Things I Heard In Church: Imagine a church where every single person comes to get something from others

“Imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to consume, to get something–from others. They are there, every single one of them, to receive, and not one would get what they came for.

“Now imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to love the other people there. They are there, every one of them, to give. Every single one will receive what they’re looking for.

“Hebrews 10:23-25 says ‘…stir up one another to love and good works…'”
–Chuck Bomar

We can’t stir up one another alone, there has to be others, there has to be community.

From my notes on Chuck Bomar’s teaching Reflecting God’s Love1 John Chapter 4, Sunday 10/11/15, Colossae Church, Tigard, Oregon

The 1 Thing I Do That Drowns Out Jesus

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“He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” (John 3:31-34)

The 1 Thing I Do

“No one receives his testimony,” John the Baptist said. Why is that?

First, let me say that I think what John is saying here is, in his day almost no one received Jesus’ testimony. It seems that John uses the phrase “no one” as a figure of speech. Because it’s true that while Jesus remained on earth, relatively few received his testimony and accepted him as Savior and Messiah. But that’s not the main point I want to write about today. The main point is the one thing I do to drown out Jesus’ testimony from my hearing. And we find insight about that one thing in a group of Jesus’ contemporaries: the Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “…underwear on their heads.”

“My kids pose naturally–but they also run around with underwear on their heads.”

From Matt Bowen’s excellent teaching, Image Management1/03/2016, 11 AM

God’s IQ

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“His name was William James Sidis, and his IQ was estimated at between 250 and 300. At eighteen months he could read The New York Times, at two he taught himself Latin, at three he learned Greek. By the time he was an adult…

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Things I Heard In Church: God catches your tears in a bottle

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5)

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

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Things I Heard In Church: A Sermon On Breast Feeding

From Dave Teixeira’s teaching, Love, 12/6/2015

Oxytocin, The Love Hormone

“Oxytocin (sometimes called the love hormone) is released into the mother’s brain when she breast feeds. Continue reading

Why I Rejected The Light (And Why You Do Too)

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And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. (John 3:19-21)

How I Hated That Light

In the last week I had two conflicts with two of the three people I love more than anyone on the planet. In the first conflict someone Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: Here is a great lie, “All we actually have is today.”

The following is a quote from Matt Bowen’s teaching on  Joy, 12/13/2015. The text for this teaching is Isaiah 25:6-9.

One of the great lies that our world often believes is that all we actually have is today. (This is one of the great lies that fuels a whole lot of really stupid purchases. All you have is right now–before the sale ends.)

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You Are Not Condemned

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Last post on the book of John we saw how God so loved us, that He allowed His Son to suffer a horrible death, to pay the price for our sins, so we could be reconciled to Him in heaven. That’s the message of John 3:16. And then in John 3:17 we saw how God’s purpose isn’t to condemn anyone, but instead His purpose is exactly the opposite, His purpose is to rescue everyone from condemnation. (John 3:17, 2 Peter 3:9, See previous post For God So Loved You)

Today we’ll explore the next verse after John 3:16-17. Speaking of himself Jesus says,

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18)

Suffering, Evil, And Condemnation

You know, among atheists, the number one objection to the God of the Bible is Continue reading