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Tomlapaz
  • From:USA

Date Posted:30-04-2018 12:56:24Copy HTML

Below is a good piece on Acts 2:42, on what makes for a health church.  In fact, the church growth was explosive in the book of Acts.

04/09/18  Grace Mail

"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer" (Acts 2:42).

In Acts 2:42, we read that was the priority of the early church: Bible study, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.

One of our sister churches that we actually helped to start are meeting in a school, where they have to set up and tear down every Sunday morning. They have to pack everything in a trailer. As I was thinking about that, I was thinking of how many things they don't have. You think, "Doesn't a church have to have certain kinds of buildings?" "Don't they have to have certain types of furnishings?" "Don't you need a cross somewhere?" "Don't you need a steeple someplace?" "Don't you need a gymnasium and a golf course, and a pool?"

I think of what the early church didn't have and it was so successful! The early church didn't have any of that stuff. It didn't even have the stuff we have. And yet, people were getting saved, and it was more successful in the first century than the church has ever been since.

The Gospel went out into the entire world, and all they had was Bible study, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.

So, I think that everything that a church does ought to center around one of those four things. We ought to be able to trace everything we do at Calvary back to the fact that it's either Bible study, it's a fellowship opportunity, it's the breaking of bread (which I believe speaks of the Lord's Supper prominent in services and available to people), and/or prayer. Everything should come back to that. Those are the priorities. If you can get to other things; they're not wrong, but these are the things a church ought to focus on.

Jesus: For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #481
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:14-09-2018 01:17:48Copy HTML


                                                                                                                              LOL


SO continues the postings of one who reveals his insecurities. LOL

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #482
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:14-09-2018 02:15:14Copy HTML

Yes wale, you should stop doing that.  It's annoying and a bit, just a tiny bit, unnerving.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #483
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:14-09-2018 02:31:10Copy HTML

Yes wale, you should stop doing that.  It's annoying and a bit, just a tiny bit, unnerving.


Well then YOU should work on eliminating YOUR insecurities!

skwanderer Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #484
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:14-09-2018 05:48:07Copy HTML

Einstein felt so strongly that your God is false and foolish he demanded this be on his obituary....making fun of idiots like Wale...feeble soul with ridiculous egotism....lololol. "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms." (Albert Einstein, Obituary in New York Times, 19 April1955)
"My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment." Albert Einstein
Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #485
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:14-09-2018 09:52:50Copy HTML

Yes wale, you should stop doing that.  It's annoying and a bit, just a tiny bit, unnerving.


Well then YOU should work on eliminating YOUR insecurities!



I'm not the one here with the insecurities, wale.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #486
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:25:22Copy HTML

Yes wale, you should stop doing that.  It's annoying and a bit, just a tiny bit, unnerving.


Well then YOU should work on eliminating YOUR insecurities!



I'm not the one here with the insecurities, wale.


Of course you have insecurities and they reveal themselves in ALL your postings.

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #487
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:29:37Copy HTML

Your own skewed perceptions of reality, wale, have you making utterly false statements.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #488
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Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:34:56Copy HTML

Your own skewed perceptions of reality, wale, have you making utterly false statements.



Since you are lacking in intellect and respond emotionally, your statement, as the others, is meaningless!

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #489
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:36:25Copy HTML

YOU are meaningless, wale.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:37:25Copy HTML

YOU are meaningless, wale.


YOU are the one with identity issues.

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #491
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:39:03Copy HTML

Nope, no "identity crisis" here.  You must be looking into a mirror, wale.  LOL

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:40:24Copy HTML

Nope, no "identity crisis" here.  You must be looking into a mirror, wale.  LOL


No, YOU don't know whether you are a man or a woman! LOL

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #493
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:45:53Copy HTML

Wale, your statement is utterly FALSE.


I am completely, 100% entirely sure that I am a man.  A man who loves another man, but a man none the less.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #494
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 01:48:05Copy HTML

Wale, your statement is utterly FALSE.


I am completely, 100% entirely sure that I am a man.  A man who loves another man, but a man none the less.


Are you the RECEIVER or the GIVER between you two BECAUSE even in homosexuals (albeit dysfunctional) one is the more masculine and the other is the more feminine!

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #495
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:04:59Copy HTML

Wale, you are completely ignorant on the subject.


That heteronormative construct does not apply universally to all homosexuals.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:12:42Copy HTML

Wale, you are completely ignorant on the subject.


That heteronormative construct does not apply universally to all homosexuals.


You only say that because you can only see thrugh the prism of your dysfunction.

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #497
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:19:02Copy HTML

Wale, you are the one looking at reality through your own prism of dysfunction.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
wale63 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #498
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:37:28Copy HTML

Wale, you are the one looking at reality through your own prism of dysfunction.



Your erroneous statement has been filtered through your dysfunctional prism; therefore, your observation remains erroneous and meaningless!

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #499
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:40:12Copy HTML

If stop looking through it and put down your prism of dysfunction, wale, you might be able to see reality for what it is.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:50:48Copy HTML

If stop looking through it and put down your prism of dysfunction, wale, you might be able to see reality for what it is.


Another erroneous statement made because of your affliction.

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #501
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 03:05:07Copy HTML

A completely meaningless statement from wale owing to his affliction, his total inability to grasp reality.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 03:21:47Copy HTML

A completely meaningless statement from wale owing to his affliction, his total inability to grasp reality.


If you don't address you disorder, you'll never see reality.

Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #503
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 03:35:56Copy HTML

Become engaged and address your disorder, wale.

Cast it aside and SEE, perhaps for the first time in your life, REALITY.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 11:42:09Copy HTML

Become engaged and address your disorder, wale.

Cast it aside and SEE, perhaps for the first time in your life, REALITY.


If you don't address you disorder, you'll never see reality, and until then make ALL statements you make meaningless

skwanderer Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #505
  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 02:22:07Copy HTML

The irony. Wale never responds with any rebuttal other than "you have a disorder", then claims others responses are meaningless. You really cant make up this sort of stupidity. Wale, if you want to discuss the merits of something....do so. Saying nothing more than "you are dysfunctional" as a response to every argument is dysfunctional itself. What exactly are you arguing at the moment? Can you even recall? You would have to go back many pages to the place where you first lost the argument.....where you allege that great minds like Einstein believe in God. I have proven he most certainly did not believe in your God and was emphatic about how foolish such a belief is......he called it the result of a "feeble mind". In another thread on homosexuality we defeated your argument with scientific citations that you were unable to refute, and you took the same approach of stopping the discussion altogether, and calling me and others names as you have been doing in here for many pages. Do you have some other topic that has not yet been resolved that you wish to discuss? Or do you wish to simply call those who disagree with you and prove you to be an idiot names?
"My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment." Albert Einstein
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 03:16:19Copy HTML

The irony.  Wale never responds with any rebuttal other than "you have a disorder", then claims others responses are meaningless. You really cant make up this sort of stupidity. Wale, if you want to discuss the merits of something....do so.  Saying nothing more than "you are dysfunctional"  as a response to every argument is dysfunctional itself. What exactly are you arguing at the moment?   Can you even recall? You would have to go back many pages to the place where you first lost the argument.....where you allege that great minds like Einstein believe in God.  I have proven he most certainly did not believe in your God and was emphatic about how foolish such a belief is......he called it the result of a "feeble mind".   In another thread on homosexuality we defeated your argument with scientific citations that you were unable to refute, and you took the same approach of stopping the discussion altogether, and calling me and others names as you have been doing in here for many pages. Do you have some other topic that has not yet been resolved that you wish to discuss?  Or do you wish to simply call those who disagree with you and prove you to be an idiot names?


Only in your inner unrest does what you described occur, YOUR conflicted thinking. You defeated NOTHING,

BTW, when you say WE, are you and boguspumped an item. When he comes up for air, you go down and vice versa?

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Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 03:54:22Copy HTML

The irony.  Wale never responds with any rebuttal other than "you have a disorder", then claims others responses are meaningless.

You really cant make up this sort of stupidity.



That is correct, Skwanderer.  You simply cannot make up that level of stupidity.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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  • From:New_zealand

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:15-09-2018 08:09:05Copy HTML

Wale is a sleasy aunt.  Or should that noun start with a "c"?

"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
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  • From:USA

Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:16-09-2018 02:19:39Copy HTML

The irony.  Wale never responds with any rebuttal other than "you have a disorder", then claims others responses are meaningless.

You really cant make up this sort of stupidity.



That is correct, Skwanderer.  You simply cannot make up that level of stupidity.


I guess now skdummy has gone down and YOU'VE come up for air .

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Re:Four essentials for a healthy church

Date Posted:16-09-2018 02:39:27Copy HTML

ID ERROR - "skdummy" - NO SUCH NAME EXISTS IN MEMBERSHIP LIST

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z "If you can read these 26 letters, there is nothing about the universe that you can't learn." -- Lambros D. Callimoahos
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