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Additional Habits to Break

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J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma magazine who still writes a weekly column for them called “Fire in My Bones.”Brother Grady often points out things done in our Spirit-filled churches that need changing.A recent column had an article titled “9 Bad Charismatic Habits We Need to Break.”I encourage you to read his article in its entirety but I will share the list of habits…
1. The body slam. 2. The courtesy drop. 3. The song that never ends. 4. The amateur flag corp. 5. The wannabe telethon offering. 6. The sermon with seven endings. 7. The praise-a-go-go dancers. 8. The ear-shattering amp. 9. The “jump-start” glossalalia.
After reading Brother Grady’s article, I thought of two other annoying habits preachers should stop doing...
1) Telling the congregation to “turn to your neighbor” numerous times during the service to say something.I think it’s okay to do this once or twice during a service (I even tried this years ago when giving a speech on bible prophecy during a Toastmasters me…

The Law of Love

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This past Tuesday in front of the State Capitol in St. Paul, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota effective August 1, 2013.This so-called “history-making” event was attended by thousands of people.I happened to be in St. Paul that evening but was evangelizing by a lake five miles from the Capitol.
A few hours before the bill was signed, an old childhood friend who I reconnected with through Facebook posted the music video for “Love is the Law.”This song by the Suburbs was a regional hit thirty years ago.I used to like this song but was saddened to learn the Minneapolis-based group had donated use of it for the cause of “marriage equality.”
The Bible has a few things to say about the law of love…
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:8
“Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” - Romans 13:10
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty;…

Undignified

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Whenever I need a spiritual kick-start, one thing I like to do is play the song “Undignified” on my laptop computer and dance around the room.This Matt Redman song has been recorded by a variety of Christian artists.My favorite version (and the first one I ever heard) is from the 1997 album “Catch the Fire 4” released by Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.Here’s a portion of the song’s lyrics…
I will dance I will sing To be mad for my King Nothing Lord is hindering this passion in my soul And I'll become even more undignified than this Some may say it’s foolishness but I'll become even more undignified than this
The song’s lyrics are based on passages from 2 Samuel 6…
14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
20 Then David returned to bless his household.And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servan…