See And Hear For Yourself

Die to selfSo when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:40-42

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Things I Heard In Church: “His Name Tag Says, Tatsu Yamashiro”

Things I Heard In Church: “His name tag says, Tatsu Yamashiro.”

Every Tuesday night at six, Cedar Mill Bible Church hosts a dinner called The Jesus Table. At The Jesus Table an excellent meal and warm friendship are provided for the homeless and anyone else who has trouble affording food or finding a friend. The dishwasher for The Jesus Table is a guy in his twenties who wears a different name tag every week. Each name is the alter ego of a fictional superhero, like Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent.

Last Tuesday night, in the Jesus Table kitchen, his name tag said, “Tatsu Yamashiro.”

Albert Einstein And Chasing Light

“Albert Einstein was said to have spent his entire career chasing a ray of light. All of his research was really to get to know the properties of light… In all that study he never actually fully understood light, but in the process of pursuing it he made some of the most remarkable discoveries of his generation, and for generations to come.” -Sosamma Samuel Burnett

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7 Reasons You Can Relax About Evangelism

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7 Reasons You Can Relax About Evangelism

(Read John 4:31-42.) In our last post from the book of John we learned about how Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. I don’t know about you but whenever this topic comes up, the topic of evangelism, I start feeling pretty awkward. But while we can’t ignore Jesus’ command to evangelize, we don’t have to stress about it. In today’s post we’ll look at seven reasons why we can relax while evangelizing. Continue reading

Monty Williams’s Words At His Wife’s Memorial Service

Wise Words

Last Tuesday, in Oklahoma City, a car crossed the centerline and collided head on with the vehicle of Ingrid Williams, the wife of Monty Williams, an assistant coach for the OKC Thunder and former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Monty’s wife was killed in the crash. They have five children.

Last night on TNT’s NBA halftime show, rather than talk about hoops they aired this video of “what Monty Williams had to say in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.”

Things I Heard In Church: “Can you believe what Comcast did to me?”

Referring to the synagogue ruler who was indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath:

“The NIV says that he is indignant. The word in Greek means like: really super annoyed. He’s an angry elf. He’s a super annoyed guy, and so what does he do? He tries to get everybody as annoyed as him. This is what anger does when it gets ahold of us. When you’re really hacked at something, what do you do? Everybody else should be as hacked as I am! ‘Can you believe what Comcast did to me?’ You go tell everybody.”

Maybe my all-time favorite Matt Bowen teaching to date: 2/14/2016, You’re Free, Luke 13:10-21

A Remarkably Tragic Childhood

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Alone, by Camilla Nilsson – Creative Commons (This image is not of Francis Chan)

Read John 4:16-42

Last post we saw what the woman at the well did (and what you and I do) when she was confronted with her sin. Today we’ll see that what she does next is truly amazing. But first I want to look at a man who reminds me of the woman in our text.

A Remarkably Tragic Childhood

This  man’s childhood is remarkable to me because it was so filled with tragedy. It’s hard to imagine a childhood worse than his.

 

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What Happens When You Forget Eternity

“When you forget eternity, you tend to lose sight of what’s important. When you lose sight of what’s truly important, you live for what is temporary, and your heart seeks satisfaction where it cannot be found… Let the values of eternity be the values that shape your living today, and keep telling yourself that the difficulties of today will someday completely pass away.” —Paul Tripp

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Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey Movie, Swimming With Sharks, Is Really Difficult To Watch”

Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey movie, Swimming With Sharks, is really difficult to watch.” –Jason Simmonds

From Jason Simmonds talk: Obedience, Trust, 1 Peter, Mosaic–a church in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

 

The Controversy When Confronted With My Sin

 

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Spirit and Truth, by Mark Hunter (Creative Commons)

Last Post we saw how Jesus shared about the gift he had for the woman at the well, and the gift he has for us, the water that becomes a well inside, a well of living water that springs up into everlasting life.

The 7th Man In Her Life

After he spoke of that gift, Jesus talked about the six men in the Samaritan woman’s life: her previous five husbands and the lover Continue reading