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House church

Stories from the church that meets in our home

I love the church that meets in our home. We are so blessed! How does one communicate the fun that we have just being together–the laughter and warmth as we share a meal? The joy in having visitors with us? Usually we start the “spiritual” part of our time together by asking a question: “What… Read More

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Inner healing

Is your glass half-empty or half-full?

Do you want to be happy or sad? While there are some people who are unhappy because they need emotional healing from a broken heart, others choose to be pessimistic, to look on the negative side of life. There are a couple of very interesting verses in Proverbs 15. Verses 13 and 15 say this:… Read More

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Inner healing

How do we respond when life gets tough?

The part of ourselves that controls our reactions to life has a huge impact on us. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 we have a spirit, a soul and a body. Our body is physical and receives stimuli through our senses. Our soul is generally thought to consist of our mind, will and emotions. Our spirit… Read More

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Kingdom skills

Guest post by Bruce: One line conversation starters with not-yet-believers

I have a job in a very busy, very intense human services setting. I often do not have more than 10-15 seconds to talk to a person. I always have a brief ‘teaser’ line that might elicit interest, and a quick follow up line that gives more info that can lead to a conversation. Sometimes… Read More

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House church

Shhh! It’s a surprise celebration

On Saturday we held a party–a celebration of thanksgiving that Rosaura has been clean and sober for a year. After 30 years of alcoholism and drug addiction, including cocaine and crack, and many rehabs, she was instantly set free from her addictions–no withdrawal symptoms and no relapse. Prior to this, the longest time she had… Read More

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Kingdom of God Missions Non-religious Christianity

Guest post by Michael Tummillo: How are things at work?

Photo credit: Let Ideas Compete (Creative Commons) I was managing a mobile home park in Texas – 185 homes located about 45 minutes south of downtown Dallas – the only mobile home park owned by a big property management company in North Dallas. Single, divorced, I had long before made up my mind that I… Read More

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House church Non-religious Christianity Organic church Simple Church

Guest post from Ross Rohde: Why we don’t judge

 Others should not encounter us like this! Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be… Read More

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Non-religious Christianity

Spiritual battles demonstrate the reality of the spiritual realm

Like it or not, we have been born again into a world where spiritual battles rage. In a post on the reality of the spiritual realm, I asked if anyone had stories of how the spiritual realm had impacted their lives. This one by Frank was too good not to post: "About 10 years ago,… Read More

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Non-religious Christianity Spiritual warfare

The spiritual realm is real: a story

Is there a spiritual realm, an unseen dimension to what happens here on earth? Is spiritual warfare just our imagination? Does what we do spiritually make any difference to what happens here on earth?  Understanding the reality of an unseen dimension that affects what goes on here on earth  jolts us out of religious complacency and… Read More

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Non-religious Christianity

An extraordinary story shows the importance of following the Spirit

In my last post, I asked for examples of following the Holy Spirit. Dan Hubbell, a spiritual father to many, shared this incredible story that demonstrates how following the Lord can sometimes be crucial. He says: "On one of our missions to the Philippines, our hosts planned for us to minister in the southern part… Read More