Locked Up: Worry (from July 22 2018)

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Probably the most famous quote on freedom in the English language is the one by Jean Rousseau who famously wrote: ‘man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.’

Yet the Bible says that Jesus came to set us "free" from the things that can lock us up - things like labels, our past, bitterness and fear.

Locked up is a series about freedom.
A series about choices.
A series about transforming your life.

 

Faves: Lauren

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As long as it has been around, people have turned to the Bible to address the problems and anxieties of life. We look to it for comfort, encouragement, enlightenment or to simply learn more about God and what He is like.

Even though there are over 31 thousand verses in the Bible people often have that one “favourite” verse that holds a special place in their heart. Words that brought comfort and encouragement and hope during a difficult time. Words that reminded them that no matter what they’ve done or not done, no matter what’s been done to them they are unconditionally loved and accepted by God. Our hope is that over the next few weeks you will be encouraged as people share their Faves.

 

Faves: Eric

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As long as it has been around, people have turned to the Bible to address the problems and anxieties of life. We look to it for comfort, encouragement, enlightenment or to simply learn more about God and what He is like.

Even though there are over 31 thousand verses in the Bible people often have that one “favourite” verse that holds a special place in their heart. Words that brought comfort and encouragement and hope during a difficult time. Words that reminded them that no matter what they’ve done or not done, no matter what’s been done to them they are unconditionally loved and accepted by God. Our hope is that over the next few weeks you will be encouraged as people share their Faves.

 

Faves: Garry

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As long as it has been around, people have turned to the Bible to address the problems and anxieties of life. We look to it for comfort, encouragement, enlightenment or to simply learn more about God and what He is like.

Even though there are over 31 thousand verses in the Bible people often have that one “favourite” verse that holds a special place in their heart. Words that brought comfort and encouragement and hope during a difficult time. Words that reminded them that no matter what they’ve done or not done, no matter what’s been done to them they are unconditionally loved and accepted by God. Our hope is that over the next few weeks you will be encouraged as people share their Faves.

 

My Story: Graham

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Your life is a story, a series of moments that show where you have been, that highlight who you are and what will define your next chapter.

Graham’s story is a story of peaks and valleys, light and dark, hopelessness and hope because through it all God was there. The one thing Graham hopes is clear, is that no matter where you are in your story, no matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, God is there with His arms wide open waiting to embrace you and walk with you.

 

Locked Up: Bitterness

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Probably the most famous quote on freedom in the English language is the one by Jean Rousseau who famously wrote: ‘man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.’

Yet the Bible says that Jesus came to set us "free" from the things that can lock us up - things like labels, our past, bitterness and fear.

Locked up is a series about freedom.
A series about choices.
A series about transforming your life.

 

Locked Up: Past

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Probably the most famous quote on freedom in the English language is the one by Jean Rousseau who famously wrote: ‘man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.’

Yet the Bible says that Jesus came to set us "free" from the things that can lock us up - things like labels, our past, bitterness and fear.

Locked up is a series about freedom.
A series about choices.
A series about transforming your life.

 

Locked Up: Labels

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Probably the most famous quote on freedom in the English language is the one by Jean Rousseau who famously wrote: ‘man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.’

Yet the Bible says that Jesus came to set us "free" from the things that can lock us up - things like labels, our past, discontent and fear.

Locked up is a series about freedom.
A series about choices.
A series about transforming your life.

Say Yes: Serving

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There are a lot of things in life calling us to ‘say yes’: every ad, commercial, billboard reaches out asking us that question. All around us, organizations, teams, groups, events and opportunities, each of them calling us to say yes.

Saying ‘yes’ to service of others is one of the most powerful ways to transform our lives. When you help someone climb a mountain, you both end up at the top. But where can you find the strength to serve and experience the best life has to offer?

 

Sow Now What?

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When it comes to ideas it seems as though we have an idea filter in our brains that we use to sort out the ideas that we hear. Some ideas get caught in the filter and we just toss them out. We hear them and just flat out reject them.

 Then there are the ideas that pass through our idea filter and we accept them and adopt them.

 But regardless of whether we reject an idea or adopt an idea, ideas all start the same way. They start out as seeds. Someone says something or we hear or read something and an idea gets planted in our brain and very quickly we begin the process of running that idea through our filter and decide whether to accept or reject it by asking the question: So Now What?

Do I Matter?

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With close to 7 billion people inhabiting this world it can still be easy to feel small. If you take the time and stop for a moment and ponder the thought that this planet is just one of many in an immense universe it can be easy to not just feel small but tiny and insignificant. It can leave you wondering, in the scheme of things, in the immensity of the universe - Do I Matter?

 

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The TMP Stories Series: DJ

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Your life is a story, a series of moments that show where you have been, that highlight who you are and what will define your next chapter.

DJ story is a story of peaks and valleys, light and dark, hopelessness and hope because through it all God was there. The one thing DJ hopes is clear, is that no matter where you are in your story, no matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, God is there with His arms wide open waiting to embrace you and walk with you.

 

The TMP Story Series: Judy

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Your life is a story, a series of moments that show where you have been, that highlight who you are and what will define your next chapter.

Born and raised in BC, Judy has been working in the realm of suicide and crisis intervention for over 25 years. She was initially introduced to crisis response in the 90's through her involvement with Victim Services and following completion of an MA in Counselling and Psychology has worked in various crisis and suicide related positions in Alberta, Ontario and BC.

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The TMP Stories Series: Brian

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Your life is a story, a series of moments that show where you have been, that highlight who you are and what will define your next chapter.

This morning Brian is sharing his story. Brian is a former-pastor, brain cancer-survivor, and local comedian who uses humour and vulnerability to help people in their search for a modern faith that works. He’s also an author, a blogger, a YouTuber, and an elite 5-pin bowler. Check out his public work at www.hottubspaceship.com

The TMP Stories Series: Rod

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Your life is a story, a series of moments that show where you have been, that highlight who you are and what will define your next chapter.

This morning Rod is sharing his story, and inviting us to join the journey in the next chapter of The Meeting Place.

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Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-HGC2OCw80gp3YNSjTky_se5ja3lwQiVBReWuthh8RU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Easter In The Age Of Fentanyl

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German philosopher Karl Marx once famously said that religion is the opiate of the masses. But these days, opioids are the opiate of the masses.

If the good news of Easter is to be actual good news, it has to address men and women whose hearts are infected with all manner of trouble, whose hearts are empty of hope, who remain locked in the grip of addiction.

Thankfully, miraculously, it does. Easter in the age of fentanyl is the same as Easter ever has been. The message about the God who intervenes with unconditional love, at a great cost to himself, offering grace to everyone who has been checkmated in this life.

Reference:

Video during talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYTnkpg2VE4

Andrew Sullivan - New York Magazine http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/americas-opioid-epidemic.html

 

 

 

 

Life Interrupted

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Most, if not all of us have a picture of how life we thought or think life is going to turn out.

For some we pictured being married, having a family a career. Travelling after retirement. But then life gets interrupted. The company is downsized and you get a call to the boss’ office. The doctor says the results aren’t good. A relationship suddenly becomes strained and you’re not sure why. We all face life interruptions, both major and minor and you don’t have to believe in God to know that interruptions are heading your way.

The question is: how do you deal with them and where is God in the midst of them?

 

(Im)Possible: #forgiveyourself - From Guilt to Freedom

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Opener Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AAJuynxnTQ

Forgive yourself makes for a cute little hashtag. But when you try, you find that it’s kinda like trying to do surgery on yourself: It doesn’t translate well into real life.

For so many of us, the struggle to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes, sins and regrets is very real.

Thankfully, there is a way to accept self-forgiveness and find peace in the arms of a loving, forgiving God.