The New Wineskins – An Apostolic Model

The Parable of the two doors 

There was this guy who nicked his foot while mowing the grass.

The man showed the wound to his wife, and she didn’t know what to do. So he thought he better get down to the Emergency Room to get it checked out.

So he went to the hospital, walked through the Emergency Room front doors, and when he entered, he was greeted by two more doors. One door was marked “Male,” and the other was marked “Female.” So he went through the door marked “Male.”

When he got inside, there were two more doors. One door said “Under 40.” The other door said “Over 40.” So he walked through the door marked “Over 40.” Read more

The Fullness of the Gospel

There is a young man in Scriptures by the name of Philip – Mid 20’s

His name is a Greek name so history assumes he is a Jewish man who was born to                    Greek parents now living in Israel

There is an early disciple of Jesus named Philip (John, chapter 1) who was one of the                 12 apostles but there is no indication that it is the same Philip

This Philip first appears in Acts 6 as one of the seven deacons who were in charge of                 feeding the widows (Acts 6:5) in the Church in the city of Jerusalem Read more

Youth Today

God is interested in young people. And, in my ministry I work with young people between the ages of 16 to 36 everywhere that I go. In fact, many of the team members now coming with me on overseas trips are in their late teens and early twenties. They are an amazing asset to the ministry and I enjoy working with them immensely.

Young people today are looking for acceptance in the Church. Often they don’t feel accepted because they are treated as “kids.” Teenagers today are much more mature and wise in the ways of the world than previous generations. They see life and engage with life at a level that previous generations never did and, in many ways, still don’t. They are looking for meaning, purpose, and something to invest their lives in. And, the Church needs to notice them, work to understand them, and integrate them into the life and finer of the Church in a meaningful and challenging way. Read more

A Personal Letter from Jesus

Dear _________________,

I am going to give you the complete knowledge of My Father’s will, along with spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that the way you live will always honour and please Me, and your life will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know Me better and better.

I will strengthen you with all My glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. And you will be filled with My joy, always thanking My Father.

My Father has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to all of My people, those who live in the light, by rescuing you from the kingdom off darkness and transferring you into My Kingdom. I, dearly beloved of My Father, purchased your freedom and forgave you all of your sins. Read more

How To Be The Church

Successful house churches follow the example of Jesus and simply imitate the very natural progression of what He did

  • He prayed
  • He met people
  • He made disciples
  • He gathered those who were future leaders closer to Himself
  • He poured Himself into these future leaders to multiply the impact for the Kingdom

Let’s look at these five things briefly…

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand how house churches are to function

If you simply remember these five steps – pray, meet, make, gather, and multiply – you are well on your way to understanding how to be the church

Not “do” church – but, how to “be” the church

These steps work for any generation, any culture, any social strata

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YOUR WALK WITH JESUS (and His Church)

In the early Church – its early days recorded in the Book of Acts in the New Testament – the believers had a powerful, life-changing encounter with Jesus and then a daily experience of His love…

And, they recognized that together they were the people of God

And, that they were, together, the Church – a new entity upon the earth

They understood that the Church was not a building or an event that you go to once or twice a week

They saw that the Church is the people of God

People who were born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit Read more

The Most Ignored Sin

The following article was written by Jon Zens in 2008.

Three things to keep in mind:

1> Most Christians never realize or understand the despicable, sub-human act that gossip and slander are in the eyes of God until it happens to them.

2> Zens is using the biblical definitions for “gossip” and “slander,” not the modern, American legal definitions. They are quite different.

3> Some people have wrongly used the biblical teaching against gossip and slander to contradict Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18. For instance, if a person is sinning against others and doesn’t stop after being corrected in private by one person, then in private by two or more people, and then corrected by an entire body of believers, it’s not gossip or slander to make that person’s continuing sin public if they refuse to stop (repent). It’s also not gossip to go to a police officer and report a crime.

Zens does talk about the Matthew 18 principle in the article, but his point is that many Christians skip steps 1 and 2 and go straight to 3. And this also is sin.

Zens’ article on gossip and slander… Read more

Warning: The World is Watching

How We Christians Treat One Another

“If Christians cannot extend grace through faithful presence within the body of believers, they will not be able to extend grace to those outside.”

James Davison Hunter

In line with that … a non-believer writes:

“I’m not a Christian because of how most of the Christians I’ve known treat each other.                  Not loving like their founder taught but just the opposite…”

This harkens back to Gandhi’s famous line,

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your                           Christ . . . If it weren’t for Christians, I’d be a Christian.” Read more

The Word – A television series on Access 7 television

Photos from the taping sessions of the new television series, “The Word”.
Watch for the Series, when it runs on Access 7 television.
Always delighted to have you participate, Ralph Howe Your personal testimony of the power of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth to transform lives is refreshing and the message you brought to the viewing audience of “Fear of God” was solid and edifying. Blessings!    ~ Leon Cairns