Encouragement


14
Nov 2017
Patterns

Life is full of patterns. Sometimes we follow them. Sometimes we break them. But what does it look like for a pattern to be both followed and broken?  What message might God want to share with us through stories in scripture that break some patterns and follow others? The book of Judges displays a pattern of leadership.  The pattern is this: People of Israel sin and turn against God.  God gives the Israelites over to hands of their enemies The Israelites suffer and call out to God for help. God raises a......

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13
Nov 2017
Passing Judgement

Have you ever seen one of those signs – “Repent! The end is near!” Makes you feel good, right? (Can you hear my sarcasm?) In truth, signs like this and people who espouse such views have already passed judgement on you before they even know you. They have decided for you that you are in error. It’s interesting to me how when many Christians speak of “the end” (or the “day of the Lord” or “the return of Christ”) they often jump quickly to judgementalism. Now, there are places in scripture that......

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26
Oct 2017
It's Your Story!

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to  Freedom – Rescued To Be A Rescuer (Freeway, Week 7) Devotion 3 Take a moment and look at your hand.  Now focus on what your hand can do to help and serve others!   List the types of people who would be helped by knowing your story and what you learned during tough times.  __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Name some of your friends who need FREEDOM just like you. __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Our wounded heart and our deepest pain is always the starting......

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25
Oct 2017
Choose Joy!

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to  Freedom – Rescued To Be A Rescuer (Freeway, Week 7) Devotion 2 What brings you joy?     What activities replenish you?     God’s Words for This Week Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… (NIV, v.1) John 4:4-29 – Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will......

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23
Oct 2017
What's Your Vision?

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to  Freedom – Rescued To Be A Rescuer (Freeway, Week 7) Devotion 1 Every tear you cried and every desperate prayer you prayed has been for this moment.  God promises us that nothing is wasted. Seriously–nothing.  Everything you have faced has brought you to this moment to embrace your profound mission: to love the loveless & help God patch up the broken hearts. And instead of regretting where we’ve been, we now give thanks for where we’re going. . . All that you thought was......

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19
Oct 2017
Loving Yourself as God Loves You

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 4 Make a list of the people who love you…                                       Make a list of the people you love…   Revelation 2:17 (NIV) says, “I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” What is your new name before God?......

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18
Oct 2017
How does God Feel?

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 3 How do you feel? When you wake up in the morning? When you make a mistake? When you hurt people? When you are late to a meeting? When you run over a cat or other animal? When you have difficulty in relationships? When your joke isn’t funny? When you underperform at work? When you lose your temper? When you sin? Now, think again…how does God feel… When you wake up in......

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17
Oct 2017
Who Am I?

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 2 Who Am I? (Circle, Check or Underline Your Answers) Other: ________________________ What Identity Do You Align With The Most? Who Are You On God’s Eyes? What Statements Do You Believe Are True About You? (Circle, Check or Underline Your Answers) Other: ________________________ It’s OK to acknowledge your feelings, but you don’t always have to agree with them. Don’t empower your inner critic. Give yourself some grace. Do you think you’re being too......

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16
Oct 2017
Beauty for Ashes

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to  Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,   and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the......

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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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