Encouragement


12
Oct 2017
Dear John

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 4 Try this little exercise: Take an index card or clean sheet of paper. On that piece of paper write down all your hopes and dreams. Take some colorful sticky notes.  Write the things you refuse to forgive on those sticky notes. Place those sticky notes on top on top of your hopes and dream. Take note of what’s happened.  The things that you are holding on to; the things that......

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11
Oct 2017
Struggle to Forgive

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 3 The past two days, we have reflected on the questions we chase when we are hurt, the risk it takes to forgive and surrendering these things to God as part of the path to forgiveness. Today, spend some time trying to draw out something that you are having in a hard time forgiving (could involve people, situations, feelings, words, etc). Just try to draw it through whatever shapes, colors, pictures,......

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10
Oct 2017
The White Flag

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 2 Mike Foster continues, “Only in Jesus do we find both the courage and the permission to admit that we’ve been wronged and have wronged others.  In Jesus the crucified, we see the model of radical forgiveness that we are called to offer others and ourselves.” Taking a Risk… What would happen if you took the risk to forgive? Is it worth the risk?     Blessed are the peacemakers. –Matthew......

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04
Oct 2017
Hurt

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Ownership – You Can’t Blame Your Way To Freedom (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 3 Hurt is a common experience. We are hurt by others. And we hurt others. And in any experience of hurt, every person involved has some contribution to the hurt. The question is this: Will we own the way(s) we contribute to the hurt? With that in mind, let’s reflect a little. What are the most common ways that you hurt others? I demand that my needs be met by......

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03
Oct 2017
I Can Admit...

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Ownership – You Can’t Blame Your Way To Freedom (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 2 Do you remember playing Truth or Dare as a child? My kids always prefer the dares. But the truths are all about admitting things about ourselves that folks might not know. And being able to admit something – even if its a game – can be cathartic. So, in the spirit of being cleansed from those hidden parts of our lives, what can you admit about yourself? Start with......

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02
Oct 2017
If Life Were A Car

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Ownership – You Can’t Blame Your Way To Freedom (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 1 On Sunday, I asked you to consider the image of getting hurt in a car accident. When we get hurt in an accident, we need help, right? And there’s two kinds of help we can reach out for. We can call the police to determine who is at fault, that is, who is to blame. Or we can call an ambulance because we have been hurt and need to......

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28
Sep 2017
Search Me

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 4 Psalm 139, in the NRSV, reads “O Lord, you have searched me and known me.”  The psalmist goes on to proclaim how God knows all about us.  That includes our strengths and our weaknesses.  As humans, we are often good at figuring out our weaknesses…what we need to work on.  But, we are often less practiced on identifying our strengths. So, for today’s activity: Take some time and write......

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27
Sep 2017
Scary Monsters Inside

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 3 We all have things in our lives – things inside of us, things that affect us – that we don’t really want to face. Take some time to consider those things that you don’t want to think about, talk about or deal with. Imagine each of those things as a monster inside you. And consider them one at a time. Does this monster have a name? (consider fears, secrets,......

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26
Sep 2017
Search Your Soul

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 2 Let’s go on a Soul Scavenger Hunt! (Yeah, it may sound corny, but just play along!) Let’s get started with the big picture… What year of your life were you the happiest? (you can answer more than one) What year of your life was the hardest? (you can answer more than one) Why was your happiest year the happiest? Describe that year in a few phrases or sentences. Why......

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25
Sep 2017
A Planet Called "You"

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 1 Let’s do some pretending for a few moments – the kind of imaginative pretending of your childhood! Imagine that your are a space explorer. (In celebration of the new Star Trek: Discovery just came out this week, if for no other reason!) And let’s pretend that you just landed your ship on a planet called “You.” (work with me here, okay! The planet IS you!) What do you need......

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