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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 →

Next Steps | Framing People

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God’s plan is to change the world, one heart at a time, as we learn to experience more andmore of God’s love and let Him teach us how to love our neighbors as much as we doourselves. But the problem is, we can easily fall into becoming less like Jesus and more like thereligious leaders of Jesus’ day—too busy and self consumed to actually love our neighbors. Toprepare to love our neighbors like we want to be loved—we need to evaluate — “am I more likeJesus or more like the Pharisees?” Work through the following questions on your own, and gettogether with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers. Continue Reading →

Next Steps | Love Your Neighbor; No Really!

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Everybody wants to change the world. But nobody wants to love their neighbor—not really. The irony of that truth is that God wants to change the world, and His plan is VERY simple—you love God, and let Him help you love your neighbor—then the world changes. 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 | Powerless to Empowered

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How do we break out of situations where we seem powerless? How do we lead empowered lives? To truly live an empowered life, we must be a people who have deeply rooted lives, we must know where to find true and abiding power. And…we must do things. We must engage. We must take big bold steps. 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 | From Guilty to Blameless

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Guilt saps our strength. It weighs us down. It affects our perception of ourselves and our perception of responsibilities in life which no doubt affects our actions. With God’s help we can move from guilty to blameless. 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 →