No one ever teaches intentionally that worship is a church program. Yet the notion that “worship is a church program” is so implicitly and strongly conveyed, from the way we speak about worship, and from its model of practice that most churches share, as we live together as a faith community. What do I mean … Continue reading Worship is not a church program
Many times when we engage in God’s kingdom ministries: sharing Jesus with others, building up others in their faith in Christ, we let our own credentials and our charisma get in the way. People may be persuaded and convinced by our sound arguments, impressed by our titles and positions, our degrees, and our demonstration of … Continue reading Let Faith be Built on God’s Power alone instead of on man’s credentials!
There is still so much about Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit that I desire to experience before I see Them after my life on earth is over. I call this my “Bucket List with God” #BucketListWithGod On the top of my bucket list with God is to experience Jesus’ presence and power not just … Continue reading Experience Jesus Presence and Power as a Lifestyle #BucketListWithGod
God does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance. But the Lord looks at the heart. [1 Samuel 16:7] What is the ultimate measure of a church? Many churches measure themselves by what is measurable: the number of attendance, the amount of offering, the size of the church building, … Continue reading The Ultimate Measure of A Church
I remember my pastor once said, a sure way to lose a battle is not being aware that we are at war. There is no chance for victory in any battle without an awareness and an intentional mindset of toughening up for the fight. Whether we are conscious or not, the reality is that our … Continue reading Disarmed at War But Not Knowing = Defeat!
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!