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

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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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Things I Heard In Church: Where The Dishonest Manager Placed His Bet

Paying Bills by Robbie Wagner-CCThings 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 Read More

2 Approaches That Attract 2 Different Kinds Of People, My Way and Jesus’ Way: Things I Heard In Church

(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. Read More

Things I Heard In Church: “Nowhere in God’s word does He say…”

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus Christ, Matthew 22:37-39

These words are written on the wall of our church. The man who spoke last Sunday had the entire congregation read those words aloud, and then he said this:

“Nowhere in God’s word does He say we get to choose our neighbor.”

Brad Harper, co-author of Space at the Table: Conversations between an evangelical theologian and his gay son

Things I Heard In Church: “Following Jesus Is Like Drafting The Fastest Guy In The Peloton”

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Things I Heard In Church:

“Following Jesus is like drafting the fastest guy in the peloton. The closer you are to the one in front of you, the greater the benefit.” –Ben Herr

From Ben Herr‘s excellent presentation: Fishers of Men, heard at Cedar Mill Bible Church

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Things I Heard In Church: “The first miracle Jesus ever did was to turn water into wine–to save a party.” -Randy Alcorn

“The first miracle Jesus ever did was to turn water into wine–to save a party.” –Randy Alcorn

Last Sunday I visited my friends Darrell, Patty, and Kellen Knott at Good Shepherd Community Church, East of Portland. Best selling author Randy Alcorn was speaking on the topic of happiness there. Here are a few more quotes from Randy on that day (be sure not to miss the last one!): Read More

Things I Heard In Church: A Primer on Smallpox

The smallpox virus killed 80% of children and 30% of adults who contracted the disease. Smallpox, also known as the red plague, was one of the most devastating diseases in history, until Edward Jenner came along. Edward Jenner’s work changed everything. He made people immune to the virus by infecting people with a virus. He made people immune to smallpox by infecting them with a different pox virus: cowpox. Two hundred years after Jenner, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated.

It turns out, Jenner’s story is analogous to Jesus’ story…

For more, listen to Dave Teixeira’s teaching on 3/27/2016, 11am, Everything Changed

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