Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: How I Was Involved In The Origins Of Trash Talking

no-friends Things I Heard In Church

I heard something the other day at our Sunday church service that I really identified with. Dave, my pastor, ate lunch alone every day of the fifth grade.

In the fifth grade, for the entire school year, Dave was on the outside–way outside. He said the worst days were when he’d try to sit somewhere in the lunchroom and one of his classmates would tell him to go sit someplace else, because a friend was already sitting there.

How I Was A Part Of The Origins Of Trash Talking

His story resonated with me because of an experience I had when I was about the same age. It triggered a memory from when I was nine years old. When I was nine 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: “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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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. Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “What in the world is going on here?”

Speaking of Jesus’ first miracle, changing the water into wine at the wedding in Cana, Dave Teixeira said: Continue reading

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.”

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

Things I Heard In Church: “I saw a homeless man crawl out from under a bush.”

A woman up on the stage said to the congregation, “I saw a homeless man crawl out from under a bush.” Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “In Those Days There Was No COSTCO, There Was Get In Your BOATCO And Go FISHINGCO”

Things I Heard In Church: “In those days there was no COSTCO, there was get in your BOATCO and go FISHINGCO.”

Matt Bowen speaking on Jesus’ teaching encouraging us to not be anxious.

From Matt Bowen’s teaching, Without Worry, Luke 12:22-34, 1/24/2016, 11 AM.

Luke 12:22-34 Do Not Be Anxious

And he said to his disciples Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: A Sermon On Breast Feeding

From Dave Teixeira’s teaching, Love, 12/6/2015

Oxytocin, The Love Hormone

“Oxytocin (sometimes called the love hormone) is released into the mother’s brain when she breast feeds. Continue reading