What Makes For A Happy, Healthy, and Long Life: Via Eric J. Swanson

Do you want a happy, healthy, long life?

It’s amazingly unsurprising how this lines up with what Jesus commanded us.

Excellent article via Eric J. Swanson » What makes for a happy and healthy life?.

For over 75 years (yes you read that right) Harvard University has been Continue reading

Martin Luther King–And Anger

MLK by Mike Licht - CC“I had spoken hastily and resentfully. Yet I knew that this was no way to solve a problem. ‘You must not harbor anger,’ I admonished myself. ‘You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.” –Martin Luther King

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words when he said, “…go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)

He quoted this scripture from Hosea–twice. (Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13, 12:7)

God loves mercy, and more than that, God wants us to Continue reading

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

Things I Heard In Church: This Amazing Experience Of Henry Nouwen’s

Henry Nouwen

Dave Teixeira introduced us to Henry Nouwen with these words: “Henry was a guy who taught at Harvard and Yale. He was this very renowned professor. This person who lived in high and elite places. But Continue reading

For God So Loved You

John 3:16 God so loved

“A little frayed around the edges–aren’t we all.” (Image and quote via Green Kozi-Creative Commons)

 

The Disgusting Thing This Guy Did For His Daughter

I read about a guy today who gave up on love. In the third grade he decided “love was for girls,” which might be kind of funny except he continued his boycott of love all the way through high school. He even refused to Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: Love Will Make You Weaker

“Love is always attached to vulnerability. Love will always make you weaker and more powerless, than you were before you loved. Some of you understand this. Some of you know this to be true because this is your story. You have a child who went off the rails, or a spouse who one day decided they were tired of being married, or a mom or a dad who treated you badly. And the pain you feel from those moments, the brokenness in your heart, is the direct result of the love you have for those people. You see, if you didn’t love them, it wouldn’t hurt.”

Yet we’re commanded to love. In fact: “Love is the crowning characteristic of the Christian.”

“You want to know what it means to be a mature follower of Jesus? It means to love people so much that they can hurt you. It means making yourself vulnerable to pain and suffering because of your love for them.” –Dave Teixeira

Dave Teixeira, 10/25/2015, Sunday, Strength in Weakness

Things I Heard In Church: This amazing quote about Joseph’s brothers’ brutal cruelty

Things I Heard In Church:

This amazing quote about the way Joseph responded to the brutal cruelty shown to him by his brothers. Continue reading

The 1 Thing God Wants You To Do (To Reveal Him To The World)

Love one another

God Uses People

Before we get to the one thing, I just want to establish that God uses people. He always has in the past and He still does today. God uses people to reveal Himself to the world. There are exceptions, like the time he led the Israelites with the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (3,500 years or so ago). But it’s people He uses, most of the time, to reveal Himself to the world. Even a casual reading of just a few chapters of scripture affirms this.

Are You A Christian?

Are you a Christian?

If you are, then God wants to use you. He wants to use you to reveal Himself to the world, and He wants you to do one thing in particular. And here’s the one thing: Continue reading

Go Measure the Heavens

Why is Christianity so restrictive

Bow Shock Around LL Orionis (spans trillions of kilometers) – Hubble Telescope Image

 

Go measure the heavens, go weigh the mountains on a scale, go take the ocean’s water and number each drop, go count the sand on the sea’s wide shore, and when you have accomplished this, you still won’t know how much God loves you. (Spurgeon)

 

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References:

C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Sermons on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, 2006, Hendrickson Publishers, p. 399

An Open Letter to Christian Type A Men

Christian time management Type A Personality Love Like JesusDear Type A Man,

It’s better to do less and reflect the nature of Christ, than it is to accomplish more in an un-Christlike manner.

I know what you’re thinking: “What about the fruit? Isn’t it important to bear fruit? The bible says to bear fruit!”

True, the bible does say to bear fruit. But Continue reading