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Spirit Filled Silence

It’s no secret that Charismatic/Pentecostal circles are highly susceptible to sensationalism. More often than not, the whole reason for gathering is to chase an experience with God. This feels like a commercial collective mysticism.

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Charles PorterComment
Small Steps with a Big Heart

 “Big! Awesome! HUGE!” is how we learned to “sell” Jesus. Event driven mass exposure is all we had. That was the problem. Jesus started small. Jesus although he held the fabric of the universe together and is consubstantially with the Father he remained small. This smallness was not in stature or physical appearances but instead smallness in ego. Jesus was humble.

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Charles PorterComment
May You Be The Light

When I light our candles in our Advent wreath I’m especially aware of these loved ones that I’ve lost. As the wax falls from the candles I’m reminded that these lights are a temporary manifestation of the guiding light of Christ.

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Charles Porter Comment
Silence and the Catacombs of the Human Heart

When is the last time you sat in complete silence? I’m not talking about low music “silence” but pure unfiltered silence. If you’re like me then it’s been a little while. It’s not something we naturally gravitate towards if we’re honest with ourselves. Why is this? Why do we dislike silence so much?

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Charles PorterComment
Love Your Neighbor

“Love your neighbor” was first spoken to a small band of nomads in the desert. Jesus later re-emphasized it to a small nation under the boot of oppressive occupation. In this context, “love your neighbor as yourself” comes across as a call for solidarity.

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When Church Hurts and How To Go About It

I made my way to the church's office. It was hot and stuffy since the AC was turned off when the building was not in use. With a sigh and a cocktail of courage and cowardice I placed my key on the mailboxes and left. Have you ever been hurt in church? I'm sure you have. Me too.

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A Mobile Church Following The Movement Of The Spirit

In our interactions we found that children going hungry was a real present issue with between 80%-90% of the student population coming from impoverished situations.  As we learned the culture we learned about the ‘eviction flip’ that happens every February as almost 1/3 of the school population changes over due to their families being kicked out of their homes. 

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