Things I Heard In Church: “Why are you persecuting me?”

Helping Hands by Stewart Black - CC

This post was inspired by the teaching I heard in church last Sunday and it impacted me so much I felt compelled to share it. We’ll pick up our journey through the book of John next Saturday. Continue reading

The Graciousness Of Uncertainty

 

Sepia Eye Reflecting Cross

Monday I posted a quote from A.W. Tozer: “The one who takes up his cross has no plan of his own.”  Tim Shey left another quote in the comment section. It was so relevant to Tozer’s quote, and it’s so good, that I had to share it. If you’re interested, you can read more from Tim over at The Road: Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice.

THE GRACIOUSNESS OF UNCERTAINTY Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “The one who takes up his cross has no plan of his own.”

Take-Up-Your-Cross

A.W. Tozer said the one who takes up his cross has these attributes:

He’s facing only one direction.
He’s not going back.
He has no plan of his own.

 

Things I Heard In Church: Thanksgiving (and the opposite of thanksgiving)

Thankful by Jeff Turner - CCRead 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

Henry Rollins Is Afraid To Die

henryrollinsposter-by-gage-skidmore-ccYesterday 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

Things I Heard In Church: “Do you think God ever looks at what’s happening to us and says, ‘Oh no! They’re in trouble now. I don’t know what I’m gonna do.'”

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

Rejoice Always

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: “The Essence Of Sin Is Man Substituting Himself For God”

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.

Things I Heard In Church: Without Relationships, You Can’t Realize Your Gifts

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

Things I Heard In Church: “It’s like feeding yourself with your toes.”

Toes by Jason Rogers - CC

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 kurt@kurtbennettbooks.com if you have any questions.)

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Things I Heard In Church: “I had picked my wheelchair. It was bright, like my shoes.”

Wheelchair and stairs“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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