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.

 

(Im)Possible: From Fear to Trust

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The word ‘faith’ can be difficult for people to understand, but most of us understand the word ‘trust’. Maybe we should use the word ‘trust’ instead of the word ‘faith’ more often. Because really, when it comes to faith, it actually is all about trust.

Trust - that you aren’t here by accident.

Trust  - that all those times when you shouldn’t have made it through, yet you did, maybe a higher hand was looking out for you.

Trust - that the air you breathe, the food you have, the people around you who care, are as sign you haven’t been abandoned.

Trust - that no matter how ugly, discouraging, messy and sad life gets, God has not abandoned you, will not abandon you, ever.

Neither in this life, or the next.

 

(Im)possible: Forbearance

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As we go through day to day life, we inevitably encounter people who annoy us. We are surrounded every day by people who have different opinions than ours, whose words and actions can irritate, frustrate, disturb and aggravate us.

Some of those irritating people are relative strangers.

Some of those people are people that we love.

We all catch ourselves reacting poorly to the words and actions of others at times and can find it really hard to change.

If that’s something you struggle with, then we hope this talk at The Meeting Place will be helpful, encouraging and leave you with renewed hope in God and a vision for a better future.

 

(Im)Possible: Perfection

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Perfection is something people admire and strive for. We strive for perfect grades, perfect vacations, perfect homes, perfect careers. Perfection becomes the standard by which we measure our success and our worth.

Behaving and doing the right things perfectly is the stuff religion is built on. But what if Jesus came to shut down religion and re-define perfection?

Note: This video was shown before the message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liTf7lunimg

(Im)Possible: Towards Patience

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We’ve all tried to change, and we’ve experienced how agonizingly slow change can feel when it comes to the big struggles of our lives. When we want change, we want it now. But life doesn’t usually accommodate our request.

For countless centuries, patience has been understood to be at the heart of the spiritual life. Whether it’s patience with God, patience with others, or patience with ourselves, waiting can be very hard work indeed.

But the good news is that practicing patience is capable of producing something wonderful in our lives when it’s fuelled by the unconditional love of Christ.

Note: This video was shown before the message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X01A2YETxPw

 

 

(Im)Possible: ...crastination

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All of us have some part of our lives that we long to change. If all it took to change was a sincere desire combined with a little willpower, why aren’t we better at it? Can people really change?  

We all have things that we need to do have promised to do and need to do. But then it happens. We don’t do them. We procrastinate. We put off the things that we know require our attention because we fear the outcome. The good news is we don’t need to be afraid because God promises to be with us in whatever it is we’re facing.

 

(Im)Possible: Leggo my Ego

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All of us have some part of our lives that we long to change. If all it took to change was a sincere desire combined with a little willpower, why aren’t we better at it? Can people really change?  

One of the biggest things that prevents us from changing is ego, which warps how we see ourselves and other people. Ego tells us we must find our identity in comparison, image and achievement. But God’s unconditional love offers us a new and better way to right-size our ego and find our true identity.

 

(Im)Possible 2 Change

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All of us have some part of our lives that we long to change. If all it took to change was a sincere desire combined with a little willpower, why aren’t we better at it? Can people really change?  

That’s the question we are going to look at during this series called, well, what we hope to discover along the way: With God’s help, change is (Im)POSSIBLE.

 

Advent Conspiracy - The Joy Conspiracy

While we sometimes believe that the pain, sorrow and struggles of our past prevent us from experiencing joy, the Christmas story shows us that God specializes in restoring, redeeming and rebuilding something good out of the raw material of suffering.

When we find ourselves unable to deal with our past, we have the option of inviting God to do what we can not do - to bring his love, grace and redemption to bear and invite God to transform our loss into joy.