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The Winners Circle :: Part 4 :: When Living Is Dying and Dying Is Living | Ryan Howell :: November 20, 2022
In The Winners Circle, explore the power of ambition and modeling, turn freedom on its head and ultimately discover Jesus’ path to greatness.
The Winners Circle :: Part 3 :: Lost in the Moment | Dennis Anderson :: November 13, 2022
In The Winners Circle, explore the power of ambition and modeling, turn freedom on its head and ultimately discover Jesus’ path to greatness.__What’s the Issue Anyway?Freedom is a BIG DEAL in our COUNTRY.The fantasy of freedom is that if I could just have more of THAT, I could be truly free. Freedom is a BIG DEAL in our RELIGION.Definitions of Freedom:Freedom is doing WHATEVER I want to do, WHENEVER I want to do it, WITH WHOMEVER I want to do it.Freedom is doing what I was CREATED to do and doing that with EVERYTHING I have.What Wisdom does the Bible offer us regarding freedom?Freedom is a BIG DEAL in the OLD TESTAMENT story. Freedom Charter = 10 COMMANDMENTSFreedom is a BIG DEAL to JESUS.Freedom Charter = THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Matthew 5-7)Freedom is a BIG DEAL to PAUL.Paul uses freedom 28X. The rest of the New Testament, 8X.Three Necessary Qualities of Freedom (GALATIANS 5:1-18)* Freedom is an INHERENT GIFT that naturally flows from the nature of God as Father, Son and Spirit. (Gal 5:1)* Freedom is a SKILL to be developed. (Gal 5:1-2)* What’s wrong with a rule-keeping system as the basis for our lives?Rules set up systems of COMPARISON which lead to insider/outsider VALUE JUDGMENTS.Rule enforcement seldom leads to deeper RELATIONSHIPS.Rule keeping systems leave no room for GRACE.Rule keeping systems will eventually CRUSH US.* Freedom is always RISKY and cannot be DOMESTICATED. (Gal 5:13)Don’t Miss This!The purest expression of freedom is SERVING OTHERS in love.“Freedom is not so much liberty of choice, but rather the disciplining of desire so as to make the achievement of the good first possible and then effortless.” –Bishop Robert BarronWhat is God inviting us into today?The freedom to get lost in the moment by...Serving our families—again and again, higher and higherServing our friends—again and again, higher and higherServing our work colleagues—again and again, higher and higher Serving our church—again and again, higher and higherServing our enemies—again and again, higher and higherThought-provoking questions:* Tell about a time when you got lost in the moment.* What are some of the most popular definitions of freedom circulating in our community and country? What is the best definition of freedom that you know of?* Why is the concept of freedom so important to us?* What is one of your best freedoms? How is it both a gift and a skill to be developed?* Paul uses the word freedom 28 times in his New Testament writings, usually in contrast to religious rule keeping systems. Why is Paul so hard on rule keeping and so high on freedom?* Why is serving one another in love the purest act of freedom a human being can do?* Tell about an experience you’ve had serving someone in love where you got lost in the moment (and wanted to do it again and again, higher and higher).
The Winners Circle :: Part 2 :: Paving Your Path with the Power of Modeling | Rod Kaya :: November 6, 2022
In The Winners Circle, explore the power of ambition and modeling, turn freedom on its head and ultimately discover Jesus’ path to greatness.__The Anchor Verse...but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. –Luke 22:26John 13:1-201Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him.Having the right PERSPECTIVE on serving.And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." 9Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" 10Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?Matthew 26:6-10Luke 22:23-27Luke 7:36-50It is a movement to where serving is seen as not something we HAVE TO DO, but something we GET TO DO.Looking to the PERSON who embodies serving.13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.Philippians 2:3-11It is movement to where serving is not just SOMETHING YOU DO but an expression of WHO YOU ARE.() ()17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.Understanding the PROMISE to those who are serving.It is movement toward understanding that it is more BLESSED TO GIVE than to RECEIVE.Acts 20:35...you are blessed if you do them.Living into the PRACTICE of serving.It is movement to where SERVING becomes a WAY OF LIFE.Places to serve:STRUCTURED Places: keeps us in the HABIT of servingSPONTANEOUS Places: keeps us open to NEW OPPORTUNITIES to serveSECRET Places: keeps us HUMBLE in our servingSHARED Places: keeps us GROWING in our serving
The Winners Circle :: Part 1 :: The Ambush of Ambition | Ryan Howell :: October 30, 2022
In The Winners Circle, explore the power of ambition and modeling, turn freedom on its head and ultimately discover Jesus’ path to greatness.__The Winners Circle: Paving your (unlikely) Path to the Top | Week #01The Ambush of Ambition | October 30thWhat’s the Issue Anyway?We want to be WINNERS.We want SUCCESS and GREATNESS. We call this desire AMBITION. Ambition tends to AMBUSH us."Sometimes, our highest goal becomes our big enemy when we move towards our goal blindly without focusing on the path we follow." –Durgesh SatpathyWhat Wisdom does Jesus offer us in Luke 22:24-27 regarding our ambitions?The disciples desired greatness in the eyes of their PEERS. (24)Jesus does not CONDEMN them for their ambition. (25)Jesus REDIRECTS their ambition. (26)Jesus redefines GREATNESS as serving when you deserve to be served. (27)Don’t Miss This!Jesus offers an UNLIKELY path to greatness: The Ambition to Serve.How can I live this in my everyday, normal life?Acknowledge that our ambition is easily directed inward rather than OUTWARD. Develop an ambition to serve as a member of the SCATTERED church.SHARE your powerPut the needs of others FIRSTHelp others develop and perform as HIGHLY as possibleDevelop an ambition to serve as a member of the GATHERED church.How does this make me a better person and the world a better place?An ambition to serve paves a path for DIVINE LOVE in this world.An ambition to serve leads to the WELL-BEING of the people and communities to which we belong.What is God inviting you into today?* I want to renew/become a member for the 2022/23 Ministry Year!* I will attend the next three weeks and grow in my ambition to love.* My family would like to attend the Annual Ministry Celebration Lunch for Members and Regular Attenders on November 20th.() () () () () () ()Thought-provoking questions:* Do you think of yourself as ambitious, too ambitious, or not ambitious enough? Why do you think that?* Can you think of a person in your life that models ambition in a healthy way?* Do you tend to think of ambition as a negative, positive or neutral emotion?* Why do you think the disciples got so caught up in who was the greatest among them?* Jesus offers a path to greatness by teaching his disciples to serve when they deserve to be served. Do you have any places in your life in which you deserve to be served because of your position or title? How have you been able to serve in those spaces?* What is one practical thing you could do this week to develop an ambition to serve at home, work and your neighborhood?* Tell us about a person that modeled servant leadership to you and was crucial in your own personal growth and success.
The Greatest Con on Earth :: Part 6 :: Creating Margins in Our Time | Aisha Thomas :: October 23, 2022
In this series, we will expose the lie of living to the edge of our limits. We will look together at how to build margin into our emotions, moral choices, time and finances—and finally discover the key to all margin.
The Greatest Con on Earth :: Part 05 :: It's Just Too Much! | Ryan Howell :: October 16, 2022
What’s the Issue Anyway?Mental exhaustion is a response to THINKING overload.Emotional exhaustion is a response to FEELING overload.Mental and Emotional exhaustion are RELATED.Our spiritual traditions often unintentionally SHAME us in our fatigue. Continual emotional and mental exhaustion leads to BURNOUT. SUCCESS is often the sacred object.What Wisdom does Jesus offer us?Matthew 11:28Jesus HONORED people’s exhaustion.Jesus offered a GENTLE and HUMBLE space to unpack the pain. Jesus knew that REST was the starting point for healing.Jesus knew we needed an ALTERNATIVE viewpoint.Don’t Miss This!Jesus offers a NON-JUDGMENTAL space to acknowledge, rest and recover.How can I live this in my everyday, normal life?If you’re feeling emotional/mental fatigue don’t ISOLATE. LOOK for causes and try to reduce or remove them.Practice emotional and mental SELF-CARE.Take advantage of a mental/emotional health PROFESSIONAL.How does this make me a better person and the world a better place?GRACE for others grows in our emotional and mental margin.What is God inviting you into today?1. To simply pause and reflect on the amount of exhaustion I am currently feeling 2. To take a break, schedule time to rest and recover3. To reach out to a mental/health professional because I am in burnout() () () () () () ()Thought-provoking questions:* Are there seasons in your life where you feel a sense of emotional and mental exhaustion? What are the contributing factors?* Can you think of a time where you began to feel emotional and mental exhaustion but you were able to rest and recover before it became overwhelming?* Who in your life is a non-judgmental presence that will listen and offer rest?* How do you “come to Jesus” when you are weary or burdened? What spiritual practices help you find rest?* What are some of your current self-care practices?* Do you agree that there is a relationship between how we love ourselves and how we love other people? Why or why not?
Thank you for turning your Sunday service into a podcast! It makes it so easy to listen to when I’m driving (or walking on the beach!) Ryan is articulate and funny and I always feel uplifted.