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I enjoy the many apps for my Blackberry phone, but the best app I’ve found recently is YouVersion… a way to read the Word of God in your choice of translations and/or versions, or in the language of your choice. A great choice of reading plans keep you on track, in the Word daily. YouVersion is available online and for other cell phones. Enjoy!
Frank Viola, in “Finding Organic Church: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities” writes, “By organic church, I mean a church that is born out of spiritual life instead of being constructed by human institutions and held together by religious programs. Organic church life is a grassroots experience that is marked by face-to-face community, every-member functioning, open-participatory meetings (as opposed to pastor-to-pew services) nonhierarchical leadership, and the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ as the functional Leader and Head of the gathering.”
“By contract, whenever we sin-scarred mortals try to create a church the same way we would start a business, we are defying the organic nature of church life. an organic church is one that is naturally produced hwen a group of people has encountered Jesus Christ in reality (external ecclesiastical props being unnecessary) and the DNA of the church is free tow ork without hindrance. It’s the difference between standing in front of a fan and standing outdoors on a windy day.”
“To summarize, an organic church is not a theater with a script. It’s a lifestyle–an authentic journey with the Lord Jesus and His disciples.”
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