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Written by Derek Levendusky

Apr 12

2011

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21 Elder Resolutions

We know what we are doing at GraceLife is serious and important. How we structure and serve the church as a leadership team has everything to do with the health and wholeness of many lives in our community of believers. Read more →

Mar 30

2011

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What’s an “Elder-Led” Church?

I’ve never been a fan of the one-rock-star-and-1000-minions model of local church leadership. I’ve seen too many churches and leaders suffer from it. But more than anything, I just don’t see the model in Scripture. What I do see is that Jesus left the world a council of elders, not one senior pastor and eleven department heads. And I see Paul the Apostle establishing councils of elders in the churches he planted (Acts 14:23). Read more →

Feb 28

2011

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Community on a Mission

“Every day they continued to meet together…and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)

Part of the gift of the gospel is the loving family of the church, and the miraculous power to sustain that loving community (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus didn’t just die to give us a personal relationship with Him, but to assemble a people that would shine His glory to the nations. He’s called us to be “community on a mission.” Read more →

Jan 26

2011

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The Miracle of Community

We live in a day when there are many who love God and do not love “the church.” I get it. A good part of Christendom has become more about politics, power, and product than people. Don’t get me wrong, people are important to the big machine, but mostly in the sense that they can add to the programs or the attendance record. If I weren’t a Christian, I’d be standing there with the rest of them scratching my head at the bizarre sub-culture, pseudo big-business that is western Christianity. Read more →

Jan 13

2011

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Jesus Plus Nothing

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)

I just got back from the Joshua Revolution Adult Conference in Niagara Falls where I spoke and led worship with Isaiah Six. The main speaker for the event was Loren Larson from SonLife Radio. He took three days and taught verse by verse right out of Romans 6-8. It was outstanding! It was personally very confirming because there are not many who preach the message of the cross like I’ve been doing for the last seven years. I felt like, though we’ve never met each other, that we’d sat in the same classroom of the Holy Spirit. Read more →

Jan 13

2011

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The Revival You Don’t Want

“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” (Romans 7:9)
You either live under law or under grace. There’s no middle ground. You can’t be half and half. You’re one or the other.

I just started teaching my fall class at Elim Bible Institute, and a good part of what I’ll be teaching is out of my book Discipleship By Grace. As we dive in to God’s grace together, I’m freshly thankful, as I hope to be every day, for the gospel that has transformed my life. Read more →

Jan 13

2011

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How to Make the Cross Meaningless

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” (Galatians 2:21, NLT)

For years, I tried to earn God’s love by my performance. The problem is, when you do that, you are basically saying, “The cross wasn’t enough for me. I need to add to the cross by my performance!” By trusting in your ability to keep the rules to earn your position with God, you make the cross meaningless. And see, the thing is, God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). He will not share His glory with another! When you are trusting in your performance and not God’s grace given through the cross, you are unwittingly trying to steal God’s glory! Read more →