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The False Rapture Prediction, Media and Christians

I know. You’re tired of hearing about the fake rapture prediction. So am I. I won’t bore you with another article about Camping’s false doctrine. I’m also not going to write about the fact that Jesus clearly said that nobody knows when the end will come. I want to talk about the media itself. More specifically, Christians and the media. Why do we not have more influence in the media realm? I get irritated that these “end of the world” dates get predicted and go viral. Then people who never read the Bible or attend church get their perspective from some crazy guy who most Christians don’t take seriously. But you know what? Whether it’s true or not, it’s there. On the news, blogs and radio. It spreads and it doesn’t matter if it’s false doctrine or true. What matters to society is whatever is on their TV or radio show. And I’m tired of the church sitting back and just watching these things unfold. As a blogger I get a glimpse into the media realm. I see a world that is full of curious and devoted people. People who challenge the status quo. People who are tired of hearing the mainstream media crap. What I see is a ripe harvest. I see a mission field. Ignore, Condemn or Transform the Media? I don’t think we should ignore or condemn the media. I think we should transform it. Why? Because if we do, we would have stories circulating that actually glorify the name of Jesus. And you wouldn’t be sitting hear reading yet another post about a false end...

The Church’s Role in Meeting Needs

“I have observed  two extremes in our churches concerning personal needs. One extreme is the impersonal church that ignores many needs. People come to church to hear the preacher preach and the teacher teach. In this setting, pastors see themselves as mini-theologians. They are the defenders of the faith. Some are known more for what they don’t believe than what they do believe. The problem with some Protestants is that they protest rather than proclaim. They are more prepared to fight than to love. The “spiritually mature” person is the one who doesn’t smoke, drink or do other bad stuff. They don’t do any personal counseling and in many cases remove themselves from hurting humanity. One has to wonder whatever happened to pastoring. The biblical art of discipleship has suffered a similar fate. It has degenerated into a curriculum-based program. In this setting, the two most important questions are: What curriculum are you using and what program are you following? How sad! Discipleship is an intensely personal experience between two or more people in the presence of Christ and centered in the Word of God. The Bible doesn’t just give us a message, it gives us a method as well. One has to wonder whatever happened to discipleship. (pg. 63) The other extreme regarding people’s needs can be found in a few churches that really do care. An opportunity is afforded in every church service for people to come forward to be prayed over. Spiritual leaders will anoint you with oil and pray fervently for you. The prayers are petitions for God to do something. The requests might be...

Three things that make a church service good

“How was church today?” Do you ever get asked that question? What’s the typical response? “Church was good.” It was good. And next Sunday it will be…good. And 27 Sundays from now it will be…good. Wow! That’s amazing – every service is rated “good” every week. I have a sneaky suspicion that not every church service is what we call good. I know this because I’ve been to some bad ones. I’ve been to hundreds of services, some were out of this world amazing, many were good and a few were bad. But what qualifies a service as good or bad anyways? I’m not talking about a church or denomination. I just want to focus on a few qualities that I believe make a church service or meeting good. Worship is Engaging Worship is so important. It’s not just a time where people who come late can find their seats. It’s not a time to be entertained by, “the nice music.” No, it’s a time to praise and worship the living God! And it’s a blessing when you have a worship leader who understands that they are to engage the people and encourage them to seek the Lord. And just having a good worship team does not make the service good. It’s when the worship team and the congregation are all worshiping together in spirit and in truth. When there is unity in the Spirit amazing things can happen! Moving with the Spirit Some people know how to move with the Spirit in a service and some don’t. It shouldn’t strike us as weird when we talk about moving...