Category Archives: Local Church

Church – structured and spontaneous

The Church is an organism, not just an organization. This truth cautions against overly structuring the life of a body of believers. As an organism, the spiritual life or life generated by the Holy Spirit should lead to spontaneous ministries … Continue reading

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Do this in remembrance of your sins?

What does it mean to eat and drink damnation to yourself and who are the many who are weak and sickly and many who died? Continue reading

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When counseling others…

Consider some practical guidelines for being an effective friend when giving counsel to others. Continue reading

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Church: belonging and removal

Is it possible to be so casual about what it means to belong to a Church that belonging loses its effectiveness and removal becomes irrelevant? Continue reading

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You don’t come to the garden alone

Is there something misleading about the old hymn, “I Come to the Garden alone”? Continue reading

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After 33 years as a pastor…

After 33 years as a pastor (32 in the same church), I know by experience that the life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power … Continue reading

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Preparing new leaders for helping others

How can we protect new leaders from learning too much by trial and error?
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