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In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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We finally got moved and look forward to more privacy beyond the city. Thanks David for helping us back onto the site.

New England churches are all but dead, so it seems. The house churches we found there were far apart and highly insulated. There was little interest in outreach-spiritual or physical. 

I see today that the freedom seekers in Hong Kong are mostly young-as young as 12. So I ask where are the committed young people in the a house church movement or whatever it's called. 

We liked that video here about optimistic prophecies and God being victorious in history. But the speakers were strikingly in their latter days themselves. I say it not to be insulting because no one can set their age. 

Young people: Please speak up.

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It is good to consider what the Lord teaches in scripture in comparison to our priorities in church life. Paul wrote to young Timothy:

2 Tim 2:22-26

22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.  (NIV)

There have been times in our life that church as we knew it became a distraction from the Lord Himself. It has been helpful to us to know that we can always seek out others who "call upon the Lord out of a pure heart."  Guess what? We have never been denied that kind of fellowship! It might never lead to a "church meeting" as such, but there is much comfort and joy in finding others who also want to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace while calling on the Lord.


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Our Nation's Capital and a great place for small groups.

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Sometime between AD 360 and 370, the Council of Laodicea banned Christian gatherings in private homes.

That's it...  But it is not comprehensive in it's scope. Since home meetings were never commanded in Scripture we cannot assume that every Christian met in a home setting prior to this law. (That's 'law' in quotes, of course.) But we can assume that many if not most did. 

Regardless, this edict can only be viewed as a disturbing development and as a infringement upon our liberty in Christ. 

Bureaucrats - they can be seen in every age and in every institution.

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Welcome! 

Our church does not really have a name, most of our members just call it group. We started out as a bible study several years ago, but as many of the traditional churches attended by our members have gone to digital services or restricted who can attend each week, now for many of us it is the only gathering we attend.  Our Group currently has ten members, not counting children, we are a mixed bunch, each with their different backgrounds and understanding, but we are all striving to be like the bereans and test everything to the scriptures. 

We currently meet every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. Each week we pick a different topic to discuss, sometimes specific questions and other times just general themes.  Whoever is hosting acts as mediator ensuring that the conversation stays on topic and that passion doesn't overflow. Our meetings usually last two hours, with the main discussion ending at 9.

Please give me a call if you are interested in learning more. (570)8518301 There is a worldwide call back to the home where a church can thrive under the authority of the Lord. Breaking bread, forming relationships, and hopefully collectively growing closer to Christ.

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And this all Christians ought to know: That the title of clergy St. Peter gave to all God's people, till Pope Higinus and the succeeding prelates took it from them, appropriating that name to themselves and their priests only; and condemning the rest of God's inheritance to an injurious and alienate condition of laity, they separated from them by local partitions in churches, through their gross ignorance and pride imitating the old temple, and excluded the members of Christ...

For we have learned that the scornful term of laic, the consecrating of temples, carpets, and tablecloths, the railing in of a repugnant and contradictive mount Sinai in the gospel, as if the touch of a lay Christian, who is nevertheless God's living temple, could profane dead Judaisms, the exclusion of Christ's people from the offices of holy discipline through the pride of a usurping clergy causes the rest to have an unworthy and abject opinion of themselves, to approach to holy duties with a slavish fear and to unholy doings with a familiar boldness. For seeing such a wide and terrible distance between religious things and themselves, and that in respect of a wooden table and the perimeter of holy ground about it, a flagon pot and a linen corporal, the priest esteems their layships unhallowed and unclean, they fear religion with such a fear as loves not, and think the purity of the gospel too pure for them, and that any uncleanness is more suitable to their unconsecrated estate. 

But when every good Christian, thoroughly acquainted with all those glorious privileges of sanctification and adoption which render him more sacred than any dedicated altar or element, shall be restored to his right in the church, and not excluded from such place of spiritual governments his Christian abilities and his approved good life in the eye and testimony of the church shall prefer him to, this and nothing sooner will open his eyes to a wise and true valuation of himself, which is so requisite and high a point of Christianity, and will stir him up to walk worthy the honorable and grave employment wherewith God and the church hath dignified him; not fearing lest he should meet with some outward holy thing in religion which his lay touch or presence might profane, but lest something unholy from within his own heart should dishonor and profane in himself that priestly unction and clergy-right whereto Christ hath entitled him. 

Then would the congregation of the Lord soon recover the true likeness and visage of what she is indeed, a holy generation, a royal priesthood, a saintly communion, the household and city of God. And this I hold to be another considerable reason why the functions of church government ought to be free and open to any Christian man, though never so laic, if his capacity, his faith, and prudent demeanor commend him. And this the apostles warrant us to do. But the prelates object that this will bring profaneness into the church; to whom may be replied that none have brought that in more than their own irreligious courses, nor more driven holiness out of living into lifeless things.

John Milton, The Reason of Church Government, 1642. English poet and scholar who is best known for the epic poem Paradise Lost (1667).

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Hello dear friends in Christ, near and far.  

As much as possible we will adjust this site to no longer link to Big Tech. Yes, it is an almost impossible task but we will move toward that goal.

Reason? Big Tech no longer supports free speech and desires to track everyone's movements online. And then to secretly monetize the data which they have collected about you and me.

In the beginning, the whole idea of the internet was for each person to have an uncensored voice and that privacy would be guarded. 

Things have changed.

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This question was raised in a book entitled, "The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church." It is striking when you think about the emphasis Jesus placed on our attitudes and actions and the very lack of that emphasis found in most of the creeds.

It is not suggested that we should abandon the creeds, but what would happen if we took the sermon on the mount more seriously?

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I was reading tonight and just noticed something in the story of the Centurion who was asking Jesus for a healing for his friend.

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. Luke 7.

The centurion loved his nation. What does it mean to love your nation? Our country is not at peace with itself. How do we love our nation? My real citizenship is in heaven but is there something else?

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After the Corona Virus and new work at home opportunities, many corporations see less and less use for a physical headquarters. The Church of Christ should also consider this question. Truth is, many of the denominations which have a Headquarters are completely out of touch or even at odds with those they claim to represent on the local level.

Would I post a portion of an article like this? Because the church should be able to learn from the business world if it can and should. After all, Jesus had much to say about stewardship. Likewise, he mentioned that the sons of the world are for their own generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). 

More importantly, Jesus is Lord of all things - that includes business and commerce. This is the reason he could advise his hearers to "make friends with money." (Luke 16:9) But I digress.

A church building, likewise, is something which is unnecessary and can even be a hindrance. But not in every case, I must freely admit.

From a recent Inc Magazine, for your enjoyment:

Many start ups are, of course, launched out of home offices or proverbial garages. However, there's usually an assumption that, if your start-up is successful, you'll need to rent office space to continue to grow the business.

However, one of the cool things about our wired-up business world is that almost every function that a small company needs can be handled remotely or contracted out. Since that's so, why spend money on corporate headquarters?

Take, for example, Fractured Prune Doughnuts, a quick-service doughnut franchise that's rapidly grown from 1 to 25 outlets. Despite what you'd naturally assume given a company of that size, CEO Dan Brinton has only two corporate employees on his payroll.

Rather than paying for posh headquarters and flying potential franchisees to headquarters for meetings, Brinton brings his "corporate headquarters" (essentially him and his laptop) to wherever it's needed.

In 2014, Brinton spent 223 days on the road meeting with franchisees to launch new stores. This has allowed him to spend as much time as possible assisting franchisees with their openings, while avoiding the hassle and expense of managing a physical office.

In addition, because Brinton needn't worry about relocation costs, he can contract work to the most experienced professionals (production, marketing, PR, etc.) regardless of where those professionals prefer to live.

This allows Brinton to focus on franchisee success and his vision for the company, rather than office management and politics. It also ensures that the growth of his company "is organic and not merely growth for its own sake."

Brinton makes an important point here, because once established, corporate headquarters have a tendency to take on a life of their own.

I've worked with many companies whose palatial headquarters are full of figureheads and bureaucrats whose primary job is proving their own importance by vetoing good ideas and road-blocking productive work.

Although much of the business world still considers fancy headquarters to be a sign of success, a big corporate headquarters only represents "growth" in the sense that a tumor represents growth.

In most companies, the disappearance of corporate headquarters would be a net gain in productivity because the real work (design, manufacturing, sales, support, etc.) takes place elsewhere...


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Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. (NASB)

I am one of those parents who claimed Proverbs 22:6 as a definite promise. I understood that it's inclusion within the scriptures designated it as God-breathed. 

Is it a promise or a possible hope? I struggle letting it go as merely a hope. Yet I just see more and more instances where the children do not follow the parents even into middle-age and even later.

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Look closely. Can you read the words on the wall? 

He always seems so happy. Now we know why...

Matt Risinger is a DIY hero who loves to share his knowledge and his home and his Saviour. 

https://buildshownetwork.com

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We don't hear too much from Gene Edwards lately. I recently noticed that he had celebrated a rare and  important anniversary. Not the 25th, not the 35th, not the 45th, not the 55th...  ~ Drum roll ~ How about the 66th?

Interestingly, he and Helen were married before a nationwide television audience of millions.

Gene isn't my favorite writer but others hold him in high esteem. His influence is undeniable. Regardless, let us give credit where it is truly due. This is a monumental achievement. And an excellent example to all who bear the name of Christ. Especially when marriage, even within the church, has fallen onto hard times.

For more information.

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Is there anyone meeting in Hernando or Pasco counties on the Florida Gulf Coast?

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Jerry Falwell Junior just gave the enemies of God another occassion to blaspheme. "Whatever God he worships - we don’t want it and we don’t need it," they say to themselves.

He has also offended every one of his 100,000 students and his alumni as well. Now, like 97% of those who get caught, he will begin to tap-dance around the clock. And to blame others, of course.

We are not here to bash the institutional church - that would take forever and we would all be drained. Besides, several "leaders" in the "organic church movement" have also been caught in sexual misconduct and cover-ups. Still we must pause now and then to consider what is going on in this world where each of us is called to serve.

An old Indian Chief supposedly remarked: "There is a black dog and a white dog within each of us. The one we feed will eventually gain control." That's you and that's me. There are no exceptions.

The words of Jesus to his disciples still echo down through the centuries: "Watch and pray."

May God have mercy upon US.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-falwell-relationship/

Because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme my name, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.  2 Sam. 12:14

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Greetings Church. We have been thinking about several church questions in our family. The questions about the number of leaders and participants necessary for the establishment of a Christian Church don't seem to attract much attention. I guess we are just used to the model of the large group mentality. 

So are there other models found in scripture and history?


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Regardless of what sort of Christian music you listen to, if you are blessed then I will also rejoice. To each his own. Or her own.

Some of us can only make a joyful noise... Me, for example.

Franky Schaeffer had strong words for the Christian Music Industry way back in the 80's.

Today Christian endeavor in the arts is typified by the contents of your local Christian book store, accessories, paraphernalia shop. For the coffee table, we have a set of praying hands made out of some sort of pressed muck. Christian posters are ready to adorn your walls with suitable Christian graffiti to sanctify them and make them a justifiable expense. Perhaps a little plastic cube with a mustard seed entombed to boost your understanding of faith. If this were not enough, a toothbrush with a Bible verse stamped on its plastic handle, and a comb with a Christian slogan or two impressed on it. 

On a flimsy rack are stacked a pile of records; you may choose them at random, blindfolded, for most of them will be the same idle rehash of acceptable spiritual slogans, endlessly recycled as pablum for the tone deaf, television softened brains of our present day Christian.

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Hello! My name is Rob Pineda, and I live in Deltona, Florida. My family and I are going in the house church direction, and was wondering how others feel about starting out with just your own family? Is that not a good idea? Is it just fine?  Just looking for some opinions, and input. Thank you so much!

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Patricia Summitt was an American women's college basketball head coach who accrued 1,098 career wins, the most in college basketball history upon her retirement. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, before retiring at age 59 after receiving a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She won eight NCAA championships.

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Hi. I'm from Winnipeg Manitoba and new to this site. Does your network have any house churches here in my area?

Thanks

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Recently I have considered how the Covid-19 might affect many churches financially, as their numbers are limited in gathering, and when the offerings of many are received. That got me to thinking of the time when Jesus sent out His disciples and told them to not bring additional provisions. Their needs were supplied, and they were fruitful in their work.

So how much does it really cost to love, serve, and bless others with the Good News of the Kingdom of God? I know we all have physical needs, but my hope is that we will learn that we can worship God, and serve others much more efficiently than we have in the past, only because we had to during this time.

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When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns

As every one of us sometimes learns

And many a failure comes about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don't give up though the pace seems slow—

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out—

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—

It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

           John Greenleaf Whittier

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