If you listened to 93.7 KPDQ in Portland, Monday through Friday at noon, you would have heard his voice and that song. That was Bill Ritchie, founding pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA, my first pastor, and still my favorite Bible teacher.
I recently managed to get some time with Bill. We had a great chat about how he grew in his own personal experience with Godâ€™s word, plus loads of practical advice for people to build the Bible into their lives.Â I recently managed to get some time with Bill. We had a great chat about how he grew in his own personal experience with Godâ€™s word, plus loads of practical advice for people to build the Bible into their lives.Â There is so that could be mined here, its kinda crazy. While there will be a lot of highlights in the show notes, I do strongly urge you to listen to this and take your own notes. Itâ€™s a gold mine!
Here is my conversation with Bill, recoded on July 13th, 2016, in my living room. For bonus point, you can play â€œName that soundâ€ as there are plenty of background additions to identity.
In June of this year I posted a Reader’s Survey to help me get a sense of who actually reads, listens to, and watches this stuff, as well as what people find to be the most useful. I’m very happy to say that I got 25 responses, which is 25 more than I had before! Here is a summary of the information collected and some ways I’m hoping to engage with it all.
Right now thousands of people have gotten off of their couches, left their homes with smartphone in hand, and are looking to catch wild PokÃ©mon out in the real world. I think there is something that Christians can learn from this. This is going to sound snarky and judgmental towards my own tribe, so bear with me. As of this writing the game has been out less than a week. What I find interesting is that there are probably more people out and about with the intended purpose of trying to catch PokÃ©mon this week, than there are followers of Jesus out and about with the intended purpose of sharing Godâ€™s love in some way, shape, or form.Â â€œDonâ€™t be a jerk, Corby! Itâ€™s just a game!â€ I know, Iâ€™m sorry, Iâ€™m not trying to be a jerk, and Iâ€™m not dissing on the game, I promise. But there is a convicting reality here. OK, itâ€™s convicting me.
PokÃ©mon Go in Seattle
This seems appropriate today. There will only be unity and peace in Jesus.
Genesis 11Â andÂ Isaiah 11
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- Genesis 11
- Shows us what mankind decided to do after the flood. Godâ€™s command to Adam and Eve was to multiply and fill the earth. Godâ€™s command to Noah and his family was the same thing.
- After the flood, mankind decided to settle in one place and to build a tower, a monument to themselves, specifically for the purpose of not being scattered. This is why God confused their languages resulting in people splitting off, and explains why we have the major people groups and ethnicities we have today.
- The chapter then goes on to a genealogy of Shem, them specifically to Terah, then to Abram, later Abraham. God is directing the text to focus on one family group with one promise; a savior, a promise that goes back to Genesis 3:15. We call this a family tree.
- Isaiah 11
- Short of breaking this down verse by verse, this chapter is all about what the Messiah will do one day, using the language of a tree. He is theÂ root and he is theÂ branch. He is the beginning and the end it says elsewhere.
- Specifically this chapter talks about when the Messiah rules the earth in what is called The Millennium, mentioned in Revelation 20.
- This is also the chapter where we find the possible connection of the 7-fold spirit of God in Revelation.