The Terrible Thing (that’s easier than what we’re all trying to do instead)

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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead.”

-C.S. Lewis

The Most Valuable Thing On Earth

Earth in Gods HandOver the years I’ve come to realize, the most valuable thing on earth among humankind is a love for Jesus.

Terry Crews’s Porn Addiction, Hikikomori, Enslavement, And Your Means Of Escape

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Read John 8:31-36.

Last post from the book of John we saw Jesus speaking to the crowd and right at the end of that passage, Jesus talks about being lifted up, a reference to his being lifted up on the cross. It’s then that many believed in him. (See previous post: Suicide And Living Forever)

Free From What? Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: On A Scale Of 1-10…

I recently had this conversation with my son Nate.

Nate: “Dad, on a scale of one to ten, how important do you feel it is, for you to be right?”

Me: “Is there an eleven?”

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Recently Had This Conversation With Kathy

I recently had the following conversation with Kathy.

Kathy: “Sometimes you can be so dismissive.”

Me: “That’s ridiculous.”

(Kathy appreciates your prayers.)

What Makes For A Happy, Healthy, and Long Life: Via Eric J. Swanson

Do you want a happy, healthy, long life?

It’s amazingly unsurprising how this lines up with what Jesus commanded us.

Excellent article via Eric J. Swanson » What makes for a happy and healthy life?.

For over 75 years (yes you read that right) Harvard University has been Continue reading

Martin Luther King–And Anger

MLK by Mike Licht - CC“I had spoken hastily and resentfully. Yet I knew that this was no way to solve a problem. ‘You must not harbor anger,’ I admonished myself. ‘You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.” –Martin Luther King

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words when he said, “…go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)

He quoted this scripture from Hosea–twice. (Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13, 12:7)

God loves mercy, and more than that, God wants us to Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: Imagine a church where every single person comes to get something from others

“Imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to consume, to get something–from others. They are there, every single one of them, to receive, and not one would get what they came for.

“Now imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to love the other people there. They are there, every one of them, to give. Every single one will receive what they’re looking for.

“Hebrews 10:23-25 says ‘…stir up one another to love and good works…'”
–Chuck Bomar

We can’t stir up one another alone, there has to be others, there has to be community.

From my notes on Chuck Bomar’s teaching Reflecting God’s Love1 John Chapter 4, Sunday 10/11/15, Colossae Church, Tigard, Oregon

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 Continue reading

For God So Loved You

John 3:16 God so loved

“A little frayed around the edges–aren’t we all.” (Image and quote via Green Kozi-Creative Commons)

 

The Disgusting Thing This Guy Did For His Daughter

I read about a guy today who gave up on love. In the third grade he decided “love was for girls,” which might be kind of funny except he continued his boycott of love all the way through high school. He even refused to Continue reading