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January 1, 2015

New Years Resolutions — Do They Work?

MAKING RESOLUTIONS WORK By Paul Anderson Most of us feel a need for some changes. If you don’t, check your pulse. And New Year’s seems like a good time for resolve. We are throwing away the old calendar, and we’d like to toss out some old habits just as easily. Something noble rises within us: […]

December 9, 2014

Assignment For ALL Young Adults

PROJECTS FOR YOUNG ADULTS By: Paul Anderson ASSESSMENT. Ask your parents to meet and share what your strengths and weaknesses are. Our greatest need is an accurate picture of God; second—an accurate view of ourselves. It allows us to relate successfully with others. Your parents know you better than anyone else. Listen to them affirm […]

December 3, 2014

11 Reasons To Save Sex For Marriage

THE BATTLE FOR PRE-MARITAL PURITY By: Paul Anderson Sex is God’s idea. Yet Satan has managed to fool many with the idea that God’s commands are too limiting, that God must not know how to have the most fun, that “holy” and “happy” should not be used in the same sentence. So we have Christians […]

December 3, 2014

Does Satan Like Sex?

DOES SATAN LIKE SEX? By: Paul Anderson He hates it. Sex is God’s idea. It pictures God’s passionate love for His people and Christ’s affection for His Bride. The Bible tells a love story from cover to cover. It begins with a walk and ends with a wedding. The supper celebration goes on for an […]

November 28, 2014

Relationships Before Marriage–Thoughts from Paul and Karen

KAREN AND PAUL SHARE ON RELATIONSHIPS November 25, 2014 What did we do to build a strong relationship? 1. We consulted with mature people during our relationship, with our mentors, our parents, and the elders. We wanted people to speak into our lives. Many couples feel that their relationship is their private matter. Not true—not […]

November 28, 2014

Preparing For Marriage

PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE By: Paul Anderson Karen and I work with young adults. They hear a variety of voices. We want them to hear ours. 1. Give yourself to God. It’s a great way to prepar for marriage. To find the right mate, focus on being the right mate. If you are putting all your […]

November 19, 2014

Gratitude

GRATITUDE (Use this also for your thanksgiving family. Ask people to finish the sentence of each major phrase below before reading what is written. Then read lessons and discuss. Happy Thanksgiving!) PEOPLE WHO ARE UNGRATEFUL… Make excuses for why they aren’t in a better place and blame others. Have unfinished business, which seals their hearts […]

November 19, 2014

Developing Gratitude

DEVELOPING GRATITUDE By: Paul Anderson What if… …you thanked God when tested—and He turned it into a testimony? …you thanked parents for what they gave and forgave them for what they didn’t? …couples tossed expectations and chose gratitude? …you changed your environment with gratitude and started an epidemic? …you shed your whining, developed gratitude—and found […]

November 19, 2014

Gratitude Inventory

GRATITUDE INVENTORY By: Paul Anderson (Suggestion: print and use for your Thanksgiving time together. Happy Thanksgiving!) 1. Have I expressed thanks to my mother and father? 2. Have I thanked any teachers who made a positive contribution to my life? 3. Have I thanked coaches, pastors, siblings, people who serve me, like mail carriers? 4. […]

November 16, 2014

What The World Needs Now

“WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…” By: Paul Anderson “…is love sweet love.” Sweet love won’t do it. Try agape. But that messes with the meter. The Corinthian charismatics needed agape. Rival factions vied for control. They couldn’t stop fighting, even going to court. Love feasts turned sour. Gifts without fruit means flying with one wing—and […]

November 3, 2014

Beware of the Buckthorn

BEWARE OF THE BUCKTHORN By: Paul Anderson I was warned, but I didn’t listen. Karen and I were walking along the trail. A biology professor greeted us, then said, “You need to deal with the buckthorn on your property.” He told us that the buckthorn plant would eventually destroy everything within its range. On the […]

October 2, 2014

The Goodness of God

THE GOODNESS OF GOD By: Paul Anderson What if God was so good that… when you experienced bad things, He overturned them with good? you became good like God and imitated His kindness? you received so much that all you could do in your prayers was to thank Him? negative talk left your vocabulary because […]

October 2, 2014

Good Works

GOOD WORKS By: Paul Anderson There is a lot of bad out there. What is our response? Tell them how bad it is? We are never commanded to do that. And we never have the convict the world of the bad it does. Our job—good works. We are to overcome evil with good. We do […]

September 30, 2014

The Gentleness of Jesus

THE GENTLENESS of JESUS By: Paul Anderson Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28,29). He was speaking […]

September 30, 2014

The Fruit of the Spirit — Gentleness

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS…GENTLENESS By: Paul Anderson That means that the Spirit is gentle. The Spirit knows how to convict without condemning. The Holy Spirit who came as a mighty wind at Pentecost came upon Jesus as a gentle dove. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and […]

September 23, 2014

Healing From A Father Wound

HEALING FROM A FATHER WOUND By: Paul Anderson Sixty Minutes once interviewed a murderer in prison. When the host asked him about his father, he said that he was a National Football League star, but he added, “He’s not a star at home.” Then he broke down and cried. The father had not given time […]

September 23, 2014

Breaking Free From Strongholds In My Life

BREAKING FREE FROM STRONGHOLDS By: Paul Anderson Most of my kids were afraid of dogs as toddlers. Erikka was especially terrified by big barkers, and she would run to me for cover. But when she was on Daddy’s shoulders, she said in happy tone, “Hi, Doggy.” She had found safety. Moms and dads are often […]

September 9, 2014

God Is Faithful

GOD IS FAITHFUL PAUL ANDERSON Every year during football season Lucy promises to hold the ball. Charlie Brown makes her pledge that she will not move it. He reminds her that she has tricked him many times. She vows, “Never again.” Naive as ever, Charlie charges toward the ball. Just before his foot makes contact, […]

September 3, 2014

Prayer Tips

MAKING A PRAYER LIST By: Paul Anderson I have been a slow learner with prayer. I often find it hard work. But at the age of 70, it is a bit easier than in earlier years. One thing that has really helped is a… Prayer list. You’d think it would get boring to pray for […]

August 13, 2014

Biblical Overview of Speaking in Tongues

I THANK GOD I SPEAK IN TONGUES MORE THAN ALL OF YOU! By: Paul Anderson Paul wasn’t bragging. He had simply discovered the great benefit of tongues and wanted to urge others on. If I said to my family, “I exercise more than all of you,” I would be encouraging them to do what I […]

August 13, 2014

How To Receive The Gift of Praying/Speaking in Tongues

HOW TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF PRAYING/SPEAKING IN TONGUES By: Paul Anderson God doesn’t give us a manual on the gifts of the Spirit. He gives us history, the experiences of people interacting with God, and theology, the explanation of those experiences. So to understand and receive gifts of the Spirit, we look both at […]

August 13, 2014

Praying in Tongues: The “Lesser” Gift

TONGUES—THE “LESSER” GIFT By: Paul Anderson Right. What is the less of perfection? The brother of Jesus knew: “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17). Lesser, like five billion is less than five billion twenty. It is lesser in the sense that in corporate worship, prophecy is more […]

July 31, 2014

Relational Christianity

RELATIONAL CHRISTIANITY By: Paul Anderson My wife and I watched a documentary on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was one of the few Lutheran pastors who saw through the optimistic vision of the rising Third Reich. The Church had been humiliated after World War I, and now it was gaining a new acceptance with the state. The […]

July 20, 2014

Suffering and Glory — Romans 8

SUFFERING AND GLORY By: Paul Anderson It’s not the happy times that mess with us. It’s the suffering that threatens to derail us. Nowhere in Paul’s writings does he rise to the heights as in Romans 8. And in this very context he gives a teaching on suffering. For Paul, pain-free Christianity is an oxymoron. […]

July 16, 2014

Is Exercise Spiritual?

IS EXERCISING SPIRITUAL? By: Paul Anderson I first read it in the King James: “Bodily exercise profiteth little” (I Tim. 4:8). Even though the RSV made Paul’s statement slightly more positive (“bodily training is of some value”), we still heard the KJV quoted to those who went overboard: “Remember, bodily exercise profits little,” proving that […]

June 14, 2014

Raising Up A Culture of Honor

RAISING UP A CULTURE OF HONOR By: Paul Anderson Are you good at showing honor? Is the church—or society? To whom does our culture show honor? Whom do we not honor that we should or honor that we should not? WHAT IS HONOR? The dictionary says that “honor” means “esteem, high regard, great respect, credit.” […]

May 3, 2014

Sons or Slaves?

SONS, NOT SLAVES! By: Paul Anderson Home is meant to be the closest thing on earth to heaven. For many, it is closer to hell. Even with good families and decent parents we can be left with love deficits and the feeling that we don’t really belong, that we are not truly valued. The pain […]

March 27, 2014

Creating A Safe Environment for Inner Healing Prayer Ministry

Creating A Safe Place For Inner Healing Prayer Ministry By: Bob Neumann People’s tender hearts must feel safe around prayer ministers in order to them to be vulnerable, allowing the Holy Spirit to move. I am very careful to use a soft tone of voice. I try to connect with God’s heart and the person’s […]

March 24, 2014

Christianity VS Humanism

CHRISTIANITY & HUMANISM By: Paul Anderson Christianity Believes: Humanism Believes: God is good Good is god Man is not good Man is good, therefore man is god; innate goodness We worship God We worship man: brains, bodies, brawn (Rom. 1) God at center, man is servant Man at center, God serves us, God is in […]

February 8, 2014

Stop Sinning!

STOP SINNING! Jesus spoke these strong words the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” Why would He say this to a woman who clearly had a problem with sin? An unrealistic command could have left her in hopeless depression. And after healing the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus told him, […]

February 8, 2014

The Mystery of The Incarnation

The MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION Paul Anderson Joseph had waited nine painful months.  The child’s real Father had been waiting since before the creation of the world.  Now the fullness of time had come. That is what makes it hard.  We somehow expect God to do things differently. John speaks the truth in five powerful […]

February 1, 2014

A Theology of Work

A THEOLOGY OF WORK Paul Anderson Karen and I took a trip to Japan in the 80’s. One thing that impressed me was the way Japanese people worked. When we pulled into a gas station, we are greet by happy faces and bowing bodies. They started right in on the windows. They bowed after they […]

January 31, 2014

Article: I Am Responsible

I AM RESPONSIBLE Paul Anderson Responsible—it has the word “response” in it.  A responsible person is ready to give a response, an answer.  Webster says that a responsible person is answerable.  God made man on the last day of creation to rule (Gen. 1:26, 28). To rule does not mean to do as you please […]

January 26, 2014

Coming Home (A Word on House Churches)

COMING HOME REFLECTIONS ON HOUSE CHURCHES Paul Anderson If it works, don’t fix it.  If it doesn’t work, thinking it might start working won’t fix it.  We should learn from seventeen centuries that there may be another way of doing church.  How about checking out the way church was done before Christianity became Christendom and […]

December 23, 2013

Does God Have Favorites?

DOES GOD HAVE FAVORITES? (Paul Anderson) God moves comfortably in the realm of the impossible. We, like the old priest Zechariah, might look for reasons why something can’t happen. We struggle to wrap our brain around a miracle—God lives there. And He found a girl prepared to accept that without fighting. Her final input was, […]

October 15, 2013

A Quick Word From “Papa Paul”

~A WORD FROM PAPA PAUL~   Please take the time to read through this.  Any thoughts or comments can be sent to info@Communitasmn.com   Get a mentor. How to get one? Ask. Find someone you want to be like and ask him/her. Ask your pastor to help you. Mentors look out for you, pray for […]

May 29, 2013

Paul Anderson – About Tongues

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May 29, 2013

Paul Anderson – How to Receive the Gift of Tongues

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May 29, 2013

Paul Anderson – The Gift of Tongues – Available to All

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March 27, 2013

Paul Anderson – Healing From a Father Wound

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March 27, 2013

The Father’s Gift – Paul Anderson

A book by Paul Anderson on the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.  To download, click here.

March 27, 2013

Paul Anderson – A Winnable War — and A War Worth Winning

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August 20, 2011

Amy Peterson – Vision For Mentoring

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Energy Crisis

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Hope For Reluctant Warriors

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Holiness Reclaimed

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Honey, I Shrunk the Devil

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Hard Words from the Good Shepherd

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Gethseminary

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – The Gifts of the Spirit Are Free – But They Sure Do Cost a Lot

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – Garbage Makes Good Compost!

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September 18, 2010

Paul Anderson – A Friend of God?

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February 11, 2010

Paul Anderson – Making Prophecy Easy

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February 11, 2010

Paul Anderson – Processing the Prophetic

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February 11, 2010

Paul Anderson – Receiving the Father’s Love

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Giving Oversight to a Move of God

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Desperate for the Spirit

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Living Beyond Offense

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Beware of Buckthorn

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Back–to the Future

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – How to Get Good and Angry

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – Air Force

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January 26, 2010

Paul Anderson – 11 Reasons for Premarital Purity

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January 25, 2010

Paul Anderson – Judging Others

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January 25, 2010

Paul Anderson – Relational Christianity

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January 3, 2010

Paul Anderson – God Makes it Easy

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January 3, 2010

Paul Anderson – Disappointed Christmas

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