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Re: Chip Brogden's Meditations & News Please Join Live Disscussion Online.

Post  Admin on Mon 13 Aug 2012, 8:44 pm

Hi Elaine,

The turning point in my life came in 1995.

At that time I was a 24 year-old burned out pastor of a church that
had just closed.

I was a little angry, a little frustrated, and a little depressed.

As I was half-reading and half-praying, I came across a passage
that I had seen hundreds of times before: "[God] has raised us up
together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus" (Eph. 2:6).

That word "together" exploded upon my consciousness - together,
together, TOGETHER!

I finally grasped the fact that I am in Christ, and Christ is in me.

From there, everything else fell into place.

If I am seated together with Him, then I ascended together with Him.

If I ascended together with Him, then I was resurrected together
with Him.

If I was resurrected together with Him, then I died with Him.

If I died with Him, then "I was crucified with Christ" (Gal. 2:20).

I knew all those Scriptures... I had read them hundreds of times... I
had taught these things for years...

But on that day, the written Word became the Living Word.

I saw Him.

I saw myself in Him - just one of the crucified, dead, buried,
resurrected, ascended, and seated Branches of a crucified, dead,
buried, resurrected, ascended, and seated Vine.

I saw it backwards and forwards, upside down and rightside up, from
every possible angle and from every possible color.

I did not realize it at the time, but that day, and the revelation
that came to me that day, would mark the beginning of the end of my
career as a preacher for Organized Religion.

Because once I saw Christ as He truly is, I began to see the Body
of Christ as it really is - and as it should be.

I began to see what a poor, miserable substitute Churchianity has
created.

I realized I no longer "fit the suit."

But I still tried.

My mission from that day forward was to be the Grand Reformer,
another Martin Luther who was going to take this revelation into
Churchianity and turn the world upside down.

It wasn't long before my opportunity came.

The next church that extended a ministry position to me probably
thought they were getting the typical Assemblies of God pastor.

What they got instead was a disaster (at least in their mind).

From my perspective, I was just speaking the truth and keeping it
real.

I couldn't figure out why loving people and pointing them to Christ
caused so much hate and anger.

Today, of course, I get it.

I understand the difference between being Christ-centered and
Church-centered.

You see, I had always assumed that being Church-centered was pretty
much the same thing as being Christ-centered.

How naïve and foolish I was in those days.

I also assumed that everyone went to church because they wanted to
grow spiritually.

Another foolish assumption.

Christ-centered spiritual maturity is NOT the goal of Churchianity;
the goal of Churchianity is to keep people in a perpetual state of
spiritual immaturity, forever dependent upon the pastor to feed
them and the worship team to entertain them.

Scriptural integrity? Only insofar as the Scriptures agree with
their way of doing things.

As Jesus said, "You nullify the Word of God with your tradition."

And as God told Ezekiel, "They come and sit before you as My
people, and they listen to what you say, but they won't do anything
you tell them. To them you're a lovely song playing on an
instrument; they enjoy listening to you, but they won't put
anything you say into practice."

(That's my paraphrase of Ezekiel 33:31,32.)

Being kicked out of church was the best thing that could have
happened to us.

If I had not been kicked out of church, I would still be there
trying to reform it.

Trying to fix something that God never intended to be built to
begin with.

Occasionally someone says, "Hey Brother Chip, not all churches are
bad! What about all the good pastors? What about all the precious
people who still go to church? Aren't you afraid you're going to
offend someone by painting all of them with such a broad brush?"

If the price of saving a few is to offend the many, then no, I'm
not afraid of offending the many.

I am more afraid of not doing all I can to help people get
delivered from a religion ABOUT Jesus so they can discover a
relationship WITH Him.

One time, the disciples of Jesus came to him and said, "Master,
don't You know the Pharisees were offended by what You just said?"

Jesus replied: "Leave them alone. They are blind leaders of the
blind, and if the blind lead the blind, they will both fall into a
ditch."

But Lord, what about Nicodemus? Nicodemus was a good Pharisee who
supported Jesus! See, not all Pharisees are bad! Oh no, Jesus
might have offended Nicodemus by lumping them all together into one
broad, general statement about the blind leading the blind! Oh,
the shock!

Here's what Jesus knows: Nicodemus is going to have to decide if he
wants to follow Jesus or follow the Pharisees, but there is no way
for him to do both at the same time.

"To him who has an ear, let him hear."

In other words, if the shoe fits, wear it.

That goes for Nicodemus and for everyone else trying to have the
best of both worlds.

The School of Christ follows in the same spirit of Jesus: choose
whom you will serve, because you cannot follow Christ and defend
Churchianity at the same time.

If you are sold out for the Lord's purposes, you are on a head-on
collision course with Churchianity.

I'm living proof of that.

Of course, you can try - as I did.

I wish you well, but that's not my battle.

My fight is for God's Purposes to be fulfilled in God's People.

I want to see God's People delivered from a Church-centered
tradition so they can have a Christ-centered Faith.

I want to see God's People set free from the shackles of spiritual
immaturity so they can grow in grace and in the knowledge of the
Lord Jesus - spiritually mature, able to serve God and serve others.

I want to see God's People rightly handle the Word of God, able to
handle strong meat, able to exercise discernment, able to test all
things, and able to speak the truth in love without hitting people
over the head with Bible verses taken out of context.

And that CANNOT happen within the narrow confines of Churchianity.

"Come out of her, My People!" (Rev. 18:4).

The opportunity is Outside the Camp, not inside it.

The Harvest is "out there" not "in here."

Let the dead bury their dead.

It's time for us to be about our Father's business.


I am your brother,

Chip Brogden
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org


P.S. Did you notice that in this letter I alluded to our Three
Core Values? Watch these three short videos to learn more:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/about/values.html


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Re: Chip Brogden's Meditations & News Please Join Live Disscussion Online.

Post  Admin on Sat 11 Aug 2012, 9:47 am

Hi Elaine,

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

What motivates you to keep going no matter what?

I just recorded some quick "backyard videos" to better explain our
inspiration for helping people at The School of Christ.

Here is the first of three videos for you:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/about/values.html

It's short (less than eight minutes) but packs a punch.

I felt it was important for you to know more about what we stand
for, and why.

Do you share these values?
http://theschoolofchrist.org/about/values.html

Please take a look, let me know what you think, and stayed tuned
for the rest.



I am your brother,


Chip Brogden
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org


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maturity through Christ-centered, Spirit-led, Scripture-based
discipleship that focuses on relationship, not religion.

To find out more about us, click here:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/about/welcome.html

You can also connect with us on...
Facebook - http://facebook.com/TheSchoolOfChristOrg
Twitter - http://twitter.com/schoolofchrist
YouTube - http://youtube.com/chipbrogden


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Re: Chip Brogden's Meditations & News Please Join Live Disscussion Online.

Post  Admin on Mon 06 Aug 2012, 9:00 pm

FIVE CRITICAL NEEDS FOR OUT-OF-CHURCH CHRISTIANS


Hello Elaine,

In my previous message, I said that God has sent The School of
Christ to help those who are burned out on religion, fed up
with Churchianity, despised, rejected, and cut off from the
Institutional Church.

If you fit into that category, my message to you is simple:

1. You are not crazy

2. You are not alone.

3. Now is the greatest opportunity of your life.

You have been set free to serve: liberated from Churchianity, free
to follow Jesus, free to love God and to love your neighbor,
without being bound by the Spirit of Religion.

Or so it would appear...

Because just as the newly liberated Hebrews wandered the desert for
forty years without entering the Promised Land, it is possible for
newly liberated Christians to wander in the wilderness for years
and never discover the purpose to which they are called.

Or like the Galatians, you can easily find yourself being set free
in Christ, only to become entangled again by the yoke of bondage to
Churchianity.

Our heart's desire is to help you STAND FAST in the liberty wherein
Christ has made you free.

To do that, we have identified Five Critical Needs for those who
have escaped Churchianity and endeavor to follow Jesus "outside the
camp."

These Five Critical Needs are the conclusions we have come to after
traveling thousands of miles, communicating with thousands of
Christians, and observing first hand nearly every variety of
church, denomination, home group, and even a few cults over nearly
30 years of ministry to people, both inside and outside of
Churchianity - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

More importantly, these Five Critical Needs are the five specific
areas in which we believe God is calling us to do something about.

Let's talk about the most obvious one first...


========================================
1. FELLOWSHIP
========================================

It is the #1 reason why people say they attend church.

It is the #1 reason given for why people who don't attend church
should attend.

And it is the #1 reason why some people who say God called them out
of church will later change their minds and go right back into the
very thing they said God set them free from.

It's a powerful force!

What is it?

Fellowship!

The need to interact with others and walk together with them is
deeply rooted in every person.

Here's the problem...

We have a "fellowship fantasy" playing around in our head about how
life will be wonderful once we find fellowship.

In real life, there is no perfect fellowship, and even if we find
it, it's not as wonderful as we thought (it's actually rather
messy).

Really, fellowship is EASY.

You can get fellowship at the local bar (or pub).

You can get fellowship at the country club or the football stadium.

Fellowship occurs when people are united together by a common
interest.

Fellowship among Christians isn't really the difficulty; the
challenge is agreeing on what the common interest is going to be.

You may have discovered that not all Christians are united together
by a common interest; therefore, it is not possible to have
fellowship with all Christians.

"But brother, JESUS is what unites all Christians!"

Theoretically, yes, that is what SHOULD unite all Christians.

But practically, you know as well as I do that Christians are
motivated by many different things - and some of them have nothing
to do with Jesus.

So whatever fellowship is, fellowship has to be more than starting
a group or having some meetings.

In my experience, that kind of fellowship is fleeting and rather
flimsy.

Same thing with "like-mindedness." What are the odds of finding
perfect agreement on everything?

Even so, we still need fellowship with others.

But it has to be the RIGHT KIND of fellowship.

For Christians called to follow God outside the camp, going back to
church will not yield the fellowship you seek - or the fellowship
you need - to take your faith-walk with God to the next level.

What does the RIGHT KIND of fellowship with out-of-church
Christians provide?

Help.

Understanding.

Advice.

Feedback.

Support.

Encouragement.

Tough Love.

But even these things won't be enough.

That's because you also need...


========================================
2. HEALING
========================================

Being crucified by Christians hurts!

Well, it's supposed to hurt.

Pain gets our attention and motivates us to make difficult but
necessary decisions - decisions like: leaving church, saying "no
more" to spiritual abuse, letting go of old "friends" who are
convinced of your backslidden, rebellious condition.

Yes, we understand pain.

In our travels and in our interactions with people, we see a lot of
Wounded. We have also been through our share of hurts.

I have seen a lot of the Wounded gathered together into home
groups, re-living their past experiences, comparing battle scars
the way the fishermen compared shark bite scars in the movie
"Jaws"...

(Rolls up his pants leg...) "See that? Got that one from the
pastor. Vineyard Fellowship, 1979."

"Oh yeah?" (Pulls up his shirt...) "Got this one in the First
Baptist
Church, 1962. Deacon Board. Ain't it a beaut?"

So they sit in a circle, picking apart their wounds, infecting one
another with the deadly bacteria of bitterness.

Yes, pain is a natural, unavoidable consequence of life.

So is healing.

As sure as sunrise follows after darkness, as sure as Life comes
out of Death, so Healing comes out of Hurt.

How could it be otherwise?

As the Scriptures say, there is a time, a purpose, and a season for
everything.

There is a time to be wounded and hurt...

Followed by a time to be healed and to get on with your life: to
get busy living, loving, learning.

God seeks a company of "Wounded Healers" who can truly minister to
those who have been hurt by Churchianity.

Once you have begin the process of Healing, you have simultaneously
begun the process of...


========================================
3. GROWTH
========================================

A middle-aged man came up to me during the lunch break at one of
our day-long workshops.

His eyes were moist and he grasped one of my hands between his two
hands.

"Brother," he said, "I just want you to know that I learned more
from you this morning than I learned going to church for twenty
years."

There was a mixture of emotions in the man: joy, for having
discovered so many new treasures to be explored; sadness, for all
the years wasted warming a pew, making no progress.

That incident has repeated itself over many years and many workshop
with many different people who each expressed the same thing.

Is it because I'm such a wonderful teacher?

Not at all.

It's due to the fact that Churchianity is content with the status
quo.

I will never, ever, ever be content with the status quo.

I know the status quo all too well: don't ruffle feathers, don't go
too far, just give people a nice, warm, fuzzy, positive,
encouraging devotional talk and be sure to get them out the door by
noon.

Spiritual growth and maturity is NOT the goal of Churchianity.

Churchianity has made Christianity into a passive spectator sport
for the spiritually obese.

In the meantime, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge"
(Hos. 4:6).

I believe God calls all of us to grow, to mature, to make progress,
to advance.

Living things GROW.

If you aren't growing then you're dying.

When God sets you free from Churchianity, you have two choices: get
busy living, or get busy dying.

I want you to grow, to live, and to prosper in every spiritual
blessing.

Do not set your sights on merely "surviving" when you can be
"thriving."

Your spiritual growth towards Christ-centered maturity allows you
to discard the unnecessary things you accumulated in the church
system, which means you are finally moving towards...


========================================
4. RELEVANCE
========================================

"Brother Chip, I've searched all over your website for thoughts on
[insert theological controversy here], but I can't find it. Why
don't you talk about it? How could you not address this most
important issue of all-time?"

Probably because theological controversies and deep doctrinal
debates aren't relevant to anyone but theologians.

I'm not a theologian, and I'm not trying to reach theologians.

The Faith doesn't so much need to be defended, or explained, as
much as it needs to be practiced.

Churchianity has long divided the world with its petty disputes and
religious wrangling over issues that have no relevance to a dying
world or to most Christians.

We have gotten off-track and off-message from the original mission
Jesus gave us.

If you have been set free from Churchianity then you have an
opportunity to finally become relevant - to be real, to be honest,
to live, to love, to learn, and to be accessible to people who
couldn't even find you before.

You know...

The people dressed in blue jeans who used to watch you from a
distance as you dined with your church buddies, dressed in your
Sunday best.

I know you've done it, because I've done it.

"I thank you, God, that I am not as other men are... or even as
those
people over there who obviously didn't go to church today..."

When you are set free from Religion, you can start talking with
people about Relationship.

You can start loving and reaching people that Churchianity tends to
forget about.

You can finally fulfill the original mandate to "Go into all the
world" and stop trying to get the world to come to you.

When people object that "the church is full of hypocrites" you
don't have to defend your church anymore, you can just smile and
agree - and then point them to Jesus.

As Churchianity collapses, small groups of out-of-church followers
of Jesus will carry out the unrealized goal of bringing the
simplicity of Christ to the world.

You have an important part to play in that.

And once you become relevant to the world around you, you can begin
to clearly see your...


========================================
5. PURPOSE
========================================

For the church-addicted, church defines your purpose: who you are,
your reason for living, your reason for being.

And when church isn't there anymore, it leaves a great big hole
where your purpose used to be.

Some will wander away from one church and find another church to
fill the void.

Some will wander from group to group, movement to movement, house
church to house church, trying to fill the void within the context
of their fellowship fantasy.

Some will wander away from God and look for carnal, worldly,
fleshly pursuits to fill the void.

Others will come out of Churchianity and discover a whole new
reason for living: a new identity, a new calling, a new mission, a
new way of seeing the world and one another.

You have been taught that the only place God can use a person is
within the narrow confines of the local church establishment.

But you will discover a new identity that is based on Christ.

And you will learn how to find and fulfill God's Purpose for your
life.

A Purpose that transcends who you meet with, where you meet, or
what you do when you meet.

A Purpose that transforms you from Passive Spectator into Active
Participant in the great Plan of God.

A Purpose that makes sense of all the pain you have suffered, and
for which you are willing to suffer all over again, if necessary.

A "Joseph" moment, when you realize that God permitted the pain of
rejection in order to prepare you for saving the lives of the very
ones who rejected you.

A "David" moment, when you realize that God blessed you to be a
blessing, and made you a king, not so you could be served, but so
you could serve.

An "Esther" moment, when you realize that you were brought into the
kingdom "for such a time as this."

A "Paul" moment, when your personal religious pursuits are
interrupted by the Living Lord, and you cry, "Lord, what would YOU
have me to do?"

In those moments you will find a Purpose that is bigger than you,
bigger than the meeting of your own needs.

A Purpose that makes it all worthwhile.

* * * *

Of course, meeting these needs won't be easy. Any worthy goal that
glorifies God and helps people has challenges.

In my next letter, I will explain how The School of Christ proposes
to meet the Five Critical Needs of Fellowship, Healing, Growth,
Relevance, and Purpose.


I am your brother,


Chip Brogden
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org



---------------------------------

THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST is dedicated to your spiritual growth and
maturity through Christ-centered, Spirit-led, Scripture-based
discipleship that focuses on relationship, not religion.

To find out more about us, click here:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/about/welcome.html

You can also connect with us on...
Facebook - http://facebook.com/TheSchoolOfChristOrg
Twitter - http://twitter.com/schoolofchrist
YouTube - http://youtube.com/chipbrogden


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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Jul 2012, 7:23 pm

"So, what is 'The School of Christ'?" she asked.

We were standing in line at the grocery store and I thought, that's
a good question. What is The School of Christ? How would I
describe it to someone in the "real world" who has never read or
listened to any of our teachings?

I'm not usually at a loss for words, but I was unprepared for the
question and it took me a second to think it through.

"We work with people who don't go to church - especially those who
have been hurt by church - and we help them get re-focused on their
relationship with Christ, instead of religion." That was the best I
could come up with on short notice, but I thought it was a pretty
good synopsis.

She smiled knowingly and nodded her head. "Yes, there are lots of
people who don't go to church. And I suppose there are some people
who have been hurt by church. That's a really good thing you're
doing," she said.

I waited for the other shoe to drop.

"But..." she wrinkled her forehead a bit as she contemplated the
question that had to be asked in situations like this. "But... you
DO try to get them to go BACK to church, don't you?"

I like answering a question with a question, so I asked, "Why would
we do that?"

The smile on her face drooped a bit and now she was genuinely
puzzled. "Well... because the church IS the Body of Christ..."

The conversation limped along from there. I gave her our website
address, she promised to check it out, and we parted ways.

Will she "check us out"? Maybe. Probably not.

Do I care? Not so much anymore.

Why?

Because we're not called to help people who are still in church.

If you're happy with your church, happy with Sunday morning
religion, happy with lukewarm preaching and Churchianity, happy to
have your ears tickled once or twice a week, happy and content
where you are, then far be it from me to tell you anything
different.

To whom are we sent?

We are sent to help the ones burned out on religion, fed up with
Churchianity, despised, rejected, and cut off from the
Institutional Church.

We are sent to help those starving, battered and beaten sheep who
have been abused by the goats, fleeced by the shepherds, and
attacked by the wolves.

We are sent to help the ones that the local church tries to get rid
of - the troublemakers, the ones who ask too many questions, the
ones who won't submit to the authority of their spiritually
immature pastor.

We are sent to help the ones who have had their eyes opened and
have been led by God to "come out of Babylon" while the rest of
their friends think they are crazy, rebellious, backslidden and
"just hurt."

We are sent to help the ones who have a gift, a calling, a heart, a
burden for the Body of Christ - but see no way to pursue that
calling because they've been misled into thinking that the only
opportunities for serving God are in Church Land.

We are sent to help the 1,000,000+ people every year who stop going
to church, and to the untold millions of people who are searching
for spiritual truth, and have an inkling that Jesus is that Truth,
but have no intention of going to church to look for Him there.

The fields are white and ready to be harvested - and Churchianity
has failed them.

During our trip to Costa Rica in 2003, standing amidst the
ramshackle huts where the poorest of the poor live as refugees, we
saw a big purple monster of a church casting its grim shadow over
us as we stood in the filth just across the street from it.

This "purple church" was supposed to represent royalty, I suppose.

What a picture of the arrogance of Churchianity.

Religion's response to Jesus' prayer for more workers to go into
the harvest has been to build churches and expect that the harvest
would just pick itself up and walk itself into their nice little
buildings without them having to lift a finger.

Well, the harvest didn't harvest itself. So the church buildings
supposedly constructed to "reach the Lost" have become country
clubs for born-again folk too self-absorbed and detached from the
real world to have any meaningful impact - fortresses to shut the
world out and keep the saints warm, dry, fed and comfortable.

The only real church growth these days comes from Christians
changing churches, and churches trying to be more attractive to
other Christians.

Quite frankly, ministries have also had to learn how to be more
attractive to other Christians if they want to survive.

I want no part of that.

I'm tired of trying to be attractive to other Christians. I've
never had a sinner ask for, or give two hoots about, my "doctrinal
statement."

I'm tired of trying to please church-going folk.

The School of Christ is going to focus on pleasing God and helping
people who need help.

We're not starting a new movement. We are continuing in the same
spirit of the original movement that Jesus started 2,000 years ago
when He sent His disciples into all the world with a simple
mandate: "Make disciples of all people."

Karla and I have a purpose to fulfill on this earth through The
School Of Christ. After taking some time off to pray and refocus,
the Lord has strongly reminded me to be about my Father's business
and to concentrate on the ones "to whom we are sent."

We have walked a long, hard, tiring road to come to the place that
we are at now, but "the steps of the righteous are ordered by the
Lord" - and this has been true with us, as I'm sure it has been
true with you as well.

Sufficiently rested, I am even more aware now that the time is
short and the harvest is plentiful. In these days of darkness and
confusion, when it seems like the world is falling apart and there
is no hope, we have a wide open door and a wonderful opportunity to
be a light and to bring hope to the world.

I'll be sharing more about our purpose and specific direction in
the weeks to come. In the meantime, thank you for your support of
The School of Christ, and please let us know if we can serve you in
any way.


In Him,

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THE BELIEVERS AUTHORITY
by Chip Brogden

Since all disciples have spiritual authority, why doesn't every
disciple overcome? You might be asking yourself that question. You
might say, "That sounds good, I believe what the Bible says, but I
certainly don't see that happening in my life, and I don't see that
as being the standard for Christian's lives as a general way of
life. I don't see this happening. So if all disciples have this
authority, why don't more disciples overcome?"

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HOW TO YIELD TO GOD
by Chip Brogden

A brother came to me who suffered from a bad habit.

He had tried every means known to man to break himself from this
habit. No stone was left unturned.

First he tried all the "Christian" cures: prayer, fasting, binding
and loosing, exorcism, positive confession.

He had made vows to God and had threatened himself with dire
consequences if he ever broke his vows.

But break them he did.

When all these attempts to address the problem spiritually failed,
he tried some psychological remedies: visualization, counseling,
psychotherapy, self-help courses, motivational speakers, natural
remedies, prescription drugs.

He even wore a rubber band around his wrist so that he could snap
it against his skin whenever his thoughts began to go astray. In
this way (he had been told) the pain would interrupt his thought
patterns and he would "snap" back into reality. He had red welts on
his wrist from snapping the rubber band over and over.

Obviously the rubber band trick wasn't working. In fact, nothing
had worked. This is the condition he was in when he sought me out.

"I have tried everything, and I cannot break this habit! What else
can I do?" he asked...

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July 9, 2012



Your Key to Personal Revival


by Chip Brogden





If the Ekklesia is living and abiding in Christ, this eliminates the need for revival! What is revival? Well, it's a Latin word that means "to make alive again". It means something has died and we are going to revive it. That is revival. But we have already seen that when we abide in Christ we share in His Life. The Ekklesia is living because Christ lives. And so the Ekklesia has no need of revival, because it shares in the life of the Lord.

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Hi Elaine!





I have always liked to read.

When I was a kid I would read late at night when I was supposed to be in bed asleep.


I was spending the night at my grandmother's house and she caught me reading late one night.


She said reading at night was bad for my eyes and made me turn the light out.


After she left, I got out my flashlight and read under the covers.


(Yes, I was a little rebellious.)


So now I wear glasses.


And I still like to read.


But with my Kindle app, I can read in the dark!


Gone are the days of reading books under the dim light of a flashlight.


Comes in handy at 2:00 a.m. when I can't sleep, or when I'm in a dark coffee shop, or in a closet.


So if you like reading as much as I do, you'll be glad to know we've added another title to our Kindle collection:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/books/the-church-in-the-wilderness.html


We're also working on titles for Itunes and Nooks, so if you own those devices, stay tuned.


It just occurred to me that when you read Christ-centered books on Kindle, you can read "in" the dark without "being" in the dark.


Something to think about!
http://theschoolofchrist.org/books/the-church-in-the-wilderness.html




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June 26, 2012



Revival, Or Reformation?


by Chip Brogden





There have always been some who not only recognize the glaring deficiencies of what the church is, but are grieved and troubled by what they see, to the point that they cannot remain content to let things continue on, but are compelled to do something about it.


Of these blessed few who choose to stand up and speak out against the religious system, the response seems to fall along one of three approaches. As we will see, only one approach is harmonious with the prophetic example set forth in the history of the people of God, and it is the one approach that seems to be the last resort instead of the first recourse.

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Hi Elaine!

I don't actually own a Kindle device, but I have a smartphone with a Kindle app on it.

Now, I didn't think I would like reading books on my phone.

But I absolutely love it!

Here's why:

1. Instant gratification - find the book I want, click a button, and it downloads to my Kindle. Done.

2. No browsing around at the bookstore, buying books I don't really need.

3
. Actually READING the books I download, because I only buy one book at a time - and I read it before buying another.

Then I thought... the only thing better than READING books on Kindle is PUBLISHING books on Kindle!

For years people have been asking, "Why aren't you on Amazon?"

So I wanted to let you know that my first Kindle book has been published on Amazon:

"SIMPLE TRUTH: Letters to a Friend on Christian Essentials"
http://theschoolofchrist.org/books/simple-truth.html

Just click on the link to find out more about the book, and choose the Kindle option if you want to purchase and download instantly.

(iTunes is coming soon.)

We also just posted some testimonials from people who have read "Simple Truth" already.

And if you still want, need, or like the old fashioned "paperback" version then we have that option too.

So here's the link again:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/books/simple-truth.html

We'll be rolling out new titles over the next few weeks, thanks to the hard work of my editor, Lynette Woods, to whom we all owe a debt of thanks for making this happen.

There's a lot of *
junk* out in cyberspace. So thank you for your support of Christ-centered teaching.


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June 17, 2012




The Disciple's Goal


by Chip Brogden





"Not I, but Christ" (Galatians 2:20). This is the goal of the disciple of Jesus. But how is that goal obtained? Where does one learn this single-hearted, single-minded devotion? This is what the Holy Spirit intends to teach us through the principles of Increase and Decrease. With less of me, there is more of Him.

I think most of us can grasp the increase of Christ. But what does it mean for Self to be decreased? Does it mean, as some suppose, that somehow I must now cease to have all emotion, feeling and personality? Does it mean I completely disappear to the extent that I no longer exist? What does it mean to take up the cross daily, deny myself, and follow Jesus?


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June 10, 2012


Hello Elaine,



Rumors of my retirement are greatly exaggerated. I offer the following for your edification and encouragement. - CB


BEAT THE PRESS


by Chip Brogden



"And [Zacchaeus] sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature" (Lk. 19:3).
Jesus is passing through Jericho, surrounded by a massive throng of people.

Here is a little man named Zacchaeus who wants to see Jesus. But he can't see him.

Why couldn't he see Jesus? One complication was being "little of stature." Short. Insignificant. And, because he was a tax collector, not very much liked by anyone. So he had neither the physical nor the social stature to see Jesus.

However, if Jesus were not surrounded by the multitude, his little stature would not have prevented him from seeing Jesus.

What really hindered him?


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THE FUTURE OF THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST

Post  Admin on Mon 04 Jun 2012, 9:38 am




June 3, 2012




Hello Elaine,





It's time to get real.

For the last three weeks Karla and I have been talking and praying about the direction of The School of Christ.

From the very beginning we have always thought that The School of Christ was supposed to be more than a website, more than a collection of writings and teachings.

Our vision for The School of Christ was to have a place where people could be healed from their "church wounds" and get on a path of discipleship towards Christ-centered spiritual maturity.

Our approach has been to provide opportunities for that to happen both online and offline.

Online we have offered hundreds of articles, a free library of hundreds of hours of audio teachings, a free video disciples course, a free daily devotional, and a free Internet Bible Study.

Offline we have conducted workshops, opened our home to small groups, and published books and audio recordings on a "whatever you can afford" basis.

We have no "staff" of people running things here... just Karla and me.

And particularly in the last four years, it has mostly been Karla running things here while I work full-time, squeezing my writing, teaching, traveling, and answering emails into whatever spare time I could find.

A person can't maintain that kind of grueling schedule for four years without it beginning to take a toll on their mind and body.

Back in 1997, when I first started publishing my writings and teachings, we decided that we would not be like other ministries.

The little piece about "Others may... you cannot" was actually posted on our home page many moons ago.

The belief was that, as a matter of principle, we would not engage in fund raising activities that other ministries and organizations perform as a matter of necessity - faith promises, ministry partners, monthly pledges, "your gift of any size" stuff, "we need your support or we're going off the air" appeals.

Why not?

Because that puts us in a certain category in a person's mind, that we are no different than every other ministry out there, that all we want is your money. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We didn't want to be typecast into that lot.

We didn't want to cause offense, or have money get in the way of the Christ-centered message.

The other thing we decided early on is that I would not fulfill the role of a traditional pastor.

I would not lick my finger, stick it in the air, see which way the winds are blowing, and preach about controversial, popular topics that tickle the ears, grease the money wheels, and attract people to me.

I see other ministries and other websites doing these things and doing them very well.

But I refuse to do it.

Our approach for 15 years has been to point people to Christ, keep it simple, and give it all away either for free or for "whatever you can afford."

Now, I'm not opposed to people receiving support.

And the "freely you have received, freely give" Scripture is predicated upon an equally valid Scripture that "the laborer is worthy of his wages."

This is why Jesus told His disciples not take anything with you on your journey - not because you didn't need anything, but because the people would support you.

The School of Christ is a testimony to that.

We do receive occasional, unsolicited support from people who just want to help and give.

For that we are very honored and greatly appreciative.

But the bulk of our support comes from the books and audio teachings we put out.

If we put out stuff, we get support which helps to pay the bills to keep things running.

If we don't put stuff out, then it becomes "out of sight, out of mind."

It's just the reality of the world we live in.

In order for any church, ministry or non-profit organization to sustain itself, it needs a steady supply of two things:

1) People

2) Money

In order to get people, it first has to cut through all the noise and distraction to get people's attention. Then it has to keep them engaged with things that are funny, cute, inspirational, political, controversial and speaks to their own needs, hopes, dreams, desires, and concerns.

Talk about things that get people fired up and emotional, angry or sad. Throw in some Bible verses to make a vague spiritual point.

That is the blueprint for building a mega-church. And I know how to do it. I just refuse to do it.

In order to get money, the organization has to ask for it. Repeatedly. To the point that you are sick and tired of hearing about it.

No matter who you are, if you don't engage in aggressive fundraising, you don't get funds.

People stand out in front of Wal-Mart every weekend asking for donations.

Girls Scouts sell cookies.

The garden club sells plants.

The fire department sells chicken plates.

The public school sends home flyers trying to sell candy or doughnuts or slightly overpriced trinkets to raise money.

Public radio has week-long fundraisers every spring and fall.

A Presidential candidate with a net worth of millions of dollars sends me emails asking for a $5 donation for the chance to have dinner with him.

The cashier at the grocery store asks if I want to round up my purchase and donate a few cents to some charitable cause.

People do these things because they MUST do them in order to raise support.

Some may say ,"Oh Brother Chip, what you should do is just pray and trust God to speak to the hearts of people and they will give without you having to mention money."

That's like telling a sick person that if they had more faith, they would be healed.

A few of people will give without being asked, yes.

Just not enough.

Most people are not so spiritual and so in-tune with God that they will instantly discern what they should do - and then actually do it - in absolutely harmony and in perfect timing with what is needed.

I'm not THAT spiritual, and I don't know many people who are.

One reason I got out of the "full-time ministry" is because I can't base my livelihood on the off chance that people will "hear from God" and support me.

Maybe I don't have enough faith.

But I do know that the "full-time ministry" mindset kept me poor, and kept my family suffering, for nearly two decades.

That's because most people aren't trying to hear from God about how they can meet the many needs of all the people around them; they are trying to hear from God about how to get their own needs met.

This is why God "leads" so few people to give.

But when it comes to taking... they don't even have to pray about it.

The sad fact of the matter is we live in a world where there are many, many Takers and very few Givers. As the Scripture says, "In the last days people will become lovers of their own selves."

The Takers don't just take whatever they can get for free... they also take for granted what is offered free of charge... and they resent being asked to pay for anything.

Takers will ask for free advice, but they won't follow it.

Takers will ask for free products and services, but they won't use them or appreciate them.

And when Takers outnumber Givers, everything collapses (this is what we see happening in many countries around the world as their economies cave in).

My observation is that most Christians have not escaped this welfare mindset - they are trapped in a spiritual ghetto of consuming, feeding, taking - "forever learning."

Maybe it's a bad reaction to the abuses of all the churches and ministries they have seen who were perpetually haranguing them about money.

There are hurting people out there because of what religion has done to them.

I get it; I feel the same way.

That's why I refuse to do what other ministries do.

No fundraising, no monthly partners, no faith promises.

No mad rush to create new products or topics that people will find interesting and engaging.

No jumping up and down, waving our arms, trying to get people's attention.

We're going to keep bringing a Christ-centered message, attractive or not, whether it is supported or not.

As many of you know last year was a tough year for us.

After losing my job we got behind on a lot of things while trying to keep home and The School Of Christ up and running.

I found a full-time job back in November. I also work a part-time job. As many of you know, working one job is tough enough. Trying to balance work, family, and The School Of Christ (as it is now) is just too much for Karla and me.

It's time to make some changes.

So we're going to scale down and cut back on things that we'd like to do, but cannot do, because we don't have the time, energy, or finances to do them.

The webinars are the first to go - they are just too expensive to maintain, and the necessary support for them does not exist.

I won't stop teaching the Bible... I'll just look for other, low cost or no cost ways to get the message out, like a podcast format on ITunes or something.

No more workshops (at least for the foreseeable future). Our heart was to have these so people could get together face-to-face and help one each other and grow. The workshops we've had have been wonderful. The reality is they cost money and we just do not have it.

No more home groups. We opened up our home and the response was just not there to continue this. Increasingly, our weekends need to be spent recovering from the previous work week and getting ready for the next.

Retreats? Well, these are costly too, and we just can't go in this direction right now.

The online discipleship course has been closed to new students for awhile now - and will remain closed, because I can't keep up with it. We will do our best to answer our current students and see if things improve.

On a positive note, the website has enough material to keep you busy for the rest of your life, even if I never update it again. I encourage you to take the time to read the things on there and apply them to your life. It works if you take the time to apply it.

Moving forward, when God gives me something to say, something to write, or something to teach, we will pass it along for your encouragement.

In the meanwhile I'll be taking some time to get spirit, soul, and body together. Minister to the Lord. Recharge the batteries. Spend more time with my wife. Eventually, focus more on writing. That sort of thing.

I think that by simplifying and reducing the size of The School of Christ we will be a better steward of the resources we do have and will do more good for more people that way.

Please note I do not want this to come across as complaining. We are not complaining, just explaining - and helping you to better understand where we're coming from, and why.

Karla and I love you and appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and support of Christ-centered teaching for Christ-centered living.





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Why Do Christians Suffer?

Hello Elaine,




Do you struggle with the question of how a loving God could allow so much pain and suffering in the world?

You're not alone with these questions. People as far back as Job have wondered why God allows bad things to happen. Many Christians have personal experiences with pain and suffering - either in themselves, or in their family, or in someone they know. Some people believe that Christians should somehow be immune to suffering. And when bad things happen to good people, it represents a crisis of faith. Why me? Why this? Why now? And those "why" questions are seldom answered satisfactorily.

Getting a fresh perspective on suffering can help you better respond to the challenges in your own life and can help you answer those difficult questions about the purpose of pain. It can also better equip yourself to deal with the inevitable pain and suffering that we all experience, either directly, or in the world around us.


Click the link below to find out more...
http://theschoolofchrist.org/listen/the-purpose-in-your-pain.html


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Post  Admin on Thu 10 May 2012, 5:20 pm

May 9, 2012



Hello Elaine,


The Early Ekklesia had plenty of problems.

But one thing they had in their favor was strong spiritual leadership who could speak the truth and bring correction when needed.

Followers of Christ in those days weren't left to argue, debate, rationalize, or justify controversial moral issues based on popular opinion.



Things like fornication, adultery, and homosexuality were sins, not "mistakes" or "lifestyle choices" or "just the way I was born."


Today's Harlot Church accepts everything in the name of "tolerance" and "not judging."

To even have these questions open for debate among so-called followers of Christ is a failure of spiritual leadership, plain and simple.



It's also a failure of basic, common sense.

Scripture shows us the truth, if we'll listen.

Not only is it OK for us to judge, it is absolutely required of us.


And while we do thank God for all the spiritual blessings of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness, we still have a responsibility to honor God with our body.

How do we honor God with our body?



Here's a simple place to start: "Flee sexual immorality" (1 Cor. 6:18a).

You can spiritualize your beliefs all you want, but it doesn't get any more practical than that.



Join us for tomorrow night's webinar to learn more:


http://theschoolofchrist.org/learn/internet-bible-study-index





I am your brother,

Chip Brogden
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P.S. As always, if you can't join us for the live session, you can always catch the audio replay. The advantage to the live session is you get the visual aids and the ability to participate in the question and answer session afterwards.


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Post  Admin on Thu 03 May 2012, 8:34 pm

May 3, 2012



Hello Elaine,


The modern "church" doesn't understand how to deal with sin in the camp.

When a leader sins, it is covered up for as long as possible. Then comes the big announcement that the leader must go away to be "restored" under the supervision of (supposedly) mature brothers (fellow preachers).

In a few weeks, the leader is right back where he was before, as though nothing ever happened.

I'm all for God's forgiveness.

It's just my observation that sin was judged more quickly and thoroughly in the early Ekklesia. Grace wasn't cheap, and forgiveness wasn't offered until AFTER repentance was demonstrated.

When people lied to the Holy Spirit they fell down dead.

When people sinned, Paul's counsel was to turn them over to satan!

Today, we're so afraid we're going to judge, or condemn, or criticize, or offend, or hurt somebody's feelings, that we no longer speak the truth in love or do what is necessary. Turn them over to satan? How unloving!

But maybe the unloving thing is to do nothing.

So join us tonight for a Scriptural perspective on how we should deal with the perpetually sinning brother or sister who refuses to repent:




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Post  Admin on Thu 26 Apr 2012, 2:48 pm

April 26, 2012


Hello Elaine,

Tonight's webinar has been cancelled due to an illness in the
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We'll resume next Thursday at the usual time. You can register
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Post  Admin on Sun 22 Apr 2012, 2:37 pm

Hello Elaine,


Paul said you may have 10,000 instructors in Christ, but not many fathers.

Today we probably have 100,000,000 instructors, teachers, preachers, leaders and gurus... but still, not many fathers.




Why is that?

Join us tonight as we discuss the apostolic heart: what it isn't, what it is, why it's rare, and why we need it:

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P.S. We do these live events every Thursday night. Don't wait for the reminder because one day it may not come. Or it may be too late. Or I may just want to see who shows up without having to be reminded. It's called "taking responsibility for your own spiritual growth and maturity." Don't wait to be told what to do - seize the day, buy up the opportunities, and redeem the time. We do this every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern time, and the registration page is always the same:


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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Apr 2012, 7:07 pm


Hello Elaine,


Do you ever become "weary of well-doing"?

Sometimes I get "caught up" in the busy-ness of life and forget why I'm here and what I'm supposed to be doing.

Then I get an email like this and it helps me reconnect with my mission.




"Something to think about. Every day there is an Infinite Supply daily devotional in my mail box from The School of Christ. I have to confess most of the time I just delete it because I have so much going on and no time to read it. I say to myself I already know what it says so I don't need to read it. But today I felt the need to open it. It was talking about the gift of Christ. While reading the devotional I was shown: IS it more important to my life and well-being to read store sales fliers, daily gossip from friends, news updates about the crazy world we live in, commentaries telling me their opinions about what is going on in the world, and the list goes on and on. If it were my birthday you know I would make sure to read every email wishing me a happy birthday. Somehow I think we (well I did) get things turned around a bit and lost where my focus should be. The School of Christ takes time everyday to send a daily reminder to me sharing and reminding me of the blessings I have in Christ and where my thoughts should be. I just want to say thank you to The School of Christ for always standing for Christ in such a messed up world and helping me to keep my focus." --D. E.




Lots of things compete for your attention these days.

You have to be intentional about what you choose to focus on. You'll get whatever you consistently seek.

So if you'd like to start your day with a short daily reminder of what's REALLY important, you can sign up for Infinite Supply FREE right here:

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Stay on the path my friends!





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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Apr 2012, 9:19 pm

April 12, 2012


Hello Elaine,


Most Christians are carnal!

And that's normal...

Unless they stay that way for several years. Then it's a problem!

What is the difference between being carnal and being spiritual?

How does one progress from carnality to spirituality?

Join us for the live teaching tonight and find out!



You can register for it here (free, but space is limited):


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Hope to see you tonight!




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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Apr 2012, 8:56 pm

April 8, 2012


Hello Elaine,


As we remember the resurrection of our Lord, it is an appropriate time to point out the real significance of Christ being raised from the dead. If Christ is not raised, then our faith is in vain. But Christ has risen, and so our faith is alive.

But while many celebrate the resurrection of Christ, we who know the ways of God "more accurately" also celebrate the fact that the resurrection of Christ means not only His raising from the dead, but our raising from the dead as well. We are the crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, seated, and overcoming Branches of a crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended, seated and overcoming Vine. Because God has identified us with Christ, His life, death, and resurrection have become our life, death, and resurrection as well.



The following excerpt represents this wonderful spiritual truth. I hope it gives yet another dimension for you to consider on this day of Resurrection - yours, ours, and His.




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Identification With Christ


by Chip Brogden

Paul says something very peculiar in Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." Does Paul mean to say that he was physically there with Christ on the Cross when Jesus died? We know that Jesus was crucified between two thieves and that Paul was probably not even present at the actual, historical event of the crucifixion of Christ.

Then, Paul says that even though he was crucified, he lives. Does Paul mean to say that he was raised from the dead with Jesus also? If so, why have we not heard about this before now? Finally he says he is not really living at all, but Christ lives in him. To the natural mind, of course, this all sounds very strange. This is why we must discern spiritual things spiritually.

It should be obvious that Paul is talking about something other than a physical crucifixion and a physical death, burial, and resurrection. Although he says, "I was crucified with Christ" he does not mean that he was present with Christ in the flesh at the moment of crucifixion; instead, he intends to show us something much more profound. We will soon discover that this experience of being crucified with Christ is not unique to the apostle Paul, but is true of every born-again child of God. Not only Paul, but all disciples of Jesus have been crucified with Christ.

How is this possible? The Bible says that there is an invisible but very powerful union that exists between Jesus and all His disciples; they are one Body. It is a spiritual union. This spiritual union forms the basis of our relationship and fellowship with Christ. Jesus says, "I am the True Vine... live in Me, and I will live in you" (Jn. 15:1,4a). Jesus compares this union to a vine that has many branches. Each branch lives in union with the vine. The same life flowing in the vine is also flowing in the branches. Jesus says He is the True Vine, and we are His branches. This is spiritual union. As branches, we can only grow and produce spiritual fruit so long as we continue to live, dwell in, abide, and be part of the Vine. So then, union with God is not the reward for spirituality; it is the basis of spirituality...


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March 28, 2012


Hello Elaine,


Just a quick reminder about the new teaching series on First Corinthians. You can register for it here:

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If you missed the introductory session from last week, you can listen to the replay here:

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I'm looking forward to this teaching and hope you can join us live tomorrow night.




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March 21, 2012


Hello Elaine,



I love the books of First and Second Corinthians because they are so
practical - and personal.



Paul had more problems with Corinth than with any other group. But he handles them with grace and "tough love."


Reading his letters to the Corinthians is like going back in time to read the future of the Church - because things haven't changed all that much in 2,000 years.


Lots of wisdom to be found here... and tomorrow night we're going to provide an in-depth introduction to the whole book of First Corinthians that you don't want to miss.


Sign up for the online teaching here (free):
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As always, if you can't join us live, you can tune in to the replay. But we'd love to be able to interact with you if at all possible.


Looking forward to "seeing" you tomorrow night!





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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Mar 2012, 3:56 pm

March 17, 2012


Hello Elaine,


Hope you're having a great weekend!


We've just posted three webinar replays to the website - Second Thessalonians 1, 2, and 3. You can listen to them here:


http://theschoolofchrist.org/mp3/2thessalonians1.html
http://theschoolofchrist.org/mp3/2thessalonians2html
http://theschoolofchrist.org/mp3/2thessalonians3.html


It has been a rich series. I'm always sad to see a series come to an end.


But the best way to get over that sadness is to start a new series!


So next week we'll begin a huge undertaking: First and Second Corinthians, one chapter at a time.


We'll start with an introduction to the series next week. You can register for it here:

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This series is going to be a real eye-opener. I hope you'll invite a friend and join us on an exciting journey through God's Word.




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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

March 14, 2012


Hello Elaine,


I stand by the statement I made last week:

"What most Christians believe about the Second Coming of Christ and the End Times does NOT come from their own careful, prayerful, Spirit-led study of the Scriptures.
It comes from believing what the pastor, preacher, or Bible prophecy writer told them."


Then I realized that this is the case with many things we were taught in Churchianity - things we never bothered to check into for ourselves.



For example, I keep hearing that "we must love and accept everyone, because we're all on different paths leading to God."

No doubt we should love everyone - even our enemies.



But I'm sorry... Scripture does not teach that we should accept everyone. Nor does it teach that everyone's path leads to God.




Tomorrow night I'll give you at least THREE EXAMPLES of people in the typical church or fellowship who should always be REJECTED - in love! And we'll talk about why, and how. Not based on my opinion, but based on Scripture.


Click the link below to register for the online live teaching:
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Looking forward to interacting with you!





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P.S. If you didn't sign up to get the free chapter from my new book, what are you waiting for? Here's the link:

http://theschoolofchrist.org/newbook.html

(My friend reminded me that the letters in this book were written over the course of thirteen years, not ten. My how time flies...)

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