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The Movement and the Religious

Last time we looked briefly at the events that took place at Pentecost, but of course, those events were not the end of the story; they were only the opening chapter. The Apostles saw amazing success when they first preached … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Spirit and Religion

Yesterday, I wrapped up my post with a question: What part of following Jesus Christ, or if you prefer, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, can be confined to a man-made religion? I mentioned that I’d be interested to … Continue reading

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“My” Relationship… “Our” Relationship

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5 Each … Continue reading

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The Body of Christ and How we “Do Church”

Is church a list of programs, or a set of traditions, ceremonies and pageantry? Does it really matter what style of music you have, or whether or not the preacher (by whatever name) wears robes, a suit or jeans? Is … Continue reading

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Church as an Institution

Note:  As I promised yesterday, we begin our look at Christ and religion today with a short series of posts from several years ago as an introduction. This is the first in that short series…   Since I am in … Continue reading

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TLP Living: 11/9/19

Form or Substance? Once upon a time there was a small church in a small town. To be sure, that church hadn’t always been small, at one time it had been the second largest in the county, back when Taft … Continue reading

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The Letter to Laodicea

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: Laodicea was a proud and wealthy city situated near a famous hot spring; it was known as a place of cures. It would appear that even the people in the church were … Continue reading

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The Letter to Philadelphia

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: Preamble (3:7b) These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. The … Continue reading

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The Letter to Sardis

The ancient city of Sardis was built at the top of a very steep hill. Its defensive position was thought to be impregnable, for there was only one small access point which was easily defended, and as a result, its … Continue reading

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The Letter to Thyatira

Thyatira provides an interesting case, well worthy of our study. It was located in a valley that connected two other valleys, and because of its situation, it became a center of commerce and industry. There were weavers and tanners here … Continue reading

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