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Where Did Jesus Come To Change? – Tim Crozier

As Jesus entered the temple for the first time in the gospel of John, it says that He made a whip and began to drive out the money-changers, turn their tables over and spill out all their gains. He said they were making the house of God into a place for merchandising. Besides this one time I do not see Jesus doing much about how or what was being done WHEN people went to temple, to synagogue or to homes for fellowship, breaking bread, hearing of the Word, or ministry. Another words, He didn’t spend a lot of time worrying
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Ingredients & Measure – Tim Crozier

So for this Valentine’s Day I decided to “speak” the love language that my wife Gina speaks the most to people she loves; food. She has a gift for preparing, presenting and downright enjoying a great meal with friends. It’s one of the ways she communicates and receives love. I had the idea to make something for her so that she would experience what others do by her taking the time it takes to plan the meal, buy the ingredients, prepare the items, cook them at the right time and in the right order so that every item of the
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24/7 Church – Molong Nacua

Jesus never intended for Christianity to become a religious sect. He did however want His followers to follow His footsteps in how He lived life, as designed by God, on this earth. Watching what His Father does and hearing what His Father says is what He does. That’s how He’s obedient to His Father’s will. It’s not a matter of rules or of even choosing between right and wrong but of just being obedient to His Father. In like manner, the same Father calls us. He wants us, as His children, to each become an obey-er, just like Jesus. Being
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Housechurching In The Philippines – Molong Nacua

Luke, Chapter 10 gives some very workable principles on church planting that fit in the Philippine culture. There are three main values I see in each one of us that gives us the potential to saturate our country with God’s Word through Simple Church. Let us check them one by one and see how it fits in starting house churches mainly in the community. Close Family Ties If we define house church as an ‘extended’ family meeting together for mutual edification then our family gatherings fit perfectly. Filipino’s uphold family ties to the highest extent, we live close to each
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Church: Team Or Family?

What you call the church determines how you will relate to it. Some of the newer terms we have used to market the local church, and even solicit involvement and participation are the use of the common term “team.” It gets printed on t-shirts, banners and baseball caps, whatever necessary to both foster morale and to esteem cooperation, it seems a “team” spirit works thematically for a missions project, an evangelistic endeavor or even an annual call to practical service. But when we begin to call ourselves a team and not a family, too much shifts, and often too much
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Church: A Band Of Brothers

Proclamation always presupposes community. What are we saying when we say, “church?” When we invite others to “church” what exactly is it that are we offering people? A meeting, a club, some information station, a clinic, a lecture, an MLM, or a place to actually live with others? There is this continual pointing to the truth that God chose to create us to live in community. Community is where people have life in association with others, where people become responsible to one another, where people become responsible for one another. And make no mistake; Jesus invited His followers into a
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Building The Generations

In the last few hours of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ compassion towards His followers reaches out once again to sooth their troubled minds and hearts.  Time and time again throughout His ministry here on earth He had tried to prepare His disciples for His departure, His ascension, His going back to the Father and the Father sending another Comforter, but for some reason, it just didn’t sink in, they just didn’t get it (Acts 1:11). Even after He says it again, there remains more confusion, and more questions.  He indicates, “and where I go you know, and the way you
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Church: A Family Of Families

In Jesus’ classic style of pedagogy He used many forms in expressing many truths. Many of these forms are loaded with picture words, or types, analogies and metaphors that are in parabolic form bringing clarity to the truth of His essential teachings. For the kingdom He used land, pearls, parties or banquets. For lost things He used coins, sheep and prodigals. For the church itself He chose many pictures. These include: a bride, a body, a building, a candlestick, sheep, a garden, a loaf, light, salt, an army and a family. When we see the church as a family of
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Attractional Church

It was a regular Monday morning for me. At least it started out that way. I was sitting in the patio area of a local restaurant in San Diego enjoying my breakfast and reading through the paper. Actually I have made a habit for years of praying through the USA/Today Newspaper in the mornings. What I mean is that I pray the paper by simply reading it and allowing the Holy Spirit to stir anything I read and let it move my heart and spirit towards intercession. I have always chosen the USA/Today as it gives me the National/International stuff
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Why House Churches Are So Important?

It is now obvious (at least to some of us) that “housechurching” is not just a bailout reaction for believers currently discontent or dissatisfied with today’s church. House Churches (organic churches, simple churches, marketplace churches, etc.) are not just covert gatherings for malcontents, people who have never had very good social skills and can’t get along with the traditional symbols of authority. Worldwide, housechurching will prove to be one of the most effective and efficient modalities for responding to and obeying the Great Commission in the 21st Century (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, Acts 1). House churches
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