Many congregations are working hard to attract the wrong crowd on Sunday—and the result is an Ichabod church.
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We can still make a difference if we pursue this one goal.
"Ossie lived to spread the gospel through multimedia. I was honored to work with him and call him friend during my time at Oral Roberts University."
The witchcraft necessary to coerce people to give financially, to serve the pastor's vision and to build a ministry for impure reasons is extreme. It truly requires quite a few very powerful demons to anoint such a venture.
What the contemporary church needs more than anything is not a new revelation, impartation, program, order or structure.
Jim Bakker's comeback—and makeover as a prophetic sentinel for the end-times church—should inspire us all that God is bigger than our mistakes.
Believers must be prepared for the coming last days lest they fall away.
Having been educated in non-charismatic Bible institutes and universities, I have a very good understanding of those who misunderstand the global restoration of the fivefold ministry gifts as seen in Ephesians 4:11.
The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes.
"Ministry-wise, it's one of the fastest growing underground networks in Iran and Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,"
"We forget that not extending a giving, loving hand to one who is hurting is a sin as well and can be very damaging."
A deeper, weightier revelation of God's love is coming—and it will look much different than we realize.
"For the most part, people aren't leaving the church out of bitterness, the influence of college atheists or a renunciation of their faith."
Jean was appointed and served six years as associate pastor of Angelus Temple, Los Angeles, following the death of Aimee Semple McPherson, who had been her pastor and mentor.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who died due to senseless acts of violence today and our continued prayers and support go out to all of the families who have suffered at the hands of senseless violence in this city," the mayor says.
Many of these teachings are so commonly believed and or are assumed that the average Christian embraces them without examining the Scriptures.
"IHOP has been radically changed. We're deficient in flowing together as a family. The Lord used them to wake us up. We reset our entire vision to include a homecoming dimension."
"It is the Church's responsibility to act in a way that doesn't create divisions but heals them."
I'd encourage you to recalibrate your expectations of the church and of pastors with Scripture.