Read Philippians 2:12-16.
Complaining About A Tesla
One time, just for fun, I test drove a Tesla. I had it in autopilot mode on the U.S. 26 freeway in Portland, Oregon where I live. It was pretty amazing but I was surprised at my own disappointment when the Tesla rep., sitting in the seat next to me, explained that the car wouldn’t permit you to take your hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds.
When he told me that, from some primal place deep inside me, a complaint started to form. But I caught myself. Before I complained out loud — I realized how stupid that would sound. Continue reading
Yesterday Nate told me something about the musician Henry Rollins. He said: Henry Rollins is afraid to die. So he sleeps only as long as he has to sleep. And when he’s not asleep he makes the most of every waking moment.
That really resonated with me because the day before Continue reading
From my notes on Carl Palmer’s excellent teaching: Rejoice Always, 11/27/2016.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Those words from 1 Thessalonians were written by Paul from prison. Rejoicing for the Christ follower is emotion based on fact. Jesus said in John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
So if you’re following Jesus his joy is in you. Letting it out might seem difficult at times, but that could be a first world problem. Because Continue reading
Things I heard in church: This amazing quote by John Stott:
“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives that belong to God alone; God accepts penalties that belong to man alone.” –John Stott
Heard at Waterfront Foursquare Church, Sunday, 11/6/2016.
From my notes on yesterday’s excellent teaching by Curtis Zeigler.
Without relationships, you can’t realize the gifts of the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit can’t be exercised in isolation.
If you study the gifts of the Spirit anywhere they’re mentioned in the Bible, you’ll find that Continue reading
From my notes on last night’s Life Collective Bible study by Scott Elledge.
Following Jesus apart from the body of Christ is like trying to feed yourself with your toes. It can be done–but it’s awkward. Christ followers need community. (1 Corinthians 12:21-27)
(If you’re interested in a really great community of Christ followers, you’re welcome to join us on Wednesdays at 46 NE 59th Ave., Portland, OR 97213. Dinner’s at 6 (free) followed by the Bible study. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.)
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“For nine months I was in bed without moving, at all, just my head. And every single doctor told me, I would never walk again, ever. I had picked my wheelchair. It was bright, like my shoes. I had decided I was going to go to Special Olympics… with that wheelchair because it had the [kind of] wheels for that. I was literally rooted to my bed, and I could not move, and everybody told me that I would never move again. And then one day, while reading the scriptures for only the first or second time… I came across this passage: Luke 17:5-6”
From Gaby Viesca’s excellent teaching on 06/26/2016, Growing Together, Luke 17:1-6
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Things I Heard In Church: Where The Dishonest Manager Placed His Bet
Jesus tells the story of this manger who was about to be judged by his master, his boss, because he was wasting his master’s possessions.
The master calls him in and says, “What’s this I hear about you? Turn in your stuff. You can no longer be my manager.”
And the manager Continue reading
You’re A Slave
From my notes on Rick Stark’s excellent Bible study at Life Collective, Wednesday, 6/8/2016.
Whatever you Continue reading
(Let me just say right off the top, this is for me as much as (or more than) it is for anyone else.) From Matt Bowen’s excellent teaching: 05/22/2016, Sheep and Coins, Luke 15:1-10.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.'” (Luke 15:1-2)
Who’s drawing near to Jesus?
“Who’s drawing near to Jesus?” That question causes me to take pause, and to ask, “Who’s drawing near to me?” It’s a good question to ask because if sinners are attracted to me as they are to Jesus, then I’m more conformed to his likeness. But if sinners avoid me…
Here are two different approaches to relationships that explain the why behind what kind of people are attracted to you, and to me. Continue reading