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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalms 19:1

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Movement is a Jesus community based in the Fort Worth, TX area. We have no hierarchy (no leader), no staff, no building, and no formal liturgy. We meet each week for a meal and plan our weekly gathering online each week. Anyone looking for a place to ask questions, engage others, and explore their faith should reach out.

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Living Letters

W. Carl Ketcherside
Sound Words
July-Aug 1985

A great deal of confusion exists in our world because men confuse the covenants,
or testaments, of God with the scriptures written to a covenant people. God exhibited
himself as a covenant-making God, having chosen this method by which to establish
a relationship with the rational beings of His creation who inhabit the earth. He announced 
numerous covenants, but there were two of such importance as to be designated the first 
and second testaments, or the old and new testaments.

Both of these were designed to create a people for God, and both began with a signal
deliverance, the first from a nation that had its own gods; the second from the shackles
of sin. The initial one was made at Mount Sinai in Arabia, the second at Mount Sion, a
symbolic name indicative of the heavenly Jerusalem which represents a redeemed state 
rather than a geographical site.

Both were written covenants, but neither was written by man. The first was written upon 
two tablets of stone, by the finger of God; the second upon fleshy tables of the heart by 
the Holy Spirit. There was no difference in the writing instrument, because "the finger of 
God" is simply another designation for the Spirit. When the Egyption magicians failed to 
reproduce a miracle by their enchantments, they said "This is the finger of God." (Exodus 8.19) 
Matthew says that Jesus attributed his miracles to the Spirit of God (12.28), while Dr. Luke 
says he attributed them to the finger of God. (11.20). Both were talking about the same event.

Not one word of the new testament was written with pen and ink, as Paul points out in a  
wonderful chapter dealing specifically in a contrast between what he designates "the old 
testament" and "the new testament" (2 Corinthians 3.3). He affirms that the new testament 
was written with the spirit of the living God in living men and women. And he asserts, "We 
dare to say such things because of the confidence we have in God through Christ."

It is that very same confidence that makes me dare to say that there are not twenty-seven 
books in the new testament. The new covenant is not a written code as was the old, because 
“a written code leads only to death, it is the Spirit alone which can give life." (2 Corinthians 3.6)

The new testament is the glorious new agreement, announced by God, and inscribed on the 
sensitized heart of every recipient of grace. It is personal, enabling us to "reflect like mirrors 
the glory of the Lord."

This glorious relationship is actually a new birth, introducing us into a new humanity through 
a process of inner transformation. It cannot be described in mere words. Peter says, "At present 
you trust him without being able to see him, and even though he brings you a joy that words 
cannot express and which has in it a hint of the glories of heaven; and all the time you are 
receiving the result of your faith in him - the salvation of your souls." (1 Peter 1.8)

Then what is the purpose of the new covenant Scriptures? What end is served by the epistles 
of Paul, Peter, James, and Jude? The answer is quite simple, but it depends upon the metaphorical 
relationship which you have in mind at the time.

If you think of the disciples of Christ as citizens of a kingdom, the epistles are directives from 
the king providing instructions for the development of responsible citizenship. But there is as 
much difference between the new covenant and these epistles as there is between the oath of 
allegiance before a federal judge which changes one from alien status and a textbook on civics.

If you think of disciples as members of a family, the epistles are love letters from the Father,  
regulating conduct and behavior. But there is a much difference between the new covenant and 
these epistles as there is between the act in which one is conceived and the letters he receives 
when he is away at college.

If you think of the saints as soldiers, the epistles are the manual of arms, but there is as much 
difference between these epistles as there is between the swearing-in ceremony and the daily 
training schedule or the orders of the day.

In short, our relationship with God is created not by conformity to a written code or a legalistic 
system, but by personal surrender to the claims of Jesus as heralded in a message called "the 
Good News." The agreement is carved into the heart by the Spirit so that each of us is a letter 
written by the finger of God. God's new testament is not a compilation of letters bound together 
in a book, but a collection of ransomed lives bound together in a body!

The apostle says it better than I can. "You are an open letter about Christ which we ourselves 
have written, not with pen and ink but with the Spirit of the living God. Our message has been 
engraved not in stone, but in living men and women." It is my prayer that we may be always 
reverent, righteous, and readable! (2 Cor. 3.3)

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This is the one minute elevator version... 

The story begins and ends with the glory of God - to the amazement of and benefit to all mankind, now and forever. He extends his love to us through Christ for his own glory. His name is love and love is what he does. 

His love motivates us to deny ourselves and to love others. So true it is that the Scriptures can say: "Whoever is born of God loves the brethren." What could be more natural? Love always desires the company or fellowship of it's object, be it one or more persons.

And what could be more natural and instinctive than to eat with and meet with other Christians in a domestic setting? Thus house church - a simple, scriptural, time-proven, low-cost arrangement for young and old.

House church is not an end in itself but rather a means the end that in all things Christ will have the pre-eminence in all things in both the spiritual and physical realms.

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Acts 2:46

Going up?

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Can someone please email me where this is?

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Supreme Court Blocks California’s Restrictions on In-home Religious Gatherings

The Supreme Court late Friday ruled against California, blocking the restrictions ban on in-home Bible studies and other religious gatherings.

The court’s narrow 5–4 ruling was in favor of a group of Santa Clara residents who asserted the restrictions violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“Applicants are likely to succeed on the merits of their free exercise claim; they are irreparably harmed by the loss of free exercise rights ‘for even minimal periods of time’; the State has not shown that ‘public health would be imperiled’ by employing less restrictive measures,” an unsigned opinion of the court’s majority said in its opinion.

The ruling is the fifth time the nation’s highest court has overruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on California COVID-19 fueled restrictions, including a February ruling that saw the court grant a worshipper’s application asking for restrictions on in-person religious services be rolled back.

“It is unsurprising that such litigants are entitled to relief. California’s Blueprint System contains myriad exceptions and accommodations for comparable activities, thus requiring the application of strict scrutiny,” the majority wrote on Friday.

          by Zachary Stieber. Continued here.

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We had this playing at our wedding. 

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God is changing the Church, and that, in turn, will change the world. Millions of Christians around the world are aware of an imminent reformation of global proportions. They say, in effect: "Church as we know it is preventing Church as God wants it." A growing number of them are surprisingly hearing God say the very same things. There is a collective new awareness of age-old revelations, a corporate spiritual echo. In the following "15 Theses" I will summarize a part of this, and I am convinced that it reflects a part of what the Spirit of God is saying to the Church today. For some, it might be the proverbial fist-sized cloud on Elijah's sky. Others already feel the pouring rain.

1. Church is a Way of Life, not a series of religious meetings

Before they where called Christians, followers of Christ have been called "The Way". One of the reasons was, that they have literally found "the way to live." The nature of Church is not reflected in a constant series of religious meetings lead by professional clergy in holy rooms specially reserved to experience Jesus, but in the prophetic way followers of Christ live their everyday life in spiritually extended families as a vivid answer to the questions society faces, at the place where it counts most: in their homes.

2. Time to change the system

In aligning itself to the religious patterns of the day, the historic Orthodox Church after Constantine in the 4th century AD adopted a religious system which was in essence Old Testament, complete with priests, altar, a Christian temple (cathedral), frankincense and a Jewish, synagogue-style worship pattern. The Roman Catholic Church went on to canonize the system. Luther did reform the content of the gospel, but left the outer forms of "church" remarkably untouched; the Free-Churches freed the system from the State, the Baptists then baptized it, the Quakers dry-cleaned it, the Salvation Army put it into a uniform, the Pentecostals anointed it and the Charismatics renewed it, but until today nobody has really changed the superstructure. It is about time to do just that.

3. The Third Reformation.

In rediscovering the gospel of salvation by faith and grace alone, Luther started to reform the Church through a reformation of theology. In the 18th century through movements like the Moravians there was a recovery of a new intimacy with God, which led to a reformation of spirituality, the Second Reformation. Now God is touching the wineskins themselves, initiating a Third Reformation, a reformation of structure.

4. From Church-Houses to house-churches

Since New Testament times, there is no such thing as "a house of God". At the cost of his life, Stephen reminded unequivocally: God does not live in temples made by human hands. The Church is the people of God. The Church, therefore, was and is at home where people are at home: in ordinary houses. There, the people of God: ~Share their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit, ~Have "meatings," that is, they eat when they meet, ~They often do not even hesitate to sell private property and share material and spiritual blessings, ~Teach each other in real-life situations how to obey God's word, dialogue - and not professor-style, ~Pray and prophesy with each other, baptize, `lose their face' and their ego by confessing their sins, ~Regaining a new corporate identity by experiencing love, acceptance and forgiveness.

5. The church has to become small in order to grow big

Most churches of today are simply too big to provide real fellowship. They have too often become "fellowships without fellowship." The New Testament Church was a mass of small groups, typically between 10 and 15 people. It grew not upward into big congregations between 20 and 300 people filling a cathedral and making real, mutual communication improbable. Instead, it multiplied "sidewards", like organic cells, once these groups reached around 15-20 people. Then, if possible, it drew all the Christians together into citywide celebrations, as with Solomon's Temple court in Jerusalem. The traditional congregational church as we know it is, statistically speaking, neither big nor beautiful, but rather a sad compromise, an overgrown house-church and an under-grown celebration, often missing the dynamics of both.

6. No church is led by a Pastor alone

The local church is not led by a Pastor, but fathered by an Elder, a local person of wisdom and reality. The local house-churches are then networked into a movement by the combination of elders and members of the so-called five-fold ministries (Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers) circulating "from house to house," whereby there is a special foundational role to play for the apostolic and prophetic ministries (Ephesians 2:20 and 4:11.12). A Pastor (shepherd) is a very necessary part of the whole team, but he cannot fulfill more than a part of the whole task of "equipping the saints for the ministry," and has to be complemented synergistically by the other four ministries in order to function properly.

7. The right pieces - fitted together in the wrong way

In doing a puzzle, we need to have the right original for the pieces, otherwise the final product, the whole picture, turns out wrong, and the individual pieces do not make much sense. This has happened to large parts of the Christian world: we have all the right pieces, but have fitted them together wrong, because of fear, tradition, religious jealousy and a power-and-control mentality. As water is found in three forms, ice, water and steam, the five ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-12, the Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists are also found today, but not always in the right forms and in the right places: they are often frozen to ice in the rigid system of institutionalized Christianity; they sometimes exist as clear water; or they have vanished like steam into the thin air of free-flying ministries and "independent" churches, accountable to no-one. As it is best to water flowers with the fluid version of water, these five equipping ministries will have to be transformed back into new, and at the same time age-old, forms, so that the whole spiritual organism can flourish and the individual "ministers" can find their proper role and place in the whole. That is one more reason why we need to return back to the Maker's original and blueprint for the Church.

8. God does not leave the Church in the hands of bureaucratic clergy

No expression of a New Testament church is ever led by just one professional "holy man" doing the business of communicating with God and then feeding some relatively passive religious consumers Moses-style. Christianity has adopted this method from pagan religions, or at best from the Old Testament. The heavy professionalisation of the church since Constantine has now been a pervasive influence long enough, dividing the people of God artificially into laity and clergy. According to the New Testament (1 Timothy 2:5), "there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." God simply does not bless religious professionals to force themselves in-between people and God forever. The veil is torn, and God is allowing people to access Himself directly through Jesus Christ, the only Way. To enable the priesthood of all believers, the present system will have to change completely. Bureaucracy is the most dubious of all administrative systems, because it basically asks only two questions: yes or no. There is no room for spontaneity and humanity, no room for real life. This may be OK for politics and companies, but not the Church. God seems to be in the business of delivering His Church from a Babylonian captivity of religious bureaucrats and controlling spirits into the public domain, the hands of ordinary people made extraordinary by God, who, like in the old days, may still smell of fish, perfume and revolution.

9. Return from organized to organic forms of Christianity

The "Body of Christ" is a vivid description of an organic, not an organized, being. Church consists on its local level of a multitude of spiritual families, which are organically related to each other as a network, where the way the pieces are functioning together is an integral part of the message of the whole. What has become a maximum of organization with a minimum of organism, has to be changed into a minimum of organization to allow a maximum of organism. Too much organization has, like a straightjacket, often choked the organism for fear that something might go wrong. Fear is the opposite of faith, and not exactly a Christian virtue. Fear wants to control, faith can trust. Control, therefore, may be good, but trust is better. The Body of Christ is entrusted by God into the hands of steward-minded people with a supernatural charismatic gift to believe God that He is still in control, even if they are not. A development of trust-related regional and national networks, not a new arrangement of political ecumenism is necessary for organic forms of Christianity to reemerge.

10. From worshipping our worship to worshipping God

The image of much of contemporary Christianity can be summarized, a bit euphemistically, as holy people coming regularly to a holy place at a holy day at a holy hour to participate in a holy ritual lead by a holy man dressed in holy clothes against a holy fee. Since this regular performance-oriented enterprise called "worship service" requires a lot of organizational talent and administrative bureaucracy to keep going, formalized and institutionalized patterns developed quickly into rigid traditions. Statistically, a traditional 1-2 hour "worship service" is very resource-hungry but actually produces very little fruit in terms of discipling people, that is, in changed lives. Economically speaking, it might be a "high input and low output" structure. Traditionally, the desire to "worship in the right way" has led to much denominationalism, confessionalism and nominalism. This not only ignores that Christians are called to "worship in truth and in spirit," not in cathedrals holding songbooks, but also ignores that most of life is informal, and so is Christianity as "the Way of Life." Do we need to change from being powerful actors to start "acting powerfully?"

11. Stop bringing people to church, and start bringing the church to the people

The church is changing back from being a Come-structure to being again a Go-structure. As one result, the Church needs to stop trying to bring people "into the church," and start bringing the Church to the people. The mission of the Church will never be accomplished just by adding to the existing structure; it will take nothing less than a mushrooming of the church through spontaneous multiplication of itself into areas of the population of the world, where Christ is not yet known.

12. Rediscovering the "Lord's Supper" to be a real supper with real food

Church tradition has managed to "celebrate the Lord's Supper" in a homeopathic and deeply religious form, characteristically with a few drops of wine, a tasteless cookie and a sad face. However, the "Lord's Supper" was actually more a substantial supper with a symbolic meaning, than a symbolic supper with a substantial meaning. God is restoring eating back into our meeting.

13. From denominations to city-wide celebrations

Jesus called a universal movement, and what came was a series of religious companies with global chains marketing their special brands of Christianity and competing with each other. Through this branding of Christianity most of Protestantism has, therefore, become politically insignificant and often more concerned with traditional specialties and religious infighting than with developing a collective testimony before the world. Jesus simply never asked people to organize themselves into denominations. In the early days of the Church, Christians had a dual identity: they were truly His church and vertically converted to God, and then organized themselves according to geography, that is, converting also horizontally to each other on earth. This means not only Christian neighbors organizing themselves into neighborhood or house-churches, where they share their lives locally, but Christians coming together as a collective identity as much as they can for citywide or regional celebrations expressing the corporateness of the Church of the city or region. Authenticity in the neighborhoods connected with a regional or citywide corporate identity will make the Church not only politically significant and spiritually convincing, but will allow a return to the biblical model of the City-Church.

14. Developing a persecution-proof spirit

They crucified Jesus, the Boss of all the Christians. Today, his followers are often more into titles, medals and social respectability, or, worst of all, they remain silent and are not worth being noticed at all. "Blessed are you when you are persecuted", says Jesus. Biblical Christianity is a healthy threat to pagan godlessness and sinfulness, a world overcome by greed, materialism, jealousy and any amount of demonic standards of ethics, sex, money and power. Contemporary Christianity in many countries is simply too harmless and polite to be worth persecuting. But as Christians again live out New Testament standards of life and, for example, call sin as sin, conversion or persecution has been, is and will be the natural reaction of the world. Instead of nesting comfortably in temporary zones of religious liberty, Christians will have to prepare to be again discovered as the main culprits against global humanism, the modern slavery of having to have fun and the outright worship of Self, the wrong centre of the universe. That is why Christians will and must feel the "repressive tolerance" of a world which has lost any absolutes and therefore refuses to recognize and obey its creator God with his absolute standards. Coupled with the growing ideologisation, privatization and spiritualisation of politics and economics, Christians will, sooner than most think, have their chance to stand happily accused in the company of Jesus. They need to prepare now for the future by developing a persecution-proof spirit and an even more persecution-proof structure.

15. The Church comes home

Where is the easiest place, say, for a man to be spiritual? Maybe again, is it hiding behind a big pulpit, dressed up in holy robes, preaching holy words to a faceless crowd and then disappearing into an office? And what is the most difficult, and therefore most meaningful, place for a man to be spiritual? At home, in the presence of his wife and children, where everything he does and says is automatically put through a spiritual litmus test against reality, where hypocrisy can be effectively weeded out and authenticity can grow. Much of Christianity has fled the family, often as a place of its own spiritual defeat, and then has organized artificial performances in sacred buildings far from the atmosphere of real life. As God is in the business of recapturing the homes, the church turns back to its roots, back to where it came from. It literally comes home, completing the circle of Church history at the end of world history.

As Christians of all walks of life, from all denominations and backgrounds, feel a clear echo in their spirit to what God's Spirit is saying to the Church, and start to hear globally in order to act locally, they begin to function again as one body. They organize themselves into neighborhood house-churches and meet in regional or city-celebrations. You are invited to become part of this movement and make your own contribution. Maybe your home, too, will become a house that changes the world.

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He's called the master of light. Dozens of his beloved paintings have biblical themes.

What or who do YOU weep over?

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Use our new Facebook group OR Discord link for YAI: and introduce yourself. Let's build together in Jesus name! You can download the Discord app from the App Store or online here: We are also now here:

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What does it mean for the Church to be the Body of Christ?

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Two female prophets: God speaks through Judith and Anna.

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The Anabaptist (formerly called Home Church) is a  ministry broadcasting from our home to yours.

In this time of pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions we are sharing reflections, devotions, poems, stories and prayers for people to use in their worship at home. 

Tune in here -

Or check out some written blog posts here -

You can also see some sermons by Mark MacLeod our brother and friend at Whytes Causeway Baptist Church in Kirkcaldy on the feed below. 

This ministry does not aim to replace other churches or ministries, but in the spirit of Christian brotherhood to share or compliment them. 

Other links that may be of interest -

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If you would be interested a modern technical (lengthy and scholarly) book about house churching, this may be the one for you. 

Granted, no books are necessary. But remember that Christ is Lord of all life and learning. And that he has ordained teachers in his church. So we can surely enjoy their work through the convenience of black and white print.

Caveats? It's a little pricey.

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Gregory Linton, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Johnson University, Knoxville, TN USA

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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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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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