Here in the Western Province of Kenya, we are just blown away as we continue to see, albeit just tiny glimpses every now and then, of His sovereign plan for reaching those yet unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is using simple church methods as we see in the New Testament. We could learn so much and save so much time if we were only to let go of our traditions and preferances and get with His programme. Where I live,… Continue
Added by Andy Swatton on October 23, 2009 at 11:12pm —
Jesus compares Himself to ‘natural things’, have you ever noticed? He said He was like, water, bread, door, vine, wheat, and rock etc. He is also like, the wind, fire, and rain. He also said that we should consider the flowers of the field and birds…they will teach us the heart of God. Maybe instead of looking up to some ‘far-off God’ somewhere, maybe we should look all around us. True, the heavens do declare His glory too, but we live here. God’s thumbprint is all around us. We are standing on… Continue
Added by James Coates on October 22, 2009 at 7:20pm —
Galatians 5:1-26 CEV
Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don't ever become slaves of the Law again. (2)
I, Paul, promise you that Christ won't do you any good if you get circumcised. (3)
If you do, you must obey the whole Law. (4)
And if you try to please God by obeying the Law, you have cut yourself off from Christ and his wonderful kindness. (5)
But the Spirit makes us sure that God… Continue
Added by Michael Kalmar on October 22, 2009 at 5:40pm —