Loser In The Review

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As we travel through life, there are times when we win and there are times when we lose. And the shift from winning to losing can often happen in an instant.

 But the good news is that when we open our lives up to God as revealed through the love of Jesus Christ, even when we lose we win.

 Today we are going to look at a well known little passage from the Bible, written from the perspective of one of the world's biggest “losers.”

 

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Loser: Losing Is Everything

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As we travel through life, there are times when we win and there are times when we lose. And the shift from winning to losing can often happen in an instant.

 But the good news is that when we open our lives up to God as revealed through the love of Jesus Christ, even when we lose we win.

 Today we are going to look at a well known little passage from the Bible, written from the perspective of one of the world's biggest “losers.”

 Watch the opener video for today’s message here:

http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/lee-lucas/

 

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Running on Empty

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With the nice weather upon us it seems as though you can't drive more than a few blocks before you encounter people out running, training for a race or trying to get into better shape.

 The Bible uses many comparisons and metaphors in an attempt for us, the readers, to understand how "spiritual" matters and "real life, everyday" matters aren't really that different. Running is one of those metaphors. Running has many similarities to our journey with God - sometimes it’s easy and seemingly effortless. Other times it can be difficult and frustrating leaving us wanting to give up and quit.

 The question we're going to look at today is, how do we keep running when we don’t feel like we can keep going?

 

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Monsters: Doubt

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There are monsters in our lives that haunt us, loom over our best intentions and jump out at us in unexpected moments.

Green eyed monsters like envy. Red eyed ones, like anger. Some of us face monsters like anxiety and fear every day. Other monsters just grumble at us from under the bed, whispering that we need ‘more’ in order to make life bearable.

In today’s message, we’re talking about a monster that might not be a monster at all!

 

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Monsters: The Past

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There are monsters in our lives that haunt us, loom over our best intentions and jump out at us in unexpected moments.

Green eyed monsters like envy. Red eyed ones, like anger. Some of us face monsters like anxiety and fear every day. Other monsters just grumble at us from under the bed, whispering that we need ‘more’ in order to make life bearable.

In today’s message, we’re talking about a monster that doesn’t hide under the bed, behind the curtains or in the closet. It lives in the recesses of our minds...it’s the monster of the past.

 

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Monsters: Anger

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There are monsters in our lives that haunt us, loom over our best intentions and jump out at us in unexpected moments.

Green eyed monsters like envy. Red eyed ones, like anger. Some of us face monsters like anxiety and fear every day. Other monsters just grumble at us from under the bed, whispering that we need ‘more’ in order to make life bearable.

In today’s message, we’re talking about the monster of anger and how God is able to help us deal with this red-eyed beast.

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Monsters: Anxiety

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There are monsters in our lives that haunt us, loom over our best intentions and jump out at us in unexpected moments.

Green eyed monsters like envy. Red eyed ones, like anger. Some of us face monsters like anxiety and fear every day. Other monsters just grumble at us from under the bed, whispering that we need ‘more’ in order to make life bearable.

If you ever feel inadequate or anxious when thinking about an unknown future, this morning’s monster will be familiar to you. But it’s no match for the love of Christ and how much God cares for you in every moment.

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Monsters: Morre

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There are monsters in our lives that haunt us, loom over our best intentions and jump out at us in unexpected moments.

Green eyed monsters like envy. Red eyed ones, like anger. Some of us face monsters like anxiety and fear every day. Other monsters just grumble at us from under the bed, whispering that we need ‘more’ in order to make life bearable.

Throughout this series we’ll be looking a few monsters in the eye.

Today, we’re going to meet the Monster Of Morre. (if one ‘r’ is good, two must be better)

 

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Behind The Curtain: Freedom

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This week we are continuing to build on the message of Easter. At the conclusion of our ‘Behind The Scenes’ series, we’re exploring how we can experience the freedom that Christ offers us when we reject the false-promises of the “hero-building systems” of culture, and instead choose to live life as eternal citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Freedom: We believe that Jesus Christ came to set us free from living lives as slaves to our past, fear, judgment and death so that we can be agents of restoration between God, people, and our broken world.

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Easter

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Easter is evidence - an astounding and shockingly unexpected affirmation - that the God who created us never, ever turns his back on us. In the Easter story we see what kind of God we are dealing with: A God who simply keeps reaching down into the muck of humanity and pulling us out of all the graves we dig for ourselves. And a God who keeps loving us back to life, again and again.

 

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Behind The Curtain: Excellence

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Ever wonder what is going on behind the curtain at TMP? During this series, we’ll be talking about some of our challenges and struggles... and our successes. Along the way you just might just recognize some stuff that you’ve been going through reflected in the topics we’ll be discussing. After all, we’re all in this life together!

While we strive to do things with excellence at TMP, we also understand the soul-crushing danger of perfectionism. A healthy view of our strengths and weaknesses, combined with a continual reliance on Christ as our higher power enables us to “not-so-perfectly but enthusiastically give our best”.

 

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Behind The Curtain: Authenticity

Ever wonder what is going on behind the curtain at TMP? During this series, we’ll be talking about some of our challenges and struggles... and our successes. Along the way you just might just recognize some stuff that you’ve been going through reflected in the topics we’ll be discussing. After all, we’re all in this life together!

Our hope - our prayer - is that through God’s power we will find the strength, support and encouragement as we strive to be honest about the joys and challenges we face as we learn to trust God and each other.

✪ Authenticity:

We strive to be honest about the joys and challenges we face as we grow deeper in our understanding of how to follow Jesus Christ in our lives, our families, our jobs, and our city.  (Ephesians 4:25,32; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 26:38; James 5:16)

 

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Behind the Curtain: Grace >

Ever wonder what is going on behind the curtain at TMP? During this series, we’ll be talking about some of our challenges and struggles... and our successes. Along the way you just might just recognize some stuff that you’ve been going through reflected in the topics we’ll be discussing. After all, we’re all in this life together!

Our hope - our prayer - is that through God’s power we will find the strength, support and encouragement as we practically live out our belief that grace and mercy triumph over judgement.

✪ Love:

We invest in loving relationships in every aspect of life, and practically live out our belief that grace and mercy triumph over judgment. (1 Corinthians 13; John 13:34-35; John 15:12-14)

 

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Behind The Curtain: Community

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Ever wonder what is going on behind the curtain at TMP? During this series, we’ll be talking about some of our challenges and struggles... and our successes. Along the way you just might just recognize some stuff that you’ve been going through reflected in the topics we’ll be discussing. After all, we’re all in this life together!

Our hope - our prayer - is that through God’s power we will find the strength, support and encouragement to grow into our future best as a community of faith.

✪ Community: We pursue life in relationships where we accept each other, share what we have, and joyfully serve one another. (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 8:7)

 

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Twelve: Step Twelve

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The Twelfth Step reminds us of the pain and joy we have experienced as we have discovered freedom through God’s grace. The realization that all the events of our lives have pulled together to show us our connection to God and creation now gives us strength. Our spiritual awakening has changed us, so now we have the capacity to live our lives as an expression of God’s will.

The Twelfth Step is where we experience being instrumental in helping others receive God’s message of hope and healing. We now have the opportunity to promote our own growth by helping others.

Step 12 - having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to people, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

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Twelve: Step Eleven

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Step 11 is all about improving our conscious contact with God. This is done through prayer (talking with God) and meditation (listening to God).

But often our prayers are more of a monologue - with us doing all the talking. In the Twelve Steps we are learning to give up control of our lives, turn our will and care of our lives over to God. This takes trust and trust is built as we get to know someone more intimately. This is best done by spending quality time with that someone. In the context of Step 11 that someone is God as we understand Him.


‘But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray…’ Matthew 6:6

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Twelve: Step Ten

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Step 10 is often referred to as the ‘maintenance step’. It’s a summary of steps Four through Nine. We become willing to have God change us, and then we humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings. We take a fearless inventory and make amends where needed.

Often by the time we reach Step Nine sanity has been restored to our lives. It’s at this point where we can begin to believe that we have arrived and we no longer need God or others to help us in our journey. Doing regular periodic personal inventories keeps us humble and reminds us of our continued help from God.

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Twelve: Steps Eight & Nine

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Many of us grow up blaming our parents, relatives and friends for the turmoil in our lives. We even hold God responsible. In Step 8 we begin the process of releasing the need to blame others for our misfortune and accepting full responsibility for our lives.

Like barnacles on a ship’s hull, our past wrongdoings can prevent us from sailing smoothly to a life filled with peace. Steps 8 and 9 are an invitation to leave behind our isolation and loneliness by embracing the willingness to make amends. As we do, God will provide insight and direction, and help us to overcome our fear and apprehension. The result is peace of mind and freedom as we begin to forgive ourselves and others.

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Twelve: Steps Six & Seven

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Humility is a recurring theme in the Twelve Steps and a central idea of steps six and seven.

Through choosing an attitude of humility we receive the grace necessary to surrender our struggles to God and achieve progress on our journey. Our goal is peace of mind and serenity which is found as we let go of our old, defective behaviours and are freed to develop the powerful new ones that God intends for us to use.

Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 - Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

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Twelve: Step Five

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As we go through life, we all accumulate baggage that weighs us down - guilt feelings, resentments, fears and regrets. This junk accumulates gradually over a lifetime.

We experience a removal of that weight by sharing our inventory with someone we can trust - someone who will understand, encourage and not condemn us. When we find the courage to be honest, admitting to God, ourselves and another human being the true nature of our wrongs we find an incredible weight is lifted off our shoulders.

Step 5 is our pathway out of isolation and loneliness, a move towards wholeness, happiness and personal peace.

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