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Next Steps | Freebird – I Want It All

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We’ve all had our moments when we look at the life we’ve created, or the trajectory we’re on, and we have our own little “This can’t be it” moment. What do we do when the “this can’t be it” nerve gets agitated? What if “not now” is the answer? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Freebird – Pleasure

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Talking about enjoying our jobs is a complicated thing. There are so many factors involved – how we feel about the people at work; providing for ourselves and/or our families; the work itself; and desiring another vocation but lacking the resources to pursue it. Does it matter if we like how we pay the bills? Does God care if we enjoy our jobs? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Freebird – Protection

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Work often seems to be something we “have” to do in order to provide a roof over our heads and food on the table. While it would be amazing if our jobs also brought us pleasure and purpose, sometimes that’s not the case. How do we navigate this challenge in our work lives? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Next Steps | Freebird – Purpose

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For some people, “work” is just another nasty 4-letter word. The gap between deep-seated satisfaction and the realities of 9 to 5 existence seems about as wide and insurmountable as the distance from the earth to the moon. But what if we’re looking at it all wrong? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.  Continue Reading →

Next Steps | The God Who Is All That

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The question that we are confronted with today is, “Who do we say that God is?”. Although the question itself is a good one, the problem is that, too often, we attempt to answer it through the lens of our own experiences and circumstances. As you and I scope out the landscape of our lives and our circumstances…relationally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually…perhaps a better question for us to ask ourselves is, “Who do I need God to be this Christmas season?” Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Next Steps | The God Who Comforts

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One of the reasons we don’t seek God during personal trials is we think He’s that harsh, critical, demanding voice in our heads—the one that tells us we’ll never be good enough, never do it right, such a screw up. Yet God tells us He’s the God of Comfort—He feels our hurts and pains, he enters it and guides us through it. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | The God Who is Great

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Isaiah discovered the God we need: the God who is great. He is greater than his creation, greater than what we can create, and greater than our circumstances. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Next Steps | The God Who Is Just

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We all desire to see justice done in the world, but it seems obvious when you turn on the television or scroll through your Twitter feed that the news tells a different story. God says that He is a God of justice, but it sure seems like He’s taking His time about it, so what does that mean for us and the world? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Next Steps | Good To Great

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The church is not this service—church is not a building—church is people, learning to love God and love each other, and work together to restore the world around them. Church is life-giving- life-giving life—to each other, then to our neighbors and co-workers. Everybody working together is more powerful than everybody working alone. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Meeting Needs

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Everybody wants to do something, to make a difference, to grab a bucket and do something thatputs out the fire that’s burning the house down. But what do we actually do – practically speaking – when we have a heart for those around us? Work through the following questions onyour own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →