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Messianic Judaism – Celebration or Separation Part 2

Cult-like Movement Messianic Judaism is a term coined to distinguish Jewish believers in Jesus as the Messiah. But, despite the joy of Jews believing in Jesus as their Messiah, it is sadly a movement within Christianity with cult-like tendencies. The movement parades itself under the guise of mere cultural Christianity, but it often carries menacing… Continue reading Messianic Judaism – Celebration or Separation Part 2

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Preeminent Leaders and Super-Gurus – Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – part 7

Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion Fostering Wolves When we elevate individuals in the church by kowtowing to them and their opinions, they can easily begin to think that they are superior to the group. And, very quickly they can seem distant and untouchable in the minds of… Continue reading Preeminent Leaders and Super-Gurus – Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – part 7

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Loving the Wacky, Not Their Wackiness – Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 6

Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion We Cannot Separate It’s sometimes really tricky handling people of different persuasions in the Body of Christ. In fact, some are so weird and wacky that I am inclined to want to dismiss them altogether. Creating separation seems the easiest and safest… Continue reading Loving the Wacky, Not Their Wackiness – Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 6

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Rediscovering Unity in the Body of Christ

In order to better affect the nations with the blessings of God, it is paramount that we, as the Body of Christ, rediscover, nurture and enjoy the unity that we have amongst one another. Notice, we don’t need to establish unity, we simply need to recognize the unity that God has already established amongst all… Continue reading Rediscovering Unity in the Body of Christ

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The Problem of Being Different in Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 4

Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion When Seeing Beyond is Unwelcome                             Consider what happens in a church group when a member or two begin to think differently, and perhaps even see beyond the horizons of their group. Most groups don’t facilitate open sharing, and even where some do,… Continue reading The Problem of Being Different in Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 4

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Blissfully Ignorant in My Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 3

Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion Different camps of thinking easily form into what become exclusive groups (exclusive to certain thinking and practices) especially where leadership is top down and where the leaders impart and control the belief system. Denominations are examples of these clusters of believers who… Continue reading Blissfully Ignorant in My Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 3

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Issues and Opinions: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 2

Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion There are all kinds of opinions on a wide range of important issues in the Body of Christ. To name just a few, consider matters like women in ministry, children ministry, our response to homosexuals, the gifts of the Spirit, and styles… Continue reading Issues and Opinions: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 2

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What divides the body of Christ – Part 4

I have a dream Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, let me share my dream. I have a dream that one day we will again gather as the ecclesia, regardless of our differences, united by God’s love as expressly seen in Jesus, and letting nothing get in the way of that. Until then, the… Continue reading What divides the body of Christ – Part 4

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What divides the body of Christ – Part 3

 Silence of the Lambs Churches and denominations have created an impasse for true unity, by holding on to different beliefs and practices that members are expected to adhere to. Any discussions outside the boundaries that are allowed in churches are generally muted by the immediate leaders who are often in no position to effect any… Continue reading What divides the body of Christ – Part 3

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What divides the Body of Christ – Part 2

No Reason to Ever Separate We are all a part of Jesus and the ecclesia and that is our reason for gathering. We have made the idea of dividing around doctrine the norm of Christianity when it shouldn’t even be in our thoughts. If Jesus hangs out with you, then who am I not to… Continue reading What divides the Body of Christ – Part 2