Articles and Weekly Thoughts

Simplifying Our Faith

I'd like to share some thoughts about simplifying our walk in the Lord through simplifying our faith.

In any journey of faith there are things a person notices that the Lord uses to get our attention. Then once our attention is fixed, we naturally ask "Why?" Those events become benchmarks around which our transition pivots, so in the first part of these thoughts I'm going to share some of my own benchmarks and their "why's" before read more...

About Affiliation with the Church Without Walls International and How House Churches Operate

1) Are we required to pay tithes to CWOWI?

No, we do not require the paying of tithes to CWOWI.
Why? Because we can’t find any example in the NT where Paul, Peter, James or John (the writers of the NT letters) required the giving of tithes to themselves.

In II Cor 11:8 using sarcasm, Paul says he ‘robbed other churches, taking wages of them.’ Vine says of the word ‘wages’ here: "Material support which Paul read more...

How CWOWI Began

The seeds of CWOWI were planted in 1992. During a time of prayer the Lord Jesus appeared to John in a visitation and shared some of what he was going to be doing in the future. Part of what he said included a bit of a history lesson. He said that during the Charismatic renewal of the 1960’s and 70’s many people came out of the traditional churches because their needs were not being met read more...

CWOWI Mission, Policies and Procedures

Mission

The Church Without Walls International (CWOW or CWOWI) is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ through the establishment of a network of related house churches around the world.

We believe a network of inspired individuals with shared values can work together to achieve common goals; the highest of which is making disciples of Jesus.

Vision

To disciple Christians in the faith through house churches; to be a model and resource for house churches; to facilitate the development read more...

What is that to you? Part 2

Last week I shared how I had been thinking on various things ranging from prophetic words floating around the body of Christ to prophetic words the Father or Lord have shared with Barb and I, and general news about the economy, war and so forth, when the Father broke into my thoughts saying: "What is that to you?" read More...

What is that to you? Part 1

Cocoon? A few weeks ago I watched a show about how silk is made. You probably know the basics; the silk worm feeds on Mulberry leaves and matures to about 3" in length (7.6 cm), and then spins a silk cocoon in a figure 8 pattern that can measure some 4000 feet in length (1.2 km). The pupae must be killed to get the silk, usually by boiling the cocoon in water. Then workers hand pick the end of the strand(s), lead read more...

Enlightenment, Part 3

On the subject of enlightenment - a man in scripture, then in our time Surprise! Saul of Tarsus was well educated and thought he was doing God a favor by arresting those believers in Jesus. Oftentimes it is taught that Jesus intervened in the life of Saul sovereignly on the road to Damascus in a complete shock to Saul/Paul, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Acts 9:5 when his conversion is recorded, and in 26:14 when Paul tells read more...

Enlightenment Part 2

Shine the light Last week I shared about the process of illumination and revelation, what the Bible calls "enlightenment" that happens between the time someone first hears about Jesus, and the time that person makes the decision for Christ. In the Greek enlightenment means to 'shine a light' and describes the process that happens internally when 'the light starts to go on' concerning Jesus. read More...

Enlightened Part 1

Being enlightened, the missing ingredient When Peter exclaimed "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!" in Matthew 16:16, Jesus responded with "flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." That bit of revelation is what our faith is based upon, and it's called being "enlightened". In the Greek, this word is "photizo". As you can tell, the root "phot" is light so it means to give light or shine. read more...

Seducing spirits

Departing from the faith I Timothy 4:1 says "The Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some willdepart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons..." The phrase 'depart from the faith' is key. Lest we misunderstand, departing from the faith does NOT mean rejecting Jesus, it means to depart from sound and balanced faith. The Greek word here means to step away from. They are seduced to step read more...