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🌹 So glad YOU are here! 🌹 About 275 new members this year, so far.Remember, to correspond with another member, just click on your Name (after you log in) and go to the Conversations area. Then, you may privately exchange messages. You will be notified via email that a new message has arrived. Someone also asked about the Friendship feature today. Personally, I have a mixed opinion about it. Still, this platform has the ability for you (or a Church or a Group member) to send messages only to your Friends (or a Church or a Group), if you choose. Interesting, huh?A few minutes ago I contacted the programmers of this platform to see if the Friends feature can be disabled or disabled in a fu

The Young Church in Action

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  •  · Dan Beaty
J. B. Phillips writes in the preface to his translation of Acts, that one cannot spend several months in close study of this book "without being profoundly stirred, and to be honest, disturbed. Because he is seeing Christianity, the real thing, in action for the first time in history.... Here we are seeing the Church in its first youth, valiant and unspoiled ... a body of ordinary men and women joined in an unconquerable fellowship never before seen on this earth... for surely, this is the Church as it was meant to be. It is vigorous and flexible, for these are the days before it became fat and short of breath through prosperity or muscle bound by over organization."

House Church in the Phoenix Central Corridor

GreetingsI pastor a house church in the central corridor of Phoenix (Central Ave just south of Camelback). I would welcome any believers in the area to contact us for felllowhip.Grace to you, Pastor Matt

Hope, Not Despair

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  •  · Dan Beaty
I see a new generation of forward looking believers embracing simple New Testament Christianity while the backward looking, finger-pointing generation fades into oblivion.

First Things First

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  •  · Dan Beaty
First Things FirstMatthew 6:25-34:" For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  26 " Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single  hour to his life?  28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,  29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself li

For my Daughter on the eve of her wedding

Ezer (Azar)We have almost all been to a wedding ceremony sometime in our lives. The bride and groom come up to the front. For most Christian weddings there is a pastor. During the ceremony the pastor will give some sort of message which frequently includes quotes from Genesis chapter 2.Now, I only remember one thing from my first wedding ceremony. It was in a Baptist church building in Port Neches, Texas. The pastor was reading from the KJV in Genesis chapter 2. I was in high school at the time and some family friends were getting married and I ‘had to go’. Starting off the pastor read “it is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a help meet.” That was it. The words ‘help meet’ rever

Is the Bible the Word of God?

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  •  · Dan Beaty
One night I woke up at 3AM, my mind being flooded with questions and thoughts from the scripture related to challenges that have been made to my understanding about the scripture. I could not go back to sleep until I recorded them. These are offered for your consideration:Is the Bible the Word of God? These days I have been hearing that the Bible is not the Word of God, because Jesus is the Word of God. The statement that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh is actually found in the Bible. But did Jesus Himself believe that the Bible is not the Word of God? When being tempted of the devil for 40 days, Matthew and Luke record for us how Jesus resisted temptation.Satan challenged Jesus's sonshi

Concerning the End of the World

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  •  · Dan Beaty
Hello all. I am hoping for comments on something I have written. See below.The End of the World?Have you ever heard people say that the Bible contradicts itself? This was a statement that I often heard growing up by those who disliked what the Bible had to say about them! I am forever grateful to God that my mother, her family and her friends had a different view. When I was young I worked with an uncle who knew and loved God and who also loved the Scriptures. He studied the Bible every day and took special interest in the passages that people thought were contradictory. From him I learned the true meaning of many passages and realized that the same Holy Spirit Who inspired every part could

Did Jesus Use a Modem?

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  •  · Jayne
Did Jesus use a modem, at the sermon on the mount?Did He ever use a broadcast fax, to get His message out?Did the disciples carry beepers, as they went out and about?Did Jesus use a modem, at the sermon on the Mount? Did the Apostle use a laptop, with lots of RAM and ROM?Did he use an email alias such as Paul@Rome.com?Did the man from Macedonia post an email saying "come?"Did the Apostle use a laptop With lots of RAM and ROM? Did Moses use a joystick at the parting of the sea?And a Satellite Guidance Tracking System to show him where to be?Did he write the law on tablets, or are they really on CD?Did Moses use a joystick at the parting of the sea? Did Jesus really die for us that Friday on t
There's A Church In Your House

There's A Church In Your House

There's A Church In Your HouseAnd it meets ev'ry day.Our lives make the textAs we live them each day.While you do the small tasksWhich my fall to your lot,You perform them for Christ,And not one is forgot!When a fam'ly is comeThen the Lord will be there;For it pleases Him wellWhen you meet Him in prayer.Once a fam'ly is saved,And the Scripture is read,You soon know you are one,And that Christ is the Head!As you pray, as you sing,You don't wish then to roamFor the joy of your faithAnd of sharing at home!Every word that you sayShows the faith that's inside-There's a church in your houseWhen in Christ you abide.     Katherine Ballard Anderson

A Simple/Organic Church in Greensboro, NC

This description is put forward by one of the church's members to provide a window into the life and function of this church in Greensboro/High Point, NC. As you will see below, there is no official process to ratify this description - since we are all free to share, describe, and invite people to our group as the Spirit leads us. That said, I believe this accurately reflects our current state as I have experienced it, or heard discussed within the group. I post this description as an article in this forum for anyone to interact or discuss, as well as for anyone local to our area to feel free to join us any time.We are, so far, a group of about 6+ families who gather regularly on most Sunday

A short job description for each of the 5 fold ministry in Ephesians 4:11

Apostles: Train and then commission for ministry Prophets: Discern and confirm gifts in others. Intercede to see the plans and purposes of God. Evangelists: Win souls and turn them over to the pastors and teachers for discipleship . Pastors: Disciple and nurture the new believers. Teachers: Bring believers to maturity for the work of the ministry. Apostles: Close the circle by commissioning a new crop of believers into their place of ministry.Besides these descriptions in simple terms the church has basically 3 functions beside worship and praising the Lord. 1. To win souls. 2. Make disciples. 3. Send out workers. Then it begins all over again with winning souls. Its simplistic but covers mo