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

Francis Chan On What The Word Church Really Means (And What It Means To Be A Christ Follower)

Francis Chan On What The Word Church Really Means (And What It Means To Be A Christ Follower)

I really, really, really, really, really… really–hope you’ll watch this video.

BASIC.Follow Jesus from David C Cook on Vimeo.

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: “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

Church: If the earliest Christ followers didn’t do church the way we do today, why should I?

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To Go Or Not To Go?

I had lunch with a twenty-something and thirty-something today. These two men happen to be two of my favorite people on planet earth. We had a great time together. Toward the end of our meal the conversation turned to church. During the conversation both agreed that attending church is unnecessary. One commented that Pope Francis made the statement: It is not necessary to go to church, and, for many nature can be a church. The other made the accurate observation that the early followers of Christ didn’t go to a church building to worship in the same way we do today. And I have to confess, I agree with him. And if you’re interested, you can listen to this guy who shares some of the same sentiments as the thirty-something who made that comment: If Jesus were the pastor of your church you probably wouldn’t go there

But what about that? What about the earliest Christians? If the earliest Christ followers didn’t do church the way we do today, why should we? Continue reading

How A Lack Of Love Can Crush Your Spirit (And what that has to do with the San Francisco Giants’ run to the World Series)

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Jake Peavy with Bruce Bochy (Bochy is in the dugout) in San Diego

A Giant Difference

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,

But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25

Continuing our series on suffering we see in this proverb another cause of a crushed spirit. What we see here is what relationships can do to us. A lack of relationship, a lack of a good word, a lack of love can crush us. But a good relationship, one with a good word, can send us soaring.

I read an article today about Jake Peavy, a pitcher for the World Series bound San Francisco Giants. You may have heard that he played for the Boston Red Sox this season up until July 26, when he was traded to the Giants. And here’s the weird thing: Peavy was Continue reading