Conflicts in the Body – James 4:1-10

Churches fight. It is unfortunate, but true. If you have been involved with a church more than a few years, you have probably experienced conflict between members; conflict that sometimes spreads across the whole body. And it inevitably hurts, even if you are not directly involved.  If any parts of the body are in conflict, then the whole body is really in conflict and suffering.  In the passage below, James has a lot to say about conflict in the church, its causes, and how to avoid it. 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires …

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The Healthy Church

So what makes a church healthy?  I suspect most people who are involved with a church have some opinion on this question.  Or at least feel like they can identify if a church is healthy or not, even if they cannot define why.  Church health is actually a topic that generates much discussion and many books, but apparently is a topic where consensus is hard to find. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert on church health, although I have been involved with many churches in the past few decades.  I would describe some of these churches as at least marginally …

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Doing Church, an Old Look – Acts 2:42-47

There is a passage in the book of Acts that I have been drawn to recently.  This passage describes the life of the church in the earliest days after Pentecost.  And I am wondering if maybe what worked for them might not also work in the church today, should we be daring enough to break from our traditions and follow what appeared to be a very successful model. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and signs were done …

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The Little Church That Could

This past Sunday Sue and I visited with what is arguably the smallest church in the association; and one that many would call the weakest and most insignificant. This is a church that was on the verge of closing a year ago, deep in debt, with only a handful of members, and on the verge of losing their pastor. Many people had written them off, giving them no chance of survival.

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