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Things I Heard In Church: Here is a great lie, “All we actually have is today.”

The following is a quote from Matt Bowen’s teaching on  Joy, 12/13/2015. The text for this teaching is Isaiah 25:6-9.

One of the great lies that our world often believes is that all we actually have is today. (This is one of the great lies that fuels a whole lot of really stupid purchases. All you have is right now–before the sale ends.)

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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 Read More

Things I Heard In Church: At one point the bat was inches away from my neck and making me a vampire.

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At one point the bat was inches away from my neck and making me a vampire.

Paraphrased from a Dave Teixeira teaching, 10/25/2015, Sunday, Strength in Weakness

Image via cthoyes – Creative Commons (The bat in this image is not the same bat that nearly transformed Dave Teixeira into a vampire.)

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: “Some Kind Of Wild Cougar Type Creature…”

While listening to the story of Joseph and his brothers:

“They have his technicolor dream coat, and they’ve got it ripped up, and there’s animal blood on it, and they’re like, ‘I don’t know what happened. Some kind of wild cougar type creature must have gotten your son.'”

Then later…

When Joseph is Potiphar’s servant, working as the master of his house, Potiphar’s wife takes notice of Joseph. And Joseph’s good looks lead to “a very intense moment where he’s attacked by another wild cougar type creature, who comes along and says, ‘Will you sleep with me?'” (Matt Bowen)

References and Resources:
Genesis Chapter 39

Matt Bowen, 10/18/15, Sunday, Breaking the Power of the Past

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