When I use the word “charismatic“, such as “this is a charismatic church”, or “I recently had a charismatic experience”, it almost guarantees to call for a reaction. Some looked at me as if it was cult. Others responded in skepticism, hostility, or even out right rejection. The term “charismatic” derives from the Greek word … Continue reading Why I Avoid the Word “Charismatic” Entirely But Use “Spirit-led” Instead
There are great spiritual dangers when a church is run as a community center [Please click the link to read the article]. How do we size up a church to discern whether it is Christ-centered, built with solid gold foundation or merely community-centered, built with hay and straw that has no chance to … Continue reading Sizing up a Church: Christ-centered or Community-centered?
Many churches want to reach out to their communities. In order to draw people from the community in, church programs are run to serve their needs. Over time, the distinction between churches and community centers has become more and more blurred, and churches operate more and more like community centers. I sampled a handful of … Continue reading Five Dangers of Running A Church as a Community Center
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Imagine one day you woke up and shockingly realized that you were married! You scramble to figure out how you get to your current state. You tried to remember how you two first met. You wondered to yourself what led you to decide to give your life… Continue reading Dare to Take the Litmus Test To Find out If you are a Christ-less Christian?
Since we have the confidence that by the blood of Jesus, we can enter into His Holy of Holies to meet with God heart to heart, that before Jesus came, was accessible only once a year to one priest as a representative, but now graciously opened for us through the torn body of … Continue reading No Time for Pseudo Fellowship!
Christ designed Christian fellowship in order for His disciples to help each other not to drift away. Christian friendships without Christ make us spiritually vulnerable. To stay strong together in Christ, watch out for the five warning signs of pseudo fellowship. Continue reading Five Warning Signs of Pseudo Fellowship
Drifting…drifting…. Heart aches for the drifting… Drowning…. drowning…. The voice spoken to the drifting in truth is drowning… No word, no confrontation, no truth can be heard.. The voice of the drifting become louder and louder.. as the hearts of the drifting grow harder and harder… Drowning the voice that speaks the truth needed to … Continue reading invisible aches