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Vulnerability Armor: Taking the Edge Off

If there ever was an activity where the all-important key to understanding it is to ‘know thyself,’ it’s this one. Today we’re talking about the things we do to take the edge off. There are a thousand different ways, like TV, candy, alcohol,...

Vulnerability Armor: Foreboding Joy

What do you think about when you hear the word “vulnerable”? Weakness? All week we’re going to talk about what BrenĂ© Brown calls vulnerability armor?the methods we use to avoid vulnerability. Today we’re talking about foreboding joy, i.e....

Passion Week: Jesus, Complete on the Cross

What must have it been like for Jesus to be present–in the moment, not looking for an escape?while he is hanging on the cross? He asked God for another way in the garden, but now he’s following through, not looking for a distraction, locked into those...

Passion Week: Jesus, Forsaken by God

All people at some point in their lives feel abandoned by God, but Jesus is the only person to actually experience that abandonment. The words he spoke from the cross are a quote from the Old Testament?Psalm 22?and give us insight as to what that felt like. And...

Passion Week: Jesus Maintaining His Faith

Who are you when it’s just you and God? Like Jesus in the garden alone the night before he died. We see his faith and his struggle to obey. We get a powerful story of Jesus surrendering before the ordeal begins. We should model this in our lives because...

Passion Week: the Illegal Trials of Jesus

It’s the week before Easter, and we’re going to spend time this week reading about and thinking about the way Jesus used the CSCs (Calm, Surrender, Center, Connected, & Complete) in the few days before his murder. We’re reading from John 18...

The Process of Joy

We tend to make value judgments on things that come into our life. If the car breaks down, that’s bad; if I get a good grade on a test, that’s good. But this value setting is a gateway drug to a bigger desire to control things in general. We want to have a...

Christian Joy Thieves

There are joy thieves among our family of believers. They’re often disguised as teachers of truth, telling you things like “God won’t put on your more than you can handle” or “God helps those who help themselves.” An understanding...

God Made You to Experience Joy

Talking about Centered today and Joy: how there is joy in embracing who we are designed to be by God, how the power to do that comes from acting in the spirit, not from our own power. That’s why we talk about centered after we talk about surrender. Epic Every...