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Ekklesia, Fellowship & Church

“By ceasing to take part in the public worship of God, as it now is, you have constantly one guilt the less, and that a great one: you do not take part in treating God as a fool.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Was Jesus Really a Rabbi?

Was Jesus Really a Rabbi?

I have generally assumed that Jesus was a Jewish rabbi. After all, He was born in Israel, He was Jewish, and people called Him, “Rabbi.” But that would make Him a professionally trained religious leader. Was He?

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The Wisdom of the Pharisees

The Wisdom of the Pharisees

Come to Him and learn of Him. Repudiate the wisdom of the Pharisees and embrace this Man Who does not keep the Sabbath, because this Man is the Son of the Most High God, and there is therefore now NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus!

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The Work God Blesses

The Work God Blesses

It took five hundred years of walking with God, but Noah found grace, and that made it all worthwhile. Let us learn to do nothing apart from this amazing grace. It is better to wait five hundred years for grace than to work for five minutes without it.

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Worship: Person, Place or Thing?

Worship: Person, Place or Thing?

Relationship views everything in terms of a "person." Religion views everything in terms of "place" or "thing." For example, people say, "I miss corporate worship." They are basically saying that they see worship as a "place," something to attend, a "thing" to be...

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Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore

Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore

The turning point in my life came in 1995. At that time I was a 24 year-old burned out pastor of a church that had just closed. I was a little angry, a little frustrated, and a little depressed. As I was half-reading and half-praying, I came across a passage that I had seen hundreds of times before…

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

Once Saved, Always Saved?

“I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” – Jude 5 If there’s ever a case where you could say, “This really sheds some reasonable doubt on this...

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