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Resilient: Wk 3

Resilience Self-help Is not so Helpful when you have no energy in your Self Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the  everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will…

Resilient: Purpose

Resilience – Purpose APA Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress What is God’s unique perspective on building resilience? People create giant sized boxes that will never be filled Our stress response is permanently dialed up The Lord was with him Isaiah 41:10 do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I…

Resilient

Resilient We are hard wired for safety 5-1 more than other needs Fear loves a costume Resilience APA Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress APA Resilience isn’t necessarily a personality trait that only some people possess. On the contrary, resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that anyone can learn and develop.  Joseph Gen. 37:3-4 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because…

Testimony Sunday: God’s Good Work

Testimony Sunday: God’s Good Work Who do you want to be?Whose do you want to be? Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. x our work does not earn our salvation/life with God Ö we are God’s work, his creation Ö given…

Surviving Earthquakes

Surviving Earthquakes: Security Change “All real change involves loss, anxiety and struggle.”  Michael Fullan We all have an emotional platform that is held up by various pillars of dependance. I feel seasick on my emotional platform Ps. 33:22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Zech. 4:7 Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.…

Christmas Sunday: The Mystery

The Mystery “Wow, now everything makes sense.” Hidden things win battles in a war. Col. 4:3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. Gen. 3:15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I…

Locally Grown: Inward and Upward

Locally Grown – Inward and Upward God’s desire is to build a family/a nation/a gathering   Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! Church = Gathering Colossians 1:24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. The Gathering matters Our Christian faith is a team sport Somethings are better together Worship is Better…

Locally Grown: What is Church and Why Bother?

Locally Grown  – Nov. 21, 2021 What is church and why bother?  Jesus invented the church Church is the Gathering Matt. 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.…

Convince Me: Religions

Convince Me – November 14 Religions Jesus’ message and life are completely unique Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. All religions recognize the gap All religions hope doing good closes the gap You can never close the gap by doing things James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is…

Convince Me: Science

Convince Me: Science True seekers find Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. God is the best explanation for everything God is the best explanation of Love and Justice Ecc. 3:11 He has also set eternity in the human heart God is the best explanation of our universe  In 2003, the mathematician Arvind Borde, and physicists Alan Guth and Alexander Vilenkin were able to prove that…