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by Richard Cimino - 1 month ago

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: Praying Alone & Praying Together Part 2

In our last installment of Ecclesiology 101, we began to look at how the local church lives and breathes in relationship to prayer. We laid the foundation by noting that prayer in its essence is man talking with God. It is using words to express to God what ...

by Richard Cimino - 1 month ago

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: How the Local Church Lives and Breathes–Praying Alone & Praying Together

In this installment of Ecclesiology 101, we’re going to look at how the local church lives and breathes in relationship to prayer.* Let’s start with this: I feel a great sense of lack in my own life when it comes to prayer. Not so much in regard to spontaneous, on the spot prayer, but in the realm of intentional, dedicated times of prayer. I am also coming to see that I have had an underde...

by Richard Cimino - 2 months ago

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: How the Local Church Lives and Breathes Led by the Spirit Part 2

On this side of heaven, it’s not a matter of if we are going to fail in hearing the Holy Spirit or being led by the Holy Spirit; it’s a matter of when are we going to fail. I say that not to condone sin. We will fail in our Christian life. We will fail when it comes to hearing the Spirit and being led by the Spirit — and we need to come to grips with that. Jesus saved us knowing that we would. We need to come to g...

by Richard Cimino - 2 months ago

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: How the Local Church Lives and Breathes Led by the Spirit

In the previous article, we learned how the life of each and every believer will be a reflection and expression of the things the Holy Spirit is passionate about. The scripture makes it very clear that the Holy Spirit is passionate about three things: Jesus — Holin...

by Richard Cimino - 4 months ago

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: Respecting Leaders and Relating to Others

"We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to o...

by Richard Cimino - 7 months ago

To Kill or to Crown Jesus?

Jesus said He would be crucified. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). Psalm 22 predicted Jesus would be crucified. Isaiah 53 predicted that Jesus would be crucified. Zechariah 12:10 predicted that Jesus would be crucified. God was sovereign ove...

by Richard Cimino - 1 year ago

Making God's Will Your Will

I will speak for myself. Perhaps some might say an “Amen” to it because they are or have found themselves in the same space. Though I would NEVER dream of renouncing my faith in Jesus, I can functionally reduce Jesus to something instead of someone. It is possible for me — in the day in, day out happenings of life to reduce Jesus to an idea rather than engaging Him and experiencing Him in a meaningful, perso...

by Richard Cimino - 2 years ago

Life on Mission: Called, Equipped and Sent Part 1

Looking back at Luke 9:1-17, I want to focus on the flow of the ministry of Jesus in the region of Galilee. His public ministry there started when He went to two sets of brothers who were engaged in a profitable fishing business on the Sea of Galilee. He went to Peter and Andrew — and then James and John. He told them to leave their nets and follow Him. So with those four guys He went about Galilee, preaching the ...